Tuesday, August 20, 2013

It's my 'heilan coo'!

Who can resist the lure of a new kit....not me! So, of course I had to open my Highland Cow bookmark kit and get stitching. In true Rhona style, I thought that I'd get the whole thing stitched within the week, but I was being a bit optimistic and ignoring the fact that I'm such a slow a stitcher, so my progress has been less than stellar! Here's what I managed to stitch this week...

I was rather disconcerted when reading the instructions it stated that you should start in the bottom right hand corner! Geez...that freaks out the OCD part of me. One part of my brain was telling me that I should follow the instructions but the other part was yelling 'but what if you stitch a huge chunk of it and then realize you've run out of fabric!?!!' Arghhh. So I decided to compromise! I counted out all the threads in the fabric, found the middle then counted backwards so that I could start in the bottom right hand corner....both parts of my brain satisfied....but I'm still nervous that I'll run out of fabric!!! 

So perhaps in a few weeks time I'll have a finished set of 'heilan coos'! (as long as I have enough fabric....paranoid or what?!!)

Just before I left to go to Scotland I found out that I had won Kim's giveaway.  (Wisdom With Needle and Thread)  The prize was a beautiful needlekeep...and it arrived just in time for me to slip it into my little stitching tin that I took on the plane! Here's the wonderful needlekeep that Kim made...

 ...and inside...

It  was perfect for my trip...thank you Kim, I love it!

And speaking of my trip, here's one last picture (I don't want to bore you all!) This is my favourite castle...

....the beautiful Eilean Donan castle. 

I'll be putting some more pictures up on my Facebook page, so if anyone wants to see more of Scotland, just head over to Facebook and friend request me!

And I almost forgot to mention that Miss LindaLee is having a surprise giveaway on her blog - so hop on over to sign up!

And now it's time to head back to the drawing board and get some new designs done!

Until next time...happy stitching!.



cucki said...

Sweet stitches x

Mii Stitch said...

What a cute little cow!!! It's going to be an adorable little bookmark :)

butterfly said...

Your stitching and photo looks great , also love the needle keep.

Valma said...

I can see Christophe Lambert arriving =)
this is such a beautiful place !
I'm going to have a look at your FB page...NEVER bored with Scotland, I'm a Scot =)
beautiful gift you won from Kim, it's very delicate
enjoy your stitching of the cows, the first is already very cute =)
sure you'll have enough fabric (if you consider that the instructions have not been written first in Chinese and translated by a Swedish speaking English hahahaha :D)
big hugs

Michelle said...

I love the Heilan Coo bookmark. They are so CUTE!

I've stitched it myself, such a lovely stitch! Have never actually made it into a bookmark though, not sure why.... Really should do it! :D

Beautiful picture of Eilean Donan castle :)

♥ Nia said...

Cute new project :)
I never start as it says on the chart... I need to start where I feel like it works for me! Probably OCD too ;) lol

Melissa said...

I think we can all relate to your OCD. This is part of the reason why I have a love hate relationship with mystery samplers. WHAT IF?! is always going through my mind haha. This is when I double and triple check the size of the stitched design and whip out the ruler :)

Stitching Noni said...

Yep, I know how you feel about starting somewhere other
than the middle!!! But I think you got it about right looking at your pic. Isn't the cow a cutie :)
Congrats on winning the cute needle book :)