KEYPLAN 3D–Quasarts

Something completely different to share with you today . . . a new application available on the Appstore.  The reason I share?  Second son, who is a programmer in the gaming industry, is one of the people who has been working on this project for the past 2 years.  Since I don’t have FB or Tweet account to help make it go viral, I thought I’d add link to their presentation video here Sourire

And link to Keyplan 3D on Appstore.

ah ha!!! it’s beginning to take shape–Mystery SAL

As title suggests, the October Mystery SAL organised by Hélène et Mahélia is beginning to take shape ^^  I think DebbieRose is on the right track, with her suggestion of a Hallowe’en Pixie (and she came up with that after seeing stage 3). 

Here is stage 4 revealed

claire etape 4 oct

What I thought was a scarf is actually sleeves and colourful leggings lol.  There are two more stages so stay tuned.  One for the rest of the cross stitch and the final stage for backstitching and finishings.

just browsing not buying

I don’t think I’m alone in enjoying browsing on the internet, checking out what’s new in my favourite on-line shops.  I have no intention of buying anything, since I treated myself only recently to a new kit ^^ BUT there’s no harm in keeping up to date, is there?

My tastes in cross stitch are fairly varied.  Anything can catch my eye, from the simple to the more intricate.  Anyway, here are a few pictures of some new designs on the market – photos are from sewandso, which is where I do most of my buying.

Witch's Stitches Chart Leaflet

“Witch’s Stitches” a chart by Sue Hillis Designs.  Very seasonal and lots of gorgeous purples ^^

A Christmas design

Cheerful Santas Cross Stitch Kit

This is a kit by Vervaco called “Cheerful Santas”. 

You can tell I’m attracted by bright colours, because the next one really has me tickled pink ^^  Can just see this hanging in a child’s bedroom or maybe as a little wall hanging in a modern kitchen

Teapot Mouse Cross Stitch Kit

This is a Bothy Threads kit called “Teapot Mouse”

And in total contrast,

Morning in the Country Cross Stitch Kit

“Morning in the Country” a kit by RTO.  This is a very large, complex design.  I can almost smell that fresh country air, and feel the gentle breeze. 

I won’t tempt you with anymore ^^  I have managed to resist temptation, and finished my “window shopping”, for the time-being, at least ^^ 

October cupcake and part 2 of Mystery SAL

I said, only yesterday, that I had signed up to follow a “Mystery SAL” with Hélène et Mahélia . . . and I have already managed to catch up with other stitchers – yay!

Here is my part 2 – still no idea what we’re stitching ^^

claire et2 oct

All I can say is, it’s going to be very colourful, as I added a bright pink and orange to my fabric.

Also . . . printed out the October cupcake by Lorraine Clarke, from Cyberstitchers . . . and stitched with one thread on 20 count aida to make another really tiny one.

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Only 2 more to stitch!  Gosh, hasn’t this year flown by?

more little stitching: Lindashee and Wyrd Byrd

I’m on a roll with little stitching projects – I just love small projects at this time of year ^^  They give me a sense of achievement, and “instant gratification”. 

Have just slipped fabrics into cards (again), not stuck down or anything, so colour choice for cards is not final.  However, it makes for a prettier photo to show you something almost finished.

First little piece to show you is Lindashee’s squirrel.  I spotted a few red squirrels in the woods behind our future house, when we visited, and I really love these little animals. So agile and graceful, aren’t they?


And second design is a blackwork. Design by Wyrd Byrd.  I did some more colouring in with pencils.  Could possibly do with me darkening some areas, but I need to find a pencil sharpener.


October Mystery SAL

Hihi, I’ve just signed myself up to follow a fun “mystery SAL” for October.  The person running this is a very talented designer, Hélène, and it’s taking place on her blog Hélène et Mahélia.  Rules are quite “strict” because you have to sign up and then send in photos of each update, whereupon Hélène then sends the chart for the next stage. 

It’s a really fun way to stitch because I have absolutely no idea what we’re actually stitching lol.  Hélène gives colours, but we’re free to mess around and use what we have in our leftover stash. 

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This is my first stage complete. Colours are my interpretation of “mustard” and “heather”.  Other stitchers have already done part 2, but I signed up late, so will catch up asap.  Stages are each Wednesday and Saturday, with 6 in total. 

If you fancy joining in the fun, Hélène speaks and writes very good English, so feel free to sign up. She allowed me to join late, so I’m sure she’ll welcome other stitchers.  You can sign up by asking on the first post about the SAL – you’ll find it by clicking on the following link:

Oct SAL Mystère.