Wednesday, April 30, 2008

A little more Snowy Morn progress

Worked some more on Snowy Morn tonight for about 1 1/2 hours. Didn't get a lot done but I wanted to at least show another progress pic.

Snowy Morn - 30 April 2008

The weather here has turned quite cold. You would think it was Winter not Autumn. I didn't really pick this design to do because of the weather, but now I'm thinking it's quite appropriate.

I've got a number of things on order from a few places at the moment. Some are taking longer than I thought they would, but hopefully they'll arrive soon. I know, I can't help myself! The stash bug has hit again.:) I keep telling myself to cut down, but do you think I listen? Will show you some pics when they arrive.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

More Snowy Morn

I did a little bit more work on Snowy Morn last night. Normally I don't feel like stitching at night time but lately I haven't minded it. I use my Ott-lite which is a great help.

SHEPHERD'S BUSH - Snowy Morn 26 April 2008

Snowy Morn with Putford scissors

The fabric which comes with the kit is 32ct Dirty Linen. I love the idea of Shepherd's Bush kits because they include everything needed, so you can complete the whole design without having to find fabric, buttons, and threads elsewhere. Plus their instructions are fairly easy to follow.

I'm looking forward to doing the border on this one. It looks interesting. Hope it's not too difficult! :)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Snowy Morn started

I started on Snowy Morn last night. Thought I'd start in the centre with the snowman.

SHEPHERD'S BUSH - Snowy Morn started 25 April 2008

This kit is designed by Tina Richards Herman of Shepherd's Bush in 1996. I haven't had the kit in my stash since then, but I did purchase it a number of years ago. I think I'm going to like working on this one. :)

Friday, April 25, 2008

Dashing to the finish line

The reveal is here!

OK, so it's not Christmas, but who cares? My little project that I've completed is Shepherd's Bush Dashing kit (which they actually call Reindeer Bag). I knew it wasn't going to take me long to do this one. I stitched it Wednesday night after I got home from work. I was really in a stitching mood and wasn't going to let the moment slip. So I decided to get it out (as I'd already chosen to do this one next) and do it that night. It took about 3 1/2 hours to complete and was a little finicky at times but quite a joy to do. The design itself is very easy, but having to manoeuvre within the confines of the bag was sometimes a test. It's the first design that I've had to stitch in hand, as I normally do my stitching with a hoop. Great little quickie to do though.

SHEPHERD'S BUSH - Dashing finished 23 April 2008

I was going over my stash last night trying to think of what to do next and I'm probably going to stitch another Shepherd's Bush called Snowy Morn. I love the dark colours in this one.

SHEPHERD'S BUSH - Snowy Morn kitted

Well, I better go and have some lunch and then get some cleaning done around the house. It's a public holiday today (ANZAC Day) so I'm home when I'd usually be at work. Better not waste the whole day on the computer. :)

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Attic Needlework

Another little packet arrived in the mail today. How lovely it was wrapped too.

It had the LHN Attic Needlework kit inside that I ordered from Attic Needlework in Arizona a few weeks back. Comes with the chart and Belle Soie silk threads. Once I find out that a designer I like has done an exclusive kit I seem to go on a mission to find out how I can get one. This is the second shop exclusive I have from LHN, with the other being The Busy Needle.

LHN - Attic Needlework kit (shop exclusive from Attic Needlework, Arizona, US)

My next project I have already completed. I stitched it last night as I was in the mood to get it done. Will take some photos tomorrow when there's better light and I'll post them up then. Stay tuned...

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Silkweaver fabric stash

Today I got home from work and opened up the mail box to find a lovely package from Silkweaver. It contained a number of pieces of fabric I bought off their eBay site. I'm very happy with the colours too.

SILKWEAVER fabrics bought through their eBay site - 28ct Lugana New Khaki, 28ct Lugana Mushroom, 32ct Belfast Dirty Linen, 32ct Belfast Heritage Linen, and 32ct Blefast Dark Tan Linen. Package received in the mail 22 April 2008.

I'm starting to build quite a stash of fabric now. It's great to have pieces on hand that you know will suit certain projects. Plus I love getting fabrics from the US because there's so much more variety than what we get out here.

I haven't started another project yet. We've got a long weekend coming up so I hope to do some stitching then. I plan to do a small piece which should stitch up in a day (I think), so I thought I would keep it a secret as there won't be any progress pics.

Sometimes it's hard to think of what to do next, but then something will usually jump out and say 'pick me!'. I have plenty of designs that I would love to do. Unfortunately they can't all be done at the same time, as much as I would like them to. :)

Saturday, April 19, 2008

She's finished!!!

I've finally got her finished. There's housework still to be done, but I wanted to get her completed today. Overall I'm pretty happy with how it's turned out after all the problems I had with the green Weeping Willow thread. That darn frog popped its ugly head a few times also, which was a little frustrating, but I got there in the end.

My Needle's Work
Started 12 March 2008
Finished 19 April 2008
Stitched on 28ct Vintage Lentil linen
Using Crescent Colours threads

What's next I hear you ask? You'll just have to wait and see... :)

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Going at a snail's pace

Yes, I've slowed down a bit with my progress on this piece, but I'm sure it will be worth it in the end. Thought I'd spend an hour or so tonight trying to tackle the right vine. This is what I got done.

LHN - My Needle's Work 16 April 2008

Now all that's left are the leaves and flowers. The leaves mind you are the hardest because I have to find enough light green in my Weeping Willow thread to do them, which has been the main problem throughout. I can see light at the end of the tunnel though!

Monday, April 14, 2008

Progress on MNW

I got some stitching done yesterday afternoon. In some ways I did more than I thought I would, and in others I did less, if you can work that one out. Still I'm plugging along and eventually I'll have another finish to write about. It's such a lovely design this one and I hope to do a lot more Little House Needlework pieces in the future.

LHN - My Needle's Work progress 13 April 2008

Since I've been back at work the past week I haven't had as much stitching time which I'm not too impressed with. Nor as much Internet time, but I'm still managing to get some of each in so that's the main thing. I long for the day that I'll retire (too far away now) and can while my days away stitching and gardening at my leisure.

This next photo I've taken to show part of my stitching at the back. People have told me that I'm quite neat at tying off my threads. I'll let you be the judge of that. My Mum on the other hand is unbelievable. She is so messy on the back of her work that I've laughed at it on the odd occasion (she doesn't take it to heart as we get along quite well and we can joke about these things).

Sunday, April 13, 2008

And here's the rest

My stash booty from Stitching Bits and Bobs arrived last Thursday but I've only now had the time to take some photos to show you the rest of my order. I actually ordered this a few weeks ago but they were waiting on some fabric to come in before they sent it off.

So the list goes: 30ct R & R Apple Brown Bindy, 35ct Weeks Dye Mocha, 28ct Jobelan Clay, 35ct Weeks Dye Chestnut, 28ct Hand Dyed Linen Lite Terra Cotta, 30ct R & R Korty's Special Blend (which I love), 30ct R & R Broomstick Brown, La D Da Miss Mary Mack chart, and Kelmscott Celtic Flower Thread Winder and 2.5" Seaton Scissors.

The Korty's Special Blend fabric would look great used for Miss Mary Mack. It's a bigger count to what they suggest, but colour wise would definitely go.

LA D DA's Miss Mary Mack with 30 ct R & R Korty's Special Blend fabric

After I hop off this computer I plan to do some stitching today. Still working on My Needle's Work so I'll see what I can get done.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

A sneek peek at new stash

This is all I'm showing you of some new stash I received in the mail today. You'll have to wait to see the rest. I wanted to at least show you something because I don't have any stitching progress pics to add. They were ordered from Stitching Bits and Bobs.

ERICA MICHAELS - Button Button (with silk thread and buttons), and COUNTRY COTTAGE NEEDLEWORKS - Rose (with threads)

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Random Thoughts

I haven't done anymore stitching since I started back at work this week, so I thought I would show you a pic of my mother's latest finish. It's Random Thoughts by Drawn Threads. She has used her own fabric (it could be light mocha), and her choice of silk threads. She's basically gone by what the colour on the photograph looked like that came with the chart.

She really liked stitching this one up. Her favourite piece on it is the ladybug. The border she also enjoyed doing. It was a real pleasure for her to stitch though, because it's got so many different little pictures in it which keeps the mind interested.

Drawn Threads - Random Thoughts

Monday, April 07, 2008

eBay purchase

Look what arrived in the mail today! A package of charm squares from Blackbird Designs called Madeira. I purchased it on eBay and was really happy with the service of this seller. The squares could easily go as backing for a fob or something similar. Love the different designs in this selection.

How the package was wrapped

Blackbird Designs - Madeira
40 x 5" charm squares
with card from eBay seller

Madeira fabric purchased on eBay

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Added 'Needlework'

Was able to get a little bit more stitching done today. Have completed 'Needlework' now. Can you see I'm avoiding the vine for the moment? :) Think I'll get back to that last.

My Needle's Work - 6 April 2008

Got the border done!

Thought I would do some of My Needle's Work last night. Decided to do the border but didn't think I would get all of it done. I did stay up until 1:30am though to do it. The reason why I kept at it was that I was enjoying it so much. It's an easy border to do and one you don't get bored with. I love how it looks a little bit like lace too.

LHN - My Needle's Work 5 April 2008

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Flower And Garden Show

What a day I had yesterday. Left home about 9:45am and didn't get back until 10:30pm! Ended up going to the Melbourne Flower And Garden Show with my sister. Hadn't been to it before so it was really great to see. There were a lot of people wanting to sell their garden products. The main thing I wanted to look at were the garden displays. We must have walked everywhere else but couldn't find them until the last section we went to.

Some great ideas there that you would like in your own place, but would cost a lot of money too. What idea we both liked from the whole day was the display of synthetic grass funnily enough. Hate having to mow the lawn so to change it over to synthetic grass would be really low maintenance and tidy looking. Again it's not cheap to install.

Royal Exhibition Building in Carlton where Flower & Garden Show was held


We left the garden show a bit after 5pm, then walked to the main shopping area of Melbourne, to the Bourke Street Mall. Still looking for shoes you see. Went to a few shops but didn't have any luck. Had some tea at the food court in the Crown Casino complex then walked back to where we had parked our car for the drive home. My legs are sore today. I've moved muscles that haven't been moved in a while.

I've put a few photos of the show in my Picasa photo album if you want to have a look at the garden displays.

Friday, April 04, 2008

Too tired

This will just be a quickie! I'm too tired to do a longer post after spending the whole day at the Garden Show and then shopping in Melbourne. Didn't get home until about 10:30pm. Will write more tomorrow.

Thanks for all your lovely comments lately too, I get great pleasure in reading them. Til tomorrow...

Thursday, April 03, 2008

A day of shopping

What a full day I've had. First I went to try on the pair of shoes I had put aside for me. Big disappointment! They didn't fit, which is the usual case for me since I have small feet.

Oh well, on I went further towards Melbourne to East Malvern where The Needlepoint shop is. This shop used to be terrific. Not quite the same these days since it's changed owner. I asked the lady there if I could take some photos inside her shop to put on my blog, but she couldn't understand why I would want to, so I gave up on the idea (though I did take one of the outside). There wasn't much that grabbed me, as she didn't have a lot there but I did get a couple of things.

32ct Summer Khaki fabric, Fray Stop, and a wooden thread holder.

The Needlepoint shop

Next stop was down the road to Patchwork On Central Park to look at their fabrics. The last time I went there they had some beautiful fabrics, but again not much this time. Though I was able to pluck a few out that I liked.

Fabrics from Patchwork On Central Park

Then I thought I would go a bit further (about another half hour away) to a needlework shop called Lazy Daisy. Been here before also and remembered they had a bit more of a selection of linens than elsewhere. Another disappointment! They had some stock of which I got a few pieces of fabric, but there wasn't much in the way of other items. A lot of tapestry, which doesn't interest me.

Two pieces of felt, 32ct Permin Prairie Grain linen, 28ct Permin Sandstone linen, 30ct Semco no. 83 (green), 30ct linen (light tan), 35ct linen (rich creme/yellow), 32ct Latte linen, packet of Semco 30ct Natural linen, Anchor and DMC threads from Lazy Daisy

I spent most of the day out, but now I remember why I don't bother much with the needlework shops here. They're nothing like what you would see in the US. I can get more of a selection, at a better price shopping overseas. Plus there's not many shops around here these days. Think I'll just stick to the Internet :)
Just a short note about my last post regarding the picture of my cat Charlotte. Alison was wondering if she was cross eyed. I had a laugh at this. She isn't, but I guess because I took the picture so close as she was on my knee, it's made her look a bit that way (I think?). Or perhaps it's the dark reflection of me in her eyes that's making them look as though they're going inwards.
Tomorrow I may be going to the Flower and Garden Show, so my stitching is going to have to take a back seat for the moment. Can't stay home all the time and stitch, though as much as I would like to!

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Going backwards to go forwards

This is my progress on My Needle's Work if you'd call it that, as I seem to be going backwards. I've pulled out most of the vine apart from a leaf and the start of it down the bottom right. That's all I could salvage from my mistake of being one thread out. It took me nearly two hours to unpick it so I'm giving myself a break before I start to stitch some more on it now. I may do the border next - give me a frame to work within.

LHN My Needle's Work 2 April 2008

Thought I'd show you a picture of my youngest cat, Charlotte. I was on the computer this morning and she decided to sit on my knee. I ended up grabbing the camera (which was within arms length) and took a photo of her. Maybe not her most angelic look but I still think she's cute.

Charlotte sitting on my knee while I'm at the computer - 2 April 2008

I have to go to the shops tomorrow and get a pair of shoes for work I've had put aside for me, so while I'm out I may go and check out this needlework shop I went to years ago which has changed hands a couple of times since. I don't know whether I'll buy much because the shops out here don't carry a lot of things, plus I can usually get it cheaper ordering it from the US. I'd like to get some linen if they have anything interesting. We'll see how we go.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Ribbons and fabric

Last week I went to a scrapbooking shop to see what they had. No, I'm not thinking of making scrapbooking another hobby of mine. Gosh! - I spend so much on my needlework, don't want to spend twice as much by having another 'passion'. I could easily get into scrapbooking though because it looks so beautiful and there are heaps of items to buy for every taste imaginable.

What I came across were some lovely ribbons. My eyes glanced over every one of the rolls they had there and I ended up picking out some that I liked. There was even one there that had Merry Christmas written on it (the red one).

Ribbons to use for my needlework

I'm keeping them in an old Whitman's chocolate box. Thought I may be able to use them for my needlework in the future. No immediate ideas but that doesn't matter. I like to get things when I see them and work out what to do with them later on.

Didn't get any stitching done today (though I do want to get back to LHN My Needle's Work and fix up the counting problem I have with it). The weather was so beautiful compared to what we've been having, so I thought I would get outside and do some things that needed my attention earlier in the day. I ended up mowing the lawn, a bit more pruning, and then I did a few jobs inside the house. After all that I was feeling quite tired in the afternoon and had a small nap for about 1/2 hour.

I did get a couple of packages delivered today though. Some material and patterns from quilting stores. I want to try patchworking, making bags, and cushions in the future and am collecting a few bits and pieces along the way.

Pieces of fabric from Quilt Fabric Delights in South Australia

Bought from Gentle Threads in Western Australia
Rosalie Quinlan - Miss Melly's Sewing Pocket pattern
Rosalie Quinlan - Oma's Project Bag pattern
Floba cross stitch fabric, and a couple of fat quarters

I do have a tendency to go for floral fabrics. They always jump out at me when looking.