Thursday, 10 March 2016

Finish and a WIP update

I have a little finish to share with you today.  This was a gift from Mii Stitch last year.  We decided to do a private Spring exchange, and both chose the same chart to give to the other!  I really truly enjoyed every single stitch of this one, and am very pleased with my fabric choice too!

Lover of Spring Light by Soda Stitch
Stitched on 16 count Provence aida by Sew it All
using DMC threads
Started 7 February 2016, finished 27 February 2016

A couple of close ups, the flowers were my favourites...



This year my stitching goal is to reduce my WIP list from 11 to 5.  I got off to a good start as I finished two in January (see my Finishes 2016 tab for pictures) but now comes the real challenge as the four I have in my sights are nowhere near finished.

Last week I forced myself to work on Cut Thru Rocket by Bothy Threads.  I have a love/hate relationship with this piece.  I love the fun design, the bright colours and sparkly threads.  What I hate is the fabric, a giant piece of 16 count navy blue aida which was really stiff.  However, it's for elder son's room, I promised it to him, and it's non-negotiable has to be finished this year.

Last week I went from here...


which is pretty much where I'd left it after starting on 2 January last year as part of Debbie's Crazy January Challenge, to here...


It's looking much better, and the more I stitch on it, the more I'm enjoying it!  The fabric is getting a little softer with handling (I am stitching this one in hand) and I am getting quicker at finding the holes in the dark aida.  A white tea towel across my lap is the secret!

I'm happy to be able to update my WIP page with my progress on this one and am still hoping this will be finished at the end of 2016.

See you soon for a Gifted Gorgeousness update!

Justine

36 comments:

  1. Your soda stitch is really pretty, how funny that you gave each other the same chart! I think your target of reducing your wips from 11 to 5 is doable ha ha is that a word? Well I think you can do it! Awesome that you forced yourself to pick up the rocket again. I would be the same, I started a design where I just did not like the threads and I go out of my way to not stitch it! So, Go You! For picking up your rocket! You have made great progress on it too... It looks a fun one to watch so I will be back!
    Smiles :)

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  2. Your Soda Stitch finish is just adorable!! Well done on sticking with Cut Thru Rocket. I'm having a similar love/hate relationship with Elegance at the moment.

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  3. Such a lovely finish. You make me fall in love with Soda patterns. Great progress on Cut thru rocket. I'm sure you can meet your target of cutting down your WIPs with number of finishes you have already achieved this year.

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  4. Justine, this is such a sweet piece that you finished here. And your progress on the rocket is gorgeous. When I was stitching my snowman on dark blue aida it first was a bit strange to stitch on aida again because of the stiffness of the fabric but after a while I got used to it. And the fabric become softer as you experience it as well. It's a wonderful project.

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  5. Pretty finish, what a nice selection of colours and I like the way the backstitch enhances the little flowers.
    Rocket has grown loads, could you swish the fabric in warm water (only if you are using DMC so colours don't run) so that the stiffener in the fabric dissolves, to make it softer to use?

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  6. Such a sweet finish, love the flowers and their sweet faces :-)
    You have done quite a bit on Rocket, i've never stitched on dark fabric, i should imagine it's hard on the eyes and i have trouble seeing the holes in light coloured fabric :o)

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  7. The aida will continue to soften up as you stitch! I confess I also have a problem with seeing the holes in dark fabric. Its part of the reason why my dragon/wizard dimensions kit rarely gets worked on. I'll give your tip of a white towel a try.

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  8. What a cute finish. I have a problem seeing the holes on dark material. Your rocket looks great so far I look forward to seeing more of it. I don't like stiff material either, it does soften as you stitch more so that helps.

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  9. Wow, that Soda Stitch finish looks sooo cute!! I want to stitch mine now :)
    I am so happy you have managed to make really good progress on the rocket. I love this detailed design and it will be really cool for your son too.
    Hopefully the fabric will get better and better as you get along.

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  10. Love the Soda Stitch piece. Too adorable!! Great progress on the rocket and I'm glad the piece is growing on you. You can do it!!!

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  11. Oh that is so precious! What a great piece you are making for your son. He will be the true motivation for you.

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  12. Your finish is wonderful - what a great idea for an exchange. I have a few Soda Stitch pieces on my ToDo List. Your Cut Thru Rocket will be wonderful when finished and perfect to hang in your Son's room

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  13. Cute finish! Your son will love the rocket.

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  14. The finish is very cute -who would not love those happy,happy soda stitch patterns ! Your son will really like the rocket !!

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  15. Your Soda Stitch finish is gorgeous.
    Can't wait to see more of your Cut Thru Rocket.

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  16. Wow, what are the chances of you both choosing the same chart to send? You must be really in tune with each other!
    Well done on working on the Cut Thru Rocket too. I quite like dark fabrics, but not stiff ones!

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  17. Congrats on the adorable finish Justine. Nice progress on the rocket.

    Linda

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  18. That is cool! I've never heard of the cut-thru Rocket Ship before, interesting! And very funny that you exchanged the same chart. Great finish on it!

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  19. Awesome progress stitching dark colors is a pain! Awesome exchange too that's funny you picked the same design!

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  20. What a cute little gift. Your project for your son really pops on the dark fabric. You have made good progress.

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  21. That's funny you both picked the same chart! It's very cute! Well done on your finish :)

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  22. Yay for Soda Stitching! :D So funny you both picked the same chart. Both of these projects change soooo much with the backstitching! And I feel your pain with Awful Stiff Aida. Learned my lesson with dolphins -- I will always wash stiff fabric first! The white tea towel is an excellent idea; I put a lamp at my feet (ahh, warm) so that it shines up and that helps too.

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  23. The Soda Stitch is very cute!

    I love what I see of the rocket too! Great colors! Stiff fabric is such a pain, but it looks like the finished product will totally be worth the aggravation. :)

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  24. Hi Justin, Your soda stitch finish is soo cute:) and that's nice you both get to keep each others' so you both will not miss the cuteness:)
    Your cut-thru progress is going great!! It is always challenging to start with new material which we are not often used to but after a bit of patience we get used to working with it. I am also trying to complete height chart for my daughter first. I don't want her to end up hanging in her room when she is in college. I did not stitch when she was little but now I want to make up for all things I missed:)

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  25. That is so funny that you both chose the same project to give to one another--you must know each other well :) It is just adorable and I wish you the best of luck with that piece on navy. It will be such a great gift for your son, though--he will love it :)

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  26. Lover of Spring Light is so adorable! Congrats on such a cute finish. O like those Cut-thru pieces though I haven't done one yet; look forward to watching yours grow.

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  27. I oove your spring finish - so cute! Urgh, I know what you mean about stiff aida. I have given up stitching on it for that reason. I used to crumple it up into a ball a few times, just to try and soften it!

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  28. A cute Soda Stitch finish 💜! Cut Thru Rocket is looking great, it is no fun stitching on fabric you are not keen on, but I'm sure your son will be thrilled with it once it's done!

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  29. That is such a cute finish! Lovely start on the Cut Thru Rocket too :D

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  30. A wonderful finish. Your son will love the piece you are stitching for him.

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  31. What a sweet design Justine, and so beautifully stitched! Great minds were definitely thinking alike!
    Glad that the aida is getting softer - that happens to me too

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  32. Oh, how adorable is your Soda Stitch finish?! Absolutely gorgeous! And well done on persevering with Rocket. I'm sure you and elder son will appreciate the effort once it's finished. :)

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  33. Aww the Soda Stitch is too cute. I love the flowers too. The backstitching is so perfect. You're such a talent Justine. Good luck with the reduction of your wips. You can do it. I admire you for stitching in hand, it's just something I cannot master. Great post stunner
    xo Alicia

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