Sunday, August 31, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
I made three altogether. The first 2 are replicas of a couple of cards I made here.
Andrea said she wanted 2 cards but I just couldn't stop there and had to make another, this time slightly different from the ones that I made before.I couldn't resist adding some orange embellishments this time.
I think sequins are my favourite kind of embellishment at the moment. A while ago I made an order with Cartwrights and was very pleased with their service. I'd love to get some more from them but as I'm trying to cut back I've already exceeded my craft spending quota this month :) However when my numbers come up on the lottery I will make s huge order which will definitely include some of these, these and ooh tonnes of these!
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Is the word that I think mainly sums up my experience with this one this week. I think this was for a few different reasons. First off although this is a kit there appear to be three thread colours that are missing, I have no idea if they just weren't in the kit or if they have been lost somewhere down the line. On the up side this is an Anchor branded kit so I should be able to replace them, on the downside although I have 5 thread organisers full of these threads my brand of choice is DMC so I'll have to go out and find an Anchor supplier.
Secondly there are so many colour changes in this one it's unreal this made for so many thread changes at the beginning it was really slow progress. In all honesty I almost gave up and put it back in the box. However as now both Vicki and Kate are working and making good progress on their own cross stitches they inspired me to keep going.
Actually in the end I'm pleased that I've made some decent progress on this. (However this was only due to spending a lot more than 20-30 mins a day only possible becasue I was off work last week). Here is last weeks starting point.
And this is where we are now.
As you can see I've almost completed the background at the top of the Tiger (minus the missing colours) and I've started to extend the Tiger's body.
Now that I'm starting to move away from the stitching immediately surrounding where Mum got to I'm starting to feel a lot more comfortable with this piece. I've come to realise that Mum and I have totally different approaches to working on these pictures and I think that added to the frustrating times I was having in the beginning.
It looks as though Mum tended to concentrate more on completing small areas at a time whereas I thread my needle with a colour and work on that colour until the thread runs out, which means that I tend to range over a larger area of the picture (I think it's pretty evident in the progress picture). I think my way is quicker, less colour changes, and more progress. However I can see how Mum might have enjoyed her way more as you can see the whole picture emerging piece by piece rather than having scattered areas of stitching here there and everywhere. I have found this realisation quite fascinating.
Frustrating to Fascinating all in one week. My enthusiasm for this project is finally emerging and now I'm looking forward to seeing what progress the next week brings.
And for any Tiger lovers out there you might want to check out these lovely pictures that DH took while we were at Colwyn Bay Zoo the other week.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
And of course there were sunflowers in all the different stages... about to unfurl Reaching for the light ....... And in full bloom
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
In November 2005 I took a workshop with Jan Hassard based on an African themed quilt she had made. I came away from the workshop with lots of little blocks but knew that I would never actually make a large quilt using them. So shortly after the workshop I decided to join a few of the bits together to make a cushion top. After doing this and adding some simple quilting it has been languishing in the UFO box. Looking at the centre piece on this now I think that it really needs some more stitching/detail to bring it to life a bit more but I don't know what. I will mull it over for a few days, if nothing comes to me I will finish it as is. If I decide not to add anything else this really shouldn't be more than an hours work to get it all finished up.
Also on the worktable this week I have these watery babes waiting for some embellishment.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
I came back with huge bin liner filled with the quilt, hexagons and lots of other fabric scraps so I will need to have a good rummage through to see whats in there!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
However I did figure that a cheapy pencil case is just the right size for fitting in postcards tops in progress and a few threads and embellishments which was great for keeping things together when camping and took up so little space!
Friday, August 22, 2008
To celebrate my 32nd birthday we had hoped to hike it up the mighty Snowdon, but sadly the weather was against us. We arrived on Saturday and left on Wednesday and it must have rained for about 80% of the time we were there. Still we didn't let a few drops of rain dampen our spirits, even though for the first time ever a pool of water formed in one corner of the tent just from the sheer volume of rain!
We stayed at this campsite which was a lot of fun. The facilities were pretty basic but we had all that we needed and with it being a working farm there was the added fun of not knowing what was going to turn up where. One night there was a sheep in the toilet block and another I had the bejeezers scared out of me by a chicken hiding in a corner of the laundry room.
We did spend a bit more time in the tent than we usually would but honestly I wasn't this grumpy all the time and apart from the Snowdon thing we didn't let the weather deter us. This view of Llyn Padarn, near Llanberis captures the sort of weather we had, grey skies, low cloud and rain. We didn't get to see the top of Snowdon all the while we were there even though we camped right below it! But hey we didn't let a gallon of rain or two stop us and still got in a couple of decent 5 mile walks. Look here is proof that we had smiles and lots of fun even whilst soaked through!
Here is a shot of the wonderful Aber falls. Having never been before I don't know what it's usually like but I'm sure all the rain made the many waterfalls around gush and roar more than usual, spectacular! We didn't spend much time in the towns but we did a whistle stop tour of Conwy, this is a shot of the harbour.
As much as we enjoyed wandering round Conwy it wasn't long before we heard the call of the rollings hills and valleys again.
I had a great trip and hope to go back again next year (hopefully we can arrange some better weather!)
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Friday, August 15, 2008
Enough of the self pity, I am pleased to say that stitching on my something beginning with R cards is finally finished. R is for.......
Rhodes stitch ........
and Rice stitch.
I had a lot of fun making my Norwich stitch cards back here. That I knew I wanted to try some canvas work again. I had to make 3 of these for the swap, I'm not going to confess how many hours each of these took, lets just say it was one of those 'seemed like a good idea at the time' moments.
I always keep some hand stitching in my bag and try and grab a few minutes stitching time in my lunch break at work which keeps me sane on those stressful days so these have been happily keeping me company for the last week or so.
I am doing a private trade with Andrea for some more of the kitty cards I made here, so these will become my new bag companions, lol! In the meantime I'm off for a few days on a camping trip so I'll see you again when I get back next week :)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
There is just the one bird to finish and another to add so if I can keep up the same pace it might be done in the not too distant future :)