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I have been stitching since the late 80's I used to knit till it went out of fashion in the 80's,I enjoy many forms of stitching hardanger,blackwork, any counted stitches, cross-stitch, Quilting,stumpwork,beading and of course my first passion which was knitting.I love the colour purple, I like to stitch samplers I love alphabets, will design my own for special occasions.I like following designer lizzie kate, brent creek,prarie schooler, shepherds bush, little house needlework, Country Cottage Needle work and many more.

Saturday, 31 January 2009

Busy Week

I have had quite a busy week this week I managed to finish my ornament for the Christmas challenge I am doing the 12 days of Christmas by Just Nan I am pleased with the finish I also stitched on the back "A Partridge in a Pear Tree"

I also received my HOE Lizzie Kate Exchange from Jen Regan, this is our third exchange now, Jen has come up 
with a beautiful finish it is needle work box, it has been lined inside and she added some lovely extras which was very generous I have never had the chocolate mints before as I have never seen then in the UK.
I also signed up this week to the challenge of a basket of biscornu and I even managed to make one and post it for January. It was a freebie design.

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Exchange stitching

I am working on my Prairie Schooler exchange at the moment so no pictures to show yet. I have a birth sampler that I want to start my Sister is pregnant and due at the beginning of June so I keep telling myself I have plenty of time to start it. I have bought all the threads and have the fabric which I purchased at the Knitting and Stitching Show in November along with the pattern from the Historical Sampler Company.


Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Counting Pins

I had a go at making some counting pins last night and I was quite pleased with my effort I also made a stitch unpicker as well, I finished my Lizzie Kate HOE stitching quite pleased with my finish I hope my partner will like it. Now on to the next exchange which is the Prairie Schooler one, will have to choose a pattern. 


Monday, 12 January 2009

Christmas challenge

I have started my ornament for the Christmas challenge I have decided to do a theme so I chose the 12 days of Christmas by Just Nan this was one of the patterns I bought last week. They are small enough that I hope I will be able to complete one every month as you can see I am well on with the 1st one I might even try and do an ornament for each of my family as well.


Sunday, 11 January 2009

Ready for the New Year

When I started this blog I did wounder if anyone would read it and I am delighted now as people have actually left comments, I really enjoy reading other peoples blogs and seeing what they have stitched and how they finish them, I have learnt alot about different finishes. As you can see I dabble in many crafts I have many UFO's and hope to try and finish a few this year.
Last year I did alot of exchanges so I found I didn't have much time for personal stitching I am going to try and get a better balance this year.
I have finished my stitching for the Lizzie Kate exchange on HOE just have to make it up so once it has been received I will post a picture. I have also signed up for the 2009 Christmas Challenge and the Year long Prairie Schooler exchange.

I am on Holiday at the moment my Hubby and I had a trip out on Friday, in Feb I have to spend a week at Wortly Hall near Sheffield (for work) this means a trip down the M1 I do not like motorway driving so we had a trip out to find it, it is a beautiful Stately  Home turned into a hotel and it was a really cold morning so everything was still covered in ice so it looked wonderful. We then went to Climax Fishing Store the other side of Sheffield as my Hubby is a fisherman then we went to Bakewell which has a lovely needle craft shop  called Wye Needlecraft as you can see I have been adding to my stash I bought some charts for all these exchanges I am going to be doing.

I also popped in to the quilt shop at Darley Dale called Heirs and Graces so it was a good day out the temperature never went above O  so everything had frost on, the moorside just looked spectacular I should have taken pictures but forgot Hubby always has a camera with him on his belt. I also obtained some of these charts from Sew and so a great website I use.