Saturday, 26 May 2018

What to do when your favourite designer retires

Hello and welcome to my blog!

It is a few months since I posted an update here.  I have seen quite a few regular bloggers decide to give up or have a break and I have been thinking the same thing myself, but I've quite missed blogging!  So here goes another try.

I am still stitching almost every day.  I have a project with a deadline which is for my Mum's upcoming 70th birthday in September.  She asked me to stitch her a Lowry design but she doesn't know which one I chose.

Here is where it was last time you saw it back on 1 March 2018...


and here is where I'm up to now on it...



This is a reminder of how the finished piece will look...

Photo borrowed from Bothy Threads website

I think I'm just about on target to finish by the end of July which is when I will need to take it for framing.  The pink mill and the roofs of the market stalls are almost done and that's the bulk of the full coverage.  Then onto the fun part - the people!

I've had quite a few small finishes as well but as usual they are not fully finished into anything yet.


Seasons - Spring by Lizzie Kate



A Little Stitch by Lizzie Kate



A Little Coffee by Lizzie Kate



Chick Party (small ornament) by Lizzie Kate


Bird in Hand - Spring by Heart in Hand Needleart


Can you tell I went a bit crazy when I found out Lizzie Kate was retiring?! I think I bought enough charts to last me a lifetime!

Hope to be back soon with some more stitching.

Until next time

Justine


Thursday, 1 March 2018

I'm back!

Hello!

Well it has been a long time since my last post, over 3 months.  I didn't intend to be away from blogging for so long but I have been working on some rather large projects so there isn't as much progress to show regularly.

I've been working on my Heaven and Earth Design chart, Alice in Clockwork by Jasmine Beckett Griffith.  I started her in September last year, and here's where she's up to now...


I started this beauty, Amara and the Book also by Jasmine Beckett Griffith, on 16 February 2018.

[Picture borrowed from HAED website]

I haven't stitched very much of her but I love the colours.  Here's my progress (still on the Qsnaps):



And I also started this Bothy Threads kit as a gift for my Mum who is going to be 70 in September this year.  She is a huge fan of Lowry and asked me to stitch one for her birthday, but she asked me to choose the design and keep it a surprise.  I chose Market Scene-Northern Town.  This is how it will look when finished.

[Picture borrowed from Bothy Threads website]

What I love about it is even though I've only stitched part of the roof, it's recognisable as a Lowry because of the colours used.  Apparently he only used a very limited colour palette, mixing the colours with black and white to achieve the different shades used.  Here's my progress to date.


It's  nice to finally update my blog, I'll try not to leave it too long next time.

Justine
Thursday, 30 November 2017

Alice in Clockwork - Heaven and Earth Designs

Hello everyone!

I'm sorry I've neglected my blog for so long...

But I have been stitching!

Back in September I admitted to my friend Ingrid that I was feeling a bit fed up with my WIPs (works in progress) and that I had been seriously thinking of starting a Heaven and Earth Designs chart (HAED for short).

Funnily enough Ingrid had been thinking the same thing!  And so began our adventure...

On 14 September I started stitching on Alice in Clockwork by Jasmine Beckett Griffith.   The chart was gifted to me a while ago by an inspirational HAED stitcher who blogs at Pull the Other Thread. For those in the know, she is classed as a QS or Quick Stitch, though at 185 stitches wide and 232 stitches high there's still plenty of stitching to be done!

This is what she will look like when finished...

(picture borrowed from HAED website)

And here is my progress after 11 weeks of stitching on her!



I've completed three of the nine pages in the chart which represents the whole of the top row of this design, and roughly 45% of the total of the chart.  I'm stitching her with one thread on 25 count easy guide aida.



I can hardly bear to put her away but today I am treating myself to this new start, the chart for which Ingrid very kindly gave me.  This chart is called Mini Owl Family Portrait by Annya Kai.


There are over 40 rows of DMC 3766 at the top to begin with which should be relaxing to stitch!  I'm looking forward to some bright colours after the browns and golds of Alice.

Hope to be back with you before too long.

Until next time

Justine

Friday, 15 September 2017

Needle Minder Exchange

Hello everyone!

Today is the Big Reveal for the Needle Minder Exchange organised by my friend Mii Stitch.  The idea was to send a needle minder, a stitched gift and a skein of DMC floss.

I was lucky to receive my parcel from Carrie of Crafting Paws blog and she really spoiled me!  Look at all these goodies...



Not one but two needle minders, and not only that Carrie included a note to say that she had made these herself! Two beautiful autumnal threads...



...and such a cute fox ornament!



Thank you Carrie, I truly love everything you sent and feel completely spoiled!

I sent my parcel to Lorynn but don't know if it has been received or not.  She lives in Florida so I'm hoping that she and her family are OK and that my parcel has made it safely.

I won't post a photo just in case it is still en route.

Thank you Mii for organising this fun exchange!

Until next time

Justine


Monday, 7 August 2017

July stitching update

I'm back with an update on my July stitching.

Some of you may remember that I joined a Stitch Along to raise money for Mind, the mental health charity. I'm pleased to say I have finally caught up, in time for the final quote to be released on 1 September.


Quotes to Live By from Stitchrovia
Stitched on 16 count Antique White aida from Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 5 March 2017

I've also kept up with my monthly stitching commitments. Here are my July fairy and Lizzie Kate monthly.


A Bit of July by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue aida from Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
STarted 16 July 2017, finished 17 July 2017

July fairy by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Petal aida from Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 7 July 2017, finished 13 July 2017

Thanks to everyone who sent good wishes following my recent health problems. I'm happy to report I'm feeling much better now.

Until next time

Justine
Friday, 7 July 2017

Long time no see

It's been a while since I've posted here.  Thanks to everyone who sent messages asking if I was OK. I had a busy few weeks at work and some health issues to deal with but don't worry I've done plenty of stitching so I have some things to share with you.

I am keeping up to date with the Lizzie*Kate monthly designs that were very kindly gifted to me by Julie.
A Bit of June by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Tin aida by Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started 11 June 2017, finished 17 June 2017

 A Bit of May by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Clay aida by Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started 1 June 2017, finished 3 June 2017


I'm also keeping up to date with the monthly Lili of the Valley fairy series...

June fairy by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Kelp aida
with DMC threads
Started 3 June 2017, finished 10 June 2017

May fairy by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue aida
with DMC threads
Started 24 May 2017, finished 1 June 2017

I'm very proud of the fact that I have kept up with the Under the Sea SAL by Lakeside Needlecrafts, designed by Durene Jones.  Hot off my needle this morning is the whole thing including July's mermaid.

This is such a fun stitch but always takes me longer than I think it will to stitch each part!

I will be back soon with more including a couple of finishes, another SAL I am working on, an exchange and a new start.

Until next time

Justine
Friday, 21 April 2017

Theme-tas-Stitch March and April 2017

Hello again stitching friends

I am linking up today with Theme-tas-Stitch to show you what I have been working on in March and April.

March's theme was March Madness - stitch on as many projects as you dare!  I did not want to end the month with lots of new starts so I decided to stitch some smaller projects that could be finished within the month.

Caring by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Brown aida from Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 8 March 2017, finished 9 March 2017

Giving by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Brown aida from Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 8 March 2017, finished 9 March 2017

I also finished two that I showed you in my last post...



And then it all went a bit wrong as I found a SAL online that I just HAD to stitch!  It's by Stitchrovia and it's in aid of the charity MIND who help those with mental illnesses.  Mental illness of one kind or another will affect one in four of us at some point in our lives so it's a good cause as well as a great stitch!  Here's my progress to date - two months of the four released so far have been stitched.

Quotes to Live By by Stitchrovia
Stitched on 16 count white aida
with recommended DMC threads
Started 5 March 2017

If you like this design then there is chance to win all nine parts of the SAL on Jo's blog Serendipitous Stitching (just click on the blog name and it will take you directly to the right post to leave your comment).  Jo is having this awesome giveaway to celebrate six years of blogging.  It closes on 30th April so don't miss out!

April's theme for Theme-tas-Stitch is April Showers - stitch on anything with water in it!  So how about another SAL?  This time the Under The Sea SAL by Lakeside Needlecrafts, designed by Durene Jones.  Here are parts 1-3 stitched, just April's to catch up on now.

Under The Sea by Durene Jones
Stitched on 16 count aida exclusive design by Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 28 March 2017

I wasn't planning to stitch either of these designs this year but I just couldn't resist!  I'm hoping to be caught up by the end of the month.

Next month is Monochrome May and I may need another new start to fit into this theme!

Until next time

Justine