Friday, 29 July 2011

Morning Projects: Update Twelve (Pinky Flower)

I have finished another morning project this week:  a small freebie flower design from here.  It was really quick to stitch up but I think the shading looks really effective for such a small design.

Details (Pinky Flower):

Material:  28 count bluey-grey linen (random from stash)
Threads:  Recommended DMC Six-Stranded Cotton
Designer:  Unsure?  From CrossStitcher magazine website (link above)

I am also still plugging away on the next page of my HAED.  The next update on this will be awhile though I am about a quarter of the way through the page.

Happy Stitching Everybody!!!

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Oakhaven Owl 2011 SAL: Update Three (July)

I have finished the July Owl in this SAL.  It is very American to celebrate the 4th of July.  I really like the hat and the speciality stitches that formed the fireworks around the owl.  The owl looks like it is enjoying itself!!! I am really enjoying stitching this and look forward to each owl coming out.  They look good all together and I am pleased I decided to do them all on the piece of fabric.

Here is July in all its glory:

And the seven owls all together:

Happy Stitching Everybody!!!!!

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Results From My First International Hermit and Stitch Weekend ('In Stitches')

So here are the results of my first International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (click on the link to see the other participants results).  I decided to take a break from my rotation and finish off the morning project that I started at the beginning of the week.  It is a companion piece to 'A Cross Stitch' and 'Stranded Cotton'.  I was able to complete it so here are the piccys:

Details (In Stitches):

Material:  Polstitches grab bag fabric 28 count evenweave (in green/yellow shades)
Threads:  Recommended DMC regular six-stranded cotton
Designer:  Liz Reed ('In Stitches')

Before the weekend started:

And after!!:

Happy Stitching Everybody!!

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Fractal Bookmark: Update Four, Holiday Stash, Travelling Projects: Update One (Blackwork Journey), Hermit and Stitch Weekend

I haven't been able to update all week for two reasons:

  1. I have lent my camera lead to my sister so I could not transfer my pictures to my computer but I have gotten it back today
  2. I have been on holiday!!! I have spent the last few days on the Exmouth coast and have had a wonderful time.
My holiday was fantastic.  I was lucky with the weather, each day was perfect weather for what I wanted to do.  I managed to have a beach day and a couple of days of walking where I didn't want it too hot.  I managed to get some stitching done whilst on holiday as I was laying on the beach.  This is a blackwork freebie from Elizabeth Almond.  It was perfect to stitch  on the beach because it wasn't too complicated as my mind doesn't work properly in the heat!!!:

Details (Blackwork Journey):

Material:  28 count hand-dyed evenweave fabric from Polstitches grab bag
Threads:  Recommended DMC six-stranded cotton
Designer:  Elizabeth Almond (available from this link)

I also wanted to write about one of the walks I did which turned up a surprise.  On Tuesday my mother and myself took ourselves off to do a hike along the Jurassic coastline.  After six miles we came across this quaint little village called Budleigh Salterton.  While we were walking around there was a shop selling vintage items and they had a basket full of linen outside.  I just HAD to rifle through a little and it was SOO worth it.  I came across some linen, hand edged in lace, that was just screaming for some embroidery or cross stitch on it.  Even better when I got to the till I was informed that the linen was from the Victorian period.  I am so excited about it and my mind is racing over what to stitch on it.  I am not going to rush a decision because I want it to be special.  Not only that but the price was only TWO pounds, I couldn't believe it.  It was fifty pence for  the smaller and one pound fifty for the larger piece.  Isn't it lovely !!!?!?!?!?!?:

Before I went on holiday I finished the fourth page of my Fractal bookmark.  I just fall deeper in love with this picture the more it develops.  It is looking so fantastic in real life:

I also have corrected the error I talked about in a previous post on my HAED Christmas Tree and Animals Design.  This took less time than I thought.  There were not so many stitches that needed to be frogged.  Unfortunately however, whilst unpicking some of the stitches on the bluey bird I accidently ripped some of the threads.  I was upset as it meant that I needed to frog the whole bird but luckly it didn't take too long to restitch.  It is therefore now all fixed and I am happy to be continuing with the next page.  I think this page will take a long time to finish because it is quite a full page and contains a lot of confetti.  I hope to make a large dent in it this weekend because I am taking part in the International  Hermit and Stitch weekend (and intend to make this my project to work on).  If interested take a look at the link and all of the blogs of people taking part.

Happy Stitching Everybody!!!

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Morning Project: Update Eleven (A Cross Stitch)

Here is the funny little design I have been working on the mornings this last week.  It is SOO funny and a companion piece to 'Stranded Cotton' that was an earlier morning project post.  It took approximately six hours to stitch up.  The bright colours in this are a welcome change as all I seem to stitching at the moment are blue colours (the dolphins and my fractal both use similar blue shades).  Here is the piccy:


Material:  28 count evenweave tea hand-dyed (see post entitled, Hand-Dyed Experiment)
Threads:  Regular Six-Stranded DMC cottons
Designer:  Liz Reed (A Cross Stitch)
Dimensions:  64 stitches x 37 stitches