Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Overcoming the block.....

Hi everyone!  Do you ever sit down to do a blog post and make several starts but you just can’t get going?  That was me yesterday, I had the greatest of intentions of updating my blog, had the pictures all ready, but words?  Wouldn’t come. It’s not as though I was going to be writing something deep and meaningful about my stitching, all I planned to do was share what I’d been working on but, no joy, it was like being back at school when you have to write an essay and you’re drawing a complete blank on those first few sentences – does anyone else remember that feeling?  You know you'll be fine once you get started but it's the getting started!

So, here I am, back today for a second attempt, and having got that off my chest let’s see if I can now manage to chat about stitching!  

I’ve been spending a little bit of time with Sheepish Design’s Simple Guidance.  Such a sweet piece to stitch and now I’ve started I don’t want to put it down.  I'm using the suggested DMC threads and a Lakeside Linen from my stash (that I'm ashamed to say I don't know the name of!!!!)

I love the greens and the blues although the picture on the front of cover makes it look as though they are more into the brown tones. I know that in the past I’ve ordered the suggested fabric for a chart and when it arrives it looks nothing like the fabric colour on the picture but finding the thread colours looking totally different doesn’t seem to happen as often.  

Notice that I decided I wouldn’t tempt fate when I was stitching this square of A Sampler Story?  While I am up to date on my monthly stitching and while I have every intention of finishing this in 2013 I decided that maybe I should just leave that last number blank…… just in case…..!!!

And here’s an overall picture of how it’s looking so far…..

The Sampler Company's A Sampler Story using 32ct cream linen & the suggested DMC

I have started on BN’s Lo How a Rose but didn’t reckon it justified a picture on here just yet as I’ve so little done. If you do want to see a pic click on my Instagram button on the right and you’ll see the (very little!) bit that I’ve done.  I’ll be picking it up again tomorrow as Wednesday is the day to work on it. Given that the forecast is for heavy rain I’m hoping that means I get to spend an afternoon stitching on this piece and have a nice amount of progress to share next time round.

Our hot, sunny weather has broken to be replaced by sunshine and showers but, the temperatures are still pleasant during the day and it’s much more comfortable to sleep at night. 

There we go, blog post completed!!!!  Now that wasn’t so hard once I got going!!! As ever, thank you for the lovely comments you leave when you drop by. I always enjoy reading them and it’s always nice to share what I love doing with fellow stitchers.  Hope all is well with you and yours! 

Until next time…..

Friday, July 19, 2013

Rotation?!? Me?!?!

Hi everyone!  Between life being busy (in a good way – some time spent in Edinburgh with our eldest son) and some lovely summer weather I’ve been finding stitching taking something of a back seat.  I did have a burst of enthusiasm to keep working on A Sampler Story at the start of July but then I got the notion to throw something else into the mix and started something new.

First up, here’s the next completed block of A Sampler Story.  13 down 11 to go!!

Then into the mix I’ve thrown Sheepish Designs Simple Guidance.  This was a birthday gift last year from my dear friend Carol of Stitching Dreams (if you aren’t familiar with her blog do drop by and see all her lovely stitching). I am ashamed to report that it’s been in my ‘to do’ basket for almost a year so it felt very good to start it!!!  

Only a little stitched on this so far but I’m going to keep it in the mix.  I’m stitching this on fabric from my stash that all I can tell you is a Lakeside linen with the suggested DMC.

I’ve picked up PSS Red Cottage from the framer since I last blogged.  I had asked if it would be possible to have it by the end of July and she went one better than that and did it for me in just over a week.  I’m thrilled with what she’s done, the specific requests from my daughter were that it had mats and a dark frame.  The mid-colour on the mats is a perfect shade of green and the plain dark frame works well.

I know you can’t see it very clearly.  We’re heading to England next month to visit our daughter and son-in-law and I decided to keep the plastic wrap on as I don’t want risk damaging it before I’ve handed it over. 

And finally, aside from working on  SD’s Simple Elegance I’m going to be starting a SAL on Instagram for Bright Needle’s Lo How a Rose.

Every so often I’d check on Amazon UK to see if I could find a copy of the book the chart is in. I hadn’t looked for I couldn’t tell you how long but it came into my head to check and, lo and behold, I picked up a copy for next to nothing with free postage.  Aim is to have it finished by Christmas and I’m using the suggested cream fabric and a mix of overdyeds and DMC.

Did I really say at one time I wasn’t a rotation stitcher in any shape or form?!?!?!  Somehow I seem to be drifting into rotation – let’s see how I get on!!!

The weekend is almost here and it’s to be another hot and sunny one with us.  My plants are loving all this hot weather and I am loathe to complain about it being too hot given that our last few summers have been non-existent!!!!!  I just wish it was a bit cooler and more comfortable at night! Whatever your plans this weekend – enjoy!

Until next time…..

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


Finally getting myself organised and doing the final step......

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Monday, July 1, 2013

12 down, 12 to go.....

Hi everyone!  New month, new week, so let’s get the ball rolling with a new blog post!  Although it is now July (can anyone tell me how we got to this stage in the year so quickly?!?!?) I did finish the second of the two blocks from A Sampler Story towards the end of last week – so technically staying on track with it.  Here are the two blocks for June - the sheep in the meadow and the two bunnies under the tree.

I’m very happy to report that I’ve reached the midway point on this one, 12 blocks down, 12 to go!!!!  Here’s how it’s looking……

The Sampler Company's A Sampler Story on 32ct cream linen and suggested DMC

And here’s a sneak peek of the next block I’ll be adding in.  I’m looking forward to this block, I will be using some of the stronger colours again and I know I’ll enjoy that.

Another finish to report this time!  In fact, sort of two finishes!!!  Here’s the 4th and last BOAF Santa, the gold one.  Must admit I wasn’t overly fussed on the colours of this guy when I first started him (probably why I left him to the last!!!) but when I was putting the final stitches in yesterday I realised he’d grown on me and I was feeling more affectionate towards him!!  His coat is meant to be stitched in metallic gold but I decided against that and went with DMC 680.

BOAF Gold Santa on 32ct BOAF Meadowlark linen & mix of suggested overdyeds & DMC

Ta-da!!!  A long held stitching wish was to stitch all four BOAF Santas and, now that Mr Gold is done here they all are…..

All 4 stitched on 32ct BOAF Meadowlark linen with a mix of suggested overdyeds & DMC

It has taken me 6 months to get these four stitched and it has definitely been thanks to Instagram and #santasundayxs.  If  anyone is on Instagram and would like to join in you are more than welcome.  It’s as simple as stitching Christmas related pieces on a Sunday, no pressure, no deadline, just posting pics of any progress you make.   

Thanks for all your lovely comments last time round about my grandmother’s wedding veil.  I’ve ordered some acid-free tissue paper so that I can pack it away correctly and hopefully it will be around to be passed down through future generations.

Hope all is well with you and yours. 
Until the next time…