Sunday, August 17, 2014

More finished beading

Back on July 27 at Haydock bead fair I took a class with Katie Dean for a beaded Dahlia, it was great fun to do and I will make more at some point

I wasn't planning on taking the afternoon class with her but did in the end, this time it was for her clouds bracelet, the main bead is done in cubic right angle weave.  Let's just say that it's unlikely that I'll be doing any more!! 

And I had a pack of tila beads hanging about so I made a bracelet 

closer up so you can see the pattern better

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Matryoshka finish

You probably don't know this about me but love Matryoska aka Russian Dolls and have done since I was little so when I saw this pattern in the Beadworkers guild Journal I knew I had to do it at some point.
It took me a while to get the delica's together for it but I did in the end and I loved every bit of her :)

The two sides before I joined them

All stitched up and stuffed

And a side view because I can :)

The pattern is also available here and at some I will buy the needle case pattern to do as well

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New weekend project

Mel has been dropping big hints on and off all year about her 21st birthday present so I took the hint and pulled it out.

As it started the weekend

And on Sunday evening

Silver Lining's Splendor rose

Saturday, August 09, 2014

New start

Yes your in the right place, assuming of course you meant to be here reading my ramblings and yes I'm posting a pic of some Halloween stitching that I've started this week.
No I haven't changed the habit of a lifetime and started to like Halloween it's a model for Sparklies to showcase her newest fabric colour - Bubblegum

If you can't wait for updates and want to know how it's going to look when finished go here

I'm off back to my normal non halloween stitching for a week now

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Art Deco Sunrise finished

Last week I never got round to posting a pic of the progress from the weekend so here it is :)

Sunday night I had this much left to do

And I did it on Monday.

Art Deco Sunrise
#49 Cross Stitch Gold

I gave it to Mum this morning and she was over the moon with it but I have to say I'm going to miss working on it

Saturday, August 02, 2014

It's going to be a quilt

Way back in the mists of time Rachael decided to start a Friendship hexie quilt and ever since then it's been lurking at the back of my mind to start a quilt.
A couple of weeks ago I did just that only I'm using diamonds for mine.

I first learnt to do Patchwork at the tender age of 11 when my Mum gave me a kit she'd had lurking about for ages to do because I was bored in the summer holidays and for the next 8 years or so that was my hobby.  Then I discovered cross stitch and that was it I was hooked on that instead and still am although these days I do other things as you know.

I'm using the traditional method of English Paper piecing which means tacking the fabric to paper then stitching them together and removing the paper.

My first star

And my second.
To make it work with stars you need a 'border' around each one and I went for white so that it makes no difference how bright the the fabric is but it's not a flat white, it has tiny scissors and pins on it (I'll try and get a decent pic of it)

I also like Rachael's idea of making it a friendship quilt so if anyone out there is struck with a sudden urge to part with a piece of fabric big enough to make 6 diamonds that are 5" long and 3" wide then please don't fight it :) 

Friday, August 01, 2014

July progress & August goals

For July I said

Finish Art Deco Sunrise    No but I'm not far off, fingers crossed for this weekend
Finish the penguins for Teejay  Done, he loved them
Maybe start a Lizzie Kate  I started and finished one for an exchange
Stick to my SfS budget when I go to the Nimble Thimble in a couple of weeks.  Done and I came home with some of it!
Keep selling my unwanted stash   A few more things have gone and I still have things to list.

For August I'd like to
Finish Art Deco Sunrise
Start the model for Sparklies
Pick a new weekend project
Keep selling my unwanted stash

I stitched for 80 hours and 48 mins in July, had 1 new start and 3 finishes (one was the new start) and picked up a needle every day.    For the first time in a long time I have below 30 PHD's so I'm heading in the right direction now :)

Current PHD total =29

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Penguins finish

Friday evening I finished the penguins for Teejay's birthday and he loved it :)
Lucy has taken them home now and will find a suitable frame.

I changed the fabric to the blue, the kit came with a linen which I don't like at the best of times and it looks so much better on the blue.
I also stitched it in full X, the kit called for it to be done in half stitch and I just didn't like the way it looked but it did mean I had to use some of my own thread to complete it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

TUSAL time

I'm a few days late posting my pics of rubbish but I'm here now :)

Orts have been added from some exchange stitching, Art Deco Sunrise, Penguins, Sunflower and lots of normal sewing cotton from the quilt I've started.

Teejay was here last week and at some point he got into my jar and started playing with the orts so it's not as tidy as it normally is.

And my beading orts.  I've worked on projects that use something other than white thread because I was so fed up of it

Friday, July 25, 2014

Stitch from Stash July report

I've spent this month but I knew I would with going to The Nimble Thimble for a get together a couple of weeks ago but I've also carried on selling off stash I no longer want so my stash hasn't grown really.

The goodies I brought home with me and no I've not started any of them yet but only because I had to finish the penguins for Teejay (which I did just before coming online).

In total I spent £66.55!
I've also bought another Penguin kit from local shop to do for Teejay for Christmas but I won't be starting it for a month or two yet, I need a break from them and I have a model to do 

New Starts from stash = 0 :(
PHD's worked on = Sunflower (finished), Art Deco Sunrise, Bears on Drawers (my oldest PHD) and Penguins (also finished)
£ spent = £66.55
Budget left = £63.57 - £43.57 rolled over and £20 for August