Monday, April 20, 2020

Back to the wolves!

As the signs of Spring seem to be finally appearing here in NY, birds chirping, daffodils beginning to bloom and the weather brightening up, so what do I start working on again? Those winter wolves! You would think that I loved winter! (btw, I don't, I'm definitely a summer loving gal!)

So here's my progress on these beautiful wolves....

I've been plodding along getting the trees in the background stitched. It's slow going as the background is all blended threads which seem to slow down the progress. Just getting the different colours of threads cut and sorted seems to take so much more time than normal. The end result is well worth it though, it really is beautiful.

This month's edition of the World Of Cross Stitching magazine featured my little key pouch designs...

The staff at WOXS sent me their photograph to share....much better than me taking a picture of the magazine! Since I haven't received my copy of the magazine yet I have no idea who stitched the models....but whoever it was, I'm sure you'll agree that they did a wonderful job. I'll let you know who stitched them as soon as I get my copy of the magazine.

Hope you are all managing to stay safe and well.

Until next time....happy stitching.


Monday, April 13, 2020

Pens and threads.

Another Monday rolls's everybody doing? Hope you are all managing to stay safe at home and are finding joy in being able to pass the time stitching or crafting.

I have managed to get caught up on the Peppermint Purple SAL....

I thought this week's design looked like rows of screws! The repeat pattern was very easy to follow and stitched up pretty quickly.

I spent some time doing some ink drawings which I haven't done for ages......and by ages, I mean years! I'm planning to carve out more time to keep doing this ......

I also dusted off the brush pens and started lettering, although I definitely do need more practice...

....I also need more time to do everything that I want to do! Can anyone help with that?!!

Maybe you can help me with this mentioned in my last post I have run out of thread for the Wedding Sampler I was working on. Thank you to those who offered to send me some if they had it in their stash....much appreciated. The colour I'm missing is brown 801, so if anyone has it in their stash and would be willing to send it to me, I would be truly grateful.....and of course I'll see if I can send you a colour that's missing from your stash. Let me know in the comments , or pop me an email and I'll get in touch. 

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, April 6, 2020

Oh no!

Another week has gone by in this crazy time that we are living in. The days seem to be blurring together and I hardly know what day it is......I'm pretty certain it's Monday and time for a blog post!

The wedding sampler is back in the sewing basket to make sure it's done in time for the the big day.....although I'm not sure what's happening with that since we are all  told to stay at home and not gather in any groups.  

We now have 'Happily Ever After' but are missing some flourishes...

...and my problem now is that I have run out of thread to finish those beautiful flourishes...

In normal times (remember those?)  I would have just hopped in the car and gone to the craft store to pick up a skein of thread......I would probably have moaned about it, but now I would do almost anything to be back and able to do that. I really mustn't complain though, as in the grand scheme of things it's really nothing. So many people have real  things to worry about and my lack of thread is nothing compared to what they are going though.

So here's a close up of some of the flourishes with the back stitching/long stitching....

.....and a close up of some of the french knots that are sprinkled throughout this design...

So my next decision is whether to unpick all the back stitching (and there' a lot of it!) and do it with a different brown, (one that I have a full skein of!) or wait and hope that the shops will be open sometime before the wedding? I could of course order it on-line but pay an exorbitant price for shipping......unless I add some other goodies to my online basket :)

Until next time....stay safe, stay well, and happy stitching.