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Sunday, 23 April 2017

April Stitch Finish

          4th Day of Christmas
           By Margaret Sherry

  This month is moving way too fast. I'm a full week behind on all of my stitching. This lady is awesome! !  Like my other days she is outlined in darker shades of the colors used. I of course made mistakes, but some I just rolled with.  

   For instance, I had stitched the perfect 4. At least I thought that I had. As I was organizing my outline colors, I realized I had stitched it in the wrong color. Then I discovered I had used the shade for my number for the legs. I already had a bad headache, but really wanted to try to finish my outlining.  I left the color of the legs alone. I frogged the number, and stitched it in the shade that was for the legs. Yes, I switched them. Of course between my head pounding, and my husband distracting me, I goofed stitching the number. I just left it, and evened it out before adding the backstitching. 

   I'm happy with her. She stitched up so fast, and has style. I wanted to give these some individuality, and she has it!

      Happy Stitching, and may the frogs stay far away!

       XX - Renee'  (Creating Beauty Mrs S )

Saturday, 22 April 2017

April - 4th Day of Christmas progress

   This month I get to stitch 4 Calling Birds by Margaret Sherry. This little sassy lady has been so fun to stitch! 
    I thought that I would share my progress so far. 

    XX'S - Renee' (Creating Beauty Mrs S)

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Faith's April Ornament

Now presenting, April's Calling Birds!

Day 4
Four Calling Birds
Margaret Sherry's series the
Twelve Days of Christmas
She is a sassy one, making calls
on her cell while standing around!

Thanks for looking and for the kind
comments left on my previous posts!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Serendipitous Jo's April's Four Calling Birds

I'm following the 12 Days theme using Joan Elliott's 12 Days of Christmas design.  Here is the Fourth block:

Because there is a lot of dense stitching in this design, I have made a small change.  All the backgrounds are stitched with just one strand instead of two.  It is most obvious on the full coverage parts like the Angels and the Pear Tree but you can see that it works well here.

I also decided to make the berries as over one stitches instead of French Knots.  I tried the knots on the Second Day and didn't like them so I unpicked them and redid them as tiny crosses.  Much neater and just as effective.

Here's where the piece was last month:

And here's where we are now:

I finally completed all the red outer border and have stitched the double metallic rows on the top.  Now I'm going to start on the holly vine inside the top border.  Just for a change from straight lines!

Friday, 14 April 2017

Janurary - Christmas Tree

Hello!  Just me again.

I finished my Janurary "ornament".  I decided for this year I will stitch ABC Christmas by LizzieKate instead of individual ornaments because... well... you all seen how that worked out for me last year.  Haha!  Actually I shouldn't complain, I kept up with them all year until that last month.

Hopefully talk to you all again soon!


Sunday, 9 April 2017

Blast from the past

Hello everyone!

Long time, no posting.

I have been stitching though.  And I really underestimated how long it would take me to stitch this sweet little design.  I also decided in November that I was going to stitch 2 fairly large projects for Christmas gifts so everything else got put on hold.  But finally yesterday I finished my December 2016 ornament.  It is The Gift by Blackberry Lane Designs from the 2011 Just Cross Stitch Ornament Issue.

I will now get to stitching on this years project.  Hopefully I can catch up!


Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Late again! 12 Days of Christmas - Day 3

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Free design - link to the Plum Street Samplers "Grand Finale" blog post is here

Sorry it would appear that yet again I late posting my 12 Days of Christmas finish.... March, aka Day 3, is done and I have started on Day 4 so hopefully I will be posting during April with a Day 4 finish and not leave it til May!!

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Fabric: 28ct Jobelan "Gold Digger" - Colour Cascade Fabrics
Threads: Jodryi Designs (Wuthering Heights, Sense & Sensibility, The Olde Curiousity Shoppe, Into Midnight)
Because I am using my own colour palette I am not really following the chart's suggested thread placement - I am just going with the flow when I stitch on each block.  The colour that I used for the lettering doesn't really show up on the photo but in real life it is gorgeous (it is the same colour as the third bird just to give you an idea of how different it can look depending on the stitch pattern)

Thank you all for the lovely comments you have left on my previous posts - it's great to see that the colour changes work for you all as well :o)

So that's it for Day 3... see you again soon with Day 4
Happy Stitching xx

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Okay, I am all caught up and then some!

Hello Jolly Christmas Elves, 

I have been a bit behind on all my Twelve Days stitching but now I am all caught up and even ahead!  Yay!

I have finished Day Three: Three French Hens for March.

Day Four: Four Calling Birds for April

... and Day Five: Five Gold rings for May (although to be fair, this block was finished in January for a FB challenge).

And here is the whole piece so far - lots of border to keep me busy over the next few months until it is time to finish Six Geese-a-laying for June.

So, feeling pretty chuffed with myself at this particular moment.

hugs, Kaye

Saturday, 1 April 2017

A Day Late

but March is done.

Not the best photo, sorry. On to dragonlet #4 and I'll include a picture of the whole piece next time. Lots and lots of catching up to do.

Three French Hens

And next up 4 Calling Birds.  These little itty bitty blocks are taking way longer than expected.  But I am happy with the results. 

Friday, 31 March 2017

March 2017

Thank you for your kind words in the comments!
At the last minute I was there with its March contributions:

I wish you a beautiful spring day!
Again a month here :-)

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Lili's March Ornament: Tinsel/Christmas Lights

Hello everyone!
My March ornament!

Design: Water's Edge - O Christmas Tree
 (Christmas Ornaments 2004, Just Cross Stitch)
Fabric/Threads: 32 count lambswool linen from Permin of Copenhagen/DMC

See you next month!
Happy stitching,

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

12 Days of Christmas - 1st and 2nd

This is my first post to the group, and I am as always, a little late to the party-

Day 1 and Day 2.  I do hope to have Day 3 finished by month end.   This is a picture of how it will look when it is finished - found in the Cross Stitch and Needle Work Magazine (no longer publishing). I have spent a lot of time deciding if I really wanted to stitch the big pear tree in the middle or just have the days in three rows of four.  There are so many fractional stitches in those leaves. I do think I am going to go with the pattern as charted.


Tuesday, 21 March 2017

March - 3rd Day of Christmas / 3 Turtle Doves by Margaret Sherry

   March is the time for the 3rd Day of Christmas, and 3 Turtle Doves. I'm enjoying stitching Margaret Sherry's 12 Days.

   I make my own through mistakes that I leave in, and work around. Thread colors that I change because I don't have it. Or in the case of the beret in this month's chart, I have just chosen to use Very Dark Pewter Grey rather than Black.

    I've also chosen to use more color in my "Backstitching" to highlight.  I used Very Dark Pewter Grey, Very Dark Salmon, as well as the Dark Coffee Brown that is charted.

   Margaret Sherry's French Hen is simple in it's design and colors. It's been fun to stitch, and very relaxing. 

   Here is a picture I pulled off the internet of her design.

   My version of 3Turtle Doves.  It looks like one of the French Knots for an eye is a little loose, and needs to be fixed. Overall it turned out pretty well. I'm happy. I also noticed that my backstitching along the outside of the bread isn't showing up for some reason. It is there however.

These are the progress photos. One for each day that I actually stitched.

   I know that it isn't much of a tip, but for me it works well. My backstitching always seems lumpy, and doesn't lay flat. When I can I use a running stitch instead. I stitch every other stitch until I reach the end. Then I turn and fill in the missing stitches. They lay much flatter for me. I hope this helps you in some way.

   Until next month fellow stitchers. May your stitches lay flat, and the frogs stay far away.

                                  XX's - Renee' 

Saturday, 18 March 2017

Rita's March 2017...3 French Hens

Here is 3 French Hens from the PS 12 Days of Christmas leaflet.  (I'm enjoying this year's theme.)

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Late... 12 Days of Christmas - Day 2

12 Days of Christmas - Plum Street Samplers
Free design - link to the Plum Street Samplers "Grand Finale" blog post is here

Sorry.... I am so late posting this pic of my finished second day square.  I did have this finished in February but I just kept running out of time to post!

I am stitching this on 28ct Jobelan "Gold Digger" from Colour Cascade Fabrics and using threads from Jodyri Designs.  The colours I am using are: Sense & Sensibility, Wuthering Heights, The Olde Curiosity Shoppe and Into Midnight (the border).

Day 3 is progressing nicely.... hopefully I will get back to post that before the end of March!

Til next time, happy stitching :o)

Serendipitous Jo's March's French Hens

I have completed the third block on Joan Elliott's 12 Days of Christmas:

Here's where I was last month on the whole piece:

And here is where I am now:

I stitched for two whole days on the left hand Herald Angel but the rest of the progress has been just a little bit each evening while my son is in the bath.  Those minutes all add up over the course of a month.

Saturday, 11 March 2017

Mary's Mill Hill Snowman with Christmas Lights

Here's my "Christmas lights" theme- Snow Fun by Mill Hill!! It's too bad the crystal beads don't show up better in the picture- it's really pretty in person!

This was a quick stitch for sure- I just love Mill Hill Kits!! Now I can check this off my list and attend to all my other March goals!

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Faith's March Ornament

YAY, March's ornament is completed!

Day 3
Three French Hens 
Margaret Sherry's Twelve Days of Christmas series. 
I love her different interpretations of each one;
they are not at all what you would expect but they are fitting!

Thanks for looking and for the
comments left on the other posts!

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

February -2 Turtle Doves

   2 Turtle Doves designed by Margaret Sherry. 
   That said, I goofed placing it onto my fabric. I started way too high. My title had to be stitched underneath.
   I changed a couple of colors to something very close that I had. I also added color to my outlines.
   I think that it came out pretty good inspite my mistakes.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

February 2017

Thank you for the nice comments on the January post! All I was very pleased!
Thank you for visiting my contribution, now shows the number 124 - it's great!

See what I went on Carols / Music:

I wish you a nice March and a lot of joy in cross stitch!


Lili's February Ornament: Carols/Music

Hello everyone!
My February ornament!
Design: Fairy Wool in the Wood - Fa La La
Fabric/Threads: 40 count Vintage Country Mocha/ DMC, The Gentle Art

See you next month!
Happy stitching,

Monday, 27 February 2017

Satsuma Street Two Turtledoves

My February ornament is the second in the Satsuma Street 12 Days of Christmas series - Two Turtledoves.  I'm doing each of these on one of the DMC Bright Ideas 14ct Aida fabrics (as well as white), so there with be 3 each of four different colors.

2 Turtledoves
Designer: Satsuma Street
suggested DMC threads
14ct Aida DMC Bright Ideas: Grasshopper

I actually made a pretty significant mistake with this one that led to a lot of frogging - and then just when I thought I'd got it all fixed, I realized the tailfeathers were still wrong, and just decided to work around it rather than frog out all the surrounding stitches yet again. So that tail is a bit fuller and hiding some of the post they're sitting on.  The flowers are also slightly different, but that was on purpose - the darker petals are pointed rathr than rounded, so that they stand out a bit more.

In spite of the difficulties I had with this one, I am so enjoying the series!