“Live Simply” – a finish and a new start

Live simply finished

I’m having a happy dance with a lovely bright piece of stitching.  “Live simply” a Dimensions kit that I snapped up on the sewandso January sale for just over £2.  I can never resist a bright project, and at that price, well . . .

This piece has been stitched with a small patchwork project in mind . . . more on that when I get round to it.

In the meantime, a finish means I was allowed to rummage in my stash drawer in search of a new start.  I’ve gone for something completely different.

Victorian house

Another Dimensions kit: “Victorian Charm”.  This kit was a gift from N and 2nd second son, for Christmas 2015, so it’s been sitting my in stash drawer a while.  I’m a little apprehensive about it.  I have more than 20 years of cross stitching under my belt, so I’m not worried about the details, heaps of colour changes, blending of threads and backstitch . . . it’s the fabric I’m apprehensive about.  Kit comes with 18 count dark navy aida and my eyes aren’t as good as they used to be.  Then again, if I don’t tackle it now, then it’ll sit in the drawer for even longer!  I did contemplate swapping for a lighter aida, but then the night sky won’t be as effective.  So, nevermind about the dark navy . . . I’ll just have to be methodical, and take things slowly.  By my estimation, this could keep me busy probably all through the Spring and the Summer!

SAL update #2 Cirque des Triangles


An update on the previous photo which looked like this

CdesT stage 01

Lighting for top photo isn’t brilliant, but you get the general idea.  This is how “Cirque des Triangles” looks for this SAL update.  Fabric is still forest green and thread is a lot more orange & vivid than it looks.  This design is by Tracey Horner for Ink Circles.

Don’t forget to stop by and admire progress of other SAL members.  Avis, is working on the same CdesT design, but in totally different colours.  Other ladies are all working on a wonderful variety of projects:  Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, WendyLinda, Catherine and we’ve just been joined by Mary Margaret.

And stop by, if you can, on April 2nd for our next update.

“Live Simply” update and merci to La Pie Kikou

You may be thinking, after recent posts, that I’ve suddenly given up on cross stitch, and am totally absorbed with my crochet hook.  You would be wrong lol.  I’m still busy cross stitching, with my feet up, in the evening.  It’s my favourite activity for the evening, when I follow whatever is on TV and keep my hands busy. 

live simply 02

I’m still working on “Live Simply” which is a kit by Dimensions that I picked up at a bargain price in sewandso’s January sales.  Last time, it looked like this.

live simply

A few more evenings and it should be finished.

I have a thank you to share with you today as well.  A big thank you to La Pie Kikou.  La Pie is a French blogging friend who dabbles in many many needlecrafts, and her “finishing” is always remarkable.  I was very lucky to receive one of her creations . . . as a belated birthday gift

from La Pie01

An embroidered “carnet” plus some fabric for patchwork and a DMC chart & threads to stitch some kokeshi dolls.

from La Pie 02

You undo the pink ribbon and it opens out

from La Pie 04

from La Pie 03

from La Pie 05

There are teeny tiny seed beads on the front too . . . it’s so pretty!

SAL update: Cirque des Triangles #1

cdest ready

For this SAL update, both Avis and I have begun a brand new project . . . an Ink Circles design by Tracey Horner:  Cirque des Triangles (hereafter to be called CdesT).  This will be the second “Cirque” we tackle together since we stitched Cirque des Cercles in 2014 and had lots of fun with that.  Nice thing about Ink Circles designs, is that you can really get creative with fabric and thread.

I’m stitching on a Forest Green 25 count Lugana evenweave, using 2 strands of Threadworx “Wild¨Poppies” (1072).  Threadworx skeins come in 25m lengths, which explains why there are only 4 skeins in the photo.  Should be more than enough.

Anyway, enough chat . . . here’s my progress for stage 1.

CdesT stage 01

We’ve started top left (after some careful measuring of fabric) and it’s plain sailing so far.

Don’t forget to pop over and see what other ladies in the SAL are working on.

Avis, is working on the same CdesT design, but in totally different colours.  Other ladies are all working on a wonderful variety of projects:  Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, WendyLinda and Catherine.

And please do come back to check out progress on 12th March.

two little blackwork stitchings

Doomed to not get any machine sewing done, following doctor’s instructions to “rest”, I’ve been flitting between several cross stitch projects, but wanted a little more excitement in my life . . . so after browsing on Elizabeth Almond’s site, I printed out a couple of her free blackwork designs. 

I made use of some leftover threads from a recent cross stitch finish (Statement Flowers) and cut myself a couple of small pieces of cream 14 count aida . . . after a few evenings of stitching comfortably, with my feet up and back supported by special cushion . . .

blackwork 01

First one is called “Colour Flower”, stitched in green, pink and purple.

blackwork 02

Second one is called “Freestar”, stitched in black and turquoise.


As you can see, even on 14 count aida, they’re only small: 2.5” square.  I’ll be finishing them off soon – once I’ve decided exactly what I am going to do with them.

“statement flowers” happy dance

statement finished

I am having a very bright happy dance here . . . with “Statement Flowers”, a kit by DMC.  This kit was a total impulse buy, last year.  I’m not really a flowery girl, but these bright, bold colours caught my eye and I knew it would be a fun project to stitch.  It was. 

statement finished 02

All those purples, greens and turquoise blues are right up my street.  I loved working on this, and I love the finished result.  So vibrant!

My little brain is already thinking about how to do the proper finish for this design . . . I’ve got an idea . . . now to see if I can make it work.

In the meantime, one finish, meant a new start . . .

live simply

Yup, another flower, but it’s the bright blues and greens that caught my eye for this design.  Plus, I bought it in sewandso’s January sales, so it was an absolute bargain price.  I already know how this design is going to be finished off, but I won’t let on for the moment.

SAL update – Unicorn #13

I have a happy dance to share with you . . .

SAL unicorn finish 01

“Unicorn and Maiden” by Joan Elliott is officially finished – yay!  I didn’t quite follow all the backstitch detail; leaving off some metallic stitching on the bottom of gown and maiden’s floral wreath, but I think the seed beads give it enough bling.

SAL unicorn 02

SAL unicorn 04

SAL unicorn 03

I really enjoyed stitching this design, and thank SAL members for their encouragements throughout.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

A finish means a new start for next time . . . Avis and I started thinking about our next SAL project months ago, and are eager to begin.  We’ve decided to work on the same project again (which is how this SAL originally came about) and plumped for another Ink Circles.

CdesT sneak peek

We stitched “Cirque des Cercles” together, a few years ago and this time we’re going to stitch “Cirque des Triangles”.  You can see my “Cirque des Cercles” here, still not framed.  I’ve chosen to stitch CdesT in exactly the same colours.  Threadworx “Wild Poppies” on a 25 count Lugana Forest Green evenweave.

If anyone has “Cirque des Triangles” in their chart stash and fancies joining us – please contact Avis.  Or if anyone simply wants to join in with a different project – contact Avis who is our co-ordinator.

We are quite a large group of ladies, worldwide, working on different needlecraft projects, and showing updates every 3 weeks to keep us all motivated.

You can admire SAL members’ stitching by clicking on the following links.

Avis, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, SusanP, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, WendyLinda and Catherine.

Next SAL update will be on 19th February.