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: 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.

Friday, 30 December 2016

Last exchange of 2016

I took part in a Christmas/Winter exchange at Friendly Stitchers and received these two beautiful ornaments and thread from Meg (Committed Stitcher).

Christmas/Winter exchange 2016 - Friendly Stitchers

In exchange I stitched The Drawn Thread's 'A Spot of Winter'. I had considered finishing it as a flat ornament or hanging ornament but felt it looked too large; so it was finished as a pillow. I replaced the snowflake charm with mistletoe as the charm I had was too large.

A Spot of Winter - The Drawn Thread
stitched on 32ct Smokey Pearl Belfast with recommended threads

Monday, 5 December 2016

A scarf and other knitting

I decided I wanted a simple, long scarf so I knitted a single rib scarf in Anny Blatt fine kid wool. It took longer to knit up than I thought it would but it was perfect for working on in the evenings as I didn't have to concentrate too hard on what I was doing.

Single rib scarf using one each of 2.75mm and 6.5mm needles
Anny Blatt fine kid wool, Carmin

I also wanted a simple sweater that would knit up quickly so I'm knitting this sweater in Anny Blatt fine kid, Genepi. The back is almost finished. As I am a tight knitter, I am using 6.5mm rather than the recommended 6mm knitting needles for this jumper.

Jumper using Anny Blatt fine kid, Genepi on 6.5mm needles

Needless to say with all this knitting, I'm doing very little stitching at the moment. However, as my Granny used to say 'A change is as good as a rest' and I find it hard to sit in the evenings and not be doing something with my hands.

Saturday, 3 December 2016

My first Christmas exchange of 2016

Thursday morning was opening day for Needlecraft Haven's Christmas ornament exchange.

I love the excitement of opening my packet to discover what is inside and as you can see I was not disappointed. I received this lovely snowman ornament from Angi. 

 I stitched Prairie Schooler's 'The Night Before Christmas' for Lindsay.

The Night before Christmas - Prairie Schooler
Design taken from CrossStitch Collection magazine
Stitched on 32ct Belfast Natural linen using recommended DMC threads

Saturday, 26 November 2016

Some 'finishing' finishes

I got my sewing machine out some days ago to complete some stitching as ornaments. Two of them I can't show yet as they are part of Christmas/Winter exchanges. I will show them when they have been received and opened by their recipients. In the meantime ...

I have finished the stitching I received from Joyce in the Friendly Stitcher's Unfinished exchange. I am pleased with this finish. Thank you once again Joyce for such a pretty design.

Autumn design - Unfinished exchange from Joyce now finished

For my youngest niece I decided to finish this design as a hanging ornament so that she has something soft to hold/squeeze (she likes her soft toys). I had thought to put cording around the edge but decided against it as she still likes to pull things apart. No point in putting temptation in her way.

Sweet Hugs Gingerbread Boy - Keepsake Stitches
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Flax linen
Threads: Suggested DMC and DMC alternatives

Until next time, enjoy your stitching or whichever crafts have you engrossed at the moment.