Monday, November 20, 2017

Major happy dance time

At 11.30 pm last night I put the last stitch into CdC and just in case your wondering it was the one in the top right corner :)

Started on Jan 1st 2011 and left in the PHD drawer for most the time until August 3rd when it became my weekend project.

I'd seen lots of these done on dark fabric with colourful thread and I wanted to be a little different so went with bright fabric (Opal sunflowers from Sparklies) and black thread.

Ink Circles
Cirque des Cercles

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The goods for the goods carriage

First I made the Candy cane (thread heaven lid for scale)

then I made the present (well guessed Jo)

and lastly I made the lollipop

here they are in the goods carriage

What I forgot to do was take a pic of the entire train but I will

Saturday, November 18, 2017


Yes right folks it's time to post pictures of rubbish once more and for the first time all year I'm on time!! Please don't fall off your seat in shock.

First my stitching orts and I've added ones from the family tree sampler, CdC, snowman, mini poppies and my Monday night freebie since last time

And my beading orts 
It was lovely to use black thread for a change and although you can't see it there is some apple green in there as well unfortunately I'm back to white thread 

If after all this time you have no idea what the TUSAL is all about click here

Friday, November 17, 2017

Family sampler progress

My aim for this week was to get to the bottom of this one and not only did I do that but I've made a small start on the bottom of the border and the flowers along the bottom of the centre panel

Overall it's looking like this now

Next week I'd like to make it all the way across the bottom at the very least but would love to finish the border completely

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The goods carriage is finished

I did the last few rows of the outside body 

then finished off the insert

Joined the 2 pieces together and added the wheels

Now I'm working on the goods to go in it 

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Monday night stitching

A little more progress was made on Monday night at bowls and with any luck I'll finish part one next week

Overall view

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Weekend progress

I finished the last bit of the large circle. got 2 more full circle done as well as lots of smaller ones last weekend 

And as you can see I'm very close to finishing it completey

I'd love to be able to say it'll be finished this weekend but it's unlikely to happen which is a shame as I would of loved to have it done to take to Harrogate knitting and Stitching with me to show it off on Sparklies stand

Monday, November 13, 2017

Family Sampler update

I'm back on this one now after a break and still fed up with it but the sooner I finish the sooner I get paid and can move onto the stuff I want to do!

I never got round to posting my progress in mid October so here it is


And after last week it looks like this, not huge amounts of progress and I did have a very busy week last week so reduced stitching time

I'm hoping that this week I'll be able to reach the bottom with the border

Sunday, November 12, 2017

Carriage update

The sides are complete I do have a little more to do on the top but wanted to stiffen the sides before I did that

So I started on the insert,  I've got another 6 rows to do on this which I should get done tomorrow

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

Trafford Centre

I've been doing a little bit of Christmas shopping today with Mel and Dan at the Trafford Centre and it's all decked out for the season.
I thought I'd share a few pics from the day

The tree is animated and sings 

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Goods carriage

The next (and currently last ) carriage has been released and mine is well underway.
This one is the goods carriage, next week threadabead are releasing the goods to go in it.

I'm almost to the top of it now but it has a smaller version that sits inside in which I will hopefully be able to start tomorrow

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

This years bead mat

I haven't been keeping this as upto date as I'd like this year and have a list of colours I need to add to it that's going to get longer rather than shorter over the next few weeks but once I've done the Christmas gifts I'll get stuck into it and hopefully it won't take me to long to get it done

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Monday night progress

After a couple of weeks off from indoor bowls I was back there last night and made a little bit of progress 

Monday, November 06, 2017

Weekend progress

Cdc made an appearance at the weekend again and I managed to almost fill the huge circle in centre.

I'm hoping I'll be finished this month, keep your fingers crossed for me it would be lovely to cross this one off the list

Sunday, November 05, 2017

Bonfire night

Have a safe and enjoyable one

Saturday, November 04, 2017

Small beading finish

A couple of weeks or so ago a fellow member of the Facebook beading group asked for test beaders to try out a few designs she had done.
I was one I'd the ones lucky enough to get one to test and here he is 

Friday, November 03, 2017

New start

After finishing the snowman yesterday I made a start on another kit from my stash. 
It's another from Heritage crafts this time one of the mini floral 's by John Clayton and with it being November it seemed fitting.

It's growing quickly this is 2 days and around 8 1/2 hours of stitching.

As much as I'm enjoying it tomorrow it's going away for a while :( I'll be working on CdC over the weekend and back to the sampler on Monday 

Thursday, November 02, 2017

Snowman finish

Silly me forgot to pick up the chart for CdC when packing on Friday for the retreat but lucky for me I had plenty of other projects with me.

I started this little guy on Friday night and finished him this afternoon.
He's an oldish kit from Heritage crafts that I've had in my stash for a few years.

I switched the kit fabric to lilac ice from sparkles. 

Margaret Sherry for Heritage Crafts 

Wednesday, November 01, 2017

October progress & November goals

For October I said
Get CdC almost finished.  I've not done to badly with it and would of done better had I remembered to bring the chart with me!!
Get the model at least half done.   I'm there but haven't managed to post an up to date pic for a couple of weeks!
Decide on my stitching for the retreat.  Done and I almost have a finish
Make a flower. Not
Sell some stash. Done

For November I'd like to
Finish the model
Finish CdC
Another finish would be nice
Sell some stash
Post everyday

I stitched for 110 hours 47 minutes during October helped by being on a stitching retreat the last few days of the month.  I had 2 new starts and 1finish during the month and stitched every day.

Current PhD total = 30

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Hug Exchange

Today was opening day for the hug exchange over on needlecraft haven.
We had to include a card on the theme of love, friendship or hugs and I struggled to find anything suitable locally so planned on stitching a Lizzie kate freebie I gave in my stash when I found this as a kit.

We also had to include a couple of skeins of thread, a sweet treat and a pamper treat.

My exchange looked like this

And this is the one I received and opened this morning.

The ribbon was tied round my sweet tray and such a lovely colour I plan on reusing it at some point in the future

I've realised that I should of also made this my gifted gorgeousness post as well but I'm a day late to have it count

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Bit of tatting

I'm on a stitching retreat this week and I've been having a go at tatting thus afternoon.
Everything past the blue on the right I've done on my own :)  really pleased with it.
Next job is to master the flower 

Friday, October 27, 2017

TUSAL time

Once it again I'm late posting my rubbish :)

I've added plenty of orts to my stitcing jar but they are all from the Family Sampler, CdC and a  card I can't share for a few more days

Loads more white added to my beading orts but if you look close you may just spot a little bit of purple and black

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Christmas ornament

I'm going away on a stitching week at the end of the month and will be offering a beading day while I'm there so I thought I'd better make a sample :)

This was designed by a beading friend and she sold the pattern in aid of out local hospice.
She very kindly gave me permission to teach it 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Weekend progress

I've started to fill in the big circle in the middle now

I'd say I'm around 2/3 done now and should finish sometime in November

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Last weeks progress

I spent last week working on the border so I now have both top corners complete and by the end of this week I'll be half done

This week I'm working on the tree but I have to say I'm fed up with it now but will keep going with it until I go away at the end of the month

Sunday, October 15, 2017

New start

Indoor bowls started on Monday and it involves a fair bit of sitting round which is something I'm not so good at doing, last year I took hexies with me each week but didn't feel like doing that this year.
While looking through my freebies for another chart I came across the one for this and thought I'd take that along instead.

I wish I could tell you more about it but I can't :( it appeared on someones blog around 8 years ago and she didn't know much about it either but had managed to find the chart on line somewhere and gave a link for it.
I printed out the chart and put it in my freebie folder and there it sat until Monday afternoon.
The lighting isn't as good as I'd like in the hall so I decided aida would be easier to see there, had a root in my extra floss box for a colour I liked that had a lot left on the bobbin and off I went.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Carriage finish

I did finish the body of the carriage on Sunday morning

Monday morning I did the bottom piece and attached and then did the wheels 

The other side 

and the door into the carriage (it's the same on the other end)

And the completed train so far

Friday, October 13, 2017

Weekend progress

Here we are on Friday night and once again I'm only just getting round to posting last weekends progress on CdC

I'm really pleased with how much I got done and now have 3 corners completed :)
I reckon I'm in the region of 2/3 done now.
Plan for this weekend is to start filling in that huge circle