Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A quick stitching update

As you might imagine the last couple of months have not been conducive to making lots of progress on my stitching. However I did manage to get The Drawn Thread's Winter Spot finished
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This is the last of the seasonal spots (I stitched the rest back in 2009) so I'm toying with how to finish them.  A stitcher I used to know finished them as a etui so I'm thinking about doing the same.

Slow progress continues on Dorothy Walpole, I'm almost at the bottom of the first section of the pattern. I'm looking forward to turning the page to a new section!

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I've worked on Anniversary Roses and Flowers of the Field but progress was so minimal so there are no photo's yet.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

I'm really sorry for having been away from this space for so long but life got very busy on the run up to the summer holidays.  However school broke up on Tuesday so I'm looking forward to a quieter life for the next six weeks...

The big news from round here is that we have a newly minted four year old!



Fingers crossed I will be back with a stitching update in a couple of days

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Reading Notes - May


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My reading slowed down in May.  I finished 'The Awakening and other stories' by Kate Chopin for my bookclub,  the group generally liked the book and it got the some of the highest marks we've ever given one of our books, I think Willa Cather's O Pioneers is the only other one we've marked as high which I suspect says a lot about our group's reading preferences!

After The Awakening I moved onto 'The Crimson Petal and the White' by Michel Faber.  This is a very chunky book but very readable so when I get chance to sit down it moves along very quickly.  However the children have just had a week and a half off for half term so reading opportunities have been rather thin on the ground.

Monday, May 26, 2014

On the Road Again

I think it's time for a catch up of where I am up to with some of my projects as well as announcing who the travelling pattern is off to next.

To start with I've enjoyed getting back to my rotation having finished 'Count your Blessings', I've finished 10 hours on Dorothy Walpole and CA Wells' Counterpane Sewing Case. 

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Dorothy Walpole copyright Scarlet Letter 2011
stitched on 40ct Lakeside Linen Pearlised Barley and and DMC

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Counterpane Sewing Case copyright CA Wells 2004  
stitched using kit materials

I was very pleased on the case to get to the end of the four-sided stitch although that now means I have to battle with the linen. It's a special unevenweave linen that was supplied with the kit and is a different count to the linen that the Portfolio was originally charted for and CA's instructions on what to do are sketchy at best.  All the filling designs are going to have to be altered.


There has been more frustrations with my knitting,  I got to knitting the neckband on Christopher's jumper then discovered that the neck opening wouldn't fit over his head.... So I have had to start over with the next size up.  

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Jumper King Cole pattern 3360

knit in King Cole Galaxy
 
Since I finished my skirt, my sewing mojo has returned.  The next project I've been working on is a pair of quilts made from a layer cake and charm pack that I picked up from Fobbles a couple of years ago.  The layer cake will be a quilt for Rosie and the charms are one for her teddy.  I have both quilt tops pieced now and I have the backing fabric, just need to order some batting so I can get them finished.

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And finally to the travelling pattern,  I counted the commentators who indicated that they would like the pattern next and using a random number generator that name that came out was Gillie.  Please drop me an email with your address Gillie so I can get the chart off to you.

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Count your Blessings

As I mentioned a couple of posts back I was the lucky recipient of one of the travelling patterns, Count your Blessings by Shakespear's Peddler.  I'm a bit late blogging my finish but 'life' has been busy as we gear up to the end of the school year.  

Without further ado here is my 'Count your Blessings'  I radically changed the colours, it's stitched on a piece of Dusk Lugana from Silkweaver using Gloriana silks (all of them have been in my stash for going on 10 years)

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I slipped up last time I posted about this and forgot to mention that Bekca had sent a little gift along with the chart.  There was a cute postcard and chart as well as a lovely shade of blue DMC.  Thank you very much Bekca.

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So it is now time for the chart to resume it's travels, if you would like to be the next stitcher please let me know in the comments and I will choose someone next week.

Saturday, May 03, 2014

Reading Mojo Returns


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April was a good reading month I may not have read many books (3) but for the first time since the children arrived I was wanting to sit down and read for extended periods of time so I think I can say that my reading mojo has finally reappeared.  It was just a shame that it coincided with the Easter holidays!

I was also lucky with my choice of books, all three of these are likely to be up there for my favourite book of the year. 'Monstrous Regiment' is up there as one of my favourite of Terry Pratchett's novels.  I loved Rumer Godden's 'In this House of Brede', which was April choice for the Cornflower book club. I was thoroughly sucked into the lives of the nuns and several parts of it had me in tears.  

I picked up 'Millions like us' by Virgina Nicholson from the library as I had enjoyed her previous book 'Singled Out'. 'Millions like us' is an account of women's experiences in Britain during the Second World War and was fascinating.  Now I am reading Kate Chopin's The Awakening for my local bookclub and hoping that the desire to read will hang around.


Monday, April 28, 2014

Hold Me Skirt

I've had this Clothkits skirt on my shelf waiting to be sewn for over a year so I set myself a goal for April of getting it off the shelf and into my wardrobe.  

So without further ado here is the Rob Ryan 'Hold Me' skirt.


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