Monday, September 25, 2017

Another beading class!

Today was mh normal beading group day but we had a class as well.

The project pack and of course there is a pattern

By lunch time mine looked like this  

And by the end of the day it looked like this 

It's being put aside for a few days while I work on another box for the challenge on the Facebook group

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Beading weekend day 2

First thing this morning I got a pic of the goodies bag contents, the key ring is actually quite large and heavy 

A closer look at the key ring

And the back is just as pretty

Now to beading :)
By lunchtime I'd finished the head and made a scarf 

And by the end of the class I had a finished bear

Apologies for some the pics being the wrong way round I'm having to write this post on my phone and have no clue how to change things. I really wish blogger had an ipad app!

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Weekend beading class

Most years on the last weekend in September I go down to a little village near Solihull for a beading weekend with Oak tree crafts
This year it's a little bear.

This is what greeted me this morning.  Lorraine always gives us a little something,  I'll try and get a decent pic of the contents of the bag tomorrow.

The painted wood parts for the bear

My progress at lunch time, sorry it's on its side I took it on my phone

And progress at the end of the day

Friday, September 22, 2017

Box finish

This month on the facebook beading group it's all about peyote and there are different levels so that everyone can take part.
I've done 2 of them one intermediate (that I've just realised I've not a got a pic of!!) and the advanced one.
This is the Wildflowers box by Julia Pretl who very kindly donated the pattern to the members for the month.

I picked my own colours from stash for it and was either very brave or very stupid because the darker purple is a satin finish bead and they are fragile and break very easily.   I turned out to be very lucky with it and only broke a few of them, none of them on the bit I expected them to break on tho!

I enjoyed every bit of this one and I'm really, really happy with the way it turned out

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Weekend progress

Here's how I got on last weekend, scroll down to my last post if you fancy comparing pics.

I'm off on the weekend beading class this coming weekend so I doubt much progress will be made but I'll do my best to make sure I at least get a length of thread in

Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekend progress

I thought I'd better post last weekends progress before I start again tomorrow :)

Thank you for all the lovely comments on the carriage and yes Jo the blocks count down the days I had it on 08 simply because that was the date I finished it

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Carriage finished

Here it is in all it's glory

And with the engine

The only thing I've added this time is some bells in the cubes

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

Weekend progress

I don't think I'm far off being half done, woohoo

Justine (and anyone else that wants to know) this is sparkling sunflowers on 28 ct brittany

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Train carriage progress

Friday morning the first of 3 carriage's for the train was let loose into the world and I was one of the ones constantly refreshing Threadabead until it appeared!  That makes me eager, sad and needing to get out more or just plan excited :)   Ok maybe not sad as I've not finished mine yet but one lady finished with 24 hours!

First you bead the top of the carriage 

then you add the gold then work the sides so you end up with this

I've also completed the bottom of it and stitched the 2 piece together but that's just a plain black rectangle and not really worth a pic.

Next job is the wheels then there is just the cubes to do so with any luck I 'll be Thursday or maybe even Wednesday depending on how soon my bum going numb

Monday, September 04, 2017

2 finishes

The next part of the train was due out on Friday but not until mid morning so I wanted something quick to do while I waited.
So I did a pen cover, the pattern is part of this month challenge in the facebook and fitted the bill perfectly.  It's done in tubular peyote so I don't have a flat one to show you, you'll have to make do with 2 halves and just in case it reads I love to bead

Friday afternoon I finished Damask Square as well.

Friday, September 01, 2017

August progress and September goals

For August I said
Start something new (pref a kit)  I started and finished Damask Square but it wasn't a kit
Get another bit of Santa's village done  Yes I completed Candy Cane cottage
Make good progress on Autumn SAL  not as much as I would of liked but progress was made
Maybe start spring SAL    No :(
Make progress on Rainbow Threads SAL  No :(
Make some hexie flowers (or progress on my scrappy cover)  I made a flower
Sell some stash   Lots of items found new homes

For Septemeber I'd like to
Finish the Autumn SAL
Start the Spring SAL
Next the next part of Santas Village done
Work on Rainbow threads SAL
Make at least one flower
Sell some stash

August turned out well for me stitching wise even tho it's been a busy month with life in general and with a bout of illness thrown in for good measure.  I stitched for 93 hours 43 mins, put needle and thread together every day, had 2 new starts and 2 finishes both of which were the new starts so while I'm not getting my overall PHD number down I'm not increasing it either.

Current PHD total = 29

Thursday, August 31, 2017

August Gifted Gorgeousness

Just scrapping in this month for GG !

First is TW Intermediate Whitework ornament that featured as a PHD in last months post, it's a freebie and so it's a gift

And the reason I left it till the last minute to post this month is this.
The Bee hive box from Spellbound, the kit was a gift a few months ago 

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Weekend progress

Amazing how much you can get done when you have no reason to leave the house for 2 days!

Monday, August 28, 2017

Damask square progress

I ended up being out most evening again last week so not as much progress as I would of liked was made 

Still loving every stitch and with any luck I'll finish it this week 

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Working on a beading PHD

It's still PHD time over in the beading group on facebook so while I wait for Sept 1st to arrive with the next part of the train I pulled out another PHD to work on.

This one is the Beehive Box from Spellbound 

As it started out last Thursday

And by the end of my day at beading group.

I've done more now and have finished the lighter colour, really I should of taken another pic this morning but never thought about it :(   these were taken on my phone and it took me a while to figure out how to add them to a post (still haven't figured it out for the ipad tho!)

The kit was a gift from Kate when we met up at Spellbound in March as it was just a few days after the split with fella and she wanted to make me smile :)

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Weekend progress

I fancied a change last weekend and worked down rather than across so I have now reached the bottom 

Long way to go before I have as much of this one done as I do my beaded one

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Pictures of rubbish :)

Yes folks it's TUSAL time once more and for once I'm only a couple of days late instead of a week or more maybe I'm getting the hang of it again.

I've added orts from Whitework ornament, Cirque, Candy Cane Cottage, Damask Square and a little bit of sewing thread from hexies

And my beading orts, most of them have come from the train this time although there are a few from a Christmas gift I've just finished

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Last weeks stitching

Last Saturday I went to the Festival of Quilts to help out on the Sparklies stand for the day and of course I had to get some new stash while I was at it :)
I bought the chart for Ink Circles Damask Square had a root round the oddments box on the stand and went to Paint Box Threads for some silk (I was going there anyway to get the silk for something I plan to start soonish) 

Monday arrived and I couldn't resist starting it

I've loved every stitch of it and will be back on it on Monday but now I'm off to work on CdC for the weekend

Thursday, August 17, 2017

I have a train engine :)

I was right it was finished well before the last update post went live :)
Roll on Sept 1st when the next part is released 

I made a few minor changes to bead colours but otherwise it's all the called for colours

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Weekend progress

Not much to show again this week :(
I spent Saturday at the Festival of quilts helping out on Sparklies which was interesting because I'd started to lose my voice on Friday night at bowls.
Sunday I felt so off that I wasn't in the right frame of mind to stitch very much

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

More train

Carrying on from where I left off last time :)
The next stage was to join the boiler and cab together

Than add the skirt

The base for the train came next

Then 2 large wheels at the back

and 2 small ones at the front.

This is the point I left it at on Monday morning and by the time this post goes live I will have done the last 2 bits and my train engine will be complete :)

Monday, August 14, 2017

Last weeks stitching

With my bid to get Santa's Village completed this year I thought I'd better get my backside into gear and get another house done this month.
Monday I made start on Candy Cane Cottage and finished it off after bowls on Friday night

I'm now at 2/3 complete and will need to stitch a house a month to finish this year which once bowling season ends shouldn't be a problem

Friday, August 11, 2017

My train has a boiler

The next part of the train is complete now and it will always be a very special part of it for me.
I was working on the this part while Teejay was here and he helped me with it :)
First day he just picked up beads but every day after that he also added them to the piece although he did struggle a little with the black.

Stitched together

The front of the boiler.
I've made a small change here, the pattern calls for a 4mm facet but I wasn't happy with the amount of thread & space showing between it and the gold so I've used a 6mm

And the back of the boiler.
Again a small change,  I added an extra couple of rows because I didn't like the hole that was left

Next came the base the the boiler to sit on

And that was stitched to the boiler

The next stage is also completed but that can wait till next time :)