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Masquerade SAL and other things April 1, 2011

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As usual it has been weeks since I have posted and my pic of our Sunday SAL covers weeks 3,4 and 5 and this Sunday should see me starting page 2. Hopefully Sandra will be able to get back to her stitching now she has finished her work and we can get back to posting our progress weekly. It’s been hard to stitch on this just once a week as it is a joy to stitch – I must do something about ordering a frame. I have still not had Queen Lily framed and it’s such a shame to see my stitching tucked away in my stash cabinet.

I’ve also had a birthday within the last few weeks and received a lovely surprise from Claire which was one of her own design book marks stitched in my favorite colours – it really is very pretty. If anyone would like to make one pay a visit to her blog where she has several charts which she will generously share for us to stitch and enjoy.

And having a birthday means….treating yourself 🙂 As I have very few stitching projects on the go at the moment it was the perfect time to try some new designs and these are a few I have chosen

Little House Needleworks The North Wind and Winter Whites and
Country Cotage Needleworks – Snowflake Serenade.

(Sandra if you are reading this did you have any Lakeside Linen Vintage Tundra in your stash?)

and of course some fabric (28 count Lambswool Linen – Wichelt) and threads (Crescent Colours Hand Dyed Floss, Gentle Art Sampler threads and Weeks Dye Works) ……..

The Winter Whites chart was bought from Lisa .. she has some lovely things for sale/swap and it’s well worth a peek here.

I’ve just realised today is a new month – perfect for a new start. I’ve have done very little stitching over the last few weeks – I don’t know where the time goes. I am determined to get a few hours stitching done this evening, then I can put up another post!!

On the topic of new starts I have decided to join in a SAL In the Night” by Jardin Privé which Claire mentions in her blog – I can never resist a cat design.

It is being run by her stitching friend Mamoure and starts on the 15th April so there is plenty of time if anyone wants to join in. I have already purchased the chart – downloadable pdf format was the easiest method for me – and have my fabric and threads sorted.

Oh I almost forgot…I did have a very small HD – another one of my Prairie Schoolar Snowy Nights ornaments – this time the little snowman. I managed to buy some green felt locally and once I buy a few other bits and pieces will try my first attempt at finishing the PS way. I think he’s cute…

And that’s about it..but before I end I’d just like to say a big “merci” to Claire for her encouragement and also to remind those participating in the TUSAL – the New Moon is Sunday 3rd April – also Mothering Sunday.

Thank you for taking the time to visit – have a good weekend 🙂

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Sew….here I am again February 23, 2011

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After finally finding my stitching mojo I have been plodding along with my projects and am now back stiitching with a vengeance. I had fully intended to start blogging regulary in 2011 but this plan went haywire due to lack of Internet connection. This has now been remedied (fingers crossed) by changing ISP providers so at least my post has a lot to show.

My first Happy Dance is Lale a free design by Pelin Tezer which was a SAL with Sandra. It was my first time stitching on black fabric and although I like the end result I struggled to stitch this so if I use black fabric again it will be for something minute. Not a very good pic – it looks much nicer.

Stitched on 32 count black Belfast linen using Weeks Dye Works shade Whiskey

Next is a huge Happy Dance with my bramble and the rose. This was started on 1st March last year as a SAL which seemed to have slowly fizzled out – has anyone else who joined the Sal finished? I was determined to get this finished before starting something new and having chosen Ink Circles Masquerade as my next design I went all out to complete it before my chart and threads arrived. Last week I had a few days off work thanks to a heavy cold and bad chest and did nothing but stitch for a whole day. Here is my finish

A close up

Stitched on 28 count linen using Threadworx Blackforest 1084

Unknown to me Sandra had already purchased Masquerde and we have decided to have another SAL on Sunday evenings. I was too impatient to wait for fabric to arrive so I am using 28 count Silver Lining hand dyed linen by Polstitches. Here is my first Sunday evening progress pic

I’m also hoping to buy the frame which is shown on the chart as I think it goes perfectly with this design and is quite unique. Blu has just finished stitching Masquerade – take a quick look at her finish.

In January I joined a great new forum called Needlecraft Haven – it is a really friendly place with many varied topics – there’s something for everyone – I’ve already gained a lot by being a member. I participated in the January Challenge which was to stitch and finish a design called Petit Chat by Tra La La. I used sparkly white fabric – 28 count and Threadworx navy blue (1025) replacing the single stitches with pearl beads. I think it’s really pretty. My finish was a small cushion as this is the only thing I can make but I’m hoping to learn more ways of finishing during 2011. Here are the pics of the front and back of my cushion

One of my WIPS HAED QS Red Witch has now become the largest of my projects. I’ve not worked on this in months but here are my before and after pics to show where I am at now.

This year I decided that I was going to stitch some smaller designs and am starting by making christmas ornaments. I have made a reindeer from the Prairie Schooler Snowy Nights chart, there are nine designs in total which I hope to finish the Prairie Schooler way.

I have stitched another christmas design but when I took the photo I realised I had missed out the french knots for the eyes and nose so I’ll post that within the next few days.

I think the reason I don’t post very often is because of the time it takes me to do it – I must get more organised. I’ll make my next post short and simple! I didn’t think I had done very much stitching but looking back I’ve done quite lot – I’m really surprised. As I’m stitching one thing I’m already planning what I’m going to do next – there are quite a few charts which I am about to order – that’s what happens when you read other peoples blogs – so much lovely stitching being done by everyone.