Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 25

Welcome back for part 25 of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! This week the start of the second half has arrived! Not everyone will be at this place - I know I'm not hehe. I'm still several weeks behind and have only done a few stitches this week but at least I have done some stitches - that's more than I've done in the last couple of weeks. That's life for you! Sometimes you are just too busy and tired to stitch.

Saturday, 16 June 2018

A slightly late Friday Freebie: Ornament of the Month - June

Welcome back for the sixth Ornament of the Month! This month it's a little late - sorry about that! I was in the middle of party prep for oldest's birthday sleepover and completely forgot to post it - and was too tired after. Working on the basis of better late than never I decided to post it now (even if it's also a lot later in the day - or night - than it usually is).

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 24

Welcome back for part 24 of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! We are now half way with the patterns! We are however NOT half way with the stitch count! I hear a collective gasp of horror as you imagine there is more to go, but this is where I have good news: we are over half way with stitching (well at least those of you who have stitched all the parts so far)

Saturday, 9 June 2018

Friday Freebie: Fob a Month - May and June!

Welcome to another edition of the Fob a Month for 2018! As life happened a bit too much I didn't get round to doing last month's so I'm making a post with both patterns this month so I don't end up getting too far behind with this.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 23

Welcome back for part 23 of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! I hope all is going well with you all! The social media users may have noticed that I've been quiet again this week - life has been pretty hectic and I've had little energy to do much of anything - even the daily chores have been too much some days - I even got muddled with my days so it's good my fiancé reminded me it was Tuesday or even this post would have gone the way of the other posts I need to catch up on!

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 22

Welcome back for part 22 of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! I hope you are all having a great week and that the Americans enjoyed Memorial Day Weekend. Even more of the beast shows this week - not the legs yet (they won't be in view until part 24 and 25) but the top of the main part of the body has come into view now!

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 21

Welcome back for part 21 of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! This week brings you more of the beast of this band - this week I coloured the different parts of the "key" to help you see things more easily.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 20

Welcome back for part 20 of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! I'm afraid it's a bit late (and the Friday Freebie even later) as I've not been well. No photo of progress from me - there just isn't enough to show.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 19

Welcome back for part 19 of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! Its new band week again! This time the challenge starts of picking what to use where when all you have to work on is my pointers as to what is what.

Friday, 4 May 2018

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 18

Welcome back for part 18 of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! Its new band week and this week you get it all in one go! The band is 12 stitches high and a bit more work than usual but it's fun to stitch!

Friday, 27 April 2018

Friday Freebie: Weavers Border Variations

Having seen the title many of you will be wondering why I'm showing a picture of my Randje per Week... well that's because the source of the pattern is stitched on it. That of course still doesn't help at all so I'll point it out to you: it's the teal and brown border in the middle of the photo. The border pattern is one of the weavers draft patterns found on the Antique Pattern Library and I liked it so much I used it on my Randje per Week.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 17

Welcome back for part 17 of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! This week there are only a few stitches left to complete the stags but 302 to do the little border between this and the next band. As it's the end of a band and I prefer not to give a single row of the next band in a pattern you have a row less of stitching this week - which is good considering this week's pattern has 486 stitches.

Friday, 20 April 2018

Friday Freebie: Summer Sun

Happy Friday! If you are in northern Europe you may have thought that summer has arrived already as it's quite hot at the moment (but due to cool down next week), though I know that many of you are either heading towards Winter or are having issues getting rid of Winter as it's overstayed it's welcome.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 16

Welcome back for part 16 of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! After last week's high coverage section of pattern this week it's a little less! With "just" 495 stitches compared to the 791 of last week it will be a little easier to stitch it before the week is up, if you are so inclined that is! As I want to have mine stitched up before I release the pattern I generally am up to date, though as you may have seen last week I wasn't. This week I have worked very hard to catch up and do both last week's band and this week's. Did I succeed? Well... you will have to read on for that answer!

Friday, 13 April 2018

Friday Freebie: Fob a Month - April

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Fob a Month for 2018! This month the pattern was inspired by tulips... and not just any tulips but black tulips! It's always been a source of amusement to me that what people call black tulips are generally (but not always) more like really dark purple or red tulips called black tulips as they are the holy grail of tulip colour, so I chose really dark purples and reds to create my pattern.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 15

Welcome back for part 15 of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! I've seen some people apologise for being "behind" on the SAL - please don't be! Everyone has different amounts of time available for stitching, so if you have a busy job or juggle a job with kids, or a family member to look after, or you are disabled or whatever, and use this as your therapy just enjoy the moments when you can stitch! I know some people collect the patterns so they can do four or so at a time! The patterns will remain free on my blog so you can just work at your own speed and enjoy the journey!

Friday, 6 April 2018

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 14

Welcome back for the 14th part of the Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL! This week we start the body of the stags and get to add a bit more to the unusual plant they are so clearly enjoying!

Monday, 2 April 2018

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: The Back

Welcome to the very final part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL - the back! I hope you all enjoyed stitching this SAL and like the end result. The pattern comes with an alphabet so you can add what you like to the back if you don't like the suggested text. I had a great time hosting this and have loved seeing all your pictures come by!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 15

Welcome to the fifteenth and last part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! Or is it.....? Well... If you are stitching the back it's not and if you aren't it is! This part comes with a load of half cross stitches (and a few next to each other that could be referred to as back stitches) and with a load I mean 100 - which sounds like a lot but in fact they go really quickly as you don't need to count to stitch them! You can however see why I saved this bit for last!

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 14

Welcome to the fourteenth part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! We are nearing the end though I bet you don't think much more can be added... if anything! Well... you are about to find out what else I have in store for you! I'll give you a hint: MORE green!

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 13

Welcome to the thirteenth part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! More of the yellow! Will the yellow never end?

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 12

Welcome to the twelfth part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! This time it's another small part - I saved most of the smaller parts for the later part of the SAL so that you wouldn't need as much time on Sunday to stitch them all. Just one colour too!

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 11

Welcome to the eleventh part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! Hopefully you are all more or less keeping up with things, especially after a few low stitch count parts! We are going to use another colour for this part, there are more stitches than in the last three parts but there is no counting required!

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 10

Welcome to the tenth part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! At the end of this part you will be 2/3 of the way with the SAL - just five parts left! This part is a two colour part again, but still not very many stitches!

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 9

Welcome to the ninth part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! This part is, like part eight, also a low count part - so your breather has been extended! More yellow too!

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 8

Welcome to the eighth part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! This is the half way point of the SAL! I hope you are enjoying it and like how it's slowly coming together. This time as promised there are a lot less stitches. I hope you enjoy the breather!

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 7

Welcome to the seventh part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! This part brings you three colours of stitching and the most stitches of this SAL but I'm sure you can make it and the next two parts have the least stitches of this SAL to compensate. The plus point is that some parts require no counting at all but just filling in.

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 6

Welcome to the sixth part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! Time for some more green! Hey at least you are getting the occasional other colour between all the green this time, unlike with the NYE SAL!

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 5

Welcome to the fifth part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! This time we will be using two colours! You will need to look carefully for some of the stitches but I'm sure you will find them! The good news is that this time there are not so many stitches.

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 4

Welcome to the fourth part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! I hope you are having fun stitching with green as this part is MORE green! On the plus side it's now the *other* green so you will at least see the change more easily!

Friday, 30 March 2018

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 3

Welcome to the third part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! Hopefully those of you who woke up to finding part one waiting were able to catch up with those who were already awake! In the first few parts you will see the numbers are going up a little, but I have included some parts with less than 50 stitches. Except for the very last part there is never more than 90 stitches and the highest number is only once and is followed by two lots of low numbers to let you catch up.

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 2

Welcome to the second part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! If all is well you have stitched the first part too now, and perhaps even the pre-stitches if you decided to wait or found the SAL a bit later than many.

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Part 1

Welcome to the first part of the Spring Magical Mystery SAL! If all is well you have stitched the two pre-stitch parts - or chosen not to so as to keep the mystery a bit longer. If you are just finding this then you need to check out the links in the left-hand sidebar to know what materials you need and get the pre-stitch parts as all else is worked off what you stitch there.

Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 13

Welcome back! This is the 13th part of the pattern and that means we are 1/4 of the way into the year already! As not everyone is a member of the fb group and within the group not everyone saw the message I'm going to say it here too: Last week it was pointed out to me by an eagle eyed group member that I had forgotten to add part of the tops of the plants - I have since fixed the pattern and you can grab it from the bottom of the page here. The addition is of course optional - if you like it add it - it's only 30 stitches total - if you don't then leave it as is.

Friday, 23 March 2018

Friday Freebie: Easter Egg

Happy Friday! This week I thought I'd make a little Easter egg that can be stitched up as a last minute ornament or card. It can be stitched in two ways even so even if you don't celebrate Easter but want to have some Spring in your house or send a happy card to someone then this pattern will work for that too!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 12

Welcome to the start of the third band! I know quite a few of you are keen to start stitching the stags that are in this band and luckily for you we get the fun of starting with the antlers! You will need to count carefully to get to where you need to be but it's worth it!

Sunday, 18 March 2018

March TUSAL

Not sure what a TUSAL is? Click the picture!

I feel like I'm about to go to some sort of addiction meeting...

Hi! It's been 3 months since my last TUSAL post...

Great start isn't it! I've been stitching so much I've not really had time for extra posts - even the WIP Wednesday posts have suffered the results of my stitch-a-thon!

Friday, 16 March 2018

Friday Freebie: Needle Keeper

We all use needles and need a way to store them - I have both a needle book and pincushions. Over the years have discovered I am a pincushion parker when it comes to needles. The problem with this, of course, is that as I use many sizes of needles they all get mixed up together - a royal pain when you need a specific size for something.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Pre-stitch 2

Welcome back! Hopefully everyone had time to stitch the first part before today! I saw lots of wonderful versions all over social media so I think many of you have! If you missed the other posts about this SAL please look here first: The Next Mystery SAL: The Spring Mystery

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 11

Welcome back! This week its time for the second part of band 2! I know some of you have been impatient to do it as yet again I have seen photos of the completed second band before I have posted this part *sigh*. I even didn't post any of my WIP pictures to see if it would help... but alas it did not. If things don't improve by the end of the third band I may have to be a bit more drastic about things - but hopefully the crappy size of the image I made last week will help. Onward to happier things!

Friday, 9 March 2018

Friday Freebie: Fob a Month - March

Welcome to the third instalment of the Fob a Month for this year. The theme of the year has become flowers - though it wasn't an intentional thing when I started this at the beginning of the year, I'm quite happy to have decided to go this route. This month's flower inspiration is the hyacinth - I have blue grape hyacinths growing in my garden and they are so very pretty. I love the normal ones too, but I can't grow them as they set off my allergies a lot more.

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 10

At last it's time for the second band! This is a very short band - just two weeks so you will also get a preview of the next band this week! Remember: don't post pics ahead of what you have been given as a PATTERN. Also... did you see the blog post I made on Sunday with other people's embroideries? If not check it out!

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Other People's Embroideries

I asked in the Facebook group if anyone would mind if I shared their photos in a post so everyone could admire their work and perhaps get some inspiration for their own versions. I got a LOT of positive responses so here are a few of them - I'll be making other posts with more photos of people's work soon. I picked the names randomly from the post, just to keep things fair.

Friday, 2 March 2018

Friday Freebie: Ornament of the Month - March

Welcome back for the third Ornament of the Month! When you have finished this one you will be 1/4 of the way! This month we are moving on to a new colour: dark blue. I chose my favourite darker blue for this: DMC 820

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Spring Magical Mystery SAL: Pre-stitch 1

A new SAL and a new banner - of course I couldn't use the current mystery as that would be a spoiler hehe. Welcome to the first pre-stitch for the Spring Mystery! Hopefully you have all picked 6 colours already and remembered to mark them A - F according to the list given in the first post: The Next Mystery SAL: The Spring Mystery. If not, now would be a good time to do so as the patterns are probably not in the colours you picked so it will be easier to remember what is what by the time the mystery proper starts.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Weavers Tapestry Band Sampler SAL: Part 9

Welcome to the last part of the first band! I'm sorry this post is late - life happened as they say and things did not go to plan. At last you get to finish those toes and make the boundary between this band and the next! I have an important announcement added to this post so please don't skim but read it all carefully!

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Introducing: Viking Dragon

Those of you who watch my social media accounts will have seen this photo, me referring to "Viking Dragon" and may be wondering what it's all about. Well... it all started with the latest Stitching Pirates contest: Any One Colour Contest. I like this kind of contest as it challenges me to think about what I want to do - I don't always manage to meet the deadline, which is a shame, but it doesn't upset me as I will have had fun with the doing already.

Friday, 23 February 2018

Friday Freebie: Beer Money Inc.

It's not often that I make fan art based on a game, especially not one that is so newly released as the game released by Tiny Rebel Brewery but this game is so incredibly fun I just had to! The game is called Beer Money Inc. and you can read all about it here.