Thursday, 17 November 2011

Oakhaven Owl 2011 SAL: Update Seven, The Great Escape SAL: Update Two, Playing around with Hessian and Keyring

Hello Fellow Stitchers,

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!!!!!!!


  1. Lovely stitching, thank you for sharing pictures. Happy IHSW! What are you stitching today?

  2. I really love the colors in Great Escape.

    Everything else looks great too. :)

  3. Love the owl!! Very pretty projects!

  4. You got loads done!! I love the colours you chose for the Great Escape!!

  5. I love the owl, he looks quite reserved!