I hope this post finds you all well… So Christmas is done & dusted already. How on earth did that happen?
I had 4 whole days off over Christmas which were lovely and quiet which is just what the doctor ordered.With my time off I wanted to finish an existing WIP rather than starting a new one. It took so much self control not to start something new!! (A crafters ongoing battle I know…) Here’s what I got done:
I spent Christmas finishing the box at the bottom ready for the baby name, date of birth & weight. I also completed the border & finished the back stitch. This is pretty much done now whilst I wait for my friend to pop! Once baby is born I’ll add in the details & brave the French knots. After so much back stitching I couldn’t face them just yet. I need to psych myself up haha! Is it just me that has a love/hate relationship with French knots??!!
I’m really happy with how it’s turned out & get an awesome feeling of accomplishment when I admire my work… Finishing something so nice really motivates me to stitch more… It certainly keeps my stitchy bug glowing 👍🏻
Once I was done with this (finished by the Sunday) I thought it would be good to stitch something from a new book I purchased a little while ago. (Subversive Cross stitch- 50 clever designs for your sassy side- by Julie Jackson) see post #36.
Here’s a sneak peak…
It’s stitched on fancy hand dyed Evenweave fabric by.Chromatic Alchemy The picture doesn’t do it justice… It’s all sparkly. ☺️ I’d recommend using this site for colourful fabrics. 💙
I have now finished the wording on this piece & just have the border to do. But I’ll share a picture next week. It did feel odd stitching a swear word… The little girl in me or maybe it’s just the adult was slightly disapproving that I was stitching ‘I fucking love you’ to frame in my house ha. Heyho, we all have different tastes as it seems appropriate for me & my partner as it’s something we shout at each other frequently 😋
How have you all been getting on over Christmas? Stitched much or been too full to move? Hehe
If I don’t post before, I wish you all a healthy & happy new year!! 💙
I’ve got half a day of work & then I’m off until Tuesday! Yay! I hope you are all ready for Christmas & finished work for the holidays.
I’ve been so busy the last few weeks, hence my absence yet again… Sorry about that. Bonus is, I have things to share 😊
First up, I’ve finished my ‘Santa is coming to town’ by Lizzie Kate. Well, finished stitching. I still have the embellishments to add which I’m sure at some point I’ll get round too! For now I’m happy with it & totally done with Xmas stitching for the year. How are you all getting on?
I’ve not decided how to finish it yet? Any suggestions?
Next up I’ve moved back to my baby sampler for my friend due in January. Design by Lesley Teare.
Really happy with how it’s going! I’m planning to stitch the outside of the box & then alternate between the back stitch & border depending on my mood 😊
What stitching do you have planned over the Christmas holiday?
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:
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!
I now just need to find one more fairy patten to use in the final box, so that means digging out my magazines again 🙂
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.
What are you all working on? As per WIP Wednesday share your stitching!! i look forward to seeing it!
Sunday’s were made for Stitching & relaxing! Every Sunday the boy & I spend the day watching films whilst doing our crafty hobbies! You all know what mine is! His is to put together & paint Warhammer models. So Sunday’s are usually a very crafty day for us both.
I mentioned in my previous post that I found a few patterns I’d be using for cards I’m making for friends over the next few weeks. I’ve completed the actual patterns quicker than I thought! All that’s left to do is attach them to cards 🙂
First up is a cute little pattern I’m putting together on a card for some friends that have just moved. They invited us to their housewarming but we can’t make it. So I thought it would be nice to stitch them a little card! Here it is:
Secondly, I need to stitch a card for a wedding I’m going to later this month. After Umming & arrrring I decided on another little design from a Cross Stitch Crazy magazine issue 205.
Just finished this one this evening 🙂
I decided to put this one on Evenweave. I’m fairly new to Evenweave but I’m starting to prefer it over aida! In hindsight I would have put the happy new home pattern on Evenweave as the wording was quite difficult to stitch on aida. It was also my first attempt at fraying the edges… I’m happy with how it’s turned out!
I’m on a late shift this week which means I’m not likely to get much stitching done but I’m sure I’ll find time to attach these to cards 🙂
I hope you’ve all had a good weekend & not feeling too blue that it’s Monday tomorrow!
Now that I have the blog bug I just can’t stop & want to update you all on what I have been doing 🙂
This morning I finished my second Christmas card of the year. When I started this one off, I really wasn’t keen on it. Originally when i picked this design Friday night it was because my friend Josie was coming to stay for the weekend. I obviously couldn’t stitch the baby chart I’ve started in front of her, as i want it to be a surprise! So, I picked a small weekend project to work on while she was here. It also doesn’t hurt to get another finished project under my belt. There’s nothing like finishing a project to spur you on..
I don’t know if this is the same for everyone else but part of the fun of starting a new project is gathering up the threads & fabric to use. Even with the colours all together I wasn’t sure… but here it is anyway.
This one, I have named ‘Patchwork Snowman’ is from a free chart book that came with an issue of Cross Stitch Crazy. Unfortunately i cannot find the issue number. I think i bought this chart book via eBay as I know how good the free chart books usually are from Cross stitch crazy. I have however taken a picture of the Chartbook for you to see. If any of you happen to know the issue number, then please let me know so i can update this 🙂
Cross Stitch Crazy Chart book
So after 2-3 days of on & off stitching here’s a shot of the work I have done. Again I decided to complete this on 28 count Evenweave, as I enjoyed it so much last time. I’m not yet brave enough to do a full project on Evenweave… that will come in January 🙂
My Patchwork Snowman
The more I stitched the above project, the more I enjoyed the colours & pattern of it all. Its certainly something different 🙂 Again, closer to the time I will be mounting this onto a card to make up a christmas card to give out christmas!
Anyone completing any festive stitching yet? or is it too early…
As usual, long time no post! However, Just because I haven’t been posting doesn’t mean that I haven’t been stitching 🙂
I’ve been keeping busy with lots of different projects. I finished the wedding Chart for my friends, finished two Christmas cards & started a new project by Joan Elliott Called ‘Autumn Goddess’. I also started a new baby sampler design for one of my best friends who is due in January! ( I will be sharing my progress shortly) busy busy busy! I hope you have all been productive stitching away as well 🙂
After finishing my second Christmas card yesterday I thought it was about time that I updated this blog. So here I am!
I’m off today as I booked a holiday to tag onto my 3 day weekend. I have been very productive & no doubt I’ll go back to work tomorrow wishing I’m back at home chilling with Netflix & my cross stitch!
First up I’ll share my first finished Christmas card of the year! This project was also my first attempt at stitching with Evenweave. I feel like I’ve gone up in the world. It’s certainly something to try if you feel that you have mastered using Aida.
Starting up wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be as I had to get used to counting over strands rather than working with squares. However after a slow start I really got into it. If you need any help starting out then have a look at this link…it set me right. Click Here to read more. The Simple diagram that shows you what to look for when stitching on Evenweave was really helpful.
So I picked a 28 count fabric to start with which is the equivalent to 14 count aida & here are the results…
Festive Cookie Bear
This little sweetie came as a supplement with my magazine subscription with The World of Cross Stitching- Issue 234.
I’m really happy with how he turned out & I’m also very proud as I braved the french knots. (The first in a while). Closer to Christmas I will be mounting him onto card to give as a Christmas card.
Has anyone else made a start on their Christmas stitching? If so, What have you been up to?
Did you know there are only 12 Mondays left until Christmas???
So I finally had one those weekends I’ve been waiting for & finished the card I mentioned in my last post. I’ve had a 3 day weekend because of how my shifts fall & used my Saturday well 🙂 Sunday was fairly productive & Today, not so much. But that’s ok, I got this done & that’s all I wanted from this weekend 🙂
Below is a picture of the completed project before I added the back stitch. I decided to show a photo before & after, more so I can compare how it looks. I don’t enjoy the back stitch point in any design but absolutely love the effect it has once it’s done! I always think that without back stitch a project never looks complete…. don’t get me wrong, I would love it if it wasn’t essential.
Before the Back stitch was completed
Here is a picture of the finished piece 🙂 🙂 I’m really happy with it & love the colours 🙂
Completed stitch before it’s been added to the card
Finally, Below I have put on a picture of the chart book I used for this project, as I said in my previous post I need to find a way to keep a record of who designed what I’m stitching. The Design above is by Lesley Teare. I LOVE this chart book that came free with a cross stitch magazine & usually use them well! I have used it a few times & still have a few more I want to use. If you come across this on eBay, I would recommend buying it!
Chart book I used by Lesley Teare.
I hope you all had a lovely weekend! I look forward to seeing everyones WIP posts on Wednesday. I’m not 100% sure what I’ll be stitching next… I’ll probably go back to something I haven’t finished. I go on Holiday to Sunny Morocco on Thursday for 2 weeks so I don’t want to start anything new!
I want to take some stitching away with me, Does anyone have any advice or suggestions on how to go about doing this? I wish we could stitch on the plane but Its not possible without scissors and a needle 😦
Anyway, I hope to post on Wednesday before I go away & at least put some ‘Throwback Thursday’ posts in place as I have plenty of work to share with you…. 🙂