Sunday, 28 August 2011

Waterlilies: Update Three

I have finished the third page of Waterlilies in quite quick time compared to the last page of my HAED!!  I really love this design, I can't believe how detailed it looks considering the large chunks of colour that make up this design.  It is such a bright cheery design which makes it such a change from the HAED which is made up mostly of browns and sludgey greens.  Like the HAED the next time I stitch this will be its last and I already have a design picked out.  It's a butterfly design from the DMC website that is stitched with DMC Linen threads.  I am really looking forward to starting this one as it will be my first time stitching with these threads and they were incredibly hard to get hold off because they are discontinued.  I could have stitched them in regular cotton but I wanted to use the recommended threads as they looked interesting plus I already have a very similar (if not the same) design charted in cottons that I want to stitch as well.

Here is a picture of the third page:

And as a whole so far:

The frog was a pressie.  It's a tape measure and so adorable, I LOVE it!!!  Happy Stitching Everybody!!!

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend Results: Update Two, Morning Projects: Update Fourteen and Oakhaven 2011 SAL: Update Four

So for this months Hermit and Stitch weekend I decided to take a break from my rotation and work on some other projects.  Firstly I caught up with my Oakhaven 2011 SAL and completed the August owl which I think looks fabulous:

After I finished the owl I decided to start on my next morning project.  Since this is a larger project than I would normally do for a morning project I thought IHSW was a good opportunity to make a substantive start on it so that it won't take forever.  It's another Internet freebie but I am unsure where I got it from:

Details (Average Dog):

Material:  Pale Blue 28 count evenweave
Threads:  Recommended DMC Six-Stranded Cotton
Designer:  Jeanette Crews

Off now to continue with my Waterliles, which is nearing completion, so another post will not be long in coming.  Happy Stitching Everybody!!!

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

HAED Christmas Tree and Animals: Update Six

I can't believe that I have finally finished the current page of my HAED.  However, I am so glad that I have because it has really brought the piece together.  I know I have been somewhat negative about how this piece was turning out but now I LOVE it.  The detail is phenomenal and the animals are so realistic.  Now I am moving onto the third page of my waterlilies design which will be a welcome break from all of the confetti from this project.  Now for the piccys!!:

The page I was working on:

And as a whole so far:

Amazingly there is only one page left to go so the next time this comes around in my rotation will be its last time.  I have mixed feelings about this, I don't know if anyone else feels the same when a large project is coming to an end?  I am excited to see it finished and have a project lined up to replace it in my rotation that I am excited to start (a new fractal bookmark) but I will miss stitching it.  Off to start my waterlilies.  Happy Stitching Everybody!!!

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Morning Projects: Update Thirteen (Turtle and Snail Trail)

I was going to wait to update until I finished the current page of my HAED but it is taking too long so I thought I would post my last couple of morning project finishes.  Both are internet freebies.  The first is a turtle design from this website (not sure whereabouts it is now on the site I got it a while ago).  I love the simplicity of this design.  There were a few errors on the chart that I adjusted for as it seemed like the design should have been symmetrical but in a couple of places it wasn't.  I used some spare linen from my stash and for the first time I used  HDF (Vikki Clayton) hand-dyed silk (named Old Maid of the Heart).  I have to say that this thread was a dream to work with.  It was so smooth and looks so effective in the project.  I am so impressed with them that I am starting to collect the whole set and start to substitute DMC with them from time to time.

Details (Turtle):

Material:  28 count linen (greyey blue colour random from stash)
Threads:  Recommended HDF thread
Designer:  AuryTM (website link above)
Dimensions:  53 stitches by 29 stitches

My next morning project was a freebie from Elizabeth Almond.  This is a design called Snail Trail.  It was made up of two parts, one a blackwork picture and the same picture but including coloured cross stitch.  I decided to do both pictures on top of each of other and I really like how they turned out:

Details (Snail Trail):

Material:  28 count linen
Threads:  Recommended DMC six-stranded cotton
Dimensions:  34 stitches by 26 stitches
Designer:  Elizabeth Almond

I shouldn't be as long next time in posting because I am finally coming to the end of my HAED page.  In fact I think it will only be a few days.  Happy Stitching Everybody!!!!!