Saturday, 24 September 2022

Back to zero!

Hi again!

Those who have been following me a long time will know that stitching every day, even if only for five minutes, is a bit of an obsession. 

Starting on 1st January 2015, I made it to 540 days before a trip to A&E with my son ended that streak.

Restarting on 26th June 2016, all looked well, right up to 20th September 2022 when, after 2278 stitching days in a row, the counter reset to zero and stayed there for Three. Full. Days.  :(



Although I'm a little frustrated, I can more than see the funny side of this obsession, so am OK if you want to laugh along with me at my 'failure'!

I have calculated it will take until 18th December 2028 to surpass 2278 days in a row again, and it made me wonder (a) if I'd make it, and (b) if I'd still be stitching the same WIPs I have now! Only time will tell...

Take care,
Rachel x

Tuesday, 20 September 2022

'January' Biscornu - started and finished!

Hi all,

Whilst life means I still can't stitch for long each night, and my plans for the last few months (and probably the remainder of the year) have long since flown away, I thought I'd stitch something I've wanted to try for a while - a biscornu.

With thanks to Leonore for providing the link, I armed myself with bright fabric and a Jodyri variegated thread and stitched the January Biscornu by Magicalquilts. The front is stitched as charted but the back is a simplified version containing only the cross-stitch elements.


January Biscornu by Magicalquilts
Stitched on 16ct Bermuda over-dyed aida with Jodyri thread 'Flowering Cactus'
Started - 19th August 2022
Finished - 7th September 2022
Total stitching time - 9 hours 40 minutes


I think it's going to look quite sweet once FFOd.

Now I've done one, I doubt this will be my last biscornu, especially as they're simple to stitch and aren't finished as one of my usual ornies! And since this is the 'January' biscornu by Magicalquilts, I still have another 11 months to choose from.

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 10 September 2022

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery SAL - September 2022

Hello all!

It's the 10th of the month so time for another Fully Finished Gallery SAL, the place to show your FFOing achievements since your last link-up.



The link-up for this SAL opens on the 10th of each month and stays open for 10 days so you can join in whenever you're ready.


Just the one again for me this month, Lizzie Kate's Deck The Halls. There's probably no surprise in how it's been finished - as a hanging ornie with coordinating fabric and barley twist cord:



Now it's over to you.

Please link-up using the URL of your FFG SAL post and not the home page of your blog, adding a thumbnail of a finish and either your name or your blog name as the caption. The link-up will remain open for 10 days, closing at 6am UK time on 20th September.


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I look forward to seeing your own contributions this month.

Next month's post will go live on 10th October at 6am UK time. Hope to see you there!

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 3 September 2022

People's Choice SAL - Sea Creatures

Hello all!

It's the first Saturday of the month so time for the People's Choice SAL run by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. Continued thanks to Jo for hosting this unique SAL which has a different theme each month.



This month's theme is Sea Creatures.

Well, I've got one word for this - dolphins!

I love dolphins and didn't realise quite how many I'd stitched until I totted them all up. But I'll only show a few, along with a couple of other sea creatures which have crept onto my needles.

Dreaming Of Dolphins is one of my favourites, although I'm a bit upset about the hand-dyed fabric whose blue shades faded as I was stitching:



These two Ocean Critters - Seahorse and Dolphin - by Janet Morningstar were really fun to stitch. There are a crab and lobster in this set too, but I'm not so keen on those.



I then have a set of Dolphins by Durene Jones - only four out of the seven so far, but these are my favourites.




And finally, the recently-finished Watercolour Dolphin...



... and Seahorses:



It seems customary recently, in this SAL post, for me to show a BAP I stared and have given up on, and this month is no different!

I started Dolphin Ruins in 2014, when I had a run of BAPs, and still love it, especially the marble columns and the ripple effect of the water. But, sadly and unsurprisingly, it's probably not going to be picked up again. I'm now of the mind to buy the picture rather than finish stitching it!




And finally, finally, I thought I'd look for something different. I'm not keen on these pictures-within-pictures charts, but thought these looked really effective (and it's something other than dolphins and seahorses!) They're by VladaXstitch on etsy:



Next month's theme is Wild Animals; perhaps that post won't be quite so one-sided!

Take care,
Rachel x

Friday, 26 August 2022

Smalls SAL - August 2022

Hello all!

It's the last Friday of the month so time for the Smalls SAL. Thank you, Mary, for continuing to host this fun little SAL. Pop over to Mary's Blog to see what other participants have been stitching in the way of Smalls this month.



Each month I stitch a small project specifically for this SAL which doesn't appear elsewhere on my blog.

I said this month would be another Snuffles, but was unsure which colour. Jo suggested bronze shades but I'd sort of already got my heart set on orange/yellow shades so will keep bronze in mind for the future. So here's my new Snuffles. I think he's perfect for the summer heatwave we've just had:

Snuffles In Yellow by FuzzyFoxDesigns (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Sundrop over-dyed aida
Started - 1st August 2022
Finished - 6th August 2022
Total stitching time - 4 hours 15 minutes


I have three other Smalls this month too.

Merry Christmas QR Code was stitched at the end of Christmas In July:



And the letters R and T were stitched for Clare's Alphabet Christmas Tree. Clare has received and FFOd them, but I haven't shown these before, so here they are with their details:

Letter R from Lizzie Kate's A-B-Crazy Alphabet
Stitched on 16ct Cloud Lilac over-dyed aida using ThreadworX 10592 Wildflowers
Started - 21st January 2022
Finished - 31st July 2022
Total stitching time - 3 hours 20 minutes


Letter T from Lizzie Kate's A-B-Crazy Alphabet
Stitched on 16ct Cloud Lilac over-dyed aida
Started - 22nd January 2022
Finished - 1st August 2022
Total stitching time - 2 hours 55 minutes


Next month I think will be another cute little bird; my flock's getting bigger!

Take care,
Rachel x

Wednesday, 10 August 2022

Link-up For Fully Finished Gallery SAL - August 2022

Hello all!

It's the 10th of the month so time for another Fully Finished Gallery SAL, the place to show your FFOing achievements since your last link-up.



The link-up for this SAL opens on the 10th of each month and stays open for 10 days so you can join in whenever you're ready.


So, this month's link-up almost didn't happen! I knew what the date was but had completely overlooked the significance until Leonore mentioned the FFG SAL in a comment and I thought uh-oh, best get something FFOd really quickly!

So, at 10.30pm last night, out came a few supplies and I quickly FFOd the little QR code I stitched last month. Nothing too fancy, just a hanging loop and couple of layers of felt in coordinating colours, all ready for the Christmas tree!



Now it's over to you.

Please link-up using the URL of your FFG SAL post and not the home page of your blog, adding a thumbnail of a finish and either your name or your blog name as the caption. The link-up will remain open for 10 days, closing at 6am UK time on 20th August.


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Let's hope you were more prepared than I was this month!

Next month's post will go live on 10th September at 6am UK time. Hope to see you there!

Take care,
Rachel x

Saturday, 6 August 2022

People's Choice SAL - Outer Space

Hello all!

It's the first Saturday of the month so time for the People's Choice SAL run by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching. Continued thanks to Jo for hosting this unique SAL which has a different theme each month.



This month's theme is Outer Space.

Given that I am in awe of the universe, and love looking at pictures of galaxies, nebulae etc., I'm very disappointed with the amount I've stitched for this topic. Obviously, in this instance, a love of something doesn't naturally lead to stitching it. Maybe it's the thought of having to stitch on black or very dark fabric to get the space effect that's so off-putting.

So I've only actually got one Outer Space finish, the officers from Star Trek The Next Generation by PixelPower, and that's only Outer Space-y because it's where they work! The officers from Star Trek The Original Series have been started but are not worth showing as I've only stitched Uhura's hair (RIP, Nichelle).



More Outer Space-y is a chart called Planets Align V which I bought from Tilton Crafts many many years ago. I had this big idea of chopping off the top and bottom and stitching the five sections individually, but we all know what happens to my big ideas! It might still be a possibility one day, but I very much doubt it (if I did, I'd stitch the pink section first).



One thing I would love to stitch, though, is Blood Moon by Mystic Stitch but, again, it's a biggun' at 300x300. Perhaps if I found a smaller version at 100x100 I would consider it, but I deliberately haven't looked!



On my etsy watch list, though, are these Galaxy Hoops by Stitchrovia...



... and this Galaxy Temperature SAL by ClimbingGoatDesigns. I don't think I'd actually stitch this as a temperature SAL, but I do like the design.



And just as I was about to end, I thought of two more things I've stitched - two monsters which I guess are Outer Space-y:



So, not much in the way of stitching, but plenty of potential options!

Next month's theme is Sea Creatures.

Take care,
Rachel x