This week, I finished my first Christmas ornament of the year – late by a stitcher’s standard, but early for the rest of the world! Here’s Mr. Snowman
Snowman Ornament Front
My lazy daisy stitch hasn’t been used since, I think, Primary school – so I’m a bit out of practice with that and it looks quite messy. Other than that, I just love everything about this design – the gold couching for his tartan scarf, the shading on his face and the little stripes on his vest are all details that I think really make this guy something a bit special. I can’t wait to stitch the next five in the series!
Finished Snowman Ornament Detail
And just look at this adorable fabric I found for the back of the ornament!
Snowman Ornament Back
Festive owls! I am utterly in love with this fabric, it’s such a shame I only ordered a bag of off-cuts because now I want Christmas owls on EVERYTHING. Mr. Snowman and his owls will be taking pride of place on the tree in a few months time, and hopefully he will have a few matching pals to join him by then.
In a bizarre change of pace, I’ll next be working on a Summer vacation scene. In October. Yes, I know that’s ridiculous. I’ll show you next week, and hopefully there will be an explanation for this unseasonable nonsense!
This week, I’ve made quite a bit of progress on my stitching, as I promised myself I would try to. I’ve finished all the cross stitches in both pieces that I’m working on, and only have the backstitch details and beads left to add.
Skyscape Progress Picture 10th October
Skyscape is really looking better now the art-deco linework is being added. I can’t wait to get this one up and framed with the Bioshock posters and things.
Snowman Progress Picture 10th October
I seriously love this chubby little snowman. I am genuinely excited to put the french knots in for his coal lump smile to go with his adorable rosy cheeks and carrot nose. It’s nice to be stitching this kind of scene when my house is so chilly that I can barely hold a needle at the moment, it makes me think of the positive things about this time of year instead of whinging about how cold I am all the time!
Also this week has been the Star Wars Battlefront beta, (which for the non-gamers in the audience means I’ve been running around in a video game re-enacting some of the best bits of the old Star Wars movies), and I have to say it has been amazing fun. I don’t know if there will be enough there to convince me to by this game day one, but the sound effects are straight out of the movies, the graphics are gorgeous and it really does capture the essence of the films for me. I honestly feel like it’s a dream come true for the little kid version of me who ran around on the playground with my friends pretending to be Princess Leia escaping the stormtroopers, or piloting an imaginary X-Wing through outer space. In fact, I think I’ll have to go play some more right now, before they take it away and make me pay actual money for it!
I’ve been thinking a bit lately about what I want to do with this blog. I originally started it as a way to share and catalog my progress with my stitching, so I can see if I am improving at all, and get advice from the community. When reading other people’s blogs, I really love seeing their progress updates and watching their beautiful designs grow.
Since I only felt it was worth posting when I started or finished a project, I have been missing out on that aspect in my little corner of the internet, so I am going to try and do a weekly post regardless of how much or little I’ve managed to sew in that week. Who knows whether or not I’ll keep it up, but I just feel like trying something new!
So without further ado, here’s what I’ve been up to this week:
Snowman Christmas Ornament
This cute snowman is about three quarters finished. He’s from a Dimensions kit with a set 6 beaded Christmas ornaments to stitch that I got from the lovely stitchingranny.wordpress.com.
Skyscape Kit – Progress
This is the kit I talked about in an earlier post, the manufacturers kindly sent me more of the silver thread so I’m almost finished with this one too I think. Sorry for the terrible picture quality by the way, I only have time to stitch at night and the lighting plus flash is truly an awful combination!
Alright, well that was my week, let’s see if I manage another one of these next weekend! As always, I look forward to seeing everyone else’s inspiring updates too!