Thursday, October 29, 2009

A finish, a start and a WIP

Yes, I have a finish to report! I put the final stitches in Betsy late yesterday afternoon but thought I'd wait until today to share my happy dance in the hope that I could get a better picture in natural daylight. Unfortunately the weather is not co-operating, it's another one of those autumn days that we've been having lately, dark and dreary, raining on and off and any chance of natural daylight today is remote given that the lights have stayed on ever from I got up this morning and they're likely to stay on the rest of the day. So, please excuse my picture-taking skills or lack thereof! I'm so pleased that I have this finished. I plan on getting it framed at some point. I am waiting for my first piece back from a new-to-me framer and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I might have finally found a framer who's on the same wavelength as me when it comes to framing needlework pieces. Anyway, here is Betsy in all her finished glory!

Sheepish Designs Betsy stitched on 32ct Belfast linen Light Sand using recommended DMC

Next is a pic of SB's Quaker Heart. I only got round to adding this to my stash about a month ago and couldn't resist doing a few stitches when it first arrived. I love the colours in this one. I am a long-time SB fan, a lot of the framed pieces on my walls are of the older SB band samplers and I just love the colours they use in their designs. While I don't plan to concentrate solely on this one for the next little while I think it will work up quite quickly.

SB Quaker Heart kit stitched on 32ct Irish Creme using Au Ver a Soie Gloriana & Soie Belle Silks

Finally, let me share a WIP. I am attempting to stitch the relevant Plum Street Samplers Quaker Calendar for each month and was managing to do quite well at keeping up with my plan until I reached the summer. Unfortunately then I hit a blip and they were put to one side for a little while. So, yes, I'm working on the September one, the one for October is but a glint in my eye and we'll not think about November just yet! However, I have to say, this is probably the first 'series' that I have started out in January determined to stitch one each month and I've managed to sort of keep on track and not fall by the wayside around March! So far I have up to June finished as pinkeeps and have them displayed in a bowl. Okay, yes, I am somewhat behind on finishing them as pinkeeps but, hopefully in the not too distant future I'll set aside a 'finishing' day and get a few more put together.

Plum Street Samplings Quaker Calendar V stitched on 32ct Belfast linen Antique Ivory using recommended DMC

So, that's what's been going on in my part of the world lately. In amongst Quaker Hearts and Quaker Calendars I'm deciding on a Christmas ornament to stitch for an exchange and I'd like to try and make a decision today on which one to work on and get started on it.
Until next time ......

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Just to say .......

....... thank you to everyone who has left comments and welcomed me so warmly to blogging. I had quite the surprise when I checked my blog and saw that comments had risen to double figures on my last post and I’d more followers! Seeing my dear friend Siobhan’s name mentioned sent me heading straight to her wonderful blog and, sure enough, she had indeed pointed people in my direction. I may have been hesitant at the start but now that I’ve dived in I am really enjoying the experience and I’m looking forward to visiting, commenting and getting to know you all. I love seeing what people are working on. Often I come across a design that I’ll only have glanced at when it’s first been released only to see progress pictures on a blog and realise that it’s a ‘must have’.

No progress picture of Betsy with this post - headless sheep aren’t the best look and that’s where I left off stitching yesterday! This is more me dropping in because I wanted to let you all know how much I appreciated your welcome! Thank you!

Until next time…..

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

This and that

Hey all! Thanks so much for the encouraging comments! Those of you that know me know that I’m one of those ‘let me blend in’ kind of people. If there’s a crowd, I’ll be the one in the middle or at the back trying not to be noticed! It’s not in my nature to be at the front and, although I’ve been contemplating doing this for a while, there’s no doubt that the thought of actually putting myself and my thoughts out there in blog-land somehow felt to me like standing way out on my own waving my arms wildly saying ‘look at me’!! But, now that I’ve done it I’m realising that everything is still fine in my world, I’m not going to be struck down by lightening and in the vast expanse of blogging out there I’m very much ‘one of the crowd’ and I should just settle in and enjoy it.

Stitching-wise you’ll see I’m still working on Betsy. I always have been, and probably always will be, a ‘one project at a time and work on it until it’s finished’ person although my stash is not totally free of UFO’s (DT’s Toccata I comes to mind straightaway but let’s not talk about that this time!). The word ‘rotation’ is yet to be in my stitching vocabulary. I see how it can work well but I have this mental image of me going round and round in circles and never actually finishing anything! Now, in truth, I do slip the occasional smaller project in and I’m starting to hear those words that should only be whispered when we’re still in October …… Christmas stitching ….. perish the thought! However, I know that I need to start thinking about it now and then I’ll actually get some done. Can someone please tell me why 2009 seems to be going so quickly?!?!?!?!

Okay, let me leave you with a picture of my progress on Betsy.

Until next time…..

Friday, October 16, 2009

So here I go with a picture

Having surprised myself with actually managing to do a post yesterday I'm taking the next step and doing this post with a picture! Here is my progress on Sheepish Designs Betsy. I'm stitching this on 32ct Belfast Light Sand and using the listed DMC. I love the colours in this one. Today I plan to stitch more of the alphabet and maybe make a start on the tree on the far right hand side. I still need to decide how to stitch the 9 in the year. I am not the fastest of stitchers but I try and stitch a little every day. Some days I can be on a roll and get a good chunk of time to stitch, other days it's just a case of a few threads. Mind you, even if it's only a few threads you still see some progress. I haven't had much time to do more than a couple of threads in the last two days so today I plan to remedy that and get a good chunk of stitching time in!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

1, 2, 3 .......jump

On the encouragment of several stitching friends, having mentioned I was considering doing a blog, I've finally taken the plunge and set this up. I'm not sure how this will go. To be honest, I'm amazed I've actually managed to get this far without needing help!! So, this is my blog, one that will mostly be about my stitching exploits and a way for me to keep track of what I actually achieve in my stitching. Currently I'm working on Sheepish Designs Betsy which has been very kindly lent to me by a stitching friend. Why I never bought this when it was available is beyond me. Lesson learnt ....... if I like a pattern, buy it because you never know when it will become OOP. Of course, perfect reason for me to buy more stash, something that I have more than enough of already. But, I think that's a very familiar story with stitchers! I'm not going to attempt to post a picture of my progress on this piece today. I think I've managed to do well enough getting this written! A picture to follow, hopefully in my next post!