Friday, 30 May 2014

Some Actual Cross Stitching !!!

Everyone's been really nice about my sew and stitch project but I think it's long overdue that I update on my current cross stitch WIPs !!! After all cross stitch is my main hobby !!!

I won't make my dolphin aims for the month but I have two weeks off from work coming up so should be able to carry it over to next month.
I am about to finish page five which is the final page in the top row ...

I have also been working on a WIP that I started last year. This is a project from New Stitches magazine that I started in December last year. I put it too one side but when I ran out of threads the other day rather then buy new (how good am I haha) I pulled this one out to work on. It looks like I'm quite near a finish but it wasn't until I started the central motifs that I realised I had done the complete border in just two strands when the pattern called for three (if only I read the pattern before haha). Never mind, all the motifs are correct and I have been slowly frogging the border as you can see (I had completed the whole border before I realised). I love the Nordic feel of this design even if it does felt strange to be stitching winter scenes during springtime !!! This is being stitched on 14 count red aida with white anchor stranded cotton. Three threads over one.

There are some charms to go in the gaps. Last but not least is a little personal project. One of my favourite shows recently ended and as a fan I wanted to do something to commentate it so I took one of the famous sayings from the show and put it in cross stitch. I designed it myself using MacStitch. So here it is so far, I call it my Legendary project to celebrate How I Met Your Mother ending ...

Fans' know what the second half will say. It just needs the letters dary and a border and it will be complete. I am stitching it on 22count Oslo hand dyed by The Crafty Kitten and I am using Dinky Dyes Silk #44 Pacific Sunshine. I am stitching two over one.

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

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Sunday, 25 May 2014

Stitch From Stash May Edition !!!

I stuck to it !!!! Yeah !!! It was tough, I had another rough month in work and was desperate to use retail therapy to get over it but I tried really hard and managed to stick to budget !!!

Stitch from Stash Statistics :

Money available for May:  £15 (not rolling anything over because of last month's epic fail)

Spent -

DMC Threads:  £3.10
Dinky Dyes Silk:  £2.41
Marker pen for Sew and Stitch Quilt:  £8.51

Total Spent:  £14.02 or 23.60 USD
Total Remaining for Next Month:  98p or 1.65 USD

Here's hoping next month is just as good !!!

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

Friday, 16 May 2014

Sew and Stitch Square #4

So another week and another square competed. this weeks square was called The Ships Wheel. It was pretty basic and involved the placed of six circles attached to the fabric with small straight stitches and bondaweb. The instructions then had you decorate them with detached chain stitches in varied colours. I quite like this square. It was very easy and quick. The instructions were very clear but I am an experienced sewer so it's hard to judge however I think they are clear enough for beginners too ...

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

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Friday, 9 May 2014

Sew and Stitch Square #3

Well actually it's square number two because the square I made last time was square three, I managed to mix the mags up. Nevermind, I am still really enjoying it.

So far the instructions have been very clearly written and I have had plenty of materials to work with. Nothing new to me in this square to learn but it was still a nice enjoyable stitch. The square involved the placing of ribbons with a small straight stitch (the cream straight stitch on the ribbon is, however, already attached to the ribbon) and then some embellishment with embroidery stitches. The embroidery thread is not the highest quality but it's not bad either. It does fluff a little but I have had no breakages. I would say this has been the easiest square of the three ...

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Dolphin Page Finish !!!

I've now finished page four of my Dolphin project. I think I have started the main dolphin now, one more page till the end of the first row ...

Happy Stitching Everybody !!!

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Monday, 5 May 2014

Firework Finish and Dolphin Progress Finally !!!

Well after all the stress in work over the last couple of weeks things are starting to settle down and I have been able to get into more of a routine with my sewing which means one thing ... progress !!!

I finished Fireworks, I like the look of this project but I did lose a bit of interest towards the end, I think because both Fireworks and Dolphins I'm currently working on were full of blue. Here it is in all it's glory ...

Although I didn't quite make my aim for April on dolphins, I have still made good progress and feel confident that I can catch up this month. I am quite relaxed about making goals, I am goal orientated and make more progress when I have them but I don't stress when I don't reach them. Once I have finished this page I have one more to the end of the first row. Next time I will show a comparison shot between the project when I started it over two on 28 count and the fabric I am stitching it on now, over one on 25 count. It really makes a difference to the look of a design ...

Happy Stitching Everybody and Happy Bank Holiday!!!

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