Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Stitching slump

I haven't done any cross stitch for a while now. I just don't feel like picking up a needle. No idea why, but I wish I could get back into it. I have loads of great kits to work on.
Me and Mum are off to a stitch show in Harrogate next month. I'm looking forward to it, because it's supposed to be a very good one. Jayne from 'Jaynes Attic' might be there too, and I'd love to finally meet her. She's been so helpful every time I've shopped with her.
Speaking of shopping, I must re-new my subscription to The World Of Cross Stitching... Hopefully that will be more straightforward than it was with Cross Stitch Crazy. Bob took out a subscription for me as an Easter present. The free gift never arrived and we contacted them by phone and post many times. Eventually, Bob managed to get the details of the editor, who finally sent out some kits and extended my subscription for 3 months as an apology for such bad service. Why doesn't anything ever go smoothly? It seems like we have problem after problem with everything!

Thursday, 26 July 2007

Not much progress....

I've been feeling that I'm not getting anywhere with the Crisp Afternoon, plus the temptation of lots of new kits, so I admit that I started on something new. I know, I know....I'm very naughty and it's no wonder that I never seem to finish anything. I wish I had more will power, but I don't, so I started working on my Dolly Mamas kit.I've done quite a bit of it, but haven't stitched anything this week, as I've been more concerned with the flooding in Gloucester. My family and friends are there and they have been without running water since Sunday night. Luckily they haven't had any damage to their property, but I really do feel for the people who have been flooded out of their homes and are living in the local leisure centre. I hope they can start rebuilding their lives soon.

Tuesday, 19 June 2007

Birthday stash!

It was my birthday on Friday and I have even more kits that I want to start stitching now! Mum got me a Dolly mamas 'High Maintanence' kit, a Newtons Law kit, some aida, and an aromatherpy 'relaxing' box of stitch stuff and a candle. My brother got me the cattitues 'I'm not fat...I'm fluffy' kit that I've wanted for ages. My Aunt got my a Margaret Sherry dog kit and I also treated myself to some hand dyed fabric to use on my Pirate Ship Cut Thru when I start stitching it. I need more hours in the day!

Tuesday, 5 June 2007

Currently stitching...

I have started stitching on Crisp Afternoon again. It's very slow progress, as I can only stitch a few stitches at a time, then the thread needs changing, or the frame needs moving. Confetti stitching I think they call it! Also, it takes up so much space that I can only stitch it when I'm here alone. All the chart pages and threads need to spread out over the sofa, so poor Bob wouldn't have anywhere to sit. So my evening stitching is a John Clayton kit of Golden Gate bridge. We are going to San Francisco later this year, so hopefully I can finish it by then.

Sunday, 20 May 2007

Wedding sampler number 2 finished!

I have finally finished the 'Hitched' wedding sampler. It has taken way longer than I expected it to, but I am pleased with it. I gave it to my friend on Wednesday and she seemed really happy and suprised. I forgot to take a photo of it first, so I've asked her if she could take a picture of it for me. I'll add it to this post when she sends it.

So, next week I'm back to stitching Mum's Crisp Afternoon again....

Sunday, 29 April 2007


Hi there! Thanks for reading my first post. I thought it was about time I made an online blog of my cross stitch. I have been stitching for about 11 years now...probably more, but the first time I remember getting 'addicted' to it was in 1996.
I am currently stitching a wedding sampler for some friends who got married last weekend. It's late, but it doesn't matter too much because I'd much rather see their faces when they open it and they didn't open the other wedding gifts until a few days after the wedding. I'll be finished soon, so I can take it when I next see them in a few weeks. It's a Bang On The Door design, called 'Hitched'.
I finished another design last week. It's a Tatty Teddy chart called 'Especially For You' and was a free chart given away by Anchor a while ago. That was a gift for another friend who got married on Friday. I stitched it on hand dyed fabric from Polstitches called 'Rustic Rubarb' (a pale pink colour) and framed it in a silver painted wooden frame. I added a few heart shaped buttons to the frame to make it a bit more special, and it looked really nice. The backstitching was a nightmare, but so worth it. It does bring the bear to life.
After I finish stitching the wedding kit, I can get back to stitching my mum's 50th birthday present. Her birthday was New Years Day, but it is such a huge design that I just couldn't finish it in time. It's not that far off the end, though, and mum knows about it now. I couldn't keep it a secret anymore, so I framed it as it was and gave it to her when she got back from her holiday in Oz back in January.
I'm looking forward to getting back to stitching something for me. I have a John Clayton kit of Golden Gate Bridge that I have barely started which I'd like to get back to.
Will try and get some more photos up on here soon.
Happy Stitching!