Monday, 30 July 2018

A big finish

I've neglected my blog again but it's because I have been busy stitching!

In September of this year my Mum turns 70.  My parents have several of my earlier framed finishes on their walls but I haven't stitched anything for them for a while, since my Dad's 70th birthday 4 years ago in fact.  I asked Mum if she would like a stitched piece and she asked for a Lowry.  She left the choice up to me as she still wanted a "surprise". 

So here's my big finish!


Market Scene - Northern Town
by Bothy Threads




I'm so proud of it. I started off quite slowly and ended up having to stitch it virtually every spare minute.  Though I thoroughly enjoyed it, it became hard work at the end.  A valuable lesson to start in plenty of time! It's now at the framers, due back at the end of August so just in time for the big birthday.

I also have a couple of little finishes which I haven't shown here yet.


Bee Happy by Stitcher's Anon
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue aida from Sew it All
using recommended DMC threads

I stitched this one as part of a SAL in the Facebook group All Things Stitcher's Anon, to show Gaynor we are thinking of her while she is in hospital.

I also finished up my last of these Lizzie*Kate monthlies which were kindly given to me by Julie of Julie's Stitchyknitter Journal.


It was quite funny to stitch November in July!

Since I finished the Lowry I have been at a bit of a loss with my stitching, so I'm sure there will be a few new starts to get me back into the swing of things again. Or maybe I will become a One at a Time stitcher like I used to be before I discovered blogging? Time will tell.

One more thing - if you haven't already please check out the Mii to You blog which belongs to my friend Ingrid (who used to blog as Mii Stitch).  She is making the most adorable ornaments and sending them out as RAK gifts to her followers!

Hope you are all having a lovely summer wherever you are!

Justine
Saturday, 26 May 2018

What to do when your favourite designer retires

Hello and welcome to my blog!

It is a few months since I posted an update here.  I have seen quite a few regular bloggers decide to give up or have a break and I have been thinking the same thing myself, but I've quite missed blogging!  So here goes another try.

I am still stitching almost every day.  I have a project with a deadline which is for my Mum's upcoming 70th birthday in September.  She asked me to stitch her a Lowry design but she doesn't know which one I chose.

Here is where it was last time you saw it back on 1 March 2018...


and here is where I'm up to now on it...



This is a reminder of how the finished piece will look...

Photo borrowed from Bothy Threads website

I think I'm just about on target to finish by the end of July which is when I will need to take it for framing.  The pink mill and the roofs of the market stalls are almost done and that's the bulk of the full coverage.  Then onto the fun part - the people!

I've had quite a few small finishes as well but as usual they are not fully finished into anything yet.


Seasons - Spring by Lizzie Kate



A Little Stitch by Lizzie Kate



A Little Coffee by Lizzie Kate



Chick Party (small ornament) by Lizzie Kate


Bird in Hand - Spring by Heart in Hand Needleart


Can you tell I went a bit crazy when I found out Lizzie Kate was retiring?! I think I bought enough charts to last me a lifetime!

Hope to be back soon with some more stitching.

Until next time

Justine


Thursday, 1 March 2018

I'm back!

Hello!

Well it has been a long time since my last post, over 3 months.  I didn't intend to be away from blogging for so long but I have been working on some rather large projects so there isn't as much progress to show regularly.

I've been working on my Heaven and Earth Design chart, Alice in Clockwork by Jasmine Beckett Griffith.  I started her in September last year, and here's where she's up to now...


I started this beauty, Amara and the Book also by Jasmine Beckett Griffith, on 16 February 2018.

[Picture borrowed from HAED website]

I haven't stitched very much of her but I love the colours.  Here's my progress (still on the Qsnaps):



And I also started this Bothy Threads kit as a gift for my Mum who is going to be 70 in September this year.  She is a huge fan of Lowry and asked me to stitch one for her birthday, but she asked me to choose the design and keep it a surprise.  I chose Market Scene-Northern Town.  This is how it will look when finished.

[Picture borrowed from Bothy Threads website]

What I love about it is even though I've only stitched part of the roof, it's recognisable as a Lowry because of the colours used.  Apparently he only used a very limited colour palette, mixing the colours with black and white to achieve the different shades used.  Here's my progress to date.


It's  nice to finally update my blog, I'll try not to leave it too long next time.

Justine