Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - February

It's only the second month in and already I'm late!

I'm making slow progress on 'Halloweenies', even though I love this design. It doesn't help when I discover that I've made the water hydrant too tall and have to restitch it most of it as well as the patchwork stars above it! I really like this Lakeside linen fabric that I'm using. There will be a small piece of this fabric left when I finish stitching this, so it will be fun deciding how I will use it.
Halloweenies - Plum Street Sampler
Fabric: Lakeside Linens 32ct Vintage Sand Dune
Threads: recommended  Gentle Art Sampler threads and Crescent Colour

You will have seen this gift I received in my previous post but as this is all about gifted gorgeousness, here again is the gift that I received from Clare (Aimetu) in our Needlecraft Haven Valentine exchange. The chocolates are long gone. I already have a design in mind for using the threads that Clare sent.
Needlecraft Haven Valentine Exchange, 2017
Received from Clare

I'm also working on two other gifts for exchanges which I'm unable to share just now. However, I should be able to reveal one of them next month.

Until the next blog post, happy stitching.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Valentine Exchange

At Needlecraft Haven this year we had a non-stitching Valentine exchange. You sent your partner a pair of socks with some matching skeins of thread and a card of course, to say who the gifts were from.
My Valentine partner was Clare, who also sent me some chocolates and her card was hand stitched. Thank you Clare. I love these.

Needlecraft Haven Valentine exchange from Clare

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of what I sent to my exchange partner, Justine (no blog). The socks I sent were black with pink hearts so the threads I sent were pink and black.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop

This year I'm taking part in Jo's Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop. This pretty cushion was stitched by my blog hop partner. I'm waiting on them to leave a comment so that I can find out who they are.

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop
The idea behind the blog hop is that each participating stitcher sends a photo of a Valentine themed stitched item to Jo. She redistributes the photos so that we each get one and then we go blog hopping to see who has received ours. When we find our photo, we leave a comment to identify ourselves.

If you pop along to Jo's blog, Serendipitous Stitching, you'll find the links to all the bloggers taking part in this year's Valentine blog hop. Thank you, Jo, for organising this.

Now it's time for me to find out who received my photo. Until next time, Happy Valentine's Day.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Patchwork de Chouettes, Part 2 and the Ten-a-day SAL

Here's a short update on my recent stitching.
I'm alittle behind on the Jardin Privé Patchwork de Chouettes SAL but I've now completed the second part.

Patchwork de Chouettes - Jardin Privé
Fabric: 32ct Light Mocha Belfast linen
Threads: recommended DMC threads

My Just Nan ten stitches a day project is slowing progressing. Here is it after 42 days.

Mermaid Heart - Just Nan
Fabric: 32ct Rue Green Belfast linen
Threads: Recommended Au Ver a Soie

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Patchwork de Chouettes SAL

As part of putting some organisation into my stitching this year, in addition to Gifted Gorgeousness, I've joined a SAL for Jardin Privé's 'Patchwork de Chouettes'. I fell in love with this colourful design and when I saw that there was a SAL for it this year, I just had to buy it (well. that is my excuse).

Patchwork de Chouettes - Jardin Privé

Here is the first part stitched.

Patchwork de Chouettes - Jardin Privé
Fabric: 32ct Light Mocha Belfast linen
Threads: recommended DMC threads

Gifted Gorgeousness - January

This year I've joined Gifted Gorgeousness which is created by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. Each month on the 15th, we post about a project that we are stitching which uses anything that has been gifted to us or which we intend to give as a gift.

2017 GG

For my first Gifted Gorgeousness post, I have started stitching Plum Street Sampler's 'Halloweenies'. This will be a gift for someone I know who loves dachshunds. I can see me stitching all of the dachshund designs that Paulette Stewart has created.

Halloweenies - Plum Street Sampler
Fabric: Lakeside Linens 32ct Vintage Sand Dune
Threads: recommended  Gentle Art Sampler threads and Crescent Colours

Monday, 9 January 2017

2017 stitching aspirations

A belated Happy New Year to everyone. It's hard to believe that we are already a week into 2017.

I don't tend to make New Year resolutions so I've titled this post 'aspirations' which is a more accurate description. I've been reading the plans of other stitchers and quilters for 2017 and I think 'Oh, I'd like to do that' but there isn't enough hours in the day for me to follow up on each of these ideas. As my Granny used to say when I tried to do too much or eat too much "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach".

I'd like to make a start on this kit that I received as a Christmas present. However, If I do, I know that won't be until the latter part of this year.

I've now bought each of the 'Little Sheep Virtues' from Little House Needleworks and 'Sheep in the Meadow' from Country Cottage Needleworks. During the year I plan to stitch these on a single piece of linen as Giovanna and many other stitchers have done.

Of course, I hope to finish 'Alpine Seasons Garden'. Well the stitching at least but I've been saying that for the past two years. I haven't touched it in a few months as I was on a course of treatment that meant my ability to concentrate was poor so I set it aside for a while. Now that I'm feeling alot brighter, I have no excuse for not stitching on it. This is where I last left it.

Alpine Seasons Garden - Chatelaine
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Sand line
Threads: Recommended silk threads

I'm also toying with the idea of stitching 15 scissor fobs; one for each of the ladies in my sewing group. They keep admiring the ones I have (example below) and I thought it would be a nice little gift to give each one next Christmas. We'll see, as that might just be one stitching plan too many.

Tiny beaded heart - Just Nan
Fabric: 28ct Cashel white linen

I have done a little stitching over the past two weeks. This is The Primitive Hare's 'I Believe in Santa'. All I need to do now is finish it as an ornament.

I Believe in Santa - The Primitive Hare
Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornament issue, 2012
Fabric: 28ct hand-dyed fabric from Madame Chantilly

I've also been keeping up with the Ten stitches a day SAL. This is quite hard for me at the moment because when I start something, I either keep going with it until it is finished or until I feel I need a break from it.
Here are my first eighty stitches. I'll probably only post on this again when I feel there is some progress to be seen.

Mermaid Heart - Just Nan
Fabric: 32ct Rue Green Belfast linen
Threads: Recommended Au Ver a Soie

Well, that is more than enough for now and I didn't mention quilting at all. I have two doll quilts that I am in the process of hand quilting so I'll post on those when they are finished.