Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year, Two New Starts, One Finish

I'm really pleased to say that so far 2012 has been a fab stitching year. On New Year's Day I had my first new start of the year and also my first finish! Sally and I had decided on a quick SAL for New Year, similar to the one we did last year. We both stitched Kelmscott Designs Miniature Monogram Hornbook. I stitched mine 1x1 on 32ct white linen using a HDF custom colour called Peacock Crowns. You can't really tell from the pic but the colour is the same gorgeous green/blue you see in peacock feathers and I love how it turned out. I'm hoping to get it finished finished over the weekend or early next week, and will post another pic then. The chart is now available on my For Sale page on the link at the top of the page. As I said in my last post I'm attempting to stitch from stash for at least the first half of this year, and will be using any funds I can make from the sale of stash that I'm parting with to either buy fabric & threads for charts I already have, or save up so I can make a dent in my growing wishlist when the challenge is over. I will be adding items all the time as I finish projects and also get the rest of my stash organised, so please keep checking for new goodies as they become available.
My other new start was Prairie Schooler September which is to be a gift for DH at some point when it's eventually finished lol. On Wednesday when DD went back to school I decided to finish kitting a few things up. I chose fabric for LHN's Quilting and for Gentle & Kind, and pulled the fabric and floss for September, intending to leave it at that. However the rotation I had worked out meant me stitching on September on a Wed night when DH usually goes out, so the next thing I knew I'd cut and prepped my fabby, found the centre and put in the first few stitches! This design is really not something I'd usually choose and it's also not my usual colour choice, but you have to do some funny things for love sometimes don't you lol. One thing I did make sure of was that I chose 40ct fabric so that I could stitch it 1x2 which is my absolute favourite, to make it more enjoyable.
I've also made progress on Alisha, 6 Fat Men and my Personalised Sampler but I'll save pics of those for next time.
I would like to start either LHN Quilting or Gentle & Kind soon. They are both for gifts and I'd like to make them into mattress pincushions, however I've never done one before! A long time ago I stitched LHN's Cottage Garden intending to make that into one, but I never got further than stitching the main design and starting the backstitch on the front piece. So I've dug that out again and have now done the backstitch on the front and back pieces and most of one of the edge strips. I need to either find some iron on interfacing which I THINK I have somewhere around here, or go buy some, so that I can starting trying to make it up into a pincushion once the backstitching is finished.
Well I think that's about it for now, can't quite believe I've managed to post again so soon after my last one lol, let's hope I've started as I intend to go on!

10 comments:

Pumpkin said...

I saw this on Sally's Blog! Congrats on your first 2012 finish :o) I think that's a great idea about your stash. I might have to borrow that with Junior on the way! LOL!

Can't wait to see more of your PS September piece.

Claire said...

Congratulations on your first finish this year!!

Hugs Claire x

Ann at Beadlework. said...

I hope things improve in 2012 and that everything moves forward for you.

Jackie said...

Congratulations on your finish! You're starting the year off very positively! I have two of the Kelmscott kits and need to figure out which 2 they are. I really like the thread color that you used.

Michelle said...

Well done on your first finish of 2012 xx

Christine said...

Great start to the year! Congratulations on your finish

Dani - tkdchick said...

Lisa you're off to a great start for your stitchy year!

Sally said...

Love the colour you chose for our New Years Day start. Looking forward to seeing it finished. I did mine the other day and I love it.

Lovely new start too. I might join you later in the year and aim to finish the PS I started last year!

Brigitte said...

That's really a great start for the new stitching year.

Tracy said...

Lisa do you want to email me your address and I will forward the ribbons and bits on to you tracy.dixon205@btinternet.com