Sunday, December 31, 2017

The stitching year of 2017

Thank you for the lovely comments and warm welcome back to blogging.  I wanted to post again before the end of 2017 with a round-up of the different pieces I stitched through 2017.  Overall this has not been one of my better years for stitching and finishing but, I do have a couple of pieces to share so….here goes…..

I think this has been my favourite stitch in 2017, The Drawn Thread’s Welcome Winter.  I started this in October and finished it at the beginning of this month… final finish for 2017.

I loved this one and plan to have it framed rather than left in the finished pile.  I used fabric that was in my stash (it’s Wichelt/Permin and I think it’s 32ct  light sandstone) and most of the suggested overdyed threads.  I did sub the green for the tree, changed that to a stronger green and used Crescent Colours Broccoli.

Another Winter/Christmas one was With Thy Needle & Threads Snow for Christmas…

I stitched this as a SAL on IG which was a lot of fun.  There’s no doubt, having others stitching along with you is a great motivator to keep stitching.  I did sub the fabric, went with a blue that was in my stash and used a mix of the suggested colours, the couple of colours I didn’t have I changed to DMC.  The little jingle bell was another sub, again it was in my stash. 

Earlier in the year I stitched BBD’s Spring Song from their booklet Mary Ann Blackburn (Loose Feathers Spring 2012).

This is one I’d on my ‘must stitch’ list ever since the booklet was released.  Again, I used fabric from my stash (are you noticing a theme here……trying to make a dent in my fabric stash……I’ve a long way to go on that though!) but used the suggested overdyeds. 

Another one that I stitched was Winter Heart from La-D-Da’s Three Sweet Hearts booklet. 

This one was stitched on the suggested WDW Parchment fabric (30ct), which was in my stash, with the suggested Gloriana Rosewood silk.

Finally, I had hoped to be able to report Blackbird Designs Garden Club series as a finish in 2017 but…no.  I’ve been working on this series for almost 2 years now (started January 2016!) and have been very hit and miss with it. 

Here we are at the end of December 2017 and I can tell you that I’m almost there.  I’m currently working on the12th square.  I haven’t stitched these in order which maybe wasn’t the wisest move.  The inevitable happened, as I gradually added the charts to my stash I stitched the ones I liked best of all leaving my least favourites to the end.  This last square (which will remain nameless for now!) is taking me forever.  Yes, I could call it a day at eleven squares but there’s that part of me that can’t do that.  Even though I’m not fond of this one I feel the need to stitch it so I know the series is complete.

So, there we are, finishes in 2017, 2018 right around the corner.  I do have a project in mind to start on January 1st , I’ll reveal that next time round.  I’m not making a definite list of charts to stitch in 2018 but I do have a couple that I’m keen to work on. They’ve been in my stash for a while and it’s about time they were stitched.

Happy New Year! 

Until next time……

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve and some ornaments to share

How did it get to be Christmas Eve?!?!?!  My poor, neglected blog, February since I’ve been here.  I never intended to be away this long but life took over for a variety of reasons - including clicking a button I shouldn't have and losing all my blog pics - as you can guess, that knocked the heart out of me for a while!!.  My stitching has been a little patchy through 2017 and popping a quick picture on IG became easier than sitting down and writing.  Lately though, it has been on my mind to try and restart blogging so…here I am, with a quick post, a couple of pictures and, hopefully, getting into gear for a return to more regular blogging in 2018.

Enough rambling!!  As each of these have now been received and are hanging on their respective trees I thought I’d share some ornament pictures.

First up, this is the one I picked to stitch for my daughter this year.  I started this tradition the first Christmas she was married…….
Stitched using the suggested DMC and fabric from my stash
This is the freebie design from Plum Pudding Needlearts.  It’s called Fa La La and is still available online if you go looking for it.  If you look at my previous post you'll see I stitched this back in February when I was still keeping to #santasundayxs on IG.    I fell off the wagon shortly after – another thing I would like to get back to in 2018.

Next is the ornament I stitched for my dear friend Margaret.   We met for coffee and exchanged gifts last week.  This is the one part of her gift that she is always allowed to open before the 25th as I want her to be able to have it on her tree for as long as possible.
Stitched using the suggested colours and fabric from my stash
Many of you will recognise this one, A Star on Top, another freebie design, this time from Blue Ribbon Designs.  If you also click here it will take you to the page with all the freebie charts that Belinda so kindly shares.

Another ornament that I stitched has safely reached its destination.  This was the ornament I decided to stitch for my lovely friend Carol who many of you will know through her wonderful blog, Stitching Dreams

When Drawn Thread released this chart earlier in the year I knew exactly what ornament I’d be stitching for Carol……..
Stitched using the suggested threads and fabric from my stash
This is from the chart, Christmas Baskets.  Knowing how much Carol loves Red Cardinals when I saw this particular basket I knew straightaway I had to stitch it as Carol’s ornament.  Carol, I’m so glad you like it!

I hope to do another post after Christmas and before the New Year.  I’d like to share my other finishes through 2017 (there have been a couple!) and talk about my thoughts on what I’d like to stitch in 2018.

Happy Christmas!  Our sons are already home and this afternoon our daughter, SIL and two little ones arrive – a 3 year old who is entranced by the magic of Christmas this year and his 19 month old brother……I suspect it will be an early start tomorrow as someone will be wanting to know if Santa remembered them!!!

Until next time….

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

That moment.....

when you realise it’s the last day of February and no, you don’t have a couple more days before the end of the month to do a blog post!!!  So, here I am, squeezing in a February post with a few hours to spare!

Once again February has been a mix of things, busy for the first half and slightly less so the second half.  I do have two small finishes to share and one small new start.

First up, I have finished The Gardener from BBD’s Garden Club series….

This one I looked forward to stitching but I seem to get bogged down in it and found that, for whatever reason, I was glad to finish it and be able to move on.  It is such a pretty square with the delicate colours but it became something of a chore to stitch.

That makes 7 stitched and 5 to go.  It feels good to be more than halfway now and I’m hoping that’s the impetus I need to keep going with them.  I would really like to have them all stitched in the next few months but, we’ll see!!!

I’ve made a start on How Does the Lily Grow, 10th in the series.  This is another pretty square with delicate colours.

And the final piece I can share is the finished Fa La La Snowman freebie from Plum Pudding Needleart which I had started last time round….

I do like this little guy and as I already have plans to send him to a new home at Christmas it means I’ll likely be stitching him again for myself. 

So there we have it, my February update.  Not much to share but I guess steady progress!!  It seems hard to believe that it will be March tomorrow – Spring just around the corner – can’t wait!!

Thanks for all your lovely comments. I really do appreciate that you take time to leave them especially when I am not the regular blogger I used to be.

Until next time……

Friday, January 27, 2017

January jottings......

Hi everyone!  It has been a quiet month where stitching is concerned and a busy month where family is concerned – nothing major, just life.  I do have a little bit of stitching to share but the main thing I wanted to do was give a long overdue public ‘thank you’ to Carol over at Stitching Dreams for the lovely Christmas package she sent my way.  This package took its time but reached me safely in the end which is the most important thing!

This was the delight that awaited me when I opened the envelope!

Isn’t it gorgeous?  Carol is very much the queen of over one stitching and finishing and I think we can also add in stitching on black fabric!  Black as a fabric colour I totally avoid using as I know how frustrated I would become even with using a magnifying glass!  Carol knows how much I love a Prairie Schooler Santa and this is another beauty to add to my collection.

Also inside the envelope were these goodies….

I love stitching autumn/Halloween designs and this chart is firmly on my ‘to stitch’ list for this year. These ribbons will be put to good use, as will the fabric.  I have to admit, something is missing from this picture – chocolate!!!  That has long since been eaten!  Thank you again Carol, it is always such a joy opening your gifts.

On the stitching front?  Well, not very much.  I have some thoughts on what I’d like to stitch this year but, as yet, I haven’t gathered things together.  I do want to finish BBD’s Garden Club Series and have made a start on that (then promptly ground to a halt!!)…..

 this is the extent of my stitching on The Gardener, #9 in the series….

I do want to continue stitching Christmas on Sundays throughout the year but last Sunday was the first where I did actually manage to do that!   Towards Christmas last year this one was popping up on IG and it reminded me that it was one I’ve always planned to stitch, the Plum Pudding Needleart freebie Fa La La.  Roll round to last Sunday and I did find time to sit down and make a start.

And yes, that is the sad, sorry amount of stitching I’ve accomplished so far this month!!  Life should be a little calmer come the middle of February and then, hopefully my needle will be flying through fabric and I’ll have lots to share!
Hope all is well with you and yours.

Until next time….