#38 2016 SALΒ 

Ok, own up… Who put this in my shopping bag?? Frosted Pumpkin 2016 SAL

  
That makes two SALs (stitch alongs)I’m  completing in 2016… I just couldn’t help myself. Id say I feel guilty but I totally don’t haha 😈

Has anyone else given in & purchased this? 

I hope you’re all keeping out of the rain!

Happy stitching! 

#37 Treat yourself

Late as always but Happy WIP Wednesday Stitchers! 

I very nearly didn’t write a post for this week as I didn’t have anything to share again. However, today I decided to treat myself & start a new design. Oh I know! I shouldn’t have… I already have plenty on the go but I honestly thought I deserved it! (Says every cross stitcher) 

My new project is a design by Lizzie Kate called Santa’s coming to town. I started it around lunchtime today. The threads I’m using are a combination of DMC & Anchor as I don’t own any of the weekdye threads. They are certainly something I’ll be adding to my wish list! So Pretty ^_^

  Can you spot the mistakes? 😦 

By the time I realised where I’d gone wrong I’d already finished the thread I was on & it was all tucked up at the back with no way of fixing it without ripping it out. I decided to embrace the mistakes & carry on! I hope they aren’t too obvious!

The design did originally call for the beard & eyebrows to be stitched in White Whisper Yarn but seeing as I didn’t have any in my stash I went for the standard DMC. I posted on a Fb page earlier today asking for advice about whether to stitch with an alternative or make the effort & order the yarn however the majority of responses advised me not to bother! Have you stitched with it before? I hear it’s difficult & if anything reminds me of stitching with metallic threads lol. 

Ahh…This little project really has got my stitchy bug back. ☺️ I’ve really enjoyed stitching & watching Outlander this afternoon/evening. I’m hooked on both!! *swoons at Jamie Fraser*

So yeah…Between now & the new year I’ve told myself I really need to cut down on my stitching time & this will sound geeky BUT it’s because I’m behind on my Goodreads reading challenge. 😳

Reading is a massive love of mine that has taken a back seat to stitching this year & as a result of that it may be the first year I don’t hit my target of books to read in a year. (50!!)

So the plan is to try & divide my time a bit more evenly over the next month to get myself back on track. I’ve got 9 books left to read by December 31st. Totes achievable!! πŸ‘πŸ»

Anyway I’ll stop rambling on… I probably should get into bed! 

What are you all working on this week? Please share in the comment box! 

Enjoy the rest of your week ☺️

#36 Slow week

Hi all, 

Wednesday is almost over! Which means we’re one day closer to Friday! Yayyyyyyy πŸ™‚ I’m off work this weekend too which is a bonus! 

This week has been particularly busy which sadly means I’ve not picked up my stitching since Sunday. I’m not getting in until 9:30 & I’m usually in the land of nod by 11:30 so yeah… Not much time for stitchy fun unfortunately. 

Last week I posted the progress i’d made on my magical creatures border. Since then I’ve put that down & picked up a much older WIP which is a Xmas stitch I started last October. Some of you may remember it! 

  

Toy Shop by Joan Elliott. 

Yes that’s right I’m back to a good old Joan Elliott pattern. I was watching Home Alone 2 & feeling Christmassy πŸ™‚ 

The part I was stitching on Thursday & Sunday was the top left box with the train & globe. I’ll probably complete the back stitch of that box before moving back to my border on my other WIP. 

Here’s a close up: 

  
In other stitching news, I’ve been shopping online again! I have zero willpower I know 😦 This is what I bought:

  
I’m sure I’ll find something nice to stitch πŸ™‚ Have any of you stitched something from this book before? If so, I’d love to see it!! 

Anyway my dears, I hope this post finds you well! 

What are you all working on? 

Happy Wednesday πŸ™‚ 

#35 Christmas Owl

I’ve got an hour or so left of WIP Wednesday so I’m still good to share my stitchy stuff from this week! πŸ™‚ 

Hello All!! 

I’ve had a surprisingly productive week. On Sunday’s I usually spend the afternoon stitching… This Sunday just gone I spent the afternoon/early evening organising & tidying a small portion of the spare room! Why you ask? Because I wanted an organised spot for all my cross stitch stuff! 

I originally started with a sewing box & it’s just gone from there to the point that I can’t find anything & it’s messy & chaotic. So yes that’s what I did with my Sunday… Some might say I wasted it but it felt so good to put the stitching down & organise things that had slowly been prickling me! 

So, other than get organised I got round to completing my first November goal which was to stitch & put together a Christmas tree decoration for my exchange. 

I’m not going to lie, I had to think twice about joining this exchange because it was a little out of my comfort zone as I worried I wouldn’t be able to find a design, stick it all together & make an actual decoration… But I thought it would be something different so I’ve given it a go! 

Here’s my owl all stitched up: 

  
The pattern is from yet another cross stitch crazy magazine. (I’ll need to check the issue number & get back to you) 

And here it is attached with ribbon & felt: 

  
(Yep, that’s Netflix in the background :D)

What do you think? I’m really pleased with it & hope my exchange partner likes it! I absolutely adore Owls too πŸ™‚ 

On to my next goal… The Magical Creatures SAL. I’m due to start the SAL (stitch a-long) in January & this month I wanted to start the border of it. It’s a really intricate border & I’m finding it slow going but I am enjoying it. I’m probably more excited that I get to start my first SAL then actually stitching it lol click Here to see the pattern. 

This is my progress so far:

  
I LOVE the fabric! It’s from Chromatic Alchemy– hand dyed pretty! πŸ™‚ This has probably taken about 8 hours so far! I’m a little sad thinking at my pace it’ll probably take another 24 hours to finish 😦

Here’s the full length of fabric to show you how big it’ll be:

  
It makes me feel a bit better when I look at the full piece πŸ™‚ 

So as far as November goes… It’s all go go go! 

What are you working on at the moment? 

If you fancy joining the magical creatures SAL then feel free to join the Facebook group under the name ‘Magical creatures calendar SAL 2016’. It’s a great bunch of people & all the more exciting that we get to share our trials & excitement! πŸ™‚ 

Happy stitching! 

 I’ll just leave this here…

  
Kim xx

#34 Waiting…

As I sit here waiting for a bus home… (It’s never ending) I thought it would be a good time to share my Throwback Thursday post of the week πŸ™‚ 

Because I’ve talked a lot about cross stitch exchanges recently I thought it would be a good to continue the theme πŸ˜›

This weeks TBT post is a coaster I completed earlier this year… Possibly summertime? Here it is: 

  
The pattern is by Michael Powell. Here’s his  Webpage so you can see some of his wonderful designs.

It’s the first of his patterns I’ve stitched before & it was something that definitely tested my patience! In the design the threads at times called for two different colours stitched at the same time. Very fussy to do but I was really pleased by the final affect! 

I’m hoping to stitch some more of his patterns in the future! 

What do you think? 

Have any of you taken part in some fun cross stitch exchanges before? Let me know about your experience. 

I hope you’re all well… I’m slowly on the mend πŸ™‚ Thank you for all your well wishes! 

P.S. I’m totally waiting for the bus still… Good old public transport! *sigh*

Kim xx 

#33 Hot off the press!

Hey All,

I hope you are well. Last week I mentioned that I wasn’t feeling well. Unfortunately I then had to take some time off work because I wasn’t feeling better but worse! I’m still off at the moment & have my fingers crossed that i’ll be able to go back into work tomorrow. You’d think being off work would mean lots of TV & Cross Stitch. I admit lots of TV happened but absolutely no cross stitch 😦 You know you’re ill when you can’t face stitching!

Today I have felt a lot better which means that I’ve been able to finish my gingerbread Christmas card pattern I mentioned in my post last week which you can see here.

I’m glad that I’ve been able to get some stitching done today because I was going stir crazy & very mindful of the stitching commitments I have made between November & December! Here it is:

Gingerbread man

Gingerbread man

I’m not sure if you can see it in the picture above but I added some silver metallic thread to the design, around the buttons & on the candy cane. I felt it needed it bit more sparkle & I’m happy with the outcome! I still feel like i could maybe get some sequins around it before I attach it to a card but I don’t have any, so would need get some. What do you think?

I also got some stitchy post back today which was just what I needed! I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before but I few months ago I started to take part in a ‘Round Robin’ with a theme of Fairies. There were some delays with it but it’s come back with one box left to stitch which I’ll be doing. I’m really pleased with it so far!

Fairy RR

Fairy RR

I now just need to find one more fairy patten to use in the final box, so that means digging out my magazines again πŸ™‚

So what have i got planned this month?

November’s stitching goals

**Christmas tree ornament exchange**

**I’d like to complete some more of my ‘Teddy Sampler’ Most recent progress you can see here**

**To start the border of my ‘Magical Creatures Calendar SAL’ ready for January- you can see all the details if you click here.**

Ideally I want to stitch some more Christmas cards or tree ornaments OR stitch more of the toy shop WIP I have in the background at the moment.

WIP Wednesday

WIP Wednesday

What are you all working on? As per WIP Wednesday share your stitching!! i look forward to seeing it!

Love Kim x