Monday, 7 August 2017

July stitching update

I'm back with an update on my July stitching.

Some of you may remember that I joined a Stitch Along to raise money for Mind, the mental health charity. I'm pleased to say I have finally caught up, in time for the final quote to be released on 1 September.


Quotes to Live By from Stitchrovia
Stitched on 16 count Antique White aida from Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 5 March 2017

I've also kept up with my monthly stitching commitments. Here are my July fairy and Lizzie Kate monthly.


A Bit of July by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue aida from Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
STarted 16 July 2017, finished 17 July 2017

July fairy by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Petal aida from Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 7 July 2017, finished 13 July 2017

Thanks to everyone who sent good wishes following my recent health problems. I'm happy to report I'm feeling much better now.

Until next time

Justine
Friday, 7 July 2017

Long time no see

It's been a while since I've posted here.  Thanks to everyone who sent messages asking if I was OK. I had a busy few weeks at work and some health issues to deal with but don't worry I've done plenty of stitching so I have some things to share with you.

I am keeping up to date with the Lizzie*Kate monthly designs that were very kindly gifted to me by Julie.
A Bit of June by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Tin aida by Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started 11 June 2017, finished 17 June 2017

 A Bit of May by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Clay aida by Sew it All
with DMC threads
Started 1 June 2017, finished 3 June 2017


I'm also keeping up to date with the monthly Lili of the Valley fairy series...

June fairy by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Kelp aida
with DMC threads
Started 3 June 2017, finished 10 June 2017

May fairy by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue aida
with DMC threads
Started 24 May 2017, finished 1 June 2017

I'm very proud of the fact that I have kept up with the Under the Sea SAL by Lakeside Needlecrafts, designed by Durene Jones.  Hot off my needle this morning is the whole thing including July's mermaid.

This is such a fun stitch but always takes me longer than I think it will to stitch each part!

I will be back soon with more including a couple of finishes, another SAL I am working on, an exchange and a new start.

Until next time

Justine
Friday, 21 April 2017

Theme-tas-Stitch March and April 2017

Hello again stitching friends

I am linking up today with Theme-tas-Stitch to show you what I have been working on in March and April.

March's theme was March Madness - stitch on as many projects as you dare!  I did not want to end the month with lots of new starts so I decided to stitch some smaller projects that could be finished within the month.

Caring by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Brown aida from Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 8 March 2017, finished 9 March 2017

Giving by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Brown aida from Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 8 March 2017, finished 9 March 2017

I also finished two that I showed you in my last post...



And then it all went a bit wrong as I found a SAL online that I just HAD to stitch!  It's by Stitchrovia and it's in aid of the charity MIND who help those with mental illnesses.  Mental illness of one kind or another will affect one in four of us at some point in our lives so it's a good cause as well as a great stitch!  Here's my progress to date - two months of the four released so far have been stitched.

Quotes to Live By by Stitchrovia
Stitched on 16 count white aida
with recommended DMC threads
Started 5 March 2017

If you like this design then there is chance to win all nine parts of the SAL on Jo's blog Serendipitous Stitching (just click on the blog name and it will take you directly to the right post to leave your comment).  Jo is having this awesome giveaway to celebrate six years of blogging.  It closes on 30th April so don't miss out!

April's theme for Theme-tas-Stitch is April Showers - stitch on anything with water in it!  So how about another SAL?  This time the Under The Sea SAL by Lakeside Needlecrafts, designed by Durene Jones.  Here are parts 1-3 stitched, just April's to catch up on now.

Under The Sea by Durene Jones
Stitched on 16 count aida exclusive design by Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 28 March 2017

I wasn't planning to stitch either of these designs this year but I just couldn't resist!  I'm hoping to be caught up by the end of the month.

Next month is Monochrome May and I may need another new start to fit into this theme!

Until next time

Justine
Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness April 2017

I've had a few weeks' break from blogging but I have been stitching!  I have a few gifts to share with you today, both sent and received, and some gifted things that I have been using in my stitching.

Firstly I sent some charts to Clare and as a thank you she stitched this pretty stitching ornament for me.

Ornament from Clare

Thank you Clare, I love it!

I was also one of the lucky winners of a posting competition on Needlecraft Haven for the largest percentage increase in the number of posts over the first three months of the year.  I don't know how Clare worked out the maths but I was so happy to receive this gorgeous fabric and matching threads and I already have a project picked out for them!

Gift from Clare

I recently took part in a Needlecraft Haven Easter Exchange.  I was lucky to receive another ornament from Clare, this one.  I hope you can see from the photo how tiny and neat Clare's stitches are!

Easter ornament from Clare

My partner was Dusty and I sent her this ornament, chart courtesy of Danybrod.  I also sent some chocolate but sadly it melted en route, luckily it didn't damage the ornament.

Ornament for Dusty
Design by Danybrod
Stitched on 28 count Brittany evenweave with DMC threads
Started 27 February 2017, finished 1 March 2017


On Needlecraft Haven there is a Four Seasons SAL which I eagerly signed up for.  I already had this chart which was a gift from Rachel and the threads came from a box of Six Stranded Sweets threads that Julie gave to me at the Needlecraft Haven Autumn meet-up.

A Very Merry Spring by JBW Designs
Stitched on 16 count Sunshine aida by Sew it All
with Six Stranded Sweets threads Winter Green and Patti Cakes
Started 3 March 2017, finished 4 March 2017

Julie also very kindly gifted me these twelve charts from Lizzie*Kate, I am keeping up so far.

A Bit of April by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Sunshine aida by Sew it All
using recommended DMC threads
Started 2 March 2017, finished 3 March 2017

And just this morning the postman delivered this lovely chart from another stitching friend, Sally.  Thank you Sally!  I am hoping to stitch all four of these charts next year.



I will be back soon I promise to show you what else I have been stitching.  Bye for now!

Justine
Thursday, 2 March 2017

It's March Madness!

Where is the year going?

Here are my two monthly pieces, stitched but not finished.

A Bit of March by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Provence aida by Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 1 February 2017, finished 17 February 2017

March Fairy by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Iced Coffee aida by Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 2 February 2017, finished 27 February 2017

Stitching on other things was a bit limited this month as I spent most of my time finishing Frosty Forest.


Yesterday was opening day for the Needlecraft Haven Autumn meet-up exchange.  Anyone who was at the meet-up was free to enter.  We each wrote down our favourite flower, colour and season on a card, and then the cards were selected randomly.  Each stitcher had to make a needlecase for their partner with the theme of their initial.  This is what I received from my partner, Lindsay...






I can't get it to show up in the photographs but the fabric has a beautiful sparkle to it.  I chose daisies and the colour blue, and my favourite season is spring.

There was also some chocolate included but that has already been started.  Thank you Lindsay, I love everything you chose for me and the needlecase will be well loved.

It's March Madness on the Theme-Tas-Stitch SAL this month but I have no idea what I am going to do!  I want to stitch the two monthly charts from the series I have so far kept up with this year, but I really don't want to end the month with lots of new WIPs!  If anyone has any ideas I would be very grateful

Hope you all enjoy a bit of Spring sunshine this week!

Justine
Saturday, 25 February 2017

Frosty Forest Finish!

Raccoon Cabin (left) and Snowy Deer (right)

Snowman's Cottage (top) and Snowy Friends (bottom)

Snowy Foxes (left) and Bluebird's Cabin (right)

Snowy Reindeer (top) and Snowgirl's Cottage (bottom)

Frosty Forest


Frosty Forest by Country Cottage Needleworks
Stitched on 32 count Pearl Grey linen
with recommended DMC, GAST, CC and WDW threads
Started 1 February 2014, finished 23 February 2017

Thanks again to Kerry for hosting Theme-Tas-Stitch Focus Finish February which was the inspiration I needed to finally get this one done!

Justine


Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Theme-Tas-Stitch February 2017

It's time for the very first Theme-Tas-Stitch check-in!

Theme-tas-stitch

Theme-Tas-Stitch is the brainchild of Kerry at Ramblings of a Biscornu Addict, check out more information here. There are 11 of us signed up so far, together with our lovely hostess. Each month has a theme and for February the theme was...

Focus Finish February - 
Is there a WIP in your stash that you would love to get finished - then focus on a finish in February!
Well I was hoping for a finish in time for today's check-in date, but it hasn't happened. However I'm sure I will have finished this before month end!

Here it was at the end of January, 5 blocks complete, 4 to go...


And here it is now - so close!


Frosty Forest by CCN
Stitched on 32 count pale grey linen
With recommended DMC, GAST, WDW and CC threads
Started 1 February 2014

As you can see I am now stitching the final block on the bottom left hand corner.  I'll be back hopefully before the month end with a finish and some close-up photos to share!

Thank you Kerry for hosting Theme-Tas-Stitch and giving me the kick up the **** I needed to get this project finished!

Until next time

Justine


Thursday, 16 February 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness February 2017

I have lots of Gifted Gorgeousness to share with you today! Firstly it was my birthday last week and my lovely friend Ingrid of Mii Stitch made me this beautiful pincushion...




It's a freebie La D Da design and is stitched with the most beautiful ThreadworX threads - thank you again Ingrid!

I took part in a Valentine's Day Exchange over at Needlecraft Haven. There was no requirement to stitch anything, instead you had to send a pair of socks with pink/red/hearts theme and threads to match.  I forgot to take a picture of the parcel I sent out, but look at the gorgeous happy socks, threads and a sweet Valentine's card I received from Mary! Thank you again Mary, it was a lovely parcel.


Wednesday nights we meet in the Parlour at Needlecraft Haven and I have a special project that I stitch every Wednesday, which is this Alice chart by Tralala which Ingrid gifted me in March 2015.


I finished Alice! She just needs one more flower in her basket and then I'll be moving on the next motif. I'm really enjoying this one night a week stitching her and it's surprising how quickly she is stitching up.

Head over to Jo's blog to check out all the other Gifted Gorgeousness that's around this month!

Edited to add: I forgot to show you this little Lizzie*Kate pillow I sent to a friend for her birthday! I used a tutorial by The Twisted Stitcher Vonna from her Finishing School and it was so simple, it was like having a teacher right in the room with me!



Until next time

Justine
Thursday, 2 February 2017

A bit of allsorts

Hello everyone

Here's an update of my January stitching and my plans for February.

I already showed you one finish in my last post, two are for gifts so I can't show those yet, but here are the remaining four!

Firstly I finished this cutie, the February Fairy by Lili of the Valley, here she is ready for Valentine's Day!

February Fairy by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Kelp aida from Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 8 January 2017, finished 13 January 2017


Next up was a Lizzie*Kate monthly chart given to me by Julie at the Autumn 2016 Needlecraft Haven meet-up.  I hope to keep up and finish these by the end of the year.

A Bit of February by Lizzie*Kate
Stitched on 16 count Iced Coffee aida by Sew it All
with recommended DMC threads
Started 20 January 2017, finished 21 January 2017

The next day I finished this Mill Hill kit which I started just before Hallowe'en last year, I would have finished it too but I couldn't find my beading needles!

Witch Way by Mill Hill
Stitched on dark blue perforated paper with included threads
Started 28 October 2016, finished 22 January 2017

And then in the same evening I also finished this gorgeous chart which was a gift from my birthday twin Maggee last year, together with the three WDW flosses I used to stitch it. I loved every stitch of this and just need to find the perfect way to display it.

A Stitcher's Blessing by Erica Michaels
Stitched on 32 count Wolf evenweave by Sew it All
with WDW Snowflake, Eggplant and Charlotte's Pink
Started 11 January 2017, finished 22 January 2017

That's a pretty good month's stitching!  I'm pleased I'm off to such a good start and really enjoying my stitching.

I have joined up with Kerry at Ramblings of a Biscornu Addict blog, for her Theme-tas-stitch SAL. Each month has its own theme and we post our progress on the 21st of each month.

February's theme is...Focus Finish February.  Is there a WIP in your stash that you would love to get finished - then focus on a finish in February!

Well I had a project all picked out but throughout January I have been working on and off on Frosty Forest by Country Cottage Needleworks and have decided to stick with it in the hope of finishing it in February.  This was a monthly release back in 2014 and I eagerly signed up for the autoship but fell way behind. I completed three blocks in January so now it looks like this...


I wonder whether I will manage to finish it by the end of February?

Thanks for reading so far, happy stitching!

Justine
Sunday, 15 January 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness January 2017

Hello everyone

Can you believe it's already time for the first Gifted Gorgeousness post of 2017?  The year is flying by already.

If you don't know about Gifted Gorgeousness please click here to go to Jo's blog and read all about it.  The idea is that participants show off anything and everything to do with gifting!


I have three projects that qualify to show you today.  The first was a gift I received almost a year ago from my birthday twin, Maggee. We discovered that we shared a birthday and exchanged gifts last year. I'm sorry it has taken me so long to start this Maggee but I really love it! I am going to stitch this one in the parlour on a Wednesday with the girls over at Needlecraft Haven.

A Stitcher's Blessing by Erica Michaels
Stitched on 32 count Wolf evenweave by Sew it All
with WDW Eggplant
Started 11 January 2017

Next up is a project you may already have seen on my friend Ingrid's blog here.  This was a gift from Rachel last year and when I saw Ingrid's finish at the start of the month I had to shamelessly copy it, down to the fabric choice! I hope you don't mind Ingrid but they do say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!

January Fairy by Lili of the Valley
Stitched on 16 count Fairy Dust Cloud Blue aida from Sew it All
Started 3 January 2017, finished 6 January 2017

And finally here's my progress on the huge Santa's Midnight Ride which was a Christmas gift from my husband and sons. I've made a start on Santa's face and beard in the centre.

Santa's Midnight Ride by Dimensions
Stitched on 18 count dark blue aida with included threads
Started 27 December 2016

Here's a reminder of how it will look when finished...


If you hop over to Jo's blog you can see links to all the Gifted Gorgeousness stitchers this month!

See you soon

Justine