14 Jul 2024

Angle Globe – Mill Hill (MH16-1935).

Christmas seems so far away at the start of the year, but in the blink of an eye, we are already into July and just 24 weeks until the big day.

Thankfully, the 12in24 ornament stitch-a-long that Carol from Stitching Dream Blogspot has been hosting for the last few years ensures I have at least 12 new ornaments to hang on my tree.  

I’ve stitched another of the charmed Mill Hill christmas ornaments for July, and finished it simply with sticky backed velvet on the reverse.

While I was in the mood for fully finishing, I finally got around to stitching the buttons onto ‘Winter Reindeer’ by Dirty Annie’s and put it in a frame.


I’m happy with it but I think it still looks a little bit plain, so when the shops start getting the Christmas decorations in, I’ll be looking for something to glam it up a little.

Happy Stitching!

Sue

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Winter Reindeer

Designer – Dirty Annie’s

Fabric – 36ct Linen – Nicholas Flamel Designs

Threads – Called for – Classic Colorworks, The Gentle Art & DMC

8 Jul 2024

Winter Reindeer – Dirty Annie’s

It’s time for Christmas in July and I thought now would a good time to work on a few of the Wips I started on New Years Eve last year, as part of the NYE 12 x 12 challenge.

This is where it was left after working on it from 6 to 7pm that evening.

I stitched on it for a further four days during January and February and haven’t stitched on it since.

It took a further five days this month to get to my finish.

All I have to do now is find five small buttons for finishing but as you can see, the scrap of fabric I pulled out was a little tight on the side edges, so when I come to fully finishing it I’m going to have to be very careful.

 Updated to show Fully Finishing    14/7/24



Winter Reindeer

Designer – Dirty Annie’s

Fabric – 36ct Linen – Nicholas Flamel Designs

Threads – Called for – Classic Colorworks, The Gentle Art & DMC

  

Happy Stitching!

Sue

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5 Jul 2024

Cross Stitch Camp – July

The challenge for this month is to take a full colour chart and change at least two colours, so that it more represents you.

Hands down, that means shades of Mauve and Teal in my case and I pulled a selection of threads that I might possibly use.

The chart I’ve chosen to stitch is ‘’Float’ from Plum Street Samplers and I’ve decided to go completely rogue, changing the fabric and floss for a  totally different look.

A full list of floss colours will follow, because I’m choosing them as I stitch, but this is my progress so far.


This new stitch brings me to my final start, for a challenge that I decided to join in with back in September last year, and that was 'Celebrate 50 New Starts', with Michelle from Penny’s Daughter Shares on Instagram, to celebrate her 50th birthday.

For the full list of projects I’ve worked on, click on the tab at the top of the page but here’s a quick breakdown of the status of those projects.

The first project was started on 28th Oct 2023

The final project was started on 4th July 2024

39 projects have finished and 11 projects are currently wips

38 projects have been fully finished and a further 3 projects are still waiting to be fully finished.

And lastly

9 projects are components of bigger collection and will not be fully finished until the rest of the pieces are also finished.

 These finishing figures could still change, because the challenge doesn’t end until September.


Happy Stitching!

Sue

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Chart – Float

Designer – Plum Street Samplers

Fabric – 36ct Hand-dyed Linen – Coffee Craft Fabrics

Floss – DMC (so far) 28, 32, 928, 3799, 3809, 3813, 3849

30 Jun 2024

Gingerbread House Globe Charmed Ornament – Mill Hill (MH16-1932) and some much needed finishing!

 Stitching has been a little sparse this week but I did manage a little finish.

We are exactly half way through the 12 in 24 Christmas Ornament Sal, hosted by Carol, over at Stitching Dream Blogspot and my JUne ornament is the cute Gingerbread House Globe, Charmed Ornament from MIll Hill.

For once I was a good girl and FFO’d it straight away, but that’s not surprising when you consider it was just a case of adding some sticky backed velvet to the reverse. Then I made a small start on the next one, for July, 'Angel Globe'

Still in the mood for finishing,  I pulled out a couple of things from my ‘Finishing Box of Doom’.  There are several things in there, one of which is the Time & Season sampler from Bothy Threads,


that I finished in 2013   (imagine embarrassed face here)

The first thing I pulled out hasn’t been languishing in there for that long, only since April this year and it’s the ‘Sampler Bunny’ from La-D-Da.

It’s my first ever attempt at a stand-up and I decided it might be easier to hand sew it, especially as it’s quite small.


Next, I had a couple of pieces to frame.

The first was the Golden Wedding Anniversary piece I stitched for my friend’s Dad and Stepmum. 


 
The frame came from Picture Frames Express where I get most of my custom frames.

The second piece was the ‘With Love’ sampler from Modern Folk Embroidery, that I stitched and framed back in February.  I didn’t make a very good job of it then, so decided to take it out of its frame and have another go. 


I’m much happier with it second time around.

The final thing I pulled out was ‘Hello Winter’, from Plum Street.

I couldn’t decide how to finish this one but in the end I decided to make a flat fold.


So, that ‘s  4 new FFO’s to add to my tally of  18 for the  #ffochallenge2024 with @jenquilter and @pennysdaughtershares

 over on Instagram.

 

Happy Stitching!

Sue

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23 Jun 2024

Black Sampler 2021 – Whilst Iris Naps (no longer completely black)

 I was hoping that my short break a week or so ago was going to leave  me relaxed and recharged, but no such luck.

For the last week I have been laid up with a summer cold and as per usual it has gone to my chest, leaving me with a hacking cough that I don’t seem to be able to shake off.  I must have been really ill, because I couldn’t even face picking up my stitching!

All joking aside, I did still manage some stitching and finished my Cross Stitch Camp for June.

The task I chose, was to pick a one colour chart and add some pops of colour to it, so I went with Black Sampler 2021 from Whilst Iris Naps.

I have an idea of how I’m going to fully finish it and that will be hanging from a spool, but what I still have to decide is if I should just edge the piece with a nun stitch or edge it with red fabric.  There’s no rush though because I still have to track down a spool.

  

Happy Crafting!

Sue

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Black Sampler 2021


Designer – Whilst Iris Naps

Fabric – 36ct Millstone – Legacy Fibre Artz Linen

Threads – Silky (Black) Roxy Floss Co (Fresh Cut & On Holiday) Classic Colorworks ( Weeping Willow) The Gentle Art (Cranberry)

15 Jun 2024

Step back in Time to Tudor England.

 I think I spoke too soon last week when I said that summer was finally here.   I take it all back because this week has been wet and cold with temperatures around 14 to 15 degrees, when this time last year it was around the 26.     I need some sun!!

I’ve not done very much stitching over the last week because I have been on a very enjoyable three day stay at a historical estate in Wiltshire, with a group of extremely good friends. 

We call ourselves ‘The Golden Girls’ (& Boys) and all the girls except me have known each other for more than 60 years, since junior school. I met them because one of them is my cousin and I have known them almost as long.

It’s always a good laugh when we all get together and we are now

planning our next big adventure for next year, when four of the girls hit 70………..that’ scary to say, especially as I’m only a year behind them!!



Anyway, here’s few photos of Littlecote House, the Grade 1 listed Tudor House, that was built in the 1500’s and it’s 113 acre estate.  You can actually stay in the historical rooms if you don’t mind sharing them with the ghosts of a murdered baby boy and his mother, but we stayed in the newer part of the building.

There were a few tapestry’s but not many I could get close enough to take any decent photos of.

I took some stitching with me, but I’m limited to what I can do when traveling.  I need my big light and magnifier, so usually take a Mill Hill kit or very occasionally something stitched on a larger count Aida.

As I still had to start my 12 in 24 Christmas Ornament for June, I pulled out the ‘Gingerbread House Globe’ from Mill Hill and made a small start on that.

The week leading up to going away I was concentrating on my Cross Stitch Camp piece, Black Sampler 2021 from Whilst Iris Naps and was happy with the amount I got done,

and also got one evening in on my Chatelaine.



Happy Crafting!

Sue

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Black Sampler 2021

Designer – Whilst Iris Naps

Fabric – 36ct Millstone – Legacy Fibre Artz Linen

Threads – Silky (Black) Roxy Floss Co (Fresh Cut & On Holiday) Classic Colorworks ( Weeping Willow) The Gentle Art (Cranberry)

Butterfly Lace Mandala

Started 9th September 2021

Designer -  Martina Rosenberg - Chatelaine

Fabric – 28ct Jobelan Evenweave – Antique White

Threads – Called for Silks, DMC and Petite Treasure Braid

Beads – Swarovski Crystals and Delica Beads






3 Jun 2024

Summer at last! (And the weather has finally got the memo too)

 May is behind us now and I’m set for a summer of stitching, but I can’t let it pass without a quick round up of the month’s work.

I stitched every day but one and in total, I worked on seven projects, of which three were new starts and had four finishes all of which I have already blogged about.

I also had three projects that I got around to fully finishing, so not too bad if I say so myself.

Two of the FFO’s were the Prairie Schooler Santa’s,

that I’ve been stitching as part of the 12 in 24 Christmas Ornament sal,  that Carol from  Stitching Dream Blogspot  hosts.

This is the 1995 Santa, that was my April Ornament

And this is the 2001 Santa,  that was my one for May. 


The other FFO was my Cross Stitch Camp Badge which I stitched onto my camp project bag.

As you probably already know, cross stitch camp started on 1st June and the challenge is to add a pop of colour to a single colour pattern or take a colourful chart and stitch it in just one colour.

I decided to go with the first option and have chosen to stitch ‘Black Sampler 2021’ which is an original design from Whilst Iris Naps Designs.

I’ll be stitching it on 36ct Millstone from Legacy Fibre Arts Linen, with Black Silky thread and pops of Red and Green curtsey of Roxy Floss Co, Classic Color Works and The Gentle Arts threads.

I worked on Butterfly Lace Mandala for the Chatelaine Weekender again and have hit the top right-hand corner. Here’s where it was on Friday

And this is where I am now. 


Happy Stitching!

Sue

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 Project Details


1995 & 2001 Santa’s

Designer -  Prairie Schooler

Fabric – 18ct Aida – Tea/Coffee Dyed by myself

Threads – Called for DMC’s


Butterfly Lace Mandala

Started 9th September 2021

Designer -  Martina Rosenberg - Chatelaine

Fabric – 28ct Jobelan Evenweave – Antique White

Threads – Called for Silks, DMC and Petite Treasure Braid

Beads – Swarovski Crystals and Delica Beads

 

Black Sampler 2021

Designer – Whilst Iris Naps

Fabric – 36ct Millstone – Legacy Fibre Artz Linen

Threads – Silky (Black) Roxy Floss Co (Fresh Cut & On Holiday) Classic Colorworks ( Weeping Willow) The Gentle Art (Cranberry)