Saturday, 25 June 2011

A Finish, A WIP and a Dragon

I've finished my Little Lace Hardanger piece which was a sal on my Stitch Specialist yahoo group. Unfortunately at the end of June this design is no longer available, you can still join the group by clicking on the link. It's the first hardanger piece I've done and I'm hooked. Once I got the hang of counting the stitches I found it so relaxing to do, it'll not be the last hardanger project I'll make now.
Little Lace Hardanger
designed by Abi Gurden

I've also managed to catch up on my Tree of Stitches SAL, doing part 12 whilst watching the tennis this afternoon. Not many more parts to go on the tree, it's still a SAL on The Stitch Specialist Yahoo Group if you'd like to join in.  Here's what DD's tree looks like so far.
Tree of Stitches SAL
designed by Abi Gurden

Finally every night when the kids are in bed I work on DS2's dragon, he's getting so excited now as he can see the finish line.  This is what he looks like after last nights work. 

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Quick Update

I've not got much stitching done in May as we've finally had our kitchen re-fitted. It's would have been total chaos anyway but with 3 children as well it's definitely been a challenge. The boys usually take a packed lunch to school but as we had no cooker I said they had to have school dinners so they'd got at least one hot meal a day. Lukie, who was totally opposed to having school dinners came out the first day beaming saying he loved his lunch and he's never having sandwiches again!

I have been doing some stitching mostly on my French postcard SAL, finally finished May after the frog visited many many times! Our printer has gone down, it's the power cable, thankfully my dad has printed out June and July for me. Here is a photo of it so far. Peter our DS1 loves it and can't wait to take it to his French lesson to show his teacher...lots more to do yet though!

I've also finally managed to finish another one of my UFO's. This one is a small one that I started absolutely ages ago but put away when I started getting close to finishing another big project. It's stitched on a sample of fabric from Sparklies called Spring Greens. The design is called Lazy Daisy and is from a very very old copy of the UK Cross Stitcher magazine, couldn't tell you which one as I've only the pages left not the magazines.

Here is a photograph of Lukie's dragon. He comes downstairs every morning and looks at it just to see if I've put any stitches in whilst he's been in bed!

As for my Tree of Stitches....lets just say it and DD had a little situation which meant I've had to start it all over again. To show DD I wasn't as upset as she thought I'd be I let her help me pick the new fabric and colours. Obviously my daughter picked pink...don't think she likes any other colour LOL!....so to break up the pink I suggested a green with it just like the pink blossom tree that she can see out of her bedroom window. She's happy so I started stitching it again using pink variegated thread and a green on pale pink 28ct.

Decided when Lukie's dragon is finally done I'm going to do a small project that I can finish quite easily as I've done 2 big projects straight off. Then I've told DH that it'll be the Bothy Threads cut thru of Noahs Ark but I'm changing the fabric so will have to order that. I'm also starting to kit up my HAED but not doing it on 25ct over 1 but normal 28ct. over 2. This is the HAED I've picked to do first, it's by Randall Spangler who does the cute dragon designs and this is one of my favourites.

Finally here is another photo of our DS1 on his last motorbike lesson. He absolutely loves these lessons, think DS2 and DD love them more as they get to spend the morning with my mum who's built them a playhouse in the garden!