Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness - May 2018

"GIFTED GORGEOUSNESS" is a monthly link party run by the wonderful Jo of Serendipitous Stitching, where we post about stitching gifts we have received or given, or indeed anything related to the word "gift". Link runs from the 15th until the end of the month. If you would like to find out more and maybe join up go HERE!

Read all about who's joining in with the May GG HERE (on Jo's blog).

Not much stitching to show this month ..... I've mostly been working on my quilt for The Endeavourers. And after this post I will be settling down to working on my next one.

Vintage Rose:

Yipee! I have a finish!

This was a free gift from The World of Cross Stitch (Issue 267)

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"Vintage Rose"

Don't forget, if you can't see the photos clearly enough just click on them to see the magnified version.

Wow, I'm amazed I finished this with only very minor visits from the froggy, and I put that down to using a grid. It was so much easier to keep my place on the pattern, despite the colours being so similar. And when I had finished stitching there was only one grid line that wouldn't pull out but it was easy enough to snip out.

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Flamingo Phone Case

Last time I wrote I mentioned this as my latest start.

It's the free gift from June's Cross Stitcher Issue 331. I only started this last week and have mainly been stitching on our train journeys. I was a little confused with the colours (there are five different pinks) and before I started stitching I emailed Cross Stitcher to make sure I was using them in the right order. I had a very quick reply from them and was able to get on with stitching straight away.

I've only worked on the tiniest project ever in evenweave previously and was a little worried that I wouldn't be able to follow the pattern keeping the crosses lined up. Then, when I had been stitching for a while I realised I was happier with grid lines to keep track. I started from the centre and each time I had a few pattern stitches in place I was able to count where the grid lines would go. And, so far, there's been no visits from the frog!

I can't wait to finish! The case is made from pink felt and covered with a pink spotty fabric, topped with the pretty cross stitch. If you want to make one there might be copies of this magazine on sale still ..... the next issue comes out on 22 May .... so you'd probably have to hurry. I'm only saying this because I think its a lovely pattern .....  my opinion, and I'm not even being paid to say this!

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Flamingo Phone Case
Cross Stitcher issue 331


BTW, have you ever fancied making stumpwork faces? For a tutorial on "How to" pop over to visit Queeniepatch on her lovely embroidery blog: Queenie's Needlework.

I've barely started mine, and I'm not sure it will look any good, but I was really excited to see Queenie's tutorial as I have long admired her stumpwork pictures.

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Slow start - Stumpwork Face

Easter Blog Hop:

I don't think I showed you my finished Easter stitching:

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Wish I'd had it finished for the blog hop but that border took waaaay longer than I expected!

Anyhoo, I'm off now to see who else has linked up to Gifted Gorgeousness ..... why not come along too, maybe next month you might want to join in too!! Oh, no, I've just realised I forgot to take a photo of my ORTS!!!!!

Barbara xxxx

Friday, May 11, 2018

Endeavourers / WIP

Hello friends, old and new,

On 1st of May my blogging friends at "The Endeavourers" shared their interpretations of "Changes/Transformation", do have a look at their wonderful quilts.

I'm afraid I was a little late and hadn't finished mine but I joined in with my "Unfinished Changes".

I don't mind admitting I hadn't finished because that's just one of those things, life happens, as we all know! And I'll tell you a story along those lines while I'm thinking of it ....

One of my friends at our local handicraft group was recently debating the best way of attracting new members to the group and said that she had been chatting with a friend who crafts and told her she couldn't understand why we weren't getting new members ..... the friend said that she had thought about joining "but the standard was too high"! 
What can you do? Surely that's all the more reason for joining, find out what those people do, and put it into practice yourself!

So, I don't mind admitting I'm not perfect and have much to learn, for surely half the fun is seeing what others are doing and then joining in! Or is it only me that thinks that way?

Anyway, I digress!

You can read  about my "Unfinished Changes" here, on  The Endeavourers blog.

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Unfinished Changes

And this week I painted another row of colours - the one starting from Emerald Green! One row took around an hour to paint and started my back hurting again, so I won't be painting any more until my back eases a bit.

Over the last week I was working on a couple of tiny sewing projects: 

Luckily hand stitching doesn't aggravating my back! So during a quiet spell I made this little bag from some scraps of muslin and a few embroidery threads left over from my Easter Blog Hop cross stitch project. Eeek, I've just realised I haven't shown the finished stitching yet, and I finished it over Easter too!! Oh well, I'll have found the photo for my next blog post.

I used french seams with an extra scrap of fabric to reinforce the base, and a double folded hem as carrier for the ribbons. The chain stitch flower didn't work very well, and once the bag was used in the shower the flower sadly looked no more than spokes on a wheel!

Its nothing grand really and I hadn't intended to show it on the blog, but I liked it when I'd finished!

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Then I've started another travel project:

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but I was confused as to which threads were which - you might guess it's a kit from a magazine - I'll explain more when I return with "Gifted Gorgeousness" on 15th May.

Oh, yes, DH went to an Open Garden at the weekend (on his own because I felt it would be too much walking for me as my back is still not right) and he bought these home for me:

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The Open Garden is for charity, and amongst other items they had these covered rocks for sale! I've seen people making them before and always admired them, and I couldn't believe they were only asking 10p for each!! Don't worry, he's not a meanie, he also bought a plant for £7 to go towards their charity.

And a photo from our garden to finish with.

This was one of  the most beautiful tulips we had this year, and as they are now rapidly disappearing I thought it would nice to see it again here.

Do have a look at  The Endeavourers' amazing interpretations of "Changes/Transformation":

I hope you are all keeping well, and don't forget to make time for some stitching!

See you soon.


Saturday, April 21, 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness/TUSAL - April 2018

Hi there!

Thank you for popping by. It's funny, isn't it, I don't post for ages and then I have lots to say!

You can see another of my cross stitching projects over at "Kitten Stitching and the Friday Frolics", and I will be back again soon with a IHSW post, and if I have time there are a couple of other things I want to post about, but for now I am joining in with Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness and Sharon's April TUSAL.

I do hope Jo and Sharon won't mind if I tie these posts together this time as I'm running late again .... and the two posts do "go together" in a way as all my threads are from my GG projects.


Firstly these three are my "travel projects":


I've been finishing this free gift from The World of Cross Stitching (TWOCS) ..... mainly working the backstitching which I found really tricky! The magazine states the fabric is 14 hpi but it seemed smaller than that to me, but then I do soooo hate backstitching!

Anyway, it's finished, Yay! All bar putting it in the card.

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 TWOCS - Issue 266


 Slow progress here, as the colours are all soooo very similar.

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Free gift from TWOCS - Issue 267

I'm really looking forward to starting on the leaves as I'm getting a little bored with all these light pinks ..... apart from which I'm actually a little disappointed as I've just been looking at the photo in the magazine and I think I might have used the light pinks the wrong way round!!!!! Oh, well, its too far gone to frog it now!


This pattern is from a TWOCS Design Library - Victoriana Collection by Joanna Sanderson. It was going to be a gift but, so far, I'm not very happy happy with the colours I've used.

I mostly used the colours from the key, but as I was using colours from stash I changed a few ..... the frame around the rose and between the rows was a very pale yellow in the original which I felt wouldn't show up. I've inadvertently squashed the alphabet too much and maybe I might frog that and put it at the bottom as there is plenty of space ..... not too sure what could replace it though ..... maybe beads! Oh well, that means a trip to the shops so we'll see!

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TWOCS - Issue 121

The following is one of my long term projects, or evening stitching, as it were!


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"Stitch by Stitch" by Anchor
The picture within the stitched frame is taking shape nicely now, after a visit from the froggy ..... I got in a muddle with the greens, they are really so similar!


And for my last project I knocked up another Mini Thread Catcher, which will eventually be a gift.

Not much use on its own, it needs a pouch or something to anchor it to, or I can imagine it being lost pretty quickly, but I haven't decided what that something will be yet!

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New MTC is mid picture.
And, of course, those are my last month's ORTS from all the above projects and they will now be joining the others in the jar.

I'm looking forward to visiting and seeing what everyone else has been stitching this month.  If you want to join in with either of these lovely get together's there is a link at the bottom of this post. In fact the link below for Daffycat will take you to the rules etc, the link at the top takes you to Sharon's current post where you can see who is joining in.

I do hope you will be back to visit again soon, and don't forget ..... if you don't say "Hi" I can't come to visit you!

Barbara xxx

If by any chance you don't know what GG and TUSAL are read all about them over at Jo's blog - Serendipitous Stitching and Sharon's - Daffycat.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2018

Happy Easter everybody!

Today I am joining the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2018, organised by the lovely Jo of Serendipitous Stitching.

There is a great line up of blogs for you to visit ..... where we each show some Easter or Spring stitching ..... and you can collect the letters from each blog to make up a line from a poem.


My stitching is a sampler, the vase is from The World of Cross Stitch  “Design Library” Issue 266, using their colours. This took a little longer to stitch than anticipated, as usual, and I couldn’t decide what border to stitch which meant I was still stitching last night! Oops!

The pictures look a bit dark, but that's mainly because the fabric is light green, it doesn't photograph very well, which is a shame because I've got lots more of that fabric to use!

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Fabric is a lovely pale green!
..... impossible to show the colour!
The border was from Issue 73. I wasn’t sure what colours to use, but I think these looking fine!?!

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And most of you will probably know this little guy is the freebie from WOCS Issue 266.

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My travel stitching - not quite finished! Needs outlining
and there is a branch with leaves to add.

But this is what you've come for, my letter is “W”.

To find the next letter in the phrase go to:

Happy hopping, and thank you for visiting!

Have a very Happy and Stitchy weekend!

Barbara xxx

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

ORTs and TUSAL - March 2018

Hello dear friends, old and new,

I'm joining in with Daffycat, albeit late again!

I hope you can see my ORTs at the back of the photo! I was rushing a bit to catch the daylight!

My latest ORTs are sitting between the little pink Mini Thread Catcher and TUSAL jar (to make your own MTC see my "Tutorial" folder, above).

It might not look a lot, but I’m one of those peeps who don’t like to waste any cotton and I stitch to the very end of each piece of thread, sometimes even having trouble securing them because I try to keep stitching when I should have fastened off long ago!

My ORTs were from the following projects ..... after this photo shoot they will join the rest of the ORTs in this year's jar:

Project One

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Project One

Last week I bought a copy of The World of Cross Stitch (issue 266), mainly looking for Easter and Spring projects to stitch for Jo's Easter Blog Hop! And then I treated myself to a few new threads. Can't show you what I'm stitching yet, it would spoil the surprise for the Blog Hop ..... so this weekend I've been happily stitching away on my Easter project, and it's coming along very well! 

WoCS even had a small mention about ORTs in this issue! BTW I don't get paid for mentioning this magazine, I just happen to like buying it occasionally!

Project Two

Another little project from the same magazine ..... in fact, this is their free gift, which comes with an envelope and presentation card.

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Project Two

Actually I've almost finished this one, must take a photo for next update!

Project Three

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Stitch by Stitch by Anchor

Stitch by Stitch has progressed further, and, although there is a little more of the frame to stitch, next time you will be able to see some of  the picture within the "frame" which I couldn't resist starting last night. 

Now I'm off to see who else has added their TUSAL posts to Daffycat's comments HERE.

Thanks for popping by. It's always lovely to know you've visited.

Barbara xx

(If you haven't heard of TUSAL or ORTs before do pop over to visit  Daffycat to find out all about them, and maybe even join in?!?!)