Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Off to a good start.....

Hello everyone!  How did you find January?  Did it go quickly or slowly for you?  I’ve found January has flown in, it has helped that DH and I have stayed healthy and have, so far, missed the dreaded flu that is doing the rounds this year.  Fingers crossed we continue to escape it.  It seems to be quite the illness if you’re unfortunate enough to catch it and takes weeks to recover from.
I’ve had a good month stitching-wise……2 finishes to report!

I couldn’t put PSS Hello Winter down this month and put the final stitches in a couple of days ago.  I do love this design.  I decided to leave the wording off, I was happy with how it looked without them.  As this is stitched on 28ct linen it is quite a bit bigger than the original (36ct) so I think I’ll be framing this one rather than making it into a small.

Stitched on 28ct Permin/Wichelt Dusty Millar linen, a lovely blue-grey, using a mix of the suggested overdyeds and DMC.

Last time I blogged I mentioned two possible Christmas related charts that I was considering starting.  A couple of days later I realised I’d left out the picture of Brenda Gervais’ Noel Sampler so, here it is…..

Having seen this on IG I had to track it down and do have it all kitted up and ready to start.
However, I haven’t started it yet, instead the other Brenda Gervais chart I’d bought, Jingle all the Way was the one I went with.  I’ve been stitching this one on Sundays (#santasundayxs on IG) but was so close to a finish Sunday past that I decided to just keep working on it and……
Stitched on 28ct Zweigart Vintage Country Mocha and mix of suggested overdyeds and DMC
it’s a finish!!!!  

Confession time ...... half way through stitching the santa I realized I was stitching him in CC Cherry Cobbler instead of CC Chilli Pepper.   I wasn't about to start ripping out all that I'd done, I realised I preferred the Cherry Cobbler - it's a deeper red than the skein of Chilli Pepper that I have, it's a browner red - which is probably why I reached for it in the first place..   Not sure how I’ll finish this one yet, it's on a lower count than the suggested fabric – I’ve got my thinking cap on for it!!  

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last blog post.  I’ve gathered some new followers too and it’s nice to see that blogging is still being enjoyed.  A new start is planned in the next few days so hopefully, by my next blog post, I’ll have progress to share on that. 

Hoping everyone stays healthy!

Until next time…..

18 comments:

Cindy's Stitching said...

Pretty finishes. January just flew by. Looking forward to spring.

Vickie said...

Oh both of these finishes are just wonderful Lois!

Irene said...

wow sono bellissimi

LaNelle said...

Lois...both beautiful stitches♥️♥️ Looking forward to seeing how you finish them...Blessings

Halland House Gifts said...

Beautiful stitches, Lois. What's not to love about a deep, rich red. No, no, blogging is not dead. I still love FlossTube, but I'm not willing to give up blogs even if I am woefully behind 90% of the time.
Judy

Beth said...

My next order will include Hello Winter!

Marilyn said...

Hello Winter is so pretty, love the Sheep.
Love that Santa, I would've chosen a darker red also,the other one might be too orange, but you know how skeins vary.
We have a flu epidemic here also, seems to target children more, sad.
Stay healthy!
My husband and I have been lucky so far that we haven't gotten sick.
Marilyn

Margaret said...

Love both pieces! They look great! The red you used for the Santa looks perfect to me. Knock on wood the flu will stay away from both our families!!

Barb said...

I must be on the same wave length as you. I really like all the designs you have chosen. That Noel sampler is just beautiful. I think I need to add Brenda's designs to my stash!!

Andrea said...

Wonderful stitching, your finishes are lovely.

sandi s said...

I love seeing the things you have done or what you are working on. Thank you for sharing it encourages me to keep stitching. Hugs,

Carol said...

So glad you have stayed healthy, Lois! This is such a horrible flu season and I guess it is a world-wide problem... I still think I had a mild version of it in November after our return from Hawaii and then my husband got a worse version a week later. Anyway--I hope you continue to stay healthy.

I truly love both of your finishes and I really love the color you used for Santa in the WTN piece. I love your Hello Winter piece on the 28 ct. and it will look wonderful framed up. I plan on adding the words although I know many stitchers have chosen to leave them off like you did.

Wishing you a wonderful February, my friend ♥♥♥

Jackie said...

JIngle All the Way is a favorite of mine as is the companion Halloween piece. Hello Winter is just beautiful!

Flu season isn't over quite yet! I hope you remain healthy. It's so dangerous!

Daffycat said...

Simply wonderful finishes, Lois!

Justine said...

Two beautiful finishes! I especially love the Hello Winter one, the combination of pale blue fabric, bright red and the swirly sheep is just Perfect!

Brigitte said...

January went by very fast for me but unfortunately without a lot of stitching going on. There were other things to be dealt with - but this month I am stitching again.
You have two wonderful finishes here. I just love them.

Karoline said...

Both your finishes are gorgeous. I do love Plum Street Samplers, I must get round to stitching some of her designs soon :)

Hope you've managed to stay healthy. My daughter had the flu bug and it was nasty, 10 other folk where off in her class at the same time!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Those are pretty finishes.