Friday, July 20, 2012

One of those this, that & the other posts ........

Hi everyone! Thanks for all your lovely comments on my finished Sergei and the little bee pillow.  I’m planning a trip to the framer soon and Mr Sergei will be coming along with me as well as a couple of other pieces.

Another month, another block on PSS Halloween Hornbook Sampler ........  

I still need to change the ghost in the 4th block. I will get to that, in fact, I’m going to say that I will have that done by next month’s progress report.  I think if I put that out there then there’s a better chance of me actually getting it re-stitched!

I’ve finished the top part of BBD’s Peacock Pinkeep and I’m pleased with how it turned out. I’ve started on the alphabet band but have made so little progress with that that I didn’t bother to take a picture yet.

My stitching mojo seems to be returning for PS Santas.  There’s been a deathly silence about those on here the last few months because, well, I haven’t stitched any and haven’t felt like stitching any!  I totally fell by the wayside but decided not to stress myself over them and just wait for the notion to come back.  .Seems that the notion is returning…...
from  PS Olde World Santas II on 32ct Natural Light & suggested DMC
I’m thinking of using this fabric as the backing - now just to finish finish it!!

Hope all is well with you and yours.  We’ve woken up this morning to a little bit of blue sky and the sun trying to shine – a rare occurrence this summer in this part of the world!!  Another weekend almost here – whatever you have planned….enjoy!

Until next time ……..   

Monday, July 9, 2012

Birds & bees

Hi everyone!  I hope Monday morning is treating you well.  A finish to report this time round….PSS Sergei.  Loved this one, loved the strong colours, loved Sergei himself and it was a fun stitch.  Stitched on 32ct cream Belfast linen and I used the DMC alternatives which I was more than happy with.

 (oops, should have trimed the edges before I took the picture!!)

 A while back (read that as ages ago!) I won BBD’s Peacock Pinkeep in a giveaway Sally over at Stitchyangel’s Treasures was having.  The one condition of entering the giveaway was that I stitched the chart and, when I was done, that I would pass the chart on with the same conditions.  Well, I’ve finally got my act together and have started this one.  Actually, it’s my second attempt, having started it with my first choice of fabric and threads I wasn’t that happy with how it was turning out.  So, another dive around in my fabric stash and threads and I’m happier this time round.   I’ve gone in a completely different direction to the colours suggested and I’m using good old DMC.  Given that I’ll be attempting the finishing on this one, I wanted something that could cope with likely being ironed within an inch of its life and being mangled by my attempts to put it together and still end up looking okay (hopefully!!).  Silks and hand-dyed fabric were not going to be a good match for that! 

 Using 28ct flax linen and DMC 730 & 3777
One other small finish to share.  A quick stitch, Ewe & Eye & Friends Bee Hive Scissor Companion.  I thought it would look cute as a little pillow so spent some time with my sewing machine and this is the result! Another one to add to my small bee collection.   

Hope all is well with you and yours and if you are dealing with the extremes of heat in parts of the US I hope that the weather breaks soon.

Until next time…….