Friday, 28 March 2014

Sew and Stitch Magazine Square #1

When I was young I was always fascinated by the partwork magazines that were always on the tv. No matter how much my parents would tell me it was cheaper to buy a book I always wanted to subscribe to one. I always told myself when I was older and earning money I would subscribe to one of them. In September last year a new one started to be advertised in the U.K. entitled 'Sew and Stitch'. I couldn't wait and signed up right away. Each week you get the materials and instructions to make a nautical themed quilt along with a magazine. There were also some cool subscription presents. I started subscribing in September and have been collecting up the magazines ( I have just received issue 28).

I want to share my progress each week as I take the plunge and do my first square. I thought it would be good to do a little review each week too just in case anyone else was wondering about the value of these partwork type subscriptions.

Part one was a postcard square. The instructions were clearly written and I had lots of materials given so I didn't struggle there. The stitches used were a pretty basic backstitch and straight stitch which look really effective. I really like the beach fabric and it's pretty good quality ( I was expecting thin, inexpensive fabric but it's a good thickness ). I really enjoyed stitching this one and am looking forward to next weeks session on square two ...

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

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Thursday, 27 March 2014

Stitch from Stash March !!!

Short update this month.  I spent £7.75 (approximately 12.85 USD) this month on needles and one skein of thread.  Add that to last month's remainder .. £1.69 or 2.82 USD, that means I have a total left of £8.94 or 14.85 USD.  

I stitched from stash this month on two WIP's, my dolphin project and completed Lanarte Butterfly, one of my 2014 CJC's.  For a new start I made a start on my Easter Egg Band Sampler that I designed from scratch using threads and fabric from my stash.

Happy Stitching  Everybody !!!

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Small Finish !!!!

I've been working on one of my CJC as a travel/handbag project. I chose my Lanarte Butterfly design as I thought I was close to finishing. However I realised when I went to stitch it that I had stitched the left hand side of the butterfly one stitch out of place so out came the scissors. Unfortunately that meant I ran out of thread and I had to substitute with DMC equivalents. They had a DMC conversion on the chart so I don't think you can tell where I swapped ...

I also made a start on my Easter chart that I designed (available for free in my last blog post). I am completely stitching from stash using DMC thread and some hand dyed fabric from The Crafty Kitten. This piece is the October 2011 Limited Edition and is a 28 count Cashel Linen. I am stitching over two ...

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

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Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Easter Egg Band Sampler Freebie Design!!

A couple of years ago I purchased MacStitch for my laptop.  I've never really had a real chance to look at it but today I have had a little play around with it.  I've created a little Easter design and I thought I would share it on here ...

Here is the chart ...

   Copyright StitchyDon Designs 2014

Feel free to stitch it in any colourway you want.  If anybody does stitch it I would love to see a piccy, feel free to link to this design on your blog.  All I request is that you credit the design back to me.  This is going to be my next handbag project.

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Another Page Finish !!!

After writing about dreaming of sewing in my last post you'll be pleased to know that's exactly what I did !!! I got home from my shift, and promptly fell asleep haha !!! So I didn't get to sew till the following evening. In the days since I have managed to get a real chunk of it done. I have now finished page two and made a start on the third one ...

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

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Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Making Progress and Dreaming of Stitching !!!

I'm in work right now dreaming of stitching! I'm on my lunch break so I thought I would post some progress. I'm working full time this week so not as much progress as normal but I'm over halfway through this page and on my second row of my aim for March. It's weird focussing on one project solely, I'm not used to it anymore but this project has been a lingerer for so long I want to work on it !!!

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Dolphinny Goodness !!!!

Making good progress on Dolphins, I didn't achieve my goal of a page and two rows finished but I feel confident I can catch up this month as I really want to stitch to my schedule to complete it this year. So my aim for this month is another page and two rows on this project and then pick another project from CJC to work on till the end of the month ...

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!!

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