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!

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