Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Another Finish!

So I'm back again. I have another finish that I can show you. I finished my section on the next part of the round robin I'm doing. Both the girls I'm doing it with have given me the green light to share their designs. So this is Claire's design.

My contribution.
The round robing so far.
This was such a pleasure to stitch. It is a Lesley Teare design that was in a free booklet with a cross stitch crazy magazine. It is stitched on 28 count Jobelan in Summer Breeze by Hand Dyed Fabrics by Stephanie. Threads are DMC with 1 colour in Anchor. Needle Minder is from Needle Keep Emporium on Etsy.

I've made a start on a pretty tricky project, at least I think it might be tricky. The orchestra that I play in decided to get sweaters and fleece jackets with the orchestra logo on the front. We didn't opt for the version with the printed backs so I have decided to stitch my own. I'm going to do this design from Blue Topaz Stitchery on Etsy.

 Here's how far I've got so far.

If anyone has ever stitched onto fleece then I am open to any advice you may have. Otherwise .I'll let you know how I get on.

I wasn't in the mood to cart around my Hogwart's crest today so I just took a magazine freebie out with me to do whilst the kids played at a local play place/farm. So no progress pics today, I'll post that one when it's done.

I received my new order from Chromatic Alchemy today. Here's what I got 
Top Left: Bridget's Garden - 28 count Lugana.
Top Right: Petra - 28 count Opel Cashel.
Bottom Left: Petra - 28 count Lugana.
Bottom Right: Dune - 28 count Lugana.

I think that's all for tonight. I hope everyone's good, and having lots of stitchy fun, and I'll leave you with tonight's sunset as seen from my bedroom. Good night. L xx

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Late Update!

OK, so I'm a bad blogger! I had totally planned on at least a weekly update, but hey, life gets in the way!

So, what's been happening since my last post? Well I've had a couple finishes, and a couple of new starts, and I've received my first batches of hand dyed floss and materials. So I've got a lot to discuss and show.

First off is a mini finish. I got my round robin section finished and posted onto my group mate. It's a Sheila Hudson design from a Cross Stitcher magazine from 2001. I'm stitching it on 14 count white Aida with DMC colours.  My needle minder is from needle keep emporium. Here's my finished square.

I'm now working on the piece that came to me. I'm stitching a mermaid. I'll need to check with my round robin friends to make sure that they are happy for me to share pictures of their pieces on here.

My next finish was also a new start. One of the girls on one of my FB groups, Stitch Maynia, Started her own SAL group to stitch a design for her birthday which is this month. She picked the sister stitcher design by The Primitive Hare. here's a link to that page sister stitcher

and here's my finished piece. I stitched it on 28 Cashel linen from Jodyri designs. It was her September fabric of the month which was called Elvenwood. I used the DMC new variations threads.

Just need to get her address and get it shipped off to her. I am loving the material. This was the first time I had stitched on hand dyed material, and the first time that I have swapped out colours and moved away from the written colours. I totally loved stitching this and it only took me 1 week to stitch.

I got started on The Hogwarts crest that I'm going to do for my daughter. I got the pattern from Stitchering on Etsy. here's a link to what it's going to look like, hogwarts crest

I'm stitching it on 14 count Aida in Nimbus from Chromatic Alchemy. My needle minder here is from A little Red Moon. Here's where I am right now with it.

I've also been working on the fantasy SAL  from Lakeside Needlecraft and Durene Jones. and here's where I'm up to on this.

I am loving the colours in this. I'm stitching it on 28 count cream evenweave that I had in my stock as I hadn't even looked at hand dyed at that stage. Also, I need to say a big thank you to Kate Worthington who runs Lakeside needlecraft. She replies to emails/FB messages so fast and the deliveries are always so quick. I won't go anywhere else for my DMC threads now as I can order them one day and have them just 2 days later, which is really handy when I'm working back to back shifts. My Princess Leigha needle minder is from needle keep emporium

So I got a delivery of material and threads. But unfortunately my disk station has stopped working again so I'll need to post those pictures next time! oh, nope, wait, it's working again!!! so here's the pictures.

The first lot is all from Chromatic Alchemy. There are 4 pieces of Aida and one piece of 28 count Cashel. Which I have kitted up for a project.

The second lot is the fabric and threads of the month from Jodyri designs. I got the fabric of the month in 28 count cashel and Brittany. I also got the 5 monthly threads which are just gorgeous.

OK, It's now very late/early and I can't think of anything else to add right now. Sorry for a long one, this will maybe teach me to write more often! Finally a thank you to Stitcherista on flosstube for keeping me company/distracted whilst I wrote this. If you haven't already watched her I suggest that you do. Stitcherista flosstube.

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Round robin oopsy!

So I was making good progress on my round robin square when I discovered that I had obviously had a "moment" when looking out my threads. The next colour I needed to use was DMC 727, but I couldn't find it. I had pulled out DMC 772 instead, oops! It turns out that my 727 was in my kit for the Durene Jones and Lakeside Needlecraft fantasy stitch along. Not to worry though, one quick order to Lakeside needlecraft on Tuesday and my thread arrived (with some other haul) on Wednesday, meaning I came home from a long day at work to stitchy post, YAY! I highly recommend Kate at Lakeside Needlecraft. Her service is always quick and efficient.

so this is where i am now up to with my round robin.
I'm working a night shift tonight so I'll be working on it again whilst on my break. When I'm working night shift I like to spend my break watching either catch up TV or Netflix whilst stitching. It really de-stresses me and keeps me moderately calm. I'll add a picture of my stitchy spot at work sometime.

A couple of weeks ago I went out to the garage to look for any framed pictures that moved with us and havent been put up in the house yet. I found quite a few including these 2.

The dog face is now up in the kitchen and I'm still trying to find a place for Brooklyn's view.

I have lots of projects that I want to get started on but I'm waiting on the material arriving for a few of them. Hopefully in the next few weeks I'll get them and I'll be able to share with you my plans.

Till the next time I hope you all have lots of fun with your stitching. xx

Monday, 19 September 2016

Dayshifts @ work.

Last week I went back onto day shifts at work. No biggie. It just means I  don't get any stitching done in my breaks like I do on night shift. Normally on a night shift I take along a small, easy to follow pattern. At the beginning of the month I joined a Round Robin. It took me a while to figure out what pattern I wanted to do, but then I found one in an old magazine. If I stitched the border, then it made each square just under 60 x 60 stitches. I finished the border last night (see above). Now I just have to work on my square. I have until the 1st October when it needs to be posted on to the next person. I'm really looking forward to stitching whatever it is that the others have planned.

I also joined the Lakeside Needlecraft fantasy stitch along. I've made a little progress on that but I haven't taken any recent pictures. I'll try and post some pictures next time.

anyway I'll write again soon, I just wanted to make a quick update while I can. Back on day shift tomorrow. 

Monday, 12 September 2016

So after attempting to write blogs before, here I go again! This time though I am going to blog about my passion for cross-stitching and maybe occasionally my music making.

My name is Lorna. I am 40 years old!!. I live in a county of Scotland called Fife (hence my blog name) and I have been cross-stitching for almost 30 years. I had a break from it for quite a few years after having my children (I just did not have the time or energy to stitch), and  I have just recently reignited my passion for this craft and I would like to share it with others who have similar my interests. Along with my cross-stitch hobby I am also a keen bassist and play weekly in a local amateur orchestra, so I may on occasions share some of that passion too.

The picture above is a recent finish that just needs to be framed. It is a dimensions kit called Power nap. at some point I may add in random photos of finished-on-the-wall projects but we'll just see how this goes first.

Thanks for reading. I'll post again soon.

Lorna xx