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Holding pattern…

I’ve been so busy lately that I’ve not had any time at all for blogging (you’ll notice a complete lack of proper blog posts recently – just a couple of film reviews).

I promise the overdue X-Stitching Christmas post (which should have gone up on Saturday just past) will go up this coming Saturday instead, so if you’re taking part, please do bear with me and check back next week. I promise that next month’s update will be on time!

Hope everyone’s been having a swell time. I’ll check back in with you all very soon – promise! ;)

X-Stitching Xmas 2012 – March Update


Hello, my fellow Xmas X-stitchers,
And welcome to the third monthly update!

And so we march into March! Whereon earth is the time going? I hope you’ve all been busily stitching your Xmas and winter projects, ready to share them all with the rest of us!

I managed to get a little work done on my Winter Quaker Bookmark. Unfortunately, I have now realised the piece of fabric on which I am stitching it is a little too short for the entire design, so I shall have to modify it a little. Still, I’m rather pleased with how it’s coming along. It’s stitched on white 14-count aida in Venus M-018, which is a variegated floss with muted shades of purple – it looks rather wintery and I’m enjoying the effect as I’m stitching it.

I’m still working on a big commission, so I’ve only done a teensy bit of work on this project, but the commission will be finished by the end of March and I will be able to concentrate on my own stitching for a while after that.

Don’t forget to check back the first Saturday of April (7th April) for another update post.

I hope all my fellow challengers will post a comment linking to their own progress so we can
cheer each other on.

Please link directly to your progress post, not to your blog homepage

Happy stitching!

X-Stitching Xmas 2012 – February Update

Hello, my fellow Xmas X-stitchers,
And welcome to the second monthly update!

So, we’ve had a month of stitching already (where has the time gone?) and I know some of our avid stitchers had already finished a piece by the first update. Has anyone finished any more for this February update?

I finished the stitching on one of my WIPS – Oh, Christmas Tree! (freebie design at Kincavel Krosses HERE), but have yet to rinse out the water-soluble fabric marker grid, iron it and then “finish” it. I’m not yet sure what finish it will have, but I think I’m edging towards making it a door hanging. I’m afraid the picture isn’t all that clear (damn my sub-standard mobile phone camera!), so you can’t really tell that the red stitching on the tree is actually tiny red seed beads that catch the light very prettily. You’ll just have to take my word for it instead.

I’m concentrating on a commission at the moment, but if I get the chance, I shall be working on another of my X-Stitching Xmas Challenge WIPS a little. Watch this space!

Don’t forget to check back the first Saturday of March (3rd March) for another update post.

I hope all my fellow challengers will post a comment linking to their own progress so we can
cheer each other on.

Please link directly to your progress post, not to your blog homepage

Happy stitching!

X-Stitching Xmas 2012 – January Update

Hello, my fellow Xmas X-stitchers,
and welcome to the first monthly update!

So, have you all started your stitching? I know one fellow challenger has finished a piece already! I haven’t got quite so far as that yet…

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Stitchy Saturday – Needlecraft Haven Advent Exchange

Each Saturday, I will feature either something I’m currently stitching, something I’ve just finished stitching, or something I’ve just designed. I hope you’ll all join me in displaying some of your own work and leaving a link to your post in the comments below.

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Needlecraft Haven Advent Exchange – Days 19 to 25

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The final update from my Needlecraft Haven Advent Exchange. All my lovely gifts are now opened and I love them all. A HUGE thank you to my sender!

Day 19 – Soap in a pretty tin
Day 20 – Dinky Dyes hand-dyed silk in Tea Tree
Day 21 – Aero chocolate tree
Day 22 – A bejewelled hand mirror
Day 23 – Strawberry lip balm
Day 24 – My Big Toe marking pins
Day 25 – Hardanger initiation sampler kit

I am absolutely blown away by my final gift. I’ve been hankering after giving hardanger a try for a long time, but have never managed to get up the guts to do it and cut through the fabric (I’m so scared I’ll ruin the whole thing!). This, however, looks to be suitable for even the most terrified of hardanger newbies, and I shall look forward to stitching it.

Stitchy Saturdays

Each Saturday, I will feature either something I’m currently stitching, something I’ve just finished stitching, or something I’ve just designed. I hope you’ll all join me in displaying some of your own work and leaving a link to your post in the comments below.

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Needlecraft Haven Advent Exchange – Days 12 to 18

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More lovely gifts from my unknown advent exchange sender! It’s so lovely having these little gifts to open every day. It almost makes me wish I had something to open every day of the year, as even the smallest most inconsequential thing can make me smile if it’s wrapped up!

Day 12 – Stitch Happy Pen
Day 13 – Retro floral sticky notes
Day 14 – Purple pendent
Day 15 – Hand-dyed Dragon Floss in Friendship
Day 16 – Pocket-sized green diary
Day 17 – 1.5 metre spool of striped ribbon
Day 18 – Pack of six Dress It Up geometric buttons

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This week the questions are all holiday themed

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Needlecraft Haven Advent Exchange – Days 5 to 11

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This week’s gifts from the Needlecraft Haven Advent Exchange. I’m really enjoying opening my little gifts every day. I feel like a kid again, getting all excited in the run-up to Christmas!

Day 5 – Two metres of ribbon
Day 6 – Red Mill Hill beads
Day 7 – Crescent Colours hand-dyed floss in Robbon Red
Day 8 – My Purple Bar
Day 9 – Crocheted badge
Day 10 – Festive socks
Day 11 – Festive candle holder