9 Aug 2022

Chatelaine Weekender – Butterfly Lace Mandala

This was my birthday start at the beginning of September last year, and back then I'd hoped to be putting in the last stitch on my birthday this year. (optimistic or what, Lol)    

Clearly, that’s not going to happen and I’ve not actually put a single stitch in it for at least ten weeks, so I decided I would join in with the ‘Chatelaine Weekender’ again to try and make some progress.

Here is where I left it last time.

My plan for the weekend was to finish the lower band, that is made up of Algerian Eyes, Rhodes Stitches and Diamond Eyelets (which as I’m typing this I realise I have done it wrong and my eyelets don't have eyes) Oh well, The frog will be visiting!

I then continued with the border below the band, adding the Blackwork butterflies and flowers.

Next I went back to the lace on the right-hand side and finished off a few of the leaves and swirls that I had left before.

I  had purposely left them because I couldn’t face stitching with the EdMar Rayon thread…….to say it’s a pig to stitch with is an understatement,  as I’m sure that anyone who has used it can testify to and shared my pain!

It’s such a pretty, shiny thread which adds to the overall ‘sparkle’ of the finished Chatelaine, but when you split the thread to stitch with it’s very kinky and tries to split again, making it difficult to handle.  I persevered though and when I had finished on the Right I made a start on the Left-hand side too.

All in all, I was pleased with my progress over the weekend and plan to pull her out every weekend from now on.

Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit....here comes that frog.

Happy Stitching!

Sue

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3 Aug 2022

Little Sheep Virtues - Simplicity

 I had a small start on the next panel for my Little Sheep Virtues stitch.


This will be the 8th panel that I’ve stitched but it’s actually No.6 in the series.

  

Chart – Little Sheep Virtues – Simplicity

Company – Little House Needleworks

Chart – Sheep in the Meadow

Company – Cottage Garden Needleworks

Thread – DMC

Fabric – 36ct Vintage Country Mocha

 

Happy Stitching!

Sue

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1 Aug 2022

Last Month in Camp!

 It’s the final month at the virtual Summer Cross Stitch Camp 2022 and the challenge for this month is to stitch something new to you.

I’ve gone with my first 'Whilst Iris Naps' chart, Eliza M Stone 1881, which is a free chart when you make a donation to Cancer Research UK. 

Another first is the called for fabric, which is Ballet Slippers, from Fox and Rabbit. The only difference is that I’m using 36ct instead of 40.

I’m stitching this in remembrance of my lovely friend Tracey, who sadly lost her battle last November.

                                  Happy Stitching!

Sue

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Chart – Eliza M Stone 1881

Designer – Christina - Whilst Iris Naps

Fabric – 36ct Ballet Slippers – Fox and Rabbit

Floss – Classic Colorworks – Used Brick – Weeks Dye Works - Cinnabar

31 Jul 2022

The Summer Beaming Forth – Blackbird Designs

 I have the finish line in sight-----------well, for the printed charts at least!

This is the 8th in the Loose Feathers series from Blackbird design and I originally planned it to be the page in my heritage book representing my second brother Michael.

After this, there is just No.9 to go, the one to represent me, but once I started to stitch this one I came to the conclusion it was far too pretty for him and made it mine instead.


I’ve not designed the front and back cover yet but the front will have the name of my Heritage blog, ‘Family Footprints in the Sands of Time, on it, with a border of some kind, possibly from another Blackbird design and the back will have a single motif in the centre.

Inside the front cover, my plan is to list the names of the designs and the names and dates of my family members, that being  my two sets of grandparents, my parents, my two brothers and myself.

Happy Stitching!

Sue

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Chart –  The Summer Beaming Forth – Loose Feathers Series

Designers – Blackbird Designs

Fabric – 36ct Fibre on a Whim – Wheat

Threads – Weeks Dye Works


27 Jul 2022

The Snow Flower Diaries – Joyful World Sal – August & September

I've managed to get two more panels from the Sal under my belt this month, which means I'm ahead again with the stitching.

August was a cute little Black and White dog, that one of my Instagram followers named Reggie.  

When I asked her why Reggie, she said sounded a very British name, but when I heard Reggie, I immediately thought the Kray twins,  Ronnie and Reggie, the notorious London gangland leaders, Lol!

The second panel, which is for September was a real ‘hoot’ to stitch, for obvious reasons.

Just three panels left to stitch now, so I really should start thinking about getting the box and magnets ready for finishing.

 

Happy Stitching!

Sue

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Chart – Joyful World – August & September

Designer – The Snowflower Diaries – Maja Matyas

Fabric – 32ct Murano Evenweave – Beige

Threads – DMC (called for & substitutes)


17 Jul 2022

Hear the Crickets Sing – Blackbird Designs

 I have a finish on my second project for Cross Stitch Camp.

This is the seventh design from Blackbird Designs, For the Birds,

and it will eventually be a page in my Heritage Book, to celebrate my big brother Keith.

Just two more charts to go and them I have to get my creative mojo in gear and come up with a design for the front and back covers of the book……..that should be interesting!

  

Happy Stitching!

Sue

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Chart – Hear the Crickets Sing – Loose Feathers Series

Designers – Blackbird Designs

Fabric – 36ct Fibre on a Whim – Wheat

Threads – Weks Dye Works

11 Jul 2022

Hear the Crickets Sing – Blackbird Designs

As you’ll have already seen, I finished my official Cross Stitch Camp project for July over the weekend, so I decided to make a start on the next ‘page’ of what will be my heritage book.

 I really love stitching the designs from the Blackbird Designs series, ‘For the Birds’ and this latest one is no exception.

 ‘Hear the Crickets Sing’ is No. 7 of 9 and here's my progress so far.  I'm just waiting for a few extra threads to arrive from Peakside Needlework and then I can get back to it.



 Happy Stitching!

Sue

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Chart – Hear the Crickets Sing – Loose Feathers Series

Designers – Blackbird Designs

Fabric – 36ct Fibre on a Whim – Wheat

Threads – Weks Dye Works