Sunday, May 22, 2022

GG - Birds and things

 Hello Dear Reader.

Hello my lovely friends, today I'm joining Jo of Serendipitous Stitching for Gifted Gorgeousness where we shoehorn in any stitching that even remotely comes under the title of "gift"!  Read all about it on Jo's blog (Serendipitous Stitching) and to see what everyone else has stitched visit Jo HERE


Aaaaargh! Last post I asked for help with line spacing and the lovely Jo (yes, same Jo as mentioned above) told me how to do it! And what have I done? Only forgotten to put the code before I started typing! Aaargh! Must try and remember next time!


It was only as I started to type this post that I realised there were a few birds involved, and I will start with this Robin!

This is the letter "E" that I tried to stitch for Jo's last Blog Hop ..... but didn't leave enough time to fully finish - now finished, although not Fully Finished Off..

Pattern from CrossStitcher Magazine
( Issue 351 Dec 2019 )
Stitched on: tea dyed aida

And, just because I love the Robin here's a close-up

This is included in Gifted Georgeousness because I am going to send it to Claire of Aimetu's Stitching for the Annual Christmas tree she displays in her church, although it won't be leaving me just yet as I want to stitch a second accompany it!


Secondly - oh no! I've just realised the photo doesn't show the little bird very well! But anyway the pattern for this was one of the very generous freebies from the lovely Melisa of Pinker & Punkin Quilting.

"A Basket of Spring"
Tea Dyed Aida
Pattern : Melisa of Pinker & Punkin Quilting

At the time of writing this post we had a beautiful pheasant visiting us and I kept trying to take a photo but every time is saw me in the window it flew off!!!!

As you can see, this time was no different!


And lastly, and only because this shows a bird, - here is my "current stitching". coming along slowly.

Oh, and here is another visit from that elusive bird, but why does he have to stand with one foot in the water bowl?????? Funny critta!

And here we are - hiding again!

Oops, and "just because" another project I've been working on lately - until I found I've run out of one of the colours!!!! 

Right, I'm off to visit a few blogs now, and maybe stitch a few stitches later!

Hope you are having a lovely weekend!

Barbara xxx

Sunday, April 17, 2022


Today I'm sharing my slow progress! Tee hee!! Linking to Friday Night Sew In with Wendy and friends at Sugarlane Designs. Go here to see who else is joining in. This is a special Easter weekend link up.


On my previous post I had a fun time joining in with a Treasure Hunt Blog Hop (read all about it here on Jo's blog) where participants were visiting to collect letters to form a phrase and my letter was "E". 

I must admit it was a little late in the day when I decided to stitch this letter. so, last night I was searching for the colours listed for the rest of the pattern - which took most of the evening with threads split between DMC and Anchor and spread around my many projects!

Started on Thursday

Pattern from CrossStitcher, 

Issue 351, December 2019. 

Stitched on tea dyed aida 14hpi,

And now my piece looks like this, but alas the pink section you can see is one space out - aaargh! How did I do that ..... I counted the squares so carefully too! (It will be a Robin when its finished)

I intend to finish this very soon, like before starting on something else! And maybe keep myself blogging more often.

By the way, does anyone know how to get back to single line spacing????? 

Any assistance gratefully accepted!

I'm off to see what everyone else was stitching for:

Friday Night Sew In with Wendy and friends
at Sugarlane Designs. Go here 

Barbara xxx

Friday, April 15, 2022

Easter Treasure Blog Hop 2022

Hello again blogging buddies! I hope I find you all well!


And it’s time to join Jo of Serendipitous Stitching once again for her annual Easter Blog Hop. The idea is that we all show some Spring or Easter stitching and you collect a letter from each participant to form a phrase. You will find the list of all the other participants over at Jo’s blog here

I don’t usually stitch Easter pieces but this year I kept finding lovely patterns I couldn’t wait to stitch! Alas, as usual, I started too late so I didn’t stitch as many as I wanted to. To start with I visited Melissa of Pinker n Punkin where, if you’ve already encountered Melissa’s blog you will know she shares lots of her beautiful embroidery and cross stitch free patterns. I am still stitching “A Basket of Spring” and already she has newer patterns she is sharing with us!

A basket of spring

I did finish two Easter cards - next year I need to start earlier 😁 These were another free pattern this time from The Merry Needle - a "new to me" blog! She has other free patterns too, but I've yet to investigate those.

Spring Springing

And here is my letter, sadly I only decided to stitch one yesterday, so predictably its not finished!

and so, in case you cant tell, it's an "E" .......... It's such a cute pattern.

Now you need to visit the next blogger on the list, the lovely Sheryl at Sewing After Seven

Have a lovely Easter!

Big Hugs,

Barbara xx