#Reblog – The Calming effects of sewing

Read this article & I had to share it! It’s amazing what crafting can do to soothe the soul & the mind!

I’ve enjoyed cross stitching for a number of years & find myself more inclined to reach for my needle & thread after a tough day at work, or even just at a time when I’m most anxious. The feel of concentrating on something that is your own & how it helps you switch off is amazing.

The Guardian- The Calming effects of sewing.

If you have a spare minute please take a read & share you’re thoughts in the comment

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#2.0 Getting back on it

Hi all! Happy Friday! I hope you’re all looking forward to a relaxing weekend!

This weekend I’ve got a few plans, afternoon tea tomorrow for a friends birthday & a hospital tour on Sunday morning. Tonight I’m home alone for a few hours.

Without any hesitation my plan for tonight was to binge Netflix & possibly get my xstitch on.

Firstly, to select my viewing. For a change I loaded amazon prime & spotted that Bones is available to watch!! I’ve always wanted to watch it so I’m pretty pleased with that.

So my Friday night has so far been taken up watching 4-5 episodes of Bones. I quite like the main characters & I’m enjoying reminiscing about my teenage crush on David Boreanaz. *swoon*

Ive also been able to muster some energy to pick up some cross stitching again! (Yay) it’s probably been about a year since I’ve done some solid stitching so feeling pretty smug. I took a picture to show off & realised it looks like I’ve barely done anything! 😳

What do you think I’m stitching at the moment? This is approx 5 hours in. Post in the comments what you’re guessing this is?

I can tell it’s been a while since I’ve stitched because my hands are stiff & my progress slow! (That & I already have fat preggo hands)

UPDATED: What I want to get done this weekend πŸ’ͺ🏻

  • Progress with my one & only active cross stitch project
  • Read more of my book (Times of Convert by Deborah Harkness) I’m currently on page 245. Ideally I want to reach pg350 by Sunday night
  • Attend afternoon tea (Saturday)
  • Attend hospital tour (Sunday)
  • Get my nails done (Sunday)
  • Reading & practice more of my hypnobirthing book
  • Unpack at least one more box (Front room or bedroom- I’m not picky!)
  • Fit some rest in there somewhere?!

That’s probably more than enough for a 2 day weekend. That & I tire so much more easily at the moment.

What do you want to achieve this weekend? Are you a stitcher, if so, what are you working on at the moment?

I hope you all have a happy & productive weekend.

Thanks for reading. Kim xx

#42 last WIP post of 2015

Hello! 

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 πŸ‘πŸ»

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. πŸ’™

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 πŸ˜‹
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!! πŸ’™

Kim xx

#40 Happy Christmas Adam!

Hello all! 

Happy Christmas Adam! 😊

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 all having a lovely week. 

Merry Christmas xxx 

#39 All work & no stitching

Hello! 

How on earth am I on #39?? That’s gone so quick! I’ve really enjoyed posting my updates each week & sharing handy tips… I did however break my weekly streak of posting every Wednesday last week 😦 Socialising & work got the better of me! 

This week, I’m back & I’ve made a conscious effort to put up my WIP post! Admittedly this has meant that for the last few days I’ve had to keep asking myself what day it is & remind myself it’s not yet Wednesday! *sigh* 

Finally, Wednesday is here & here is my update: 

  
Just a reminder… It’s “Santa’s coming to town” by Lizzie Kate on linen fabric. 

My first Lizzie Kate chart & I’m loving it! 

I’ve not made as much progress as I would have liked & I have actually done a bit more of the bottom but I can’t take a photo of it as I’m being held hostage by my cat Misty on my lap lol πŸ˜‰ I’ll make sure I post it over the next few days…

But yes, very busy with work & actual plans that don’t involve sitting at home & stitching 😦 but there you have it. 

I’ve been trying to keep up with all your lovely Cross stitch updates… How is everyone getting on? Is it time to put your Xmas stitching away yet? 

I’m really hoping to get this little one done before Christmas so I can frame it & have it displayed for a week or two but I won’t hold my breath! I do still need to buy the little embellishment pack with the little buttons in.

I hope this post finds you all well…Have a great week stitching guys! 

Kim xx

#17 Patchwork Snowman

Hello again!

Now that I have the blog bug I just can’t stop & want to update you all on what I have been doing πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

Cross Stitch Crazy Chartbook
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 πŸ™‚

My Patchwork Snowman
My Patchwork Snowman

The more I stitched the above project, the more I enjoyed the colours & pattern of it all. Its certainly something different πŸ™‚ 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…

#16 Festive Stitching

Hello All,

As usual, long time no post! However, Just because I haven’t been posting doesn’t mean that I haven’t been stitching πŸ™‚

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 πŸ™‚

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
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???

#13 Welcome to the World! #CrossStitch

Hi!

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 πŸ™‚ Sunday was fairly productive & Today, not so much. But that’s ok, I got this done & that’s all I wanted from this weekend πŸ™‚

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! Β 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 πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I’m really happy with it & love the colours πŸ™‚

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…. πŸ™‚

I hope you all have a good week!

Kim x

#6 Throwback Thursday Cross stitch

Hi!

Here is my first ‘Throwback Thursday’ post of the blog. I thought it would be a good opportunity to show you a picture of something I have completed previously.

Each week I will post something that I have finished previously or even dust off something I am yet to finish to show you all.

Below is a keyring i completed for one of the New Year exchanges i took part in earlier this year. I am part of a cross stitch group called ‘Cross stitch friends in the UK’ which organises exchanges on a monthly basis. I have only taken part in a few of them but have always really enjoyed them. They pair you up with someone with a theme in mind you then stitch them something & send it to them by the end of the month. I haven’t taken part in any recently because I have had a lot on with work & the last thing I want to do is let anyone down. This is the last one I took part in.

I think if I remember rightly I took the little bird from a cross stitch crazy magazine & added the year 2015 to it. It only took me an hour & it felt so rewarding completing it! plus it also looks very cute if i do say so myself!

For those of you on Facebook Β I would certainly recommend having a look at this group I mentioned. It is such a lovely group to be a part of & it’s just another way that I share the work I’m doing & browse what everyone is up to as well! I know I have said this a few times but when I’ve lost my stitchy bug, looking at other peoples lovely work helps. Also…completing small projects like this help reawaken the stitchy bug πŸ™‚

Have any of you taken part in exchanges before? what was the theme & what did you do?

Happy #Tbt guys πŸ™‚