Monday, 29 September 2008

yet another new project!!

just a small one, shouldn't take more than a week to complete *lol i say that now but my shifts at work this week suck!* doing one colour at a time and there are only 10 different colours, mostly whole stitches as well.

Friday, 26 September 2008

Finally making progress!!

After a week of feeling like I'm being pulled in a thousand different directions I finally managed to get some stitching done, have almost finished the ironing fairy, just need to stitch her washing basket but she began to do my head in so I swapped over to Water Games for a while, I am determined to finish this quarter before October!! Finished Eeyore now so it's just the background to stitch before this section of the chart is finished, have decided to backstitch each section as I finish it so I don't have to go back to each section after the cross stitch is all completed. Luckily it seems that only key features & characters are backstitched in this chart so there's not much to do anyway! Went to the stitch & craft show 2008 at Sandown Park last sunday and came away with loads of goodies!! (spent just over £100 but it was worth it!) Best buys were my new free standing frame, clip on chart holder & daylight lamp and 4 Newton's Law kits for £12. Also picked up some sparkly hand dyed Aida & a Forever Friends Wedding Sampler that I'm going to give to my parents for their 25th wedding anniversary (it's in two years so i have plenty of time to stitch it Teethy )

Sunday, 14 September 2008

got lots done, still loads to do!

Having completed the stitching fairy I decided to do the backstitch on the gardening fairy I stitched about a year ago. I've decided to alternate between water games & the housework fairies to get them both finished. I started with the ironing fairy yesterday and completed the majority of the main stitching today (very simple charts to follow as they are mostly whole stitches with one or two fractionals and very few colour changes) just need to stitch the washing basket & finish the outlines tomorrow. Then I hope to finish the quarter of water games I have already done half of, just the rest of Eeyore & a tree to do!! :) Bought a really nice frame & mount for both Lickle Bit Shy & Water Games so I can frame them up as soon as they are complete!! :)

Thursday, 11 September 2008

Moving on...

Since I stitched the stitching fairy a couple of days ago, I decided to do the rest of the series of 'housework fairies' from May 1998's issue of Quick & Easy cross stitch. It consists of 'the ironing fairy' 'The weary fairy' 'The dusting fairy' & 'the hoovering fairy'. Back when i first saw these designs in 1998 ( i was 10 at the time!) I came up with a 5th fairy 'the laundry fairy' but never put my design down on paper, until today!! I spent the best part of this evening trying to put the chart together in a way that was original but still looked like it was part of the set and I think I have successfully managed it. Only way to know for sure is to stitch it! I am very excited about it though as it is the first chart I have ever designed myself!!

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

My Stitching Fairy

Didn't feel fantastic yesterday so took a break from work and mum's WTP picture to do a quickie stitch for myself. Took most of yesterday evening and finished the majority of the backstitch this morning, just need to buy some metallic blue thread to outline the wings and some black seed beads to dot the 'i's' and give her an eye. (meant to be french knots but they are the bane of my existance!)

Monday, 8 September 2008

Woot! 0_o first post & I'm a happy stitcher!!!

Went to the new Hobbycraft store in Bicester yesterday and picked up a couple of new kits to add to my ever growing stash of kits/charts & mags. I picked up a Newton's Law bookmark & a Popcorn kit I plan to stitch for my grandmother. Also grabbed a couple of plastic hoops as the wooden ones seem to have marked my work. Got home and decided to browse the Polstitches website looking for some hand-dyed aida to stitch a mermaid chrt onto, bought that & some of the kreinik threads I need to stitch it, then went to my local stitchy shop today and picked up the rest of the threads/beads I need to start her!! Can't wait till the fabric arrives so I can get stitching :) All in all, a good couple of days, now if only I could finish this Winnie the Pooh chart for my mum in less time than I actually have to do it in (it's her birthday in 8 days) I'd be ecstatic! :-P