Friday, 31 August 2007
Carry on with Northern Lights
Carry on with Spanish Wine
Carry on with Awake the Dawning Day
Carry on with Paradigm Lost
Finish AMAP Pinkeep
Stitch and send 4 gifts/exchanges
Stitch 2 further gifts
Start stitching Orlaith's stocking
Choose Fair & Square block to stitch
Choose Stitcher's Lottery project
Phew - I will be kept very very busy if I manage to achieve even half of that :)
This is how I did in August...
continue Northern Lights YES
continue Awake the Dawning Day YES
finish Queen Anne pincushion YES, start a next small project YES
complete eyelet border and corners, and start section 1 of Spanish Wine YES
finish Love Is Patient YES, and, once that is finished start a new project no
finish pages 1 and 2 of Paradigm Lost, start page 3 no (only a few stitches left on page 1 though, and page 2 is completed!)
Overall, not a bad month! Roll on September :)
Happy stitching and thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, 30 August 2007
Tuesday, 28 August 2007
Above is the 'Touch of Orange Needlebook' by MTV Designs. On the left is the cover (front on right and back on left) of the needlebook, and the right hand photo is the small motif which will be a scissor keep and sewed to the inside of the book. It's stitched on 28ct Vintage Country Mocha linen, using Gloriana, Atalie, and Kreinik threads and Mill Hill Beads. Now that I have my brand new sewing machine, I'll be able to sew this all together once I pick up a few necessities - ribbon for tying it shut, a bit of felt, etc.
I also did a bit of work on ADD at the weekend - the grapes are nearly done!
The best part of the weekend was Saturday night, when H and I went for a 'date' at a very nice gastro pub a few miles away that we'd been meaning to try. I realised when I got out of the car park with my freshly shorn legs, newly painted toenails, best dress, blow dried hair and best jewelery that we don't really do dressed up occasions very often, so it was a real treat to ourselves. And the food was gorgeous! I had a wonderful goat's cheese salad with apples and walnuts, followed by a Welsh fillet steak with cheesy mash. H had the largest, cheesiest half baguette of cheesy garlic bread I have ever seen, followed by a delicious looking burger with all the trimmings and chunky chips. I indulged in 'Angel Mess' for dessert - raspberries and blackberries crushed with lots of whipped cream and broken up pieces of chocolate meringue. Yes, it is rather sweet, and no, after all that food, I couldn't quite finish it! But we had a lovely evening, and it really made my weekend!
Happy stitching, and thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, 23 August 2007
I'm not looking forward to my struggle home this afternoon, as it's Reading Festival this weekend, meaning my train will be full to bursting with grungy-looking 20-somethings complete with wellies, overstuffed backpacks, tents and bedrolls. Ah, it's only once a year...
Happy stitching and thanks for stopping by!
Wednesday, 22 August 2007
Monday, 20 August 2007
I'm using threads out of my stash, and not the prescribed ones, and have gone for a rather more rusty orange look than is suggested on the chart. Bright orange isn't one of my favourites. This is a Gloriana silk thread called, I believe, Fall Leaves or something like that.
Saturday's update is of course PL. I'm working on a very huge medallion beneath the (?) dragonfly - I managed to get the first three 'spokes' of it done. That's nearly all of pages 1 and 2 completed now.
Happy stitching all and thanks for stopping by!
Friday, 17 August 2007
The weekend ahead is set to be a dire one weather-wise yet again, so our outdoor pursuits may be somewhat curtailed. The garden is really quite getting out of hand with all this rain - the weeds are rather flourishing. The plants are too, so it doesn't look too disastrous, just very untidy!
Blogger is playing much nicer today, and has allowed me to post the photo of my start on the AMAP pinkeep. Nice Blogger.
Have a wonderful weekend all, and happy stitching!
Thursday, 16 August 2007
I started a new project last evening - I'm doing A Mon Ami Pierre's Victorian Pinkeep. This is 1/1 stitching and I'm doing it on 32ct linen using Vikki Clayton Hand-Dyed Fibers. I can only stitch a small bit at a time (with glasses shifted from my eyes to the top of my head - I'm only 33 and already I can't see small stitching!!), so I haven't gotten very far - it may take me a while to finish this one!
(I promise you there isn't much to see, and unfortunately Blogger has decided that the small photo I took of my progress isn't worthy of being published, or so I am assuming after repeated error messages! Hopefully photos tomorrow.)
Happy stitching everyone!
Tuesday, 14 August 2007
Sunday saw H heading off once more to Dublin for meetings early on Monday morning, so after I had dropped him at Heathrow, I had the remainder of the day to stitch away to my heart's content. The beautiful weather of Saturday didn't last either, so it was an easy choice between stitching (dry) and garden (wet) on Sunday! First of all I finished (hurrah!) Queen Anne's Lace pincushion! It's a bit of a funny size - a bit small for a pincushion, and a bit big for a scissor fob, but I had decided to finish it as a scissor fob regardless, and got out all the threads I was going to need to make a really snazzy green and pink cord and matching tassel. And then, steaming ahead, and excited about the prospect of finishing this, I started stitching together the first side of the fob, and then the second, and then the third, and then...and then I realised that I had completely forgotten to attach the cord and tassel (in fact I had completely forgotten to even make the cord and tassel!), so I decided that it wouldn't be a fob after all, but a pincushion as originally intended. Note to self - slow down a bit when doing finishing! Here it is:
Queen Anne's Lace Pincushion by Cat's Whiskers
28ct Cashel Linen - Platinum
Threads - DMC Linen as charted
Feeling quite inspired by my finish, I picked up Love Is Patient, determined to put in the final few stitches on this as well - which I did do, another finish! Although, having recently seen all the wonderful options for finishing on Focus on Finishing and on all of your inspiring blogs, I'm of two (or three or four) minds about how to finish this one: as a pillow? frame it?, as a fabric basket? maybe even a large flat fold? - it's only about 8" x 6" so it isn't that big... if you have any thoughts, do let me know!
Love Is Patient by La-D-Da
36ct Examplar linen - Lakeside Linens
Crescent Colours threads as charted
And it wasn't even close to bedtime! So I carried on with Spanish Wine - finishing the interior eyelet border (yay!) and starting the corners, one of which I finished (top R), and one of which I nearly finished (top L) - these are all in double running stitch, which looks fantastic (though I do say it myself) but which I'm finding very time consuming, working out a 'there and back' path (probably because I'm very new to this stitch). But loving this project as ever!
And, finally, after a lonely supper (LOL, self-pity is not my style :) I decided to round out my stitching marathon with Awake the Dawning Day - the vines around the house are getting there. It's quite a difference hopping from Spanish Wine, which is 36ct, to ADD, which is 28ct!
Monday - Northern Lights - I managed to finish the esker band and half of the iceberg band - the rather large gap between them is for a completely beaded band, and because this is such a long sampler, I intend to put the beads on last of all.
Phew - think that's enough for today :) Happy stitching!
Friday, 10 August 2007
I will send a stitched handmade item to the first 5 people who leave a comment on my blog under this post. You will receive it within 365 days; you have my word. The only thing you have to do in return is Pay It Forward by making the same promise on your blog! Once you sign up, I will be emailing you for mailing address information and will keep an eye out on YOUR blog to see what designs, colors, designers you like.
I look forward to hearing from you - and to stitching something for you!
Wednesday, 8 August 2007
I'm **nearly** there on catching up on my blog reading - we don't have a computer at home, and I don't always have a lot of spare time at work to squeeze in all that I want to do on the internet :)
Tuesday, 7 August 2007
Happy stitching to all out there - thank you again for all your kind thoughts!
Monday, 6 August 2007
Wednesday, 1 August 2007
Goals - July
finish pincushion - yes
finish a second small - yes, my first tin top!
start a third small - yes, am working on a pincushion
finish Silver Needle, and start another project - yes and yes, started Awake the Dawning Day
continue Northern Lights - yes
finish entire page 1 and page 2 of Paradigm Lost - no, I think I bit off more than I could chew!
continue Love Is Patient - finish outer border and heart border - yes
continue Spanish Wine - yes
Goals for August
continue Northern Lights
continue Awake the Dawning Day
finish Queen Anne pincushion, start a next small project
complete eyelet border and corners, and start section 1 of Spanish Wine
finish Love Is Patient, and, once that is finished start a new project
finish pages 1 and 2 of Paradigm Lost, start page 3
I think that should be enough to keep me busy!
And, before I go today, a heartfelt thank you to all of you who have dropped by and left lovely comments, particularly the very kind comments about my tin finish :) Happy stitching!