Thursday, 29 January 2009
Monday, 26 January 2009
I have more stitching to do first, then adding beads, then finishing into an ornament. I will post a picture again when I have finished.
My rota this week includes - Dusky Dreams, Warwickshire Map and my new start from my Christmas stash - Lizzie Kate's "Housework". I hope to get a bit of each done and plan to do the crest of arms on the Map - I must finish this one soon!!!!!!
Hope you all have a good week......
Friday, 23 January 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
I reckon I can finish this in another 2 turns of my rota, the last tricky bit will be the drawn thread parts all around the outside edge...... but I've done it once now!!!
Work has been rubbish today, we have been getting less and less work in and now the boss reckons to keep us all in a job we will all have to accept a 20% pay cut. So everyone was very fed up today.... although the one lad spoke to the boss and he said I wasn't included in it as I am part time and the lowest earner?? But until I hear that from the boss himself (he is working overseas until the end of Jan) I have to assume I am in the same boat. Only good thing is losing 20% is better than losing 100% but still it is hard to think where to cut back!! I do hope things improve soon, so many people seem to be in the same situation!
I have a meeting tonight at the girl's school then I will be working on Henry, looking forward to picking him up again. Good job I have got my cross stitch to cheer me up and keep me sane!!
Sunday, 18 January 2009
2. I chose a blank cream card that measured 6 x 4 inches, I used to use aperture cards and mount the stitching inside but I was always having trouble keeping it fixed together..... so now I use just plain, blank cards. I then cut a piece of white card the same size as the stitching to mount the stitched piece onto, then cut the backing paper just a bit smaller than the card blank.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
I did try to restrain myself not to start it yet as I have so many WIPs, but it kept calling me....... I thought well I bet I have no 16 ct white aida in stock so I can't start it yet.... but guess what I had just the right sized piece. (I took this as a sign!!) Then when I saw the stitching time said 55 hours (!! gulp!!) I just knew I had to start it and aim to get it done by Christmas!! So it will slot into my Week 2 of my rota, I started a little bit yesterday but will then leave it until its own time slot comes around again!! Oh I am weak!!!!
First night back at Stitch club went well and I stuck with my SAL work! On my next post I will show the "How I make my cards" tutorial.
Until next time....
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
1) Cut your backing board, I used Foam Mount I had bought from the craft shop. I cut it just a bit smaller than the opening of the frame as I knew the material would pad it out.
2) Using lots of pins, pin around the edge to hold the stitching in position. (sorry no photos yet got too carried away to remember to take a photo!!)
3) I intended to use just double sided tape to secure the back but the one vertical side had very little overlap (me being skimpy with the aida), so I actually laced the vertical sides together with normal sewing cotton.
4) I did use double sided tape on the top and bottom sides though and then I stuck masking tape around all of the flaps to secure it even more. -
5) The front then looks like this -
I think it looks very professional even if I say so myself. I just need to get some small hooks and string to be able to hang it on the wall, but for now it is ok resting on my shelf!!
This really boosted my confidence and I will certainly do my own framing again. In fact I think I may do Laura's Summer Fairy myself as it has been waiting to be framed now for ages. I have plenty more foam board as I bought a pack of 5! Just getting the picture mounts proves more tricky but of course you don't have to have a mount.
I worked on some of D for Dancer last night, I thought I had done really well until I reaslied the duck I had just finished was 1 stitch too low..... so he had to be ripped out... start again tonight!! I'll post my Family Tree update on my next update.
Happy stitching everyone.
Sunday, 11 January 2009
Lastly I just wanted to show you the fab material I bought off Ebay to complete Becky's Pirate stitching. She has decided she would prefer it made into a little tuck cushion as she has no wall space (too many posters and pictures up!!) So that's what I'll do, the Skull on the material is just right to match the skull on the stitching. I will have to use the sewing machine for this so will probably make it up next Sunday over at mom and dads.
This afternoon I am going to try something quite new for me..... I am going to frame and mount my "Lest We Forget" all by myself!!!! I went shopping yesterday and bought some back board and a pre cut mount and a frame..... I have my pins, double sided tape and masking tape at the ready..... tune in later in the week to see if it works.... I do hope so.
I will update you on my Family Tree on my next post as I still want to work on it tonight, if I can stay awake..... black coffee - that may help!
Thanks for listening and for your supportive comments, they are much appreciated....
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Just a couple of small pictures to show today. Firstly here is the little bear I stitched at the weekend to make into a Christening card, cute and simple.
So I'm going back to Somebunny now, I think he deserves a head, don't you!
Sunday, 4 January 2009
- Family Tree / I Do (5 - 12 Jan)
- D for Dancer / Johnny Depp / Ballerina (12 - 18 Jan)
- Henry VIII / I Do (19 - 25 Jan)
- Dusky Dreams / Warwickshire Map / Housework (Lizzie Kate - new start) (26 - 2 Feb)
I have gone back to my original plans of stitching the SomeBunny card for Helen's baby mainly because I have put the Bootees card somewhere safe..... and can't find where! Other cards I will work on include a Valentine for Stuart, a couple of friend's birthday cards and any others as extras to sell on Ebay as usual. Then I will work on my SAL - Lilliput Lane on Wednesday nights.
So that should keep me busy!!
No new photos tonight as I haven't taken any! What I did think I would show you is a great Maia Kit I have just found and that is now on the bottom of my wishlist. It is called "Rejoice" and I love it..... I would do it for Becky as they look like dancers to me..... I have my birthday coming up at the end of Feb.... maybe I could drop a few hints to my family??!!
It has been really cold here in the UK, not getting above freezing in the day.... so sitting and stitching at home with my new lamp has been great! Sadly it is back to the grind stone tomorrow! I just hope it isn't too cold at work as no one has been there over Christmas, I'll wear my warmest jumper just in case. Stuart is back at school tomorrow too but the girl's don't return until Tuesday.
I have completed a small finish today that I will add to my list (will post photo on next update) it is for a small Christening card with a cute bear on it ..... no real reason for stitching it just thought it was cute, it was from the new booklet that came with the new World of Cross Stitching magazine.
As it is back to work my stitching pace will slow down again, never mind, will post again later in the week. Hope everyone has a good week.
Friday, 2 January 2009
I only have 2 days left now before I return to work, I am also re starting my stitching rota on Monday so I will list that on my next post.
Have a good weekend,