Thursday, July 28, 2011

BBD progress

A progress pic of the latest BBD Loose Feathers to share this time round. I was thinking that I really hadn’t made much progress as I’ve only been able to snatch a little bit of time every day to pick this one up. Then I looked at what I’d shared last time and realised that I had done more than I thought I had. Do you ever find that? You may think that you haven’t done much but then you look back and realise that, in fact, even though you didn’t feel like you stitched much you’ve done more than you thought!

At the weekend I did finally work on the next block of PS 12 Days of Christmas and now have the 6th block completed. That still means I’m behind on my self-imposed schedule of a block a month but, at least I’m not heading into August and getting further behind! Here it is in all its glory with its companions!

Thanks for all the lovely comments last time around. I know many of you are sweltering in heat that would be unheard of here and which, if we did have, would likely make us all just melt!! We’ve had a few nicer days lately so that is making a lovely change from all the cloud and rain. DH and I have upcoming plans to head over to England to visit our daughter and youngest son. We're both looking forward to spending a few days with each of them and hoping that the weather will be nice!

Until next time …..

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sometimes .....

there is just nothing nicer than starting a new project.. And when there’s an alphabet involved?!?!?!?! Say no more! This is what I started yesterday ……………

the latest Loose Feathers release from BBD. I am very much looking forward to stitching this one and with there only being 3 parts hopefully I’ll keep on track with it!

I’ve been really on the ball as regards my ornament stitching for this month and here is LHN’s Silent Night all stitched with just the finishing to be done (which isn’t going to be done by me!). This was stitched on 32ct natural linen/silk using the suggested threads.

Then here is the July pillow from the Nikyscreations Primitive Calendar. I have been looking forward to stitching this one, it’s one of my favourite charts in the year. Stitched on 32ct lambswool linen using the suggested DMC and I added the little heart button as it seemed to fit.

Now to get back to PS 12 Days of Christmas, I have two blocks to catch up on this month as I ran out of time to stitch my block for June. Given that my stitching mojo does not seem to have deserted me like it usually does in July with a bit of luck I can get back on track with those.

Hope all is well with you and yours. Seems like July is following on from June in this part of the world with cloudy skies and rain. Likely that’s the reason why I still have my stitching mojo this month, I’m definitely not being distracted by sunny skies and wanting to be outside!

Until next time …..

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Birds, bees & butterflies

Hi everyone! Time for an update on the stitching that has been going on around here. First of all, here is a finished BBD’s Glad Tidings. Stitched on an unknown fabric (likely R&R) from my stash and the suggested overdyeds.

I have changed/adapted some things. I left the two butterflies out, I just preferred the gold, red and green tones through this and wanted to keep the overall piece that way. I added another star above the flowers to balance it a little more. I didn’t go with the single gold stitches that are randomly stitched in the background. I did do some of them but with stitching this with two threads I felt the threads showed up too much at the back of the fabric so took them out. I’m not sure about this though. I’m wondering if I tried stitching them with just one thread would it work. I do feel like the two corners are a bit empty. Then the bird in the bottom right hand corner?

I changed it. I’ve always thought this bird looked more like a poodle with a boot on one leg and, given that I couldn’t shake that picture in my head, I knew that was always going to catch my eye if I stitched it that way. So, a slightly different version of the bird.

Time to share another golden oldie! Something stitched back in 2002 which I have had major procrastination over finishing myself. No longer! Thanks to KarenV and her great finishing I now have this one out on display and I’m thrilled with what she did.

I had to resort to digging out my stitching journal that I kept back then to be able to give this one its proper name. An older one from EE&F, one of their Blacksheep kits, Summer Hive, stitched on the fabric and threads that were included.

A little late to be reporting a finish for June but here’s last months Nikycreations pillow which I did finish by the end of the month. Of the twelve designs this probably was my least favourite but, having stitched it, I will say that it grew on me. This one is stitched on 32ct country vintage mocha linen using the suggested DMC.

Thanks for all your great comments last time around. I’ve been trying to be good about adding to my stash these days but couldn’t resist signing up for the new BBD’s Loose Feathers so I’m looking forward to that being released soon.

Hope all is well in your part of the world. Enjoy the weekend!
Until next time …..