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

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!