Tuesday, 23 February 2016

What a difference backstitch makes!

I think it's about time I shared with you a photo of the latest WIP to make it out of the stash cupboard.  Back in January, Jan of Thread Garden and I decided to start up Pirate Wednesday again, our own little SAL which we started to stitch up the Bothy Threads Cut Thru Pirate Ship for our younger sons.  I hope Jan will forgive me but Pirate Wednesdays have turned into Pirate Thursdays and Pirate Fridays for me!  I seem to work best when I can get a few days at once on a project.

Here is where you last saw the Pirate Ship...

Bothy Threads Cut Thru Pirate Ship
Started 6 January 2014

and here it is today!


And just one close up of the pirate kitty!


This is 6 out of 9 pages mostly finished and backstitched.  I'm really pleased with how it's turning out, and the backstitching has really given me some momentum to get this finished in 2016.

Last week I had a little giveaway on my blog for this cute little chart that was gifted to me by Jen last year.  I thought it would be fun to pass it along.  The winner of the chart was...



Jo!

Jo please would you send me your address again and I will get this in the post to you this week.

Jo has promised to stitch this quickly and give it away in time for Easter on her own blog, so if you are interested in the chart then please look out for it there (no pressure Jo!)

That's all from me for now, hope your needles are all busy this week!

Justine

44 comments:

Jacquie Morris said...

Rally lovely stitching, I love all he detail on the pirate ship. I think when the back stitching is added it brings the whole design to life...it's awesome!!
Pretty Easter stitch! Congratulations Jo!!
Big smiles :)

Mini said...

You have made great progress on your current WIP.
Congrats to Jo!
My needle is in hibernation mode since January..I hope it sees the sun sometime soon ...lol.
P.S. About me being a no reply blogger,don't worry about that . If you reply to my comment/question in your post , I will get the message. As I'm typing this I remember we have exchanged emails in the past,you must have my email id :)

Annie said...

That backstitch turned all those colorful shapes into wonderful, recognizable things! Great progress!

Smily said...

Yes, in Bothy's designs backstitch is more than a half of the whole joy and job :)

Anthea said...

Wow great progress Justine... I love the detail in Bothy designs, always so much to see!

Mii Stitch said...

Like Anthea: Wow!! What a very impressive update, you've done so much on it already!! Well done & keep going... next the rocket :D

gominam said...

This is a pretty design, love Bothy Threads, always been on my wishlist but because of backstitch it has remained there, I'm overwhelmed with it. You're doing a fantastic job, thanks for sharing this and letting me enjoy these pics, haha. Keep it up:) Sweet giveaway too!

Vickie said...

What a neat pattern! Your boys probably think it is great!

Suz said...

Backstitching is so critical - I find it tedious, but do appreciate it in the end.

Your stitching all looks so loverly!

cucki said...

Great progress my dear
Love it x

Brigitte said...

These Cut Through pieces must be a lot of fun to stitch. All these little motifs are fantastic and most of them are humorous too. Like the kitty, and the mermaid, and the pirates, of course, lol. You got a lot stitched on this project. I know that I can't stitch on a project for just one day, I always have to add a couple more days, too.

Ariadne said...

The backstitch really makes it fantastic!AriadnefromGreece!

Heather said...

Fantastic progress it looks great!

Rhona said...

Pirate ship is wonderful....and the back stitching really does make it pop! There are so many wonderful little details in the design, no wonder it carried on through Thursday and Friday!

Keebles said...

The backstitching really made it pop, didn't it? Congrats! It looks amazing!

Linda said...

The Pirate Ship looks great Justine. You should get it finishes in no time. I started mine a couple years ago and have not touched it since.

Linda

Linda Harris said...

Wow you've added lots more to your pirate ship.

Katie said...

Oh this makes me want to get mine out again. Beautiful work!!! You can do it!! Congrats to Jo! I look forward to seeing her progress.

Andrea said...

Wow you have made fantastic progress. Backstitching does seem laborious but it certainly makes the design stand out. Looking great!

Lesley said...

Great progress on Pirates,it is looking brilliant.

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

I think it's essential to do the bs as you go with these Cut-thru designs, it just brings them to life so well and inspires you to continue.
And yay for me! I have to make good on my promise now LOL.

Julie said...

Ahoy shipmates ....your pirate ship looks fabulous.

Giovi's Creations said...

Ohhh! Backstitch really improve our projects. Your progress is great!
Giovi

Giovi's Creations said...

Ohhh! Backstitch really improve our projects. Your progress is great!
Giovi

rosey175 said...

Pirate Kitty, Pirate Kitty, Pirate Kitty! :D Yay! :D I like that extra toothy fish too. Fish and cat can be friends, I'm sure. Or perhaps the fish is the cause of the peg leg! So much to imagine with this piece; no wonder you can never put it down. Just make every day pirate day haha.

Carol said...

It's bee such a long time since I've stitched a piece that required backstitching, but it truly does bring the stitching to life! Wonderful project, Justine :)

Christina said...

Backstitch does indeed make a huge difference, but I bloomin hate doing it! 😉

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Wow an incredible project
I think it is very beautiful

Jayne said...

I hate back stitch at least you are doing it as you stitch rather than leaving it to the end, it really brings the stitching alive

Barb said...

That pirate project is so cute. It must be hard to stitch there are so many details!

Jeetje Van Wijhe-Fuchs said...

Beautiful stitches and the backstitches top it off!

Stitching Noni said...

Oh wow! Your Pirate Ship looks amazing! I love the pirate kitty :o)
Amazing what a difference backstitch makes to a project like this... even if its not the most enjoyable thing to do at times!
Well done :o)
Hugs xx

Cross Stitch Claire said...

So much detail, it looks fantastic!

sharine said...

Awesome progress and it's amazing what backstitch can do :)

Judith Makes said...

Loove the pirate ship, looks great. I need to finish my cut thru Stable this year, it is almost finished, just one page left :)

Rachel Tomkins said...

Time and time again we are all amazed at how much difference backstitching really makes to a project and yours is no exception - it looks fabulous and must have taken ages! :)

Preeti said...

It's looking wonderful !! :) Bothy thread projects have so many tiny things and backstitching those gives a clear and beautiful picture. Stitching small things might have been time consuming but seeing new elements pop out after backstitching is fun too:)
Congrats to Jo for winning the chart!

Amy said...

The pirate ship is looking great! That's a crazy amount of cross stitch, but you're right, it makes such an impact.

Tiffstitch said...

Your ship is looking fantastic! The backstitch is essential to do as you go, it helps it look so much more interesting and less to do at the end. Congrats Jo!

Maggie said...

Wow your son is just going to love this!
It's been a while since i did anything that required the
dreaded backstitch but it does make a design come alive.
One of the ladies in my stitching group has just completed
a cut through and it does look wonderful.

Faith... said...

Back stitch is a pain but really makes the design pop once it is finished! Those Bothy Thread projects are really great!

Pull the other thread said...

Wow you have made fantastic progress on this. It looks wonderful with the backstitching. Congrats to Jo as well.

Sarah in Stitches said...

Amazing progress! The backstitching definitely makes a huge difference. You've only got a third left on the project! :D

AgnieszkaR said...

Wow, amazing!