Monday, January 24, 2011

Happy Hearts & still going with those small finishes

Hi everyone! A little more progress on BOAF’s Happy Hearts Sampler to share. As you can see the alphabet is now complete and now it’s time to get back to some more hearts and start working on the number blocks that are along the bottom. I’m thinking that I might just break that up a little, do a number block and then work on another part and not just leave all that solid stitching to the end.

I seem to be on a roll with my intention to stitch more smalls in 2011. Now, it’s still January so this is probably more a case of January enthusiasm that will slowly fade out during February!!! Here’s EE&F’s Petit Exemplary #4 finished as a scissor fob. I stitched this little one on some 32ct cream linen and used the suggested DMC. It lists Anchor threads and I have the feeling that this was what it was probably originally stitched in as the windows and door on the house don’t seem to stand out as clearly as on the picture in the chart.

Stitching plans for this week? I want to concentrate on CHS AaHRH. I’ve stitched a little on the second block but I really need to just set aside some time to make major inroads into it rather than just a day here or there. I’ve my ornament for January stitched but not put together yet, plan is to do that this week too so I can report a finish before the end of the month.

Thanks for your lovely comments on my little pillow finish. I can’t wait to start the February one but I’m going to hold out and wait until the month starts. Thanks for your continued visits and comments and I hope that this week is a good one for everyone.

Until next time…..

Friday, January 14, 2011

Another small finish and back to some hearts

Hi everyone! Another week and another small finish to share. This is the little pillow that’s for the month of January from the Nikyscreations Primitive Calendar. I’m hoping to stitch these each month and have the twelve completed by the end of the year. This one is stitched on 32ct lambswool using the suggested DMC threads.

I’ve picked BOAF’s Happy Hearts Sampler up again. It was put to one side leading up to Christmas but it’s nice to be working on it again. Feels like the perfect time of year to be stitching on it with February just around the corner. This continues to be the fabric that never looks the same twice when I take a pic!!! This is being stitched on 32ct LL Autumn Gold. At some stage I will hopefully have a pic to share that shows the real colour of this fabric!!!

I’m having fun watching everyone’s progress on the Crazy January Challenge. It was something that wouldn’t have worked for me but that doesn’t stop me enjoying seeing what everyone is picking to stitch and how they are getting on. There are some lovely projects out there. I’ve seen charts that I have in my stash that are definitely now calling my name and, of course, I’ve also seen charts that aren’t in my stash but I think will probably be making their way there at some point!

As always, thanks for the lovely comments you take time to leave and thanks for dropping by! Have a good weekend!

Until next time…..

Friday, January 7, 2011

New Year - first finish

Hi everyone! Time for an update I think although I can’t say that my stitching is back in full gear yet. A first finish for 2011 though, this one…

BBD’s Sweet Heart from the Joyeux Noel book stitched on some 32ct cream that I had in my fabric stash and GA threads. I did substitute a couple of the colours, Chamomile for the stems and leaves and Harvest Basket for the basket. I’m sending this one off to be finished.

Without making any definite New Year resolutions I do want to follow on from last year and stitch more that is already in my stash. Looking back on my 2010 finishes I’ve realised I did quite well in that regard. The majority of my stitching was what I already had (although that didn’t stop me adding to my stash!!). I’m also going to add in fabric and threads and try and work more from what I have. Too often I convince myself that I have to have the suggested fabric only to order it and when it arrives realise that I already had a suitable alternative. That’s what can happen when you are so reliant on online ordering I guess.

Stitching more smalls is also on the agenda for this year plus working more on AaHRH and Christmas ornaments. I’ve finally got round to deciding what ornament to stitch for this month and plan to work on that this weekend. I also want to pick up BOAF’s Happy Hearts Sampler again. This one has been sitting sadly neglected for about a month now.

Happy New Year everyone! May your year be one of health, happiness and lots of stitching enjoyment. As always, thanks for dropping by and thanks to those who take the time to leave a comment! It’s always lovely to hear from you.

Until next time…..