Brown/Blue Spotty

22 January 2014

IHSW Update - January

Well I'm back to report on my January IHSW weekend and the first thing to note is that I have thoroughly enjoyed having time to set aside to make some stitching progress.
My goals for the weekend were to work on:

My French SAL piece - La Pensee Positive
The January Challenge on the Needlecraft Haven Yuku Group
Start an exchange piece for the Friendly Stitchers Yahoo Group

La Pensee Positive
Jardin Privee
My memory had lapsed and I thought I only had the last part of this 5 part SAL to complete - oops!  In reality I had a small amount to complete Part III ~ which I managed, that was the hare, sheep & a few tufts of grass.  I had problems with the charted colour for the sheep as it didn't show on my fabric so I had to substitute another colour ~ not sure I'm convinced about it but they remain.  I also started Part IV.  This is such a lovely project to work and is available here in several languages.  The crumpled look is not compulsory ~ I just haven't pressed my piece!

I stitched and finished the January Challenge piece from Needlecraft Haven ~ this year the challenge and monthly Christmas ornament SAL have been combined and Christine will be seeking out designs for us to stitch each month.  Christine collects all our finish pictures and on reveal day ~ Sunday 26 January ~ will post a link to the album on group.  I'll share my finish after reveal day.

Across on the Friendly Stitchers Yahoo Group the Valentine exchange is in full swing and this weekend I kitted up my chosen design and made a start on Sunday ~ obviously I can't share this until after my partner receives it.

I'll leave you with this picture ~ DH noticed that another heart had appeared in our house ~ can you see the red thread?  It's a complete fluke, a needle with a wee bit of leftover thread stuck in my pincushion (a gift from Mouse) and it has formed a heart shape.


ps excuse the messy storage ~ it sits on the table next to my chair and keeps lots of important bits and pieces close to hand!   


Julie said...

Great progress on the SAL, your sheep look fine.
Awww the heart shaped thread, lots of love in your home then!
I'm looking forward to reveal of the monthly challenge, a lot seemed to be taking part this month.

Lesleyanne said...

Lovely progress on the SAL. Look forward to seeing your ornie. I can see the heart, it is great.

Christine said...

Lovely stitching Kate.
The random heart is sweet

Mouse said...

looks lovely to me :) need to get this one started and kitted up
awwww re the heart sooo cute ... and ooooo yes I remember stitching that one .... glad you had a fab time hermitting :) love mouse xxxxx

Denise SA said...

Your sheep look lovely great progress

Joysze said...

Hahaha, love the heart-string!