Brown/Blue Spotty

23 March 2012

IHSW Update

I've been meaning to post this report all week ~ not sure where the time has gone really.  I did lose a full day on Wednesday due to the vagaries of the good old NHS ~ 2 hours at our GP surgery followed by 3+ hours at A&E. 
I was a very industrious hermit over the weekend and am very pleased with what I managed to get through.  Saturday I worked on the monthly challenge for Needlecraft Haven, the stitching is complete but I still have the finishing to do.  I can't share this as reveal day is not until Sunday.
I finished Jolly Holiday by Lizzie Kate ~ apart from signing, dating and a couple of buttons.  I left out the rows of white stitching that run either side of the tree ~ they didn't show on my fabric.
I've really enjoyed stitching this one and I plan on finishing it as a small pillow ~ I bought a charm pack at Harrogate last year which I will use for this and also Ho Ho Ho in a Row.  This is my February ornament for the Christmas Ornaments All Year Round SAL.
Next was Jolly from Miss Crescent Crowne (Just Cross Stitch Ornament Collection 2011).  I must apologise for the awful picture.  A really quick stitch ~ I replaced the stitched snowflake with a button from my stash.  This is my March ornament for the SAL, and as you can see it's not quite complete.  I switched the threads for similar colours I already had.

Next was Dawn of Spring SAL from the Friendly Stitchers Group ~ this version is my 4th attempt at a start!  I found that my previous fabric and thread combinations just weren't turning out as I had envisaged.  I'm using the linen band I bought while on holiday in France last year and Dinky Dyes #177 Vintage Plum, one of the silks I was lucky enough to win in a draw that Jo had on her facebook page.

We have a packed weekend ahead of us ~ some wedding stuff tomorrow followed by a trip to buy slate to complete the re-do of our small front garden.  Sunday is the next meeting of the Diary Dames at The Crafts House and I have some preparation work to do before I go if I'm to work on my planned project.

Hope you enjoy what you have planned.



The Crafts House said...

such lovely stitching..looking forward to seeing you on Sunday

jane said...

Lovely stitching Kate. Enjoy your weekend.

Julie said...

Lots of lovely stitching, love the snowflake button.

Lesleyanne said...

I love both of your finishes Kate. They are both on my to do list. Great new start. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Christine said...

Two great finishes and your SAL is lovely, I really like the gingham linen.
Have a great weekend

Sally said...

Love both your ornaments Kate. I've decided to do Jolly for April!

Gorgeous new start on the SAL.

Thoeria said...

Lovely stitching! I know what you mean about the Dawn of Spring SAL and fabric /thread choices :) It's looking lovely though!

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Dani - tkdchick said...

Kate those are some lovely Christmas stitches! I've added Jolly to my must stitch list from the JCS ornament issues!

Mouse said...

oooo well done on the hermitting I got jolly stitched twice for me last Christmas and both were different finishes too :) and the sal looks gorgeous on the gingham :) sorry I am causing you grief love mouse xxxxx

Mangogirl said...

gorgeous stitching :D