Thursday, 28 January 2010

Mary Wigham Sampler

I've finally decided on my colour choice for this sampler. Shades of Lilac on 40ct Edinburgh linen (maybe I'm being a bit ambitious with 40ct!!) This is the first motif stitched, and I'm going to try and do 1 a week to get this project finised this year. I think 1 a week will be all my eyes can cope with on this count!!!
Now I need to get back to St Sophia over the weekend as from Monday part 2 of my Chatelaine will be out ready for stitching...oohh the excitement of it all. :))

Thursday, 21 January 2010

Chatelaine Peacock Garden Part 1 completed

Well here's the first part of this years Chatelaine stitched. The gaps left are for the beads and bicones which will be added at a later date.
The bottom picture shows a close up of part of the design.
Now I'll just have to get back to St Sophia now as part 2 isn't avaialble till beginning of February.

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Chatelaine Mystery 13- Peacock Garden

Well those that know me, know I like stitching Chatelaines designed by Martina Webber. Well this year is no different. I've signed up to do this years mystery as the pull of the 'Peacocks' drew me to it.
I've decided this year that instead of sending for the thread kits from America with all the speciality threads in, I would do the bulk in the DMC threads that are cross referenced, use the caron Waterlillies, and Perle threads as per original kit and of course the metallic thread and beads. I'm hoping this saves me a small fortune too!

Anyway, I made a start on it yesterday afternoon, and again this afternoon/evening and here is my progress so far.

Thursday, 14 January 2010

Sewing update

Here where I'm up to with St Sophia. Unfortunately over Christmas & the New year I came down with Bronchitis, so I was forced to stay inside and keep warm with my sewing for company....what a pity. LOL.
I'm going to make a start this weekend on the Chatelaine Mystery 13 for this year which is 'peacock' based. I've got my fabric now, and instead of sending to America for the complete kit, I'm just going to use the DMC equivalent with the recommended Caron Waterlillies thread- which I love. I'm hoping it will still look ok, but I just can't justify the expense of the recommended threads/kit this year, so this will be know as my recession buster piece. As the charts are released a bit every month, I'm hoping to still be able to stitch St Sophia in between the releases, if I can keep up!!

Saturday, 2 January 2010

New Years Day Snow.

New Years day brought us around 5 inches of snow, which for us living on the coast is a rarity. The dogs thought it was great fun, who says snow is just for kids!!! Here is Brook and Orchid having a truly mad time in it, just wonder how long it will last for now?