Sunday, 13 May 2018

May Update

I finished Enchanted Mermaid last month.  I found some 014 in with Queen mermaid, so I used that.  I only needed two strands of it to complete what stitching was left.

Just some statistics on her:  She has 4 different colour metallics, 65 treasures and 6 packets of seed beads.  Seed beads have approximately 500 beads/packet, so this could mean there is around 3000 beads on her.  I stitched her on 28 count Silver Springs Jobelan from Colour Cascade Fabrics.

I am now working on finishing Under the Moonlight from Passione Ricamo.  Here is the last photo I took of her.  I am quite a bit more advanced than this, but my next photo will be a finish.

My plan is to finish Blossom Goddess this year for next year's Mirabilia Retreat.  I think since I started on it at the 2017 retreat it should really be finished.  Here is my progress so far:

I also got to visit my favourite fabric dealer and she worked me hard while I was there.  But look at all the pretty bling and patterns behind me.  To the side of me was a lot of gorgeous dyed fabric and yes, while I was very tempted to take some home, I didn't...

I also caught up with friends for a stitching day and we finally got a photo of us all together.  I am going to miss these ladies, especially since we live on opposite sides of the country.

I will also be participating in a Mermaid SAL held by Colour Cascade Fabrics.  The mermaid designs are from Soda Stitch and are incredible.  I am working on my placement of the mermaids at the moment.  We will be using the charts A Legend of the Blue Sea and Princess Mermaids for the SAL

If you are are interested, head to Colour Cascade Fabrics website and you will see an option for it on the side menu.

Have a great time stitching everyone and see you next update!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

April Update

So, blogging hasn't gone as planned this year and time slips away so quickly.

Hubby and I have been travelling Australia in our caravan, but this is no excuse. You would think being retired I would have more time to blog, but it just doesn't happen sometimes.

Western Australia has been hot these last few weeks.  We have now been here 6 months and probably won't be out of Western Australia until May.  So we are currently in Coral Bay WA.  It is beautiful, but if you don't boat or fish or spend every day on the beach, you really don't need a long stay here.

What have I been stitching.

Enchanted mermaid is at a stop because I ran out of 014 metallic and won't receive my order for it until I get home.  Buying things by mail is the really hard part of travelling, you need to make sure you are somewhere for a while to give it time to arrive.

On another note, I don't think I will ever bead as I go again, it has made stitching the tail difficult.  I don't have the tension I like using only 3 sides of a qsnap.  I've always waited to bead but as other people bead as they go, I decided to try it.  Like over 1 stitching, it is not for me.

Under the Moonlight got some work and now there is just the huge tail fin to stitch.  My last picture doesn't show the bottom of the rock.

I also made a new start this week.  I  vented some frustration I was having with a particular cross stitch design company on a FB group and it was reported back to the company owner, who then sent me a very unkind email to me about it.  My mistake was thinking I was in a "safe" environment of that group and as a result, I had an massive cleanout of my friends on FB.  Yes, I know who it was now, so shame on her for being such a tattletale.

Back to my new start, Miss Cherry Blossom has been screaming at me for a while to start her, but this year was supposed to be a WIP finishing year.  Given my history with finishing stuff, this was doomed to fail.

I am glad I started with her with the checkerboard.  It is in preparation for starting Villa Mirabilia and her skirt is mostly nearly all checkerboard.

There was a Chatelaine sale earlier this year, if I haven't mentioned it before, Martina passed away before Christmas last year and her daughter Ela has been wonderful in taking up management of her website.  The world is sadder for Martina's passing.

In Ela's sale, I bought Herbularius.  I already have Pomarium and I want to get Poison Garden, Rosarium and Tinctorium for the set.

I also bought a few Primitive Hare charts in her recent sale:

Anne Boleyn needlekeep I received for free for purchasing the other 3 designs.

Well, I'm off to stitch a bit more of Miss Cherry Blossom.  Sorry for the late blog post and I will try to remember to post more often.

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Late January update

I finally visited my fabric dealer at Colour Cascade Fabrics and met up with some other lovely stitching ladies.  Now that we have left Perth, I will miss seeing them all.

I have an update on Enchanted Mermaid, I have started her tail, but the dreaded frog visited so I have spent the last couple of nights unpicking what I stitched.

Here is my progress picture of Enchanted at the halfway point:

She is stitched on 28 count Silver Springs Jobelan from Colour Cascade Fabrics

My recent haul is as follows:

The next one is Miss Cherry Blossom from Mirabilia.  I have a piece of Fairies Wear Boots for her.

I also got a piece of My Island Home for the Harbour Haven SAL by By the Bay Needlework.  It is a really long piece of fabric.

I also got quite a few pieces of Ice Ice Baby to complete White Winter Santa, Santa's Sleigh and the Reindeers.

Well, there's my update for January.  Happy stitching everyone!

Tuesday, 16 January 2018

mid-January post

I will be picking up some haul on Thursday from my favourite fabric dealer.  I also have some progress shots of Spring Topiary Garden and Serenity Harbour so I will post another update over the weekend.

Just keeping my promise of keeing up with my blog this year!

Update:  My favourite fabric dealer's puppy has bone cancer and had to be put to sleep this week.  She wasn't up for visitors so I will be visiting her on Tuesday now.


Friday, 5 January 2018

2018 is here!

So, I've been travelling around Australia as a Grey Nomad.  I tried a few different methods to keep myself accountable with my stitching, but I've decided to make more time for my blog.  It has been sorely neglected.

I tried Flosstube but it is not for me, as I find it difficult to put myself out there, so that fell by the wayside.  I also found that some Flosstubers seem to be in competition with each other and try to outdo each other with who has the most haul.  Again, not for me. 

Facebook is the most convenient because it is instant (I tried Instagram too) but not as satisfactory as a blog is.  I do love Facebook, it keeps me in touch with my friends, but you find that if you ramble on with a post, you lose interest fairly quickly in the post.

So, lets see how I go with keeping up with a blog after all this time. 

I have bought too many projects since my last post to even try to figure out what to share, but since it is the first month of 2018, I will share a couple of finishes and my WIPs.

In 2017, I actually finished 4 projects. 

My first finish in 2017 was The Garden Party by Mirabilia.  This was stitched on 28ct Welcome to the Jungle Lugana Opal from Colour Cascade Fabrics.

This project reminded me of my very young years in the 70s, when my mother used to tease her hair and put on her black caftan dress with goldwork around the front bodice part, Dad looked very dapper (as he was her younger man) and mum dressed me up in a lovely dress with a long jacket that had faux fur all down the front and around the neck. 

My second finish was Snapdragon by Nora Corbett.  I started and finished this one in the same year. This was stitched on 28ct Silver Springs Lugana Opal from Colour Cascade Fabrics.

Third finish was Berry Collector by Nora Corbett.  I had a Basal cell carcinoma removed last year from my nose and the awful part was I couldn't wear my glasses for a long time.  I found a solution - to use 11 count aida, but what to stitch on it.  I could have chosen a small HAED but instead I chose this one.  It is quite amazing how the Mirabilia and Nora Corbett designs interpret on all counts of fabric.

My final finish for 2017 was Gypsy Queen by Mirabilia.  It is stitched on 28ct Raspberry Swirl Lugana by Colour Cascade Fabrics.  I was lucky enough to win a signed Gypsy Queen chart and one of Nora's watercolours at the 2016 Mirabilia Retreat in Katoomba, NSW.  Of course, I had to stitch her so she could sit on the wall next to my framed watercolour and chart.

 My plans for 2018 are to finish a few more WIPs. 

I had only 1 new start planned - Spring Topiary Garden by Mirabilia.  It is being stitched on 28ct Moonshadow Lugana from Colour Cascade Fabrics.


Other WIPS to be finished are:

Under the Moonlight by Passione Ricamo

Raven Queen by Mirabilia.  Stitched on 32ct Moonshadow by Colour Cascade Fabrics.  I have gone away from using 32 count, as it is more difficult for me to see, but I really want to finish this and the other ones I have already started.

Red by Mirabilia.  Stitched on 32ct Linen from Colour Cascade Fabrics.  It was won in a Studio Sessions Sale that CCF have and it turns out this is how Golddigger dyes on linen.  I quite like the effect, but I can see why it is not offered for regular sale, as it is more green rather than the gold colour it should be. 

Happy Owl by Alessandra Adelaide Needlework.  Stitched on 28ct Sorcerer Monaco from Colour Cascade Fabrics. 

Burlesque Zombie Portrait from the book Twisted Stitches.  I started this one for DD's 21st.  Well, she is now 25, so it is high time I get it finished. 


Mermaid of Atlantis by Mirabilia.  Stitched on 28ct lucky dip ice dye Jobelan from Colour Cascade Fabrics.

Enchanted Mermaid by Mirabilia.  Stitched on 28ct Silver Springs Lugana from Colour Cascade Fabrics.  I added some of the beads and treasures on the shoulder, as I felt it was needed with how it was charted in that section.  There are going to be a lot of beads and treasures on this one, definitely earning her name as one of the blingiest Mirabilias.

Japanese Garden Mandala by Chatelaine Designs.  Stitched on 28ct Islands of Avalon Jobelan from Colour Cascade Fabrics.  I staretd this in 2014, but struggle at times with it.  Unsure why, but I have 3 other Chatelaines kitted up, so I better do some stitching on this one if I ever want to finish it. 

Serenity Harbour by By the Bay Needleart.  I have 4 parts stitched on this, but no progress picture.  Will have to remember that for when I work on it next.

Lady of Mystery by Mirabilia.  Stitched on 28ct Fairytale Lugana by Colour Cascade Fabrics.  This one has only a minimal bit stitched on it as it is was started at the Colour Cascade Fabrics Retreat in October 2017 but put aside for other WIPS.

 Blossom Goddess by Mirabilia.  Started at the 2017 Mirabilia Retreat, but only minimal stitches in it.  Again put aside for other WIPs.

 Well, there's my WIPs and I will figure out which projects will be finished as I go.  Have a great 2018 everyone and I hope you get lots of stitching done!