Monday, November 30, 2015

Almost finished.....but....

Don't you just hate it when you have to add 'but' to the end of a sentence?  I'm almost finished stitching Beacon at Daybreak.....but..... the thing that every stitcher hates happened.... I ran out of one colour of thread! Grrrr.  Now you have to understand that I, like many other stitchers, have millions of colours of threads stashed away in boxes and tins (ok, maybe  millions is a slight exaggeration!) but of all the threads I have, not one is a close match to the colour I need! How can that be?!!

All that's left to do is that small area in the bottom right hand corner...

I've contacted Dimensions for replacement threads, and they've always been good at getting replacement threads out quite quickly....hopefully this time will be the same. I'm planning on bashing on with the back stitching so that when the threads arrive it won't be too long till I can call this one done!

And speaking about back stitching, here's the Christmas stitching that I was working on in my last post......

...and here it is now...

What a difference the back stitching (and good lighting!) makes! I added some silver blending filament to the white on the snowflakes, but unfortunately the camera doesn't pick up the is rather subtle! 

So at least I have one finish for this week...and it's in time for Christmas...woohoo!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Wednesday, November 25, 2015's finished!

Finally! For such a small project, this seems to have taken such a long time to complete! The fact that I had to go home for a while didn't help either.....but at last I can reveal what the mystery stitching is.......'s a kitchen memo board...

And not just any memo board..... a chalkboard one!

I'm going to remove the rope that's attached to the board and add one that holds a piece of chalk so it's always there when you need to  write down some shopping to remember or an appointment etc.

I'm planning to make the same thing again (in a different colour scheme) for another friend for Christmas .....hopefully the second one won't take quite so long to complete!

Thanks for all the well wishes for my's lovely to know that so many people are thinking of him......bloggers really are the most wonderful and caring people! 

Until next time...happy stitching!


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Phew...what a week!

Well, so much for having my mystery stitching project just didn't happen. I ended up flying back home to Scotland to see my Dad. He was in hospital for a second hip replacement but had complications during the start of the surgery and ended up in the CCU. Thankfully he's home but will have to wait a while before the doctors can attempt the surgery again.

I did manage to grab some threads and fabric and pop them into my bag so that I could do some stitching while with my Dad. Luckily for me, The World Of Cross Stitching mag had arrived a few days before with a cute Christmas chart that was perfect for stitching on the go.  There's not much stitching to show for a whole week, but at least it's the start of some Christmas stitching.....

It really shouldn't take too long to have this Christmas cutie least I hope not!

And now some good news! I was the lucky winner of  the giveaway from Miistitch. Please do check out her blog here, you'll not be disappointed! Not only will you see some gorgeous stitching, but also some delightful finishing techniques. This is the kit that I won....

 Isn't it lovely? I can't wait to get started on it. 

So, as for the mystery stitching....that will be completed as soon as I get caught up on the mountain of laundry that has appeared....I'm sure it breeds in the suitcase!!!

Until next time....happy stitching!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Mystery stitching!

I didn't post yesterday (my usual day for blogging) as I was hoping to have this little project completed today. You will note that I said 'hoping'....that should be your clue that things didn't go quite to plan!

So instead of showing the completed project it's more of a 'to be continued' type post :)

Here's everything that I am using...

...and here's the stitching that I did...

...a close up of the little teapot...

...and that's as far as I got! Don't you just hate it when life gets in the way of your stitching?!!

So...any guesses as to what I'm making? Leave me a comment to let me know what you think it will be.

Until next time...happy stitching!