Monday 30 October 2023

Halloween Trick or Treat Blog Hop 2023

Hello, and a Spooky welcome to the annual Hop.  The Hop is hosted by Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching,  if you didn't start from there, have a look to follow the list.  Collect all the letters along the journey to form a mystery phrase.

I had great fun stitching this lovely piece, Willabella Witch by Durene Jones.   It's forming part of an ongoing self-made Halloween sampler, which is my first decent foray into evenweave, stitched on custom Byzantium 32 count Murano fabric by Chromatic Alchemy.

It will likely be a few years in the making, but I'm going to have fun along the way. 

And now you get to collect the letter 
A, and Hop along to the next blog, which is 

Wednesday 25 October 2023

BFF SAL 14 - ah - vase

Yay! Got my 503 and the vase is complete. 

So pleased with that, when stitching I felt like I could see where the new thread began, but the photo above doesn't seem to show it so I shall take that as success. 

Check out my BFFs update here

Wednesday 18 October 2023

BFF SAL 14 - error 504 Denied

All last week I was itching to stitch 504, the lighter shade of teal on the vase. But my thread box showed it absent. 

No matter, says I, I will get some at the shops.  On arrival at the shop with hubby in tow, proceeds to the DMC rack. 503, 505 says the labelling!!  Oh bother she says in the voice of Winnie the Pooh.  It's been discontinued.   Alternative located as 3813, and thankfully present and purchased. 

So this evening I got to stitch all of that colour, which turned out to be not a lot.  On going back to 503 I discovered that I ought to have replaced that whilst picking up my 3813.  Grrrrrr I hate running out of the thread I most want to be stitching.

I shall look through the entire selection of required threads for next week and replace any needed,  as it made me most cross with the pattern through no fault of its own.

Check out my BFFs progress here

Thursday 12 October 2023

BFF SAL 14 - One of Those Days

You know Those Days? Where if it can go wrong,  it will?  Yesterday was one of them, having had a hard day at work then spilling chilli on my carpet!

I merrily finished off 502, a short break with 503, added some white jumping off from that, then went to the 975 at top and bottom of the vase... and then yikes!!  The tops of the vase didn't meet up as expected!  So the last 20 minutes were spent frogging that oopsie, and "off-camera" time used for reinstatement.

Pleased with progress in the end anyway. 

Check out my BFFs update here

Wednesday 4 October 2023

BFF SAL Variations on a theme - Christmas

It's the first Wednesday of the month and time for our Variations SAL. 

The Advent Calendar has been coming along steadily "off camera" with these to show

However tonight I was most excited to do the first of the even numbers,  in white thread on red Aida.

I'm very happy with my snowman,  he just wouldn't have looked right in any other colour!

Check out my BFFs update here