Monday, August 3, 2020

Happy August!

I can hardly believe that it's August already, even though we are stuck at home because of the pandemic, this year seems to be flying by.

So what have I been working on this week? Well, first up to be worked on was the rainbow coloured crochet blanket......I finished the main body of the blanket and was really excited about having completed that part then realized that I probably should have been weaving in the ends as I went along instead of leaving them until the end.....! I decided not to put off the finishing and to just to get on with it. Armed with a large cuppa I dived in and started weaving and snipping... cuppa later (and my eyes probably looked a bit like my mug ☺) one side was done. It was definitely a three cuppa project! I forgot to take a picture of all the ends when I had completely finished....I was just so glad to have it done!

Once that was done it was simply a case of crocheting a ruffle border all round and....insert trumpet fanfare here....... finished blanket! I love it. The bright rainbow colours are so cheerful and I can't help but smile when I look at it.

I finally got caught up (well almost!) with the Peppermint Purple SAL....

...I will certainly finish this block off tonight in time for the release of the new chart block tomorrow.

And since it's August, I have decided to start working on some Christmas projects! Nothing like stitching winter/Christmas designs in 90 degree heat 😅. Hopefully by starting early I will avoid my usual last minute panic trying to get things finished in time. 

Anyone else started their Christmas stitching? And I'm curious to know what Christmas stitching people like to you make cards or ornaments....or something completely different? Let me know what you like to stitch so that I can work on some free Christmas charts to give away.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, July 27, 2020

Free chart!

It's time to give away another free chart!

Some countries seem to be getting over the worst of this pandemic but sadly many, like the US, are still battling rampant spread of the virus. Wherever your country is in terms of infection rates, I thought this little chart might bring some sense of optimism ......

You can find the chart here and key here. Seems there was a problem with the original link....fingers crossed that it's fixed now!

Feel free to substitute whatever colours you have in your stash....mice can be any shade of brown (or grey...or whatever you fancy!) and any rainbow colours would work.

Why not make it up as a card or little ornament to send to someone who has been having a hard time during these stay-at-home (if you can) times....I know there are many people who have found this very difficult. Cheer someone up with a lovely little gift of a stitched piece and brighten up their day. Spread the love!

And speaking of spreading the love....feel free to share on your blog, Facebook page or Instagram account  that the free chart can be found here. Let's get this chart to as many stitchers as we can :)

Until next time....happy stitching....stay safe, stay well.


Monday, July 20, 2020

Catching up!

Now that the elusive variegated thread is now in my possession, I'm now catching up with all the weeks that I missed on the peppermint Purple SAL. Here's weeks 23 and 24.....

While stitching week 24 I realized that in  this skein of thread, the dark blue is much darker than the previous skein! 

Week 25....

....and there's not so much of the very pale blue in this skein!

And week 26......

I'm hoping that the difference in the skeins sin't too noticeable as the SAL progresses.....keep your fingers crossed for me!

And for anyone wishing to join in this's free....and the files can be found on the Peppermint Purple SAL group on Facebook.

Until net time....happy stitching!


Monday, July 13, 2020

It's the little things that make me happy!

Only fellow stitchers will understand my sheer delight in being able to buy a skein of thread to finish a project. Today I felt like I'd hit the jackpot at being able to purchase a $2 skein of really doesn't take much to make me happy! I practically skipped form the craft store to my car (and I have to admit, that I have probably never spent so little at the craft store!!!)

So what thread did I buy? The elusive DMC4237,  which means that I can now get back to stitching the PeppermintPurple SAL....

Guess what I'll be working on tonight?!! :)

And for those who want to start their Halloween stitching,  I  just received my copy of the Just CrossStitch Halloween collectors issue 2020 which has not one, not two, but three of my Halloween designs in it.....along with loads of other gorgeous designs. The first one is the Witch bookmark...

......then we have the Little Miss Witchy....

I want to give a shout out to  Sharon Thompson and  Shirley Meyer, who stitched and finished the Little Miss Witchy design.

Then there's this designs (just in case you forget what date Halloween is!!! ☺ )

And since I stitched the bookmark and the Oct 31st, I can officially say that I started my Halloween stitching early.....which, as you know, that's unusual for me.

Until next time, stay safe, stay well, and happy stitching!


Monday, July 6, 2020

Time for another free chart!

Phew! This has been one crazy year....and we're only half way through it! I decided to give away more free charts and also to try to give them away a bit more regularly. I'm hoping that this little corner of blogland might bring you some stitching  happiness. Please spread the love....tell other stitchers they can find the free chart here. Stitch the design and make it into a card to send to a loved one....or a neighbour....or a long lost friend!

This week's free chart is another in the cute little mouse series......

I'm sure anyone who is sick (whether or not it's this dreaded virus) would love to receive a stitched card. You can always change the wording , or leave it off....the choice is yours!

Click here for the chart and key. Please remember the usual copyright rules apply and if you do post your finished stitching on social media, please tag me in it....I love to see your finished stitching. 

I have a few more of the little mice designs to give away, so check back never know when they will appear!

Stay safe, stay well.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, June 29, 2020

From pale and subtle to bright and bold!

It's been hot and humid here which makes doing almost anything really hard. Stitching and crocheting (especially a blanket!) don't really go well with the humidity. The threads and needle (or wool and hook!) become sticky and don't go through the fabric (or previous crocheted rows) smoothly. So there's not much progress to show this week. 

The wolves design probably doesn't look different from the last time you saw it....half cross stitch using one strand of pale blue doesn't really show up on the pale grey aida, and the camera certainly doesn't pick up the subtle detail but at least I can mark it off on the chart and feel like I'm making progress...

 ...more trees and the start of another wolf...

...and like those wolves, I keep plodding along!

Late in the evening, when it's a tad cooler, I try to do ate least one row of crocheting. This is such a bright, colourful blanket and I can't help but smile when I start working on it....the colours are so cheerful!  

What a contrast to the subtle cool colours of the wolves!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, June 22, 2020

Happy dance finish!

This happy dance has been a long time coming....and not because I wasn't stitching fast enough but because I ran out of thread to finish off the back stitching. Covid19 has a lot to answer for! Anyway, here's the wedding sampler in  all it's glory....

Here's some close ups of the details...

Pretty colours...

French knots....

More french knots...

Lots of swirls..

......back stitching is a must for this design!

I'm happy to have finished this design and can now pop it in the post so it can get to Scotland in time for the wedding, which luckily for me, (but not the bride and groom) had to be re-scheduled because of Covid19. Fingers crossed there's no more delays and the happy couple can, quite literally,  have their 'Happily Ever After'

Until next time...happy stitching!

Stay safe, stay well.


Monday, June 15, 2020

Calorie free ice-cream!

I'm back with a quick update on the ice-cream stitching from last week, which looked like this...

....and with some back stitching, it now looks like this...

Looks good enough to eat, doesn't it?!!

On the chart that I designed for the magazine I had added a greeting but I haven't stitched it as I'm not sure how I'm going to finish this....maybe a small pillow....or a card....or not! Who knows. Watch this space  :)

Until next time....stay safe, stay well, and happy stitching!


Monday, June 8, 2020

Is it too early to mention Christmas stitching? :)

Gosh...what a week it's been! Do you ever get those weeks when you feel like you've been really busy and don't have much to show for it? That was my week last week, but I do, thankfully, have quite a lot of pictures to show you. So what have I been working on? First off, I've been plodding on with Winter's Lace....

I feel like I have been stitching this one for ages but never really seem to make much progress...

I thought it was time for a small break and do a quick stitch to have the satisfaction of having a finish. I decided to stitch one of my own designs that had appeared in The World Of Cross Stitching  magazine a while back and seemed perfect for a warm summer evening....

Not as good as eating a real ice cream, but a lot less calories! 

Just a wee bit of the ice-cream to finish and the rest of the border to do....and of course, the back stitching. I love these quick finishes....don't you?

This month's edition of Just CrossStitch arrived in the mail box with two of my design in it. First one is the summer sunflower... can be stitched and framed as above, or made as a coaster ....

This edition of the magazine is also the Christmas ornament preview and my little candy cane holding gingerbread girl can be found in it .....

...and she can also be used as a place card for your Christmas dinner table with your guests name written onto a craft stick... cute is that?  I'm going to have to start stitching them now so that I have them all done in time for Christmas 😃

Until next time....stay safe, stay well, and happy stitching!


Tuesday, May 26, 2020

I think I've angered the thread fairies!

Hello dear stitching friends, I hope you are all safe and well at home and are able to keep stitching. 

As you know from previous posts, I have been joining in with the Peppermint Purple blackwork SAL. I chose a variegated thread that I had in my stash and I guess the thread fairies weren't too happy with me as I have run out of thread.....again! This is the second project that I have been unable to finish during this pandemic because of the lack of threads. This was last week's block....

....and the thread that is in the needle is all that I have left! There is no way that that little bit will be enough to finish off tomorrow's block. Here's the whole thing so far (looking as if it's stitched on cream aida rather than the lovely pale blue aida that I chose!)

Arghhhh! This is so frustrating.  So, I'm trying to be an optimist since, in the grand scheme of things, this is really nothing at all, so I'm looking at it as an opportunity to have a new start guilt free. Every cloud has a silver lining and all that 😂😂😂

The Winter's Lace deign was taken out of the sewing basket again and some more stitches were added. Slowly (and I do mean slowly!) this piece is coming to life....

I'm always amazed at how quickly some stitchers can complete a project as I seem to take ages, but I keep telling myself that it's not a race and it's all about enjoyment....and I'm enjoying seeing these wolves slowly emerge on the fabric....

So now I have the fun task of deciding what will be the next project in the qsnaps.......ahhh, the joy of a new start!

Until next time, stay safe, stay well, and happy stitching!


Monday, May 18, 2020

I have a finish!

I've gone from this... this...

Finishing is a bit harder these days with the 'Stay at home' order that we are all living under. Normally my first thought when planning to finish a piece would be to head off to the craft store to get some new fabric, but since all the craft stores are shut, and wal-mart has absolutely no fabric whatsoever as everyone was panic buying to make masks, I have to use what I have in my stash....thank heavens I have a stash!

So after pulling out every single piece of fabric that I have, and every ribbon and trim that I own, I finally decided on a small pillow type finish.

Here's a quick little "How to" if you want to make a little pillow type ornament. I haven't included any measurements so you can make the design fit what fabric etc you have in your stash. You can find the free cross stitch chart here.

First, I decided the approximate size I wanted and placed pins in the fabric as a guide, then placed the fabric and trim  to see if it 'worked'...

I decided that I didn't want the stitches to show on the finished pillow, so place the plain fabric on the right side of the cross stitched piece  and then stitched across the length of the fabric so that when I turned it over I could fold over the pink fabric so no stitches would be seen...


...a quick once over with the iron left a crisp edge...

...the ric-rac was stitched onto the pink fabric and then the dotty fabric attached the same way as the plain fabric so, again, no stitches would be seen...

A quick iron to neaten the edges and that's the front of the pillow done! 

I would have liked to use the dotty fabric for the back of the pillow, but didn't have a large enough piece so used some of the plain pink fabric instead.  Placing the fabric on the right side of the stitching, I zipped round three sides of the pillow with the sewing machine, leaving the bottom open so that I could add the stuffing. The fiddliest (is that even a word?!!) part of the whole process was turning the pillow right side out. So then it was just a case of stuffing it  then using a whip stitch to close the bottom.... and presto....the little pillow was done!

You can of course ad a ribbon for hanging or add some cording round the edges. Cording is what I would have liked to do but since my stash of trims was lacking cord, that will have to wait till a later date. It looks fine like this though, don't you think? And I'm feeling quite happy about using up some of my stash.

Until next time....happy finishing!


Monday, May 11, 2020

Free chart!

Hello dear stitchy friends! Sorry I'm a bit late posting today, I had hoped to have this post up bright and early so everyone could grab their free chart no matter where in the world you are, but best laid plans and all that! Anyway, it's here now 😊

All you need to do is click here to download your copy of the chart. I hope stitching this little mouse helps keep your mind off all that's going on with this virus.

I'm sorry that I had to splash the copyright symbol and my name smack bang in the middle of the chart but some kind stitcher informed me that someone had copied the first mouse chart that I gave away and was passing it off as her own design! The cheek of some people.

I spent the weekend stitching up this cute little mouse. Don't you just love the feeling of a new start...

...and when it begins to take shape....

 ...and the difference the back stitching makes...

I didn't add the greeting to my stitching as I think i might make this one into a little ornament. If you want to include the greeting and make it into a card, you can find instructions on how to make a card here  and here (and also links to the previous two little mice designs.)

Please feel free to share pictures of your finished stitching on social media, and let everyone know they can access the chart here on this blog....let's spread the love!

Until next time....stay safe, stay healthy, and happy stitching!