Tuesday, 16 March 2021

Fully Finished Gallery March

 Stitching has been a bit slow lately for me, but I’m just popping in with a couple of small finishes. They are both from the Cross Stitcher calendar that I’m doing for Lucy. They can hang from the bottom of her big calendar that I made this time last year, not that she leaves them there. March has also been stitched but I haven’t managed to fully finish it yet - I’d better get on with it before the end of the month!

Saturday, 16 January 2021

Fully Finished Gallery January

 The 10th of each month is when are supposed to show off our fully finished pieces rescued from the drawer of shame. I am late as usual, and these are all December pieces that didn’t make the cut off but it all counts!

First of all, I have two more Christmas pictures framed. Both of these were stitched years ago. The first is a kit, which I think was part of a series that was sort of a course and if you did them all you could send off for a certificate. I only ever had that one though, and I can’t remember who it was from. The second one was also a kit, I think I was given it, but I don’t remember who gave it to me. I don’t seem to remember very much! I really like the simple frame on that one as it makes Santa look like he really is peeking in the window.

Then I have this little bear from the twoboysananlgirl winter animals SAL. I gave this one to Lucy. I finished the owl too, but packed him away in the Christmas box without taking a photo. Boo!

Next is Lucy’s Christmas card, from a recent issue of Cross Stitcher. I saw it and knew I had to stitch it for my bus-loving daughter. 

And  I’ll also include the Christmas plaque I designed for my secret Santa partner, which I already showed off on the WIPocalypse post:

Finally, I have a selection of gift tags from various cover kits that I’ve stitched over the years:

That’s it for this month!

Monday, 4 January 2021

WIPocalypse 2021

 So we enter another year, and back to lockdown again *sigh*. I have no idea what the year will throw at us, so I’m going to keep my plans very simple. My goals for 2021 stitching are:

1. Finish Canadian Beauty. She deserves it.

2. Stitch all the months of the ‘Milly’ calendar from Cross Stitcher. I’ve started these and pretty much finished January already but I neglected to take a picture. The plan is to finish them in  similar way to Rachel’s Birthstones (Tutorial here: https://tenhourstitcher.blogspot.com/2019/12/link-up-for-fully-finished-gallery-sal.html) so Lucy can hang them at the bottom of her calendar. 

3. Finish at least 5 other small projects. And fully finish 5, plus the Milly Calendar ones. 

4. Do some work on my Chatelaine (Tuscany Town Mandala) which hasn’t been touched since 2016!

5. Design at least one piece for myself and start stitching it. 

6. Work on whatever else I fancy...

That’s it for now, I will be back for fully finished gallery next week as I have Christmas finishes I didn’t get to share in time. 

Monday, 28 December 2020

WIPocalypse Check In December 2020

 Well here we are at the end of a surreal year! Stitching is the one thing that has been pretty much as normal for me this year, I haven’t had any more or less time to stitch and I’m pretty happy with the progress that I’ve made. 

I started out the year with 33 WIPs/UFOs. In 2020 I finished 12 of these, and made some good progress on Canadian Beauty, which is really the only larger WIP I’ve worked on during the year. 

I’ve also made a few new starts. Most of these were smaller projects such as cards that I’ve also finished but I do have 3 to add to my WIP list:

- Winter Animals SAL by four boys and a NL girl

The bear and owl from this were completed and fully finished and will be in my Fully Finished Gallery post next month. The moose is currently being fully finished:

and I’m stitching the bonus pattern with the fox. 

- Jannlynn Vintage Toys Christmas Ornaments (I completed 2 of these but there are another 6 to be done)

- Biscuit coasters cover kit, which currently looks like this:

So I end the year with 24 WIPs, and that finish rate makes me pretty happy.

Canadian beauty went from here 

To here 

I look forward to working on the bottom half in 2021.

Most of the other things I’ve already shown on fully finished posts, or I’m saving them for the next one. But I did want to show off one project here. It’s the project I designed for my secret Santa swap. This is a swap I did every year with a great bunch of friends on Facebook, we first met when we were all planning our weddings and now we chat about our kids and everything else really. When I got Vicky in the draw I was excited to design this, because I know she likes family keepsake ornaments. So here it is:

I had a lot of fun designing and stitching it, and I really would like to find time to design a few of my own projects in 2021. But more on that goal in the next post, which will be the 2021 WIPocalypse goals post.

Saturday, 12 December 2020

Fully Finished Gallery December (part 1?)

 I’ve been looking forward to this post as I have a few finishes to share!

The majority are Christmas cards. The first seven come from a set that was in Cross Stitcher (issue 231). I started stitching them years ago, so I’m very happy to check one old project off both the WIPocalypse and fully finished lists! They’ve now all been sent to family. There was an 8th one, and another card I did with a very old piece of stitching that I think I probably did as a teenager, but I forgot to take photos before sending them. I may be able to get photos from the recipients to share later I guess. 

The next one, is the cute dog I shared in my WIPocalypse post - it is also now on the way to its intended recipient. I’m not 100% happy with how I finished it as it was a little rushed so I could send it, I must put more planning into the actual card making part next year. 

My final finish for this post is the ‘Peace on Earth’ SAL  by Joan Elliott. I finished stitching this last year and I really wanted to get it framed in time for this Christmas so I spent some of my birthday money on a frame for it. I haven’t managed to get the border 100% straight so may take it out and have another go at some point. 

I do have a bunch more things I intend to finish off before Christmas so I may do another post before the link up closes, or they may end up getting saved for January. See you all then!

Monday, 7 December 2020

WIPocalypse November

 Another couple of months skipped 😕

Since the last post I have mostly been working on Christmas stitching. I completed the two ornaments (and Lucy’s birthday card) which I put in the last fully finished gallery post, so I won’t  show them again here. I have also been working on some Christmas cards. 

The ones above are from a cover kit, and I’m just starting to stick them all together and finish them. They will need to be done in the next week or so to be sent, so I should be able to show them off in the next fully finished gallery. 

This moose is part of the winter animals SAL. I also stitched the owl, but I’m not sure where I’ve put him!

Then I have been stitching this rather adorable dog for a card for my husband’s aunt and her partner, who are big dog lovers. It’s almost done, just needs a bit more white and some backstitch.

I’m also working on a secret Santa present, which I designed but I can’t show that yet (and I will only show it if I get the recipients permission). 

Now for this months question: 
What new discoveries did you have in the stitching world this year?
I haven’t spent a lot of time searching out new things this year, but I have been looking more at designers I haven’t stitched before on Etsy. The only one I have started is the Winter animals SAL from fourboysandanlgirl, but I’ve also bought a couple of patterns from other designers to try out next year. 

Tuesday, 10 November 2020

Fully Finished Gallery November

 It’s been a while since I’ve finished anything so I’ve been away from this SAL for months, but I have a few finishes finally!

The first two are Christmas ornaments from an old dimensions kit. They will be Christmas presents for Lucy, but she doesn’t read my  blog so here they are:

The kit came with all the materials for making them up, so they were easy wins for the most part. It was my first attempt at making my own cording though, and that took me a few goes to get right. 

The last finish is a birthday card for Lucy. It is from one of the themed alphabets in an issue of Cross Stitcher from last year. The card and trimmings are very pink as pink is her favourite, although it doesn’t really go!

That’s it for now, hopefully I’ll have a lot more next month as Christmas approaches.