Saturday, December 31, 2011

Last Finishes of 2011

I finished Joyful Summer on the 29th

And my last beading finish of the year took place yesterday when I added the last bead to MAGIC! Pocket Dragon panel
Designed by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough (yes the Author) with the permission of Real Musgrave

All that's left is for me to wish you all a very Happy New Year.
May 2012 be happy, healthy and stash filled.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

TW Happy Dance

Started in 2008, worked on all year as my TW Monday project and finished yesterday which means I've met one of my goals for this year.

Basket of Apples from September/October 1988 issue of JCS

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Mum's Christmas present

I stitched Papillion by JBW for Mum on a piece of Sparklies out of her 'off cuts' tub at Harrogate and one of her solitaire threads which is very similar to Morning Glory

And Sparklies patchwork fabric was used to make it up into a cushion.

Also at Harrogate I picked up this Humbug Bookmark kit from Sunken Treasures to do for Mum.
I've never made a humbug before and I'm quite pleased with how it's turned out.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Last ornie's of the year

I couldn't share these until today as most of them were given as gift's yesterday.

The first two are both freebies from here and were the Needlecraft Haven Challenge for November/December

This one I gave to my parents at Krampus

This one went to my parents Neighbour

Christmas Tree Cat from this years JCS ornament issue for DBF

And lastly Maya's Panda for Dan (Mel's BF)
Also out of JCS ornament issue but I failed to note which year!

As ever the fabric it's resting on is the backing.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Last TUSAL of 2011 (sort of)

My last official TUSAL post of 2011 (I'll do a final pic on 31 Dec)

This time there are orts from UFO RR, various ornaments, Joyful Summer, Mum's Christmas present and various colours of KO/nymo

Merry Christmas to you all

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


I was checking the pics of Dan's car (Mel's DBF) after their accident earlier this evening and came across the one's of the last round of the UFO RR and realised I've not shared them, so here they are.

Kathy's as it arrived

And as it will leave me in the new year.

Both Mel and Dan are generally OK but they do have soft tissue injury's.  Mel has a bruise appearing from the seat belt and Dan has a sore neck, both of them will be stiff and sore in the morning.
A cattle truck pulled out in front of them and they didn't see it until it was to late as the road is poorly lit and the street light was blocked by the truck and the hazard lights on the side of it were hidden by the hedge.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Some beading finishes

In the last week or so I've finished a few beading projects starting with the second cracker from the class I took.
Now the eagle eyed among you will no doubt wonder what the project in the background is so before you all ask it's a tree which is as good as finished.  I just need to either find or make a star for the top of it.

This last weekend was Krampus and since we give small gifts to each other I made Clown Fish earrings for Sheena who is ever so slightly obsessed with Nemo.

I started this tripe bead peyote bracelet at beading group last week once I'd finished the earrings and took it to a different group on Monday to work on when I got fed up with the tree.
It was so quick to do I'm thinking of doing more in different colours 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Doro Theos finished

Another weekend project bites the dust.
I finished Doro Theos on Sunday evening, later than I hoped I would but I was away for the weekend and didn't get much stitching time on Saturday.

Doro Theos
My Big Toe Designs
36 count Light Sand Edinburgh linen and Dinky Dyes silk
Started 31 Jan 2010
Finished 11 Dec 2011

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Weekend project update

I was hoping given how much I got done last weekend that I would have a finish this weekend but to wasn't to be as I wasn't well and so not in the mood to stitch :(

Still I will be done this weekend so I better start thinking what's up next so I can pack it ready for spending the weekend in Wales for Krampus

Sunday, December 04, 2011

It's a cracker

I finished an old class project a few days ago and I'm still working on the other one I started during the same class.

It measures just 3 1/2 inches in length, is done in brick stitch using Delica's and has a bell inside and just to state the obvious it's not meant to be pulled.

Excuse the glare on this one but it does show the bell hiding inside quite well

Friday, December 02, 2011

Ornament Exchange

Yesterday was reveal day for the ornament exchange over on Needlecraft Haven but with it being the funeral of my friend I couldn't face anything to do with Christmas so I opened it this morning.

This beauty is from Julie and what more can I say other than I love him and will treasure him

To answer recent questions......

Terri  Yes it's in Delica's I'm using 10, 42 and 602
Rachael over on Ink Circle Stitchers asked how heavy it is, well it's currently 59grams now that doesn't sound alot and it's not really but when your holding it after while it is!!
Jules I really can't remember where I got Scary Book from I've had it for so long now, not much help I know

Thursday, December 01, 2011

November progress & December goals

For November I said
Get at least one ornament esp since I have an exchange one due  I got the one for the exchange done and one of the NH monthly challenge ones stitched but not yet finished
UFO RR I did work on it but still have some to do
Finish at least one project  I finished 4 in total

For December
Get the last couple of ornaments stitched
Get the ones that are stitched and not made up, made up
Finish as many projects as poss this month 

I stitched for 75 hours and 16 minutes last month, had 2 days when I didn't stitch (although I did bead), had 2 new starts and 4 finishes along with a few beading finishes.

Current PHD total = 36

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Pocket Dragon PHD's

A little while ago I made myself a peyote ruler and then put it to use.
The project that's started on it is Magic! and it's much further on than this now

And Scary Book, one of my GFJ starts last year and the mostly likely candidate to replace Doro Theos at the weekends

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Mad Idea update

It's been a while since I last posted this and I have made progress on it lately so thought I'd better prove I'm still working on it.

It's still not at 1/3 done but I am loving it even it's a little difficult to hold at times.

Monday, November 28, 2011

New weekend project

With finishing Quaker 6 last week I had to go and root around in my PHD's and pick a new one for the weekends.
I wanted one that I stood a chance of finishing before the end of the year and Doro Theos from My Big Toe fit the bill perfectly.
I only managed to put a few stitches in on Saturday night with being in Harrogate all day but Sunday was a different matter.

Doro Theos when I pulled it out

And on Sunday evening

It looks like it's going to stitch up much faster than I thought it would so I should get it finished in a few weeks time 

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Bracelet finish

As I said earlier in the week I've finished a bracelet to with the 3D necklace and earrings and here it is.
It's a little longer than I wanted it to be but it doesn't fall past the widest part of my hand so it's fine :)

Saturday, November 26, 2011


I've been in Harrogate today at the Knitting and Stitching show helping man Sparklies stand.

I did get chance towards the end of the day to escape and do a little stash enhancment.
Some of these are for Christmas presents or for me to stitch as presents

Friday, November 25, 2011

TUSAL time

Here we are the new moon once again which means it's time to post my TUSAL.

This time there are orts from Nova, Winter Wonderlan, Mary Wigham, Quaker 6, Celtic Knot coaster, Basket of Apples, CdC, 2 ornaments and of course various beading projects

Thursday, November 24, 2011

More triangles

I decided to make a pair of earring to match my necklace

I've also made a bracelet but that can wait for another day :)

Oh and if your in the UK and going to Harrogate on Saturday stop by the Sparklies stand and say Hello

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Basket of Apples

I've not really got much left to do on this so hopefully another few Monday's should see it finished and I can add another completed TW to the list :)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Quaker 6 finished

As promised yesterday my finished Quaker a 6 mains.

It's on Lakeside Linens Navy Bean (40 count) and I used DMC variation 4120

Started 18 July 2008
Finished 21 November 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

Sad day

I have finished Quaker 6 but won't be posting it today.
A good friend died this morning so I'm not exactly in the right frame of mind to be happy about it

Sunday, November 20, 2011

TW # 14

This time it's Geometric and it's the second time I stitched it.

It appeared in JCS way back in June 1988 and I have no idea when I stitched it!
It's on lurex linda and used DMC

Sorry about the bad lighting, I've not been home in daylight this weekend so had to use my daylight lamp to take it

Saturday, November 19, 2011

TW # 12a

In case your wondering why 12a......  I don't like writing that number between12 and 14 if I can avoid it so I use 12a instead.

This is Christmas Teddy he was published in Cross Stitch Monthly way back in December 1988.
I finished him on July 16 2002

Friday, November 18, 2011

3D Tetrahedron finish

I finished putting the 3D tetrahedron necklace together today.
It's should have them all the way round but I decided not to do that mostly because you don't see the back of it once it's being worn and my hair would hide it anyway!
So I decided to do a bit of spiral rope instead

Thursday, November 17, 2011

TW # 12

I've had to give in and fall back on posting a completed TW carrying on where I left off last year with Square Mosaic.
Stitched on lurex Linda with an Anchor multi-coloured thread but I can't remember which one and it was completed on June 6 2002

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


A couple of days ago when I was taking the pic of Quaker 6 Rosie decided to roll around on the sofa so having camera in hand I took a few pics.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Basket of Apples update

I can't believe it's been so long since I last posted about Basket of Apples!!
My last update on it was back on August 7th and as you can see I have made progress since then.
There isn't much more to do on it and I'm tempted to make it my weekend project once Quaker 6 is finished and I don't think it'll take more than one weekend to finish it

And I just realised that I've made it to the middle of the month without posting a completed TW (this one is a TW but doesn't count really as it's not finished)