Monday, 19 February 2018

19th February 2018

Hi Blogger Friends,

So here's what I have been stitching on for the last week

Dimensions - Japanese Garden

This is where I left it last week
and here it is now
I only worked on this for a couple of hours this week but I am pleased with the progress

Prairie Schooler Alphabet - Letter S

This is where it was last week
and here it is now
Again I am pleased with my progress considering how little amount of time I spent on it. I am hoping to complete this one this week.

Bothy Threads - A Dictionary of Tea

This is where it was left last week
and I completed Flirt-tea this weekend and I am very happy that I have done this with a weekend to spare

The Gift of Stitching Magazine/Papillon Creations

This is where I left this one last weekend
and because it was IHSW this weekend I worked on it Friday night as well as both evenings of the weekend and here it is now
So I completed this central block which represents America  and then I went back to part 4 which is Ireland and Holland and I am working on the Holland section and this is where I managed to progress to


I am very happy with the progress I am making on this project.

Bothy Threads - Sleeping Beauty 

I was working on this as part of The Ultimate Cross Stitch Groups - Valentine Leap or Keep Challenge and had to put in 1250 stitches.
This is where I left it last week and below is where I got to after adding a total of 1292 stitches completing challenge



Barbara Ana Designs - All Creatures Great and Small

This is where I left this project last week
and here I am now
My goal is to get the house completed before the end of February which I think is achievable.

I also had two starts this week but I have not photographed them they were both Dimensions Gold kits Lakeside View and European Bistro in which I put one length of thread in each project.

Finally I will be receiving in the near future two of the new releases from the Wrendale range from Bothy Threads. I do not have any of these kits but these two spoke to me and my husband ordered them for me as a gift.
Anyone that knows me is aware that I love deer and the foxes face was just too cute. The kits were on special offer at Sew and So until Midnight of the 19th February so got them a lot cheaper than there normal retail price.

So that is it for this week.

Until next time

Happy Stitching

Lisa x






Monday, 12 February 2018

12th Februrary 2018

Hi Blogger Friends,

Thanks to those who took the time to read and or comment on my last post.

So here is what I have been doing over the last 7 days

Dimensions  - Japanese Garden

This is where it was left last week and below is my progress I only worked on it for three days but the third day I worked on it for several hours


Bothy Threads - Kings and Queens

I have fallen behind a little with this project I was supposed to get Mary I finished but did not so will be playing catch up in the coming week.


Riolis - In the Sunset
 This is where I left this project last week and I wasn't feeling it this week and so only did about an hours stitching on it below is where I am now at


Prairie Schooler - Alphabet Letter S
 Where I got to last week and below where I am now


The Craft Collection - Winter Seasonal Sampler
another project where I did not get a lot done as I just was not feeling it. I worked on it for two nights and only 1 hour on the second night.


Bothy Threads - A Dictionary of Tea
 This is where I got to last weekend and below is where I am now I am actually pleased with the progress I made with this one and am confident it will get completed this month.


The Gift of Stitching Magazine / Papillon Creation - Historic Countries Mystery Sampler


This is where I left it last week and below is where I have got to. I am really pleased with the progress I made
I really enjoyed doing the Standish stitch image below. There was a real rhythm in the process.

Other Stitching 

I also worked on Bothy Threads Sleeping Beauty as part of the A Valentines Keep or Leap challenge in The Ultimate Cross Stitch Group on Facebook for this one I need to do 1250 stitches on the project before the 18th February
This is where I started from and below is where I got to. I have 348 stitches to do to complete this challenge
I also worked on The Tempest from Charting Creations as part of the Full Coverage Fanatics By the Numbers SAL for February. I need to do 1200 stitches on this project and I have 672 stitches to go before the end of February. This week I worked on it both cross country and I also tried out diagonal stitching after watching Needle Bugg's video on You Tube. Now my experience thus far has shown that cross country is quicker for me but I think the diagonal may be neater. In the photo below page one contains the cross country work and the top right is page 2 and is diagonal
I also think with diagonal mistakes are easier to spot. I will continue with this method on page 2 as if I can become quicker with it, it could become a useful method of doing full coverage pieces for me.

Finally I worked on two Barbara Ana designs this week. Firstly I picked up Snooty Parrots and worked on that for about 2 hours the evening I was not feeling doing In the Sunset below is where I am now
This project is being worked on 40 ct Rosewood Newcastle linen working full crosses 1 strand of floss over 2 threads of fabric effectively 20 stitches to the inch and I love how this looks using only one strand makes my stitching neater. I am using DMC for this project.

In the last week I finally kitted up All Creatures Great and Small also by Barbara Ana. This one is being worked on 40 ct Vintage Country Mocha Newcastle linen again 1 over 2 this time with the listed Anchor threads. I have had a meagre start but by the end of the month I would like to have at least completed the house. This project I have started in the middle unlike the other one which is top left hand corner.

You can see from the photo I started on the central wreath area and then worked down to the start of the house.


So that is it for this week. I did not think I had done that much because I veered off plan but I have actually achieved quite a bit and with some projects more than I had anticipated. Staying focused when I have so many wips and do not seem able to stop starting things is a bit of an issue but at the end of the day I have always said I am a process stitcher and I stitch to soothe my soul so I should not stress myself too much if I flit between my many projects as long as progress is being made and I am enjoying it.

Until next week

Happy Stitching

Lisa x

Monday, 5 February 2018

5th February 2018

Hi Blogger Friends,

Thanks to those who took the time to read and or comment on my last post.

So here is what I have been doing over the last 7 days

Dimensions - Japanese Garden


Above is where I left it last week and below is where I am now

I added a further 1578  stitches to this project

Bothy Threads - Kings and Queens


This is where it was left last week and below is where I am now


So I completed Lady Jane Grey, so that's 91 p towards Februarys Stitch from Stash Credits - woo hoo :-)


Riolis - In the Sunset
Here is where I left it last Wednesday and below is this Wednesday's progress
So I filled in a the open area from the first photo. I think it is progressing nicely although won't really know how it is looking until I start stitching the horses.



Dimensions - Beacon at Daybreak


This is where I left it last week
A very small amount of progress, hopefully get a little more done over the next week but this will get a monthly update from now on.

Prairie Schooler - Alphabet Letter S

So I started this on the 1st February and below is my progress after 4 days



The Craft Collection - Winter Seasonal Sampler


I have chosen to work on this Sampler as my main evening focus project in February, with a view to finishing. My reason for choosing this one and not one of the samplers that I put in my Stitching Plans for 2018 is due to the fact that I discovered this was started in March 2003, therefore it has to be one of my oldest wips. I spent two evenings working on it over the last week and made progress on one of the otters in the bottom right of the design


Bothy Threads - A Dictionary of Tea

This is where it was left last week
and here is where it is now
So I made reasonable progress on the second block.My goal is to complete one block per month
and I will work on this at weekends

The Gift of Stitching Magazine / Papillon Creation - Historic Countries Mystery Sampler
This will be my weekend evenings project for February with a view to at least 4 evenings. I failed miserably with Sleeping Beauty Castle in January only managing one 3 hr session. I hope to do better this month with this project. Here is what I managed to achieve on both evenings of this weekend. I am filling in the centre piece
Not as much as I had hoped but all progress is better than none.


Startitis is a real thing and on Wednesday my second day this week home alone I started on two of my Dimensions kits. The main reason being if they are started I will not sell or give them away should the need arise. Method in my madness !!!!

Dimensions - Gold Collection Petites - Bird Poste
So a small start on the flower at the bottom right of the design.

Dimensions - Afternoon in Provence - Design 2
So again a small start on the door area of the second design with the bicycle.

I am hoping to put some stitches in both these designs weekly even if it is just one length of floss just so they are continuing to progress. Like Beacon at Daybreak I  will update on these two designs  monthly.


Books wrap up for January

So in January I read 10 books in total. Of these 2 were audio, 2 were Non -fiction, 2 were Childrens books and the remaining were fiction. So a good start to the year. My favourite read of January was Magpie Murders.

Titles and my Star ratings

In the Midst of Winter by  Isabel Allende  4*
Colour Confident Stitching by Karen Barbe 4.5*( Non Fiction)
The Magician's Nephew  by CS Lewis 3* (Childrens Book)
Snow White Must Die by  Nele Neuhaus 3.5 * (Audio)
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman 4*
Magpie Murders by  Anthony Horowitz 4.5*
Cider House Rules by John Irving 4*
The Raven Boys by  Maggie Stiefvater 4* (Audio)
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying by Marie Kondo 2* (Non Fiction)

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis 4* (Childrens Book)

In February so far I have finished reading The Wife Between - this is a psychological thriller with two authors which is unusual. It started off really well dipped in the middle and then picked up again right at the end. I also finished reading The Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah which is one of the books on my Bedtime TBR and I am still on track with that. This book was really good even though I struggled with a couple of the characters early on in the book, by the end I shed a few tears and gave it 4.5 * well worth a read.

So that is is for this week. I am pleased with the progress I have made and hopefully next week will be similar.

Until next time
Bye for now
Happy Stitching and Reading (if like me you are also a bookworm)

Lisa x





19th February 2018

Hi Blogger Friends, So here's what I have been stitching on for the last week Dimensions - Japanese Garden This is where I left it...