Friday, 16 March 2018

Spring Alphabet - finished

Hello all!

This month's finish from my Challenge WIPs was Lizzie Kate's Spring Alphabet. I'm going to repeat myself by saying it was another enjoyable stitch, especially as each little section felt like a mini finish.

At the end of last month I left it like this:

And now completed, including the charm and buttons:

Spring Alphabet by Lizzie Kate
Stitched on 16ct Cloud Pink over-dyed aida by 2 over 1
Stitch count 112 wide by 158 high
Started - 22nd January 2016
Finished - 9th March 2018
Total stitching time - 34 hours 40 minutes

Amusingly, the large motif under the Q is a bug (presumably a ladybird?) on a leaf, not a badly-coloured straw hat or a flying saucer as I originally thought!

Autumn was finished back in 2015 and I plan to finish both the Summer and Winter Alphabets later this year after which I will frame them all at the same time.

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Blogoversary Giveaway Winner

Good afternoon all!

Just a short post to announce the winner of my blogoversary giveaway this year.

Entries were:

(1) Linda,  (2) Faith,  (3) Marie,  (4) Pull the other thread,  (5) Katie,  (6) Preeti.

... so not many, which means each of you were in with a good chance of winning (I get less and less entrants each year, so pop back next year and you might be the only one!)

I programmed the RNG and the number it chose was... drum roll please...

2 - Faith

Congratulations, Faith! If you leave a comment I'll get back to you and see if we can sort out an e-voucher of some sort.

For those who didn't win, sorry :(  and better luck next year.

Take care,
Rachel x

Tuesday, 6 March 2018

Haunted House Bell Pull - 20 hours

Hello all!

After I'd finished my compulsory stitching in February I had just about enough time to fit in another 10 hours on my Haunted House Bell Pull by Stoney Creek.

Annoyingly, I was very close to finishing a section - about another 30 minutes of backstitching would have completed it - but 10 hours is 10 hours so there I stopped.

So it's now gone from this:

To this:

Which means I'm about a third of the way through.

I'm really hoping to get another 10 or more hours stitched on this in March (including filling in the missing chimney top) but we'll see how it goes. Lots more other stuff to stitch on first!

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 3 March 2018

4th Blogoversary Giveaway

Good morning everyone!

It's the 3rd March so I'm four years old today!! Happy blogoversary to me!

Another year gone by, another year older, and another giveaway for one lucky person!

I say this every year but I can't believe it's another year since I started this blog! I say this every year too but where has the time gone?!

Looking back I've had four very successful years of stitching. For once I won't bore you with statistics, but looking at the finished projects on my wall, all of my recently finished ornies and how many blog postings I've made indicates just how much I have achieved.

And I still have so much more to achieve if I carry on whipping my WIPs and avoiding too many new starts (for the next couple of years anyway!)

Since I rarely hold giveaways during the year I like to celebrate my blogoversary by rewarding one lucky follower with a gift. So, in true form, up for grabs is the usual £10, or local currency equivalent, e-gift voucher for the store of your choice. All you have to do to win is:

1) be a follower of my blog via the link on the left (email followers will not be included) and
2) leave a comment stating you would like to be entered into the draw


You have one week until 9am GMT on 10th March 2017 to enter, after which a winner will be chosen by Random Number Generator and a post made. I'll get the voucher out to the winner once we've exchanged emails and your store has been selected.

Good luck!
Rachel x

Thursday, 1 March 2018

February Progress on 2015/2016 Challenge Pieces

Hello there!

Another month has flown past already so it's time to check in with my stitching for February on my outstanding WIPs started back in 2015/2016. Remember that my aim is to finish one and work on two more each month. So, how did I do?

Well, I finished Spring from The Four Seasons (posted previously) and worked on:

Spring Alphabet by Lizzie Kate
started 22nd January 2016; worked on last month
completed fifth and half of sixth rows

Canal Crossing by Heritage Crafts
started 10th February 2015; last stitched on 26th April 2015
worked my way down and across from the top right

I also ripped out and re-stitched the green I was not totally happy with on the Spring Alphabet. I chose the best brightish olive green match I could find so now the 'wrong' green...

has been replaced with a better green (particularly noticeable in the trefoil):

Much better, don't you think? I'm certainly a lot happier and think it was definitely worth the additional 5 hours it took to rip and restitch these sections and a few more odd bits.

In March I should be able to finish Spring Alphabet and make further progress on Canal Crossing and another project from my very slowly shrinking bag of WIPs.

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 23 February 2018

Smalls SAL - February 2018

Good afternoon everybody!

It's the last Friday of the month again so time to check in with the Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus.

I have a colourful Australian tweety for you this month:

Gouldian Finch by FuzzyFoxDesigns (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Summer Sky over-dyed aida from 2 over 1
Stitch count - 39 wide by 30 high
Started - 1st February 2018
Finished - 3rd February 2018
Total stitching time - 4 hours 50 minutes

He's one of a number of little Australian (and other) birds available from FuzzyFoxDesigns. I have a few of the charts but only one more is planned for stitching during 2018.

And, in the hope of adding no more pieces to my Box of Shame, he's been finished off too with really bright completely over-the-top backing fabric and coordinating barley twist cord. Talk about the perfect match!

As a fun fact my finished ornament weighs 16g - 4g more than the little tiny finch himself!

I hope you like him.

Next month... a second piece of cheeky fruit.
Rachel x

Saturday, 17 February 2018

2 Box of Shame Finishes - Birds

Good morning!

I have two bird-themed finishes to share with you today:

A couple of years ago I bought some seasonal-coloured Threadworx variegated threads on the premise I would "use them one day" but didn't have a clue on what! Then I found this chart by Hobikolik on etsy and thought it would be perfect stitched in the four colour-ways. So far I have stitched Summer (red/yellow/green) and Spring (pink/purple).

I found some suitable backing fabric:

And made them into little (they measure about 6.5 inches) pillows/cushions in my usual way. I wasn't sure whether or not to include a hanging loop but thought it better to include one and not use it rather than not include one and regret it later.

Although the fabric has no right-way-up I'm convinced the green fabric is upside down - or maybe it's just an optical illusion that's less pleasing to the eye (not that the back will be seen very often!)

At the same time as purchasing these fabrics, the backing fabrics for Autumn and Winter just happened to slip into my basket (you know how it is!) However, they are not on my stitching schedule until 2019 (yes, I'm sad (organised?) enough to have already planned what I will be stitching NEXT year... and even into some of 2020 if I'm being honest!) Having said that, though, I'm making fantastic progress this year so may find myself with a bit of spare time to slot an additional project or two into my schedule... :)

In the meantime, I think I'll have to make a little corner where all my little finishes can sit.

Take care,
Rachel x