Sunday, 30 January 2011

Not much progress this week...

I've had a busy week this week, so I didn't get much time to stitch on HAED's 'QS Scarlet Witch'.  This is how it looks now:

As you can see, my stitching has been a bit erratic - every time I picked it up, I stitched in a different area!  This is definitely NOT a Quick Stitch!

Next week's UFO to be stitched is actually a tapestry called Wilbur (see picture in earlier post).  I have been stitching this for a very long time, so hope to get a lot done this week...We shall see - sometimes life gets in the way :o)

Thank you for all your comments - I love reading them, and they help me to stay focussed on my stitching...I do try to at least read other blogs every week, and I do occasionally leave comments...

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, 22 January 2011

This Week's UFO Progress

I've been stitching on 'Heirloom Christmas Sampler' this week, and here is how it looks now:

I really struggle to stay on this one, and had to hold myself back from starting something new later in the week!  The bands are so detailed, with some tricky stitches, so it takes a while to finish each one.  Cutting the fabric for the drawn thread work is difficult, too - I struggle with threading the horizontal threads back at the sides, and I'm worried in case I make a mistake and ruin the whole thing!  I know once it's finished it will look great, but it's tough going...I'm glad it's time to put it down and move on to the next UFO - HAED's 'QS Scarlet Witch' - a design I'm stitching 1 over 1 on 25ct evenweave.

We're going to the cinema tomorrow afternoon to watch the latest instalment of Harry Potter.  I have only read a couple of the books (up to Goblet of Fire, which I only read a half of), but I love the films...We are taking Sammy with us, and it's the last showing of the film at our local cinema.

Have a good week, and Happy Stitching :o)

Sunday, 16 January 2011

UFO Happy Dance!

I've been working on this design this week, and finished it yesterday:

It is My Big Toe Designs' "A New Day,"  stitched on 28ct evenweave with Weeks Dye Works threads.  I'm going to take it to the framers next weekend.

One down, thirteen more to go...I'm working on Heirloom Christmas Sampler (Victoria Sampler design) this week - I don't expect that to be finished in a week!  I have written the names of all my UFOs in the list on pieces of paper, and I draw one out on a Saturday.  That is the design I work on for the following week (Sunday to Saturday).  It's working well at the moment.

Rachel went back to Uni yesterday, so we now have a lovely, quiet house.  We are going down to Swansea for a couple of days to see her in February, but she won't be back home until April.  Steven will also be back in April for the Easter break.  Sammy has been looking at Universities, as we will need to go look around some of them in the summer.  She needs to apply for a Uni place at the end of the year - it's frightening to think that my youngest will be leaving home in summer 2012...

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, 9 January 2011

UFO Progress

I've been stitching on two of my UFOs over the last few weeks:

Heritage: Chorus Line as of 8th January.  I had to stop stitching this one for the time being, as I ran out of two of the colours.

Mill Hill: Toy Shop as of 8th January.  I had only stitched the white beaded window frame part before I added this to my UFO Challenge list... It is on perforated paper, with lots of beads, so going slowly.

I'm wondering whether to stitch on one per week, so I don't get fed up of one design, and it will also ensure that I stitch on all my UFOs in the list...

My son went back to Uni on Friday, and Rachel has gone to London for the weekend for a birthday treat.  It has been a lovely, quiet weekend, as Tom has been at work, too!  Rachel goes back to Uni next Saturday, and we will be back to our usual routines until April - Can't wait!  It is lovely to see the kids when they come home for the holidays, but after a week or so, I'm looking forward to the peace again...

Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to all my friendly Bloggers!  We celebrated quietly here - just immediate family sat at home, watching the TV with a few drinks...  We spend the evening reminiscing over the last year, and thinking about what will have been achieved this time next year...  I definitely don't do resolutions, as they are usually made in haste, and are too easily broken.  Yes, I would like to lose weight and get fit again, so I can go on my rambles again, but that is a long term thing, and not something that I am only going to start today!

I've been stitching on one of my UFOs over the last couple of days.  Chorus Line (Heritage) is a cute design, and I found out why it had become a UFO... I had to unstitch most of the unfinished chick almost straight away, as I had gone wrong at some point, putting most of the other stitching out of line.  My husband likes to say that I should just work around the mistake, but I can't stand it and have to unpick the stitches...  Anyway, I have now got 3 finished chicks, and have started on the fourth:

I hope you all have good health, wealth and happiness throughout 2011!

Happy Stitching...