Saturday, March 27, 2010

A finish & some w.i.p pics!

Hi all

Thanks for your compliments on my finishes of last. The JBW piece was a fun quick piece and I am resisting the urge to start another! This past week I made some minor progress on a couple of my wips and started & finished my ornament for March. First up here's my ornament:
Little House Needleworks - Home for the Holidays
This one is from the 2005 JCS ornament issue. It's stitched almost as charted, except I used DMC B5200 for the snowman and snowflakes as I wanted them to be dfferent to the house. I also used mill hill petite white beads for the "falling snow"at the top instead of stitches. Fabric is 28ct "butterscotch glitz"opalescent hand dyed lugana from silkweavers. Stitching completed March 26, 2010. There sure was a lot of stitching involved in this one for an ornament but I am really pleased with how it turned out!
Now for some progress pics on my wip's:
Bucilla - Paper Dolly teddy kit - worked a bit on the basket, lots of colour changes in this little motif.Drawn Thread - An Open Heart - stitched few motifs in the top heart. I think one the heart is done it might progress a bit faster.
Ink Circles - Blackstone Fantasy Garden: a bit more done on this one, I'm sort of half way now. This is a fun easy piece to stitch.
OK this is the last one! It's The Trilogy - Family ( also known as, least to me anyway, the great brown blob!). I've been dragging my heels on this one since January 2009! The brown mountain has been my downfall. It's supposed to be sitched in WDW but I have done it in DMC instead. As the mountain is nearly done, I'm hoping the rest of the piece goes quicker, couldn't go any slower that's for sure!!
I'm trying to spend some time with all my wips so there might be similar posts coming!
As always, thanks for taking the time out of your day to see what I've been up to! Your comments keep me going!
Happy Stitching

Friday, March 19, 2010

A finish or two!

Hi all

Well these past couple of weeks have been fairly productive! I managed a couple of finishes and worked on 2 of my wip's, received an exchange parcel and went to a craft show with Anne and Alison!

First up here's my purchases from the craft show, it was only a small show and I had a limited budget but still managed to pick up some bargains!
Here's 2 charts from my wish list and some cute scissors for my collection.Here's some ribbon & cording for finishing. Some felt to make scissor pouches for my new scissors, some cute bee finishing fabric, dragonfly charms and Shepherds Bush Halloween needleroll which I got for a good price! I also got a couple of packs of buttons, some small yellow stars and some snowflakes which I forgot to include in the pic!

Here's a pic of the great spring/easter exchange parcel I received from Cheryl (no blog) unfortunately the chocolates which included melted a bit on the treat bag but luckily not on the actual stitching. Chocolates are in the fridge so aren't included in the pic, but they 2 little bees & 2 little ladybugs! Thanks again Cheryl I love it!
Ok now here's my last couple of finishes, one I only finished last night!

JBW Designs - Plum Pudding

28ct tea dyed monaco with DMC & WDW. stitching completed March 14, 2010.

Prairie Schooler 2010 Spring freebie. All colours changed!

Stitched with DMC on 28ct "primitive"hand-dyed linen from silkweavers. Stitching completed March 19, 2010.

In addition to the 2 finishes I also made some good progress on my Ink Circles - Blackstone Fantasy Garden and got a bit more done on Drawn Thread - An Open Heart but I haven't taken pics of them yet. will do that for my next post.

This week I'm planning on doing this month's ornament (yet to be decided exaclty which one it will be) and I hope to make some progress on at least one or more of my other wip's too!

Thanks in advance for looking, I appreciate all your comments.

Happy Stitching


Saturday, March 6, 2010

Cube finished!

Oh my, 2 posts in 2 days, that's got to be a first for me!! I had to show a pic though as I "finished" my cube last night for an upcoming exchange!! This took quite a while as there's lots of whip stitching involed but I really love how it turned out! It will be hard to send it off to my partner but I have told myself I can always make another! So without further ado, here's my cube!
It's stuffed with a combination of poly pellets & fibrefill. The pellets are to give it a bit of weight. I meant to sew one of those charms on the top which say hand made etc but forgot. Had a cute butterfy one too, oh well, next time! So you can get an idea of the size, it's stitched on 28ct jobelan and the whipstitching was 36 stitches each side and measures 2.5"square. I backed each side with the stiffest iron on interfacing I could find.

Thanks in adance for looking at my blog, your comments spur me on!

Happy Stitching



Friday, March 5, 2010

January 1st piece progress & exchange update

Hi all

Well I have finished the 4 stitched squares for my exchange piece and plan on doing the other 2 sides this afternoon , and hopefully "finishing" it tomorrow or tonight! Here's how it looks so far

Stitched as charted apart from the beehive, I subbed WDW whiskey for the DMC. Threads used are WDW, GAST & DMC. Stitching completed March 4, 2010.

Next up is my progress on my January 1st piece, Just Nan's Needle In A Garden, I'm just over a quarter of the way on this one now.

Well that's all I've managed the past 2 weeks, been putting in long hours at work as we have been so busy. Bonus is, I will get a couple of days off from the extra hours!

So far my no stash buying is going pretty good, I've only succumbed once and grabbed an Ink Circles designs ornament - Reindeer Huddle! I'm still getting my JCS mags too. Going to a craft show with some friends next week though and I'm sure I'll find something I can't live without!

Well that's it for me, need to go stitch the other 2 squares for my cube so I can get the finishing done!

Happy Stitching all