Friday, 8 January 2016

Week 1 - 2016 and End of 2015 Update

Hi Blogger Friends,

Happy New Year - I hope you all had a great Holiday Season.

This post will contain what I got done from 8th December (my last blog post) to the end of the year. I will review the first weeks stitching of 2016 and at the end of the post show the stitchy stuff I had for Christmas.

Since my last post in December I finished my December Pin Cushion (design by Sheena Rogers from Cross Stitch Collection magazine)
and I stitched both my Husband a 50th Birthday Card and my daughter a 21st Birthday card. Both are designs from Joan Elliott and both took me over 20 hrs to stitch so although I think they are stunning designs and were both well received they are not quick stitches.

These were my last finishes of 2015. I did not finish either Twas the Night by Sue Hillis Designs or True Love by Blackwork Journey, but since the New Year have worked on both of these for one evening each.

The top photo is where I left the project on the 9th December 2015 and the bottom photo is the back stitching I did on the bottom left last night. I am going to work on this project every time I complete a 10hr rotation from my main rota and will work 10hrs each time on this until I complete it. So last night I got to work on this as I had finished my first 10 hr rotation on Rotation 1 in 2016.
On Saturday I was supposed to work on Save the Stitches above design from Liz Almond of Blackwork Journey and this was my starting point. When I started working on it late Saturday afternoon (I had been travelling all day taking my Mum back to Southampton) I did not like how the block I was working on looked so frogged it and started this block again from the left side. I did not take a photo as I only managed about 30 mins stitching. I was tired from the travelling and wasn't happy sat at my frame so decided I would work on True Love below instead, also by Blackwork Journey.

I did the right hand border including the hearts and enjoyed my stitching. This project will be worked on again once I complete my Monthly Project - January Pin Cushion and I am hopeful that I will get it finished in January.

On the First January which was also my 47th Birthday I started working on both January Pin Cushion and Prairie Schooler Alphabet.
Here's where I got to in a week
I am really pleased with my progress and think I will probably complete the stitching part this weekend.
This is where I have got with the Prairie Schooler Alphabet. This takes me a little longer to work on as it is 20 ct fabric and I find two strands of floss can be difficult at times. I made one slight change to the charted project. I changed the red from 3857 to 355 just to make it a little brighter. I am hopeful that I will complete at least one letter a month. This was always going to be  long term project but I am hopeful that towards the end of 2017 it should be completed.

On Sunday the 3rd January 2016 which was also my husbands 50th birthday, I started working on Orangutans by Jayne Netley Mayhew and to which I refer to as Simon. The finished design will look like this
and this is where I got to week 1
I am stitching this on 28ct Lightening Strike Jobelan from Polstitches and am pleased with my progress so far.

Finally the last bit of stitching I have done since the New Year was my first rotation. Now it was supposed to be Little House Needleworks - Home of a Needleworker Too, but my planned projects for Rotation 1 included 2 largish projects so I decided to move the LHN one to the second project I do in Rotation 1 as this should not take so long. So on the 4th January I started working on Victorian Charm by Sunset/Dimensions. When finished it should look like this
This is the kit I had gifted to me. Here is where I got to after 10.5 hrs over 4 days
I am really pleased with the progress and pleasantly surprised at working on 18ct Navy Aida, I thought I would struggle with it but so far it has not been a problem working under good light has certainly helped and I don't know how I stitched for years without good lighting.

So that's it for my stitching. I have done 37.5hrs in the first week of 2016 so that is £3.75 into my money box. I have had no finishes so no bonus pennies to add this week. I have not bought anything this week. So off to a good start.

Below are some of the stitchy things I got for Christmas
So I bought for myself Spring, Summer and Autumn Samplers from Janlynn, Old Street by Riolis, Seashell Treasures by Dimensions, Frixion Pastel Highlighter Pens, Storytime Sampler Chart from Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery, a hoop from a seller on Amazon (this differs from the others I have purchased recently in that the gripper part is on the outer hoop not inner) and finally my daughter brought me back a pint sized Eeyore mug from the Disney store in Copenhagen, Denmark. So I have plenty of lovely stitching things to add to my stash and look forward to stitching some time in the future.

Finally whilst out shopping over the Christmas period I went into my local The Works shop and saw these two boxes for £15 and so because they are quite well made I got them

Future blog posts will be named Week " " - 2016 Update, if they are stitching related and I aim to post every Friday. If any of you are curious about what I am stitching I post daily on  Instagram my id on there is loubie69. If my post is non stitching/craft related it will have a named title as opposed to week this or that.

So that is it for the first week of 2016, I don't expect to be as productive as this week every week. This week was more a case of I did so little for a fortnight I needed to stitch and so I have. If I can get about 20 hrs in a week I will be more than happy.

Bye for now
take care



  1. I love your pin cushions of the month - I love reading your blog - you are so organized.

  2. Awesome post Lisa. Gorgeous stitching and you have got so much done. Love all of your new stash. Looking forward to seeing your progress.


  3. Great start on Victorian Charm, I've loved that for a while but was always slightly put off by the navy fabric. I think I may have to finally buy it!

    Love those boxes! I've not seen pastel highlighters before....*goes to look for some*


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