Friday, 24 March 2017

Stitcher's Day Exchange

I said that I would share with you the beautiful gifts I received from Meg (no blog, I think), my partner for the Stitcher's Day exchange over at the Friendly Stitchers Forum. Here they are!

Stitcher's Day Exchange- Friendly Stitchers
Gifts received from Meg
Meg's stitching and finishing are beautiful. The biscornu and scissor fob are so delicate looking. The scissors that came with the fob are really sharp (or maybe mine had got a little blunt and I hadn't noticed). Meg also had the great idea of including some DMC threads that we use regularly such as 310 and B5200. I admit that black (DMC 310) is one thread that I always seem to run out of and yet I would say that it isn't a thread that I use as often as some others.

Here is the front of the small stitching bag/ envelope that I sent Meg. I wrote about this in last post which you can find here. I also included some French stitching items of Bohin needles and dyed thread from Fils à Soso and Atalie.

Friends - Cosmic handmade
Fabric - 28ct evenweave white
Threads: Recommended DMC threads

I enjoy taking part in exchanges as I love stitching with a recipient in mind. At the same time, there is something pleasurable about searching for the 'right' chart and thinking about the finish that I enjoy. 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - March

Gifted Gorgeousness is created by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. Each month on (around) the 15th, we post about a project that we are stitching which uses anything that has been gifted to us or which we intend to give as a gift. If you click here, this will take you to Jo's blog and the links to the other stitchers who are taking part.

2017 GG

This month I have one finish and one almost finished project. I'll start with Halloweenies. I thought this was going to be a finish for this month's Gifted Gorgeousness. As I started stitching the final letter on Tuesday night, I had already begun to think about how I would finish this as a pillow. Then I spotted it! An error - I worked back on each of the 11 letters I had completed to discover I had made my mistake on H, the first letter. I had started it four threads too far to the left. How I didn't spot this sooner I don't know, for once I saw it, it was glaringly obvious.
As you can see from the photo below, I have yet to restart the lettering. I will ... this weekend ... .

Halloweenies - Plum Street Sampler
Fabric: Lakeside Linens 32ct Vintage Sand Dune
Threads: recommended  Gentle Art Sampler threads and Crescent Colour

But on to more successful stitching. I finished and posted this small project bag/envelope to my Friendly Stitcher's partner, Meg, for Stitcher's day. I will share what I received from Meg in a separate post.

With a little adaptation, I followed the instructions on Vonna Pfeiffer's YouTube tutorial and I was pleased with how it came out.

This is a free design from Cosmic Handmade which can be found here with some other free designs that she has placed online.

Friends - Cosmic Handmade
Fabric - 28ct evenweave white
Threads - Recommended DMC threads
Small pocket added to interior of bag
Back of project bag
Of course, making this bag wasn't all plain sailing. I was determined to add an interior pocket to hold scissors and a packet of needles. However, I forgot about it until I had sewed the sides. I didn't want to undo the side seams of the bag so I hand-stitched the pocket in. Moral of the story - remember to stitch the interior pocket in before stitching the sides!

On that thought, I will leave you for today. Have a good weekend and for those celebrating St. Patrick's day, have a good day.

Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Patchwork de Chouettes Part 3

This is a short update on my stitching. I'm still working on Patchwork de Chouettes even though I've fallen behind in this SAL. It is now on Part 5 but I will soon catch-up as I've already started Part 4 since taking this photograph. This is a colourful design which I am enjoying stitching.

Patchwork de Chouettes - Jardin Privé
Fabric: 32ct Light Mocha Belfast linen
Threads: recommended DMC threads

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness - February

It's only the second month in and already I'm late!

I'm making slow progress on 'Halloweenies', even though I love this design. It doesn't help when I discover that I've made the water hydrant too tall and have to restitch it most of it as well as the patchwork stars above it! I really like this Lakeside linen fabric that I'm using. There will be a small piece of this fabric left when I finish stitching this, so it will be fun deciding how I will use it.
Halloweenies - Plum Street Sampler
Fabric: Lakeside Linens 32ct Vintage Sand Dune
Threads: recommended  Gentle Art Sampler threads and Crescent Colour

You will have seen this gift I received in my previous post but as this is all about gifted gorgeousness, here again is the gift that I received from Clare (Aimetu) in our Needlecraft Haven Valentine exchange. The chocolates are long gone. I already have a design in mind for using the threads that Clare sent.
Needlecraft Haven Valentine Exchange, 2017
Received from Clare

I'm also working on two other gifts for exchanges which I'm unable to share just now. However, I should be able to reveal one of them next month.

Until the next blog post, happy stitching.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Valentine Exchange

At Needlecraft Haven this year we had a non-stitching Valentine exchange. You sent your partner a pair of socks with some matching skeins of thread and a card of course, to say who the gifts were from.
My Valentine partner was Clare, who also sent me some chocolates and her card was hand stitched. Thank you Clare. I love these.

Needlecraft Haven Valentine exchange from Clare

Unfortunately, I forgot to take a photo of what I sent to my exchange partner, Justine (no blog). The socks I sent were black with pink hearts so the threads I sent were pink and black.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop

This year I'm taking part in Jo's Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop. This pretty cushion was stitched by my blog hop partner. I'm waiting on them to leave a comment so that I can find out who they are.

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop
The idea behind the blog hop is that each participating stitcher sends a photo of a Valentine themed stitched item to Jo. She redistributes the photos so that we each get one and then we go blog hopping to see who has received ours. When we find our photo, we leave a comment to identify ourselves.

If you pop along to Jo's blog, Serendipitous Stitching, you'll find the links to all the bloggers taking part in this year's Valentine blog hop. Thank you, Jo, for organising this.

Now it's time for me to find out who received my photo. Until next time, Happy Valentine's Day.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Patchwork de Chouettes, Part 2 and the Ten-a-day SAL

Here's a short update on my recent stitching.
I'm alittle behind on the Jardin Privé Patchwork de Chouettes SAL but I've now completed the second part.

Patchwork de Chouettes - Jardin Privé
Fabric: 32ct Light Mocha Belfast linen
Threads: recommended DMC threads

My Just Nan ten stitches a day project is slowing progressing. Here is it after 42 days.

Mermaid Heart - Just Nan
Fabric: 32ct Rue Green Belfast linen
Threads: Recommended Au Ver a Soie