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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


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.

Lady Red

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.


Oriental Lady Red April 17, 2009

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Although I like this design I am not enjoying stitching this at all. There are so many fractional stitches with some being two threads and others three and also some having to be stitched in the wrong direction it justs looks a bit of a mess to me.

Its being stitched on 16 count aida which doesn’t help with the fractional stitches so I am contemplating starting again using evenweave which I think will make it easier to stitch. I am going to Polstitches with Sandra next week so will show her what I have done together with the pattern to make sure I’m stitching it correctly. I think I will have a look for an alternative fabric then decide what to do. It does seem a shame to abandon it but I’ve not done too much I know this will just become another unfinished project. Here is what I’ve done so far.


Oriental Lady Red March 27, 2009

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I’m spending far too much time on the internet trying to get my blog page as I want it and reading blogs and forums which inevitably take me to another link and another chart I’d like to start but I think I have enough on the go at the moment to keep me occupied and I am determined to finish Winter Dog before starting anything else. Time just flies by and any good intentions of having a quiet few hours stitching goes out the window. I have made some progress on Lady Red and I have just started stitching her face so it won’t be long before it actually starts to look like something.


Pics of my work so far March 10, 2009

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I thought it was about time that I actually put something in a blog so this will probably go on…and on…and on….so be warned. Here are a few pictures of my WIPs since I started stitching again. I have included the first pic I took and also the latest so you can see the progress I have made. Take a look at my WIP page to see how the finished project should look.

Winter Dog


Misaki – Oriental Lady Red



I have also started to grid my HAED fabric and hope to start stitching this on Thursday but the gridding seems to be taking forever.

Things have been a bit slow on the stitching front as I decided to start a blog and join a few forums and have not got a clue what I am doing. Also, of course, spending hours and hours on the internet looking for goodies to buy – and I have bought quite I few – even the post woman commented to me today that I was having a lot of deliveries!

I moved house twice in quite a short time and as I was limited for space gave a lot of my stitching/lace making/knitting things away but I knew I had kept my threads and a few other bits and pieces so after a bit of persuasion my partner Ian went into the attic and tried to find my stash. All I remembered was that it was in a multi-coloured crate and contained a large blue folder – not a lot to go on. After moving quite a few very heavy boxes and banging his head on a beam there was no sign of the box L Then I remembered I had kept the box plus my other “hobby” bits and bobs somewhere in the attic where I could get at them easily – he wasn’t amused when I suddenly said “oh look – here they are!”. Anyway, I found two Loran wallets full of DMC threads which at the time I was collecting would have been a full set of threads. I have checked these against the latest thread chart and I was missing 113 colours but 93 of these were new colours so I was well pleased. I also found a few organisers boxes containing over a 100 threaded bobbins and a few of my completed works and some UFO’s. Most of these had the charts and threads with them so would be easy to pick up again if I wanted. A few did not have charts and when Sandra looked as the things I had given her when I moved she had kept everything!

Sorting and organising everything the way I want it has taken quite a lot of time but at least now I and can actually start stitching again. I hope to finish the Winter Dog soon and have already got a few things lined up as a replacement but can’t decide what to do. I want to do them all but am going to limit them to three projects, the main one being HAED which I am stitching on a Thursday with Our Friends’ HAED SAL, the second being Misaki – Oriental Lady Red which I want to hang in my lounge plus a third which will be “an easy” project.

Okay – one – two – three …WIDE AWAKE!