Friday, 6 January 2012

Christmas Stitching, Oakhaven Owl SAL 2011: Update Eight, and The Great Escape SAL: Update Three!!!

Now that Christmas is over I can finally reveal the projects that I was working on.  I had hoped to finish HAED Christmas Tree and Animals for Christmas but that didn't happen as you will see.  For my mum, sister and father I wanted to do something special, a wooden box with a cross-stitched lid.  Things did not go as smoothly as I wished, I vastly underestimated the amount of time it would take me to finish them, especially the one I made for my mum.  I finished my mum's at Eleven Thirty, Christmas Eve Evening.  I was soooo relieved to finish it as I had worked soooo hard and desperately wanted my mother to have it.  To be honest sewing that last box was extremely difficult, psychologically to stitch.  Rushing to finish the box, constantly sewing every minute combined with the added worry of wanting to have it finished took all the enjoyment out of it.  However, all that pain was worth it to see the finished result.  All of the boxes looked amazing.

This was my Father's:



My Sister's (this is just the picture as I don't have a picture of the box):


I added the charms to this design and used beads for the eyes instead of french knots to make it look more special.  I do like the tatty teddy designs but the backstitch is a nightmare!!!

This is the box that took the most time, my mother's:




Once again I used beads instead of french knots for extra glamour.  I really like this art deco lady and intend to stitch it for myself (after some time has past!!!!!).

I got the boxes from this website and I must just say what great service I got from the company.  Delivery was really speedy and the quality of the boxes was second to none.  They are really made well.  I finished them in some danish oil that really enhanced the wood of the boxes.

Like I said earlier these boxes have took every waking minute of the last two months to complete I have had no time to complete any stitching of my own. Once Christmas was out of the way I have been catching up with my own stitching.  I have completed the last owl of the Oakhaven Owl 2011 SAL.  I have LOVED this SAL soo much.  The owls are real cuties.  I have already signed up for the 2012 SAL of which I have received the first part.  Here are the piccys of the December owl and of them all together:



I have also caught up with The Great Escape SAL by Abi Gurden at The Stitch Specialists yahoo group.  I am loving this SAL as it is really making feel much m ore confident with my sewing.  Everytime I manage to complete a stitch that I initially thought was beyond my skills I get a real sense of achievement.  It is not perfect, but I am really pleased with the results:


I have been stitching away as well on HAED Christmas Tree and Animals and I think I will be finished by the weekend.  Fingers Crossed!!! Happy Stitching Everybody!!!!!!!!!

P.S.  There is a great giveaway at this blog:  Heather's Giveaway.  She is being very generous!!!


6 comments:

  1. Donna, those christmas boxes are beautiful.

    Owls are looking great.

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  2. The boxes look gorgeous and those owls are so adorable! Take some time to stitch for yourself for a while. You've earned it!

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  3. THANK-YOU FOR MY BOX, IT IS BEAUTIFUL AND AS YOU KNOW I AM KEEPING JEWELLERY IN IT. YOU ARE SO CLEVER! EVEN IF WE DIDN'T SEE YOU XMAS EVE! X MUM

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  4. Hi there.

    I would like to know what the cost of this lady's cushion pattern or kit? Many thanks for a respond.

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  5. Anybody can tell me where I can get that lady pattern which it has flowers on her shoulder? and how much does it cost? Many thanks for a respond.

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    1. Hi Esther. This is a Maia kit by Anchor threads. It is called Deco Lady. Here is a link to a site that sells them ... http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B0043REX7M?pc_redir=1413993827&robot_redir=1

      Donna

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