Thursday, January 23, 2014

Sheep, flowers and sleigh bells.....

Hi everyone!  Well, much as I enjoy January for being a clean slate and having plans the other side of that is that you start stitching but then it feels like you don’t have much to share!  So, this post is mainly an update of what I’ve been working on but, keep reading,  I am sneaking a first finish in towards the end!

First up, you’ll remember my dilemma of the sheep with the broken leg.  Well, aside from a bit more progress, I re-stitched the area but didn’t see much improvement!  Poor thing still looks like it has a leg problem!!!  I’ll give it one more go and see but I don’t want to work too much at it in case it ends up looking worse!! 

However, I did look more closely at the cover picture on the chart and, lo and behold, what do we have……a sheep that looks like it has a leg problem!  So, maybe I need to take a chill pill and accept this is how it will be (although, you can guess, it’s always going to catch my eye!!!).

Next up, a little bit of progress on SL’s Mary Gail.  This is my first larger project on 36ct (my comfort zone is very much 32ct and I rarely stray!).  I’m not disliking the 36ct but I do feel I’m slower on it but I also know the more I work on it the quicker I’ll be.  So, I’ll get there!!

This has to be my favourite WIP at the moment.  Hannah Lovina Joslin from BBD’s Honeysuckle Manor booklet. 

I’m stitching this one in a mix of the suggested overdyeds and DMC.  I may need to rethink the GA Lambswool as I’m not sure how well it’s going to show up on this fabric – I’m not using the suggested Sheep’s Straw, going with fabric out of my stash, Antique Ivory – but I’ll stitch a little more of it (for now it’s only on the flowers in the vase to the right of the centre flowers).

And finally, my first finish of 2014!  And yes, it’s a Christmas-themed one….

I had started this one before Christmas but it was put to one side while I focused more on finishing A Sampler Story. 

This is from Country Rustic Primitives, called Primitive Sleigh Bells Cupboard Keep.  The chart was passed on to me by my dear friend Heidi (no blog!) after I’d seen her finish of this one on Instagram. I stitched this using the suggested DMC and on some evenweave fabric from my stash (not sure what it is!!!!).  At least I’ve given myself plenty of time to ‘finish finish’ this one!!!

And that’s all from me in my little part of the stitching world.  I can’t believe how fast January is going, usually I find it’s a month that seems long but, not this year! 

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

Monday, January 13, 2014

Plans & schemes for 2014...

Hi everyone!  First of all, thank you for all the lovely comments that were left on my last post. I really appreciate how many of you took the time to write, it really did my heart good (as they say here!!).  Throughout the year, even though I wasn’t blogging all that regularly, so many of you stuck with me encouraging me to keep going.  There were a number of new folk who left comments so thank you for that also!  I still haven’t made it to the framer yet this month but hope to before too long.

I don’t know about you but, I find that there’s something lovely about starting a new year of stitching.  It’s like the slate is wiped clean and there’s a whole world of possibilities for what I might stitch in the coming year.  While I will talk about resolutions I probably prefer to say that I ‘hope’ or ‘would like’ to stitch this, that or the other.  I’m usually pretty good that if I set myself a target I will stay with it.  So, what are some of my plans for this year?

Well, first up is The Scarlet Letter’s Mary Gail.  I have loved this since watching Deb of Threadgatherer work on it last year.  A number of us are stitching this on Instagram and our start date was January 1st. I haven’t really got very far on her yet but I have made a start.

I’m looking on this one as my 2014 project, if I finish it before the end of the year, that would be great, but if not, the end of December will do just fine.  I’m stitching this on 36ct Lakeside Autumn Gold and I’m using the DMC conversion.

Next up is another SAL on Instagram.  You may remember that BrightNeedle’s Lo How a Rose was a SAL in the months leading up to Christmas.  We had so much fun with it that we’re continuing on with a seasonal theme.  Wednesday is the day we stitch and our choice was BBD’s Hannah Lovina Joslin from their Honeysuckle Manor booklet.   Here’s my progress so far……

I’m stitching this on 32ct fabric from my stash (it might be antique ivory) and a mix of the suggested overdyeds and DMC.

I’ve picked up a WIP that seemed to get pushed to one side in the last few months of 2013.  I’m back working on Sheepish Designs Simple Guidance…..

and, aside from the border,  really don’t have too much left to stitch.  Having uploaded this picture my eye has been drawn to how the poor sheep on the right in the grass looks like she has a broken leg!!! I think I might re-do that leg so that it doesn’t look as though part of it is hanging off!  Now that my eye has been drawn to it it always will be!!!!!

Other stitching plans for the year?  I would hope to continue with regular Christmas stitching.  I’d love to stitch some stockings in the mix of ornaments and pillows.  We’ll see what happens.

And that’s about it from me for this time!  Whatever your stitching plans for 2014 are enjoy what you decide on!!!!

Until next time……