Friday, 29 June 2007
Thursday, 28 June 2007
Wednesday, 27 June 2007
Monday, 25 June 2007
Thursday, 21 June 2007
So with the trip, I won't be updating until next week when we get back, and hopefully with a bit more clarity on our proposed move to Dublin...
Happy weekend and happy stitching!
Wednesday, 20 June 2007
What little time I did have was spent in completing the 'shadow stitch' row (the pink row near the bottom) and then beginning the 3rd of 4 verse rows - it's not quite complete, missing 'neat' plus a flourish.
Tuesday, 19 June 2007
Monday, 18 June 2007
Also, on Friday night - yess! - more stash arrived on my doorstep. This time from Wye Needlework - the 3 Shepherd's Bush charts - and from Lekker Threads and the very nice Tina, the linen - 36ct Lakeside Linen in Bittersweet (the pinker one) and Strawflower (the creamier one).
Friday, 15 June 2007
Thursday, 14 June 2007
Then, from the wonderful Janice at Traditional Stitches, my monthly SEP (Stash Enhancement Programme) pack, which this month included a skein of Gloriana Petit Princess (similar to perle, only in silk), some 28ct Cashel linen in Golden Sand - which is going to be perfect for all the small projects that are scudding around in my brain - a couple of freebie charts, and a beaded chatelaine, which has currently been attached to my stitching drawer.
AND THEN! Also from Janice, half of the big order that I put in just after we got paid our annual bonus (credit card abuse? never!), which included several skeins of Au Ver a Soie and one of WDW Louisiana Hot Sauce, a cut of Glenshee Cottonfields for Celtic Banner, and the three remaining charts from Examplar Dames - the limited edition Quaker series - Humility, Peace and Faith (Prosperity came last month, and it was so beautiful, I couldn't resist ordering the other 3 in the set).
Phew! It was all very exciting. So by the time I'd unpacked, admired, forced H to admire, and put everything away, there wasn't much stitching time last night. I dedicated what there was to finishing off my inaugural biscornu. Or, working towards finishing it off. After a false start and a bit of ripping (I realised that I really needed to start the backstitching an even number of threads away from the stitching, rather than an uneven number, so that the corners worked out properly and there was a proper 'middle' to the design), I merrily backstitched my way around and began to put the whole thing together - I've finished about 3 sides out of 8, and here is my progress thus far - hopefully to be finished off in style on Sunday.
Wednesday, 13 June 2007
Tuesday, 12 June 2007
Friday, 8 June 2007
I went a bit stash-crazy today - I ordered threads and fabric for a couple of projects in the latest Gift of Stitching (and wasn't that an amazing issue???) - for Double Dutch and for the pincushions. I also ordered a bit of ribbon and some charms for a couple of charts I unearthed from my stash and am thinking of starting. Now just to wait until it all arrives in!
A very short post for those of you strapped for time :) Happy stitching!
Wednesday, 6 June 2007
Monday, 4 June 2007
After the fun of opening this parcel, I carried on with Paradigm Lost, and managed an H, an I, a J and half a K - I think I might try and stitch this on a Saturday or a Sunday, as doing an hour here or an hour there just seems to get me nowhere. This is more likely due to my slow stitching than any design flaw!Saturday morning I spent with the second of Friday's packages - some beautiful scissors from the wonderful Leena and her shop Violarium. I've used these to finish the Heart Throb scissor fob - my first ever attempt at such a thing - and I'm immensely pleased with the results:
Front is stitched on 32ct cream with recommended DMC fibres, back is stitched on 32ct Permin/Wichelt English Rose with Silk 'n' Colours Pink Elephant
And then on Sunday, after a wonderful round of golf (ok, actually half a round of wonderful golf followed by half a round with quite a bit of swearing and tantrum-throwing by my good self, having lost several balls and found a really irritating creek which insisted on meandering through the fairway exactly where my ball kept landing - yes on 3 holes in a row), H manfully fired up the new BBQ and cooked us a delicious dinner. And I sat down to my final stitching session of the weekend, and carried on with Their Song. I just love this design and am really looking forward to the next Loose Feathers instalment!
I hope you all had wonderful weekends and enjoyed the weather as much as we did - happy stitching!
Friday, 1 June 2007
Busy Bee - check
Heart Throb Scissor Fob - check
Moroccan Biscornu - no, only half finished
Mum's Heart II - check
Their Song - check
Northern Lights - check
Paradigm Lost - check
Silver Needle - check
START: (three of the following, I can't decide which!)
Irish Blessing - Sweetheart Tree
Spanish Wine - Wild at Heart
An Open Heart - Drawn Thread
Fond Hearts - Blackbird Designs
Happy Hearts Sampler - Birds of a Feather
None of these - started Love Is Patient instead, as had all the materials to hand (and still waiting for some materials for some of the above)
Mum's Heart II - check
Busy Bee - no, I haven't found a frame to fit yet
GOALS FOR JUNE:
Love Is Patient
Spanish Wine (waiting for fabric/thread)
anything else - I've got plenty on the go!
Happy stitching this weekend everyone - more updates on Monday from me I think!