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Monday, 17 February 2014

Stitching Plan Week 6 - 2014

Hi Blogger Friends,

I have not followed my plan this week and will not be returning to it until 1st March 2014. I have been struggling with focusing on my plan and decided to take a break until the end of the month.

That said I have still been stitching and below is what I have done over the last week.


The first thing I worked on this week was the second round robin below are photos of what I received and then what I stitched, it has now been posted on to the next stitcher.

I then completed work on the Bambi design for SFPSFC who make quilts for sick children, below is the completed design and this to has now been posted off to them.
I finally completed O Night Divine by The Sampler Girl from the 2013 Just Cross Stitch Ornaments issue.
I spent the weekend mainly stitching Blackwork Stars from New Stitches Magazine Issue 236. They are all stitched on 14ct Opal Aida and all apart from the last star have 028 Kreinik #4. The last star has 045 Kreinik #4.
The Blackwork is stitched with Anchor 1375 - Harlequin
The Blackwork is stitched with DMC 4245 - Mystical Midnight
The Blackwork is stitched with DMC 4205 - Caliente
The Blackwork is stitched with DMC 4212 - Mixed Berries
The Blackwork was stitched with DMC 4042 - Very Merry minus the white sections of thread. I will make these into cards for Christmas later.

That is all the stitching that I have done over the last week. I have also continued with my Crochet Granny Stripe Blanket and this is where I have got to
Also during the week I received some Hand Dyed Fabrics from The Crafty Kitten they are the photos below
They are Twilight Shadows 18 x 27, Foggy Morning 18x27, Ember 13 x 18, Autumnal Woodland 13 x 18 and Chocolate Orange 13 x 18. These are scans of the fabric and the Chocolate orange in reality is more orange than pink as it seems here.

Finally Friday was Valentines Day and my lovely husband Simon bought be several bunches of flowers





Well that's it for this week, hopefully I will get some stitching done over the next 7 days.

Bye for now

Lisa








Monday, 10 February 2014

Stitching Plan Week 5 - 2014

Hi Blogger Friends,

This weeks main project was a small UFO - The Rain Fell by Little House Needleworks. I managed to complete it on Monday. As you can see from the photos below there was not much to be done.

It was stitched on Permin 28ct Linen, not sure of the colour but the top photo is more accurate and stitched with the recommended Crescent Colours and DMC floss. So I now have one less UFO :-)

Saturday Peacock - this went from this
to this
I am quite pleased with this as I only managed a couple of hours on him.

Sunday Winter Sunset - went from this
to this
I am very pleased with this progress, hopefully next week should complete the current page of chart I am working on.

I completed the round robin I was working on below is how it looked when I posted it on
I also managed some work on both the SFPSFC charity piece and my January XS Small SAL piece below is where I am at with them

Well that was all the stitching that I did this week, but as the week had days with a Y in them I got distracted by both Crochet and Knitting.

The first thing I did was make a hair scrunchy from the very useful Crochet Unravelled book. The link I have posted is for the older version the one I have, there is a newer one released last year but I do not know if the contents are the same. Below is my result not perfect but I don't think it is bad for a first attempt.
I then decided to see if my working in rows was a fluke and so had a go at doing  a practise Granny Stripe using Attic24 instructions. Below are photos of my efforts

The second photo is approx 6 rows then folded up. So I can do it. This practise piece was using random DK yarn that I had and a 4.5mm hook. On Saturday my replacement yarn pack arrived (the first one apparently lost in the post). Below is a photo of the scrummy New Fashion DK yarn and my work on my actual bedspread from Sunday 9th Feb.
and here is a close up of it
I am loving the colours so far.

Finally in the week I bought and occasional magazine (in that it isn't a weekly or monthly issue) called Let's Get Crafting Knitting and Crochet. It is quite expensive at £7.99 but it does include a yarn pack a pair of knitting needles and a crochet hook. This issue the yarn is of an aran weight and the needles and hook are 5.5mm. There are a variety of projects in the magazine which you can use the pack on. I chose a craft bag. Below is my progress
I love the colours of this and am quite pleased with my efforts so far. Nothing to taxing just basic stocking stitch with the odd slip stitch,

So that's it for this week.

Bye for now


Lisa






Monday, 3 February 2014

Stitching Plan Week 4 - 2014

Hi Blogger Friends,

Well firstly I am getting my post in on time this week.

So being Week 4 this meant my main project was a Card. The cards I intend to do in the 4th week of the month are by Lesley Teare and feature birds
This week I decided to do the one top right of this photo and I believe it is a Blue Tit
And I am very pleased with the result - it took me approx 9 hrs to stitch.

Saturday saw me working on Peacock another design by Lesley Teare
It went from this
to this
As you can see I completed part of a leaf and got a bunch of grapes stitched. I am pleased with this weeks progress.

Sunday I returned to working on Winter Sunset which went from this
to
The colours I was stitching with are quite pale but I think you can see that I did get quite a bit done.

I received not one but two round robins on Tuesday and I started work on the first one. The theme for this robin is US State Flowers Texas to Wyoming and I chose to stitch Wyoming. Below is my progress as of Sunday 2nd February.
I still need to add the Flower names in both English and Latin and also do the back stitching which will be done today ready for posting on tomorrow. I will then get the second robin done which is a bell pull type project that will not take very long to do.

This week I was once again got a bit distracted by Crochet. I have finally learnt to work in rows and can now at some stage attempt a row blanket.
So this was my first attempt and I am really pleased with it.

I then learnt how to do a Daisy Granny square via the links at Tillie Tulip Blog How to make a Daisy. If you look at the link at the bottom of the page it gives you another link at adding more rounds which I also used to create this
I then made another with a green outer round and then learnt another technique, this time joining squares using Single Crochet.



My little post it notes fit in it really well.

I then made a further 12 of these using white fleck yarn as the final round. As I do not have a great deal of this yarn I will make these eventually into a scarf.
The above photo is of the first 6 that I made on Friday, I made a further 5 on Saturday and one more on Sunday. I now have to sew in all the ends and join them together.

I really love this pattern as for me it is a much neater finish than when I do a traditional granny square.

This week I also received some stitching goodies
The above two photos are of my order of The Silk Mill silks for my Snooty Parrots Sampler project which I intend to do once Peacock is completed. I will be stitching it on 40ct Newcastle over 2. I was really impressed with the prompt delivery from France and the fabulous packaging and the free Thread Heaven. As long as I don't struggle using the silk, I don't think it will be my last order. Below is a photo of what Snooty Parrots should look like. The original is not done in these silks so mine will be a little different.
Back in December I entered a giveaway with New Stitches magazine for some scissors. Now anyone who knows me, knows I have a thing for scissors you cannot have enough pairs. So I was delighted the same day that the silk arrived so did these
Not only did I receive stitching goodies I also got 10 Yankee Candle votives in the same post, these include the 5 new Q1 fragrances for the UK market. I tend to get votives as if you don't like the smell you have not wasted too much money. Typically I am not keen on vanilla based ones but I saw one called Sandalwood Vanilla and thought I would give it a go and it is lovely.


Well I think that's it for this week. Until next time ....

Bye for now

Lisa