Friday, September 29, 2006

No stitching here

Well I've not done any stitching since Tuesday. Although I've been thinking about it. I was out on Wednesday night, not sure where last night went, it just disappeared, I did a bit of TV watching. Gone are the days I could stitch and watch. I wear glasses for distance, but can no longer stitch with them on, as I cannot see clear enough with glasses on.
There'll be no stitching tonight, as I'm out card making. I also have a busy week next week, I'll be out Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday night. Although if I'm lucky I may manage an hour on Wednesday night when I get back home. Fingers crossed.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Well this is the beaded needle case I got last week, it arrived on Monday morning. Of course I couldn't wait to get started, and so I started it on Tuesday night. I was keen to try out Tacky Bob. I still lost a couple of beads, they flicked off the needle when I was trying to pick them up! But it was much better than spilling all of them everywhere, like I usually do.

I know it's not a really clear picture, (but if you click on the pic to open a bigger one-you might see it better) I'll do a close up of the case when I've finished it. The case is read with a black cat on it. I've finished the cat, but I'm not happy with the beading across the base of the case, so I'm going to undo it, it was a little too slack just in a small area, but I'm a bit of a perfectionist, and as I won't be doing another I want it to be right. I really enjoy beading, but how many beaded needle cases does one need. Now beaded baubles, that's another story. I'll try and remember at Christmas to photograph the one's I've made.

Monday, September 25, 2006


Well, last week was a stash week. I'm having trouble posting the pics on here, Blogger does not want to play tonight. I had a busy week last week, not much time for PC, and then over the weekend, I wasn't able to get on the PC when I wanted to. I don't normally have any problem, but when I was able the rest of the family were on, and when it was free I was busy!
I have finally finished Part 8 of Mystery IX, have stitched a little more of Part 9, but Part 10 will soon be here. I can't wait to see what it will be, Part 9 was definately a surprise, and I can honestly say I have no idea where the pattern is going. But that's the whole idea of a Mystery isn't it?

Monday, September 18, 2006

Le Potager du Roi

I thought I'd give Mystery IX, it's proper title. I've finally picked it back up, and getting on with it. An unexpected plumbing emergency has meant I've had to take the day off work, so I thought I'd post.

As the photo's of Mystery IX don't really show the threads off, I've taken a pic showing the threads used in Part 8, as they are nearly all variegated it means longer stitching time, but I'm hopeful to get this part finished, and a good way on with Part 9 before the next one is released. Wish me luck.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Flower sampler

I've still not returned to Mystery IX, but will do so now. I have gotten it down from the loft, and the Flower sampler has been packed away. I've stitched another two squares since my last posting, so there's only one motif left, and the border was released on Friday, so need to decide on that, there's a couple, or I could do them both. I think I will do them with a darker green.

I've definately decided on the floss colour for the 'stitchers set' I'm going to make, and chosen some pretty flowered fabric to go with it, so looking forward to starting that, but I must devote at least the next week to Mystery IX.

Oh, I forgot, I have just received a Tacky Bob, and I'm hoping this will help with all the beading needed on Mystery IX. I love beads, and most things I've stitched recently have beads, but I'm notorious for spilling them. I somehow, always manage to spill the pot, and they go down the side of my chair-lost forever. I ran out when I was stitching Shimmering Mermaid, probably due to spilling them several times. I've now decided to put a throw over the chair whenever I have beads, and then hopefully I'll be able to pick them up off the throw. I'll let you all know how I find Tacky Bob.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Another day, another motif

Well, I stitched this last night, and I went on to start the next motif. I really must put this away, as I need to carry on with Mystery IX, if I'm to stand any chance of finishing it before the end of the month.

I had another think on the stitching set I'm going to make, and have changed my mind about the thread colour, but I still have to do a floss toss with the fabric to see if it works.

Off now to get Mystery IX from the loft, and while I'm up there, I'll see about the floss toss. So many projects, so little time.


Sunday, September 10, 2006

Not much to tell this week

Well, this has been a really poor stitching week. Maybe I was all stitched up after last weekend. Anyway, I've frogged part 5 on the Flower Sampler, and I've restitched and finished it. If you like the look of it, you can find the pattern here.

I've put in an order from Needlecraft Corner, but I'm not telling what I've ordered yet. You'll have to come back another day! I've also decided on a new project. I was going through the free patterns I've downloaded, and found a nice Stitchers Set to do, I don't think it will take too long, I've chosen the fabric, and the thread (I think) from my stash, and hope to start on that soon. I think it will make a nice gift for my friend.

Well that was short and sweet, but Roast Chicken calls. Hope to see you all soon.

Monday, September 04, 2006

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This stitched up really, really fast. Sorry the pictures not so good. I've been back at work today, and I'm just too tired to stitch, or master a good photo. I just need to stitch the point up, and I'm thinking of backing it, can't decide whether to put iron on interfacing, with holes cut out for the drawn thread work, and the hardanger. Or maybe just back it with some pink fabric.

I now have to decide which WIP to return to. I think it has to be between Mystery IX or Japanese Garden, which I am finishing for someone.

I'll be back in a couple of days to let you know, what I decide. It's my Cross Stitch Club tomorrow night, so I don't expect to get any stitching done then either (too much chatting!).

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Progress pic

Wll, this is stitching up really fast, once I eventually got started, I had to frog 3 times! I'm really pleased with how it looks. I only have to do the hardanger heart, and the V border at the bottom, and then it'll be finished. I'm thinking of having a go at making a hanger for the top from some dowelling and maybe some small doorknobs. Has anyone else made any themselves?

Friday, September 01, 2006

It's September

Hi everyone, it's September already.

Firstly, I'd like to thank you all for visiting, and hope you keep coming back. And thanks to all the nice people who left comments.

Well, I've done a little bit more stitching on Mystery IX, nearly done another corner of Part 8. Part 9 arrived yesterday, and it contains lots and lots of beads and crystals. I couldn't resist stitching a little bit of Part 9 too!

For a few days now I've been itching to stitch something else, so I've started a new project. I had a look in my stash, and I found this. I bought this a couple of months ago from Viking Loom in York. I thought it was really nice, and only £3! A real bargain. I'm hoping it won't take too long.

Anyway, I started it whilst the tea was cooking, and have realised I'll have to frog it all. I've somehow swapped the greens around. Don't you just hate that. Here's a pic, it'll probably take me longer to frog than it did to stitch. It seems really big stitching it too, as it's on 28 count, and my recent stitching has all been on 32 count, 36 count, and 18.