Monday, July 25, 2016

More Christmas stitching!

Who would have thought that 2016 would be the year that I (finally) get organized early for Christmas!

Here's another Christmas design started.....

....the good old 'ugly' Christmas jumper!

Seems a bit strange to be stitching a Christmas jumper when its 95 degrees outside!

Can't wait to get this, and some of the other ugly jumper designs, finished and made into cards....or maybe more Christmas ornaments? Ooooh, the possibilities!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, July 18, 2016

More little gnomes!

Oh my goodness, I'm having way too much fun ....and getting organized with my Christmas stitching at the same time!! These little gnomes are such fun to stitch...... plan was to stitch just one little gnome, but got carried away and did two.....

...they're quick and fun and with just the right amount of detail to keep it interesting... little family of gnomes....

Mmmm, can't decide if we shall have a bigger gnome family or not!!!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, July 11, 2016

Time to be brave.....

....and get the sewing machine out!

Me and the sewing machine don't always get along. To be honest, the sewing machine terrifies me! All those hours of cross stitching can be ruined in minutes by a  misbehaving sewing machine. But the time has come to be brave and get the Santa's Snack mat finished. I just have to wash the stitching and then face my fears.

And being a true procrastinator, instead of getting on with the snack mat, I decided to start something else! A cute Christmas gnome.....

...another one of my own designs all stitched up. This one was published in The World of Cross Stitching magazine last Christmas. The little gnome was part of a larger picture and I thought he would look cute as either a small card or little gift tag. Thankfully finishing this one off requires double sided tape and no sewing machine! Phew!!!

Time to face my fears with the sewing machine.....wish me luck!

Until next time....happy stitching!

Monday, July 4, 2016

The wonders of back stitching!

I feel like I have been quite productive this week! With just a few lines of back stitch....ok, maybe  a bit more than a few :) Christmas design is almost done!

I can see the end in sight! Just one more bit of stitching to do.... a little pocket under the mouse who looks like he's floating in space!

I've even bought some fabric so that I can finish off the design.....a lovely bright red polka-dot fabric. I have no excuses....this WILL be finished way before Christmas. Woo-hoo!

Max the cat hasn't been ignored either. This was how he looked last time...

....and this is how he looks now...

Quite a change! I did say that I had been productive :)

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, June 27, 2016

Almost ready for Santa! (I know it's only June!!!)

Since my camera battery has just died, and I have absolutely no idea where the charger is, I only have one update picture to show you....

 It doesn't look much just now....the horrible lighting doesn't help either.....but once the back stitching is done it will look great.....well, I think will anyway! :)

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, June 20, 2016

Summer sun and Christmas stitching!

Only I could be stitching a Christmas design on one of the hottest days of the year! The things we stitchers do to be organized and have the perfect stitched gifts for family and friends :)

As you may recall I was stitching one of my own designs......

...well it's stitching up beautifully......

.....and such fun to work on.....

...until you run out of pale grey and pale blue thread. And to make matters worse, it seems like they are the only two colours that are missing in all the craft stores! Grrrr.  Luckily for me, one of the stores is getting a delivery of thread this fingers crossed that DMC 800 and 3072 is on the delivery truck and I can get back to working on this cute design again.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, June 13, 2016

Max and the UFO

Max seems to be growing at a very pleasing rate......

I have started the third and last panel of Max! It doesn't really look like anything just now....just some brown squiggles, but it should begin to look more like a cat with the next session of stitching. (Hopefully tonight!)

Max was interrupted when I decided to pick up an old UFO :) This is one of my own designs and I had started stitching it just before Christmas, but it had been kind of relegated to the 'I-don't-need-to- work-on-that-just-now-as-I've-got-plenty-of-time-to-finish-it' pile....which of course means that it never gets finished in time! I did some stitches on it last month but it was in danger of being another no-show for Christmas.......again!

I decided that if I was going to get it done in time for this Christmas I really should get a move on and keep working on it! So this one is back in my sewing basket to be worked on in-between some Max stitching sessions. It's stitching up quite quickly so hopefully I'll have lots of progress to show you next time!

Until next time...happy stitching!