Wednesday, 21 September 2011

A mighty stash acquisition!

This is a very long overdue post!

A few Saturdays ago my DH, the kids and I went for a lovely drive up to The Crewel Gobelin, where I acquired all this stash as part of my birthday present. I can't wait to stitch up some of these A&E charts, I especially love the Catharine Metcalf sampler. I purchased some Danish Flower Threads that I plan to use to stitch another A&E design some time in the future.

Afterwards we all went to lunch at a lovely beach side cafe. My DH and the girls went for a walk on the beach and built some sand castles, whilst Felix and I caught a much needed nap in the car.

My mother gave me all these lovely Japanese quilting fabrics for my birthday. I will be using them for all manner of finishing when I get a chance.

I did have a finish the previous week. I finished off the second class in the hardanger course in The Gift of Stitching magazine. I had a right time with this piece as I made some incorrect cuts and had to sew the linen threads back in (after I counted and counted and checked twice before cutting). Then I cut around the outside before I had done the stitching (by mistake) and so a lot of the outside lace work looks a bit wonky. All in all though I am happy with the result and I learned quite a few lessons in the making.

Design: Beginner's Hardanger Course (HC201, HC202, HC203)
Designer: Meg Shinall (The Gift Of Stitching Magazine Issues, 51 April 2010, 52 May 2010 & 53 June 2010)
Fabric: 20ct Irish linen - cream
Thread: Ginnie Thompson Flower Thread

I  hit the jackpot on eBay a few weeks ago with all these items. I specifically wanted the Christmas Biscornu by Just Nan, but figured the rest of the items wouldn't be too bad as well. What I didn't realise was that the lot included Chatelaine's Egypt Garden fully kitted out by The European Cross Stitch Company. You won't believe this, but I purchased all of this for less than the cost of purchasing all the threads for the Christmas biscornu (oh yeah the fabric was included as well). What a bargain!

This week there has been quite a bit on sale on eBay again and well I couldn't resist a bargain. I purchased all these Just Nan charts with their embellishments for such a low price; I would never spend much on eBay.

This weeks finish is quite a quick piece by Carriage House Designs. I saw the design on Rowan's blog and she kindly lent me the magazine with the chart. It's a quick stitch, but when you have as little time as I do to stitch, it's a weeks worth of work.

Design: Emma Blackwood Sampler
Designer: Carriage House Samplings (JCS Magazine, June 2005)
Fabric: 36ct Edinburgh linen - sand
Thread:  DMC

Today the stash I purchased from The Attic Needlework arrived. I have been waiting a very long time for these items because of back order issues, but Jean has been very helpful and patient with my inquiries. These are bits and pieces I needed to kit up a few different projects. Due to the lack of stitching time, I have been spending money on stash. I think I really need to stop now!

That's all for now, I have a few secret projects I am working on and then I need to start on all the Christmas ornaments for the children. I plan on stitching and finishing them this year and now that I have three to do, I really should start now. I must confess I still need to finish-finish the ones from last year!

I'll leave you with a few photos of Felix, Aurelia and Amelie.