Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Off to a good start.....

Hello everyone!  How did you find January?  Did it go quickly or slowly for you?  I’ve found January has flown in, it has helped that DH and I have stayed healthy and have, so far, missed the dreaded flu that is doing the rounds this year.  Fingers crossed we continue to escape it.  It seems to be quite the illness if you’re unfortunate enough to catch it and takes weeks to recover from.
I’ve had a good month stitching-wise……2 finishes to report!

I couldn’t put PSS Hello Winter down this month and put the final stitches in a couple of days ago.  I do love this design.  I decided to leave the wording off, I was happy with how it looked without them.  As this is stitched on 28ct linen it is quite a bit bigger than the original (36ct) so I think I’ll be framing this one rather than making it into a small.

Stitched on 28ct Permin/Wichelt Dusty Millar linen, a lovely blue-grey, using a mix of the suggested overdyeds and DMC.

Last time I blogged I mentioned two possible Christmas related charts that I was considering starting.  A couple of days later I realised I’d left out the picture of Brenda Gervais’ Noel Sampler so, here it is…..

Having seen this on IG I had to track it down and do have it all kitted up and ready to start.
However, I haven’t started it yet, instead the other Brenda Gervais chart I’d bought, Jingle all the Way was the one I went with.  I’ve been stitching this one on Sundays (#santasundayxs on IG) but was so close to a finish Sunday past that I decided to just keep working on it and……
Stitched on 28ct Zweigart Vintage Country Mocha and mix of suggested overdyeds and DMC
it’s a finish!!!!  

Confession time ...... half way through stitching the santa I realized I was stitching him in CC Cherry Cobbler instead of CC Chilli Pepper.   I wasn't about to start ripping out all that I'd done, I realised I preferred the Cherry Cobbler - it's a deeper red than the skein of Chilli Pepper that I have, it's a browner red - which is probably why I reached for it in the first place..   Not sure how I’ll finish this one yet, it's on a lower count than the suggested fabric – I’ve got my thinking cap on for it!!  

Thank you for all your lovely comments on my last blog post.  I’ve gathered some new followers too and it’s nice to see that blogging is still being enjoyed.  A new start is planned in the next few days so hopefully, by my next blog post, I’ll have progress to share on that. 

Hoping everyone stays healthy!

Until next time…..

Saturday, January 13, 2018

New Year, New Start and a thank you!

Hello everyone!  I’ve the feeling that 2018 is going to go as quickly as 2017!  I can’t believe we’re almost to the middle of January.  Usually I find January drags but not this year!
This was my pick for my first start of 2018…..

Plum Street Samplers Hello Winter.  I loved this one as soon as Paulette released it and knew it had to make it into my stash.  Once again I’m using fabric from my stash.  I originally thought this was 32ct but have realised it’s 28ct.  It’s Permin/Wichelt’s Dusty Millar, a grey/blue shade and I love how the colours are popping off the fabric.  I’m using a mix of the suggested WDW and DMC, just going with what I already had. 

I haven’t got back into the routine of #santasundayxs  on IG yet.  I tracked down and added to my stash, With Thy Needle & Thread’s Noel Sampler.  It’s an older chart, from 2013.  I’m thinking of splitting the chart into monthly sections so that I’m setting myself monthly goals and will have it completed in time for this Christmas.

However, when I bought PSS Hello Winter I also bought this one….

With Thy Needle & Thread's Jingle All the Way and I’m keen to stitch it too.  I’ll have decided by next time I blog.

Now it’s time to say ‘thank you’ to my dear friend Carol over at Stitching Dreams.  Some of you will have already seen this ornament finish on her latest blog post.  What a gorgeous ornament she stitched for me - LHN’s Seasons Greetings

As ever, Carol’s finishing and her over one stitching on black……well, she’s just the Queen of both those things!  Also in the package were these goodies……

a sweet LHN chart, some lovely woollen fabric for finishing and sweet trims.  Carol, you already know how much I love everything but thank you again, my friend.

And I think that’s it for this time.  Thank you for your lovely comments last time around, I do appreciate each and every one.  I know blogging seems to have gone out of fashion a little bit but I’m enjoying getting back to having a more detailed record of my thoughts. 

Until next time….