Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Another attempt to show that needleroll

Well I think it worked this time, and a couple of more photos of the flooding. I have friends living in these places. The middle pic is about a 10 minute walk.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

A Needleroll finish

Well I had hoped to show you my needleroll which I finished off at the weekend, but for some reason I am getting an error code which I must report so that Blogger can fix it. So I'm afraid you'll have to wait. Although I have put it in my stitching album, so if you really need to see it now, you can click on the link on the right.

I'll have a go at uploading a couple of different sorts of photo's and see if that works.
Well, that seemed to work fine. I live in an area severely affected by flooding, fortunately my street was OK, but here's a pic of the flooding in my back garden. (The flooding I had was very minor, as there are lots of people now homeless, and won't be able to return to their homes for months!My house is about 3 foot higher than my garden.) And the other photo is the playing fields opposite where I live. Both were taken through double glazing and heavy rain, but I used the zoom, so they appear a lot nearer to the house than they are. As you can see the field opposite has turned into a lake, and someone had to put their dinghy on it and row! Don't you just love the colour of those Hydrangea's in the front garden?

Sunday, June 24, 2007

A nice weekend

Well the weather has been terrible, but I've had a really nice weekend. I finished work Thursday lunch, and the weather was really good then. A friend from work came around on the night to look at my stitching, as she wants to have a go, so I dug out something small, and gave here a skein of thread and some Aida. My friend wanted something a bit more challenging, so we chose a sampler with several colours, but no backstitching, and I'm going to kit that up for her. I'll see what her progress is on the small before I kit it up.
DD's school was closed for teacher training on Friday, so I cancelled what I had planned, and we went shopping for the day. By Saturday, I'd lost track of the days, and thought it was Sunday. I did some sorting out of some beads that were left over in kits, and now have them bagged up and labelled. I also made a start on the making up of my Summer Quaker exchange piece. Today, I finished making up the exchange piece, and also made up a Needle roll which I stitched a couple of weeks ago. Due to the atrocious weather I've not photographed it yet, it's just so dark here, so hope to get that pic tomorrow.
Tonight, I started a small band sampler, only a couple of bands left now, so hope to finish that tomorrow. The design is by Liberty Street Designs, can you guess which one I'm stitching?

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Round Robin - Round 5

Well, here's the next Round Robin, as you can see it has a teapot theme. I chose to stitch a Delft one. I've never done so much frogging. LOL. I've no idea why such a small thing caused me so much greif.

And here's a picture of the whole thing, as you can see there's only one round left, I can't beleive how quickly this has passed.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Last weekends stitching

This was lovely to stitch, and comes from Blackbird Designs. It is called Friendship's Sheltering Vine. I started this on the Friday night, just after 8pm, and I finished by 8am on the Sunday morning. I can't wait to do another design from this book. I'm going to make it into a bellpull, when I see the right hanger for it.

Friday, June 15, 2007

Stitching Accessory Exchange

This is the pinkeep I stitched for Jayne in the Stitching Accessory exchange. The pattern is from the June issue of The Gift of Stitching, it's Scandinavian pin cushion, but as you can see, I didn't make a pincushion. I started to do the pattern for the reverse of the pincushion, but changed my mind after I had stitched the border. I used a DMC variegated thread. Jayne had said she liked neutral and terracota colours, and something different, so hopefull I covered it. The reverse is a matching picture, although for some reason it looks pink on here, but it wasn't. LOL Originally, I was using some lovely fabric that I had, but at the last minute decided to get something else, it was some fabric I'd had my eye on for a while. I also bought some ribbon, which has a gold line down each side, and I used gold headed pins. I think I need to make myself a pinkeep now, so may use the CCN Bee pinkeep that I stitched back in Jan/Feb, that was made into a pinkeep in the pattern, but I'd decided to make it into a box top, however I have yet to locate the fabric I have in my minds eye for that. There's a distinct lack of shops where I live.

And here is what I received from Elaine. I was lucky to receive two things, a lovely scissor fob, and a pincushion. I actually used the pincushion the day it arrived.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Around the World Exchange pics

At last, I've finally been able to get the pics of a recent exchange. Since changing to the new Blogger, I've not got the hang of getting a few pics where you want them. They display one way in preview mode, and a different way once published. Anyway, here they are. These are pics of the wonderful exchange I received from Barbara. The theme was Around the World, and the aim to stitch something relating to where you live . Barbara lives in Holland, and she sent me this wonderful mail art. My name and address were stitched over 1, and Barbara made it, so that once unpicked it made into a stitchers pocket. Don't you think it's great. Here's a picture of the inside.

And here's the photo's of what I sent to Judith. It took me ages to find a design that covered England, but I finally settled on this design by Mary Hickmott, and made it into a needlebook. As you can see I sent goodies relating to Yorkshire. I really enjoyed making the needlebook, and think I'll be making another for myself soon. I have lots of small stitched designs that I could use. Although I've made lots of needlebooks before, this was the first time I'd lined one with a cotton fabric.

Saturday, June 09, 2007


I came on here to post pics of a recent exchange that I was in, but I seem to be having trouble with uploading photo's. So I'll try again tomorrow.

For now I'll leave you with a photo of a new WIP. I started this last night, but it won't be a WIP for much longer!

Friday, June 01, 2007

June already

Well, here's June. Last month was not very productive on the stitching front. I've tried to work out why, and I think it was that I had so many ways to go, stitching wise that I lost my way, and got stuck on the roundabout not knowing which direction to go in. Anyone else ever felt like this.
Anyway, this is the start of a new month, so lets hope this is better. This week I've been stitching a needleroll, well actually there wasn't much stitching on it really. Today I've hemmed it, all before 7.30am, and now I just need to seam and stuff, then I'll show. I have to go out though, so I don't think it'll get finished today.
I'm looking forward to the new issue of The Gift of Stitching, link on the right. I can't wait to see what this month brings, I really enjoy this mag.
I'm also thinking I need to change my blog someway, I may put a list up of WIP's and exchanges, maybe this might keep me more focused. I have another 4 exchanges I've agreed to, so decided not to join anymore, until these are stitched and finished. I'm not sure about a 'To Do' list as this will take me a long time, but I'm definately going to put a Wish List into my photo album, as I've had a few questions lately about what I'd like. Anyways best go and get on with the day. Chat later.