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Friday, 2 June 2017

Blogger of the Week

Hi all and Happy June!


Just in case you are not following the blogger of the week blog set up by the marvellous Jo at Serendipitous Stitching. It's a fab idea carrying on the tradition from the now defunct Cross Stitch Collection Magazine where each week we get to meet a wonderfully talented stitcher and learn all about them.

Blogger of the Week

This week just so happens to be me, so if you want to find out more about me or some other really great stitchers then head on over to Blogger of the week

Have a great stitchy weekend!

Thursday, 1 June 2017

My first MAYnia!!

I did it, I did Maynia, just 2 months after my own March Madness!

For those who don't know Maynia is a SAL held every May in the Facebook group Stitch Maynia. The idea started as 15 new starts for the first 15 days of May. Now it is very much whatever is manic to you. I chose to do 8 new starts and 9 wips for the first 17 days and then to work on the same projects, rotating daily for the rest of the month. - well that was the plan. I found the tea and cakes SAL and M'lady's Sweet Greenhouse SAL over at Lakeside needlecraft and the second round of rotation went out the window! I did manage the first 17 days though...

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Wipocalypse May check in

Hi Friends,

Wipocalypse time again (hosted by Measi) where we work on those pesky wips living down the side of the sofa! And yes, late again for the link up! Only 5 days this time!


For this month's Wipocalypse I worked on all my wips including my quilt would you believe! These are pics of the ones that were the original wips from the start of the year.

Anchor sampler - we have a floating flower!


Blackwork Seasons - finished the acorn band, the star band and autumn.


12 days - everything in blocks 10,11 and 12! 


My WIP total now stands at 16, in aiming for a reduction in that number in June although I have 5 new starts planned! 

Here is my hexagon quilt too. I added another row at the bottom which is actually the left hand side!


I've had finishes on blackwork birdsong, Celtic bird too but I've shown you pics multiple times! 

so on to the question posed by Measi...
Which designer’s projects do you absolutely love, but are too intimidated to try?

I'd love to try hardanger but the though of cutting threads terrifys me! As for designers...There isn't anyone who intimidates me - I tackled fractionals, blended threads and French knots in my first 3 cross stitches so that doesn't bother me and really enjoy trying out speciality stitches. Cost is the main thing that deters me - I'm not much of a Miribillia person, although I've seen 4 Nora Corbetts I like but at £100 to kit a project I don't love it that much. I've tried a HAED, I was too lazy to do it 90 thread colours and confetti urgh! I have a very long wish list of projects I'd love to stitch so if I like it and it falls within my small budget I'll stitch it!

Have a great stitchy June! 

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Smalls SAL May check in

Hi everyone,

Bank holiday weekend, half term and time for the Smalls SAL hosted by Heather - the aim - a small finish of our choice each month Here are my finishes for May...

Bee Keeper by The Drawn Thread. I loved stitching this one and I'm planning one for each season and several of them for my Christmas tree.


A hug will do by Lizzie Kate. Another freebie and I'm planning on making a flat hanging for DD.


I've also finished the May month stitch by Palko-Lap, stitched in one of my favourite  Anchor variegated threads 1345.


I joined the Lakeside Needlecraft SAL group on Facebook and I've started the the Tea and Cakes SAL designed by Durene Jones. I've done one version on 14ct Mulberry Aida and the second on 28 count 1 over 1. I'm about to start week 2 tonight. they are such cute little designs!


Hope you all have a great stitchy week!




Sunday, 21 May 2017

Theme-Tas-Stitch May Link Up

Hello lovely stitching friends

It's been one of those weeks! DD has had a viral infection so had 4 days off school and spent almost a whole week crashed on the sofa watching endless Cbeebies. Shes's nearly back to her normal self. So throw in working (very slowly) from home and masses to do for college, it's been exhausting.

So on to Theme-Tas-Stitch. This month's theme was:


Monochrome May -
Choose a colour and stitch on your projects that contain that one colour.
So my take on this was to pick various projects and to chose one colour from it to stitch on with.
I didn't do masses as I got bitten by the MAYnia bug and I've done a different project every day. So here are my stitches...

I worked black thread on Maia Giraffes. But it is literally a black line so so not worth a photo and Blackwork seasons from Kincavel Krosses.


Green thread (470) on Days 10,11 and 12 of 12 days of Christmas from Plum Street Samplers.


and Green 3346 on Just Nan's Spring Frills.


I stitched gold on Blackwork Bird Song by DMC and added gold beads too.


I also did the gold knot on Celtic Bird by Textile Heritage. 


A bit of a shoehorn as I stitched 3 projects with variegated threads too... It all came from one skein so it counts right?!

May by Palko Lap stitched with Anchor 1345


I started the latest SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft - Tea and Cakes by Durene Jones.

I stitched one one 14ct Mulberry Aida using Dragon Floss New Arrival.


and a second version over 1 on 28ct antique white or cream evenweave using Anchor 1335.


So what Monochromatic marvels have you stitched? Here's the link up.


Next month is...
 Jardin June -
Venture outdoors and put some stitches in a piece that has a garden or floral theme.
I'm looking forward to this one, I have at least 4 projects that will work with this theme and my big plan is to finish the Anchor Traditional Sampler!!!!

Happy stitching friends 

Monday, 15 May 2017

Gifted Gorgeousness May

Wow, how is it time for GG already?  I hope you've all had a good stitchy weekend. gifted gorgeousness is hosted by Jo of serendipitous stitching where we show what we've stitched that has been gifted to us or will be a gift.

So I've a few bits to show...

Just Nan Spring frills humbug. A gift from Carolyn. 

Saturday, 6 May 2017

Wipocalypse April

Wipocalypse time too (hosted by Measi)and another week late link up! Birthdays, college work (essay on employment rights anyone!) and illness all contributing factors along with the desire just to stitch!

I did loads on Blackwork birdsong which I know is a very new wip. I just need to stitch the metallics and beads that I'm substituting for the french knots.


Progress too on Anchor sampler - I got the right border completed. I had from the green horizontal border down to do.


12 days of Christmas - a start on day 10.



a bit more on the Celtic bird


my new work in progress is my stitching bullet journal!! I'm totally loving creating the pages and have monthly stitching plans, wish lists, inventories and lots more.


Just a really short post. I'm taking part in MAYnia on facebook so I'm working on all my wips and 8 new starts too. SO much fun!

Have a great weekend

Kerry