Thursday, 21 January 2016

Magic and pirates!

Yes you read right, that's what I've mostly been stitching on this past few weeks!

I've had a new start and a finish!  This is actually my fourth finish of the year but I can't show you a couple of them yet.  This one is for my boys to commemorate a very special occasion which took place on 18 January - we finally finished reading the Harry Potter books!  It has taken us over 18 months of bedtime reading.  They have enjoyed them so much they immediately wanted to go back to the first book and start all over again.  Anyway, here's my little stitch, to be framed and hung by the bookshelves...

Harry Potter Glasses
by Natali Needlework (etsy shop)
Stitched on 16 count antique white aida
with recommended DMC threads
Started 12 January 2016, finished 17 January 2016

This was a pleasure to stitch and I can highly recommend the seller.  I was having difficulty in downloading the charts from etsy and she emailed them to me without any delay.  She also has great deals so I bought two charts and got a free one!  It's nice to get a good deal from a friendly shop.

I have also been stitching on my Cut Thru Pirate Ship was one of my Crazy January starts from 2014.  I really want to finish this one this year as it is a gift for younger son who was 4 when I started it and will be 7 this year!  I am stitching on this one with my friend Jan of Thread Garden - we stitch on Wednesdays though she lives in Tasmania so is always half a day ahead of me!

Here's my latest progress photo after three Pirate Wednesdays...

Cut Thru Pirate Ship
by Bothy Threads
Started 6 January 2014

Since I picked this up again on 6 January 2016 I have stitched the Jolly Roger


and the part to the left of this picture by the ladder


Those of you who have stitched one of these before will know that they don't really come to life until they are backstitched so watch this space!

Hope you are all keeping warm - the UK has been really cold this last week.  Definitely stitching weather!

Until next time

Justine

52 comments:

CJ said...

Hi Justine -

The HP piece is great. I love Harry Potter, wish it never had to end. Look forward to seeing your progress on the pirate ship.

CJ

Rachel Tomkins said...

A great finish and great progress! Sometimes simple designs can be really effective. You must show us other two charts you bought too. I'll look forward to seeing another HP design in 18 months after you've re-read the books! :)

Linda Harris said...

What wonderful bedtime reading you have shared. Your stitching is looking good.

Jan Gartlan said...

Such amazing accomplishments finishing the HP book and cross stitch. Well done. It's a great design. I, too, am enjoying getting back to the pirate ship. I pretend we are stitching it at the same time even if we aren't really.

Annie said...

Wonderful stitching!
I read the Harry Potter books with my kids when they first came out. Now they're all grown, and we all still love HP. Not only are you spending some quality time with your kids, you're creating some special memories you'll all cherish:)

Brigitte said...

Great to see that you made good use of the cold weather in your country - and stayed inside stitching :) I am doing exactly the same in winter, particularly now that we have 20" of snow. That amount of snow is not really a temptation for me, lol. Neither any other amount, lol.
Great progress on the pirate piece. I always love to see these Cut Through projects on the blogs. And if I didn't have enough big projects waiting in the pipeline I would certainly have bought one of them, too.
Nice little finish for you and the boys to commemorate your reading of the HP books. Cool idea!

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

Great projects! I do love the Harry Potter series and I read through them probably at least once a year.

Sarah said...

Harry's glasses are adorable and a great way to celebrate finishing all the books!

Sally said...

Love your Harry Potter stitch. A brilliant way to celebrate finishing all the books. My girls and I have all read them and we've also seen all the films and have them on DVD. I still haven't watched the last one at home though and now that Alan Rickman has died ( I adored him as Snape) I don't think I ever will.

Your cut thru looks fantastic.

Jacquie Morris said...

Love your Harry Potter stitch. Great way to celebrate the reading of the books too. It's actually a lovely design, and instantly recognisable too! Your pirate ship is coming along... Can't wait to see it come to life with all the back stitching.
Big smiles :)

Mii Stitch said...

Oooh I really like your HP finish! That will be a lovely keepsake.
Have you started reading back to the first one yet? I'm about halfway on The Order of The Phoenix at the moment & Cole has started reading them all again too :) Great idea to stitch on the pirate ship once a week, this is a clever way to work on WIPs.

Melinda Forbes said...

Your Harry Potter Finish is so perfect thank you for sharing the link. Love cut thru pirates, great progress

Julie said...

Your Harry Potter stitch is a great way to remind you of reading with the boys, I too loved this book series. Did you see the illustrated copy of the Philosphers Stone that has come out, it does look lovely.

The Cut Thru is fabulous, every time I see one of these I am reminded of the Igloo one that our dear Debbie did, that was the first Cut Thru that I watched grow and come to life with the backstitch... bless her.

Loretta said...

GreatStitching!!! Love the HP one!!

Heather said...

Yay great project! I've read the books probably 10 times through so I'm right there with your boys lol. I was actually thinking a few days ago that it might be the to pick them up again. Your pirate ship looks great too!

Justine said...

Thank you Annie - I hope they will always remember reading these wonderful books together!

Justine said...

Thanks Sarah - glad you agree!

Justine said...

Thanks Melinda - it's nice to recommend a good seller!

Clare - Aimetu said...

Great HP and huge congrats on finishing the booms :-) but what will you read at bedtime now?? The pirate ship looks great too !

Tiffstitch said...

Great HP piece and so cool that your boys enjoyed the books so much! Nice progress on your Pirate Ship as well and fingers crossed you complete it this year.

Linda said...

Congrats on the cute finish Justine. The Pirate Ship looks great. I started this one a few years ago and have not touched it since.

Linda

Lesley said...

Ahhh Harry Potter,great stories. My younger son who is now 29 read them all as a youngster.He was10 when the first one was published and 20 when the last one came out.He still loves Harry Potter.When The Deathly Hallowes was first published, luckily in the summer hols, he was by then at uni.He bought the book and read it over two days not meeting with friends ,who might let the cat out of the bag, so that he still didn't know the ending till he got there:)

Great stitching on both pieces,I love your cut Thru Pirate Ship.

Keebles said...

It looks pretty alive to me, but I can't wait to see the backstitching! Four finishes already...wow!

Barb said...

That pirate ship is wonderful! I like Harry Potter too. My DH read all the books and wants to start the collection for our grandson.

butterfly said...

Love the pirate ship so colourful also Harry Potter is so cool.

Marlene jones said...

Love your stitching so full of colour and fun xx

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

There's going to be one of the illustrated books released every year! So start collecting now.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Great stitching. How nice to see someone else who reads proper books to their children. So many people stop when they outgrow picture books. We are currently half way through the Discworld series! We've read a lot of the classics as well as some more modern books.
Check out your local bookshop on February 4th which is officially Harry Potter night. The larger Waterstones are doing events as are some independent bookshops.
Love the Cut Thru too.

cucki said...

Love your sweet projects so much
Great stitching x

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Oh my
I adore yours projects
Many compliments

FlashinScissors said...

Love the Harry Potter picture, and the Cut Through Pirate ship looks fantastic! Look forward to seeing it with the backstitch!
Barbara xx

gominam said...

Congrats on a beautiful finish, neat way to remember the occasion, wonderful memories you're making while they are young. The pirate ship colors are great, keep it up:)

Emma/Itzy said...

Well done on the great finish! I keep meaning to reread Harry Potter myself at some point! Great progress on your pirate ship too!

Katie said...

Congrats on the too cute finish and Congrats on finishing the books. Ohh It's great seeing your Pirate Ship again. I need to get mine back out this year!!!

Preeti said...

Congrats on the lovely finish and also on the story reading accomplishment!!:) My daughter developed interest in Harry Potter last year when she was done with all the Percy Jackson and divergent series books. I read only realistic fiction and I am a very slow reader. She reads a 500 pages full edition book in 3 days. I can hardly manage 30 pages in a day. It would have taken 18 years for me to do it together:D
Your cut thru is coming along nicely:)

Ariadne said...

Great finish!Congrats for managing to read all Harry Potter books!AriadnefromGreece!

Faith... said...

Congrats on finishing all the books with your boys! Nothing better than bedtime stories with the kids! Love the Harry Potter XS and thanks for a good recommendation on a seller; good ones are sometimes hard to find!

Andrea said...

Congratulations on the finish. There looks a lot of work in the Pirate Ship, fingers crossed you have another finish in the not so distant future.

Mel said...

You always have some of the most interesting patterns Justine! Love the pirates!! Gotta go take a look at that designer now. :)

Carol said...

That is a wonderful accomplishment reading all of the Harry Potter books with your sons, Justine. That is something special they (and you!) will always remember fondly... Your little HP stitch is adorable and the Pirate Ship looks fabulous--good luck with all that backstitching :)

Have a lovely weekend!

stitchersanon said...

I read HP to my sons. It is something very special isnt it. I could read the bit about slugs though, when Ron was sick: I have a huge phobia of them. My eldest son had to read the pages about them and then I came back in the room and took over. I also bought my son the print of the cut through pirate ship. I wanted to stitch it but my son is in his 20s now lol. It will look amazing when you do the backstitch xx

rosey175 said...

Yay HP! I recently finished a read-through of the series for the ??? time. And saw in the comments there's an illustrated one out that I had to look up. There are so many different editions! I'm happy with my originals for now haha. Your stitch is a great way to commemorate the finishing~ And thanks for the link. There was a Totoro stitch that I squee'd over in that shop. Luckily(??) I have enough to stitch or I'd be in danger~ :D

That pegleg kitty never fails to make me smile.

Justine said...

Do you remember Cut Thru Mondays Linda? That was the inspiration for starting my little blog.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Love that finish! I'm a huge Potterhead :D Great progress too!

Heather's Stitching Story said...

Love the HP stitching! That's great! I really enjoy the Bothy threads kits, and yes your quite right, they never do come to life until the back stitching is on them!

sharine said...

Great finish. I can't seem to get the girls into Harry yet.

Michelle said...

Love your stitching Justine - I have just downloaded a pattern off Etsy I bought for a knitted Harry Potter for my Son Matts girlfriend xx

Joan said...

Hi Justine - Love the Harry Potter stitch. I have started a cushion cross stitch from this month's Cross Stitcher Magazine. It is designed for beginners so it is a really easy stitch. Joan

Sheryl S. said...

Interesting pirate ship and the HP is perfect.

Thoeria said...

What a fantastic little stitch to celebrate those lovely memories of bedtime reading, Justine :) Are you going to read them all over again or do you have another set of books on the cards?
I'm loving your cut thru....these always look like so much fun!

Dani - tkdchick said...

I love your HP finish and what a great way to commemorate finishing the books. Those Bothy pieces must be so much fun!

Jenn M said...

Love those designs! I think the 'Cut Thru' designs are so fantastic - it was probably a good thing I could not get any when I started stitching because they would probably still be sitting in my stash! So much fun to look at though.
I love the Harry Potter design: my daughter is a huge fan and I will have to have a look at that etsy shop you mentioned.
Happy Days!
Jenn