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Happy Dance number two!!!! February 15, 2010

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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.

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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.

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

CDT

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^

Cirque des Triangles July 9, 2009

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In my last stitching post I said that I was going to restart CDT, do a little on Midnight Garden and also pick up Queen Lily and quess what…not a stitch was done lol, typical me but not my fault – honest 😉 I did manage to sit down on Sunday evening and pick up Midnight Garden but not a lot to show so will save the pic for next time. Monday I restarted CdT and after stitching the first few triangles I decided to approach it from a different angle so rather than “fill in” the triangle I’ve carried on and completed the outlines for pages 1,2 and 3. It just looks I’ve I’ve done a lot more this way and at least I know it fits lol. Here is how it looks

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I’m going to put CdT to one side and for the next week or so concentrate on Queen Lily. When I first started this I couldn’t put it down and it grew really quickly. Lily will have been missing a year on the 9 October and I would like to have this finished by then.

I should really work on my other HAED Cats but am struggling with the 25 count fabric. Sandra has sent me a sample of her 40 count fabric so I can try this out and see if it makes the stitching easier for me. The original size of the finished work using 25 count is approx 9″ x 18″ and on 40 count will be 11″ by 22″ so not a massive difference but I will probably have to use a full stitch rather than the half stitch I am using on the 25ct.

I seem to be restarting and unpicking more than I’ve stitched. The weather here is quite dismal at the moment but at least it means I’m staying inside and getting some stitching done. Next week Ian has a week off work so I’ll probably be on a stitching stop again.

Hope you have a good weekend and look forward to seeing your progress on your blogs.

Does this count as a finish?! July 2, 2009

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I was determined to unpick my CDT as quickly as possible as I know that if I didn’t it could end up tucked away never to be seen again. I did a little unpicking on Sunday and am pleased to say that I now have a blank piece of fabric even though I sat up until 1.30 am to finish it. It was quite satisfying to unpick the last stitch but I think when I eventually get around to finishing it I will be doing a very very “HAPPY DANCE”. The additional threads have arrived and as they may be a slightly different dye I have mixed all the threads together so it shouldn’t show any definite change in colours. Here is a pic

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I’ve done a triple check on my measurements and yes – it does fit when the fabric is the right way around – so I will put a few stitches in today just to start if off. I should really be working on one of my HAED projects as Thursday is our SAL day so I hope to pick up Queen Lily and start a new page. I’m also stitching on Midnight Garden so may have a few new pics soon.

As a reward for completing my unpicking so quickly I did a little retail therapy on Tuesday and bought myself a “few new clothes” 🙂 I have to be in the right frame of mind to go shopping for clothes as there is very little choice in the town but I had a lovely day out and it cheered me up a lot. Maybe I should make a few more mistakes NO NO NO!!!!

These things happen June 29, 2009

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Yet another really busy week where I’ve done very little stitching. Apart from working for a few hours every day last week we have been spending the evenings making the most of the warm weather and building our little vegetable plot with Ian doing the hard work and me “supervising” 🙂 We finished this at the weekend and have a good selection of vegetables planted which we are hoping will all grow and we get something to eat from it.

I received a ticking off from Sandra for not blogging more often now I’ve got my new computer so Saturday morning I got out my camera to take a few pics of my progress. I’ve mostly been working on Cirque des Triangles and this is really coming along nicely and I’ve just started Page 2. Here’s an update and a close up pic giving a better look at the colours.

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When I laid out the fabric to take the pic I took a quick look at the chart to see how many more triangles I had to do to complete the page and found there was just one more – so good news. Then …..frown….hmmm this doesn’t look quite right. I was immediately on the phone to Sandra – “guess what” I said to her. “Oh no” was her reply you’ve missed a stitch. Try again I say – “oh no” says she – you’re triangle is in the wrong place. Try again. There was silence as she guessed what I had done. STARTED MY FABRIC THE WRONG WAY AROUND!!!!!!! I laughed – or was I just hysterical 🙂 Load of people have done that she said trying to make me feel better. So…..EVERYTHING has to be unpicked and I’ve just learned a hard lesson but… even though Sandra offered to unpick it for me I’ve decided to do this myself and start again. It could have been much much worse. Having ordered more thread today from Polstitches Jo told me a few stories which had me cringing, one in particular when someone had spend 18 months stitching and finished a project and then somehow managed to tear the fabric! Then she started the project again – well done that woman – I would have flung it as far as I could!

Back to actual stitching – I’ve done a little on my HAED Cat with Our Friends HAED SAL and even though it doesn’t look a lot it is progress 🙂

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From now on I will be blogging on my “unpicking” . I know this is not really that funny and I still don’t know how I managed to make such a stupid mistake – I am Welsh btw 😉 but I hope it gave you a bit of a laugh. Happy stitching !

Blame the weather June 17, 2009

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The weather has been so lovely lately that I’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors and generally mooching around and I‘ve done hardly any stitching. We’ve not really got a garden as such just a paved yard but I have what I call my “chill out “ room which leads onto a roof garden which has a really lovely view of the open fields and hills. We get full sun for most of the day but I can never sit in the sun for very long – I need to be doing something. I have finished reading Twilight by Stephanie Meyers and at the weekend managed to buy the second and third book of the saga and the Library called me yesterday to say that book four, Breaking Dawn had arrived so I now have the full set to read over the next few weeks.

I usually take the dogs for long walks during the day but it‘s been far too hot for them as they have a double coat. We are lucky enough to have a field which is around 2 acres and totally secure so we tend to take them there in the evenings to have a good run. A local farmer cut it for us recently but it’s growing like mad again. Ian decided a while ago that he wanted to grow some vegetables so he has pots and containers everywhere and everything he has planted is growing like crazy I think he has naturally green fingers. The back of our house looks onto open land which is owned by a neighbour and she suggested we use part of the land to grow some vegetables so we’ve been busy setting up our little plot. I went to a few of the garden centres around here on Monday and bought loads of plants to put in my tubs and window boxes and then decided to clear a rough area at the side of the house which I’ve planted and it has really brightened the place up.

As for stitching – virtually nothing 😦 Clare commented on one of my posts about my “Cat” projects and I am ashamed to say I’ve done nothing on them even though I am part of the HAED SAL on Thursdays. I did pick up Queen Lily to start page 2 then discovered I had only actually stitched half of page 1. I’d made an A3 working copy of the page but must have halved that page and enlarged it again (my eyesight really is terrible) so I‘ve not done as well as I had thought. But here is what I’ve actually done since my last post on Cirque des Triangles

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I’ve restarted Oriental Lady Red, this time using 28 count evenweave and am stitching over 2 as there are so many fractionals. I’ve also decided to use just two strands for the entire project rather than 3 and 2. I think it will look okay this way and will certainly be easier to stitch.

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Last week I decided to make a start on the designs of Marie Therese Saint Aubin from her book Chats au point de croix. I have decided to stitch all of the designs and make them into a book of my own. So far I have stitched what will be the front cover (yes the title should look slightly crooked and the cat is actually limping away 😉 For this I used 28 count linen and hand-dyedfibers silk FD Elegance and used the colour Slate for the mice

Chats cover

and also one of the designs called Chat roux attendant.

Chat roux attendant

This was stitched on 28 count linen over two using Candy Floss cotten #21 just to see how it looked but I think most the the designs I will stitch over 1.

Today it is pouring down with rain which has given me the opportunity to do this post. As it will be a miserable evening I am going to sit down and watch The Da Vinci Code which I’ve had on DVD for ages and tomorrow evening am going to the cinema to see the sequel Angels and Demons and maybe have a Chinese takeway on the way home.

A quick progress report June 6, 2009

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Having had too many distractions lately I’e not been able to sit down with my stitching but I’ve managed to do a little – here are some pics on the progress of Cirque des Triangles and Midnight Garden. Not sure if the colours show at their best but I hope you like them.

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Midnight Garden