Sunday, 20 May 2018

3 Box of Shame Finishes - Dolphin, Red Foxes, London

Hello all!

I have 3 framed pieces to show you today. All frames are courtesy of and all have my usual anti-reflective glazing.

First up, the fabulous Dreaming of Dolphins which I finished last May (was it really that long ago?!) After a lot of deliberation I opted for a plain 22mm Confetti Dark Blue frame with no mounts. I say a lot of deliberation because I really liked it with mounts, but because the fabric picks up different colours in different light (greens, blues, purples), and because I couldn't guarantee an exact match I decided to play it safe and opt for the frame only. I certainly didn't make the wrong choice:

Then we have the adorable Red Foxes, from the Young'uns collection by Gloria and Pat, finished last September. No mounts for this piece, just a simple 13mm mahogany frame. I just adore these little cuties and definitely need them on display.

Finally, Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street completed last October. I had a slight issue with this piece because I literally had only 15mm of spare fabric on the left and right - it was a case of ordering a piece of fabric onto which the project just about fit, or ordering a much bigger piece and having more waste. I'm afraid meanness won! I originally chose a dark grey frame to match the colour of the cloud but then thought that this was a fun design so needed a fun frame. So I opted for a 13mm Red Paint frame which clashes beautifully with the pinks in the fabric but definitely brings out the reds. Mounts were never going to be an option for such a colourful piece as this:

Most of the remaining pieces which need framing are parts of sets so I'm going to wait until I have completed all of the parts before framing them together. Hopefully that won't be too far away.

Take care,
Rachel x

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

Spotted Owls - finished

Good evening all!

So, here's my May finish from the DSDUCJFC 2015 Challenge (when I was mad enough to start one project each day during the whole of January and February).

This is finish number 30/59 which means I've officially just passed the halfway point - yippee! However, if I continue at my pace of finishing just one project per month I've still got a l-o-n-g way to go, but I'm not bothered at all; I think all cross stitchers agree it's just as much about the fun of the journey as the finish.

Anyway, here's how I left Spotted Owls at the end of April with just a few leaves left to stitch:

And here is the finished piece with all the info:

Spotted Owls from the Young'uns collection by Gloria and Pat
Stitched on 16ct Tumbleweed over-dyed aida by 2 over 1
Stitch count 106 wide by 109 high
Started - 21st February 2015
Finished - 14th May 2018
Total stitching time - 43 hours 25 minutes

I think they're totally adorable and, from previous comments, I think a lot of you will agree!

For the immediate future this piece will, unfortunately, go in my Box of Shame. I have already chosen the frame and added it to my basket but do not have enough at the moment to justify an order from my online framing shop (I usually buy 3-4 at a time). Fingers crossed I should have enough by the end of the year though.

Take care,
Rachel x

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

April Progress on 2015/2016 Challenge Pieces

Hello there!

April has flown past already so let's see so where the month took me regarding my outstanding WIPs started back in 2015/2016. Remember that my aim is to finish one and work on two more each month.

I successfully finished (and framed) Canal Crossing (posted previously) and made progress on:

Spotted Owls by from the Young'uns collection by Gloria and Pat
started 21st February 2015; last worked on last month
finished the owls, added backstitching to leaves and branch

Sugar from the Little Black Cat collection by Heritage Crafts
started 16th February 2015; last worked on December 2015
finished the cat, most of the sugar and started the background

In May I aim to finish Spotted Owls and make further progress on Sugar and another project from my remaining WIPs.

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Smalls SAL - April 2018

Good afternoon everybody!

It's the last Friday of the month again (well, Saturday really) so time to check in with the Smalls SAL run by Heather of Stitching Lotus.

This month I stitched a second Australian bird to match the Gouldian Finch I stitched in February:

Cute Little Cockatiel by FuzzyFoxDesigns (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Stormy Sea over-dyed aida from 2 over 1
Stitch count - 38 wide by 30 high
Started - 1st April 2018
Finished - 4th April 2018
Total stitching time - 4 hours 35 minutes

For the time being he's the only other Australian Bird I will be stitching but as a tease here's the link if you want to see the other birds in the series.

And, yet again, he's been finished off into a little hanging ornie:

I think he turned out rather well.

For next month's Smalls SAL I'm going to have a hoot!

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 21 April 2018

3 Box of Shame Finishes - Silhouettes

Good morning!

Today I have 3 more Box of Shame finishes to show you.

These are Milk Train, The Lock and Canal Crossing from the Silhouettes range by Heritage Crafts, which I finished in April and August last year and April this year respectively.

I had originally planned on purchasing just a simple wooden frame, but I played around with mounts and decided I preferred them with mounts rather than without. They are 13mm mahogany frames with mushroom top mounts and black bottom mounts. I think they're perfect!

Milk Train

The Lock

Canal Crossing

They're quite small too, measuring just 17cm square. I must have done a good job as my hubby even commented how effective they look - and he very rarely comments on any of my stitching, finishing or framing! Here they are all together:

Goodness knows if I'll ever stitch any of the others in the series; I do hope so but they'll first have to fight their way to the top of my fairly long to-stitch list and battle it out with other much stronger contenders. So we'll see...

Take care,
Rachel x

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Canal Crossing - finished

Hello all,

Here is this month's customary finish from Debbie's Super Duper Ultimate Crazy January February Challenge (DSDUCJFC) 2015. This is Canal Crossing and finish number 29 of the 59 starts.

This is how you last saw it at the end of March:

And all finished:

Canal Crossing from the Heritage Crafts Silhouettes range
Stitched on 16ct Cream Aida 2 over 1
Stitch count 68 wide by 68 high
Started - 10th February 2015
Finished - 10th April 2018
Total stitching time - 27 hours 45 minutes

This now completes the three projects I started from the Silhouettes range (although I still have about another dozen on my to-do list!) I'm not so keen on this one as it contains greys rather than just sepia colours, but it still looks very effective and I'm definitely pleased with the result.

I already have the frames for this and the other two Silhouettes, Milk Train and The Lock, so you should see them emerge from my Box of Shame in all their framed glory in the next few days.

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Haunted House Bell Pull - 40 hours

Hello all!

I was definitely successful with this project last month and did get in another 10 hours, finishing off the windows, columns, railings and door, and all complete with backstitching.

So it's now grown from this:

To this:

Which means I'm now two-thirds of the way through:

It will definitely come out again towards the end of April, once I have completed my compulsory stitching. I can't wait!

Take care,
Rachel x