Tuesday, 21 June 2016
So here we are on the other side of the Monday marathon madness. I managed 3.5 hours of stitching and stitched on 6 different projects. I actually got excited when the Blackwork came out of the jar!
So the six were...
3 of the butterflies
Also to come out was the 12 days of Christmas.
I managed to get a whole band done on the blackwork seasons sampler.
Lastly was a little Dragon Dreams dragon I decided to stitch for hubby for our wedding anniversary, I did put in 2 sessions on it one when I got up and then in the evening. It was a good thing as I couldn't find the anniversary card I brought for hubby so frantically finished the dragon and made it up into a little card.
I've decided that I'm going to do it again tonight, but take the anchor sampler out of the pot as I'm doing that for Just One July. It was actually a lot of fun.
Lastly the monthly question:
I'm not sure it really makes a difference really. My stitching bug wanders off whenever it pleases, I often have a big hiatus in January but that's about it!
Happy stitching friends
Sunday, 19 June 2016
Serendipitous Jo is definitely an enabler. Not only does she show us some amazing stitching using stunning threads and fabric, she has these mad ideas to work on all her WIPS on the longest day (Monday 20th) and invites fellow bloggers to join in. I must have been bonkers to agree to join and promptly dug out my 7 WIPS and then started 5 cards too (4 butterflies and a bunny) ready for next month. So tomorrow will see me work on these 12 projects for 30 minutes each and we'll see how many I get to. I'll post the results in my Wipocalypse post this week.
Not pictured is the little dragon dreams dragon I'm working on for my wedding anniversary on Tuesday. Last minute decision to make something yesterday so I'm stitching like mad in between cooking a roast for Father's Day and the tennis and F1.
The projects are all written down in the jar so I can pick out which to stitch and ready in the basket so hopefully I'm all good to go.
Wish me luck!
Tuesday, 14 June 2016
I've noticed a couple of new followers too so a big welcome to you too.
Gifted gorgeousness is upon us again so time to share what I've been stitching that falls into the gifted category. Thank you Jo for being our lovely host as always.
The travelling box is here so I've been making for that. I've made 10 things including jewellery, pincushions and other small stitchery's. I'll reveal all that next month. So back to this month and I've made 2 necklaces using the wooden pendants and been working hard on the sampler too.
Firstly gifted to others... The necklaces. I made a button and loop closure on this one using some pretty variegated cord I had. And stitched it in Anchor perle cotton shade 1375
Next up was the one I showed you last month, stitched for my best friend's birthday yesterday. I just went with a simple silver snake chain.
So on to the sampler... As you know gifted to me by the in laws and abandoned for a good 18 months. I picked it up 10 days ago and stitched on it for the weekend and got to this point
5 days later I was here...
The band across the middle took 3 days. I think it was because it was so tedious.
Then came the urn and the hedge
And a bit more hedge and what will be steps when the back stitch is added.
So as it stands today we have a fruit tree
I love the colour it has added. We are calling it the plum tree as my daughter decided we needed to identify what it was.
So this week I'll be stitching the final square of the ABC sal and finishing up a birthday present.
Have a great week and happy crafting.
Monday, 6 June 2016
Hello lovely stitchy buddies,
Well today is glorious and even the up hill walk to school hasn't dampened my mood. Waiting at the top were all these Ox Eyed Daisies. There were several big patches of them. They've clearly come out en masse over half term.
On Saturday I decided once I had finished the latest square of the ABC sal to give a very old WIP some love. So at 4am when I couldn't sleep I put my lap frame back together (as you do). My in laws brought me this kit for Christmas 2013 and I started it summer of 2014 I think. Many of my followers may not have even seen my meagre progress on this up to this point. It's that old.
So the kit...Traditional sampler by Anchor. It's stitched on 14ct aida and measures a whopping 12" x18". If I was starting the kit now I'd probably swap the aida for some linen or evenweave.
So this was where I had gotten to. I'm my mind I thought I'd done more but clearly not.
I decided I'd finish off the top band yesterday which was 532 stitches and today sees it here...
It still needs a bit of back stitch on the leaves. I'm in a bit of a dilemma as the chart shows back stitch around the flowers in red, but the kit picture doesn't show them backstitched. The chart only has 5 other very small motifs with backstitch. The 2 snails and the steps to the house do and that looks fine as it it seems to create a bit of a 3D look. The butterflies have a back stitched outline in red and look a bit odd. So after that long ramble...what you you all think?
I've decided to stitch this for a week then put it aside whilst I stitch a birthday present and then pick it back up for the whole of July. Justine is continuing the success of 'faithful April' and doing 'just one July' where she focuses on one project for the month. She's invited fellow bloggers to join her. I will cheat slightly and have 2 projects on the go as I shall do the sampler for my main project as it falls into GG and wipocalypse and have a small travelling project that will go in my handbag for the bus journeys and sitting at the park at that will be for the smalls sal. I'm actually really excited about seeing how much I can get done. I'd love to get the top half done. It's a huge challenge as it's just over 7000 stitches.
So I'll see you all for GG next week. Time for another GG - my favourite Gilmore Girls! Have a great week.