Friday, April 05, 2019

Long Overdue Update

It’s been a while again since my last post, so here is a quick update with what I’ve been recently stitching.


Modern Folk Embroidery - Mother's Day complimentary design
Stitched on 40ct Newcastle Summer Khaki with GAST Holly Berry
Twisted cord DMC3721
For my Mum

The Victoria Sampler - Friendship Tree Bookmark
Stitched on 32ct Belfast Antique White with listed DMC
For my daughter-in-law


 From Jane Greenoff's Little Book of Hardanger - Wild Strawberries Scissor Fob
Stitched on 25ct with listed DMC


Jeanette Douglas Designs - Three Bees
Stitched on 32ct Belfast Platinum with listed GAST and Classic Colorworks
Twisted Cord DMC 680

Mary Garry's Sewing Cabin - When I Was Young - OOP
Stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen Lentil
Substituted listed threads for GAST Old Blue Jeans and Classic Colorworks Avocado

Blackbird Designs - Peace Rose
Stitched on 40ct Newcastle Platinum with listed GAST and WDW

Brenda Gervais - Blessed Bee
Stitched on 40ct Newcastle Summer Khaki with listed threads
Substituted the bees wings for DMC 3685

Brittercup Designs - Mine!
From Just Cross Stitch July/August 2010
Stitched on 40ct Light Mocha. Substituted several of the threads
For my brother and sister-in-law

Carriage House Samplings - First Block of Halloween at Hawk Run Hollow
Stitched on 40ct Picture This Plus Legacy with listed DMC

Lizzie Kate - Oh Baby!
Stitched on 32ct Belfast Antique White with GAST Buckeye Scarlet

Lizzie Kate - Oh Baby!
Stitched on 32ct Belfast Antique White with GAST Dungarees

Lizzie Kate - Acorn Scissor Case
A limited edition kit that came with linen band attached. Just had to stitch and
add the acorn charm and buttons

Doop Design - Cat Pawprints
Stitched on listed 28ct Lambwool Jobelan
Substituted GAST Raspberry Parfait for Buckeye Scarlet
For my brother and sister-in-law

Lizzie Kate -3 Little Words
I stitched just four of the charts on one piece. The last chart is a complimentary 
chart that can be found on the Lizzie Kate website: https://lizziekate.com
Stitched on 40ct Newcastle Summer Khaki with listed threads

Little House Needleworks - Home of a Needleworker (Too)
Stitched on 32ct Belfast Platinum with listed threads

Clouds Factory - Labyrinth - Magic Dance
Stitched on 32ct Belfast Light Mocha with listed DMC

Sheena Rogers - Sugar Skulls Mini Cushion
A kit that came with the white Aida and DMC

Phew! Note to self - don't leave updating for so long in future! 

Saturday, November 04, 2017

A WIP and two new starts

I had hoped to have done another blog post well before now, but for several weeks I didn’t get to do any stitching and have only picked it up again recently. We had an unexpected trip back to Dubai, which was really lovely. Colin had business to do at the office and it was good to be able to check over the apartment. We flew out on our 35th wedding anniversary and celebrated at Heathrow airport with champagne and food at the Seafood and Caviar Bar. On landing at Dubai early in the morning we checked into a hotel for the rest of the day and an overnight stay before going on to the apartment. Several days after returning to the UK I came down with a really bad chest and cough and felt very unwell for a couple of weeks and as much as I longed to stitch I didn’t feel well enough. 

I have now finally finished stitching the house on Home of a Needleworker (Too). It seems to have taken ages so I’m happy to see that part finished.  


I’ll be putting this aside for a little while so that I can catch up on a couple of new starts since my last post. Both are for Matthew son number two. This is Labyrinth - A Magic Dance, an instant download chart from Cloudsfactory.


My second new start is a mini cushion by Sheena Rogers Designs. I’ve always wanted to stitch one of these mini cushions and thought Sugar Skulls would be perfect for Matthew as he has recently celebrated his 30th birthday in Mexico, and spent the day of his birthday at the festival of the Day of the Dead. Really enjoying watching this grow. I’m stitching it on the Aida that came in the kit. I never stitch on Aida but as the design is full coverage I thought I would use it.


I won’t be stitching at all next week as Colin and I will be in London. While there we will be meeting up with our two boys and daughter-in-law Nic to have a belated birthday meal for Matthew’s 30th. Very excited about that as it’s been a year since the last time we were all together at the same time.

Hope to be back soon with more stitchy updates. :)

Friday, August 04, 2017

A New Finish

I’ve finished my Count Twice by Plum Street Samplers. This was a must have bought as soon as it was released. So pleased that I’ve finally got round to stitching it. The CC River Rocks for the wording and the lady’s dress looked a little too grey for my liking, so I substituted it for CC Milady’s Teal and stitched it over two on 40ct Newcastle Flax. In real life it now looks just like the model on the chart which is what i wanted. I will one day have this piece framed.


Plum Street Samplers - Count Twice
40ct Newcastle Flax
Substituted Class Colorworks River Rocks for Milady’s Teal 

I’ve also made a little start on Home of a Needleworker (Too!) by Little House Needleworks. This has been on my to do list for a long time. The fabric I’m stitching it on is 32ct Belfast Platinum.


I’m making the most of purchasing new charts while I'm back in the UK. Can you tell I’m a big fan of Plum Street Samplers, and mermaids. I’ve also purchased Needlework ABCs by Little House Needleworks. I took it back to Dubai last month when we had to make a flying visit, and wishing now that I hadn’t left it there!


Thank you so much for your comments on my last post - I was so happy to see that I hadn’t been forgotten. Hope to post again soon with an update on Home of a Needleworker. I’m planning on a couple of new starts too, so may be able to post progress pics on those.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Hello, it’s me!

I can’t believe that it’s been almost three years since my last post - how bad is that! I've still been stitching a little from time to time but have lost my finishing mojo which is why I've not been blogging. I've only ever really blogged when I’ve had a piece stitched and made into something to share. I'm back in the UK now for several months and all my stash and finishing supplies are home in Dubai, so until I return I doubt very much that my finishing mojo will too. I have on my MacBook with me pics of just a few of the pieces I’ve stitched since my last post, and although they've not yet been made up I thought for now I could share these as I really would like to get back into blogging again. If any of the ladies from the Needlecraft Haven group see this post they may recognise some of these pieces, as many of them where stitched when I joined the ladies for parlour night stitching and took pics to share on the group. 

This first piece is actually completely finished, but that's only because it went to the framers. I stitched this for my daughter-in-law Nic sister’s first baby. I gave Jason and Nic a choice of designs and they chose Oh Baby! by Lizzie Kate. The chart comes with several baby motifs to choose from to personalise the sampler. Jase and Nic chose which motifs they would like to have stitched and also the WDW Pumpkin thread (new Mum’s favourite colour is orange).


Lizzie Kate - Oh Baby!
32ct Belfast Antique White Linen
WDW Pumpkin

I'm not sure if I can remember all the fabric and threads I've used for the following, but will list what I can.

Black Bird Designs - Spell of the Moon
One over one on 28ct Star Sapphire Jobelan
Substituted WDW Pelican Gray for GAST Aged Pewter

Lizzie Kate - A Little Bee Kit
30ct Natural Linen and little white flower button were included in the kit.

Just had to take a close up pic of my new needle nanny from Pedros Plaques, which you can see a little of in the previous pic. It’s just the cutest thing - I love it! 

Little House Needleworks - Honeybee Sampling
40ct Newcastle Summer Khaki Linen
Substituted DMC 746 for DMC 3865 so that the bees wings would show up more on the fabric.

Little House Needleworks - Welcome Spring
32ct Belfast Cream Linen
Stitched with Classic Colorworks thread pack that came with chart.

Lizzie Kate - Busy Bee
40ct Newcastle Summer Khaki Linen
Have now personalised the pin pillow design with my initials but don’t have a pic of that yet.

Little House Needleworks/Country Cottage Needleworks - Bee Pinkeep
Issue 12 of The Gift of Stitching
40ct Belfast Flax

Little House Needleworks - Spring Season of Hope
One over one on 32ct Belfast Cream Linen

Little House Needleworks - It’s Snow Cold
32ct fabric that I have had in my stash for years but can’t remember what it is.

Little House Needleworks - Home for the Holidays
Just Cross Stitch Ornaments 2005
One over two on 40ct Newcastle Raw

Little House Needleworks - Pretty in Perle - Needle Lady Pocket
One over two on 40ct Newcastle Vintage Country Mocha
Substituted Classic Colorworks Perle for cotton
Had bought the two yellow flower buttons for the pots, but couldn’t use them as they were too big having stitched on 40ct instead of the listed 20ct Cork linen.
I added a little extra yellow stitching to the pots instead.

Little House Needleworks - Necessities Sampler
One over one on 32ct Belfast Cream I think.

Little House Needleworks - Attic Needlework - designed for the Attic Needlework Shop in Arizona
One over two on 40ct Lakeland Linen Navy Bean
Listed Belle Soie Silk
Replaced Attic with my name.

I have several more pieces in Dubai waiting to be made up which I will share once I eventually make a start on them. Really miss having all my stash here, especially as I have bought several new charts which I know I have fabric and threads for in Dubai that I could use to kit them up with and start stitching. I did bring several projects back to the UK with me, so I do have some stitching to be going on with. Have almost finished stitching Count Twice by Plum Street Samplers, so will be back again soon to post a piccie of that one.

Thank you for visiting, especially as it really has been such a long time since my last post.

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Another Little Pillow!

Like the little pillow in my previous post this one was also stitched last year, and again I have only now got around to finishing it.  I was so excited to win Forget Me Not Sampler by Mary Garry’s Sewing Cabin on Ebay at the beginning of last year, and wanted to start it straight away, but with these MG designs being hard to find I didn't want to risk having it sent to me in Dubai and it going missing in the mail!  I didn't want to have to wait until my next visit home to pick it up to bring back with me either, so had it sent to my Mum instead and asked her to scan and email me a working copy.  

The fabric I have used is 48ct Raw Gander Linen, stitched over two with the listed DMC threads.  I was due an eye test at the time, and knew I was needing a new prescription, so this was a bit struggle for me to stitch on the 48ct, and I will definitely be thinking twice in future before personalising over one on 48ct!  The darker fabric for finishing is from Blackbird Designs Blueberry Crumb Cake.  The leaflet also comes with a little pincushion design, which I will have to stitch one day too.


Thank you for popping by - I love to read your comments!  :)

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

A Little Pillow Finish!

Yep, another little finish!  That's two this year - WHOHOO!!!  

I stitched this last year when I was joining the ladies at Needlecraft Haven, in Barb's parlour.  The ladies get together on Wednesdays to stitch on a design of their own choice from either Little House Needleworks, Country Cottage Needleworks or the Sampler Girl.  It's been over a year since I've joined in, but must do again soon as I managed to stitch three of the many Little House Needleworks charts I have.  This is the first of the three that I have got around to making up.  Spring is one of the four Monochromatic seasons.



I have substituted the listed fabric and thread, and have stitched it over one on 32ct Antique White Belfast Linen with Forbidden Romance Polstitches Dragon Floss, from the Saying it with Thread range.  This is the first time I have used ric rac for finishing, and wasn't sure which would have been the best way to attach it really. but I decided to hand stitch it because I didn't know if I would like the look of seeing a machine stitch running down the centre of it.  I thought the little buttons finish it off just right!

I know I've said it all before, but I really do hope to be back again soon with another little finish, and as always, thank you for popping by!  :o)

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