Friday, 21 October 2016

Lots of finishes!

I've been busy for the past few weeks and have completed quite a few projects, including some new starts and a couple of WIPs, so I've got lots to show you today.

My friend Mii Stitch and I had a little cross stitch retreat at the beginning of October.  We rented a cottage and stitched to our hearts' content!  I started 3 projects - finished one while we were there and the other two the day after we came home.

Do Not Disturb by Durene Jones
(from Cross Stitcher magazine)
Stitched on 16 count Stormy Sea aida from Sew It All
with DMC threads
Started 8 October 2016, finished 9 October 2016

Halloween Owl by Durene Jones
(from WOCS magazine)
Stitched on 16 count antique white aida
with DMC threads
Started 7 October 2016, finished 10 October 2016

Is It Too Late to be Good? by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Cafe au Lait aida from Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started 9 October 2016, finished 10 October 2016


Thank you Mii for enabling all these new starts and finishes!

I had a fourth project packed up for the retreat which didn't get started, so as soon as I finished the others I stitched this one... (The snowman just needs some buttons for his chest)


Snowman '10 by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Tin aida with sparkles
from Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started 10 October 2016, finished 15 October 2016


After all those new starts I was longing to tick something else off my WIP list.  So I went back to this one and am proud to say it is now finished!  I really fell out of love with it in the middle of stitching it but it grew very quickly as it's on 14 count (which I never stitch on now) and maybe one day it will make it out onto display.

Family Band Sampler by Riverdrift House
Stitched on 14 count white aida with included threads
Started 1 January 2014, finished 19 October 2016


I then picked up another project that I'd started for a friend earlier this year and had another finish yesterday...

Let's Party by Imaginatings
Stitched on 16 count Margarita aida by Sew It All
with DMC threads
Started 19 March 2016, finished 20 October 2016

I love the name of the aida colour, so appropriate for this design!

And finally, I started and finished another of the Lizzie*Kate Twelve Blessings that I planned to stitch one a month throughout the year and have on display this Christmas.  Sadly I've only stitched five of them but they do stitch up quickly so you never know!

Charity (Twelve Blessings) by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Brown aida by Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started 19 October 2016, finished 20 October 2016

My next project is another one from the WIP list.  I'm hoping to reduce it by two by the end of the year.

Thanks for reading!

Justine



52 comments:

Pull the other thread said...

WOW, you weren't kidding with the title. All your finishes look amazing. Sounds like you and Mii had a great time, sounds like bliss! I adore the Family Band Sampler so I'm glad you pulled that out again and Let's Party looks great, such a fun project.

Mii Stitch said...

Look at you Speedy Stitcher with all your pretty finishes! :D
There is no stopping you!
Glad we went back to the Dairy, it was a fantastic weekend full of little crosses.
Congrats on all the finishes. I simply love all of them.

Rhona said...

So many beautiful finishes! What fun having someone to stitch with....lucky you!

Ariadne said...

All pieces are lovely!So glad you ladies had a great time again!AriadnefromGreece!

Vickie said...

wOw! Good for you Justine! I really like the Family Band Sampler.

Justine said...

Thanks Rhona - it really was a fantastic weekend of stitching and chatting!

Justine said...

Thanks Vickie. I got quite fed up with it but like it more now it's finished!

Shelly said...

Congrats on all these finishes. I bet it felt great to get these all finishes! The band sampled is so pretty!

butterfly said...

Congrats , love all that you have stitched, hope you and Mii had great fun.

Mary said...

I love all of your finishes.

Patricia Green said...

Holy moly, you've been busy! I love them all, but particularly like the saying, "Is it too late to be good?" So much fun.

Melinda Forbes said...

So many wonderful finishes. Love them all - so happy you finished your Family Band Sampler. I really like it.

Faith... said...

So many great finishes!! I love them all. Good luck at reducing your WIP pile.

The Crafty Princess said...

Looks like you and Mii had a wonderfully fun and productive weekend. I love Halloween as I get to see all these amazing little projects. However I have to admit my favourite is Let's Party. That turned out so cool, love it. Great post stunner.
xo Alicia

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

Wow, you really did have a productive weekend! So many lovely finishes.
I like the Riverdrift sampler, they do some nice local themed designs. I am guessing that you are the only one without a middle initial? Poor you!

Cricket-bug Corner said...

Your get away sounds like so much fun!! You really got a lot done!

Le trame della Galaverna said...

Very pretty stitches

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! You go girl! Love them all.

Linda said...

Your a stitching machine Justine. Congrats on all of the absolutely stunning finishes. I really love the first one and wish I could find the magazine.

Linda

stitchersanon said...

That's a lot of finishes...all wonderful!

Lesley said...

Beautiful stitching..so many great finishes:)

Megan Joelle said...

Sounds like a fun weekend! You got heaps done! :D

Bea said...

Flying needles! Well done with the finishes - such lovely projects and variety of subjects.

Barb said...

I am so impressed with all of your wonderful stitching!

Sheryl S. said...

Gosh, what a lot of stitching done, gorgeous designs, love the Do not disturb piece.

Rita JG said...

Wow, so much beautiful stitching!

Smily said...

Speedy stitcjer, indeed! So fast!

Preeti said...

Wow!! You got so many lovely finishes, Well done!

rosey175 said...

Well, my goodness! I just adore the Do Not Disturb stitch, how perfect for a little door hanging to a craft room! And the band sampler looks amazing! Jo must be being silly. It's perfectly acceptable to have no middle initial (I don't)! :D

Andrea said...

Lots and lots of great finishes. Congratulations on them all!

Anna van Schurman said...

You've been very successful on the finishing front! Snowman 10 is one of my favorite Lizzy Kates.

Desiree Ehleiter said...

Great finishes! You are so lucky to have a stitchy buddy to retreat with. I would love to find someone nearby to share a little stitching time with! Sounds like a dream weekend!

Anthea said...

Oh wow Justine, so much beautiful work! I love any Lizzie Kate...

Julie said...

Lots of lovely stitching and wonderful finishes. It's always nice to pull out and old project and get it completed, leaves room for more to go into the bag!!

Mini said...

Great work Justine. All your finishes are lovely. Sounds like you had a good time at the retreat.

Brigitte said...

You are the lady with the smoking needles for me, Justine. So many finishes, and most of them finished so quickly after starting them. That's truly impressive. And I'm also impressed that you finished one of your WIPs. The remaining WIPs will be done soon as well, I'm sure :)

CJ said...

Wow, your needle is smoking hot. Good job on all the finishes. I love to stitch in the cooler weather, unfortunately summer is refusing to leave us this year. Thanks for sharing all your fantastic finishes.

CJ

Beth said...

What a bunch of great finishes Justine. As you may know I'm on an owl stitching binge right now. Love yours! Also Snowman '10 which I've had all kitted up for a couple of years now.

Justine said...

Thanks Linda. It was the last but one issue of Cross Stitcher magazine in the UK. It's my favourite recent finish!

Justine said...

Thank you. I've really enjoyed stitching smalls for a change this month!

Justine said...

Thank you Rita for your lovely comment.

Justine said...

Thank you very much - either fast or spending too much time stitching!

Carol said...

How nice to get together with Ingrid for a little retreat, Justine! I just had one myself with four stitching friends and so enjoyed it. Didn't get nearly as much accomplished as you, though!! WOW! So many cute finishes :)

Cindy's Stitching said...

you have so many pieces stitched. so nice you had a retreat. you have been busy.

beadgirl said...

Nice work; you've been busy these last few weeks!

Sarah in Stitches said...

Congrats on all the finishes! They look amazing :D

Sally said...

WOW! You have been busy Justine and they are all gorgeous! I must get my Lizzie Kate snowman out to stitch after seeing yours! Problem is I have so much I desperately want to stitch lol!

Le trame della Galaverna said...

All is so beautiful

stitchersanon said...

Amazing..so much done! You put me to shame! Love them all!

gominam said...

So many adorable finishes! Glad I'm finally catching up on my reading. Brings so much pleasure seeing works like these😊

FlashinScissors said...

Wow! Great stitching Justine. You have done well with all these finishes!
Hope all is going according to plan with your other two WIPs!
Hugs, Barbara xx

Heather said...

Wow Justine so many great projects! The cottage sounds so nice!