I have completed the next owl in the Oakhaven Owl SAL. I think this is my favourite so far, the owl is soo cute and I like the way it is holding the pumpkin!! I can't believe the next owl signals the end of the SAL, it seems like only yesterday I started it but I have really enjoyed it, I think the designer (Tonia Pappan) has really designed it well and is really talented:
I have also completed part four of The Great Escape SAL (from The Stitch Specialist's Yahoo Group). At first I felt a bit daunted by this part as it seemed a bit too advanced for me but I persevered with it and followed Abi's very clear instructions. The final result is really something, I can't believe the texture that it has added to the piece and I am looking forward to getting on with part five:
I also spent yesterday making myself up a little keyring adapting an alphabet that I found in SEW magazine. I needed this as I keep losing my front door key ever since I broke my last keyring. It took no time at all to stitch up but I like the result:
Next up is a bit of play that I had. I am currently taking a dressmaking course designed for adult learners. As part of this course we spent some time doing embroidery on coloured hessian fabric. When I got home I continued this on some plain hessian that I bought. Since I already knew the stitches that we learnt (lazy daisy, chain, feather and blanket) I thought I would play around with different fabrics and ribbon. I did some simple applique with blanket stitch using some beautiful satin fabric I found in my LNS and also a bag of assorted ribbons. I was quite pleased with how it came out as this really took me out of my comfort zone. I am primarily a cross stitcher, have quite a mathematical mind and like to follow patterns therefore to create a more 'free' piece of work was extremely hard.
My blog posts have been becoming more sporadic as of late because I have started my christmas stitching. I am working on some projects for my family but I can't update my blog with them as my family read this blog. I am however, taking WIP pictures at different stages and intend to have a separate blog post after christmas showing what I am making from beginning to end. This means I cannot spend as much time on my HAED as I like but I am still plugging away at doing by making it my morning project ensuring it gets at least at hour a day on, so it should be completed soon as I want to display it for christmas.
Don't forget it is November's IHSW this weekend. For anyone unaware of this great idea follow this IHSW Link. Happy Stitching Everybody!!!!!!!