Monday, 29 February 2016

February Week 4 Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Thank you for your lovely comments on my last post. Here's what I have been doing over the last week.

Daily Project - Prairie Schooler Alphabet

So last week I left the project here
and this is the progress I have made
Not a great deal of progress but I am happy that I got anything done

Monthly Project - Joyful World SAL (The Snowflower Diaries)

Last week I got this far
and I managed to complete the design this week

It took me just under 11 hours  over 7 days to do

Rotation 4 - Orangutans (Simon) by Jayne Netley Mayhew

This is where I left the project in January after two days working on it
and this is my progress after 4 evenings working on it. I spent 11.5  hours and am pleased with my progress. I had headaches this week so did not get as much stitching done as I would have liked.

Save the Stitches - Blackwork Journey

This went from this
to this

I was pleased with what I managed to get done on Thursday.

Other Stitching and Goodies

I did a little more on Home Sweet Home (Riverdrift House freebie from Cross Stitch Crazy magazine) -  it went from this
to this
and on Saturday I completed the stitching and beading on my Polar Bear kit from Mill Hill
This week I also received a StitchEzi frame from Sewandso and so far I am really happy with it as it is a 10 inch hoop system that allows me to stitch two handed

Thank you for reading my blog I hope you have enjoyed looking at the progress I have made on my projects. I also hope you have had a great stitchy week.

Until next time

Bye for now
Happy Stitching

Lisa x

Monday, 22 February 2016

February Week 3 Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Thank you for the lovely comments on my last blog.

Well this is what I have been up to over the last week.

Daily Project - Prairie Schooler Alphabet

This project has gone from this
and I finished Letter B

This took 24hrs 45 mins over 16days. I am now working on Letter C and this is where I have got to so far
as my aim is to complete one letter a month I will only work on this during the rest of February when I have time as I am still on track.

Monthly Project 2 - Joyful World SAL (The Snowflower Diaries)

This is the progress I have made on the February section of the project

I am over half way done, I have stitched on it for just over 7 hours over 6 days so I am pleased with my progress and intend to complete this part of the project in the coming week.

Rotation 3 - A Stitch in Time (HAED)

This went from this
to this

I spent another 10  hrs over 3 days, making the total time so far over 30 hrs. I have come to the conclusion I do not like Max Colors far too much confetti for me. This project as it is will be abandoned. I am going to purchase the regular chart, regular colors and change the fabric to 28 ct 1 over 1 and use parking like I have with Large Treasure Hunt Bookshelf. It is unlikely that I will be restarting this project this year but I do love the design so I will do it at some stage.

So for the remainder of my Rotation Week I pulled out a full coverage UFO called When Dreams Come True, this design has artwork by Leonid Afremov whose work I love and was charted by Love Thy Thread who are no longer in business. I have the kitted version which I had on 18ct Aida below is the cover art, my starting point (originally started in November 2014 and then left) and where I got to. I will continue with this project in Week 3 of next months rotation before swapping it out for 3 months for Large Treasure Hunt Bookshelf
I only spent two evenings on this in the end as I had a headache on Sunday and did not feel like concentrating on stitching, but what I did do I did enjoy. This project will not look much until several pages are done as it is lots of little colour blocks that make the whole. So we shall see. Very much like a jigsaw puzzle.

Save the Stitches - Blackwork Journey

This went from
to this

and here is a close up of the area I worked. I spent 4 hrs this week on this project and again I am really pleased with the progress I have made, I intend to complete this block next Thursday.

Other Stitching

My Coloris/Color Variation Heart Bookmark has stayed the same as I am still waiting for the final Coloris thread to come. I will not continue with this until I have the last one so that I can spend a day or two just finishing it off.

However, I did embark on another project. I had been watching a You Tube Floss Tube video and the lady on it showed this project that was a freebie chart with Cross Stitch Crazy last year. I knew I had the chart and when I got the magazine had not been that impressed, but seeing the finish on the video changed my opinion. I also wanted to give my able stretcher frame another go, it was boxed up to go to the charity shop as when I first used it I did not get along with it very well. Any way below is a photo of what it should look like and my progress so far. I am stitching it on 28ct Star Sapphire Linen using the recommended DMC floss and the design is by Riverdrift House

I spent just over 5 hours over 5 days working on this. Using the Able Stretcher at this size I have the 12 inch version and I have it square 5 holes in so my working area is about 8 or 9 inches square and so far so good.

On Sunday I succumbed to making a very measly start on a kit my daughter got me for Christmas/Birthday. It is the Winter Russian Doll by Alisa
A start is a start so that is it, I would have done more but firstly I had a headache and was feeling quite tired and secondly I wanted to watch Call the Midwife so the stitching got put away for another day. The instructions in this kit are all in Russian and for most of it I can work out what it is asking me to do, but there are some instructions which I think are referring to back stitching but I don't really know what it is saying so I might have to work off the cover art at the end.

Finally on Saturday I purchased three charts Lady Lilac which I wrote about on my last blog post, White Dragon and Loneliness of Autumn all from Artecy. I think at £6.86 per pdf download is really reasonable for charts of this type. They might not be quite as detailed as the HAED charts but I think for me are more achievable in the short term.
So next week will be more of the same working on Prairie Schooler Alphabet when I have some spare time, continuing and completing the February part of the Joyful World SAL, Save the Stitches on Thursday and as and when do a bit on Home Sweet Home. My rotation piece for next week is Simon or its correct title Orangutans by Jayne Netley Mayhew, below is where I left it in January
I intend to work on that every evening apart from Thursday so I am hopeful come next weeks posting that I will have made some good progress.

So that's it for this week.

I hope you all have had good stitchy weeks and I will be back next Monday with my next update.
Bye for  Now

Happy Stitching

Lisa x

Monday, 15 February 2016

February Week 2 Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Thank you for the lovely comments on my last blog post I seem to be getting into a regular routine now and so far am enjoying it. As always though plans are subject to change. So lets get straight to the updates

Daily Project

So as always I spent most days working on Letter B from the Prairie Schooler Alphabet.
This is where I left it last week
and below is the progress I made
As I said in my last weeks post I was going to change the decoration on the pie plate from the brown/black 3371 as charted to a lighter colour. In the end I decided on using DMC Color Variation 4160 but the original version not the current. Below I have posted a photo of the difference. As I can no longer get the original type I might as well use it up on a project like this
I am using the paler one in case you couldn't tell. I am pleased with my progress particularly as I only worked on this four out of the last seven days spending just under six and half hours stitching. I am hoping to complete Letter B this coming week.

Monthly Project 1 - Pin Cushion (Sheena Rogers for Cross Stitch Collection magazine)

So this week I managed to finish stitching on February Pin Cushion and I made it up. So I went from this
to this
This months cushion took me 13 hrs and 19 minutes to stitch with around another hour to make up into the pin cushion.

Rotation 2 - The Raven Queen

So my main focus piece for the week was working on The Raven Queen by Mirabilia. I worked on her for 6 days and did 16 hrs work on her. She has gone from this
to this
I am pleased with what I got done and hopefully in March I will finish off the bottom half and start on the top half, I think that is achievable if I manage the same amount of hours then.

Save the Stitches (Blackwork Journey)

Last Thursday (my dedicated day) I worked on Save the Stitches for 4 hrs and 48 minutes. The project went from this
to this
and here is the close up of the blocks I worked on
This project I am also happy with the progress I have made.

Other Stitching

Last week I started stitching a DMC Color Variations/Coloris bookmark made of hearts.
This is where I left it last week having used just Color Variations
and last week I received all bar 1 of the new coloris threads
I think they are quite lovely. Below is my progress on this project both Color Variations and Coloris are on it now.
I have put the Coloris above the Color Variations eventually there will be 84 hearts and the space between where the Coloris end and the Color Variation begin will have my initials and date.

Finally I was home alone one day this week and because I do not sleep well when my husband is away I allowed myself to start a small project to try and tire myself before sleep. So below is the Polar Bear Fridge Magnet from Mill Hill. I will work on this again the next time he is away.
Other than the Coloris threads I have not purchased anything this last week, but so want the following chart that I stumbled upon yesterday.
This is Lady Lilac from Tereena Clarke/Artecy. It is charted for 14ct, I don't know if anyone has stitched it yet but if it comes out as beautiful as this artwork I will be delighted. Being designed for 14ct means it will be so much easier on the eyes.

This coming week I will continue with Prairie Schooler Letter B, Start on February from the Joyful World SAL, my Rotation piece is A Stitch in Time

 - this is where I left it after doing the HAED Challenge
I am hoping to complete the first page but it is very confetti heavy being the regular size but Max Colors version.
Work on Save the Stitches on Thursday and if I get any spare stitching time do a few more hearts on my bookmark. I am hoping to complete that this month so hopefully the missing Coloris thread will arrive by then.

So that's it for another week. I hope you all have a great stitchy week as I hope to.

Bye for now

Happy Stitching

Lisa x

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