Tuesday, 31 July 2012

And the winner is .......

I can’t believe it but I had 12 entrants to my giveaway, here they all are:

1.  Emma

2.  Alliecat

3.  Parsley

4.  EveningEmma

5.  Peggy

6.  Carrie

7.  Gizzimomo

8.  SoCal Debbie

9.  Shebafudge

10.  McKenna C.

11.  Maud

12.  Rosemary

and using a random number generator the winner is...



I will email you to get your snail mail address and get the prizes out as soon as possible !!!

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!


Friday, 27 July 2012

IHSW Update (always late I know!!!!!)

I spent this IHSW working on Siberian Forest.  I had already done one column of 10x10 squares so during IHSW I managed to do almost two more columns.  They were quite confetti heavy but the next lot of the pattern seems more blocky so should go faster.  Its looking really fabulous, very rich colours...

Don't forget about my giveaway (see previous post),  just a few hours left to enter !!!

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!


Friday, 20 July 2012

100 follower giveaway !!!!

I've got a hundred followers !!!!!! It makes be feel really pleased that people take the time to come and visit and comment on my little blog.  As promised I will hold a giveaway to celebrate.  The rules are as follows, all you have to do is be a public follower of my blog AND comment on this post (if you want to put a link on your own blog that would be great but not a necessity ! ).  I will leave the competition open until midnight BST on 27th July (just in time for the Olympics !!!).  The prizes are as follows, two books entitled The Ultimate A to Z Companion 1001 Needlecraft terms by Marie Clayton and Cross Stitch :  The Essential Practical Collection by Dorothy Wood, a needlebook and a pin tin:

Hope you like the prizes and I wish you good luck if you enter !!!

On a stitchy note this weekend is IHSW, I can't wait not only to get some focussed stitchy time but also to spy catch up on what all the other hermitters are doing !!!!!


Saturday, 14 July 2012

New Start: Linen Butterflies !!!

It is time for a new start since the last time I was working on my rotation I finished the wizard.  I chose a design from the DMC website that uses their now discontinued linen threads.  I have never used them before and after this design I think I will never use them again !!!  They are not as bad to use as their metallics but they are not that easy or smooth to use.  They are quite easy to break.  In saying those negatives the effect produced is quite stunning.  They have a matt effect which looks really good and I love the muted colours of the butterflies:

Linen Butterflies

20 count aida in Cotton Clouds by The Crafty Kitten
recommended DMC Linen threads
design from the DMC website (no longer available)

I am plugging away now on page three of Siberian Forest.  It is a partial page so will not take as long as  the others.  

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!!


Tuesday, 3 July 2012

The Great Escape Finish !!!!!

I did it !!! I finished The Great Escape !! I am so proud of how it turned out.  I loved learning all the new stitches and really feel my sewing has improved because of this piece.  I would never have attempted the Papillon Creations SAL without the confidence gained from The Great Escape.  I think my favourite stitch was Van Dyke which made up the sign post.  Once I got the hang of it, the post was really relaxing to stitch and the effect is really good, it looks like a plait running down the middle !!!

The Great Escape

designed by Abi Gurden of The Stitch Specialists yahoo group
fabric 32 count Belfast Linen called Pansy Impressions Opalescent from The Crafty Kitten
HDF threads

I am now up to date with my SAL's so it is back to my rotation of five projects (see sidebar for what they are)  because last time in my rotation I finished the wizard I can make a new start which is a butterfly design using the now discontinued DMC linen threads.  I am finding them interesting to work with but I will speak more on that next time when I have an update for you.  I am nearly finished with the first section of that design so it won't be long till an update and then I plan to move straight onto the next page of Siberian Forest which has come out a week early!!

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!