DH has been having some health issues recently that have given cause for concern, so we've been staying home relaxing quite a bit and that means I've had quite a bit of progress with projects and have a few pics to share with you.
A couple of finishes ....
Part 4 finished off and then the final part 5 of the Positive Thinking SAL stitched up beautifully
so that makes a finish of that. It's been a really nice project to stitch and the wording is so lovely. I need to remember this when I have negative thoughts popping into my head. I've seen so many out there in blogland, not sure how to finish mine yet so will wait a while and give it some thought, although I am leaning towards just framing it and hanging it on my wall.
The second little finish is a birthday gift for a friend I met whilst studying over 20 years ago. She's not a crafter and loves to receive something handmade. She's also a gardener and this little design from Elizabeth's Designs has been in my stash together will the others that came out in the series since 2005. I've recently been looking for something and came across quite a few things that I had forgotten I had.
I made a little change to the charted design. You can see from this close up of the chart that the bee skeps are stitched in horizontal satin stitch
but I decided that they looked to long a stitch and not very neat. I made mine vertical satin stitch like I've seen on other designs and was very happy how they turned out.
The WDW threads for the large trees and smaller ones and the little brass charm came with the chart, but I decided to add a little bee button from my own stash to the bottom fabric on the finished little pillow.
Wednesday SAL start ....
I'm still joining in with the Wednesday SAL at NH with Barb and the ladies in the parlour. This week saw the start of another Santa Village design from CCN. I got 6 stitched last year and number 7 is Christmas Tree Farm. I'm hoping to get the last 6 stitched this year and all made up for Christmas 2014.
I spy a UFO ...
A couple of years ago I made the decision to finish everything I had in my basket. It worked well that year and lots did get completed. A HAED design was left in there, and that, as regular readers will know, has now left the building and resides with a stitcher who offered to give it a good home and finish it. The only other thing that got left was Irish Garden by Liz Turner Diehl
I checked on my blog and the last time it was stitched on was a post 10th May 2010 **hangs head in shame** oh dear and there was me saying it was only 2 years ago.....oooops!
This is where I left it after only working on it for a short time.
and here it is after some time on it this weekend. Four trellis panels added, some backstitch to the top left corner and another little cat has come to play.
Will it get completed this year? We will have to see. I really do like the design. It's just all the fiddle faddle stuff like half and quarter stitches and silly backstitch to them that joins them all up and there will be lots of speciality stitching in the outer borders. You just can't watch tv and stitch on this one, it has to have your total attention and yet it looks so simple when you see a pic of it. I admire those who stitch on the Chatelaine's this one is just like them... complicated!
I've also stitched and finished the January challenge that Christine organises over at NH. This year the challenge has been combined with Christmas ornaments so we will all have 12 lovely ornaments at the end of the year. Next weekend is reveal day for this one, so i'll show you that next time.
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