Monday, November 12, 2018

Super quick back stitching!

I've been proven wrong yet again! I honestly thought that the back stitching of the sea shells design would take an age to complete and be super boring......well, I'm happy to admit that I was wrong!

This didn't take me as long as I thought it would, and has been (almost) enjoyable as it really is making each shell pop. I decided to be methodical and do this in an organized fashion (how unlike me!) So, starting at the top and working down.....

...then the first shell which was quick and easy with really only the outline of the shell to do and a small bit of the inside...

...this next shell was a bit more fiddly and required a bit of counting to make sure the back stitching was in the right place....

...another fiddly one as the colours are very similar similar so more counting required....

...this next one isn't finished, but has been really easy as the design basically tells you where the back stitching should be....

I'm using a smaller needle to do the back stitching - this is the first time I have done that - usually I just use the same needle that I have used for the rest of the stitching, but, I'm following my own advice which you can see here. Maybe it's the smaller needle that's helping to speed up the back stitching progress or the fact that I'm using the sewing method rather than the stabbing method of back stitching....whatever it is I'm very happy at how quickly it's coming along. 

Here's how the whole thing looks so far...

I know it's rather squint (and a tad dark!), but you get the idea....ooh, almost there!

So....what method do you use for back stitching....stabbing or sewing?

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, November 9, 2018

Fun Finds Friday....freebie!

I love SAL's (Stitch A-Longs) especially when they are free and even more so, when each part is small enough to complete without it getting in the way of other projects. This one fits the bill. I just love the colours that this example has been stitched with....don't you? The designs could be stitched using any colour combination and they are small enough that you could possibly use up those odds and ends of skeins that we have stashed away.

Image from Pinterest

My first thought was that these little designs would make lovely (and quick to stitch) gift tags or cards - perfect for Christmas.  I think my to-stitch list has just gotten a bit longer!

You can click here to go to the blog -  it looks like there might be a whopping 48 of these little designs by the end of the SAL! If you want to know the colours used and the original layout click here,  and for a chart for each of the the designs so far, click here.

Have I added to you to-stitch list too? Heehee!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, November 5, 2018

So much for plans!

I had intended to write last weeks post in advance and have google work it's magic and schedule the post to appear while I was having surgery....unfortunately, life got in the way and I didn't manage to write anything! Ah, the best laid plans and all that.

So after surgery, my doctor told me to 'take it easy and rest up'...well of course, translated into English, that means don't do any housework and just sit and stitch......wouldn't you agree? I had cooked some meals and popped them in the freezer so that I could have more time stitching  recuperate without worrying about meals. Unfortunately for me, I couldn't get comfortable at all to stitch! My leg was bandaged and I couldn't bend it and no matter what way I tried to sit or lie it wasn't conducive to stitching!

I did manage to do some stitching on the seashell design. This is where I was last time I posted...

....and this is where I am now....

...yes, I finally made a concerted effort to finish the last of the large seashells. Unfortunately it did involve some reverse stitching :) but the last bit of stitching to be done on it is quite simple and shouldn't take too long. So now all that's left is the last bit of the border and then allllll of the back stitching. Now I'm kicking myself (but very gently as my leg still hurts!) for not doing more of it as I completed each section.

Here's how the whole thing looks (although you'll have to excuse the slightly crooked picture)...

And I did manage another little design. This one was a request from my hubby, who never asks for anything and puts up with my cross stitching addiction  (along with my many other little quirks), so I really couldn't say no to his request. He wanted me to stitch something for his here I was thinking he wanted something motivational or inspirational for them.....but no, he asked me to design and stitch him this....

Yes, this is how my hubby motivates his staff :) Actually, it's for when their projects aren't working and it's a funny way for them to ask for help. So when your project isn't working out, you put this up (it's framed, but I didn't take a picture) and others can help and lend support. They all thought it was funny, so I guess it must be working. I never, ever thought I'd be stitching a smiley pooh!

And on that note, I'll say....

....until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, October 26, 2018

Fun Finds Friday....

Do you ever wonder how to display your stitching? Are you looking for something that's a bit different and oh so cute too? Oh, my....this will take your breath away....

Image from Pinterest

Isn't that adorable? You can click here to find out all about this hanging metal tray and if you're in Hobby Lobby looking for a tray like that, let's hope there's more than one left otherwise we'll have to fight if there's only one left!!! 😆

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, October 22, 2018

Seashells and Santa

I worked a bit more on the seashells design and got the bottom border design completed....

I wasn't in the mood for concentrating and counting, so the large sea shell was abandoned in favour of the quicker and easier bottom border of sea shells! This week I'll have to bite the bullet, turn off the tv and just get on with stitching the last large shell.

Since I had completed another section of the seashells design I decided I would reward myself (any excuse!) and start another small design. I was tempted to do another Halloween design, but I have an old biscuit  tin that I keep for storing some of free magazine kits, and since the lid no longer stays shut as it's so full,I decided I should do one of these instead.  This little Christmas freebie was calling my name...

The design is from CrossStitcher magazine Issue 324.....yes, this kit has been siting waiting to be done for almost a year - but don't ask me how old some of the other kits are that are still waiting to be stitched :). 

At least I will have it finished in plenty time for Christmas this year! Now I feel the urge to start playing Christmas songs and stitch more Christmas designs, but I'll sing quietly till after Halloween!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, October 19, 2018

Fun Finds Friday....glow in the dark threads

There's so many ways to add a little something to your stitching....what about Glow in The Dark threads.....have you hard of them....have you used them?

I have to confess that I haven't used them, but I have added them to some of my designs....

....the lettering was outlined using glow in the dark threads - of course you can't see it in the photo but I think it adds a little something and is perfect for Halloween!

Since I haven't used these threads before (my local needlework store doesn't carry them and I can't justify ordering them online!) I did contact DMC (one of the manufacturers) to get some info on the threads and they sound easy enough to use. I stumbled across this helpful article about using these threads and thought I'd share it today as this week's Fun Finds Friday.

Do let me know if you've used glow in the dark threads and how you found them, I'd love to know. 

Until next time...happy stitching!


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Doing a wee happy dance here!

Yayyy for me! I have a finish....and when I say a finish, I mean a finish finish...all done and dusted...complete and ready to display...

 ...doesn't it look great?

I love the little ruffled ribbon edge. The black and white ribbon worked perfectly...

....not too fussy and doesn't take away from the stitching.

Now that I had a little break from the seashell design I'm eager to get back working on it and get this completed too...

I did some more of the border design ......always a great bit to do when binge watching something (and this week it has been 'Banished'  - anyone else watch this? Too bad there isn't a second season)

The seashell is a bit more complicated than the border as there's more colour changing and no repeating pattern  so it's not as easy to do without no getting caught up on what's on TV - unless of course you don't mind unpicking :)

Now all I have to do is pick another program to binge watch and get some more little X's done on the seashell!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, October 12, 2018

Fun Finds Fridays...more freebies!

I've found some more super cute Halloween freebie charts that seemed perfect to share with you today...

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....isn't this one so cute! You can find the free charts here. I'm sure this wouldn't take too long to stitch - even for me, the queen of slow stitching :)

I love the vintage feel of this next freebie....

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The 'All Hallows Eve' design looks wonderful as a small cushion .This is one of those designs where changing the fabric or thread colour would change the look of the design completely. Click here for the chart.

And I just love this last design....even though I hate spiders!

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The spiders webs are printed on the fabric used in this design, but you could easily draw some spider's webs with a pencil or felt pen to achieve the same effect (and at about half the price!) The chart can be found here.

I've managed to finish the free owl chart that I shared last Friday, so pop back on Monday to see how I've finished it ....yes, I've even managed to finish, finish it!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Seashells, seashells!

A day late, but with lots of seashells to share! I spent yesterday with my daughter who is suffering from Mono (or glandular fever for us Brits!) This is the second time in a year that she has succumbed to this ....last time was so bad that she ended up in hospital, with a very rare and serious reaction to the virus. So I'm sure you can understand why I was concentrating on her well being and the blog post was postponed till today.

Anyhoo.......lots of progress to show on the seashells design....

....not only did I finish the large seashell, but I also managed to get some of the smaller seashells in the bottom border done too...

....those little shells stitched up pretty quickly, they were much less complicated that the bigger ones.

But now I'm wishing that I had done what I had originally intended to do, which was to back stitch each seashell as it was completed. Now I have all the back stitching to do and you know how tedious that can be.

I also completed the Halloween owl....yayyy.....

....and just have to decide on how I'll finish him.....definitely with more back, that's for sure!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Friday, October 5, 2018

Fun Finds Friday....Halloween!

 I found a great little Halloween freebie that I just couldn't resist starting......

...not only is it cute, but it's quick to stitch and only requires one colour of thread....which of course since it's Halloween, that colour is black!

This design would look wonderful stitched on some hand dyed fabric, but alas, I have none, so mine is stitched on plain, boring white aida....but still looks good!

As you can see I still have a bit more to so before this is finished, but I'll certainly get this design finished in time for Halloween.

You can find the free chart (and many others!) at You will have to become a member to log in, but it's well worth it, there's so many wonderful free charts available.

Until next time... happy stitching!


Monday, October 1, 2018

Slow progress...

Progress on the seashells design has been really slow this week.  For health reasons, the hubby and I have been trying to get out and walk every evening which means that by the time we've had dinner and cleaned up there's less time to stitch.  If only I could walk and stitch at the same time :) But I keep telling myself that slow progress is better than no progress....wouldn't you agree?

There's a bit more been done on the third seashell as you can see here....

....and the amount of threads that are left on the thread card is getting lower (always a sign of progress!)...

...the only thing that I'm disappointed in is the colour selection of the threads. There are three 'gold' colours of thread and the dark and medium shades are very close to one another. When you see the threads on the thread organizer, there's a difference in the two, but when  you stitch with them they seem to be the same,  so some of the pattern on the seashell is disappearing. 

My aim this week is to complete this seashell....fingers crossed I succeed.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, September 28, 2018

Fun Finds Friday...

All I can say is....if only!

Image from Facebook.

Until next time....happy stitching!