The question is do I have anything to blog about.............Yes.
Can I remember how to do it?
I so wish I could go back a few years to when everyone blogged and I could keep up and read what everyone was up to. Long gone is the blog reader I used to have on Linux, it was so easy then to keep up. I think most people have moved on to Facebook and/or given up stitching. I hope I can reunite with those blogs I was so fond of.
If you're reading this, please leave me a message, so I can save your blog to check in on.
Well I still have a blog, just need to use it. Facebook seems to have changed the way we communicate with our crafty friends, well certainly for me. I really miss blogging, and have just been having a browse around some blogs that I used to read years ago, it's nice to see that some of you are still happily blogging away. And it's sad to see that others no longer blog - and of course I can fully understand this as I seem to be one of them! I am still crafting but stitching is not very often nowadays.
Hi Dawn, you have left me a couple of messages, but I cannot reply as I do not have your email address. Comments are moderated so if you leave me another message with your email address I won't publish it for all to see, but can reply to you.
I still have loads to share, and promise to get 'a round to it'. The weather has not been so good here over the weekend - it's really dull so not good light for photography, but here's some I took earlier.
by Blackbird Designs
stitched on 36ct Antique Gold Edinburgh linen by Silkweaver
This is the second time I've stitched this, the first time was for an exchange and I made it into a pinkeep. I think I'll probably finish this the same way. I am now selling the pattern if anyone is interested - just get leave me a comment.
by Praiseworthy Stitches
stitched on unknown fabric (28ct I think)
This was a nice quick stitch, again I'm now selling the pattern if anyone is interested.
A bit of knitting has been done here too. This is lovely yarn, such lovely colours and really sparkly, but that doesn't show up. It is a shawl/scarf. It knits up as a triangle you just keep increasing, and then cast off loosely, it then becomes more like a narrow scarf. (it's really stretchy). It came with these wonderful glass heart beads to put on the ends. However, it's not for me. My sister fell in love with it at Easter, when we visited the Cotswolds. So I said I'd knit it for her if she bought one. If you ever visit Bourton-on-the-Water you must call in the craft shop - Bourton Basket, where we purchased this.
Thank you all for taking the time to comment on my UFO, I've not stitched on it again yet, I need to get a frame out to put it on. I will continue with 2 strands for a little bit and then decide on what to do.
I really need to de-stash, and I meant to say in my last post - as I am clearing out 100's of magazines - just let me know if there are any you are looking for and if I have them you are welcome to them as long as you send me an SAE.
I'm sure most of us stitchers have UFO's? Well I have begun a sort out of my loft which contains a variety of stuff, including lots of my craft stash. the first thing I am getting rid of is my stitching magazines, and other magazines too. I first began collecting magazines when the first issue of Needlecraft was issued in 1990, and then went on to collect the other cross stitching magazine publications which followed hot on the heels of Needlecraft.
Anyway back to the original subject UFO's, I have been thinking about digging out this sampler for quite some time now, and yesterday I was in the loft just looking at my stash of fabric, and this UFO appeared in a box (I bet if I had gone looking for it I wouldn't have been able to find it). So I pulled it out and started wondering why it became a UFO? I have always had a love of samplers and still love the look of this one and the colours.
It's stitched on 36 count cream Edinburgh linen, and I have stitched it two over two, now the pattern called for it to be stitched one over two, but I didn't read the instructions. It's from 1992/1993 and I'd always stitched with two strands so I suppose I'd never even thought of anything being stitched just with one strand. So my guess is that is the reason it became a UFO. Now I really want to finish this, but my question is, do I pull it all out and start again, or do I just continue with using two strands? Will my stitching look different now to what it did then, I'm sure my stitching is probably different after 20 years. What do you all think?
And for anyone wondering, this sampler pattern appeared in an earlier issue of Cross Stitch Collection, I know this because I made a working copy of the pattern. I have no idea which issue, so I am going to have to look through the magazines to find out which one, and then I can show you what it will look like finished.
This linen by the way is beautiful, does anyone know if you can still by Edingburgh linen?
Why is this post in blue at the top - well I have no idea? I've tried everything but it will not change, and it also appears to be underlined, but the underlining does not show in 'preview' so whether it will show once I 'publish', who knows. (i think I've managed to fix it post publication)
Thank you to those of you who are still out there reading my blog, and those who took time to leave me a comment I appreciate it.
I have lots to share, but I'm just taking it slowly, I need to rediscover how to edit my photo's and maybe a change of software might be in order. My expert is home until tomorrow, so think it's time to wake him up, it's nearly 16 hours since he went to bed, but he had been up for over 36 hours.
The good news is that I seem to have got my stitching mojo back, so hoping to share some finishes with you, I just need to put the effort in to take the photo's.
I've also been catching up on blogs, now as I have hundreds in blogreader, it's taken a while, and I'll confess to just looking at the pictures for most of them, and when the occasional picture took my fancy then I read some posts too.
So having said that I don't think too many will read this, as if you're like me you like a good picture! And this is where it doesn't work for me, I'm not good at getting a good picture! I need more practice, I might go back to my old camera as that was much better than the last one I bought.
Sally and I exchange a stitched ornament each year, and this is the one I stitched for Sally, I did consider several others, but has Sally has lots of stitching friends I didn't want to go for the obvious - thinking that someone else would also stitch the same design. I enjoyed the stitching, and I am well out of practice on the making up front, but was pleased with the overall finish, and added some pretend crystal drops to the bottom. And phew.....Sally said she liked it. I was unable to get any really good pictures as it was so dark for many days due to the weather, and this is best I could do.
Sally stitched me a fantastic ornament, but I don't seem to have taken a photo of it, so I have stolen this one from Sally's blog - hopefully she won't mind too much! I absolutely love it, and the blue fabric is gorgeous. I don't know how Sally finds such wonderful fabric as she has no fabric shops where she lives.