Monday, 15 January 2018

15th January 2018

Hi Blogger Friends,

As always thank you to all who took the time to read and or comment on last weeks blog posting.

So what have I been up to over the last week.

I only worked on 4 projects and one of those I cannot show this week as it is my January ATC's . As both are going to the same person in the UK I should hopefully be able to post a photo of them next week.

The main project I worked on is my Focus Project which at the moment is Enchanted Aurora by Joan Elliott
This is where I picked it up from and below is my progress
so I am now onto the final page of stitching and am going to continue working on this on evenings in the coming week. I spent 16hrs over 7 days working on this in the last week and added 2,603 stitches. I do not normally count the stitches on projects but this one is being used as part of  the Every Member Counts SAL this month and I achieved the target figure on Thursday.

I  also continued with Letter R the Prairie Schooler Alphabet
This is where I left it last week
So not a great deal of progress around 3 hrs stitching but as always something is better than nothing I do intend to get considerably more done this week.

I also continued with The Tempest as part of the challenges in the Full Coverage group and the Snowball Splat with The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group on Facebook
This is where it was last week
I have now added 1871 stitches, I have achieved my goal for the Full Coverage Fanatics SAL of 1200 stitches, I am currently working towards 2000 to get some more snowballs in the other challenge but I have two splats to pay for so it will be 2100 before I can get them, hopefully over the coming week.

I did not work on any other projects as I just was not feeling it.

Books and TV

I finally finished reading a couple of books this week. In the Midst of Winter by Isabel Allende which I really enjoyed and Colour Confident Stitching by Karen Barbe, this was very good on understanding colour theory and I will certainly use it as a reference for future projects etc. I still have lots of books partially read but I am now up and running with my book challenge.

I did not watch that much this week I did watch Hidden Figures on Friday night which was a very good film and discovered that How to Get Away with Murder Series 3 was now on Netflix as I managed to miss it when it was on Sky, so I started to watch that I am about 6 episodes in and then discovered that Sky has Series 4 started so series linked that to record so that when I finish S3 I can go straight into Series 4. Now this should probably only have run for 1 series as it is getting a little silly but Viola Davis is such a good actress I think they manage to pull it off.

So that is it for this week and I will be back next week with another update.

Bye for now
Happy Stitching

Lisa x

Monday, 8 January 2018

8th January 2018

Hi Blogger Friends,

As always thank you to all who read and or commented on last weeks post .

So what did I do in week one of 2018

Well the 1st January 2018 was my 49th Birthday so less than a year now until the big one😊 So I made a start on The Graces by Maggie Gee Needlework , I am using fabric that my daughter Hannah got me for Christmas which is a white 28ct Brittney (Lugana) and I am using the recommended DMC and Kreinik Blending Filament as on the chart.  I worked on this for 7evenings.  Because I did not want to get fabric bigger than a fat quarter (as my daughter was getting it for me) the border width ways will be on the small side.
below is where I got to after 7 evenings stitching on it.
It is a shame the photo does not show how sparkly parts of this are as there is both silver and gold high lustre blending filament used quite a bit which is one of the reasons I did not get more done in the 17 hours I spent stitching on it. Very fiddly stuff.

I also did one half hour session on Winter Sampler, this is where we left it last week
and here it is now

I started letter R of the Prairie Schooler Alphabet below is a photo of where I am with the project to date and my progress on letter R this week
I did five sessions on this over the week and am happy to have completed the bottom box.

I started to do an hour or so a day on Tempest, my goal with this is to get 1200 stitches in as part of the January - By the Numbers event in the Full Coverage Fanatics group on Facebook and I am also using it for the Snowball Splat challenge in The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group which runs until February 4th. Below is my meagre start and my progress 
I have added 1,108 stitches the 100 stitch box you can see on the right of the photo was stitched to pay for the 2 snowball splats I received in the challenge and that small box contains 15 different shades of floss.

My Weekend stitching this month is Chatelaine's Sleeping Beauty Castle and I managed to get some work done on this on Sunday as Saturday we were out for the day and I was too tired to work out where I was with this project. My goal is to get at least 4 days stitching on this in January.
This is where I picked it up from and below is my  progress
I also worked on this months ATC's I had completed the Art Nouveau one and am making reasonable progress on the Teddy one As always I will show photos of these once the recipient has received them.  I did receive my December Christmas theme this cute Elf from Jo Makowski
and the one I made and posted to Australia finally arrived it took almost a month
I also  received my Birthday present a kit I ordered from Russia which took less than two weeks to get here it is the Riolis Premium kit called In the Sunset

It has 14ct Zweigart aida and Anchor threads which I will be using both. I do not see the point of buying a kit if you are going to swap everything out and I do not have any problem working on aida.

Talking of sunsets this is a photo I took on Saturday evening leaving Cowes, Isle of Wight after popping home for the day to visit my Mum and also meet up with my Sister, niece and two adorable great nephews (who both have the most beautiful grey/blue eyes).

The colours are so very me.

Finally I was not going to do any Stitch a Longs this year until I saw that Lesley Teare has brought out two for 2018 a Sunbonnet Sue one which I may do at some stage but also a gorgeous floral one
This one I really do want to do, as to when I will start it I am not sure as it may mean buying a piece of fabric and I will not be able to do that until I have earned some credit but I think it is beautiful. I have included the link for the Facebook group for thisLesley Teare Floral Sampler 2018 SAL

Books and TV

Just after midnight I set my Goodreads challenge for 2018 to 52 as always and started 8 books, one being a non fiction and one audio. So I am reading In the Midst of Winter and The Cider House Rules as my downstairs and bed books. I have also started the Magician's Nephew as I have a list of children's fantasy series I want to get through this year and I am listening to Snow White Must Die which is a crime thriller and my non fiction is a book call Colour Confident Stitching which is about colour theory and stitching and is very interesting. I have had no finishes with reading this week.

TV wise New Year means new television series and the first of these that I settled down to was McMafia starring James Norton which is based on real life and is about the Russian mafia it is quite violent but I will continue with it. I finally finished watching Feud about Bette Davis and Joan Crawford who only worked together on one film and that was very good and last night the new series of Vera started which is another detective series that I like.

So that is it for this week

Happy Stitching

Lisa x

Sunday, 31 December 2017

31st December 2017 Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Firstly I thought I would post what I received from my family for Christmas and some lovely stitching stuff I did receive

Harry Potter, the bookmark plus fabric and Beacon at Daybreak were from my daughter and the other kits were from my husband. The fabric is for my new year start which you will see in next weeks blog post.

So what did I stitch over the last 7 days

Winter Sampler
This is where I left it last week and below is where I have managed to get to.

I have discovered this week whilst stitching on this that the kit I bought has two top left and two bottom right charts but no top right or bottom left. So this means that when I come back to working on it in 2019 with a view to finishing I will need to purchase the chart from Kooler so that I can complete the design. A bit frustrated that I did not spot this when I started the kit but heigh-ho these things happen.

Christmas Stitching

I worked on three Christmas projects and below are my starting and finishing points

and this is where it is now
I am quite happy with the progress but you may notice a small nick in the perforated paper at the bottom left this was because foolishly I tried to pull through some thread that had a knot in it and manage to rip out some of the perforated paper so I patched it from behind and restitched the small section effected. I think I have learnt my lesson here, more care needed when working with perforated paper.

Victorian Ornament 2

I started this in  November but it was a very small start
and here is where I got to with it

Joan Elliott Twelve Days of Christmas
This is where it was and below is my progress after a couple of hours
I am back stitching as I go as there is quite a lot of it in this project.

Finally I asked on Instagram/Facebook for people to help me choose from 5 projects which one I should stitch on for the final 5 days of 2017 before my new stitching plan starts. The project chosen was Historic Forest Sampler by Mary Hickmott  below is my starting point and where I ended up with it on the 31st December 2017
I managed to finish page 7 (the chart has 9 pages in total) the bottom left of the design and did a bit more on page 8

I actually only stitched on this for four days in the end.
So not a huge amount of stitching but something is better than nothing.

Finally a little stat - I had 46 finishes in 2017, mainly small things like bookmarks, biscornus and ATC's but I did have 9 Prarie Schooler alphabet letters which have a stitch count of approx 110 x 70 each, I finished Simon which was 220 x 220. Earlier in the year I finished my Kingfisher design and Home of a Needleworker Too, plus I finished Welsh Garden Blackwork and finally completed the Martha Jones 1792 reproduction sampler which has a stitch count of 226 x 226. On the whole I am pleased with what I achieved in 2017 and here's to similar success in 2018. If you want to view my FB album of these finishes here is the link 2017 Finishes Album

Books and TV

I finished Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher which was very enjoyable and the ideal read for this time of year being set around the Christmas period. I also finally finished The Year of Living Danishly, and managed to squeeze in one more ebook Emily Goes to Exeter by M C Beaton writing as Marion Chesney taking my total books read in 2017 (that's physical, ebook, audio and non fiction) to 90 and  I  read 32,255 pages according to my Goodreads stats. Here is the link to My 2017 Year in Books   Not bad as my goal as always was to read 52 books and will remain so in 2018. I already have a bedtime TBR for 2018 which consists of 24 books the goal to read 30 pages per night to finish them all by the end of the year. I did do a similar thing earlier in 2017 and managed about 11 books before I hit a reading slump, I want to do better in 2018.

Strangely enough being Christmas I did not watch much TV, just repeats and things that I know I like. I don't think this years fare has been that good to be honest.

So that is is for this week and for 2017. I would like to wish you all a Happy New Year.

Until next time

Happy Stitching

Lisa x

Monday, 25 December 2017

25th December 2017 Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Merry Christmas

Thank you to all who have taken the time to read and or comment on my last weeks posting

Lady Lilac 

I continued working on Lady Lilac as part of The Ultimate Cross Stitch Groups (FB) The Frog that Stole Advent challenge. This is where it was left last week.  

Below is where Lady Lilac was when I started the challenge and where it ended. The challenge came to an end on the 24th December. In total the challenge asked for 2,700 stitches to be added and I actually added 3,529 stitches. I am a good way into Page 5 of the project which will complete the top row and I will hopefully finish this page when I pick it up again in January.

Winter Sampler

I picked this up on the 21st December and have worked on it for 4hrs and this is where it now is
I am pleased with my progress so far

Tudor Rose Bookmark 

I also worked on this bookmark kit from Textile Heritage. Last week I had done a very small start on it
and I have stitched on this for a couple of mornings over the last week and here it is now

As this is quite a spaced out design it does not take too long to stitch

I have also been working on January's ATC but cannot show them until they are received which could be anytime in January. I have completed the Art Nouveau theme and am still working on the Teddy theme.

Books and TV

The main thing I watched this week was the third and final season of The Tunnel on Sky. This is a British/ French version of the Swedish/Danish The Bridge (I also watched that show which was equally good). Anyway the British version has Stephen Dillane as the main character and he is another really good middle aged actor, everything I have seen him in he has been good. Both my husband and I liked this show and have watched all three series together which is a rarity.

Reading wise I started to read Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher (on the 21st December, the winter solstice) at bedtime. This is a re-read for me but it was a very long time ago that I last read it most likely when it came out in the late 1980's. I am just over a quarter of the way through and I am trying to get all the books I have recently started finished so that I have a clean sheet on 1st January when I have lots of reading challenges planned.

So that's it for this week, until next time

Bye for now and Happy Stitching

Lisa x

Monday, 18 December 2017

18th December 2017

Hi Blogger Friends,

Thank you as always to those who took the time to either read or comment on my last posting.

This is what I have been doing over the last 7 days

Stained Glass Bookmark
This is where I left it last week and I finished stitching and making it up on Tuesday 12th December
Since then I made a start on two more Textile Heritage Bookmarks - Celtic Jewel and the Tudor rose one which my husband bought for me when we visited Pembroke Castle earlier in the year.

Lady Lilac 
This is where it was left last week I am using this project for The Frog Who Stole Christmas Advent SAL in The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group on Facebook. I managed to get a page finish which gave me a £6.96 credit for my December Stitch from Stash
and below is my progress at the end of the week. The challenge asked for a further 850 stitches to be added, I actually stitched 1,085 stitches below is my end point for this week now working on page 5

Autumn Sampler
This is where this project was last week and I have managed to work on this from Friday to Sunday this week as part of the IHSW and here is my progress now

This is now being put away until next Autumn on the 21st I will start work on Winter which was left here


I have stitched and posted two ATC's in December but as one has to get to Australia as yet I have not heard its been received. However, the one I posted for the UK has been received. The theme was Toys

Books and TV

Over the last week I have read from several books but cannot really comment on any of them as sufficient progress has not been made to form an opinion. The ones I have started I aim to complete by the end of the year, so will hopefully be able to make some comments then. TV wise I wasted four nights watching a thriller type show on ITV called Bancroft, now it would have been ok if not for the really rubbish ending, oh well we live and learn. I also watched the Strictly Come Dancing final. This is the first year I really have not been invested in its outcome. Overall the winner the only male celeb dancer won and I did enjoy his dances the most. They may not have been technically as good as some of the females but they did have the razzmatazz that you expect from a final. Also as I think it is mainly women who vote I think that helped the result (I did not vote). We also watched the final of The Apprentice and  he took on both the final candidates which I believe is a first, thereby doubling his investment.

For those of you who like watching Youtube videos, I have posted two in the last week one an update for October - December and the other my plans for 2018

Flosstube 14 Oct - Dec 2017 Update

Flosstube 15 Stitching Plans 2018

Hopefully these links work - I am not the most technology savvy person. Of course if you have been reading my blog none of what I show is news but sometimes it is nice to physically see the projects.

So that is it for this week, until next time

Happy Stitching


15th January 2018

Hi Blogger Friends, As always thank you to all who took the time to read and or comment on last weeks blog posting. So what have I been ...