Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Autumn stitching and some new stash

Hi everyone! First of all, thank you for the lovely comments on my first attempt at a floss tag and my finished BBD Summer Basket. I plan on having this one framed, I haven’t taken anything to the framer for months (could even be the start of this year) as I have managed to do my own little bit of framing when I’ve needed too but this one I want to take.

I didn't seem to find much time for stitching in the last week but I have started this one …..

Crows, Corn and Cats by Chartmakers which is now, I’m pretty certain, OOP. The suggested threads are DMC but I’ve used WDW Cadet for filling in the house rather than the DMC 926. Years ago I stitched this as a gift and put it on the back burner to stitch for myself at some point. Finally I’ve got to it!! This will be finished in no time at all as it’s a small design. I’m stitching it on an unknown scrap of overdyed that I had in my stash.

Well, there’s nothing like new stash to make a girl feel good - and to help forget that another year has passed. Yes, a birthday last month and time to treat myself to a birthday order from Lois at Elegant Stitch! In amongst this little lot will be my next start, one where I need to put my thinking cap on as I want to use different colours.

Also in the package ……

CC Wild Berries so that I’m good to go when the notion strikes to start stitching BBD’s It’s Berry Time. The Silk ‘n Colors is Autumn Twilight for BBD’s Sarah’s ABC Pincushion and the Caron Waterlillies Sable is for …… something I now can’t remember!!!! Seriously, I opened the package, looked at the thread and thought ‘now what chart did I order that for’?!?!?! It will come to me. Some day I’ll have a light bulb moment and remember!!!!!

We headed to Leeds over the weekend to leave off DS#2 who’s starting his M.Sc at the university there. It also gave us a chance to see DD. She’s been living in Leeds for the last two years but, wouldn’t you know it, she ended up moving the week before DS#2 arrived! She has changed jobs and is now living just north of Manchester. It’s not that far, only about a 50 min drive, so they can still see each other from time to time. She came over Saturday evening and the four of us went out to eat. Then Sunday morning DH and I went to see her in her new apartment. It’s lovely and I like that I now can picture where she is. After that we headed for home and now it’s back to just DH and me rattling around here for a while.

Well, I think that’s about it for this time. Thanks for your continued visits and comments and I hope all is well with you and yours.

Until next time ……

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A final finish for summer

Hi everyone! BBD’s Summer Basket can be reported as a finish! I put the final stitches in on the weekend. I did enjoy stitching this one, the colours are so delicate and summery and I was pleased with how the cream linen worked out instead of using the suggested WDW Baby’s Breath.

From the picture on the front cover of the chart my skein of GA Clover seemed similar to what was used in the original model. That had patches of deep pink that did go to lighter pink but then my skein also went into large chunks of white. I ended up just making sure I used the deeper tones otherwise it completely faded out. I ordered another skein of GA Clover (with thanks to Karla at The Patchwork Rabbit for going the extra mile to try and send me one that wasn’t too pale) which was more overall pink without the really deep tones and used that with the darker pink. So, if you pull the colours to stitch this one and you look at your skein of Clover and think it looks too pale I guess what I’m saying is, you might want to consider changing to something that has deeper pink in it.

Notice a difference in colour in some of the letters from previous posts? When I finished the zigzag border at the bottom and still had some of the deeper pink left I went back and re-did the paler parts of the letters O, R, S and T so they stood out a little more. Other than that, I used the suggested threads all of which worked just fine.

Then, something I stitched last month but as I was sending it as a part of a birthday package I didn’t want to show until it had been received.

Chessie & Me freebie - Bird & Flower stitched on 32ct linen using suggested threads

My first attempt at a floss tag holder and overall, I was pleased with how it turned out although, as always, the perfectionist in me felt that it could be improved upon!!

Thanks, as ever, for your visits to my blog and to those who take the time to leave a comment. It’s always great to hear from you!

Until next time …..

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Progress & another Boo to share

Hi everyone! I’m still mixing the seasons with my stitching, probably much like the weather here – sunshine one day, rain the next! First of all, the little freebie from Plain and Fancy Merchant was my alternate stitching project to Summer Basket this week. As I didn’t have a pumpkin charm I substituted a little black button instead. The fabric that the little pillow is sitting on is what I used for the backing and I couldn’t resist using some more of the PTP Relic and going with just plain black thread.

'Boo' freebie found here

BBD's Summer Basket is coming along nicely. The top row on the left hand side…???

Well, I developed a serious case of brain freeze on this part, it took three attempts to get this row stitched and both times I’d pretty much completed the whole row before realising I needed to frog it!!! You'd think that having frogged it once I'd make sure to get it right next time but, no!!! Only 3 star motifs left to stitch, the top and bottom row on the left hand side, initials and the zig-zag border.

Thank you for all the lovely comments you left on my little ‘Boo’ finish last time round and, as always, thanks for taking time to drop by! I always love to hear from you. Hope all is well with you and yours!

Until next time….