Monday, August 27, 2018

Don't you just hate it when......

.....things go wrong and you're already pushed for time? The dreaded curse of stitching from a kit has hit with vengeance. Yes....I ran out of thread.....

.....and to make matter worse I really only need a few inches of thread! As you can see in the picture below I am using every last bit of thread to get this done but, alas, I have to admit defeat, I need more thread....

 ....see that little bit between the two arrows....that's all I need to finish off the border plus a little more to complete the single strand stitched swirls at the 'E'.

Since I do have loads one or two skeins of pink thread in my stash, I was sure I could quickly get the right colour and finish of the stitching..... ...this was my collection of anchor threads....

....and none of them matched.....and then my collection of DMC threads....

...and none of them matched either! Arghhh! I don't have time to contact the manufacturer (Dimensions) as this is  going to be  wedding present....and the wedding is this Sunday! 

I think I'm going to have to get creative and unpick some of the border and put in another swirl that will be stitched in a darker shade, hopefully leaving me enough of the lighter pink thread to finish off the border and the last of the swirls. And as you can see, I decided to unpick the darker pink as I didn't think It was showing up very well. 

So much for this being a quick stitch! Wish me luck for getting it finished on time.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, August 24, 2018

Fun Finds chart!

It's that time of year again when those little ones (and those not so little - including teachers!) go back to school! Here's one of my designs that appeared in Cross Stitch Crazy magazine a few years ago that you can download for free...

This is a great little stash buster design as you can use up those little bits of floss that are left over from other projects.  Use the design to make a good luck card for someone starting school or to decorate pencil cases or binders etc....or stitch one as a gift for your child's new teacher.....the possibilities are endless!

Click here for the black and white chart and here for the key. Of course, you can use any colour to stitch these designs you don't have to use what's in the key :) 

Please do not share or distribute the chart or key. This chart is for your  personal use only......I hate to have to write that but so many times designs end up splashed all over Pinterest so anyone can use them with no credit to the designer.

If you do stitch this, please do share a picture....I'd love to see how you use the design!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, August 20, 2018

A new start.....

....because I had to!

I did...really.....honestly!

This was a kit from my stash, so I should get brownie points for being good :) Anyhoo, as always, in true Rhona fashion, these events that I plan to stitch for seem to just sneak up on me and suddenly there I panic mode manically stitching in the hope to have it completed in time.....

Friends of ours are getting married and weddings are such a great occasion to stitch for. I think a stitched piece is one of the most perfect wedding gifts and this one is personalized too (or will be once I get to that part!) What's worrying me though, is that I don't think the contrasting colour in the border swirls is showing up enough......'s more pronounced in the  photograph that came with the kit ....

I am in two minds whether or not to unpick and redo it in a slightly darker shade so that it shows up better. The more I look at the picture of the kit, the more I wonder if they stitched it with a different colour of thread or with less strands of thread than indicated on the key.....just what I need when I'm pushed for time.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Friday, August 17, 2018

Fun Finds Friday....floss holders.

 I love this free organizer that was on Pinterest! This is such a cute little floss/thread organizer for those smaller projects....I have lots of floss cards to use for larger projects or ones that use many different threads, but sometimes I need something for a smaller project and this one fits the bill perfectly....

Image taken from Pinterest

You can print these little bobbins onto card stock and have all those little projects just as organized as those larger ones! 

Click here to go to Mollie's Wild Olive blog for this handy floss holder printable and all sorts of other crafty cuteness.

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, August 13, 2018

I'm back!

 You'd think after a holiday/vacation I'd be raring to go, but I think I need another holiday to get over this holiday! We went back to Scotland with my daughter and her new husband as we were supposed to be celebrating their wedding with our families, but since both grandfathers died very recently, the celebrations were a bit more low key than originally planned.  We celebrated with my mother-in-law and gave her the fidget quilt that I had made for was a huge hit! She  loved the fact that I had made her something, and she sat and fiddled with it all through the evening at the restaurant. I forgot to take a picture of her with it, but here's some close ups of how it looked when finished...

......I disguised my less than perfect joins with a cute little flower button..

 ....and added larger buttons on the Velcro flaps... you can see.....lots of bits and pieces to fiddle with....

I took my seashell stitching with me, but didn't get very much done....

Of course, no trip back to the UK would be complete without purchasing at least one cross stitch magazine! Here's the stitching of free gift that came with this month's issue of Cross Stitch Crazy (issue 246)....

Most of the stitching was done on the plane and included lots of tangled threads on the back since I didn't have anything to cut the threads with!  Thank heavens you can't see the back of the stitching..... first Christmas card for this year is complete! Isn't it cute? The design is by Helz Cuppleditch and you can find more of her work at her website here.

So now it's time to catch up on all my blog reading. Thanks for popping by....and do please  leave a comment, I love to hear from you :)

Until next time....happy stitching!