Sunday, 20 September 2015

IHSW - September

I thought I'd get my post in early before I forgot about it!

Earlier this week I made a carrier bag holder for a friend's son as he was heading off to uni. My friend picked the fabric and ribbon which she bought from the local market.

Then I moved onto this fella and finally finished him in front of the England rugby game. The pattern is called "Whale hello there!" and is from Daily Cross Stitch.

I've moved onto some secret stitching but I'm itching to start a HAED stocking that I requested. Still managing to hold off... Looking forward to reading the IHSW posts.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Joan Elliott SAL - March and my Lowery stand

Well here it is at last!

Joan Elliott SAL March 08.09.15
This was a difficult month to work with as I decided to use my lowery stand (see below).

For this SAL, I decided to stitch all the months on the same piece of fabric to create a sort of sampler. Here is how the whole project is looking so far.

Joan Elliott SAL Jan-March 08.09.15
I decided to buy a Lowery stand as mentioned in my last post and it didn't take long to arrive.

Here's a photo of it in action and as you can see, March of this SAL was my first project to try out on it.

It was difficult project because I was trying to get used to two handed stitching, there are some stitches that are worse than others especially fractionals. However, I did find it was easier to do french knots and backstitch via the two handed method. I will practice more but I will need to buy the extra wide L-bar to be able to stitch comfortably. I think once I master two handed stitching then this will be my go to set up as I love it!

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

3 small finishes

I have 3 finishes! I'm stitching Christmas cards for a facebook group I am in. I thought that I had better make a start since there are 21 members, I'm doing them in alphabetical order.

I've been itching for a new start but have already got too many WIPs so decided to just crack on with some of them. My focus has been Tiny Treasures Kitten 2 so here are the before and after photos...

TT Kitten 2 27.08.15
TT Kitten 2 01.09.15
For now I'm going to work on starting and finishing March of the Joan Elliott SAL as I've fallen behind on that one. I may come back to this HAED piece as it's just that page to do. 

I have scratched Around the World in 80 Stitches from my WIP list as I've noticed that it would be a bit snug on the fabric. Luckily I have only stitched one of the hearts and one set of the smaller flowers. I don't know when I will restart it.

I caved and bought a lowery stand last night. I decided to take advantage of sew and so's 10% bank holiday discount and I had a voucher so the final price was a bit more acceptable. Although it states that it is out of stock on the website, I have been told I can expect it to be delivered tomorrow! Guess what I'll be doing ;) 

Check out Sarah's blog before you leave as she has wrote a post about our annual exchange.