Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Oldest UFO Monthly Update

Here is my monthly update for Evalina's Oldest UFO Challenge.

This is a before photo:

This is what it look's like now:

And here is a couple of close ups:

I put the rest of the feathers in and backstitched the dream catcher.

The top block of stitching is completed.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Weekly Update

First off HAED Spirit Storykeep. There is now 7200 stitches done.

A few nights ago, my 14 year old twin boys took an interest in my stitching and both asked if I would stitch something for each of them for their bedroom.

Joshua chose this from my stash:

This is what I have done on it so far:


I just love the bright colours. I have been looking for an excuse to stitch this one for a long time. It has a lot of beads, blending and metallics.

Ashley chose this one:

I have not started it yet as I need to get the blue aida for it.

Monday, February 27, 2012

February Tusal

It is a few days late but I have just signed up for it.

It is looking quite full now. I had trouble trying to get a close up as the flash was reflecting on the glass.

Here is a link for the TUSAL (Totaly Useless SAL) for anyone wishing to sign up.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Weekly Update

I am a few days late updating as I normally do it on a Monday or Tuesday.
First up is Midnight Enchanter:

I did some back stitching around the head and cape area, the mauve metallic up top, which there is still a lot to do and some stitching down the left hand side.

Prairie Schooler Summer Sampler is coming along nicely. I have run out of thread for two of the colours and need to get into town to get some more so I shall be putting this on hold for a few days.

I have also stitched on both HAEDs but will update them when it looks like something has been done on them lol.

Last Sunday was  the Old Town Preservation Parade in conjunction with the Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras (sp).
Section 5 Drummers were asked to lead the parade.

I'm on the left with the red wig and top hat.

Colin, my partner, and me. Yes I know, smoking and all. Colin gave up and now I am going to attempt it too when my current bacca has run out.
I do not smoke in the house but in the back garden. Haven't been smoking too long, gave up years ago and restarted last year. I have children and grand children to consider hence a smoke free home.

Yiotas XStitch

I was contacted by Yiota who produces cross stitch kits and she very kindly offered to send me a free cross stitch kit of my choice, if I was to do an honest review for her. I was very flattered and said I would love to do this.
I picked out 'Nymph in Woods', and true to her word, Yiota sent me out the linen version of the kit.

The kit turned up in an envelope with a cardboard back so the kit did not get bent whilst being handled by the Post Office. This was a nice touch as many places send charts out in ordinary envelopes which can end up being delivered in a bad state.

Here is a picture of the kit as taken from the envelope. Nicely packaged in a cellophane bag.

Picture of the back.

The chart came in two pieces of A3 quality paper with easy to read symbols. Full instructions are given which are easy to read and very descriptive including for a novice stitcher. All stitches are whole stitches and no fractional.

The linen is a nice quality one and very generous. The design area is 8.3 inches by 11.8 inches and the linen measured 19 by 17 inches, so more than plenty  for framing. A needle is also included.

The threads are already wound on quality stiff card bobbins and numbered so that's more time for stitching as no thread sorting! The thread supplied is Madeira but the chart also shows DMC numbers in brackets for anyone wishing to substitute their own DMC threads. Also all designs are available as chart only.

Full contents view.

So would I recommend these cross stitch kits
100% yes! I think it is very refreshing to receive a kit where everything is presented with the cross stitcher in mind. When I purchase a kit, I just want to stitch on it, not have to spend ages sorting threads etc so to have a kit where you can just sit down, open it and start stitching is fabulous!

Yiotas Cross Stitch is based in the UK and is a small family business and they ship internationally. The site also includes a Freebie Page with some really nice designs on it.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Halloween Fairy Finished!

Woohoo, Halloween Fairy by Miribilia is finished! That is why I am a day late with my updates as I wanted to get it finished.

A close up of some of the beads.

I love the way it turned out and am pleased that I swapped out the original fabric. That now makes two WIP's finished this year. I am not going to start anything new yet as still want to get two more WIP's finished before I do and one of them includes Midnight Enchanter.

I also worked on Summer Sampler by Prairie Schooler:

This picture is much better than my last one I took of it as it shows the pretty colour of the fabric. I am nearly half way done with it now.

Over the weekend, Colin's mum and dad came down for the weekend. Linda brought her stitching with her and it was really nice to stitch together for a few hours.

I screwed my face up as I looked at Colin taking the picture lol.
My Pansy Angel is in a silver frame but it looks white where the flash light caught on the frame.

Monday, February 06, 2012

Monday Update

The First part of last week, I worked on my Friendship Tea Sampler:

I finished up at a nice area to leave it for a while.

Last Friday I started Summer Sampler by Prairie Schooler. Lynette, from a Yahoo group I belong to, loaned me the chart seeing I had done the Autumn one back in 2010. Thank you so much Lynette!

This is what I have managed to do on it so far. The picture does not do justice to the fabric which is a minty green colour. I didn't have any 32ct white so substituted this one from Polstitches.

I also did 300 stitches on my HAED Spirit Storykeep and also stitched on my UFO for Evalina's oldest UFO Challenge.