Friday, July 31, 2009

My thread arrived

The missing thread for my Snow Patch kit arrived from Shepherd's Bush on Wednesday. Though I haven't filled in any of the gaps with it yet.

Threadgatherer - Southwest Sands

I've been making progress on Snow Patch. Didn't stitch any early on in the week, but have picked it up again last night. I think last Saturday I finished the patches and started work on the snowman. Then last night I worked a little more on him.

Snow Patch - 30 July 2009

I'll post again tomorrow, since I have more progress to show after tonight. It's getting late and I'm feeling sleepy, so I'll say bye for now. Thanks for all your comments - they make me happy just reading them! :)

Monday, July 27, 2009

~*~* Cast Your Spells ~*~*

I received my third Stacy Nash 2009 Group kit last week, and as I promised to show you, here's a few pictures of it.

Third 2009 Stacy Nash Group kit - Cast Your Spells

I guess you could say it's got a Halloween/Witchy theme to it with its title being Cast Your Spells. Stacy's made the pattern into a pincushion with a striped backing fabric in black and tan. There's also a piece of black wool to place a heart shape on the back of the pincushion.

The linen that the design is stitched on is a flax colour and also included with the kit are three DMC threads.

At first I wasn't sure whether I liked it that much, but once stitched and finished, I think it will look good.

My plan was to stitch each kit as I received them and finish it off before I received the next one. With only one finished so far, two to do, and one left to receive, that theory's gone out the window. I'll do them when the whim takes me. I like to go with the mood I'm in when deciding what project to do next. If I change my mind, that doesn't bother me. It is a hobby after all and is meant to be enjoyed. No use doing something because you feel you 'need' to. You need to 'want' to do it instead.

Before I go, I thought I would mention that I did get to see The Proposal at the cinema yesterday. I loved it! I'm not usually a big fan of Sandra Bullock, but she played a great part in this one. It had a well chosen cast, and Ryan Reynolds was a bit of eye candy for us girls. Lots of funny moments to have a chuckle at too. If you're a fan of romantic comedies (as I am) then get yourself to this one if you haven't already. You won't regret it!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Waiting on that thread

There's a few missing parts in this piece, but until I receive the variegated thread not included with my kit, I'll just continue on my merry way.

Snow Patch - 24 July 2009

I really get so much enjoyment from stitching SB patterns. They feel so familiar to me. I guess that's why I gravitate towards them so much when choosing what to do next.

Laura wanted to know if when I use my hoop to stitch, whether it flattens the stitches. To tell you the truth I don't look at my stitching in that much detail. I also iron my fabric before I take any pictures of my progress but try not to iron too much over my needlework. So I'm sure it does get flattened a little along the way. Things done by hand don't have that perfect 'machine made' look, so this situation doesn't bother me. I've just always stitched with a hoop and am used to working this way. It's an interesting question though. I wonder whether anyone's found another way to stitch apart from in hand or using a hoop? I know there's scroll frames and the like, but is there another method that is a little less unknown? Please feel free to comment on what way works for you.

Until next time... thanks for dropping by!

Friday, July 24, 2009

A pleasure to stitch

I'm so enjoying working on this one, as I thought I would. This is where I got to after last night.

Snow Patch - 23 July 2009

I've been stitching again tonight which is why I'm posting so late. You'll notice some gaps in my work. The spaces in between the rows and any other areas missing are left for the Threadgatherer thread which SB is posting to me, and the other spots in the middle of the patches are waiting for the beads to be placed there. Since I use a hoop for my work I always leave the beading until last, along with any charms or buttons that need to be added.

This one is quite a simple design and even the different needlework techniques in between the cross stitch, is really easy to do. If anyone's a bit nervous doing decorative needlework, this pattern would be a great one to try out. Nothing too difficult. If there's a row you don't like doing you don't have to persevere for too long because it only runs for about two inches in width. I just love the colours as well - so pretty!

I also received my next Stacy Nash Group kit today. It's a pincushion with a Halloween theme. I'll get some photos of it soon and show you. Stacy has a picture of it on her home page at the moment for those who want a peek.

Friday night and the weekend's ahead. I'm hoping to go to the movies on Sunday. If I do I'll be going to see The Proposal. People have said it's quite funny so I hope I get to see it.

Have a fun weekend everyone, and I'll show you more needlework photos next time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Snow Patch started

I've made a start on this little beauty. I was able to begin working on it Sunday after ironing the fabric, sorting out the threads, and counting out where to begin the design. While doing that I realised I was missing the variegated thread that is supposed to be in the kit, but decided to continue because I knew I could contact SB direct and they would send it out to me. Which of course they are doing. They're so good like that, if anything's missing from their kits. (Thanks to Alison also for being ready to let me know their contact details if I needed it - that's so kind)

Snow Patch - 20 July 2009

So I've started at the bottom, which is usually what I do with their long samplers. Their instructions read from top to bottom but I find it easier to work my way up than down. I stitched a little last night as well, but not for long, so I haven't gotten very far with it. I think the start is always the slowest.

I can tell I'm going to enjoy this one. It's a design I bought a number of years ago and loved it as soon as I saw it. I'm surprised I haven't started it before now. Better late than never, they say!

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Another Shepherd's Bush

Here's my next project. It's a SB kit called Snow Patch which was released in 1997. The fabric is Summer Khaki and threads are mostly Au Ver a Soie Silk.

Shepherd's Bush - Snow Patch

With it still being Winter here in Australia, I thought I'd work another in this theme. Though this one has brighter and happier colours, so I'm hoping it will pull me out of the 'winter blues'. I'm really over this cold weather and am envious of you all in the northern hemisphere going through Summer. :)

One thing I came across with my kit, is that there's no Thread Gatherer silk included. There's supposed to be one called Southwest Sands, so I'm going to contact SB and let them know. They should be able to send me some in the mail. They're usually good like this if anything is missing in their kits.

Well, back to work tomorrow. Another full weekend which went far too quick!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

A part of France in a jar

I've succumbed to temptation and bought myself another Glasshouse candle. The last one I got was Strasbourg which has an apple and cinnamon fragrance. This time I just had to get Bordeaux. It's filled with the smell of vanilla cream, hazelnut, and dark chocolate! How divine, and it smells good enough to eat!!

Glasshouse - Bordeaux candle

Also in the range is a hand and body creme which I got as well. It smells just as good as the candle and doesn't leave your skin with that greasy feeling.

So indulgent, but a girl's gotta be every now and then. :)

On my needlework - I haven't started anything new, but have something in mind to do next. I'll let you know about it in my next post. Thank you also for all your kind comments on The Rain Fell. I'm glad you liked the extra touches I added to it. :)

Have a wonderful weekend with needle in hand!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

The Rain Fell ~ finished!

Here it is, my finished version of The Rain Fell. I completed the rest of the stitching yesterday and then I needed to add some finishing touches of my own to it. Hope you like the end result.

DESIGNER ~ Little House Needleworks
PATTERN ~ The Rain Fell
FABRIC ~ 32ct R & R Americana Blend
THREADS ~ Crescent Colours and DMC (2 over 2)
STARTED ~ 22 June 2009
FINISHED ~ 11 July 2009

I decided to add some beading to it. I placed some petite cream beads down the girl's dress for buttons, and cream beads in the sky for rain drops. These were done as cross stitches on the original pattern. I also added some pale blue ric rac along the bottom of the girl's dress for decoration. I hope my changes add a bit of difference to the design. I don't normally use my creativity in this way, and usually stick to what is called for, so I'm quite happy with the way it's turned out. As I mentioned earlier on when I started this project, I replaced the DMC thread 754 with 3774. It's a paler peach and I'm happy with the result.

I'm a fan of Crescent Colours threads. I just love the range of colours, they don't seem to knot as much, and the names they give them are absolutely gorgeous! My favourite colour in this pattern would have to be the pinkish House Wine. It really brought life to it. The flowers were lovely to stitch and they look so happy. Just a really lovely design in all actually.

Saturday, July 11, 2009


I must have needed my sleep last night because apparently it rained heavily and I didn't even hear it! That would mean that I've gone into a deep sleep, which also means that my head cold must be getting better. I did manage a bit of a sleep in too, which was nice.

I took some pictures this morning to show where I got to last night with my stitching. I did the girl's umbrella and the sun.

The Rain Fell - 10 July 2009

Just the clouds, rain, and top scroll to go now. Stay tuned for some finished photos soon!

Friday, July 10, 2009

A girl in the rain

I've been stitching on The Rain Fell last night and tonight. Here's where I got to after last night's session.

The Rain Fell - 9 July 2009

I'm sure I'll be able to get it finished this weekend.

Just a quick post tonight. I should be in bed, and I'm really tired. I've had a slight cold this week but have still been to work. I'm looking forward to sleeping in tomorrow. :) zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

I forgot to show you this!

How forgetful of me. I promised to show you the stash I received in the mail last week. Here it is...

An assortment of Crescent Colours and Gentle Art Sampler threads.

Some Shepherd's Bush kits ~

Quaker Heart and Purple Snowman

Wave, Flag Bag (which I've already finished), and Home

LHN charts ~

Alphabet Rhyme, State Fair, and Colonial Women

Stacy Nash charts ~

Prudence Miller's Framed Sampler, Early Style Bluebird Cupboard Sampler, and Birds Of A Feather

Primitive Bettys charts ~

My Favorite Kitten Pinkeep and 1836 Spring Tyme Sampler

Meagan has also given me an award.

Since I have received this award before, please forgive me if I just shamelessly accept it and not pass it on. Thank you Meagan, you're a sweetie!

As I hope to finish The Rain Fell in the not too distant future, I am already thinking of what to do next. Is that bad? I don't think so. :) Seeing what other people are stitching sometimes makes me want to do the same if I have the project in my stash. It's so inspiring to see these creations unfold. I also go through my mind what other things I have, and sometimes designs will pop into my head that way. It's always so exciting to start a new project.

Happy stitching!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Flowers have bloomed

I've planted my flowers and they've come into bloom.

The Rain Fell - 5 July 2009

It's all starting to come to life. Even a birdie has flown in.

Again, I've been having fun playing with my photos. Please enjoy!