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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Saturday, May 24, 2014

A Little Finish!

I have a finish at last!  It's only a little something, but it was a really enjoyable stitch, which I have finished as a scissor fob.  All the stitches are specialty stitches, and although it's only a small design, it took a little longer to do then expected because of the specialty stitches.

The design is a complimentary one from Keepsake Stitches, which you can find here.  I substituted two of the Gentle Art Sampler Threads, as they didn't show up enough on the 32ct Putty Belfast linen that I chose to stitch it on.  For the beehive I used Crescent Colours Finley Gold, and for the date on the back I used GAST Harvest Moon.  I've made a little change too.  Instead of stitching the bee on the chart I've attached a tiny brass bee charm.  Both sides are joined together using the four-sided square stitch.  This is the first time I've joined two pieces together using the four-sided square stitch, and I wasn't too sure at first if I was going to like it as much as when I've whipstitched back stitches together, but I actually think now that it looks really nice!  

We are off on our travels again soon, so I won't be stitching for a while (and just when I had found my mojo again)!  We have to return home to the UK for a couple of weeks to finish emptying our home for letting, a job we didn't quite get finished when we were there at Christmas.  We are thrilled that our first tenants will be my brother and sister-in-law.  They have recently sold their own home, and have asked if they could rent ours for a period of time, which is great for us, as we know it will be well looked after.  I'm excited to see what postie has delivered for me too, as I have placed a few orders to be sent home while I've been here, so that I can pick them up to bring back with me.  It will be like Christmas all over!

I know I don't post very often these days, but thank you for popping by I really do appreciate it!

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Thursday, February 06, 2014

Bitty Bowl Pincushion

I wasn't expecting to be back so soon, but wanted to show this cute little pincushion that I finally got around to finishing recently.  If you've been a regular follower to my blog in the past you may remember me mentioning how much I love pincushions and that they are one of my favourite finishes.  So about a year ago when I came across the tutorial for this cute little pincushion in a bowl I just had to make one to add to my collection of pincushions.  I was so excited when I spotted it because I recognised the little bowl straight away as I had already bought several from Crate and Barrel here in Dubai.  Until recently I didn't have all the supplies I needed to finish and attach the metal label, but here it is at last - my first attempt!  It's so sweet, I love it, and will definitely be making more!

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Popping by to say hello!

The past eight months have just flown by - I can't believe it was the end of May last year when I last blogged which just before I left to go home to the UK to surprise our eldest Jason for his 30th birthday!  Since then I've been back home again for Christmas.  We didn't fly until the 12th December so the lead up to Christmas was a bit hectic with buying presents etc.  Christmas was great though!  Colin, I and Matthew had an invite to spend Christmas with Jason and Nic, with Nic's family in Wales where they had their wedding.  It was Jase and Nic's turn to spend Christmas with Nic's family, but the invite meant we could all spend another Christmas together!  We had lots of fun and games, but could only stay for a few days as we had a lot to do when we returned home, so the Christmas festivities were over early for us this Christmas!  

During our visit home in the summer we had decided that while we were home over Christmas we would prepare the house for letting.  We didn't quite manage to do all we had set out to do but we were nearly there!  The first big job was to pack up the boys rooms and to hire a long wheel based van so that we could drop Jason's stuff off to him in London and then on to Brighton to drop Matthew's off for him.  We couldn't believe how much we still had at home belonging to them both.  As we were going to clear the house completely they both had bedroom furniture too, although Matthew hasn't really got the room for his yet, so that will be going into storage with our stuff while we are still here in Dubai.  It's been one heck of a job clearing the loft, garage and house of all the stuff we don't ever use or need, but I have to say it is such a wonderful feeling!  It shouldn't be too long before we pop back home again to finish off what we started, but what's left to do will be a nothing compared to what we've just been through!

This week I'm having a bit of a breather before I start packing up the villa we are renting here in Dubai as we are on the move again!  The landlord has given us notice to leave.  Apparently he has a son returning to Dubai who needs the villa, but we actually believe that this is an excuse to have us out so that he can increase the rent a lot higher if he was to get new tenants in then he could do with us if we stay!  We've already found a lovely villa which is about an hours drive from Dubai, at Al Hamra Village, Ras al Khaimah.  We already have the keys so we can move at our own leisure as we have until the end of February to be out.

Sadly I have no finishes to show having not done any stitching for all these months, but here are a few family photos instead.

Christmas Day - Matthew, Colin, Myself, Jason, Nic and Chota.

The Christmas table.

I can't remember what the young adults called it, but they had us all playing a game with a cereal box.  The rules were that you had to pick the box up with your teeth without touching it or the floor.  After each round the height of the cereal box was reduced by an inch, and those that couldn't do it dropped out of the game.  It was so much fun with music playing and us all cheering each other on!

This is me.

And this is Matthew, the last of the young males to drop out.

The champs!  Myself, Nic's Mum and one of the cousins.  We had to call it a draw between the three of us because the box couldn't be reduced any more!

Cereal box before and after.

Cheese and biscuits (including Stinking Bishop).  Our contribution towards Christmas.

Two days after returning to Dubai Colin had a quick business trip to Muscat, Oman.  As it was just one over night stop I went along with him.  This was the lovely view from our hotel room.

If you are still there I hope I haven't bored you too much!  Hopefully I'll be back before too long with some stitchy finishes to show once we've settled after the move.  :) 

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