Friday, 21 September 2012


Maybe I am too ambitious or maybe I am just such a sucker for punishment, but I have joined another SAL.
My track record for SAL's is just pathetic, but maybe this time I can do better. My friend Sandra showed me the chart she is doing for the SAL with Terri, Deb, Margaret, Marsha, Gabi and Evelyne and I knew that seeing I had everything already in my stash I just had to join in. We are all stitching Susan Singleton by The Scarlet Letter and the colours and design are just perfect.
I have chosen to stitch mine using DMC and I am using a piece of 36ct white linen by Hand-Dyed Fibers. I was going to use 40ct and waste some linen, but I won this 36ct linen on eBay and it was the exact perfect size for this sampler.
The SAL will be over two years and we are posting our progress every three months. The stitching requirement is not onerous, so maybe I will be successful. I just can't wait to get started.

Thursday, 20 September 2012

A Little Finish

Once again I have been a terrible blogger. I am just struggling to get time to post and time to visit everyone blogs. I have however been very busy stitching.

The most recent finish has been a Stacy Nash piece from her Handwork Club. This is the first piece from the series. I used some wood shavings to fill the pillow, just the stuff you buy for the bottom of guinea pig cages and it worked very nicely. The pillow is quite heavy and the filling spreads out quite well, yet gives the pillow a little bit of a primitive, lumpy feel. By the way I have not aged the pillow, apart from roughening up the backing fabric. I just can't bring myself to stain my stitching. Maybe another time.

Design: Handwork Club '1820 Redwork Pinkeep'
Designer: Stacy Nash Primitives
Fabric: 32ct Platinum linen
Thread: Gentle Art Sampler Thread
Finish: Pinkeep

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Craft Show Haul - Only a Few Months Late

Do you remember a while back I said that I went to the craft show? Maybe not, it was after all a few months ago. I had promised photos of what I had purchased, but once again time ran short and I forgot to post. Well wait no longer, here is the fantastic haul.

Some old Sampler and Antique Quarterly magazines, Yvette Stanton's book Hardanger with a little fabric, two project bags, some fabric dye in several shades of brown. Plenty of ground walnut shell and a stack of different beads.

Beautiful hand-dyed felted wool, a stack of fat quarters of fabric for finishing some projects. Mother of pearl buttons and some Stitches & Spice sampler threads.

A little kit to try my hand at some free hand embroidery using some of the Aurifil threads and some very basic quilting. It makes a nice little pouch I can then store the threads in. Finally not one but two pairs of scissors, I fell in love with.

My wonderful DH purchased this cabinet for me to store some of my threads in. I had to wait to have it made for me and it's handmade from oak. I can store more than 1000 thread cards if I choose, but I have decided to store my DMC #8 and #12 threads, HDF silks and the Au Ver A Soie 100/3, trebizond and Soie Surfine. I will probably be able to store twice more than that, but I don't want to get too carried away too soon.