Saturday, 30 January 2016

Pumpkin Passport - Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery - Part 1 of 12 - 30.01.16 - FINISH 5 of 2016

I am taking part in the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery's mystery SAL this year - Pumpkin Passport.

We got the first part of the design on 15.01.16 and I finished it today apart from the bottom border which I don't want to put in until I have stitched some more on the bottom part - I would hate to stitch the whole bottom border and find I was a row or two out!

As with my other SALs I am counting each part of this design as a finish so this if finish number five for 2016.

I am stitching this on 28 count opal Jazlyn in Nimbus from Chromatic Alchemy.  I am using the recommended DMC threads apart from the words in the middle which I stitched in Pushkina from Fiberlicious.

Part 2 comes out on 1st February so I will be working on this one again in the near future.

Keep stitching and smiling

Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 2 of 12 - FINISH 4 of 2016

So it's time for the next part of the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  I am stitching it on an 18 count hand dyed aida from KLT Charting called Dryad Dwelling.  I've decided to count each individual owl as a mini finish for the year so this one is my fourth finish for 2016.

As there are 12 owls I decided to stitch each one in a colour that I feel relates to a month of the year.  So owl two represents February to me and is stitched in Love You Lots thread by Jodyri Designs.

So here is owl number 2:

And the owls so far:

Keep stitching and smiling

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Owl SAL - KLT Charting - Owl 1 of 12 - FINISH 3 of 2016

I was lucky enough to be asked to stitch the Owl SAL for KLT Charting.  The first part was released on 13th January and a new part will be released every 2 weeks.  I am stitching it on an 18 count hand dyed aida from KLT Charting called Dryad Dwelling it's a lovely mixture of greens and browns which makes for a lovely background for the owls.

Every owl has the same basic outline:-

Then each one is completed differently.  They are also all sat on a branch which I think really adds to the design.

There are 12 owls in total and I have decided to try and stitch each one with a thread that represents a month to me.  This one is stitched using Jodyri Designs Heavenly Host - the blues, whites and yellows remind me of a cold frosty morning.

As I am counting each owl as a mini finish this is my third finish for 2016.

Keep stitching and smiling

Sunday, 10 January 2016

In Our House - Love Thy Thread - 10.01.16

I have been stitching on a piece for my sister over the last few days.  In Our House by Love Thy Thread.  I am stitching it on 22 count Oslo in Nebula from Crafty Kitten.  I am using a DMC Variegated floss - 4025 - three strands over 1 tent stitch.

This is how the finished piece will look:-

This is where I was at when I last stitched on it:-

Here is where I am after 10 hours stitching.  I have now used one full skein of DMC thread.

Time to rotate onto another project.

Keep stitching and smiling

Thursday, 7 January 2016

Pretty Little Amsterdam - Satsuma Street - SECRET PROJECT REVEAL

I stitched this design for my sister in law for her 40th birthday.  She and her partner always go to Amsterdam for New Year's and her birthday so I thought it would be something she might like.  This was finished in 2015 although I am only showing it now so doesn't count towards my 2016 finishes.

I stitched it on 18 count aida in Jem's Dreams from KLT Charting.  It's a lovely subtle blend of blues and purples and I think it sets the design of perfectly.  I used the recommended DMC threads.

Keep stitching and smiling

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Huey Owlet - Mill Hill - FINISH 2 of 2016

This was my second start and my second finish for 2016.  It's a Mill Hill kit called Huey Owlet.  Such a fun and quick design to stitch up and bead.

And here he is with his sister Violet who I stitched last year.

I do have all six owls in the series so will look forward to adding to my little owlet family in the future.

Keep stitching and smiling

Friday, 1 January 2016

Mabel Figworthy's Round in Circles SAL - Round One - 01.01.16 - FINISH 1 for 2016

So on the 1st of January 2016 I have my first start and first finish for the year.  It also happens to be my first attempt at hardanger so all very appropriate!

It was also the first time I have done Kloster blocks and whipped backstitch!

All my supplies haven't come in that I had ordered for this stitch a long but I really wanted to start this today so instead of using different coloured threads as indicated in the chart I used one hand dyed thread from Jodyri Designs in Perle number 5 and Perle number 8 - the colour is called Alaskan Beauty.  It's stitched on Antique White 22 count Hardanger.

I have to say I was a little overwhelmed when I looked at all the instructions but I followed them step by step and breaking it down into each stitch made it an lot more manageable.  For my first attempt at Hardanger it only took me about 3 hours to stitch this which I am really pleased with.  So finish number 1 for 2016!  I'm looking forward to the next part coming out in February.

Keep stitching and smiling