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A Happy Dance!!!! February 10, 2010

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Hurray – Cedric is finished so I am doing my first Happy Dance of the year, with I hope, a few more to come in the next few weeks.!! I would have finished this on Monday but would you believe I run out of DMC 310 black – I had almost every other colour you could want!! Sometimes I have enjoyed stitching this piece and at other times I’ve only picked it up as it was a SAL but having said that now it’s finished I’m glad I persevered with the backstitching as it has made such a difference to the end result. I have also beaded for the first time and with a lesson from Sandra, some “special thread” and a “tacky bob” I think the little pearls have really set it off.

I have tried unsuccessfully to get a decent picture which is a shame as it really does look lovely. I’ve taken a full picture and a close up and am also showing a pic of Sandra’s dragons as she has stitched the word “Welcome” and I have stitched the Welsh word “Croeso”. The fabric colour looks different in each picture but it is actually a very very slight pink.
Here is Cedric

And Sandra’s Gwyn

Next, I can’t wait to finish my Ink Circles Cirques des Triangles before we start our new Bramble & the Rose SAL on 1st March, Having pondered long and hard over my colour choices I’ve finally decided that it will be on the green fabric using Threadworx Black Forest thread.

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Cedric update February 1, 2010

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I’ve made quite a lot of progress since my last update and although I had intended having a quiet weekend stitching and complete all bar the centre piece, as true to life things never go to plan. I managed a few hours Saturday evening but Sunday I woke with a slight headache which is still niggling me and refuses to go away! I had forgotten there were beads to be sewn on the piece which is something new to me but as I am going to be going home for a few days later this week I’ll be getting a lesson from Sandra, who btw completed her dragons yesterday and I have to say they do look stunning, you must take a look.

This is my first ever SAL of a same design and I know that if it wasn’t for her encouragement I think Cedric would have become UFO. Now that I’ve seen how lovely it’s going to look when finished I can’t wait to be doing my Happy Dance.

Here are my before and after pics.

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The back stitching hasn’t been as bad as I thought although I’m not 100% happy with it but it changes the piece so dramatically it’s well worth the effort.

Hope you all have a good stitching week. I will be taking my CDT away with me so hopefully some progress to show next week.

Cedric and some new stash January 25, 2010

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Last Tuesday I paid a visit to The Nimble Thimble Nr Oswetry, Shropshire for a look around and managed, as you do, to buy a few bits and pieces whilst I was there. Because of the recent bad weather it was the first day the shop had opened and there was still some snow on the ground where they are situated so I was lucky that I hadn’t gone there the week before as I had originally intended. As well as having a good selection of all things cross stitch they make and frame pictures. I have taken a few pics of my purchases but unfortunately they have not come out very well and the colours are much nicer in real life. The fabrics have been placed on some white sparkly fabric which I bought and am possibly going to use for my next QS HAED design once I have finished Queen Lily although I still haven’t picked her up this year.

They fabrics are all linen but I am going to have to ring the shop to find out the exact type as I forgot to make a note. Amongst other things I bought myself a really jazzy pair of reading glasses to see if I can stitch and still keep in my contact lenses. I also bought yet another scissors – I seem to be collecting these 🙂

The blue offcut is 28 ct Wichelt linen in Monet Blue and is a lovely colour. The threads are Needle Necessities 116 (now Threadworx 1025 navy blue)

The next piece is 32 count lilac and the threads are Needle Necessities 195 (Threadworx grape shades 1158) and Weeks Dye Works 1311 Taffetta. This is the fabric and threads I am thinking of using for my Bramble and the Rose SAL which we are starting on 1st March. Take a look at Ink Circles Stitchers if you are interested in joining in.

My next piece of fabric is what I think is a lovely shade of green and is 28 count but it has been really difficult to show. The threads, courtesy of Sandra, are Needle Necessities 151 (Threadworx Black Forest 1084). This is my other choice for Bramble and the Rose and even though these are the colours I originally had in mind I’m really undecided as I’m not a “green” person but I do like these colours. I think I will stitch a little of each just to see how they look and then make my decision, unless I find something else in the meantime. I’m planning a visit to Sandra’s Stash Shop in the next week or so so anything is possible lol. I’m also undecided as to whether to use one colour or whether to stitch the flowers in a different shade.

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I bought Weeks Dye Works thread 2219 whiskey which I have shown in an odd piece of black fabric as I will be starting a small SAL with Sandra using these colours. We’ve yet to pick out a design but this combination looks absolutely stunning when stitched up – take a look here – it’s gorgeous.

And finally some stitching! Here is my update of “Cedric” which I took last week but I managed to get some stitching in over the weekend and have totally finished the white dragon. I hope to finish the flowers and maybe get some back stitching in later this evening. There’s only 5 weeks left to our deadline so I have to concentrate on this piece all next week. After speaking to Sandra today I think we are more or less at the same stage.

And lastly my CDT – not much to do on this and I can’t wait to finish it.

Alfie didn’t manage to get his head in this pic – here he is fast asleep on my bed and still as dirty as ever.

I get him cleaned up but he just keeps coming back covered in ash. Boys will be boys !!!!

Stitching Progress for 2010 January 18, 2010

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As a result of Ian’s accident we had a very quiet Christmas and New Year as we were unable to do a great deal or go anywhere but it did mean that I have managed to get quite a bit of stitching done. I’m glad to say that Ian is now well on the mend and last week he actually managed to take one of the dogs for a short walk and he drove himself to physio today. He is trying his hardest to get himself back to normal and now that he is starting to recover from his injuries he is getting stronger and fitter every day. We will have to make the most of his time off work and get a few days out sorted. I’m already planning a trip to a shop called The Nimble Thimble Nr Oswestry which I’ve been told has a good selection of cross stitch goodies and also pay another visit to Jo at Polstitches buy some stash for my planned new starts. A time back home is also planned and hopefully we will be able to spend a few days there rather than a fleeting visit.

I have quite a lot of pics to show and I’ll start off with CDT.
I’m almost there on this one and once I pick it up again I’m going to go flat out for a finish.

As you can see Alfie managed to get his head in the pic (luckily this was before his little adventure ) – I think he’s checking for mistakes. Once this is finished I’m going to start The Bramble and the Rose as a SAL with Ink Circle Stitchers. I know a lot of people are interested in starting this design and it would be great if we could all start around the same time – say early March – and maybe post our progress on this blog. If you know of anyone wanting to join in please mention this in your blog as the more the merrier. I’m going to put a post on the Ink Circle blog so see if this will generate any more interest. My biggest problem is that I can’t decide on a fabric or thread. I’d love to stitch this as I think it is stunning but don’t think my eyesight will allow. I have a sample of black fabric so I may have a tryout to see how I get on.

My Wednesday SAL of Celtic Welcome with Sandra sort of came to a stop before Christmas but we have both restarted and are aiming for a finish on 1st March – St David’s Day. I am finding the white dragon ( Sandra has called her’s Gwyn but I am leaving mine unnamed) much quicker to stitch than my red dragon (Cedric). I took this pic last week and I’ve done quite a lot more since then which I will post next week. I think it is the back stitch which will take the time so I want to get the dragons completed ASAP to leave myself plenty of time to get this finished by the 1s March deadline.

Towards the end of 2009 I concentrated on Queen Lily and although I haven’t stitched on her yet this year I was really pleased with the progress I made. Once I pick this up again I will work on her for a few weeks at a time. Not a very good picture as it was taken at an angle but this is how she’s looking. I’ve already got my next HAED QS lined up.

And finally my restart of HAED Cats which I started on 1st January. I have changed my fabric to white 14 count cashel linen as I just couldn’t stitch on 25 count. This is the same fabric I am using for my CDT and it is lovely to work with although the size of my fabric is about 27″ x 40″ so it’s massive. I’m making good progress here and have completed 3000 stitches and picture is already starting to show albeit a tiny proportion of the chart – There are 99,900 stitches in total.

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I will soon be a year since I started stitching so within the next few months I should be doing quite a few Happy Dances -this can only mean lots of new starts for 2010 and who knows – even regular updates on my blogs. Even though I haven’t made many comments on your blogs I do read them when I can and really appreciate the comments you leave for me, so thank you for your words of encouragement – I get quite excited that someone has taken the time to read and comment on my work.

Has it been that long? November 13, 2009

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I didn’t realise it had been so long since I’d posted but for a few weeks I did absolutely no stitching but now I’m on a roll again. I’ve half completed both CDT and Midnight Garden so rather than a “happy dance” I’m doing a “little hop” 🙂 Here are the pics.

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Midnight Garden

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I hope to get one of these completed before the end of the year so I can start something new in 2010 so I’ll need to get my act together!

Unfortunately Cedric went into hiding in his cave but I managed to entice him out last week and worked on him for a few days. I know Sandra has not worked on her SAL with Gwyn and I was going to hold back my pic but she doesn’t mind me showing it. I’ll leave Cedric for a while and let Sandra catch up and then we can pick up our Wednesday stitching again.

Cedric

Queen Lily is now “looking” at me – check out Our Friends HAED SAL for updates

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On a non stitching front Alfie came home with blood on his front leg and at first I thought he had been hunting but it turned out he had a deep gash probably done by barbed wire. I managed to get him to the Vet in the afternoon and he was kept in overnight and had 3 stitches. He came home with his leg bandaged which he kept on for at least 24 hours, followed by a second dressing which was on for even less time and eventually ended up with a buster coller. He had to be kept in for 10 days and as he is used to the freedom of a cat flap and never has a litter tray this was an absolute nightmare! He spends a lot of time sleeping with the dogs and I’m sure he thinks he is part canine – here is a pic of him looking totally sorry for himself – he may be the first of a new breed of “fenine” called a Poodlecat!!

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The end…till next time.

Cedric October 2, 2009

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Not a lot of progress on Cedric but now I’ve started to use a few more colours I think he’s looking fab but if I were you I’d place your bets on Gwyn!!! The backstitching has made such a difference. I’m rubbish at back stitching and think I’ll have to get some tips to make sure I do Cedric justice. Here’s how he looks after Wednesdays SAL with Sandra – who by the way is having a great giveway – go check it out.

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I also set myself a target with Queen Lily and have now completed about a third of the chart. Here she is

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Next week it will be a year since the original Lily went missing and today I managed to get a pic of her brother Alf sitting next to one of my ornaments ….if only I could have had him wash his face – that would have made a brilliant pic. Hope you like him

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And in the red corner September 26, 2009

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……….Cedric. Not sure why I’ve named him it was just just something that entered my head as I was stitching. As I watched his face come to light, first his eye then I could have sworn I felt the rumblings of a roar building as his nostral flared into shape – then I realised it was Ian snoring lol.

Here is how he’s looking after my Wednesday SAL with Sandra

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I’ve also noticed that I’ve called this Celtic Dragon but the chart name is Celtic Welcome! There is a Welsh Fairy Story which tells the tale of the red and white dragons and why the red dragon is the symbol of Wales. Not sure how Sandra is doing with her dragon but I can’t let this SAL slip as I can’t change history and let the white dragon rule 😉

This week I’ve also made good progress with my Midnight Garden and have almost finished page 2. I’ll show this when it’s actually finished.

Queen Lily is coming along leaps and bounds and by next week’s SAL I should have started a new section. Here’s how it’s taking shape.

Hope you’ve had a good week stitching I know I have!

A new start!! September 20, 2009

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…which I hope will not turn out to be another ” re-start” 🙂

I had a lovely week away with Ian and the hounds and we were lucky to have good weather and managed to “chill out” which Ian really needed to do as he gets up really early and needed to rest up and relax. My parents came to visit for the day and my Mum and their dog stayed over and we took her back to Swansea and spent some time there. Unfortunately the only day of rain! I can’t resist showing this pic of the three dogs waiting hopefully for my mum to give them something – it’s amazing how well behaved they can be if they want something!

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Back to stitching – I took three projects away with me but only managed to stitch on my Queen Lily. This is how it looked last week but since then I’ve done loads but you will have to wait until I’ve finished the page before I post the pic.

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On Monday myself and Sandra went to Polstitches and I bought the fabric for my HAED Cats which I’m starting again in the New Year. I’ve chosen white 28 count cashel linen which is the same fabric I’m using for by CDT and it’s absolutely lovely to stitch on. I also bought Cirque des Circles – just because it was there:) I was going to pick some threads in readiness for Ink Circles The Bramble and the Rose but Jo has so much choice I couldn’t make up my mind so I’ll save that for another visit.

On our first visit to Polstitches with Sandra we bought a Polstitches design called Celtic Welcome which we decided to do as a SAL so I bought the fabric and we decided to start this on Wednesday. This is going to be quite fun as I am starting with the red dragaon and Sandra is doing the white dragaon. She has started from the top down and I have started from the centre upwards and she will be stitching the word “Welcome” and I am stitching the Welsh version “Croeso” so it will be interesting to see the two versions reach the same finish.

This is the chart

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Sandra must stitch the way she types – FAST – so I will have to make sure I keep up. I was hoping she would post her pic first but she is probably way ahead of me already. I think I will have to have a word with Mia and get her to slow her down if she overtakes me too much !!!!! This is my progress for Wednesday, I promise to to better next week!

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Last night I picked up my Midnight Garden and that’s exactly whre I am going now – the weather is too nice to sit indoors so I am going to sit outside and stitch.

Just one last thing …I couldn’t resist spending my HAED gift voucher on this – yep another cat!

At last – a stitching update September 4, 2009

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Hurray – I’ve actually managed some stitching!!! Over the last two weeks I’ve found the time to sit down and stitch, probably something to with the weather being so awful and the nights getting darker so more time to relax in the evenings. I’ve made some progress with Midnight Garden and have now finished page one so this is actually starting to take shape. Page 2 is a full chart but pages 3 and 4 are only half a page so this is a fairly small project. Here is a pic:-

Midnight Garden Page 1

After my disaster with Cirque des Triangles once I pick this up I can’t put it down again and I’ve done the whole of page one and completed every triangle outline of the full chart and surprise suprise they all ended up where they should be so now I know I can pick this up at anytime and just complete a triangle or two or three depending on how much time I have. Here is what it looks like now :-

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CDT Page 1

…the full picture

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Oriental Lady Red has been restarted but I’ve forgotten to take a pic so will post that next time.

I’ve even managed to work on “Queen Lily” – check out my update on Our Friends HAED SAL. I’m really going to go for gold on this one over the next few weeks.

In just over a weeks time myself and Sandra are off to Polstitches. It’s not just an excuse to go and spend loads of money on extra stash it’s something we just HAVE to do 😉 On our last visit we bought the chart Celtic Dragons

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which we are going to do as a SAL and we’ve decided to start this in October. If anyone wants to join in let us know – I also have the chart for the word “croeso” to replace “welcome” which I am going to do. I need to buy fabric for this, possibly some threads, some new fabric for my HAED Cat restart, the Bramble and the Rose is on my do to list so I may as well have a look at some threads ^grin^. And I know Sandra has hardly any stash at all ^cough splutter^