Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Meery Xmas pic

Here's a pic of the lovely little Mouseloft kit I finished last week. I plan to make it into Mum's christmas card, but will be stitching it again for me when I get chance.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Update on my Dictionary Of Cakes

This is my progress so far on the Dictionary Of Cakes. I was hoping to have completed 2 full squares by the end of July, but ended up spending a lot of time stitching the title banner. I can't find my biggest R&R frame (again!), so stuck with a smaller frame and having to move it around a lot. Can't think where a large white plastic pole can disappear to. I know my house is chaotic, but it shouldn't be that hard to find, surely???

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Look what I made yesterday!

I stitched this pillow kit yesterday. It's a kit by Pine Mountain designs which my husband bought for me. I also have one that says Merry Christmas (christmas pressie from Grandma last year), but I've not stitched that one yet.
I love these kits as the pillow case is already made up, so you just stitch the design on the aida, the pop in the pillow form and tie the bow to hold it together. Simples!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Charity square finished, plus a new kit started.

I started stitching 'A Dictionary Of Cakes' a few days ago. I know I shouldn't be starting any more new kits with the amount of UFO's I have, but I couldn't resist. I really enjoy stitching these designs. They're fun and the colours are so cheerful. I stitched the 'Bras' last year, and I already have 'Boots' in my stash too. I hope the cut thru designs are as fun to stitch too. They're all designed by Bothy Threads, so the instructions are really clear. The cut thru's have so much detail in them, so they might take a while to stitch.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Stitching for a charity quilt

I'm currently stitching a square for a quilt that will be auctioned off for charity. A forum I post on came up with the idea and we got the OK from the designer of a Fairy Tale alphabet. It's not my style and I'm not really enjoying stitching it much because it's a lot of similar colours and I'm finding it boring. Still, it's for a good cause, so I'm happy I can contribute. I need to chart and stitch my name and location, then it's all finished!

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Balloon Girl finished

When I posted earlier, I didn't expect that I would finish stitching this kit today!
I've just washed it, as I had marked out the grid lines with a fabric pen, so the colours might look a bit odd whilst it's still wet.
Anyway....here it is...

Golden Gate Bridge-ALL stitching finished!

I'm now stitching a kit called Balloon Girl, which is based on a Banksy design. It'll be a Christmas present for my brother and his fiance. It's coming along quite nicely, so hopefully I'll get it finished soon.
I need to start finding some frames for all my finished stitching, though! I have several pieces washed and ready for framing, so I need to sit down and get ironing and mounting so I can have them on the wall being admired!!!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Everyone Brings Joy

I finished stitching this Waxing Moon design on Monday. I stitched it for my husband as it was our 8th anniversary and I wanted to stitch something on linen for it (on the list for modern 8th anniversary gifts).
I started it in late April when I was on jury service, but didn't get as much stitching time as I'd hoped. At least I finished stitching it in time, although it's not framed yet.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

Golden Gate bridge-all cross stitches finished!

I've finished all the cross stitch now! I need to wash it before adding the back stitch & long stitch.
I am kicking myself about the frames. I found 2 frames which would be ideal for it, but the mount is just slightly too small. If I had known before I had started stitching, I could've missed 3 rows from the top and 3 or 4 from the bottom of the picture and it would fit perfectly. To be fair, I hadn't bought the frames when I first started stitching, so I couldn't have known. Annoying, though! Will probably use the frame, but get a different mount cut. Which frame do you think looks better? Pine or black? (Just folded the fabric into place to give a rough idea how they'd look)

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Updated photo

April 13th 2010. The end is in sight... :-)

Sunday, 11 April 2010

Golden gate bridge update

Here's what my stitching looked like the last time I picked it up (almost 2 years ago to the day!)

...And this is what it looks like today! I've done a fair bit of stitching on it this week and it's taking shape now. I've had to put it on a bigger frame to work on as I was running out of stitching space with the smaller one.
The design is by John Clayton. I love his work and have quite a few kits by him. Several of the Circles range, as I think they look amazing, and one called 'The Junction' of a narrow boat approaching a lock. I have no idea where I'm going to display all these kits when I finish them! :-)

Friday, 9 April 2010

Tulips finished

I finished stitching this cover kit last week. It took much longer than I thought it would, but the end result looks good. Haven't framed it yet. In fact, I'm gathering quite a stash of unframed cross stitch. That's very naughty of me!
I have dug out some kits from my UFO box. Firstly I tried stitching some more on the motorbike kit that my Mum bought for Bob & I in 1999. Unfortantly, I've lost the threads from it, so I was only able to stitch the black areas. I have contacted PINN about the threads and they have told me they'll send me some more. :-)
For some reason, the bike kit was one that Grandma asked about often. I have no idea why that particular kit stuck in her mind so much, but I hope she's looking down on me when I do finish it. It'll be a tribute to her.
Next I started stitching on the John Clayton 'Golden Gate Bridge' kit that I started before we went out there in 2005. I have done a fair bit of it this week, although I haven't gotten around to taking a photo of it yet. Next update I'll add one...

Tuesday, 9 March 2010

In loving memory of my Grandma

I'm sorry to say that my Grandma passed away 3 weeks ago. I miss her so much.
She was in hospital for 4 weeks, but was all set to come home when she picked up a chest infection and died on Monday 15th February-one month to the day before her 90th birthday.
She never did get chance to hang the Lizzie Kate seasons that I stitched for her. I've asked my Mum if I can have them back and I'll hang them up along with the Flowers Of The Year kit I stitched for my Grandparents in 1996.

I'll never forget you, Grandma. You gave me so many happy memories. I love you.

Thursday, 7 January 2010

Christmas Spool tree

Sorry it's been a while since my last update. Christmas-well, the whole of December, really-was really busy for me! We went to see Eddie Izzard at the O2, then had a few days away in Germany, visiting the Christmas markets.

I didn't manage to finish stitching a christmas card for Mum, which I'm annoyed about. At least I finished Grandma's Lizzie Kate seasons, though!

I also finished something else today! I bought this chart at the Nimble Thimble a few months ago and started it before christmas. It didn't get done for christmas-surprise, surprise!-but due to putting my back out twice within a week, I've had some unexpected stitching time, so in the last few days, I've done loads...