Thursday, 24 March 2011

Cash for Stash

It's been a while since my last post, but I have been busy organising a yard sale. Last Saturday we finally had our yard sale that we have been waiting for a long time to get done. Happily most of the items have gone and that pile of junk that has been haunting us for many years has vanished. My house feels like it's gone back to normal and the backyard is no longer cluttered. The best part is that I now have a tidy little sum for some stash purchase. (My DH was more than happy for me to use the cash to buy stash) I don't think I need anything yet, so I will put it aside and spoil myself after the baby is born.

In other news, I am happy to say that Lisa received the PIF I stitched for her. We won't talk about how long it took me to send, suffice to say that it is done.

Design: English Cottage Sampler Ornament (freebie)
Designer: Teresa Wentzler
Fabric: 28ct Zweigart Jobelan - White
Thread: DMC, Mill Hill Beads
Finish: Pincushion

First I have to apologise for the next lot of photos, they have been taken with my point and shoot (by me) and I have not pressed any of my stitching.

As I mentioned in my last post, I had lots of new starts and was close to a finish. Here is is the new start and finish that I was able to get done. I stitched this piece up whilst my DH was away in Japan and I personalised it with our initials. My DH got back from Japan less than 24 hours before the first earthquake hit.

Design: My Love I Give Thee
Designer: Barrick Samplers
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Linen - Ecru
Thread: DMC

I finally finished Amelie's Christmas ornament from last year. I used a piece of Green Mountain linen that I picked up on eBay a while ago. It's a shame that this linen is no longer available, it's such a lovely soft linen to work on. I now have quite a bit of finishing to get done. I think I will probably need an entire weekend to get all the pillows and ornaments finished. Now I have to start to concentrate on this years ornaments, I have to remember that I will need to get three finished this year.

Design: Visions Of Sugar Plums
Designer: Country Cottage Needleworks (2009 JCS Ornament Issue)
Fabric: 32ct Green Mountain linen - unknown colour
Thread: DMC

I don't know what came over me in the last few weeks, but I had this incredible urge to start new projects, and lots of them. So let me show you where I am up to with them.

First of all here is Eliza Sloan by The Goode Huswife I started. I love the dark colours of this one and because I am stitching it on 32ct it almost has this rustic feel to it. I think it will make a really nice lumpy old style type pillow once I finish and stain it.

Next I had been reading about so many people's progress on Mary Glover that Emmanuelle had so kindly offered on her blog. I signed up for the SAL and then went into my stash to see what fabric I had. I found the prefect piece of 40ct linen already cut to the exact size, so the deal was done. I am a little behind everyone, but I am steadily catching up. Although with the over one verse, 40ct may not have been the best choice, it's taking forever to stitch.

While I was stitching Amelie's ornament, on the opposite page in the JCS magazine, is a photo of this beautiful redwork pillow in an old issue of Sampler & Antique Needlework Quarterly magazine. Well, you know how it is, if you look at a design long enough, the temptation to start it is great. Thankfully my friend Sandra came to the rescue and this is another piece I have started.

Finally I decided to make a new crochet blanket for my girls. The first one will be for Amelie, because I made Aurelia one a long time ago, although now she doesn't like it anymore and wants one just like Amelie's. I had purchased some Heirloom Magic Merino is twelve colours and then decided that twelve colours was not enough and purchased another twelve colours. The plan is to make eighty of these flowers and not have one the same colour combination. I am keeping track of the wool usage so that I use the same amount from each ball and that I am using a different colour combination each time. The photo only shows the flowers with two colours, once the flowers are all completed, I need to choose an additional colour to join each together as I go. It will certainly be a very bright and colourful blanket. The pattern is by Knitwhits and it's called Amelie's Throw.

Last night I pulled out my Blackbird Designs Mystery Sampler and stitched a little more. It looked odd and I just couldn't pick what was wrong with it. Then I realised I have stitched the door in the wrong place. I threw it down in disgust and it will probably be another week before I decide to pick it up again.

Now I have to make a confession. I am making a new start with Cheryl this weekend. Cheryl and I are going to stitch the Carriage House Samplings Alphabet Blocks together in a SAL. We are not setting ourselves an impossible goal, just one block a month. See I told you something has got into me!

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Stash, Finishes and Exchanges!

I pre-ordered some new stash from Market a few weeks ago and what amazingly prompt service I received. My parcel only took 4 days to arrive and everything was prefect. As I mentioned in my previous post I purchased Miss Trenner's Needlework Academy Limited Edition Kit by With My Needle, I also purchased the hare thread winders and storklet scissors from Kelmscott Designs to go with the kit.

Then there were a few charts I just couldn't resist. The two new Blackbird Designs Anniversary Of The Heart series and their new Stitcher's Journey book (well worth the cost!!). I picked up the two charts from Carriage House Samplings, oldies, but goodies and finally one more chart by With My Needle.

There was plenty more stash in the way of fibres, but I decided not to photograph all of that as well.

This week I received the most gorgeous Christmas ornament from Lynn for the Hooked On Exchanging Reindeer Ornament Exchange. Lynn stitched a design by Daffycat and substituted the French knots with little beads. I can't wait to hang it up on my Christmas tree this year.

Then I heard that Lisa had received the ornament I stitched for her. I was a little undecided on the colour, but once it all came together, I was really pleased with the result. I purchased a wave blade for my rotary cutter and used that to cut out the felt. I think it turned out pretty good for a first go. A little more practice and I think I will have the technique down pat.

Design: Reindeer
Designer: Over The Moon Designs
Fabric: 28ct Cashel linen - White
Thread: DMC
Finish: Christmas ornament

Finally I made a final push and finished off my baby's blanket. A couple of nights work and it was all completed. I was a little undecided on the edging, but decided to go with the edging in the pattern. Sorry for the wavy shape of the blanket, I still haven't got round to blocking it.

Design: Granny's Baby Throw
Designer: Lion Brand - Pattern 90342B
Yarn: Cleckheaton Country 8ply - 100% Pure New Australian Wool
(Colours 2267, 1935, 2294, 1962, 0003)

I do have some new starts that I have been working on, but I am really close to another finish, so they will have to wait until another post. Sorry, I am such a tease, but I just want to make sure you come back for another visit!