Tuesday, April 26, 2011

A finish finish for BBD's Birds & Berries

Hi everyone! Thanks for all your lovely comments last time round and all your encouragement for finishing this one myself. Yesterday was a cool and cloudy Easter Monday in my part of the world so the plans we had to take a drive and have a walk didn’t materialise. Instead, staying home seemed much more appealing. I reckoned that it was now or never as regards finishing BBD’s Birds and Berries Needlebook. So, out came the sewing machine and ….. ta da! ……

I did an online search for places in the UK stocking the fabric used to line the needlebook and found it here. It's the first time I’ve ordered from this company but I now have them bookmarked and will likely order from them again. I’d ordered before the cut-off time of 1pm for same day despatch and sure enough the fabric was put in the post the same day and arrived the next morning.

Instructions followed, sewing machine used and with thanks to my stitching friend Denise (no blog) who very kindly sent me an envelope of lovely buttons not so long ago, I even had the two buttons to stitch on.

I’m happy with how it turned out and, as I didn’t have a disaster (!!!), I’m hoping it will give me a bit more confidence for future finishing!

Until next time …..

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A BBD finish....

Hi everyone! A finish to share this time round! Yes, BBD’s Birds and Berries needlebook is completed and what a nice piece it was to work on. I loved the colours and well, I think I’m going to be on a BBD kick for another little while as there are several other designs in A Stitcher’s Journey that are calling my name.

This one is stitched on a piece of 32ct linen from my fabric stash and I used the suggested threads. My only change was that I stitched the year in the top right hand corner rather than 'No 2' that was originally charted. Believe it or not I’m contemplating finishing this one into a needlebook myself ! Having read the instructions and telling myself that all I have to do is sew straight seams I’m thinking I might give this a go. Now, as you know, I’m not the world’s most confident finisher so could be I’ll chicken out when I get to the bit but, I’d really like to give it a try.

The nice spring weather we’ve been having has continued (and yes, DH has had to cut the grass again!!!!). This week my daughter is home for a few days. As she hasn’t been here since Christmas it’s lovely to see her although already the time is going far too quickly. She leaves Saturday and that just feels like it'll be here in no time. Wishing you all a lovely Easter and if you’re spending it with family and friends, enjoy.

Until next time….

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Some BBD time.....

Hi everyone! Well, not too much stitching going on around here but as it’s been almost two weeks since I blogged I thought I’d drop in and let you see what I have been working on when I’ve had the chance….. This is the Birds and Berries Needlebook from BBD’s A Stitcher’s Journey. I’m stitching this on some linen from my stash. All I can tell you is that it’s a 32ct, it has the feel of Lakeside and has a pinkish tone to it! I’m using the suggested thread colours (a mix of Crescent Colours and Sampler Threads) and liking how the muted mauves and pinks are stitching up on it. Such a pretty project to have on the go and I’m loving my BBD ‘fix’! We’ve had some wonderful Spring weather lately, lots of sunshine and you can literally see everything growing in the garden, including the weeds!!!! DH cut the grass last weekend to much grumbling – it is not his favourite job – but it really needed to be done even if it was only the start of April! Now it’s up to me to get out there and pull up the weeds! Hope all is well in your part of the world and, if it is Spring, that you are enjoying some warmer temperatures and sunnier days. Thanks for dropping by! Until next time …..