Thursday, 26 April 2012


This weeks TAST challenge is Wheatear Stitch. This is a beautiful stitch that is easy to work and looks very effective.

The wing is stitched using Wheatear Stitch

This is the whole design so far...
The Great Escape
designed by Abi Gurden
The Stitch Specialists

If you want to join in with the TAST challenge visit  

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Liebster Blog Award

I was recently given a blog award by 

Mary Joan at
Tracey at
Kate at

I'm honoured as theses ladies do some absolutely wonderful stitching.

Some background: Liebster is a German word, meaning favourite, dearest or beloved and the Liebster is awarded by bloggers to other, newer bloggers, who have fewer than 200 followers, to spread the word and help the new(er)bies gain wider recognition. The award comes with four conditions that each recipient must satisfy when accepting:

1. Choose five up-and-coming blogs (with fewer than 200 followers) to award the Liebster to. 
2. Show your thanks to the blogger who gave you the award by linking back to them. 
3. Post the award on your blog. List the bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blogs so they know about the award.
4. Share 5 random facts about yourself that people don't know about you

Although I've only put 3 blogs down I love hopping round loads of them, they give me inspiration to try new things, new authors for my reading list and give me a push to actually finish the odd project and even the odd UFO...MOUSE!!
1. Sue at   go check out her Amaryllis Pixie, it's beautiful

2.  Pam at 

3. Vickie at  what can I say, reading and stitching my 2 favourite things. I've found quite a few new authors to read thanks to Vickie.

5 random facts about me.
  1. I used to take horse riding lessons as a child
  2. My first 'grown up' book was Vixen 03 by Clive Cussler that my mum had sitting on her bookshelf.
  3. I hate wearing make up
  4. I love going for long walks either on the beach or in the countryside (without the kids!)
  5. I once played for a county netball team when I was 11

Thursday, 5 April 2012

How Time Flies...

Can you believe how fast March has gone?? Seriously it doesn't seem two minutes since Christmas.  I've not had much stitching time during March thanks to my boys and their activities but whenever I could I have managed to put the odd stitch in.

The Great Escape
designed by Abi Gurden, The Stitch Specialists

Hurray one of my 15 challenge projects finished, it didn't take long once I sat and actually stitched properly.

Cedar Sampler
by Elizabeth Designs

Thank you to everyone who either left a comment or sent me an email with their suggestions of what colour I should use with my flower. The overwhelming majority voted that I should stick to white. 
      So here is how it stands today, I've used perle, satin, stranded, coton a broder and the centre has DMC Memory Thread couched around it. 

Stitches used are:
Stem, French Knots, Spider, Chain, Running and Couching.

A bookmark I made for Lisa for an exchange I took part in...

Finally here is the biggest reason  my stitching has been hit and miss. Our eldest son Peter did his grading at Sheffield Dragons for his brown belt in March...this is my baby boy looking all grown up with his new belt on....

I get a lovely big gap now until he grades for his brown/black :-)   Our youngest son Luke hasn't had his presentation after his dance exam yet (end of April) but his teacher did say he passed so he's thrilled.

There are more photos on Tony's website of my little boy doing his stuff last Friday night if anyone wants a nosy...Tony takes the photos for Sheffield Dragons so DS1's are the first photo and then on page 2.