Friday, April 18, 2014

Snowy stitching

This has been quite a productive week for me...well for stitching anyway! I didn't fancy starting another big project so decide to look for something small and quick to stitch. The last Margaret Sherry mouse was a joy to stitch (well apart from the back stitch!) so I decided to make good use of the bookazine and stitch something else from it. Here are the little cuties that I stitched this week -  mouse number 1.....

...and mouse number 2.....

...and since we got two inches of snow, (yup, It's April and still snowing!) it didn't feel too weird to be stitching Christmas designs! There is a third mouse in the set, so I might start that at the weekend.

I'm still waiting on the finishing fairy to come and sprinkle some finishing dust on the pile of projects that are waiting to be finished....there only seems to be regular dust accumulating on them! These two little mice have been abandoned to the pile too.

Here's something rather amusing that I found on-line that made me giggle. I think it's something we probably all do....

Hands up all those guilty of pro-cross-tin-ating. (I should probably have both hands up!) It's from a company called Heartfelt Stitches in Texas...road trip anyone?!!!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, April 11, 2014's finished!

Oh my goodness....I'm so glad this is finished....loved stitching it, but I'm pleased to take it off the scroll frame and start something else!

Here it is in all it's glory....Simple Treasures...., what to stitch now....should I be good and stitch something from my stash or should I splurge on something new? :)  Any advice?!!! 

I had a few requests about the DMC colours that I had used for this Margaret Sherry mouse that I showed in my last post...

...such a cute design!

The colours I used were...

Mouse - 436, 437,738, 5200
Paws and tail - 352, 353
Holly - 987, 986, 164
Berries - 666
Stocking - 156, 341, 3747, 912, 954, 955
Fur trim - 5200, 762, 415
Back Stitch - 3799

....hope that helps anyone wanting to stitch him using dmc threads.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Saturday, April 5, 2014

Winter stitching

Since it's April, this weeks stitching would seem to be a bit out of season, but because this feels like the Winter that will never end, it doesn't seem too out of place....

This little cutie is by Margaret Sherry and is from the bookazine 'The Best of Margaret Sherry' by Future publishing.  The little mouse is only one part of a design for a Christmas tree skirt .....

The chart calls for Anchor threads and although I do have quite a few anchor threads, I'm more of a DMC kinda gal! :) So after converting the thread colours and wincing at the colour combinations (I guess the conversion chart I used wasn't that great!) I ended up just choosing the colours that I thought would work best. Sadly the stitching from the magazine didn't offer much help for colour selection as the poor wee mouse is almost chopped out of the picture!

Anyhoo, I'm really pleased with this little guy...he's sooo cute!

So...what to do with this sleepy mouse? At the moment he's being added to the pile of finished stitching that's waiting for the finishing fairy to come  and sprinkle some finishing fairy dust on me! ;)  (aka....I'll worry about that later!)

 And if the weather doesn't warm up soon, I might just snuggle up with this little fella until Spring does finally arrive.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, March 28, 2014

French knots and metallic threads!

French either love 'em or hate 'em. 

I'm one of those strange creatures who actually likes doing french knots ...weird I know. But french knots with metallic threads is a different story. Metallic thread just does not behave properly when I'm doing those little knots. And I have to confess that this time, I CHOSE to do the french knots in metallic threads....yeah, they weren't in the chart....I decided to do them...told you I was weird! lol.

Here's the design I'm talking about.....

The design is by the lovely and very talented Joan Elliott. The chart actually calls for beads but I didn't think the beads looked right when I started attaching,  it was a case of looking out some metallic threads and biting the proverbial bullet and getting stuck into doing a few dozen of those misery causing french knots. The result was well worth the effort though....

The sparkle on the french knots doesn't really show up well on the photographs... least the purple thread sparkles a bit. 

Anyone else like doing french knots? How do you feel about doing them with metallic threads.....let me know! We could start a group for all those crazies who actually like french knots! :)

Now to make the stitching into...ummm...something! ;)

Until next time...happy stitching  (including those pesky french knots!!!)


Friday, March 21, 2014

Free chart! charts is always a great way to get a stitcher's attention! And don't worry, I haven't got you here under false pretenses, it is indeed a free chart for you to copy and use however you would like.

This design was in this month's World of Cross Stitching magazine as part of an article highlighting the Breast Cancer Campaign. Ruth, the editor, very kindly said that I could offer the chart on my blog for all you lovely readers to use. 

Pink roses and blue forget-me-not flowers make a pretty posy that's perfect for making into a card  for someone who is dealing with breast cancer.  Show just how much you care by making a few cards or gifts using this chart and selling them to help raise funds for breast cancer awareness and the thing we want most of all...a cure.

In loving memory of my Mum.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Thursday, March 13, 2014

Birthday card

So now, finally, I can show you the birthday card that was top secret!

Here's the design that I used...

This was a free kit from Cross Stitch Card Shop magazine, and was perfect for my cat loving daughter. It was a quick and easy stitch...especially on these new qsnaps...I'm loving them! I'm a total convert to them and have been dropping hints (no doubt on deaf ears!) to my hubby that a larger size would be the perfect birthday/anniversary/who needs a reason present. Teehee!

Anyhoo, I digress! So once this little cutie was stitched up it was all hands on deck to get the card made and posted to my DD in time for her birthday. Can't be late for her 21st! So with a few sheets of patterned paper, some ribbon and glue this is how it turned out...

The cutting and layering was a bit fiddly, but well worth the effort.

And here's a close up of one of the charms that Barbi sent with the travelling pattern...

...isn't that perfect? I think I'll be investing in a packet (or two!) of these little charms as they would work for so many different things.

We will be having the birthday celebrations this weekend when my daughter comes home from college for Spring break. My son is heading home too, so it will be wonderful to be celebrate together as a family. 

Until next time...happy stitching!


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Tusal and thistle

Ooops! I'm late again at posting my ort jar update. I've been stitching up a storm lately and my jar is positively full to overflowing!

And yes, that is some metallic thread you see there......I have been using that too.......and without complaining! I can't show you the piece that I'm working on as it's a surprise for someone and I don't want them to see it on here....yet!

So....what are the threads in the jar form....well, some are from Simple Treasures, which although is almost finished I had to put it aside to finish of some other projects that had to be finished for birthdays and the like.....again, some of them can't be shown just yet! Quite a few of the threads are from this design....

Some of you may remember this design as I have stitched it fact, this will be my fifth time of stitching this! Yes, fifth!!!  I had stitched the design for my daughter and some of her friends when they first went off to college. The thistle is the national flower of Scotland is a symbol of strength and protection which seemed very fitting for four young ladies heading off to college. You can see the finished projects here. Anyhoo, my son has just headed back to college and I though it would be only fair to stitch something for him too...but what to stitch for a guy? Guys are always hard to stitch for, don't you think? I thought that this design, and its message, was suitable for a male and I think it's quite nice that they both have the same design. I'm going to finish this off as a door hanger too. I hope he will like it! Oh, and I forgot to say, the design is one from the very talented Joan Elliott and you can find it in her book Cross Stitch Greeting Cards.

And lastly, here's a picture of my Spring gardening designs in this month's Cross Stitch Crazy magazine...

....I just wish Spring would make her appearance here!

Until next time...happy stitching!