SAL “Getting Ready” #13

My SAL stitching on “Getting Ready” has been rather eratic these past few weeks.  Rather like my other crafting where I seem to have been moving rapidly from one project to another (all will be revealed very soon!).

Last time, in May, I showed you this photo

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I really should have done some backstitch to give the waiter on the left a face, but instead, I just kept threading up my needle with different colours, and stitching a bit here & there.  The result of which looks like this

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Not too shabby but still quite a lot to do.

Let’s do some blog-hopping now and see what other SAL members have been up to.

Avis, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,

HeidiJackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

And our next update will be on Sunday 8th July.


SAL “ Getting Ready” #12

Hello everyone!  Needle has been flying in order to have some decent progress to show for the SAL.  I worked on “Getting Ready” for a full week, putting in about 2 hours of stitching each evening.  This is a kit by Design Works, and adapted from a painting by Ronald West.

In order to admire progress, here’s a “before” photo from 6th May.

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And “after”

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Not bad, eh?  I’ve been concentrating on the second waiter but also adding a few other colours when I got bored of stitching with white & greys.  The tub of flowers on the right has a few leaves . . . the vase to the left is beginning to take shape . . . and the green shutters in the middle.  No backstitch added this time as I’d like to complete this big chunk and then bring it to life.

I’m now off to see what my fellow SAL stitchers have been up to on their various projects.

Avis, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,

HeidiJackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

Next update on 17th June. 

happy dancing and a new start

bothy cats finished

I’m having a happy dance with a recent cross stitch finish: “Row of Cats”, a kit by Bothy Threads.  As already mentioned, I wasn’t terribly impressed with the backstitch on this project, which was better suited to stitching on evenweave rather than the 16 count aida supplied in the kit.


I wasn’t terribly impressed by the Lana wool either,  which was supplied to stitch some of the cats & then brush them to make them fluffy. I therefore didn’t use the Lana, and just substituted normal cotton threads (there was more than enough in the kit).  Bothy Threads will be receiving feedback from me about those two issues.   After going cross-eyed with backstitch on cats, I made an executive decision and didn’t stitch cats’ names along the top.  I think it looks nice and “crisp” without.  However, all in all, this was a fun design to stitch.  I changed one cat’s colour simply because I wanted to make him a bit different – can you spot him?  With all cats being quite small, and the various colourful toys along the bottom, it was easy to pick up and make progress even when I only had half an hour to spare.

I’ve given my aida a quick iron for the photo before folding it away.  It will become a cushion cover when I feel in a cushion cover making mood.

In the meantime, one finish means I’m allowed to delve in my cross stitch stash to choose a new project!  I’ve still got a lot of work to do on “Getting Ready” for the 3-weekly group SAL, so I thought it unwise to start anything too big or intricate.  I’m therefore going to start on a very small design by Permin. 

permin robot

Design size is only approx 60 x 35 stitches so it should stitch up quite fast.  This kit comes with a generous supply of thread, and a large piece of dark cream 14 count aida plus a large piece of muslin with instructions to make it into a mobile phone case.  I already know, before starting, that I won’t be making a phone case so I’ve put the supplied fabrics away, to use for something else, and I’ll be stitching on an antique white 14 count.  I checked backstitch first lol . . . there’s quite a lot of it, but it appears to correspond to holes.

happy un-birthdays in May

I had lots of fun cross stitching a couple more freebie designs recently. Two partner designs, with two naughty partners in crime, by Sylvia and called “Der Dieb” and “Der Dieb 2”.  Der Dieb being German for “the thief”.

der dieb x2

I wasn’t sure how I was going to finish these two designs until the stitching was done, and then it came to me.  Two little coasters! Which then winged their way to NanaCathy and Mr E (because I don’t see why husbands of crafters shouldn’t celebrate an un-birthday from time to time!).

dieb 01

I didn’t send the matching mugs & spoons (sorry Cathy lol) but I did make them in two different colours, being inspired by the cross stitched border on each.

dieb 04

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They were very quick & simple to make.  Two 5” squares of patchwork fabric for each, and a square of wadding.

dieb 03

I went for contrasting print fabric on the back.

dieb 02

Hopefully these will come in useful to protect wooden furniture from either hot mugs or from cool glasses, with condensation dripping down.  As to which one is for Cathy and which one is for Mr E . . . I’ll let them decide.

ScrapHappy # May

I joined a ScrapHappy group a few months ago, organised by Kate in Australia and Gun in Sweden.  The idea of this group is to encourage each other to use up scraps.  Any scraps, for crafting.  In March and April I delved into my fabric scraps for some patchwork/sewing projects.  For May I decided to do some cross stitch.

If you’re like me, you always end up with lots of threads left over from kits and there often seem to be quite a few small off-cuts of aida/evenweave when preparing fabric for larger projects.  I never throw any of mine out. I keep everything because it always comes in useful for very small designs.

While the sun has been shining, and skies are blue, I decided to start work on a few unseasonal designs.  And stitched up these two in just a couple of evenings.

scraphappy may 01

Colours aren’t necessarily what the charts suggested, but I was using my scrap threads, so made colours up as I went along.  The little snowman to the left is a free design by Lindashee, and the penguin is a free by Lesley Teare.

The “finishing” wasn’t strictly a scrappy finish, although I used only what I had in my stash.  Some scrap wadding to give the cross stitch designs a nice padded effect, and some ready-made aperture cards (aperture is 2.5” x 2.5”).

scraphammy may 02

So two dinky little cards to pop into my Christmas box.  And a feeling of not having wasted some of those leftover threads.

Other ScrapHappy crafters, who don’t necessarily post each month, being:

TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn,  Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, JanKaren,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire, Jean

“row of cats” – 3 more

My cross stitching followers will be pleased to hear that I’ve put down my crochet hook over the past week . . . and have been cross stitching a little more.

bothy cats april

Which means, the four Bothy Threads cats I showed you, not very long ago, have been joined by 3 new playmates.

bothy plus 3

Well, two and a half really, since one is only a kitten.  I therefore have 7 cats on my aida

bothy x7

plus an extra toy (next to the Siamese).  I’m still hating the backstitch, but am gritting my teeth and getting it done.  Nothing worse than having to go back over an entire project with backstitch at the end.  Much less painful to do it as I go.

So . . . 2 more cats to stitch (to the left) plus a few edible items.  Next time I show you this project, I’ll be having a happy dance!

SAL update – “Getting Ready” #11

Another 3 weeks have flown by!  I feel I made a fair bit of progress this time on “Getting Ready” a kit by Design Works, adapted from the original artwork of Ronald West.

In April I showed you this photo.

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As of today, things look like this.

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I’ve been stitching all over the place this time:  adding some colour to the right with the beginnings of the large tub of flowers; almost completing one waiter and filling in the second waiter; adding some more detail to the left; and adding some back stitch detail. I’m just over the half-way mark now.

I’m now going to do some blog-hopping to see what fellow SAL members have been up to.

Avis, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina,

Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Mary Margaret,

HeidiJackie, Sunny, Hayley, Tony, Megan, Timothy

And invite you stop by on 27th May for our next update.