SAL update – #5 “Getting Ready”

Oh dear . . . another 3 weeks zoomed by and I allowed myself to get totally distracted with festivities, plus spending way too much time drooling over reborn dolls I can’t afford on ebay, instead of crafting!

The result is . . . another very sorry progress report to show you.

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This was the photo from 10th December, and on this last day of 2017, here’s how things look, in very bad lighting.

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Oh well, tomorrow is another year, new year’s resolutions, and all that.  Surely I will be able to find more time over the coming weeks to be a bit more productive?  Fingers crossed.

In the meantime, hop over to see what everyone else has been up to. 

AvisGun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, TimothyHeidi , Connie and Jackie.

And join us again on 21st January for the next update!

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SAL update “Getting Ready #4

I’m ashamed to say, Christmas preparations have been getting in the way of my SAL stitching.  I’ve been busy crafting, as you’ve seen, with tissue pouches . . . also made my 2017 batch of xmas decorations and have been crocheting madly on some last minute presents.  Crochet has been happening in the evenings, which is usually my cross stitch time so . . . after this photo for the last update

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I only have this to show for this time.

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Fairly pathetic, I know.  Just a little bit of red and darker red on the lady’s dress.  Oh well!  Christmas takes priority over everything else at this time of year.  Pressies are all wrapped.  Those that needed to be posted have been posted.  Fresh foie gras has been bought.  Christmas tree is up.  And guinea fowl are very plump and almost ready for slaughter. 

Hopefully I’ll have more to show you next time (which will be New Year’s Eve!) and perhaps other SAL members have been more industrious than me.

AvisGun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, TimothyHeidi , Connie and Jackie.

Next update, therefore, on 31st December. 

“Getting Ready” #3 SAL update

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The cover photo, to remind you what Avis and I are stitching for the SAL at the moment – as you know, tackling things totally different ways this time.  A Design Works kit, with artwork by Ronald West of some very quirky characters in this lively café scene.

Last time I showed you this much – my start being top left.

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For this stage I’ve been working here and there . . . and things look like this

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Not quite as much progress as I’d hoped for, but I’m being side-tracked by some Christmas crafting and there are only so many crafting hours in the week . . . still, with a little bit of backstitch on the blackboard, we can at least order a coffee and large slice of cake to give us strength until next time!

Don’t forget to pop over to the following links to admire the very varied craftiness of other SAL members.  We are a very talented group of people, stitching world wide, and coming together every 3rd Sunday to show progress.

AvisGun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, TimothyHeidi , Connie and Jackie.

Next update on 10th December.

let the present making begin!

Like many crafters, I enjoy the run-up to the seasonal festivities because it’s a good excuse to have some quality crafting time.  And rather than crafting simply because I love crafting, it’s the time to come up with a few ideas and make gifts for friends or family.

This year the present making has begun.  So no actual seasonal crafting (although I will soon be making some tree decorations) simply making things that can be used all year round.  At the moment I’m concentrating on cross stitching, patchworking and sewing, but I may find time to add knitting and crochet to the list of pressies to be made.  The following photos are gifts for two sets of people who never visit my blog, so I can safely share.

On the cross stitch front, I’m busily working on a butterfly

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This is a very easy Dimensions kit I bought because I was looking for something fairly quick to stitch for a butterfly lover.  Leaves & backstitch to come . . . then some patchwork & sewing to make the actual gift – in theory, a wall-hanging.   And a sneak peek . . . 

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of a finished cushion cover which I’m very excited about. 

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You’ll notice I’m not showing you the centre panel . . . just the patchwork and quilting detail.  This is because . . . the cross stitch design I stitched is a brand new design by my daughter, aka Lindashee, and has not yet been made available in her new etsy shop:  LindasheeStitches.   From what she tells me, it should be available in her shop by the end of November.

I offered to be her proof stitcher and thoroughly enjoyed stitching this new chart which is perfect for dog-lovers.  So, while I can’t show you the completed front properly, you are allowed to see the back of the cushion.

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Made using a velvety silver-grey fabric with contrasting red poppers to fasten.

I am also busily making a few small un-birthday gifts for November – hope to get them posted very soon.

SAL update–“Getting Ready” #2

I didn’t make quite as much progress as I had hoped (a few other secret crafting projects got in the way) but . . . I didn’t do too badly.  Here’s a photo from last time so we can compare.

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And photo of this time

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The design is “Getting Ready” a Design Works kit from the artwork of Ronald West.  Actually, now I see the before & after shots, I did more than I realised!  The blackboard will look more exciting when I start on backstitch detail.

Don’t forget to do some blog-hopping and see what other SAL members are up to. Here is a list of links to visit the rest of our stitching group.  AvisGun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, TimothyHeidi , Connie and Jackie.

Next update will be on 19th November.

SAL update – “Getting Ready” #1

As SAL members and regular readers know, Avis and I had a happy dance for the last SAL update with our “Cirque des Triangles”. A lovely monochrome design which we both made totally our own through choice of fabric and thread colours.  Way before we came to the end of that project, we had already been discussing what our next SAL project would be. 

It just so happens that the two of us did a little spending in the Christmas sales on sewandso, last year, among other things, both buying the following kit.

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“Getting Ready”, a kit by Design Works, adapted from the artwork of South African artist, Ronald West.  We both fell in love with the very quirky style, not to mention that the price, in the sales, was simply too good to miss. 

Anyway . . . this is what we’ll both be working on over the coming months.  However, while we are going to try and pace ourselves, so we keep up roughly the same stitching speed, we are going to tackle it each in our own way.

My way is rather erratic.  I’ve decided to start top left, so my first stage looks like this.

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You’ll have to hop over to Avis blog to see where she began stitching.

And don’t forget, if you have the time, to do some blog-hopping to see what other members are up to.  Here is a list of links to visit the rest of our stitching group.  AvisGun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, TimothyHeidi , Connie and Jackie.

Next update will be on 29th October.  Hope to see you then!

SAL update – Cirque des Triangles #11

Avis and I are having a happy dance with this update.  Our “Cirque des Triangles”, by Tracey Horner, of Ink Circles, is finished – yay!

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I stitched, over two, on a Lugana “Forest Green” 25 count evenweave, using Threadworx “Wild Poppies”.  Now I need to do some framing, as I plan on framing this piece, along with the matching “Cirque des Cercles” to have them both hanging in my sewing room.

Avis and I have already chosen our project to continue the SAL.  But we’re going to keep it a surprise until next time lol.

Don’t forget to stop by and admire progress of other SAL members.  AvisGun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Catherine, Mary Margaret, TimothyHeidi , Connie and Jackie.

Next update on 8th October.