Saturday, 4 June 2016

The Patchwork Sampler - Part 3

It's been a while, mostly because my health has not been too brilliant lately and I've not had much energy left to do fun things like write blogs, I have however managed to do some more stitching and today I'll show you the progress of my Patchwork Sampler.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

The Patchwork Sampler Project - Part 2

This little thing is a mere 29 x 17 stitches and says "I aten't dead" which my spell checker firmly says is spelled incorrectly. Which is correct but then Granny Weatherwax isn't the best of writers and doesn't know much about correct spelling - the message was an important one as she often went borrowing (putting her "self" into animals and borrowing their bodies) and she didn't want to be mistaken as dead. Those of you who have not read any of Terry Pratchet's Discworld books, and the witch ones in particular are probably a bit confused and all I can say is go forth and read them! I use them as a cure for feeling down in the dumps and I am certain they have saved me from more than one depression as it's hard for feeling down in the dumps to progress to depression when you are laughing so much you cry.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The Patchwork Sampler Project - Intro and first part.

Over on deviantArt #StitchingPirates is having another competition, this time the theme is "sampler". Although I already have a band sampler going I want to make something just for the competition. I have decided to dig into my bag of scrap bits and see what I can make with them. I am going to keep to a seam allowance of 3 stitches (so 3 squares of Aida or 6 threads of evenweave) and backstitch a line which will later be used to whip stitch the sections together. The line will also help me see where I need to stop stitching the patterns used on each bit.

Saturday, 9 April 2016


Earlier this year Carla sent me a lovely box with a whole load of lovely things in it, one of them was a Mill Hill kit for Frosty Snowman (Buttons & Beads Winter series - MH14-0304), He's such a character that I couldn't wait to start him and I had a lot of fun stitching him too.

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Easter Eggs 3 & 4

As you may have read in my previous post I'm on an Easter egg ornament stitching binge while stitching up the 6 Easter egg patterns NevaSirenda has made available using her Ukrainian heritage as inspiration. The egg above is the third egg and second largest of them all which I finished into a 3 5/8" x 2 1/4" egg. It was the most complicated of the eggs due to the many colour changes so it's taken me the longest of all of them to stitch. I used yellow silver lined seed beads to stitch it together.

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Easter Ornament #2 & more

I had so much fun stitching up NevaSirenda's first ornament that I continued on to make her second one, the 2012 ornament. As you can see this too is designed with her Ukrainian heritage in mind and it's just as lovely as the first! They are so nice and fast to stitch up, it takes me longer to finish them as an ornament than it does to stitch as the finishing is not my favourite bit.

Monday, 28 March 2016

Happy Easter!

Easter is one of those times of year that deserves it's own ornaments but somehow I get round to doing that even less than I did with Christmas ornaments before last year's ornament of the month project. Yesterday I decided this had to change and chose to do one of the Easter patterns NevaSirenda on deviantArt has created for Easter using her own Ukrainian heritage as the inspiration for the patterns and colours for them. She makes one every year and every year I told myself "I must make this" and then not get round to it. Now I have!

Monday, 14 March 2016

So much to catch up on!

Last month I had high hopes of getting all caught up with things I wanted to post and then some... and then I got floored by the flu ugh...  there went my plans.

So... back to *trying* to catch up on what I haven't posted yet, and posting the things I made after my last post here. One day I may even succeed hehe.

Monday, 15 February 2016

Hello Monday!

It's not often that Monday brings good things, it brings the end of the weekend for most people, which means getting up at ugh o'clock if you are not fortunate enough to be an early bird, so I thought I'd brighten up the start of the week with something nice to embroider - not cross stitch this time but blackwork, using a traditional pattern worked in 3 bright greens which will brighten anyone's day!

Sunday, 14 February 2016

A quick little something for the weekend

People who know me know I'm a bit of a fan of Pinky's work, even though I don't like stitching people, I do love the things she makes, and I admire them from afar. Last time she brought out a series of princesses I made some scissor fobs with the colours and this time I will probably do the same for all 3. I am however starting with just the 1 now - Princess Mulan - which Pinky made using original artwork by Hannah Alexander, you can find the pattern here: Pinky the pink's Etsy
Please note that as the patterns are limited to just 50 of each so you may find that the pattern is sold out.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

WIP Wednesday

I thought I'd use today to give a bit of an update as to what I'm actually working on, and also share a few recent finishes.

First of all I'll start with the photo at the top, it's Theresa Wentzler's Castle Ridge that I started last year on January 1st at the stroke of midnight. The last time you saw it it looked like this:
I picked it up again on Sunday and as you can see I have made quite a bit of progress since then - when I;ve finished the bit I'm working on now I'll have done ~1000 additional stitches. What I had done before was roughly 800 stitches. I plan on working on this till Saturday when I will pick up the next project, probably Mike's Mushrooms, but I'll update about that at a later date.

Before I picked this up on Sunday I spent around a week working on another project The "a border a week" better known in The Netherlands as "randje per week" I was planning on keeping up as best as I could but it wasn't to be, so many other projects pushed this out of the way. The last photo I have of this that was posted on the WIP page of the blog is this one: 
Made some time in the spring. I worked on and off on it in between other stuff when I needed something simple to work on. It now looks like this after last week's work on it:
The different motifs were ones I added myself, the butterfly and ravens are both from old magazine cuttings I have that were originally in other colours, the lizard I found on this site: (linked to the page with the pattern) I'm not certain which language this is but the language of cross stitch is universal and I'm sure you will enjoy the patterns this designer offers too!

Another thing I have been working on recently is crochet. I am currently working on a purple and black hooded cowl for my oldest son. It doesn't look like much yet, but I'm only on the 4th round so that's to be expected.
I'm using Stylecraft DK special, the shade you see here is 1425, Emperor although it's a bit richer/darker in person. Purple is such a difficult colour to photograph. I'll be adding some details with the black I have of the same make and ending up with some rows of black too. It was mean and decided to be an infinity cowl, which I tried very hard to avoid, but somehow managed anyway. it has made the adding of the desired pattern more difficult but I'll muddle my way through. I started with a chain of 300 so it's pretty big.

Time for a couple of recent finishes!

First of all is the pesky backstitching issue I had with the spray of Jasmine when I used the colours in the pattern they just didn't show up at all, probably because I chose a green linen and not the asked for white Aida.
Ripping it out was so difficult it ended up in the drawer of doom and sat there till I unearthed it last weekend. I decided on the colours to use and I'm ok with the result but even now it's not as obvious as I'd have wanted, however I still dislike this piece as much as I did last time I worked on it, so disappointing. Interestingly enough the linen looks almost grey in this picture, which it definitively isn't in reality as it's a lovely pale green. This will now be moved to my completed list.

Then there is the ornament pattern I wanted to do for the Halloween SAL with Leonore and the gang, which didn't really go as well as planned due to the enormous amount of other things that needed to be stitched. When you last saw it it looked like this:
Some time in January I finally completed the last stitches, I'm not yet sure how i want to finish this so I'm leaving it as is for now.
Because I didn't want a stripy effect from the threads I'd worked the cross stitch area's in a circle instead of rows. I'm quite happy with the way this turned out.

That's all for now - see you next time!

Sunday, 7 February 2016

It's been a while

A long, long while. December was crazy busy and January somehow became the month of recovery. I don't talk about it much but my health isn't too brilliant so after crazy busy times I need recovery time and this time it took a whole month.

During the month I had time to reflect, as one does in January, on what I'd been up to last year and what I want to do this year. One thing I realised is that back to back stitching deadlines are not for me. Yes it's fun making something new every 2 weeks - the ornaments of the month that I posted on the Nerd Central Command International website and the fob a month I posted here but then stopped doing due to lack of time and energy, though I did plan on continuing with them it somehow didn't happen 3 months in a row. I'm going to continue giving free patterns here, but not on a schedule. This will give me more time to make things I want to make and not have to worry about specific things that people are expecting me to make.

One thing I have been playing with as a plan is making 3-D ornaments and this I really want to do as I think it will be fun. So look out for them, and the free patterns, during the coming year.

The other things I want to work on this year are my WIPS, With all the deadlines last year they got left by the wayside and some are in danger of becoming UFOs *yikes*

I will continue joining in with competitions that are hosted on the deviantart group #stitchingpirates. The current one is called Gamers Delight and I have a nice plan for my entry, which will be a creature from the Doctor Who: Legacy game I enjoy so much, but don't play as much as I'd like as I can't stitch and play at the same time. I hope to post almost daily updates on this project once I start it.

I will be blogging about how to make an almost T.A.R.D.I.S. like bag, a bag that can hold so much more then it looks like it should be able to carry, which the Harry Potter fans might see as a bag with an Undetectable Extension Charm, much like Hermiome Granger's beaded bag, but not as big on the inside. The important bit about this bag is that it meets RyanAir's rules about the second bit of hand luggage so it can carry extra stuff when travelling. This will be the first thing I blog about as I do have  deadline for it - in less than 2 weeks from today it has to be ready for the recipient to collect it.

After the wall of text it's high time I gave you something nice to look at so here are some pictures of things I finished but have not yet blogged about.

Ornament of the Month - October
Ornament of the Month November
Ornament of the Month - November

The last 3 are all Ornaments of the Month for December.

This was going to be the Fob a Month pattern for November but alas it was not posted in time for that, however I will give the pattern soon.

I don't think  I ever got round to posting this either but.. not only did I complete this but I also won first prize for finishing this first in the speed stitching contest!

I have a few more things to post but they are still on the way to the intended recipient and as they are a surprise and I know at least one of them reads this blog I'm going to wait till after they arrive to share them.

That's all for now.. I'll be back soon with the start of the bag project!