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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My WIPs…

Currently, I have only a small pile of WIPs – well, only one! It is the Story Sampler from The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery. It was the 2015 Stitch-A-Long. I am aiming to make it for my niece; who is a lover of books. She loves to read.

This is what it should look like when I have finished it:

2015 Story Time Sampler Cross Stitch Pattern
The characters that I should have got through are:
January: Alice in Wonderland
February: The Secret Garden
March: Sherlock Holmes
April: Wizard of Oz
May:
Charlotte’s Web
June:
Peter Pan
July: The Lady of Shallot
August:
Phantom of the Opera
September:
Black Beauty
October:
Anne of Green Gables
November:
Little Women
December:
A Christmas Carol

BONUS! This chart also contains a bonus character- Jay from The Great Gatsby!

Finished stitched project measures
+ 131 stitches wide x 180 stitches tall
+ 8.2” wide x 11.2” tall on 16 ct aida or 32 ct linen

The Cover sample was stitched with DMC & Weeks Dye Works floss on hand dyed Lugana. However, I am using DMC thread and light blue Aida from The Homemakery. I wanted to give this sampler for a Christmas present in 2015 – whoops, that did not happen! I am aiming for 2016 instead – sounds like a plan right?

As requested by Amanda and Ashleigh, I have not uploaded any images of the actual pattern – I don’t want to be in Pumpkin Jail – however, I will post an image of my completed sampler (when I have completed it that is!). If you are a follower of my personal Instagram account @JemmaJH you may have already seen some of this sampler in progress.

 

Until the next row…

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Sprite Stitch : June/July Challenge Entry

Oh yes! I know that I have not been very active at Sprite Stitch for a while, but I had the sudden urge to stitch again! This “month’s” challenge was on the theme of ‘Royalty’; as I started *very* late into this challenge, I decided to do a quick stitch.

Here is what I did:

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Princess Peach from Mario; isn’t she cute?! I used a bracelet pattern from Bracelet Book and the creative KotinKandy created it.

This piece only took me about five hours to do; I did them over two days. I think that I would have stitched it quicker if I had used White 14 Count Aida and not Navy Blue 14 Count Aida.

I actually enjoyed creating this little beauty; I am thinking about either framing her or putting her in a hoop and giving to my niece; Willow, who has recently had a Princess themed bedroom created for her.

Until the next row…

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