#7.0 TBT Cross Stitch

I’m using Thursdays throwback this week as an opportunity to showcase some of my old cross stitch projects I’ve completed over the last few years. Here are just a few of them…

bring on some stitchy motivation!!

Most of these are pieces I completed & gifted to other people (my fave thing to do with finished xstitch)

If you would like any more details about the designs used just comment below & I’ll do my best to dig out the original post!

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#22 *WIP 07.10.15*

Hello Stitchers,

I cannot believe it’s that time of week again where we get to share what work we have done in the last week! This last week has gone so fast! The majority of my stitching was done over the weekend as I booked it off work as I went to a gig on the Friday night. Saturday day was spent designing & practicing stitching my own design. Something I haven’t done before. I thought it would be a good idea to try & stitch my blog name with a bumble bee as i stumbled across a small bee when I was browsing my cross stitch magazines.

Below is my first attempt, it certainly won’t be my last. I tried using graph paper to draw out the ‘stitch’. I then lost my patience & just started stitching. What do you think?

My XstitchBee stitching
My XstitchBee stitching

My Sunday was spent making progress on my ‘Teddy Birth Sampler’ by Lesley Teare. I also spent my afternoon off on Tuesday stitching 🙂 I feel like I’ve made good progress! So much so that I had to log onto Sewandso to restock some threads I was running low on! I also would like to mention how much I love that website for threads- I ordered yesterday before 3pm & they arrived today its fab! (Plus everyone loves some stitchy post!) Click on the link above to have a look at this awesome site if you haven’t come across it before- Be warned, you may come away with shiny you probably didn’t need 😛

Below is my WIP progress:

Teddy Birth Sampler
Teddy Birth Sampler- Lesley Teare

It’s starting to take shape which is definitely spurring me on! For those of you that are interested…I found this chart in Cross Stitch Crazy- Issue 202.

Part of what i enjoy the most about stitching a big project is the organisation that goes into it. I am the queen of tins!! I  use different types of tins to gather the threads on bobbins I need for each project.

How do you store your threads while working on a project?

My Thread Tin
My Thread Tin

By this time next week I hope I can share more progress on this particular project as I’d like to box it off so I can get back to making some Christmas cards. 🙂 *Must not get distracted*

I love reading all your WIP project posts & enjoy seeing the progress you are all making on your beautiful projects 🙂

Again, feel free to share links to your pages below so we can see what you are working on!

Happy Stitching 🙂

cross stich meme 2

#20 TBT Wedding stitch

 Evening all,

As per our Thursday tradition it’s ‘Throwback Thursday’. This week I wanted to share with you all the final picture I took of a wedding gift I made for my friends last month. (This was before I slowly ironed & framed it!) Surprise surprise it was another Joan Elliott (LOVE her) design called “Tandem Wedding”. It was an absolute pleasure to stitch. I’m not a fan of stitching in one colour for too long as it can get boring. This design however, had enough detail so I didn’t feel like I was stitching in one colour for too long.

I started this one in January this year & finished it towards the end of July.(Several breaks throughout to move between different WIPS as always hehe)

Tandem Wedding
Tandem Wedding

I’m not sure if you can see from the picture attached but rather than using french knots (I lost my patience with them), I decided to use seed beads. I was really happy with the final piece & certainly will look to use seed beads in future to add a twist to the design I am stitching.

Does any one have any projects they have tried to use seed beads rather than french knots?

Well, the best advice I can give if you want to give it a go is firstly, to make sure you use a solid service like a table when stitching, this ensures you don’t loose the beads & they go on straighter & firmer. Secondly, don’t just assume any needle will do! I spent ages going through my needle stash to find one thin enough to use to attach the beads. There are needles you can buy that are designed for beading.. I would suggest you have some of those ready to use! Finally, be patient! it is fiddly but persevere & you will love the results 🙂

Has anyone tried using sequins before? I’ve always imagined they would make a lovely alternative to french knots… let me know your thoughts!

What #TBT projects have you got to share? feel free to leave a link with your post in the comments so we can have a look 🙂

Happy Stitching!

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 🙂

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 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 🙂

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 🙂 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…

#12 One Last Wintry Thought…

This is going straight on my Cross Stitch wish list! Love Joan’s designs!! 😍

Joan Elliott

12 Days Partridge JE180© A Partridge in A Pear Tree

I know we are all looking forward to or enjoying the spring weather right now but here is a final wintry deign that might be nice to put into your WIP rotation for next Christmas. I have finally finished re-charting this gem, JE180 A partridge in A Pear Tree. I have it shown on Postitches Designs 28 count ‘daybreak’ Jobelan. This is up on the order chart packs page now… Enjoy!

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