Sunday, August 23, 2009

Starr of Mine Finish

I finished my Starr of Mine this weekend - here is the end result:
This was such a fun stitch - I would love to get it in a frame soon! I only used DMC threads and used DMC Precious Metal Effects for the moon and all the stars.

I also started Spot of Winter - I think it should be a quick, fun stitch :) I don't know what I'll stitch after that - I have so many WIPs, but I'm already contemplating a new start!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Not a lot of progress

This has been such a slow stitching week for me! At least I can show this pinkeep that I have just finished for my mom. I stitched this piece for her from the Elizabethan Cross Stitch book by Barbara Hammet a few months ago. It is finished as a pincushion in the book, but the pinkeep finishing appealed to me more for this piece.
I finished the other side to be a pocket for a scissors or needles - or whatever needs a home at the time :)
My progress on Starr of Mine by LHN has been so slow, but I don't think the rest of the piece will take too long - mostly words, border and stars remaining. Who knows - I could have a finish soon!
I have already selected my next project - Spot of Winter by The Drawn Thread. It will be my first Christmas ornament for the year - I always get itching for some Christmas projects at this time of the year. I have a suitable pale blue linen for this project. This should be a quick stitch!
Melissa is having a HUGE giveaway for her 8th year Blogiversary/ 1000th post! What a milestone! The prize is also great - eight charts, fabric, threads, a scissors and more! You can check it out on her blog.
That's it for now - it's downhill to the weekend from here! Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

"Starr of Mine" progress

Here is my progress on "Starr of Mine" from this month's Gift of Stitching Magazine. I am really enjoying this project - LHN pieces are such fun to stitch!
I changed the recommended Crescent Colours threads to DMC, since it's not easy to obtain them over here. I am also stitching it on white evenweave instead of the recommended blue fabric. When I placed all the colours on the blue fabric that I have it just didn't look as good as on the photo in the magazine, so I decided to go with the white. I love the clean, crisp look on the white:)
Lori is having a great giveaway to celebrate her blogiversary. Go onto her blog for more details - some great charts up for grabs!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

A new start!

I was losing serious momentum with my Mary Wigham SAL - I was stitching on it for nine weeks and that's about as long as I can last on one project! My original plan was to continue on one of my WIPs, maybe Book of Ink Circles, but then the August issue of The Gift of Stitching Magazine came out! It has a lovely design by Little House Needleworks on the cover and I could not resist. I started it Saturday night and it is such a fun stitch.
I hope to make good progress on it this weekend, since Monday is a public holiday. Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Spring Tree Fairy WIP

Weekend again! I've done very little on Mary Wigham this past week, so I decided to share another WIP with you. This is Spring Tree Fairy by Mary Baxter St. Clair and is a full colour printed design by Candamar Designs Inc.
It is an embellished cross stitch piece, so it should go quickly, but it is printed on Aida and as soon as I start work on it again I'm reminded why I packed it away in the first place! I just can't get used to working on the harder fabric again and yet it is such a beautiful design. The thread colours are also absolutely gorgeous.
On this pic you can see how little stitching actually needs to be done. They also make use of full stitches and half stitches in both 1 and 2 ply.
As you can see, she has such a beautiful face! I must really finish this piece :)
Thank you for all the kind words about the little towel I stitched as well as the Fimo roses. I have made some other Fimo pieces - as you can see I only had a few colours to work with! This is my first attempt at the little teapot. I don't know what I'm going to do with it, since I'm not into miniatures, but it is fun to make!
I also made this little pig for no apparent reason! Maybe he can be my stitching mascot ;-)
The good news is that I went to the craft shop and now have a few more colours of the Fimo. Now I can add leaves to my roses and bake them. Other good news - while snooping around in the craft shop I found this delightful little bucket of beads! It's like having a new toy :)
Here is a close up of all the lovely shades and shapes of beads. I hope I can put some of them to use soon.
Have a great weekend - I hope to get some hours in on Mary Wigham - can you believe that the final part was released earlier this week!