Two New Starts in One Weekend?!

Oh my word! Yes, you did read that right! I started two new pieces over two days – crazy I know!

I have started “Rainbow Birth Sampler” by Faye at Little Dove Designs and the “Spirit of Christmas Mystery Sampler” by Linda of Lizzie*Kate.

The Birth Sampler should have been done ready for the birth of my former “Brewery Wife” Trudy; however I was unable to get it started until I knew the baby’s name etc. I now have all the information, so I could get started. UntitledI am stitching it with the ‘called for’ threads; which are DMC and it is being stitched on 14 Count Aida in Celadon from Zweigart – which I purchased from SewAndSo. I have found that I was stitching this rather quickly! I am enjoying it so far! Fife; that is the baby’s name, is being Baptised in November. I REALLY want to get this finished and framed before then!

I am hoping to complete the “Spirit of Christmas” for my Grandfather and his partner for Christmas. At the moment, I do not know if they will like it or not; however, Judy – my grandfather’s partner, loves things handmade. I want to get this framed by the first week in December – so I will need to crack on with it really! Untitled1I am using Weeks Dye Works threads and 14 Count Aida in Heartland – both ‘called for’ items. I have never use WDW threads before – I just need to remember to do each stitch individually as the variegation will not work properly. I order the whole sampler kit from Peakside Needleworks, here in the UK.

The photos are not doing the pieces justice – that is the problem when taking images at night and the light is terrible!

In other news; I have also been doing some Finishing! Yippie! SUNP0002I have been framing (or re-framing in one case) and creating an Artist Trading Card (ATC) for the Cross Stitch ATCs “group” on Instagram.  I posted my partner the card this afternoon, on my way to a Cross Stitch ‘Stitch In’ in a local needlecraft store. SUNP0005The smaller piece is my “Princess Peach” stitching that I created for Sprite Stitch and the re-framed piece is the “Story Time Sampler” from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I REALLY need to work on my “A Very Merry Christmas Town” too!

I have caught up to date with “Spooky Halloween” SAL designed by Durene Jones and from Lakeside Needlecraft and the “Russian Dolls” SAL by Kim at KLT Charting. I have also added to my Chart Stash; but you will need to watch the current episode on my FlossTube channel to see how they are coming along (FlossTube #11). My needleminders from The Everyday Stitcher also arrived this morning – I cannot wait to use them! I have also signed up for the “Beverages SAL” (from KLT Charting) and the “Class Schedule SAL” by Kirsty at Armada Designs. I am very excited about these pieces; they do not start until 2018! It will be here before we all know it!

This afternoon; as mentioned above, I have been at a ‘Stitch In’ event as a local needlecraft store – Threads & Patches, is the name of the store. It is not too far away from me and I thought I would try again to attend this place. I will post all about it soon!

Until the next row…

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Stitching Groups – are you in any?

I have recently joined some Stitching groups on Facebook:

Stitch Maynia

The Ultimate Cross Stitching Group (UCSG)

Lakeside Needlecraft SAL Stitch A-Long Group

KLT Charting Russian Dolls SAL Group

The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Stitch A-Long Group

Lizzie Kate Mystery Sampler Club

Just a couple right? The last four are groups that are link to the WIPs I have or will have in the next few weeks!

Stitch Maynia and UCSG have ‘events’ throughout the year. I have am currently taking part in the “County” and “State” Fairs at UCSG.

Rules of the County Fair:

For the next four weeks we will be working towards exhibiting at the Fair !!! But one week at a time.

This first week we will be stitching toward qualifying for an exhibit in the County Fair. 

In order to exhibit ONE finished cross stitch into the County Fair, you will need to stitch 500 stitches on your current WIP as your entry form.

Post a starting point first, then stitch 500 stitches and post a pic with your stitch count. This will allow you ONE exhibit for the county fair. We will let you know when the week rolls around to add your exhibits. You will only be allowed one exhibit for the COUNTY Fair

I decided to do some of the “Spooky Halloween” SAL from Lakeside Needlecraft as my entry.

Starting Point:

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595 stitches later…

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As I completed the requirements; here is my “badge” from the “County Fair” – I’ve removed the top section of the image as it had my full name on it…

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Rules of the State Fair:

This second week we will be stitching toward qualifying for an exhibit in the State Fair. This is a different entry than that for the County Fair. 

In order to exhibit ONE finished cross stitch into the State Fair, you will need to stitch 750 stitches as your entry form.

Post a starting point first, then stitch 750 stitches and post a pic with your stitch count. This will allow you ONE exhibit for the State fair. We will let you know when the week rolls around to add your exhibits. You will only be allowed ONE exhibit for the STATE Fair

For this entry, I decided on the 2nd Doll of the Russian Dolls SAL from KLT Charting. I have decided to add the background to the body; as I did with the 1st doll.

Here is the starting point:

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I have until the 13th August to complete the background; only 847 stitches! I can do it!

Until the next row…

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