Monday, 30 December 2013

New Year stitching plans

Hello to all my readers old and new.  I only stated blogging this year and have been so grateful for all of your comments.  I really feel that I have made new stitchy friends.

I hope you all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to 2014. I love Christmas but I also like this in-between time when I start to plan for next year.  Kevin's blog post earlier today really resonated with me.  I too like to make plans but not resolutions.  Life throws challenges in our way and plans can change.  It's much better to plan but be flexible than to make resolutions and beat ourselves up when we don't meet them.

On that note,  my stitchy plans for 2014 are still subject to change.  I am committed to the Bothy Threads cut thru SAL every Monday with Debbie, Linda and many others, and to Frosty Forest Fridays on the CCN blog. I had planned to do Crazy January Challenge 2014 but the group is moving from yahoo to Facebook and I don't use Facebook for reasons too long and boring to go into here.  I'm not sure whether I should just go it alone.

The other challenge I'm really excited about is Stitch from Stash.  Check out the button on the sidebar for more info.

Here's my progress on the Cut thru North Pole House.  Not much but every little counts!

I found this in the bottom of my craft bag...

I have no idea how long it's been there but it needs a tiny bit of back stitch and it's finished! I'm all holed up in bed with a heavy cold so might finish this tomorrow.

Here's my Frosty Forest progress.  Almost finished part 1 the Raccoon cabin..

The photo is a bit blurry so you can't see that my raccoon is a bit cross-eyed! I unpicked the French knot eyes twice and was in danger of damaging the cross stitches underneath so he may have to stay that way.

I also need to find a new framer! The shop I used to take my cross stitch to, in Lancashire, has stopped framing.  So if anyone can recommend a framer close to Manchester, England, or that does mail order please let me know.

Hope you all have a wonderful New Year's Eve, whatever you have planned, and I look forward to stitching along with you in 2014!


Sunday, 22 December 2013

A little bit of Christmas stitching!

Hello everyone and hope you are all feeling merry and in the festive spirit.  For those of you that aren't, well I'm not either!  Still got lots of wrapping to do and food shopping.

I've been stitching on this lovely to try to get in the mood...

Jingle as ye enter
Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe

It's a lovely stitch.  Nancy included some of her hand-dyed threads with the chart and they slide through the fabric so smoothly, I think I'm going to have to treat myself to some more!

However, I've recently signed up for Stitch from Stash 2014 over on Mel's blog Epic Stitching.  For those of you who need/want to save money next year why not take a look?  Stitching spends are limited to $25 per month.  I'm not sure how much that equates to in English money but it won't be much!

I am also doing the Crazy January Challenge 2014 - start one chart a day for the first 15 days of the New Year and try to finish them by the end of the year.  I've made my selection except for the last chart which will be a mystery one depending on how I'm feeling - I might even put it out to a vote for suggestions!  See the tab at the top of this post to see what I plan on stitching.

This might be my last post before Christmas so I hope you all have a wonderful time filled with love and happiness.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Advent Blog Hop - it's the 14th!

Welcome to Day 14 of the Advent Blog Hop hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  Without further ado, may I open the door of the advent calendar and present my stitching...

There is a story behind this piece which makes it very special to me.  I was away from the church for many years.  When my children were born my faith was reborn and  being a stitcher I wanted to make something special to show the true meaning of Christmas.

I found this chart in an old issue of Cross Stitcher and duly stitched all the figures on plastic canvas as recommended.  The background was to be downloaded from the magazine website.  Unfortunately, when I'd finished my figures I found to my horror that the background was no longer available (it was quite an old magazine).  So I asked my Dad to paint one for me.  He is the artistic one in our family.  I think it came out pretty well.

It means all the more to me because my Dad is not in the least bit religious, but he put much love and care into painting this picture for our collaboration.  I know it will be a family heirloom as my boys love it too.

Jo asked us for a story about Christmas food traditions.  We are none of us very good or enthusiastic cooks so I have a funny story to share instead.  When I was still living at home with my parents, I had a temporary job one Christmas in a bingo club.  All the customers were given frozen turkeys as prizes in the run up to Christmas, and as there were some left over, the staff members were allowed to take one home each on Christmas Eve.  Me and my friends had decided to go out for a drink after work that night, so we took our turkeys out with us.  My mum was not pleased to be woken up at midnight by a drunken daughter and a part-defrosted 10lb turkey!

Thank you Jo for allowing me to join your blog hop.  I'm finding new blogs and really enjoying seeing everyone's stitching.  I hope you all have a happy, peaceful and meaningful Christmas.

Friday, 13 December 2013

I name this ship....finished!

I'm so thrilled to be able to show you....

Tall Ship, Niagara
Heritage Classics
Stitched on 28 count Zweigart Quaker Fabric
DMC threads
(Started 1/10/13 - finished 12/12/13)

The backstitch/longstitch was a nightmare.  That's all I'm saying.  Now to get it framed in time for my Dad's 70th birthday on 27th January 2014.

While on the subject of birthdays, I realised yesterday that I actually have two other special birthdays to celebrate next year.  First up is my dear friend Katy's 40th birthday on January 11th.  I've known Katy for about 12 years.  I met her when I went for a job interview (she was meeting/greeting all the candidates) and I actually got the job and ended up being her boss for a while!  She is a true friend and I realised with shame yesterday that in all the years I have known her I have never stitched anything for her.  So....I have challenged myself to finish this before her birthday...(yes, that's January 11th folks - less than a month away)

From new issue of Cross Stitcher magazine
We do like our cocktails!

Then on April 6th it's my brother's 40th birthday.  I have no idea whether/what to stitch for him.  He is a biker and I think cross stitch might ruin his street cred!

Thanks for sharing my finish.  Please pop back tomorrow as it's my day on Jo's advent blog hop and I have an old finish to share with you.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Giveaway gifts

Hello all - I'm back!

Sadly not with any stitching to show you.  I have been very busy at work and catching up on the dreaded housework and ironing so have been falling into bed of an evening and not stitching much!

I did have time to stitch my very first ornament to enter into the ornament finishing contest over at the CCN showcase blog.  If you haven't already, please pop over there and cast a vote for your favourite ornament.  You only have until tomorrow to vote!  I have been surprised and pleased to receive some votes.  The standard is very high!

I do have some stitchy photos for you, but not of anything I've made.  I was recently lucky enough to win a giveaway on Heather's blog, and received a lovely parcel in the post this week.  Heather had very generously included a couple of extra charts as she had been ill and unable to post the parcel - so generous of her.  Here are some pictures of the goodies...

such a generous giveaway - look at those gorgeous threads!

a closer look at the extra charts - can't wait to get stitching!

and best of all, Heather included this gorgeous hand-stitched Christmas card...

So pretty...I love everything.  Thank you Heather!

I am a bit down in the dumps today as it's my work Christmas party and I'm unable to go.  It's a long story that I won't bore you with but I missed last year's as well.  So I am going to treat myself to a lovely stitchy day until it's time to pick my boys up from school.  I hope to have a finish to show you very soon!

Until next time (and please don't forget to vote for your favourite ornament!)

Friday, 29 November 2013

The ship is sinking...

Hello all

Hope all my American readers had a happy Thanksgiving.  I enjoyed reading all your blogs and learning about Thanksgiving traditions.  Those pumpkin pies looked scrummy!

Plenty of stitchy progress this week.  I've got my mojo back after feeling under the weather last weekend.  First up is the tall ship...

Sad to say I've stalled a bit with this piece.  My deadline for having it finished is my Dad's 70th birthday, January 27th.  I thought I would be OK if I'd stitched all the sails by the end of November.  Well, I've almost finished all of the cross stitch (just a bit of white missing on the waves bottom right) but the backstitch is awful.  The stitches are so long I have to break them up but it's impossible to see on the chart where they should go.  It takes me so long just to do a little bit, I'm really demotivated.

So instead I've been stitching on this...

 Bothy Threads Cut Thru' North Pole House

Close up of Santa's bedroom

I'm really enjoying this piece.  I've pretty much finished pages 1 and 2 and back-stitched them.  You can see I've started stitching the first floor (second floor for Americans!) where the elves are busy making and wrapping presents.  My boys are hoping this will be finished by Christmas, but I don't think there's any chance!

This weekend I will be busy making an ornament to enter in the ornament contest on the CCN Showcase and Stitch-a-long Place hosted by Vonna.  I've never made an ornament before so I don't expect great things but there's only one entry so far so I thought I would have a go.  The ornament I've chosen to stitch is lovely and will hang on our tree however it looks!

Hope you all have a lovely stitchy weekend!

Until next time,

Sunday, 24 November 2013

Stitching show but no stitching!

Sad to say this has been a stitch-free weekend.

It got off to a good start on Thursday when I visited the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate. There wasn't as much cross-stitch stuff as in previous years (quilters would have been happy with all the fat quarters though!) but I did treat myself to a few bits of fabric and ribbon for finishing, plus a couple of cross stitch pieces...

Buttons and fabric for Just Another Button Company -
The Boys Are Back In Town

Nora Corbett's Morning Glory
with Lorchen 28 count Cashel linen by Sparklies

I have never stitched a Nora Corbett or Mirabilia design before, but Kate from Sparklies had this made up on the same fabric on her stand, and it looked stunning. Kate assured me it will stitch up quickly and there is only a very small amount of metallic thread used. The fabric is a bit more purple in real life.

I have done very little stitching this weekend. I have been busy helping Santa with the Christmas shopping, helping the boys make Sparkly stars for their homework, and having our annual toy clear out ready for Christmas. I was so proud of my boys this year as they helped me choose toys they had outgrown, packed them up and delivered them to our local charity shop. Not bad for 5 and 4 years old.

I hope to have a finish to post this week on my tall ship but it will have to wait for daylight stitching time as the long stitch is crazy!

Hope you all have a lovely week, until next time,

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Splice the mainbrace!

Can you tell I'm not a sailor?  But my dear Dad is, and he's going to be so pleased when he receives this for his 70th birthday in January...

I have finished the sails!  I'm really pleased as my deadline for the sails was the end of November.  So now I have a new target, to complete the whole piece by the end of November.  I just have to stitch the boat and the waves around it, and then do the longstitch for all the rigging and whatnot.  Since I started highlighting my chart as I went along, I've really enjoyed stitching this.  The linen and threads are both really nice to work with.

Some good progress made on my Bothy Threads Cut Thru North Pole House this week, even though I only stitched on Monday evening...

You can see Santa in bed now!  These are such fun to stitch.  Jan is about to complete a cross stitch toilet on hers here and also Linda has been cross stitching horsey poop here.  Jan and I are planning to stitch Cut Thru Pirate Ship together next year which I am really excited about.

I'm also very excited now about the Harrogate Knitting and Stitching Show which I am going to on Thursday!  It's only a couple of hours away by train on a lovely journey across the South Pennine Hills and the Peak District.  I am busy cataloguing my threads and writing a shopping list of fabric that I absolutely need!  No doubt there will be some wants as well as needs being purchased.

I received two lovely kits in the post from Nancy at Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe this week.  Nancy very generously included all the bells and her own hand-dyed floss to complete both the hangers, plus a smaller free chart that was included with the Jingle piece.  Thank you Nancy.  So you see, I need to buy some new fabric that is just right for these two pieces.

Hope you are all making good progress with your Christmas stitching!

Until next time

Sunday, 10 November 2013

What I have learned from sorting out my threads.....

1. It is possible to hate inanimate objects such as plastic bobbins.

2. I really did not need to keep buying skeins of DMC 3799 brown/grey.  I already had 5 of them.

3. I hate knots.

4. For someone who usually stitches from kits, I had a lot more threads than I thought (over 200 skeins).

5. I can now wind bobbins in my sleep.

6. I am so relieved it's over and I can start cross stitching again!

Well, it went from this....

to this....

which is a big improvement!

An update on tall ship which is my must-stitch piece as it has a deadline to be stitched and framed by January 27th.  I am really pleased with my progress and hope to have at least all of the sails done by the end of November.

And finally, a couple of fun giveaways I have come across...

Heather at Heather's Stitching Story is giving away some lovely charts and threads.

And Nancy at the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is giving a Sewing Necessaire - your choice of colour. They are so beautiful I cannot choose which one I like best!

Thank you all for reading my blog and for your lovely comments and words of encouragement.  I would be a very lonely stitcher but for you all as I don't have any stitchy family or friends in "real life". It's a privilege to be able to share our hobby together.

Until next time

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Cut Thru Update

Hello to friends old and new.  Here's a quick update on my Bothy Threads Cut Thru North Pole House which is part of a SAL I am in with Debbie, Linda and many others.  I am finally over my stitcher's block with this piece and am making good progress as you can see...

I'm almost done with the cross stitch on Santa's bedroom and will only have the backstitch to do to complete pages 1 and 2!

I ordered a gorgeous kit from Nancy at the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe (see her post of 3rd November). Nancy very generously is including virtually everything needed to complete this project. Thank you Nancy. I have only recently come across Nancy's blog which is lovely and seems to have lots of generous giveaways.

Well, that's all for now. I have a whole day's stitching planned tomorrow while the boys are at school. I can't remember the last time I was able to do that.  I am going to work on the tall ship piece for Dad's 70th so will put some updated pics on here shortly.  I really hope I can make some serious progress with it so I can stitch the Jingle Bells piece before Christmas!

Until next time

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Crazy January Challenge 2014

Hello all. Hope you had a happy and safe Halloween. Here in the UK we are now looking forward to Guy Fawkes' night on 5th November where we will enjoy bonfires, fireworks, hot potatoes and treacle toffee.

I recently signed up for the Crazy January Challenge 2014 For the first 15 days in January members start a new project every day and then try to complete them by the end of the year. So of course I have been looking through my huge stash of magazines for small achievable projects, right?

Well, no. Instead I browsed eBay and fell in love with this.

The kit is by Riverdrift House, a UK designer based in Cornwall. I hadn't come across them before. They have so many projects that I would love to stitch. I think this will look much better in our modern home than the antique samplers which I drool over on many other blogs I follow.

The best bit is that when you have ordered, the designer will chart initials of your choice for the line next to the bottom row of flowers, so you truly end up with a unique piece.

So...we have a winner! This is what I will be starting on Jan 1st! Only 14 more slots left. Who will be the winners and escape the dreaded stash cupboard?

Now I'm off to pick up the CCN Little Ballerinas for the very first CCN WIP-it weekend! So exciting.

Until next time


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Cut Thru update

Hello friends and welcome to new followers.

Just a quick update on my Cut Thru North Pole House. This is part of a SAL with Debbie, Linda and many others. Check out our progress here.

Here's mine as of tonight...

I have finally finished the green and white striped wallpaper in Santa's bedroom. Yay! Now I'm back to some colour.

You can see I've just started Santa's dark green bedside table.

I really just want to work on this at the moment but will have to go back to the Tall Ship tomorrow night as there is a deadline on it.

My boys are so excited about Halloween! It's becoming more popular in the UK. They are dressing up as mini Draculas with the cutest masks. I will definitely have to stitch some decorations for next year!

Hope you all have a fun and safe Halloween.

Until next time


Saturday, 26 October 2013

To frog or not to frog?

After finishing the Mystery Inc figures (see my last post) for elder son, younger son is now pestering me for his Star Wars one.

I haven't enjoyed these projects. Something to do with the dark blue aida which is stiff to work with. But I decided I would put everything else to one side and get this done. I thought there were just two or three evenings work left.

Imagine my horror last night as I was packing needle and thread away and saw this:

Can you tell what I did wrong? Clue: I had already stitched Luke Skywalker and C3PO a few weeks ago.

Yep, I've switched from 3 strands to 2.

I really don't want to frog but I think R2D2 looks kind of washed out next to the others.

What do you think?

I have finally decided to get my DMC threads in order so have bought some plastic bobbins. At the moment they look like this:

Can't wait to get winding! I love being organised. I hope they will fit in my little wooden box (which still needs a project for the lid *sigh*)

Until next time, hope your stitching is frog-free,

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A little finish

Here's my latest finish hot off my needle...

Mystery Inc
By weelittlestitches
18 count navy aida
Started 1/9/13
Finished 23/10/13

For some reason I didn't find this an easy stitch. Probably the fabric which was quite stiff and very dark. I stitched with a cream tea towel over my knees which helped a bit. I'm pleased with how it turned out though and can't wait to see eldest son's face in the morning! I now have to finish the Star Wars one for youngest son then it's back to the Tall Ship for Dad.

I am starting to feel a bit panicky that I will be taking too much on with the Crazy January Challenge...I like finishing a project before starting any more!

Until next time

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Not much progress...

Hello to all readers old and new

Not much stitching has happened this weekend. I had a lovely relaxing time at the amazing Crewe Hall on Friday night. Much wine and laughter and good company. A relaxing back massage and mini facial on Saturday. Bliss!

I treated myself today to a gorgeous little cupboard which I fell in love with. I thought it might hold all my stash.

It doesn't. In fact it only holds about half. The other half is now living in the bottom of a wardrobe in a big box.

How do you store your stash?

I did a magazine exchange with Wagapapa fromWagapapa Creations and received this Spanish sewing magazine in return.

It's very different from most magazines in the UK as it includes many types of crafts - knitting, crochet, appliqué and of course cross stitch. There are a few projects I will probably try. This one is my favourite.

And look at all the threads that came with it! 80 metres of DMC in lovely colours. Thanks Wagapapa. Your copy of Cross Stitcher is on its way.

One last thing to share...this cute poppy made by the ladies of our church craft group and sold of course in aid of ex-servicemen and women for Remembrance Sunday on 11th November.

No stitching to share tonight. I am working on Scooby Doo and the mystery gang for eldest son and I think if I took a photo now it would scare him. Velma has no head and Daphne has no body! Hoping to finish both before bed tonight.

Hope you all have a lovely stitchy evening.

Until next time


Friday, 18 October 2013

A new start....

Here they are....the headless ballerinas!

I thought they would look good for Halloween!

This is going to be a door hanger for our niece Fabienne who will be 6 just after Christmas. I may stitch it again for another niece Amelia who is 7 in April. I don't usually like to stitch the same thing twice but this is a very cute pattern and a quick stitch.

It's Harvest Festival at my sons' school today. Eldest son (age 5) has been chosen to speak. He has to say "Please think about what you have seen and heard" at the end of the assembly. He is quite quiet so it's a big challenge for him but he has been practising projecting his voice all week! Little son, age 4, is taking part in a Bean Dance. Apparently he is so good at remembering the steps and song that he is on the front row of his class! He is a natural show-off so I'm sure he will love the attention. I am going to be one proud Mum this morning.

Tonight I'm off to a local hotel for a night of relaxation and chat with my friend Katy, followed by a trip to the spa tomorrow. We try to do this every year around the same time. Even if we have been too busy to see much of each other all year, it's good to have something fixed in our diaries. DH and the boys are having a "men's day" on Saturday. All I know is that it involves films, sweets and shopping for Halloween costumes!

Hope you all have a lovely relaxing weekend. I will be taking my iPad so I can keep up with your blogs!

Until next time

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Happy Dancing!

May I present a finish?

27 count Northern Cross linen
Mix of Sampler, WDW and DMC threads
Started 23rd September 2013
Finished 16th October 2013

I am really pleased with how this turned out. I'm thinking of finishing bell-pull style. It's going to be a present for my mum but I might stitch it again for myself!

A little progress on the Tall Ship Niagara...

More brown than blue...

I was really struggling with this one until a fellow stitcher (Jan from the Thread Garden) asked me why and got me thinking. I decided the problem was that the chart was hard to follow and it was difficult to see which bit I was working on. I've now highlighted the parts I've stitched and am going much quicker. Thanks Jan!

No progress on anything else I'm afraid. Two very long days with travelling for work have put paid to that!

Until next time

Monday, 7 October 2013

Cut Thru SAL Monday

Dear friends

It is the night of the Cut Thru SAL, and I am already in bed on the iPad at 9.30pm!

A quote from one of my all-time favourite books: "The needle was just too heavy" tonight. Hopefully I won't suffer the same fate as the speaker though!

Do you ever have those evenings? All day at work I have been day dreaming about stitching tonight, and by the time I sat down I wasn't in the mood to stitch more than a few lengths.

So a little bit of progress on the Bothy Threads Cut Thru NPH...

Green stripy wallpaper anyone?

I've just started the white background

And an almost finish on We're Not Gossiping. I think I will be happy dancing this week!

Definitely needs a date with the iron!

I booked my tickets last week for the Harrogate Needlecraft fair in November. I went for the first time last year and it was fantastic. So inspiring! I have booked a workshop "Machine Stitch a Seasonal Placemat" as I am thinking of asking Santa for a sewing machine for Christmas. I would love to be able to make ornaments as I have seen lots of bloggers do.

Until next time, hope the stitchy bug is with you all.

Sunday, 6 October 2013

Crazy January Challenge 2014

Hello friends

Not much stitching done this weekend I'm afraid as it has been a busy one for us. A gorgeous day today for our friends' son's christening. I love this time of year. As a child I always loved the promise of a new school year, new stationery, files and books.  To me this seems a more natural time to start new projects and resolutions.

So I have signed up for Crazy January Challenge 2014!

The challenge goes like this...for the first 15 days of January you start a new project each day and then try to finish them by December 31st.

Crazy, right?

I probably already have 15 "unstarted" projects in my stash, but have decided to buy a really large Scarlet quince or HAED to start on January 1st. Maybe cheating slightly as I know it won't be finished by the end of the year, but it seems an auspicious day to start.

I will post a list and photos of my planned projects for Crazy January Challenge 2014 as soon as I've decided which ones to stitch!

Hope you have all had a good stitchy weekend.

Until next time

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Lost in a maze...

Hello all and thanks for visiting. Not much stitching done this week as I have been ill with labyrinthitis. I'd never even heard of it before the doctor diagnosed it! It's not serious but makes me feel nauseous and a few early nights have been in order!

There has been a little progress on We're Not Gossiping, but I might have to frog some of it as even though I'm using the recommended threads I don't think there's enough contrast between the blues on the W. What do you think?

 We're networking!

I realised that my dad will be 70 on 27th January next year. He is really interested in boats and has just bought a little boat of his own. I was lucky enough to pick this up cheaply on eBay and have started it this week. It's coming out more brown than the picture suggests but the fabric is beautiful - 28 count Zweigart Quaker linen.

Not as easy as it looks as it includes horizontal and vertical half cross stitch, and some blending.  I think it will be stunning when finished.

Not much progress made on the Cut Thru North Pole House, though I actually joined in the SAL and stitched on Monday evening!

I really think I need to find some smaller projects for next year!

Hope you will join me again soon.

Until next time


Tuesday, 1 October 2013

And the travelling chart goes to.....

...Debbie of Debbie's Cross Stitch!

Debbie please send me your address to and I will send your chart on its way!

Stay tuned for a stitchy update soon.

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

A not very hermitty post

Well hello there and welcome to my very own Hermit and Stitch Afternoon.

I tried to take part in my first IHSW last weekend but things didn't go to plan.

First there was this...lots of fiddly backstitch!

And then we had a family party at our house on Sunday following the convalidation of our marriage!
Hubby and I were married 7 years ago in a local hotel.  Since then we have both started attending church regularly and I have converted to become a Catholic like hubby and our sons.  So having our marriage recognised by the church was very special.

Anyway, the weekend left me feeling quite exhausted, so on top of a very busy week at work, I decided a new start was just the thing!

isn't this pretty?

I am stitching this for my Mum.  When I ring home, my Dad answers the phone with the words "Do you want your Mum?"  We are regularly on the phone for an hour or more in an evening.  We only live around 45 minutes away but it's a bit too far to pop round for a cup of tea!

Speaking of cups of tea, I went to my LNS this morning, the famous Black Sheep Wools.  Anyone who has ever been to a UK needlecraft show will probably have seen their enormous stall with cross stitch bargains and their famous yarn dive.  They have finally opened a tea shop, the aptly named Tea Bags Full, where I treated myself to a lovely cuppa this morning.

the mismatched china is so pretty!

Don't forget if you want to be entered into the draw for this travelling Lizzie*Kate pattern, let me know before midday GMT tomorrow.  Good luck!

Until next time

Thursday, 19 September 2013

One finish, two starts and a sniper in my sewing bag!

Hello again and thanks to everyone who shared their thoughts on managing projects both big and small.  I am sticking with my trusty hands for now but am going to have a look at Q Snaps which I had never heard of before!

Lots of stitching done this week....

a joy to stitch...

This is a Lizzie Kate Quick-It which I stitched in a couple of evenings last week.  It was my first time working on 32 count linen.  I like linen but have never worked on anything finer than 28 count.  I really liked the linen (Permin natural) and would definitely use again.  It was also my first project using WDW hand-dyed thread which slipped through the linen like butter.  The colours don't really come out in the picture but the some of the letters and the paler green are variegated.

If anyone would like this little pattern, I will set it off on its travels.  Leave a comment below saying you would like to be entered, and I will draw a name out next Thursday 26th September.

Now for my other new start...

one morning's happy stitching...

Another Bothy Threads!  This is going to be my Thursday project while the boys are at school.

Some progress on Cut Thru North Pole House this week.  Here's last week's picture...

And now for this week!  I have stitched the chimney on the right with the santa hat on top, the sleigh and the moon.  This is my first page (2 of 4) almost complete so I made a start on the dreaded backstitch.  It's not too bad as there are very few fractionals (just a few in the face of the moon) and it's really bringing the picture to life.

 I love this project...

I hope one of those parcels is for me!

Oh, and I found a sniper in my sewing bag this week...

 can you see him?
how did he get in there?!

Have you ever seen the Scarlet Quince website?  They have some gorgeous patterns.  I would love to start one but keep changing my mind about which one!  As they are so large it's important to me to make the right choice as it will be a long-term project.  I have narrowed it down to these five but keep changing my mind on my favourite.  At the moment it's Virgin of the Lilies as I think the background would be the most interesting to stitch.

 Tea by G.D.Leslie

 The Torn Hat by Thomas Sully

 The Virgin of the Lilies by William Bouguereau

 Kissing the Face of God by Morgan Weistling

The Ragan Sisters by Jacob Eichholtz

Aren't they gorgeous?

Hope you all have a lovely day and manage to fit in some me-time!

Until next time