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Sunday, 28 May 2017

May's Rings

And I made it before the month ended!

Here is Dragonlet #5, sleepy wee fellow.

Sorry it's so blurry - it looked in focus when I snapped it. And here is the overall design.

I think I may get my tree shape after all. After I finish #6 and when I move the hoop I'll take another overall shot and see what's what.

Friday, 26 May 2017

It's May

Five Golden Rings.  Here we are posted on time for the month of May.  Posted too a picture of my progress on this piece and a reminder of the completed project.  Each day I stitch become my favorite so far.  Something special about Christmas Stitching.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Faith's May Ornament

I have finished this cute little kitty!

Day 5
Five Gold Rings
Margaret Sherry's series the
Twelve Days of Christmas
He looks just a bit
frantic inside that ring!!

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

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

I'm all caught up!

Hello friends!

I have managed to catch up.

Here is my May "ornament".  Isn't he a sweet little reindeer?

Feels good to be caught up again!

Happy Stitching!

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Lili's May Ornament: Sleighs/Reindeer

This is my choice for May ornament, a lovely reindeer.

Design: New York Dreamer – White Christmas
The pattern is from the Just Cross Stitch Magazine Special Christmas Issue 2015

Fabric/Threads: 40 count lune argentée linen / DMC floss.

 Thank you so much for the lovely comments on my last ornie post!
See you next month!
Happy stitching,
(my blog: Stitching Basket)

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

April - Snowy Scenes

Hello everyone!

I have finished another month!  I should be all caught up by the end of this month.

So for my "Snowy Scene" I chose to stitch "Quiet" which has a sweet little house on a snow covered hill.

And here is the picture I promised with the whole design.  It has been fun jumping all over to stitch each months theme.  

I will hopefully be back soon with my May "ornament" :)

Happy Stitching!


Saturday, 13 May 2017

Rita's May....5 Gold Rings

(Yes, I've been singing while stitching this one.)

I'm busy model stitching lately but took some time out to stitch this.

Now back to the "salt mines".  ;-)

Friday, 12 May 2017

May - 5 Gold Rings by Margaret Sherry


   I'm a little late starting this one, but it will be easy to finish.
   My husband really wanted wanted me to make the kitty orange like our sweet kitten. But he wanted me to do it in shades of Pumpkin. Not a chance! I'm using shades of Copper, with a Dark Red Copper as my outlining color.

  I shouldn't have been surprised.  My hair color had shades of Copper and Mahogany when we met. I'm a bit whiter now. LOL! 

- Renee' (Creating Beauty Lady Stitcher)

Thursday, 11 May 2017

March - Tinsel/Christmas Lights

Hello to you all!

I am slowly but surely catching up!

Here is my March "ornie" which is from the bigger design of  ABC Christmas by LizzieKate.  I willl try to remember next month to take a picture of the whole project so far.

As always I am in awe of all everyone's beautiful stitching!  I am in great company here :)

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, 7 May 2017


Own up, who else sang this line like that?

I am stitching Joan Elliott's 12 Days of Christmas for the blog this year and have reached everyone's favourite day, sung with gusto by school children everywhere.

The gaps will be filled with beads at the end

Here is where the design was last month:

and here's where I am now:

As well as Day 5 I have completed the top border, just for a break from the metallic!  Now I am working down the left hand side with the metallic thread again.  I'll stitch the vines in that side then do more metallic on the right and so on.

I also added yellow and green the Herald Angel on the left.  The plan is to do a little bit of her each month too.

Saturday, 6 May 2017

April - I'm Late

I'm late, but I did get my 4th Day done.

And as you can see, a few stitches of 5th Day as well.

Here's how the whole project looks at the moment. The fabric colour in the pictures is terrible - it's really a lovely opalescent green.

The row I'm on will have 4, 5 and 6, then I'll drop down and put 7 - 10, then drop again and centre 11 and 12. Hopefully it will have something like a Christmas tree shape when I'm done.

I also want to say I'm sorry I seem to have disappeared from the blogging world, but I'm dealing with a number of health issues and my energy levels are very low. Hopefully I will be back soon.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

Lili's April Ornament: Snowy Scenes

So sorry for being late, but here is my April ornament:

Design: Dames of the Needle - Winter Friends
(from the JCS Magazine Special Christmas Issue 2015)
Fabric/Threads: 40 count Lune Argentée linen/DMC floss

See you soon!
Happy stitching,

(thank you very much for all your kind comments on my last ornie)

Inaugural Kitten Stitching Christmas in July Exchange_2017

Hello my lovely Santa's Elves, 

As you all love Christmas stitching as much as I do, I thought that you might be interested in taking part in the Christmas in July Exchange which I am hosting on my personal blog, Kitten Stitching

You can join in the fun by clicking on the picture below.

hugs,  Kaye

P.S. Feel free to add the badge above to the sidebar of your blog, if you wish.
P.P.S. May the Fourth Be With You.

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Rita's April...4 Calling Birds

Sorry to be late to the party for April.  The ornament was actually stitched ahead of time but I've been traveling again and then playing  catch-up at home when I returned.  (Now I have a stupid cold!)  Without further ado, here's my ornament for April:

Sunday, 30 April 2017

April - Snowy Scenes

11 count fabric Dohler originally white dyed by me with fabric grey paint

Whimsical Penguin And Cardinal Cross Stitch
by Plum Pudding NeedleArt
 🎄 🎅

April 2017

Thank you for my nice words for my previous post!

My April Post - Snowy scenery:

It's from Pinterest.

I wish you joy from the stitch cross!


Saturday, 29 April 2017

Mary's Snowy Scene

Here's my April Snowy Scene! It is "First Snow," a freebie from The Drawn Thread (available on their website). I stitched it on 32 ct. Smokey Pearl using various threads in my stash-most importantly Sable by GAST for the tree and Forest Glade also GAST for the pine needles. (I wish the color of the linen showed up better in the photo-it is a gray blue-very good for the design I think). Thanks for all your comments on my previous posts! I really appreciate it!

Friday, 28 April 2017

It's April

Four Calling Birds

I am really starting to enjoy stitching this.  I can't believe in all the years I have been stitching I have never stitched a project about the Twelve Days of Christmas.  

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.