A lot has happened…

Since my last post, I have completed TWO more pieces!

The ‘Story Time Sampler’ and ‘You’re Dino-mite’ are now ready to be framed! I do apologise about the images; they will look so much better when I have the pieces framed. I am so excited about that!

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I completed ‘You’re Dino-mite’ in less than SIX DAYS! I started it on Monday 12th June in the afternoon; I was away for a few days with my family and I needed some “me time” and I completed it on Saturday 17th June around lunchtime. This inspired me to finish the ‘Story Time Sampler’ and I finished the last frame in about three hours yesterday afternoon.

While I have been stitching; I have also been watching some FlossTubers – I have been inspired to create my own channel; so keep your eyes peeled for that!

The FlossTubers I have been watching are JustKeepStitchin’ – a mom/daughter combo Pam and Steph. I follow them on Instagram and I have fallen in love with their channel. The patterns the have been showing – I need them in my life! There are so many designers I have never heard of and I love the designs!

Now that I have finished two pieces; I now need a current project. I have started the ‘Tea & Cakes’ Stitch-A-Long from the beautiful Kate of Lakeside Needlecraft – I am a little behind, but I am very determined with my stitching. Keep an eye out for some progress photos on my Instagram account!

#30For30Crafting Challenge is complete!

Yes, my #30For30Crafting challenge is complete! Tomorrow I will be starting a new challenge.

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I have been inspired! #TheStitchingHour2017 hosted by @ambitiousstitches; bring on June 1st! I am already doing an hour at time, let’s make it two! Hee hee! I will be taking my stitching with my on my holiday with my Tribe – I am very excited! There is WiFi where we are staying, so I will be able to keep you all up to date on everything!

I want to complete The Story Time Sampler by The Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery as soon as possible; as the girls have created a dinosaur themed piece that will be perfect for my nephew!

I have also started A Very Merry Christmas Town by the girls; I felt that I will do this project for this challenge – I have got the evening off today; so I see stitching in my future!

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Until the next row…

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#30For30Crafting Update!

Wow! I cannot believe that it is Day 22 of my #30For30Crafting challenge! I felt that it was time that I shared my progress with you:

Day 1

Day One – Peter Pan

I was surprised how focused I was on this challenge from the start. At first I started a timer so I would stop and have a rest after 30 minutes; but by Day Two that had gone out of the window!

Day 5

Day Five – Peter Pan

As you can see, even after five days I have almost completed this frame. I am happy with this progress.

Day 10

Day Ten – Peter Pan is complete; now on to the Lady of Shallot 

To be honest, I have never read The Lady of Shallot; so I had to do some research on the story. Let’s just say, that I have added it to my To Be Read (TBR) pile…

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Day 20 – The Lady of Shallot

I was attending a vendor event on the 20th of May; sadly it was VERY quiet! I completed this frame that day. I will let you know how I am getting on soon…

Until the next row…

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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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Other Cross Stitch Blogs

I have always been interested in Cross Stitching and I am very tempted to subscribe to Cross Stitcher again as there is a Summer Sale currently happening – 3 issues for £1 – I do love a bargain!

However; this post is all about other cross stitching blogs that I have found on my stitching journey.

Jamie “Mr X Stitch” Chalmers

mr-x-stitchI first saw Mr X when I became a member of the Craftivist Collective; a group of crafters who are also activists. Head over to the CC site for more details about what we do. Jamie is known for showcasing talented needleworkers and is a regular in Cross Stitcher. I was inspired on what he said in his Ted Talk in Bedford.

 

Lord Libidan

lord-libidan-logoI have seen Lord Libidan’s work all over the internet; but I did not know that we are both members of Sprite Stitch until I joined the forum. I was drawn to the creative the Libidan has. Amazing pieces of not only 2D but 3D art.

Head over to Libidan’s website for more examples! So inspiring!

 

Badass Cross Stitch

iusa_400x400-28322188_k399This woman is amazing! I first saw Shannon on Instagram when she started the #YearOfStitch SAL and I am about to start a piece for her #EndGunViolence Craftivism project. I have not got long to complete this project!

I will let you all see the progress soon! You are going to love it!

 

 

Craftivist Collective

cc_logoSarah and the rest of the collective are an amazing bunch of people. I have been a member for a few years now and support the Collective in any shape or form and as much as I can. I am huge fan of the Mini Protest Banners – I recently place one at one of my workplaces to help the people think of the world around them. It worked; as people were asking all about it. I love a good old talking point.

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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