Thursday, 10 January 2019

End of Another Year

Well by the end of 2018 I'd managed quite a few finishes on the stitching front. The kids had done some amazing things and although the year started off badly when my father-in-law got rushed into hospital by the end we were looking up again. Although, I do hope for some much needed quiet times in 2019!

Firstly here's a round up of my big finishes. There were a few smaller ones but I cannot find the photos (probably on my old phone!)

 As you can tell I'm a fan of Heaven and Earth Designs, hoping to have another finish in 2019 :-)

Then we have the kids, Lumps finally got to black belt in Taekwondo in September. All three of them completed their Get Active Challenge in the Summer.  We all had fabulous times at the coast this year, from the British Taekwondo training camp in Great Yarmouth in May to visiting Edinburgh in August during the Fringe and then down to Broadstairs in October to spend half term with my mother-in-law.  Peter has moved into his last 2 years in seniors (eek where has the time gone?!) and finished his University of Sheffield mentoring program. Luke is happily settled into Y8 and Darcy is in her last year of junior school (so not ready for my baby to move to seniors!).  Here are a few of my favourite photos from the year.

Here's to another year of lots of stitching, walking and fun. Happy New Year to you all xxxx

Friday, 27 April 2018


On Friday 1st July 2011 I started a design called Castles in the Air by Papillion Creations, we're now in 2018 and I've finally finished...whew!  As much as I have loved this project I am so glad to finally put the last stitches in and cross it off my UFO pile.

I've taken lots of photos of it all done, the beads haven't come up as clearly as they should but the great British weather being it's usual contrary self means today we have dull grey skies and rain, would you believe this time last week we were in a heatwave!!

Anyway here is my version of Castles in the Air, now I've just got to save up to have it professionally framed and it's going to hang somewhere very prominent in the house.

Monday, 5 February 2018

TAST 2018 - Week 5

Week 5 already and this weeks TAST stitch is Herringbone. This is an easy stitch once you get into the rhythm, although it's a lot easier on evenweave rather than plain fabric for freestyle unless you've marked out the fabric beforehand.

I decided as the wind has picked up a lot in the last few days that we'd have a windblown Sue holding hard to her hat (just like I was this morning!)  The herringbone is a trim on her dress and couldn't resist adding a few french knots to her hat :-)

As well as Sue I've also started my stitch sampler project, not all the TAST stitches will go on here but I'll definitely use it for some of them. I found a Six Strands Sweet thread called Ellies Raspberry Truffle in the bottom of my fabric drawer and thought the contrasting colours would look good for this stitch.

Friday, 26 January 2018

TAST 2018 - Week 4

This weeks TAST stitch is Detached Chain stitch, or otherwise known as Lazy Daisy. Now for those of you who know me or have followed my blog for a while you'll know that this is definitely not one of my favourite stitches. It's not hard to do but I really don't like it 😣 it does make lovely flower petals and leaves though.

So for Sunbonnet Sue this week she's holding a flower made of the detached chain, the centres are french knots (that I absolutely love doing!).

Saturday, 20 January 2018

TAST 2018 - Week 3

This weeks TAST is Fly Stitch. This is a fun stitch and is amazing to use for leaves or just decorative.

Once again I've stitched up a Sunbonnet Sue but this time have given her a little flower, the stem is fly stitch but also around the centre french knots and then the edges in a different shade using fly stitch.  She's also got a little bit of it on her bonnet. I'm trying not to put too many different stitches into these Sunbonnet Sue's as each week the focus will be on the TAST stitch so that eventually they'll look like a stitch sampler.

I've not used the stitch on my quilt square yet as Lukie was off school ill on Wednesday so I'm a day behind all my chores. Thankfully he felt a lot better on Thursday morning so went back to school (he hates being off) but then that evening I was back at school but for Boo's Mentoring meeting. I can't believe my baby Boo is choosing his options for his final 2 years in secondary, doesn't seem two minutes ago since I dropped him off on his first day of Infants :-(  They're growing too quick, I'm not ready for it LOL!

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

TAST 2018 - Week 2

This weeks TAST stitch is the Buttonhole. Sharon has a great page on how to work this wonderful stitch just click here

I'm sure a lot of us have used buttonhole for many things over the years. It was one of the first stitches I learnt as a child making a table runner on 11ct Binca fabric aged 7 using wool. Nowadays I use it a lot to stop fraying on the edges of fabric and as a cute stitch for some of the quilt squares. It's great as grass on samplers as you can vary the length easily whilst still having the ground.

Here's what I've done with my buttonhole this week:

Sunbonnet Sue is back but with a buttonhole ribbon on her bonnet and apron.

I've used the stitch to hold down the bottom of the ribbon from last weeks stitch and also using 2 shades of brown to form the bottom of a muddy field.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

TAST 2018 - Week 1

Yes it's that time of the year where the TAST challenge starts again.  Week 1 is Running Stitch. As I'm also trying to complete a couple of my quilted bits to finally do something with them I thought I'd use them as practice pieces as well as do a series of Sunbonnet Sue squares with all the stitches.

So here are my two pieces for week 1.

I really enjoy the TAST pieces of work as not only do I actually get a finish but it gives me a change from my regular stitching. 

If you fancy having a go yourself then head over to Sharon's page and take a look. Just click on TAST at the top of the page and it'll take you there.