Monday, 27 June 2016

Lots of finishes and preparation for Just One July

Hello everyone

Well I might have been away from my blog but I've been busy stitching.  I have quite a few small finishes to share today.  Sadly as is usual for me none of them are actually finished into anything, but I have plans!

Firstly here are two Lizzie*Kate patterns which were gifted to me by Mii Stitch.

Life is Better by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Tea Rose aida by Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 25 June 2016, finished 26 June 2016

This was a sweet bonus chart which was included with the one above.  Perfect for me as I am a real worrier!

Stitch Now by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Tea Rose aida by Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 13 May 2016, finished 14 May 2016

Another gift from Mii Stitch, this is such a cutie!  Perfect for summer.

Odd Dog with Butterflies by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue/Pink aida by Sew it All
using included threads
Started 20 May 2016, finished 17 June 2016

Next up is this cute cow stitch which I just fell in love with.  I changed the colours from the recommended ones as I knew I wanted to stitch this on a bright fabric. I'm usually nervous of making alterations but I'm pleased with how this turned out.

Happy Moood by Barbara Ana
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Pink aida by Sew it All
using DMC threads
Started 5 May 2016, finished 24 June 2016

There's more!  I also stitched two of the cottages from Country Cottage Needleworks Seasonal Celebrations.  The original charts are much longer and have seasonal words across the bottom.  However I have to admit I shamelessly pinched the idea from Judith of Judith Makes just to stitch the cottage at the top.  I so admire her finishes and am going to try something similar with mine.  Well they say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

Spring from Seasonal Celebrations by CCN
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue aida from Sew it All
using recommended DMC and GAST threads
Started 14 May 2016, finished 19 May 2016

I changed Summer a little bit as it had two enormous ants (as big as dogs!) on the left hand side of the design.  While they were fun, I decided to replace them with more flowers.

Summer from Seasonal Celebrations by CCN
Stitched on 16 count Sunshine aida from Sew it All
using recommended DMC threads
Started 7 June 2016, finished 23 June 2016

Right, I think you're all caught up now!


Thank you to everyone who has shown an interest in Just One July.  This is my own little SAL where I pledge to stitch on just one project for a whole month (you can read about my success with Faithful April here).  My project for Just One July will be this one...

Cut Thru Pirate Ship by Bothy Threads

Here's the latest photo I have of this project.  I'm pretty sure I've stitched a little more of it since then.  I think a finish this month is definitely achievable!

Despite all my mini finishes above I'm looking forward to being a one at a time stitcher again for a month!

That's all for now, until next time!

Sunday, 5 June 2016

We have lift off!

Do you want to see a finish?

Well, you've come to the right place because.......ta-daa!

Cut Thru Rocket by Bothy Threads
Stitched on 16 count navy blue aida with included threads
Started 2 January 2015, finished 5 June 2016

I'm so pleased to have this done!  I chose it as one of my new starts for Debbie's Crazy January Challenge 2015 and didn't really touch it since, until I finally decided it had to be completed.  Faithful April saw me working on this one alone for a whole month which meant real progress and just the boost I needed to get it finished.

It's been planned as a gift for elder son since it was started, and I've finished it just in time for his 8th birthday tomorrow.  He has shown lots of interest and actually put five stitches himself into the ring around one of the planets.

I've put all my other stitching to one side to get this done but I have truly enjoyed it and can see me returning to One At A Time stitching in the near future to get this one done for younger son...

And here's one more close up...

Thanks to everyone who joined me or cheered me on during Faithful April.  Who's up for Just One July?!