Thursday, 4 August 2016

Just One July and Solo September

OK so I know it's August now, but it's been one of those weeks...busy at work and home and barely time for anything!

Just One July was my own little informal SAL where I decided to stitch on just one project for the whole month.  Several stitchers decided to join me and lots of progress has been made!

I was off to a great start to my month by finishing this project which was promised to my younger son back when I started it in January 2014.  Glad to have this off the WIP list...

Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads
Started 6 January 2014, finished 14 July 2016

The second half of the month was much less productive.  I don't know whether the heat got to me or if I'm just not enjoying this project.  I chose to stitch my second oldest WIP and could have had it finished too if I'd spent more time on it.  Anyway, it went from here...

to here...

Family Band Sampler by Riverdrift House

This is stitched on 14 count white aida which isn't something I would choose to work on now but it's surprisingly relaxing and stitches up quickly.  I'm just over halfway through it now but I could have stitched so much more!

I am planning to run my monthly SAL again for Solo September - but this time I will do a "real" SAL with sign-ups!  It will be low stress, the only commitment will be to work on just one project for the whole month (or two if like me you have a finish!) and to post a before and after photo to share your progress.  You can feel free to update your blog during the month to share progress if you wish but there's no obligation to do so.

I will be putting a sign-up page up later in the month, and feel free to join me if you want to make a big dent in something, or if you have a deadline to meet, or just fancy stitching One At A Time for a change!

Happy stitching!

Thursday, 14 July 2016

Just One July - or is it?

Hi folks

It's time for a Just One July update.  This is my own little SAL where I, and a group of stitchers joining me, stitch on just one project for a whole month.  Except of course where you finish that project during the month, then you have to choose another one.

And guess what?  I have a finish to share!

Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads
Stitched on 16 count ice blue aida with included threads
Started 6 January 2014, finished 14 July 2016

Here are a few close-ups of my favourite details...

Pirate bedroom complete with treasure map

All aboard for a barbecue anyone?


And just for Rosey, another view of Pirate Kitty and the mice...

I'm so thrilled to have finished this one, and younger son is going to be even more thrilled when he comes home from school and sees it!

So now I have to find something else to stitch for the rest of the month.  Don't worry, I'm not abandoning my little SAL.

Hope everyone is having a good stitchy month, especially those who are joining me for Just One July!


Friday, 8 July 2016

Just One July - the first week

Well the first week of Just One July is over and I have some progress to share.

Just One July is my own little unofficial SAL where I stitch on just one project for a month in an effort to make significant progress on some of my WIPs.  There are quite a few stitchers joining in too so you might see this popping up on other blogs you read.

This month I am stitching on the Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads.  This was started in January 2014 as part of the Crazy January Challenge, and is going to be a gift for younger son.

Here is what it will look like when finished...

This is where I was up to at the start of the month...

And this is what it looks like now!

I am pleased to say that all of the cross stitch on the ship is finished.  There is just the sea to stitch and then the backstitching needs to be completed, and it will be done!  I'm hopeful of a finish before the end of July.

I'm really enjoying stitching this - I must be a One at a Time stitcher at heart.

Until next time, happy stitching!

Monday, 27 June 2016

Lots of finishes and preparation for Just One July

Hello everyone

Well I might have been away from my blog but I've been busy stitching.  I have quite a few small finishes to share today.  Sadly as is usual for me none of them are actually finished into anything, but I have plans!

Firstly here are two Lizzie*Kate patterns which were gifted to me by Mii Stitch.

Life is Better by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Tea Rose aida by Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 25 June 2016, finished 26 June 2016

This was a sweet bonus chart which was included with the one above.  Perfect for me as I am a real worrier!

Stitch Now by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Tea Rose aida by Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 13 May 2016, finished 14 May 2016

Another gift from Mii Stitch, this is such a cutie!  Perfect for summer.

Odd Dog with Butterflies by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue/Pink aida by Sew it All
using included threads
Started 20 May 2016, finished 17 June 2016

Next up is this cute cow stitch which I just fell in love with.  I changed the colours from the recommended ones as I knew I wanted to stitch this on a bright fabric. I'm usually nervous of making alterations but I'm pleased with how this turned out.

Happy Moood by Barbara Ana
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Pink aida by Sew it All
using DMC threads
Started 5 May 2016, finished 24 June 2016

There's more!  I also stitched two of the cottages from Country Cottage Needleworks Seasonal Celebrations.  The original charts are much longer and have seasonal words across the bottom.  However I have to admit I shamelessly pinched the idea from Judith of Judith Makes just to stitch the cottage at the top.  I so admire her finishes and am going to try something similar with mine.  Well they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Spring from Seasonal Celebrations by CCN
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue aida from Sew it All
using recommended DMC and GAST threads
Started 14 May 2016, finished 19 May 2016

I changed Summer a little bit as it had two enormous ants (as big as dogs!) on the left hand side of the design.  While they were fun, I decided to replace them with more flowers.

Summer from Seasonal Celebrations by CCN
Stitched on 16 count Sunshine aida from Sew it All
using recommended DMC threads
Started 7 June 2016, finished 23 June 2016

Right, I think you're all caught up now!


Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in Just One July.  This is my own little SAL where I pledge to stitch on just one project for a whole month (you can read about my success with Faithful April here).  My project for Just One July will be this one...

Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads

Here's the latest photo I have of this project.  I'm pretty sure I've stitched a little more of it since then.  I think a finish this month is definitely achievable!

Despite all my mini finishes above I'm looking forward to being a one at a time stitcher again for a month!

That's all for now, until next time!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

We have lift off!

Do you want to see a finish?

Well, you've come to the right place because.......ta-daa!

Cut Thru Rocket by Bothy Threads
Stitched on 16 count navy blue aida with included threads
Started 2 January 2015, finished 5 June 2016

I'm so pleased to have this done!  I chose it as one of my new starts for Debbie's Crazy January Challenge 2015 and didn't really touch it since, until I finally decided it had to be completed.  Faithful April saw me working on this one alone for a whole month which meant real progress and just the boost I needed to get it finished.

It's been planned as a gift for elder son since it was started, and I've finished it just in time for his 8th birthday tomorrow.  He has shown lots of interest and actually put five stitches himself into the ring around one of the planets.

I've put all my other stitching to one side to get this done but I have truly enjoyed it and can see me returning to One At A Time stitching in the near future to get this one done for younger son...

And here's one more close up...

Thanks to everyone who joined me or cheered me on during Faithful April.  Who's up for Just One July?!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Faithful April is finished!

Hello!  You may remember that I pledged to stitch on just one project in April, this one...

Cut Thru Rocket by Bothy Threads
(sadly not my finish)

I started this project on 2 January 2015 but had barely touched it since.  It is going to be a gift to eldest son who will soon be 8 so the pressure is on now to finish it before he is too old to enjoy it!

At the start of the month it looked like this...

And I am very pleased to show you just how much I managed to stitch this month!

I'm so thrilled with my progress and what's more I'm not sick of the sight of it and am planning to pick it up again in May after a short break to finish off a couple of gifts.  In fact, I now have a deadline for finishing it of 5 June 2016 - the day Tim Peake returns to Earth from the International Space Station, and also the day before eldest son's birthday!

Thanks to everyone who joined me or cheered me on in April.  I can definitely recommend this as a way to make progress on a WIP!

Next time you see this one it might be finished....

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Smalls SAL April 2016

The Smalls SAL is hosted by Stitching Lotus and is a low-stress, fuss-free way of finishing a small piece every month.  I joined in January of this year and am stitching one of these Lizzie*Kate Twelve Blessings each month.

My finish for April is...

Joy by Lizzie*Kate (Twelve Blessings)
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Brown aida from Sew it All
Started 26 March 2016, finished 27 March 2016

Disclaimer: as I am committed to stitching on Cut Thru Rocket alone this month, this one was finished ahead of time in March.  Normal service will be resumed next month!

See you soon for the final update of Faithful April.