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Saturday, 25 February 2017

WIPocalypse February check-in

Hi everyone,

It's been a busy few days for blogging and apologies for things you may have already seen this week. Firstly a couple of people commented on the tiny hoops from Tiger in my last post. These are they so you know what you're looking for. 

So on to today which is the turn of WIPocalypse hosted by Measi

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I dug out my crochet  to see where I was up to with my various projects. I had 2 blankets and a cowl to finish.

I finished the squares for the blanket from the granny square swap, I need to make a decision on how to sew/crochet them together. I can't decide on the colour to use to bring them all together - I'm thinking maybe a charcoal grey as I don't fancy white so any thoughts on it are  welcomed.

I did finish the chunky cowl and I've worn it a couple of times too. It's not blocked very well, but I'm still learning the best ways to do that.

The winter blanket was all together and I've almost finished crocheting it together using the join as you go method, which suits me, however I've run out of white yarn. I don't know whether the garage holds a hidden supply or whether I need to purchase more. It's been on the go for so long, I can't actually remember what I brought at the time. One thing I do know is that both blankets have an awful lot of ends to sew in. 

I've started to crochet a few flowers to add to the centres of the small joining squares. 2 down 19 to go! 

Stitching wise - I finished the biscornu. I'm soooooooooo glad it's done and in a couple of afternoons too, I think I had to frog each of the 4 snowflakes at least once.

I've been stitching on Twelve Days too - I'm now over the 3/4 point which is really good as it's been a slog at times. We've gone from here...

To here.

I'm looking forward to mixing it up for Theme-Tas-Stitch's March Madness and doing some work on the WIP's in the basket and also several new starts which will be added to the WIPocalypse list. I've got a fair few additional starts planned to my 17 for 2017 but mostly smalls for various occasions over the coming months.

Each month Measi posts a question...

February – What is your favourite stitch other than the standard cross stitch?  (bonus points if you provide a how-to link or diagram it on your blog post!)

It has to be the stitches used in Blackwork (mostly double running stitch) Blackwork Journey has some excellent tutorials and free designs and you may have seen Liz Almond's designs in various cross stitch magazines in the UK.

I've done several pieces of Blackwork and I framed this one last week from my box of shame. It has smyrna stitch, Algerian eyes, couching, bullion stitches, vertical cross stitch, french knots as well as the running stitch, It's a design by Jane Greenoff that was in WOXS issue 114. It's also got a really good guide to each stitch as part of the chart. 

Wow that was a long post...
Happy stitching friends. 

Friday, 24 February 2017

Smalls SAL February check in

Wow that came round quickly!

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Heather of Stitching Lotus and we each month complete a small design and blog on the last Friday of the month.

I've had a couple of small finishes this month, you have seen the needle book I stitched for my friend Caroline from a kit by Textile Heritage.  

My latest smalls finish is this tiny embroidery hoop from a little pack of them I brought from Tiger. It measures around an inch and the fabric was about 42ct. I completely made up the design using random embroidery stitches. I really enjoyed doing this and I'll plan to do the rest as I brought 2 packs so 7 to go! I love stitching over 1 on fabrics, but I've never stitched that small (most stitches on this were over 2 or 3 but I found a pretty little rose that would fit that I plan to do and I like the idea of a rainbow too. Maybe I'll try and get another pack and do one each month - they only cost £2 a pack and come with fabric threads and needle. The idea's are running away with me now! 

Off for a look around to see what you've all been up too.

Happy Stitching

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - February

Hello friends

Gifted Gorgeousness time again hosted by the fabulous Jo at Serendipitous Stitching where we show what we've been stitching that has been gifted to us or that we will be gifting to others - be it using a kit, fabric, threads, chart or embelishments.

So I had a very successful start of the month. I met up with my lovely craft friend Caroline who used to work in the office downstairs from mine and made her a little gift as I hadn't seen her in quite a while. I stitched the Heritage Crafts Butterfly and Buddleia needle book kit that was gifted to me by Laura when she had a clear out and I knew I'd stitch it for Caroline and was one of my 17. The finishing was a bit fiddly, it might have been due to the fact I stayed up really late to get as much stitching done then got up really early to finish it off and make it up.

Sunday, 5 February 2017

A bit of this, a bit of that.

Hello friends,

A short post today, partly because it felt really odd not to have written a blog this weekend. It's been a good week for stitching. I've had a start and a finish (which I will save for GG) and made very good inroads into one of my Focus Finish February pieces for Theme-Tas-Stitch. I decided to go with the biscornu and after a good session on it yesterday I have around 200 stitches to go. It's hard to see the stitching on the back but it's there! Then it'll just be the making up. I am on for a finish today. I'll be going back to Twelve Days after. I don't think I can get a finish by check in on the 21st but it's possible I could have a finish by the end of the month.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

WIPocaylpse - January check in

Morning friends,

That's always a dangerous thing to say when it's fast heading to midday and you have a tendency to take ages to write a blog post.

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Right last Sunday of the month means WIPocalypse hosted my Measi so here are my offerings this month.

I have two finishes to share - you will have already seen these so just to tick them off the WIP list we have...

Finished birth sampler, you can read more about it here.

I also finished the little tree decoration in my last post.

Right on to new stuff and this is the biggie...Progress on The twelve days of Christmas. The design is by Paulette Stewart at Plum Street Samplers and was released as the Christmas 2015 SAL I didn't get quite as far as I had planned but considering I was here at my last check in with this project.

and now I'm here - it's not bad progress. I love the wreath around the Goose's neck

I also brought 2 frames for completed stitches in my box of shame...progress! I just need to do something with them now.

I have a present to make this week and then I shall be back stitching this for Theme-Tas-Stitch in February along with that pesky biscornu. 

 Oops I forgot the WIPocalypse question: What SALs are you taking part in this year?

I’m taking part in 3 SAL’s this year and hosting one of my own.
Gifted Gorgeousness is hosted by Jo and we post on the 15th of each month about our stitching that is for gifts or made up of items gifted to us (thread, chart, fabric etc).
Smalls SAL hosted by Heather –posting on the last Friday of each month we finish something small each month of our choice.
Wipocalypse  hosted my Measi – posting on the last Sunday of the month about the WIP’s we’ve worked on.


 Theme-tas-stitch is a SAL I am hosting each month where we use pieces in our stash to stitch around themes set. Many of you will remember Theme-a-licious - well basically I contacted Heather and asked if I could re-launch it - she said yes so here we are. More details can be found on the tab at the top of my page.

Have a great stitchy week friends

Friday, 27 January 2017

Smalls SAL - January check in

Hello friends,
Well I can't believe January is almost out already so it's time to check in with the Smalls Sal hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus. The idea is simple - we stitch and finish a small piece of work - what we deem small is up to us. This month I have 2 little finishes for you...

The first is this little tree decoration made by Tiger which was a gift to me from my friend Lauren at These City Days. I added the back stitch and beads as I wanted to give it a bit more of a snowy feel.