Sunday, 22 May 2016

Five New Starts and Four Finishes

Hello all.

Long time, no see! I really enjoyed my blogging break after the madness of April but thought it was about time I returned - with an apology and a long post to make up for my absence.

The apology is for being way behind on reading and commenting on your posts (again). Due to family circumstances I am having to cut down on the amount of time I spend on the blogosphere. I shall continue to read each post I follow but it is likely I will be leaving and replying to fewer comments for a while. Sorry. but I know you all understand that family has to come first.

Anyway, as the title of this posts suggests, I have lots to show you from the last three weeks.

First up are two new starts and finishes stitched as gifts for Ingrid and Justine. Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of the actual finishes but can at least show you how they looked before being made into little hanging cushions. Although they are the same design they do have subtle differences so I'm going to show both:


I Solemnly Swear and Mischief Managed by stitchedupbyleona (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Tumbleweed over-dyed aida by 2 over 1
Stitched with Threadworx 1033 Ice Tea
Stitch count 133 wide by 107 high
Started - 20th March 2016
Finished - 3rd May 2016
Total stitching time - 20 hours 45 minutes
Plus 7 hours 30 minutes to finish off

Harry Potter fans among you will of course recognise these phrases as those that open and close the Marauder's Map. The words on the original chart were not backstitched. However, the Threadworx thread I chose as a substitute for the original colour did not show up as much as I had hoped so I had no choice but to backstitch each letter. The extra time and effort was definitely worth it and, let's face it, this kind of backstitching is quite easy!

Information as above except:
Started - 30th April 2016
Finished - 11th May 2016
Total stitching time - 19 hours 35 minutes
Plus 4 hours 15 minutes to finish up

The fronts and backs of each one were stitched together into a cushion using whip stitch. The cushion was stuffed, brown braided cord attached as a hanging loop and around the edges (as per my Christmas Ornaments) and a Harry Potter charm added as a finishing touch. The first one took much longer to finish and was not to as high a standard as the second (learning curve) but each recipient was happy.

Next up is another new start and finish which I have called Summer Bird:

Bird by Hobikolik (etsy)
Stitched on 16ct Lime over-dyed aida by 2 over 1
Stitched in Threadworx 11511 Jam Rock
Stitch count 80 wide by 80 high
Started - 14th May 2016
Finished - 17th May 2016
Total stitching time - 7 hours 15 minutes

I had the inspiration to stitch this design four times in seasonal colours as a good excuse to experiment with some hand-dyed threads. Hence I have matching fabrics and threads ready and waiting to stitch Spring (lilacs/pinks) Autumn (browns/yellows) and Winter (blues/purples), although goodness knows when that will be. The colours have turned out quite "blocky" but then there are very distinct colour variations running through the thread. Spring and Winter should be more subtle and Autumn somewhere in between.

Then we have a little Lizzie Kate start and finish:

Boo Club - Ghost
Stitched on 16ct Tangerine over-dyed aida by 2 over 1
Stitch count 78 wide by 38 high 
Started - 13th May 2016
Finished - 22nd May 2016
Total stitching time - 9 hours 10 minutes

The ghost was stitched in glow-in-the-dark E940 instead of the recommended pale cream to give it more of a spooky feel. I also had to swap out the black buttons as the ones provided had minute holes for which I did not have a small enough needle. I'll swap them back one day.

Finally, may I present my last new start:

Ocean Critters - Seahorse by Janet Morningstar
Stitched on 16ct Ocean over-dyed aida by 2 over 1
Stitch count 98 wide by 122 high
Started - 15th May 2016
Stitching time to date - 6 hours 50 minutes

I have had my eye on this rather cute design, and the matching Dolphin, for quite some time so was not surprised when I finally bought them (there are also a crab, turtle and octopus in the collection but I'm not so keen on those). I doubt you will have to wait long before you see this one finished and/or the Dolphin appear as another new start (stitching plans for the year be damned - if I want to start something new I jolly well will!!) This colour fabric has to be one of my all time favourites.

And that's all for now. Thank you for making it to the end of this post!

Take care everyone,
Rachel x


HBF said...

Great update! Excited to see future projects and updates that you mentioned, most certainly! :o)

Kelly aka STITCHNMOMMA said...

Lovely finishes, and the new start is really cute!

Linda said...

Congrats on all of the adorable starts and finishes Rachel. I love the Ocean Critter. Of course, I have to go buy them. I do miss reading your posts.


Linda said...

Forgot to mention, your comments to me are coming up as a no reply blogger.


Justine said...

Beautiful stitching as always. I love your little LK ghost and the blue ocean fabric. Your summer bird looks stunning too!
I haven't been able to unpack my stitching goodies yet but when I do I'll send you some photos of your beautiful pillow finish.

Heather said...

Beautiful progress on everything I love them!

craftingpaws said...

So nice to see all your wonderful stitching! Love each project and that little seahorse is so cute.

Tiffstitch said...

Wow! What's nice about all these starts is you also had mostly finishes, so didn't add a lot of WIPs. I hope all is well family-wise.

Brigitte said...

Oh my Rachel, you have been bitten by the startitis bug and have been stitching up a storm. And you have finishes. Well that's not bad, all of it.
I love the gifts you made for Justine and Ingrid. And I am sure you three were having a wonderful retreat.
Your Summer Bird looks fantastic and I love the idea to stitch the same pattern with different seasonal threads for the remaining seasons. Looking forward to seeing the next bird.

Mii Stitch said...

Thank you Rachel for making up the HP ornament. I love the stitched designs you have used :)
The seahorse looks stunning on the ocean SIA fabric.

Faith... said...

Welcome back ;) Yes, family always comes first and I hope everything will be ok for you guys. Look forward to reading your posts whenever you are able to pop online for a few minutes.

Love your Summer Bird and what a brilliant idea to stitch it in different colorways for each season. I love your Ocean Critter too and the fabric is perfect for it!

I love the gifts you made for Ingrid and Justine and I am sure they will cherish them!

Unknown said...

Your colors for Summer Bird are popping. And I love the fabric choice too. Your little Harry Potter project - I swear you find the best things on Etsy and I am so happy you share them all. Love the thread swap for the little ghost - that is perfect

Preeti said...

Lovely finishes!! :) Sea horse looks very cute !!