Friday, 30 April 2010

Progress at last

Having been in a stitching slump for the last few weeks things appear to have turned a corner!

This week I achieved my goal of completing the bottom two corners that make up part 6of White Nights. Here is a close up of one of them.

This is what the whole project looks like, probably for the last time, as the next time it's on the rotation it needs to be rolled up.

I managed to finish both corners by Thursday evening so I was able to stitch on something else. I decided to finish the Just Nan Winter Hearts Humbug. This is what it looks like before it is made up.

This is a bad photo of the finished humbug. I'll try and get a better photo in natural light next week.

Have a great stitching weekend.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Stitching slump?

Yet again, as anticipated, next to no stitching was done last week. A small amount, and I mean very small amount, was done on The Green Santa.

This weekend was a 'Railway Weekend'. I was guard on the train on Saturday so no stitching was done on Yoyo's Christmas Design SAL and I was training in the signal box on Sunday so no stitches were added to my UFO. Here is the progress I have made on this so far.

This week I'm hoping that nothing will get in the way of a good stitch. White Nights is back this week and I'm working on the bottom corners. Next week I will be starting something new. For those of you who like surprises don't look at the next photo.

Next week's new start is...

'Tea with honey' from Just Nan.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Hiding from Thanksgiving!

I confess, what with one thing and another, no progress was made on The Green Santa this week but it is on the rotation for next week. However, with a busy week coming up at work it's another fingers crossed job for that particular project.

I have managed to do some stitching on smaller pieces. Another Secret Needle Night project was started and finished. This one is called Hiding from Thanksgiving!

Hiding from Thanksgiving
The turkey, in disguise, is my favorite and so has a photo all to himself.

With the imminent release of the next Just Nan Spring Humbug I thought I'd better get a move on and stitch the Winter one. This is all stitched up with the recommended floss. Some of the beads have been attached but not all.

Having done 'school stuff' for the last six or so hours I'm off to have a shower and hopefully later on I will be able to put some stitches into my Christmas ornament for Yoyo's Christmas Design SAL' another project which has also been woefully neglected.

Happy Stitching

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

TUSAL and two finishes!

Firstly here is this month's picture of my ort flask. As you can see it was enjoying the sunshine amongst the spring flowers in the garden.

Last week on the rotation it was the turn of Barnabee's Quest. It's finished! I've started to make this into a bell pull but still have a little way to go before it is finally finished.

Barnabee's Quest
This is an out of focus photo of the whole thing.

Barnabee's Quest
Having had such fun with The Crazy Carrot, last post, my Mum gave me another Secret Needle Night project to do. I think this one is called 'The Haunted Hideaway on 13th Avenue'. I stitched it as charted but added a glow-in-the-dark ghost in the window and by the fence. The ghost is based on the one from Just Nan's Fraidy Frog. I also gave the cat green glow-in-the dark French knot eyes. I'm probably going to finish this as a cushion cover, but then again can a girl have too many bags?

This week on the rotation it should be The Green Santa. As yet not a stitch has gone into him. Maybe I will be able to report some progress in my next post!

Happy stitching!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

The Crazy Carrot!

Over the Easter Weekend I stitched The Crazy Carrot, February's design for Secret Needle Night from The Silver Needle.

Here it is stitched up.
The Crazy Carrot
This really is a bright design and used lots of different types of floss, the likes of which we don't see in the UK. Once stitched, the problem was what to do with it? I had a go at making a book bag.

The fabric is suede effect and very thick. I'm not too happy with the way the handles went on but it will do for now, until I find something else to do them in.

Happy Stitching

Thursday, 1 April 2010

The first Biscornu of 2010 and other stuff

The other evening I finished the Anniversary Biscornu, the first biscornu finish of 2010. First there is a photo of the underside and then one of the completed biscornu with my stork scissors so that you can get an idea of the size. The usual mirror shot will be in the sidebar. This took over an hour to make up!

Anniversary Biscornu

Anniversary Biscornu
Yesterday, with snow falling, we took a trip to Harrogate. During the journey I was able to stitch Just Nan's Fraidy Frog from the 2009 Halloween issue of Just Cross Stitch.

Fraidy Frog
This week has seen White Nights back in the rotation. I have managed to complete two more houses. Tonight I will do a little more work on the corners, well that's the plan.

White Nights
Happy Easter!