Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Doing my happy dance!

Yayyy for me! I have a finish....want to join me in my happy dance?

Ice cardinal is finally finished....

This one feels like it's taken forever to do....please don't look back to see the date that I started it as I'll be really embarrassed!

I'm still not convinced that the back stitching really shows up, especially round the bird's feet, but the yellow and white on his face  shows up well....

It's not easy to get a good picture of this finish and it really does look better in real life.

Here are the details of this kit - 

Dimensions kit #70-35292
Stitched on 14 count black aida
Finished size 11" x 14"
Design by Mark Mueller

Anyway, I'm glad this is finally done and I can get working on anything that's not stitched on black fabric!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Tuesday, August 20, 2019

When the back stitching doesn't pop!

It's been a week of back stitching for me. I know some people hate it, others love it. I'm kind of in the middle, it's not my favourite thing to do, but I love the effect.....usually.

I finished the back stitching on the two little cards I had been working on and made them up as cards.... no more wasting away in my to-do pile!!!! 

The coloured back stitching on the butterflies really  made the design pop......

 And without the back stitching, the hot air balloons didn't look like anything, let alone hot air balloons, but now you can see what they are....

The back stitching on the balloons was a bit fiddly and I confess to not following the chart, but I know you'll keep my secret! ;)

Now the one design that isn't really 'popping' with the back stitching is the Ice Cardinal design....

I don't really know if it's making much of a difference. You really have to be quite close to actually see the back stitching. Because of this, it's not quite as satisfying to be plodding along doing the boring bit!

And more designs with back stitching.....

My pet library in this month's World of Cross Stitching magazine. Forty little designs of pets.....furry, feathery (is that even a word?) and slithery pets are all covered in this collection....

No mention in the magazine as to who stitched them, but they did a great job don't you think?

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, August 12, 2019

It's been a week for smalls!

Small finishes that is....not the underwear kind of smalls!  :)

I tried to get some of the back stitching done on Ice Cardinal, but the qsnaps frame and the fabric is rather large and the fabric kept rubbing against the poison ivy blisters that I have on my arm....not pleasant - or hygienic! 

I only managed a small bit of back stitching then decided to work on something else so that I didn't end up with an infection as well as the blisters. I finished off the seagull stitching from last week and now have another card to add to my collection...

This little kit from CrossStitcher magazine came with a small cardboard frame to place round the seagull. Originally I wasn't going to put it on as I thought it rather strange, but changed my mind once I had placed it on the stitching. I thought it was rather cute and quirky....

I then started working on another free kit, this time from Cross Stitch Crazy magazine..

....and now have a cute little luggage tag that should stand out at the airport when all those 
oh-so-similar suitcases come out on the luggage carousel...

And since I was on a roll, another freebie kit that I had tucked away in my stash was this little butterfly design....

....and if it looks familiar, it's because I have stitched this design before. I have no idea how or why I had two of these kits, but I'm not complaining!

And the last of the smalls for this week.....

....another freebie from this months CrossStitcher magazine - I do love those free kits, don't you? This shouldn't take too long to complete and then I'll have yet another card to add to my stash.

All in all, I would say it's been a good week for smalls!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, August 5, 2019

A seagull and chips!

Not much stitching getting done here unfortunately.

When we came back from Scotland, the garden was badly needing some TLC....all the rain and the sun had caused the grass and weeds to grow with abandon. Deciding to tackle it, I donned the gardening gloves and bashed ahead with the weeding. So what has weeding got to do with me not stitching? Well I am very allergic to poison ivy, so much so that I just have to go near it and I end up with that horrible blistering rash. And that dear friends, is what happened. The rash is very painful and the heat makes it worse. Medication from the doctor helps slightly, but it is so uncomfortable to do anything!  The little seagull was finished before my encounter with the poison ivy and will hopefully  be finished into a card soon.

You may remember the mess the back of this piece was when I was stitching on the plane and didn't have any scissors to snip the threads on the back....

Yikes....how awful! Well Rachel from the blog Ten Hour Stitcher  suggested a wonderful and simple solution.....just bring the threads back up to the front of the design so they don't get tangled! How simple is that - and definitely worth sharing! Thanks Rachel :)

Fingers crossed for a finish next week!

Until then....happy stitching!