Wednesday, 21 July 2010


First of all I would like to thank everyone who left comments and sent emails wishing us a speedy recovery. We are on the mend, but the girls have this really annoying cough that won't go away. In all it has been five weeks that we have been unwell. The children are coughing in the night and keeping DH and I awake. The last few nights have been particularly difficult, but the coughs are improving.

I have made up for lost time with my stitching. I have started the kit by Midsummer Nights Designs that I purchased at the craft show. The design is from the Gift Of Stitching magazine and the kit included everything required to finish the project.

I have almost completed the first part of the hardanger course, also from the Gift Of Stitching magazine. I have found the hardanger is quite enjoyable and not as difficult as I first thought, although the cutting of the linen did make my heart race a little faster.

I have some more progress on my Blackbird Designs Mystery Sampler. There are quite a lot of colour changes in this portion, so it's taking a while. The circle is another thing that takes a long time. Lots of counting going on as I really do want the circle to join eventually.

I made a new start the other day as I found the most amazing Babushka fabric and Aurelia would love me to stitch a pillow using the fabric. Gazette94 has some beautiful patterns, so I am using three of these and going to stitch her a long pillow.

While I was sick, concentrating on stitching gave me an enormous headache, so I did a little crocheting. I made the girls a pair of slippers each using leftover yarn. Amelie's are quite plain, but Aurelia wanted fairy slippers and chose this amazing textured hand-dyed yarn. The only problem the colour of the yarn changed as I went along, so one slipper is quite purple and the other more pink. I also had a hard time getting the strap across the top to line up. I measured and measured and measured and still I got it wrong. The girls loved their slippers until Grandma bought them pink fairy slippers and now these are considered yucky.

I made a start on The Scarlet Letter's 1800 Gift Pincushion. I haven't got very far because it's all over one. Believe it or not, this is one nights work, pretty lame!

Aurelia thankfully changed her mind about her Christmas ornament for this year and has decided on an angel, the original one was the Snow Globe from last years JCS ornament issue. So here is the progress on Noel by Prairie Moon from the 2008 JCS ornament issue.

Here is the progress on my Folk Art Pincushion by Carriage House Samplings. I have stitched it over two using DMC on 40ct linen. I basically only have the background filling to finish, but it's taking so long.

I have made a pitiful restart on Margaret Pence by The Goode Huswife, but as you can see from the photo, there is very little done. I was quite annoyed that I had to frog this design out three times before I got it right. Serves me right for stitching when I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open.

I have also made a little more progress on Hannah Lancaster. I have stopped working on her though, as I wait for Sandra, Deb and Sandra's friend Tawny to catch up. She is really hard to just let go and not touch. Despite the fact that I hate stitching borders, this one is not too bad and I am actually enjoying it.

Apart from all that I have two exchanges that I am working on, but can't share for a while. I also have two PIF's that have to be mailed, one just needs the final finishing and I will share those once they have been received.

All in all, I think I have way too much going on and I need to get some of these pieces finished and out of the way. Perhaps starting so many projects was not such a great idea.


Lisa V said...

You have been one busy chicken!
I know how you feel about being sick, I had it for about 4 weeks and it really knocked me around, I hope you all recover soon.

Melinda said...

This is a lot of stitching!:) I like the slippers very much, they're so cute.
I hope you all get well soon!

Farm Girl said...

Great progress there......... I missed your last post with all of the gorgeous stash you got from Europe, you must be thrilled, it all looks lovely! Really like the little crochet slippers you made for your girls.

Peggy Lee said...

Hope you and your girls are feeling better soon.
Your WIP's are beautiful. Can't wait to see them finished.
I've always wanted to learn how to do hardanger but cutting the linen would give me heart failure, I'm sure!!!

Jackie said...

You're busy! I enjoyed seeing what you're working on. The pincushion I have not seen before. Love it!

I hope the girls coughs go away soon and that everyone can get a good nights rest.

Sally said...

Hope you are all fully recovered soon.

You have been busy with your stitching. It all looks lovely. I can't wait to see more of your MDN pieces from the GOS.

Kathy A. said...

I hope those coughs are short lived and you are all healthy again soon.
Wow, you have been stitching. Lovely new starts.
Those slippers are adorable even though Gramma usurped you.

Margaret said...

Wow! You dO have a lot of projects! I like them all though. It's good to hear that the hard anger isn't that bad. I want to try it as well and am saving up the TGOSM articles for the purpose. I sure hope the coughing gets better and everyone is back to normal soon!

Nancy said...

Glad you are on the mend!

You have a lot of fun projects going on! Enjoy them.

Deborah said...

You have been busy! Hannah Lancaster is just beautiful. I must say that hardanger scares the heck out of me.

KarenV said...

What cute little slippers for the girls, they turned out great! I love all your WIPs, particularly the one by Midsummer Night Designs, such soft and pretty colours. Is that Cottage Pinkeep Sampler, by any chance? I don't remember it being in GOS, but that looks like one of the blocks from the sampler. Hope the coughs are better soon!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow you have been so productive getting in some time on so many different projects.

I think your slippers are adorable! I'm a size 8 1/2 by the way!

Deb said...

Oh Suzanne - you have so many wonderful projects going on! Love those slippers, and am just loving Hannah Lancaster. You have gotten so far on it and it just looks amazing. I've been such a slacker and haven't touched mine, but it's sitting next to my chair. I will definitely give it some love in the next few days and try to stay on track. I would hate to see you put her down - you're making such great progress!

Lois said...

You've got some lovely projects on the go!! Love the little slippers for your girls - these are really cute! I have yet to learn to crochet, I tried to teach myself years ago and failed miserably!!

Glad you're feeling better. Those coughs that hang on are so bothersome.

Lynn said...

You've done an incredible amount of stitching lately, you really must be feeling better!
I tried hardanger once at a retreat workshop but just didn't enjoy it all that much. Too bad because I love the looks of it.

Beatrice said...

Wow hardanger you are so looks wonderful!
You sure have been stitching up a storm, lots of nice work.
Love the slipper..they look cozy!
I'm so glad you're on the mend.

Sampler Lover said...

Hi Suzanne, my goodness you have a lot of projects going on. They all look wonderful. I shall enjoy seeing the Scarlet Letter 1800 Gift Pincushion's progress. Don't think I have seen that one before.
See I told you that Hardanger is easy once you get the hang of it and the cutting of the threads isn't as scary as you would think is it.
Love the girls slippers. Very cute.
You know you don't have to wait for me with Hannah. If you want start again this weekend and I will do the same. - Sandra.

Ellen said...

Wow, so many projects! Love them especially Hannah Lancaster. Your crochet slippers are lovely.

Miss the gorgeous stash in your last post. Wish I am there in Europe to shop.

Hope you and your family recover fully soon!


Felicity said...

Beautiful, beautiful!

Carol R said...

Love the tiny crocheted slippers and Hannah is looking fantastic!

Berit said...

I love this post! BBD Mystery is starting to call to me pretty loudly; I will soon have to start hustling around to gather up the stuffs for it!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, oh my, you've been a busy stitcher. So many WIPs and so much progress on them.
I really love those little crocheted slippers, tehy are so cute.
I hoep that your girls are already on the mend and are feeling much better by now.

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

You put us all to shame, Suzanne! Your stitching is just magnificient and I do mean the darling slippers, as well. Keep us in shape!!