Wednesday, 27 January 2010


Aurelia did a draw of a name yesterday and the winner of the travelling pattern is:

Congratulations, I have sent you an email and will send it out as soon as I have your details.

On another note, I have done a little more stitching, I finished my section of Edgar's Emblem Of Love RR and it has been posted off to Carol.

I stitched a little more on Rites Of Spring by Blackbird Designs.

I did stitch more on Hannah Lancaster by The Porcupine Collection, although it doesn't look like it. I stitched a whole stack more on the house. There are a lot of bricks in this house and I am about one quarter of the way through.

I also spent time stitching on my LHN RR, but I will show that on my next post as I need some advice on what I should do with the border.

Sunday, 10 January 2010

First Finishes for 2010 and the Travelling Pattern Giveaway!

I can't believe it, I'm on a role. I just pulled some WIP's out and decided that it was time to get some finished and as a reward started two new projects.

Design: My Needle and My Floss
Designer: Waxing Moon Designs
Fabric: 40ct Sew-It-All linen - Lemon cloud
Thread: Weeks Dye Works

Sonda sent me this design and set it up as another Travelling Pattern. Now that I have completed her, I would like to make the offer on my blog, so that someone can become the third recipient of this lovely design. If you would like the opportunity to receive this travelling pattern, please leave a comment on this post only indicating that you would like to receive this pattern. I will draw a name on Tuesday 26th January.

Design: Flax Fields
Designer: Carriage House Samplings
Fabric: 40ct R&R Reproductions - Sheep's Straw
Thread: Gloriana and Needlepoint Silks

Design: The Sampling
Designer: Bent Creek
Fabric: 32ct R&R Reproductions - Houseblend
Thread: Weeks Dye Works and DMC

I have made a new start for the year. It's Rites of Spring by Blackbird Designs. I received it all kitted up as a gift from Petra last year for participating in her daily trivia quiz. I have never stitched on Wichelt linen before, and despite the fabric being all out of shape, it's not too bad to stitch on. I am used to a very soft type of linen, but the only thing I have found with this fabric is that I need to change the tension of stitches to be a little more loose. I think I may just have to use this fabric again in the future.

Sandra has been tempting me with this beautiful sampler called 'Hannah Lancaster' by The Porcupine Collection. I have never stitched a sampler before and after seeing all of Sandra's beautiful samplers, what else could a girl do? I just couldn't resist any longer, so I pulled out some 40ct linen and the called for DMC threads and started stitching. I figured if I started with the most boring part, the house, I have interesting parts to look forward to. Although I stitched all day, progress is slow. If bricklayers laid bricks at the rate I am stitching them, the house would take a hundred years to build.

I pulled out my Red Thread piece by Bent Creek and finished another square. The design is 'Picnic'. I am officially over the halfway mark. Sadly I didn't even touch this piece last year, so that's all a bit sad, but I do hope to stitch more of it this year.

That's all my stitching for now. My bathroom renovations start on Friday and because of the access into the bathroom, the girls cannot be left on their own to play in the lounge room as the front door will be open all the time to allow access to the builders. Although the way out will be blocked, I am sure it won't take either of them long to work out how to get out of the lounge room and out the front door. This means that I am going to have to sit with them and sew and supervise. What a terrible shame, two weeks of sitting and sewing. It's a difficult job, but I think I am up to the task.

This morning we started to remove the wallpaper from our bedroom. I am not too keen on the colour scheme, (and yes, that is three different types of wall paper) it's more appropriate for an older style of home, which ours isn't. As you can see from the photo, both of the girls helped remove the paper from the wall. Amelie thought it was a hoot and put her whole body into getting that wallpaper down. Who knows, maybe they feel the same way about the paper as I do. The rail on the wall is coming out and we will be painting the walls ecru, which will match the colour scheme for our bathroom perfectly and the timber work a slightly darker shade. Can't wait till it's all over!

Finally I will leave you with photos of what my daughter ate for dinner the other night. I made a really yummy vegetarian chili and this is what she ate. Rice on bread!!!

Friday, 1 January 2010

A Year In Review

A new year has begun, so it's a time to reflect what I achieved with my stitching over the last year.

  • 12 Blessings of Christmas by Lizzie Kate - still not finished
  • Red Thread by Bent Creek - still only halfway there
  • Angel of Winter by Lavender Angels - not a stitch was put in her
  • One exchange for Fair & Square
  • Two exchanges for Hooked On Exchanging
  • Three exchanges for the Year Long Prairie Schooler Exchange
  • Four exchanges for Friends Through Thread
  • One exchange for the Lizzie Kate Exchange
  • Completed the Little House Needleworks RR
  • Started the Emblem Of Love RR
  • 32 finishes
  • 9 finishes for myself
  • 23 finishes for others
  • 13 WIP's

I feel like I have accomplished quite a bit this year, but sadly very little of the stitching was for myself. This year I still want to participate in some exchanges, but I am going to limit myself to a significantly smaller number. I learnt so many new techniques and attempted many new finishes, but I need some of these for myself. I am going to start to tackle the list of charts that I have kitted up and see where I go from there.

Wishing you all a very happy new year!

Detailed list of finishes:

Fancy Work - O Tannenbaum
Lizzie*Kate - Spring Sampler (HoE)
Barbara Ana Designs - Halloween Biscornu (BoB)
Lody Steward - Stitcher's Journey Fob One
The Prairie Schooler - Prairie Birds - Sparrows (F&S #11)
Debbie Draper Designs - Spring Flowers (BoB)
The Prairie Schooler - Autumn Leaves - Autumn Foursome (YLPSE)
The Drawn Thread - motifs from Toccata Number II (FTT)
Little House Needleworks - Joan's RR square
Elizabeth's Designs - Dear Friend (Gift)
The Drawn Thread - Little Spot Sampler
Lody Steward - Summer Flowers Sewing Set - Biscornu (BoB)
Blackbird Designs - Their Song - Stitcher's Book (FTT)
The Prairie Schooler - Spring & Fall - May (YLPSE)
Little House Needleworks - Julianne's RR square
Sally Gilpin - Victorian Blooms
Teresa Wentzler - Beginner Whitework Project
The Prairie Schooler - Floral Bookmark (Gift)
With My Needle - Emblem of Love - My RR
River Fish Sampler - Lisa's RR
Marie Auriau - Black Needles Needlebook (FTT)
With My Needle - Emblem of Love - Deb's RR
The Prairie Schooler - When Witches Go Riding - Border (HoE)
Lizzie Kate - Summer ABC's (LKE)
The Primitive Needle - Earth Sampler
With My Needle - Acorn Sewing Case - Needlebook
Praiseworthy Stitches - Christmas Poinsettia Topiary (FTT)
Bent Creek - Red Winged Blackbird (PIF)
Lizzie Kate - Life's A Stitch (PIF)
Prairie Schooler Santa - The Prairie Schooler (YLPSE)
Elizabeth's Designs - Bee Hive (PIF)
Lody Steward - A Stitcher's Journey Fob Two (Gift)