Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Slow Going But Progress Nonetheless ...

Wow Literate Dragon is going soooo slow, each ten by ten square is a confetti nightmare.  Each square is taking at least two hours.  I do love it though and am still very motivated to finish it.  The last square I have finished just has the beginning of the dragons ear !!!!! The next few squares don't seem as confetti mad so should (in theory) go quicker ... 



 


 

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!!
 

Sunday, 21 July 2013

Part Ten of Papillon Creations SAL Finished !!!!! And Starting Another Crazy !!!!

I have been working on two designs this week as it was just too hot to work on the complicated stitching on Papillon for too long. Part Ten of Papillon Creation SAL is now complete and looks lovely !!! There were a few different stitches to learn this time. The metallic centre is Ceylon Stitch. This was my first time doing this and I think it turned out ok. The lilac centre stitch is Amadeus stitch and the final centre stitch in shades of red is Indian Herringbone. The rest of the part is made up of lazy daisies and ray stitches except the bottom which was Pekinese stitch. I found most of the stitches ok to do, Pekinese took a couple of attempts till I got it looking ok. I have finished it without the beads so far due to the reasons I explained in my last post see here. I have now decided to replace all the beads and do them all at the end.

 Without further ado (terrible photos from my ipad, sorry !!! ) ....





 Because this is such a intense piece to work on I brought out another, easier project from my Crazy January Challenge pieces to work on.  Dolphins was the easiest project on the list because although it is a large piece it is made up of larger blocks of colour.  I only have to complete page four for CJC.  I am not focussing on this piece as I am starting HAED Literate Dragon finally today but I am going to work on it when I need a break from all the confetti or when I only have a ten minute window to stitch.  Whilst working on part ten of Papillon I managed to get approximately 700 stitches done.   Here is the piece when I last worked on it in 2012...



 And where I left it on day Thirteen of CJC ...



 And now ...


I am now going to make a start on HAED Literate Dragon (late I know !!!!) else I have no hope of a finish for this year !!!!

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

Monday, 15 July 2013

On a Roll with Crazy Finishes !!!!!

And because of the lovely sunshine I have another finish to share !!!!  After the difficulty of HAED Trick or treat I needed something nice and simple to work on. I took out Keep Calm and Cross Stitch to work on.  instead of the two over one on 25 count that I used for Trick or Treat this piece was worked three over two on 25 count.  The stitches seemed massive !!!! This design was a freebie from Crossstitcher magazine from an issue last year.  I enjoyed stitching it but I had a couple of issues with the pattern, for example the crown is not symmetrical.  This drives me potty but I still really like the look of the piece overall !!!!

This is where I left the piece on day eight of January ...


And here it is completed ...


I am also working on Papillon Creations SAL part ten this week which I am close to finishing so not too long till another update.

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!!
 


Monday, 8 July 2013

FINISHED!!!!!!!

I am sooo pleased to say I have finished the first page of HAED Trick or Treat.  I am very glad I persevered with the issues I had at the beginning because it has turned out nicely, not perfect but I am pleased.  It feels weird to put it to one side now but I only had to complete one page for my Crazy January Challenge and I still have a lot of projects to go.  So far I have completed six challenges and I still have nine to go despite being over halfway through the year !!!!!!! One of those is the HAED BB SAL for 2013 which I haven't touched since January.  That is going to be my next project once I have completed the next part of my Papillon Creations SAL ....





 

 Happy Stitching Everybody !!!!!

P.S.  I have been obsessed with the tennis at Wimbledon this last fortnight, I am so pleased that Andy Murray won !!!!!!

P.P.S. If anybody has a twitter account you can follow me @stitchydon


 
 

Monday, 1 July 2013

More Progress To Share .....

After another day off watching Wimbledon, I have made significant progress on Trick or Treat, the end is now in sight !!!!!  I managed 500 stitches today and since the last post I have done another 2000 stitches.  I just have approximately 1800 stitches till the end of the page, which I may be able to achieve by the end of this week or beginning of next at the least ....


There is the beginning of a bat's wing and the moon is getting brighter and more atmospheric.  There are some lovely colours in the moon.

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!!