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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Stitchy Update!

Wow, a lot to update you all with!

I will soon be filming my tenth FlossTube video and as of today, I have 100 subscribers! I said in my ninth update that I would do a giveaway when I reached 100 subscribers; I am very excited about it. I will be giving away one of my own designs – which I have not stitched yet. I will share it on here soon; not worry!

On Sprite Stitch (I have not done much of the stitching needed for there…), I have been updating my project list – it is called Jemma’s Stitchery – cute name right? Here I am keeping a list of all my completed projects; it is also here on the blog – just head over to Completed Projects to see them…not all of my projects are listed, I am getting them done slowly.

I had a visit from the “Frog” on my Spooky Halloween SAL by Lakeside Needlecraft; I am hoping to catch up with it soon. I had to completed re-stitch the first section, I have got the second, third and fourth sections printed and I am just going to work my way through them! The fifth part comes out today; which I will need to print off and add to my pile for this project.

LK-SOC1I have finally received part one of the “Spirit of Christmas” Mystery Sampler by Lizzie*Kate; however, I have not started it yet – I am wanting to do it for my Grandparents for their Christmas present. I will be focussing on it in the next few days, my mother is going away on holiday – which means I can watch whatever I want to the television and stitch for as long as I want! I am very excited! I feel a “Bring It On” or Harry Potter marathons happening! The second part of this Mystery Sampler was released on October 1st, however; I will have to wait for a few days (maybe a couple of weeks) as it has to come from the USA and then be posted to me from Peakside Needlecraft – this is the shop I am getting the items from.

A_Very_Merry_Christmas_Town_-_Cover_eaafb105-a0dd-410c-9e8f-55e93ca3aefd“A Very Merry Christmas Town” is coming along nicely too – because of the “Frog” visit I have not been spending much time on it! Whoops! Yes, I know! I need to get it done! I am staying positive about this WIP! I do love this design; well to be honest I love all of the designs at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. They are so cute and really modern. I have a spreadsheet of all the patterns and I am checking them off as I have bought them. Naughty, I know but you only live once!

6b582909f8017a691a8ce0e63479bb8aI have not touched the “Christmas Cupcakes” from Janlynn for a few weeks, as I wanted to get caught up with the SALs. I have completed two of the six cupcakes – I am calling them the “Holly Cupcake” and the “Candy Came Cupcake”.  I am up to date with the “Russian Dolls” SAL from KLT Charting; which is a bonus. There are twelve designs; umber six will be released soon!

FlossTube has been a god send over the last few days and my Wish list has increased – whoops again! I am going to focus on what I have “in front of me” for a while and get cracking! I have found so many new Channels to watch and I know that I will probably be binge watching them all! I am currently binge watching Debra, the AZ Needleworker. Debra has a cat called Princess; cute little black cat. Love her videos!

As my friend, Trudy, has now had her baby – a lovely little boy called Fife! I REALLY need to get his birth sampler done!

Heaven and Earth Designs – what have I started?

 

If you follow me on Instagram; you would have seen this image pop up in your feed today! Yep, I have purchased, downloaded and printed off my first ever Heaven and Earth Designs pattern. This pattern is called Brigid’s Shamrock and I fell in love with it when I saw it in the Summer Stitch Day video by JustKeepStitchin’ – it was being done by an attendee at the event!

In one of my videos, I remember saying that I do not think that I could ever do a HAED pattern; as they are too large! *face palm* – I will keep you all informed with my progress.

Next the next row…

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FlossTube is LIVE and some more!

Oh yes! I have done it! I am now a proud member of the FlossTube community – may channel Dreaming in Aida currently has three videos and 57 subscribers (*at time of writing).

Here are the videos:

FlossTube #1 – Intro, WIPs, Finishes & Plans

FlossTube #2 – What have I let myself into?

FlossTube #3 – a little later than planned!

From watching other FlossTubers, I have been recommended many more – my list is getting longer and longer. Are there any you would reconmend? Please let me know, either here on the blog or at my channel.

As I have finished both “The Story Time Sampler” and “You’re Dino-mite” from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery; I am now working on “A Very Merry Christmas Town” as a Christmas present for my grandparents. I am still working on this piece at least one hour a day as part of the #TheStitchingHour2017 tag on Instagram. I have so many patterns I want to get started on. I feel that a pattern rotation may be in order; especially when you see what I have signed up for!

I have some exciting news! I have joined the following Stitch A-Longs (SALs):

KLT Charting – Russian Doll SAL – this started yesterday, 12th July. I am waiting for my DMC and Aida to arrive and then I will crack on with this. I cannot decide if I should do them in one long piece or in individual dolls. This is a fortnightly release; so I will need to gt my head down for this one.

Lakeside Needlecraft – Spooky Halloween SAL – this SAL does not officially start 1st August; but I am ready to start this SAL. This is a weekly release! I have my DMC and Aida – just need the boarder; which is released on 1st August.

I have ordered MANY needle minders from The Everyday Stitcher, a Heaven and Earth Design – Brigid’s Shamrock and a Rainbow Birth Sampler from Little Dove Designs. I am going to make the sampler twice; one for a close friend and the second for a former student. I hope that they like them! I can’t wait to show you all in my next video!

Until the next row…

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Creating my own patterns…

I recently downloaded KG Chart LE for Cross Stitch as I needed to work out how to do the Bookmarks I am doing for the Bookcrossing Convention in Oslo – I found that it was very easy to use. I have been thinking about creating my own patterns to sell. Is that a good idea or not? I know I am not going to be as fab as the lovely ladies at The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery; but it would be something I would like to do.

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What do you all think? Should I do some patterns? Let me know what you all think…

You can download KG Chart LE for Cross Stitch from here!

 

Story Time Sampler Update…

I know that I am over two years behind with this pattern but I have had a very positive stitching sessions. Just have a look at these:

 

This is how I ended yesterday before heading off to work…

A quick process pic before heading off to work… #SAL #TheFrostedPumpkinStitchery #StoryTimeSampler

A photo posted by Jemma | JemmaJ (@jemmajh) on Feb 6, 2017 at 8:23am PST

 

I have also decided to enter the Make of The Month competition and Craftie Challenge both via Create and Craft – I know, I’m crazy!

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Until the next row…

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Projects of 2017…

Firstly, Happy New Year to you all! I have had a busy few weeks. I have been downsizing my Etsy & craft show stock. I am currently hosting a Flash Sale on my Facebook page – head over there if you wish to see what I have. I have decided to stick with jewellery and stitched items. So, with a gift card I received for Christmas a trip to Hobbycraft at Northampton I carried out. I went round the store looking for some stitchy inspiration. This was when I saw this:

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I tried to start it that afternoon, however I found the pattern too small to read and the Aida not tough. So…I decided not to follow the pattern – I created my own pattern using the thread colours provided in the kit. I thought it was a genius idea. What do you think?

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I am thinking about created more of these to sell in February. Would you buy it? Either the hoop or pattern? Let me know… I have been thinking about what to back the hoop with; I have seen people who have used felt or scrapbook paper.

On the same trip, I saw Cross Stitcher (which I thought I had subscribed to – if not, I will start in February!) and there is a new SAL in the January issue. I am rather excited about that. I will need to make another trip to Hobbycraft to buy some more Aida and any threads I don’t have. Also I noticed that February’s issue was also available – two magazines to get through!

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Also, I have been spending some time on my 2015 SAL from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. I have been focusing on the title banner and the first frame. I have so many of the kits from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery and I have decided to finish them before I buy anymore. I can buy them from The Homemakery here in the UK. Hee Hee, cheeky I know!

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The members at Sprite Stitch have been Stitching for Charity; where they all do a 6″ x 6″ square of stitching that is made into a quilt. I did plan to join them a few years ago, but life took over and I was unable to. However, Doctor Mario is what I am going to do for the charity. I have been getting my supplies together for a few months now and I am ready to get started. I will keep you posted on all of that…

Until the next row…

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