Monday, February 20, 2017

Goldilocks stitching.

Goldilocks stitching? It's not a new design I've started working on....or a new designer....it's when you can't get the colour 'just right'! :)

I started back stitching the lighthouse design and was stitching up a storm....until.....I realized that I was using the wrong colour thread! Duh. The chart uses different coloured lines for the different colours of threads (obviously!) and the black line was for the dark charcoal colour so when I started doing the lazy daisy stitches for the leaves, I used the dark charcoal colour as the lazy daisy stitches were printed with a black line. It was only when I had done about half of the stitches that I began to think that it looked a bit too dark. Of course, when I checked the chart I noticed that although the lazy daisy stitches were printed with a black line but were supposed to be stitched using very dark green ....arghhh! Time to unpick....not one of my  favourite of things to do. (Don't think it's any stitchers favourite thing to do!)

OK, start again....this time with the correct colour....


....mmmm....still think it's too dark.......check the picture on the kit only to realize that it has been stitched using a paler green! Unpick....again! Start (again!) with the paler shade of green...


arghhh....it's too pale....


So now I'm heading off to my stash of threads to see if I have something in-between the too dark green and the too pale green...the Goldilocks shade that's 'just right' for those leaves!


So, hopefully by next week, I'll be able to show you the finished lighthouse with those pesky leaves stitched in the perfect shade of green. Wish me luck!


Until next time...happy stitching!

Rhona

Monday, February 13, 2017

Something different...



I needed something to stitch that didn't require too much concentration and wasn't too fiddly or difficult....some weeks are just like that! So after going through my stash I decided to work on this design by Silver Creek Samplers......


It's not the usual style that I would gravitate to, but I liked the saying and  and the lettering style. The original is stitched on a green coloured fabric, but all I had in my stash was a mint aida which I thought was a bit too bright and clean looking. I  didn't want to use white or cream and luckily found a piece of oatmeal aida that was just the right size for the design.....guess it was fated to be the oatmeal colour!


 I had the recommended threads in my stash, so I feel quite good about having a new start and no expenses!

And what about the lighthouse design? Well it's all stitched with just the back stitching to do now....that's on the to-do list for this week!


....lots of threads left over!


 ...don't you just want to walk down that path and explore? 


Time to get out the needle and start that back stitching! This design is just too pretty to leave it unfinished any longer.


Until next time...happy stitching!

Rhona




Tuesday, February 7, 2017

It's a Ta-Da kind of day!

Yesterday the weather was horrible....raining and miserable....not the kind of day to take pictures of your finished stitching. Today isn't much better as it's snowing....but....the light is better....so here it is....my ta-da moment....



....finished!


All washed and ironed...


 ...and ready for framing!

And here are the reasons I just HAD to stitch this design....Smokie....


...and Smirnoff...

......who's a bit shy about having her picture taken!

Here are the details of the kit, just in case anyone is interested in stitching it.

The kit is by Dimensions and is called 'Max the Cat'. It's stitched on 14 count beige aida and the finished size is 10 x 15 inches. The chart is printed as coloured symbols and is very easy to read. Each cat is stitched using whole cross stitches and the background is done in half cross stitches. My only complaint/criticism about the kit is that the two very pale colours of grey didn't have enough of a difference between them and I think the end result looks a bit too pale. The picture on the kit of the finished stitching makes the cat look a bit darker which I personally think looks better...


...so if anyone is thinking of stitching this, you might want to think about using a slightly darker shade of grey instead of the one included in the kit! 

All in all, a great design, a great kit and a great finish! :)

Until next time...happy stitching!

Rhona

Monday, January 30, 2017

Oh my!!!

I felt that this week hadn't been as productive a stitchy week as I had hoped for....until I looked at the progress picture from last week, which looked like this....


and then I looked at today's picture...


 ....wow....quite a bit done...


 ...certainly more progress than I had thought!


What a great feeling!

Hope you're having a great stitchy week.

Until next time...happy stitching!

Rhona

Monday, January 23, 2017

Max and more!


So last week I decided that I would be very disciplined and I would finish the back stitching on the second Max panel before I did any stitching on the new lighthouse design. And since I was really keen to get on with the lighthouse design I was actually quite good and kinda stuck to my resolution.....


 ...all the black back stitching....


 ...and all the dark grey back stitching done.........but.......



...if you look closely, well not even closely, you will notice that in my haste to get onto stitching the lighthouse design, I have forgotten to stitch Max's whiskers!

So, my good intentions didn't quite work!

The lighthouse design is progressing well.....


...not as much progress as last week as more of the bottom part of the design is made up of full cross stitches. I wish I could escape into this scene  - that would cheer me up no end....I love the beach and summertime :)

What did cheer me up this week was a lovely parcel in the mail from Rahenna. I was the lucky winner of her giveaway.....


...the gorgeous design  Etude aux Fraise by Veronique Enginger.  This is a truly scrumptious design and you can see Rahenna's stitching of it here

Not only was this chart in the envelope, but Rahenna very kindly added some more charts...


....my 'to-stitch' list just got bigger! Thank you Rahenna for your generosity.....I can't wait to get started on these! 

First order of business today is a trip to the craft store to stock up on some threads and fabric so that I can start on those strawberries (after I have given Max some whiskers, of course!!!)

Until next time...happy stitching!
Rhona



Monday, January 16, 2017

Something old and something new!

Sooo...the tea sampler is finished, now do I complete one of my UFO's or do I start something new? Mmmm....decisions, decisions.

What if I do both......no guilt  and satisfaction....what could be better! Teehee.

So here's my (start!) of completing the UFO's. Here's the before picture of good old Max the cat....


....just waiting on the back stitching to complete him. And here 's how he looks now...


The top panel of Max (there's three altogether) is back stitched and looking good.


And as for the satisfaction of a new start? Well this little design was added to my on-line cart while Christmas shopping......no idea how that happened..... I blame Santa's elves for getting the order mixed up :)


It's another lighthouse design.....you know how I love anything to do with the beach and lighthouses! This one is stitching up extremely quickly. The sky is made up of only half stitches so I feel like I accomplished so much in just one week. The bottom part of the design has mostly full cross stitches so won't be completed quite so quickly. My plan is to do another panel of Max before I do any more of the lighthouse design.....and since I really want to work on the lighthouse, Max will be done! 


And here's a fun crochet project my daughter and I did for Christmas gifts for two Viking lovers in our family....


The pattern for the helmets can be found here. We found that the hats were a bit too large so we adapted the pattern a bit so that they fit better. They were fun to make and I have to say they were a HUGE hit on Christmas eve....well worth the effort.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time....happy stitching!

Rhona


Monday, January 9, 2017

Ta-da!!!

So....the tea sampler is finally finished! All the back stitch border.....which wasn't as bad as I had thought it would be.... was, in fact, quite therapeutic! (I think that's the first time I have ever said that about back stitching!!!) 

So here's each block...









 


...and if you're counting, you'll realize that there's one missing! I didn't take a picture of the finished purple cup 'Rooibos'....oops!(That was the one that I unpicked and changed the colours) 

And here it is in all its glory...





Doesn't it look wonderful!? I'm really pleased with how this turned out....it looks even better than it does on the picture on the kit.

So here's the details and my thoughts of the kit as I know several readers were looking for the kit.


The kit is by Design Works . 
Number JAS-047 #2596
Design by Krista Hamrick
Finished size 12' x 15" stitched on 14 count aida.

Pros.

- Large black and white chart.
- Clear instructions.
- Nice bright vibrant colours.
- DMC numbers were listed ( but didn't quite match, but helped when trying to figure out what thread was what colour...see cons)

Cons.

- I thought the fabric was a little too short...I prefer the fabric to be 2 or 3 inches larger than the design (For large designs like this, smaller ones  don't need quite so much!)
- Threads did not come pre-sorted. Trying to figure out which was gold, brown and rust etc was a bit tricky.
- I ran out of black thread....luckily black is one that you don't have to match, so it wasn't really a problem!
- the picture on the front of the kit looks like a computer generated simulation....a picture of the finished stitching would have been so much better....might also improve sales?!!!



Anyway...I loved stitching this piece and I'm so pleased with how it turned out. Now I just have to get it framed and give it to my Dad!

Until next time...happy stitching!

Rhona