Come visit with me as I stitch and craft my way from one Christmas to the next - I like to have Christmas projects close by me all year. I have a particular fondness for Santas and Angels. If you have the time, leave a comment so I know you've visited.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

HD - Page and row finish, Christmas Dreams

So happy - Christmas Dreams is now 30% stitched!  Today I put in the final stitches in my 18th page, finishing the first three rows of pages.It's starting to look like a real Christmas picture now.  I am quite enjoying stitching this one sideways, now that I have adjusted to mentally turning all the floss symbols around as I stitch. It is nice seeing the picture grow in vertical rather than horizontal slices.

So, here is where I am now:

I have stitched 5 pages this year, and I am happy with that. I will be taking a short break from Christmas Dreams - just a week or so - while I finish up the little framed Christmas trees and also finish up Angus's height chart.  I'll be back stitching on Christmas Dreams before the end of February.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for February

It's been a busy stitching month for me - and all of my stitching in the past month qualifies for the GG report.  I stitched another 9 little Christmas trees to decorate and frame in the tiny gold coloured frames.  I haven't got the beads and buttons out yet, so this is what the naked trees look like - or at least this batch, as every batch is likely to be different! That last little tree has a white pot.  I guess I forgot to backstitch. Once they are finished, they will go into my 'take home gift basket' for Christmas visitors (and often the mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and teachers of Christmas visitors).


I also stitched and decorated this very slightly larger tree, which is about 4cm  (1.6") tall and a bit over 2 cm (0.8")wide.  I have to go looking for a frame for this one.



There has been no further progress on the Dimensions Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit Height Chart (gifted to my niece by a friend, and stitched by me at my niece's request).  I am still waiting for the extra birth and height details my niece wants added to it.  The poor dear is midway through renovations on the house they moved into just before Christmas, and she has better things to thnk of than the details I want.  I have now back-stitched a border around the stitched design, and on the backing fabric, and I have felt and cardboard ready to stiffen it, so I am all ready to finish it off.  I am hopeful that the finishing method I have in mind will allow easy removal of the internal stiffening so extra details can be stitched, and the chart can be laundered.  I have decided to go ahead and make it up anyway (just as soon as I finish my current page of Christmas Dreams and get those little trees decorated and framed).


Which brings me to my current WIP, HAED Christmas Dreams (chart, fabric and most of the floss bought with birthday money/vouchers).  Here is where I started at four weeks ago (13 pages stitched):



And here is Christmas Dreams now, with 17 pages stitched and just the face/head to go on the 18th page (which will complete the 3rd of 11 rows of pages).  I am stitching it sideways, but I turned it around so you can see my lovely Santa properly. Four pages finished in the past 4 weeks - a record for me!  When the page I am stitching on is finished, the picture will be 30% complete. Yay!


So, that's the end of my story for the  February GG report.  Thank you for visiting.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Smalls Report for January

I'm a little late for the Smalls SAL report - it just crept up on me this month.  I started the year by stitching some tiny framed Christmas trees, to replenish my Christmas visitor 'take home gift' basket. I stitched 14, but already two have been claimed by two very late Christmas visitors, who came for their visit in mid January.

Here are my tiny Christmas trees:


When I say tiny trees, I do really mean tiny - the frames are just 4.1 cm x 3.8 cm (1.675" x 1.5").


Monday, January 23, 2017

HD - Christmas Dreams is now 25% stitched (again)

Page 36 is finished - in record time.  This page took less than a week to stitch.  Although there were blocks of confetti, there were more blocks of solid colour, so it stitched up quicker than most HAED pages I have stitched.  A weekend challenge on the Aussie HAED Stitches FB group spurred me on as well. A casual inspection of my next page, page 25, leads me to believe this will not hold - it appears to be full of confetti.  Never mind, it was good while it lasted!  I am now bsck to where I was in September last year, and one quarter of the way through the stitching. I am happy with my progress.  I will keep stitching on CD for the next 4 weeks, and hope to get 2 pages finished in that time.


Can't chat - I have an page to start ...



Wednesday, January 18, 2017

HAED Christmas Dreams - my first page finish for 2017.

I brought HAED Christmas Dreams downstairs to my stitching nook last Thursday, and I have been working obsessively all week to get my 14th page stitched (page 47 in fact).  A few minutes ago the final stitches went in.  I am a happy girl!  I really want to get the next page stitched by the end of this month.  That will bring me back to where I was in September 2016 when I discovered that very stupid error I made which resulted in that horrid two weeks of unpicking two full pages of stitches.

This page took me just one week to stitch, which is a record for me. Some of the 10x10 blocks had as few as 6 different floss colours, and there were some stretches of solid colour across the blocks, so it was a much easier task than most of the HAED pages I have stitched so far.

So, Christmas Dreams with 14 of 66 pages completed (except for that one stitch of 754 that I have to stitch after my next floss buying trip):



And now for the 15th page (page 36) ... I hope to be back with a pic before the end of January (this January!)

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness Report for January

I haven't yet got used to being in 2017 - in fact I have not yet had the need to even write '2017' as part of the date - and yet here we are in the middle of January, and it's almost time for the first Gifted Gorgeousness Report of 2017.  Here's where you can sign up for Jo's Gifted Gorgeousness Blog Hop.


I have made some progress on the Growth Sampler I am stitching for my great-nephew.  The kit was a baby shower gift to my niece from a family friend, and my niece asked me to stitch it up.  The four characters are now stitched, and I added some blue fabric to the top and stitched baby's name.  The birth details will also go into the blue section. I am at a standstill now, now waiting for the details my niece wants stitched - birth details and the ages?/dates? on which Angus reached various heights (I am going to stitch these on the left hand side).  My niece wants to be able to add info to the growth chart until Angus is 5 years old, so I have had to come up with a finishing method that allows extra stitching over time, and laundering.  I hope I get it right!


Semco kit, Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit Growth Chart


I am getting ready to start working again on my HAED Christmas Dreams (chart, fabric and most of the floss purchased with birthday money &/or gift vouchers), so I decided to stitch some bright little things to get me in the right frame of mind.  I stitched these bead and button decorated trees to replenish my stock of take home gifts for Christmas visitors.  There is a cross stitched (or sometimes a Smyrna cross stitch) tree under all those beads and buttons. These little gold-coloured frames measure just 4.1 cm x 3.8 cm (1.675" x 1.5").  I love making these little trees, and I guess (because they disappear so quickly) that my Christmas visitors like them too.  I will be making more tiny framed cross stitches during the year - probably not more trees, though.



 And here is a pic of all 14, standing up.


All my stitching time for the next month(s?) will be spent on Christmas Dreams.  I have almost forgotten the horror of having to unpick almost two full pages because of that silly error I made with the repeated stitches, and I will be starting tomorrow on the 14th page (page 47 as it happens), in my third row of stitching, as I am stitching it sideways..  My aim for this year is 12 pages, so it will be good to make a start on it.  Here is where I am at the moment. Try and ignore the dirty area where I unpicked those offending pages.


I will enjoy popping in to read the GG reports.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Smalls SAL Report for December

This past month has not been a busy stitching month for me, but I did finish two smalls - my final Christmas ornament for the year (for a newly acquired puppy in a niece's family), and the final Beatrix Potter character on the growth chart I am stitching for her son at another niece's request. I now have baby's name and birth details to stitch on a separate piece of fabric, which I will stitch at the top of the growth chart.  I have some pale blue fabric for that. In my mind it is going to work - time will tell!  I can not tell you how much I disliked stitching this piece (extremely unusual for me!).  If I wasn't so fond of my niece and grand-nephew, I doubt that I would have persevered. The chart  specified half-cross stitches for the characters, and left large areas within the characters unstitched.  I just couldn't do it, as I was using the 14 count Aida provided, and I just didn't like the result.  Unfortunately the kit didn't specify floss numbers, so I had to rekit all the floss once I made the decision to replace the half crosses with full crosses, and stitch all the areas on the characters. Then I had a melt down with the back/long stitching, and after much hair pulling decided just to ignore the charted outlining, and do my own thing. I also changed the numerals, because I found the charted ones to be extremely fiddly, and I also added 20 cm to the measurements (my great-nephew is quite a tall boy).  So, all in all, I was extremely happy to put in those final stitches tonight!

This is the final character - Squirrel Nutkin I believe.  The numbers and edges are quite straight - my photography skills are at fault.

 Semco kit, Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit Growth Chart, Squirrel Nutkin


 Semco kit, Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit Growth Chart, all 4 characters


This is the Christmas ornament I stitched at the last minute so that Bodhi would not be the only family pet not to receive a Christmas ornament at our extended family Christmas dinner..



I have enjoyed participating in the Smalls SAL this year.