This month, I finished both the pieces I was working on! My Summer Sampler is now complete, but I’m going to wait to post any pictures until it’s framed. I was originally going to make it into a cushion but seeing the terrible state sofa pillows got into in my house, I changed my mind. I would be pretty sad if it got ruined before it had even made it to Summer!
I’ve also finished Pokemon Page 12:
And here’s how it’s looking so far altogether:
It’s hard to give a good sense of the size of it, but when it’s done it would be big enough to be a small blanket or a large wall hanging, which is what I want to do with it in the end!
I’ve moved on to papercraft for a while, and made a start on my Christmas cards for this year just for a complete change of pace and theme 🙂
Hopefully I’ll have a framed sampler for you soon!
Yes, it is mid-March…I am aware…
February was a very exciting month for me. Spring is almost here, I’ve been offered trial period promotions at BOTH of my jobs, I blew up a TV, threw a surprise party and ate a TON of cake. Can’t wait to see what March has in store!
Even still, I found time for some stitching. I started the next whitework band of the Summer Sampler:
I realise now that the white doesn’t show up super well on the fabric I chose, but I love the fabric so much that I’m just going to accept that and try not to let it bother me.
Plenty more work has gone into the Pokemon project:
The outlining is probably 80% done now, you can see the cutest little seal face and the ghosts are almost finished now. I’m really enjoying working on both of these pictures, there’s so much colour and joy in them. I’m even happier now there’s light to stitch in the evenings after work.
I hope everyone is having a wonderful spring (in the Northern hemisphere at least!)
I’m back to (almost) full health now and have had plenty of energy to stitch my little heart out this week! I haven’t made much progress on Pokemon this week –
I’ve fallen completely in love with the Summer Sampler, spending almost every day stitching it instead. i love how quickly each motif comes to life as I’m backstitching each one as I go along instead of leaving it till the end. The colours are so pretty and fresh, and it makes me feel so happy and optimistic for the Spring. Here’s where I’m at now:
As usual, this is a terrible quality photo, sorry! That’s another reason to be excited for Spring – I can actually stitch in daylight after work! So a little close up of the top centre to show off the Algerian eyes and the pretty colours:
I’m just over halfway now, as you can see. There are some lovely flowers and bumble bees to go in the bottom half as well as some cute birds and a few more speciality stitches, then a backstitched frame all the way round. I can’t wait 😀
I’ve had the Annual Winter Plague this week, so I’ve spent a lot of time lying on the sofa binge watching Once Upon A Time and feeling sorry for myself. That also means I’ve had a lot of stitching time!
Progress continues on Pokemon:
The tubby little ghosty in the middle almost has a face and arms now.
And the Summer Sampler has a border and a flower wreath:
Disaster struck when I ran out of pink thread, but my very kind housemate took pity on me and make the trek into town to fetch some for me, despite having never stepped foot in the haberdashery before and not having the first clue what he was looking for – Crisis averted!
I tried to split my week evenly over both my projects, and made a little progress on each. Pokemon Page 12 is coming along nicely:
I’ve got a couple of spiky feathers in there now, and the top outline of another spooky ghost 🙂
I’ve finished the first motif of my summer sampler and started on the second:
The text is more or less the centre of the design so I can work outwards from here. I’m doing the backstitching as I go along with this one which is something I never normally do. Usually I leave it all till last but it seemed like the right thing to do in this case. All the motifs are so different and separate that I think it will be good to finish them off completely and watch the design grow in a different way this time.
I know some people hate backstitching, but i really enjoy it. It feels like putting the final touches in that really make a huge difference to the finished piece. On the other hand it can be a lot of pressure – one or two sloppy stitches can be the difference between a beautiful princess and a wonky-eyed madwoman in some cases!
I’ve finished the next page of my giant Pokemon wall hanging!
This one features some spooky ghosts and a couple of birds. I liked all the shades of purple in this section, but I admit to getting quite bored of brown before the end! The whole thing is almost halfway done now, we’ve reached the midpoint in terms of height.
I may yet finish it before I turn 30! These creases are going to be hell to get out though when the time eventually comes…
I achieved the goal I set myself last week to finish off Mr. Christmas Teddy, here he is with all his shiny details:
The couching on his scarf took the longest time, I tried to get a better photo of it to show it off:
I won’t be making him up into anything for a while, I’m going to finish off the other 3 designs then, when the season is nearer, I’ll decide if I need ornaments or cards. I’ve made a start on Ornament number 4, but it doesn’t look like anything very much just yet!
There are about six different shades of green in here so far, I’m glad to be stitching this now rather than in the rubbish light of Winter!
Also in May I’ve had a go at making my own teabags and tea blends, which has been pretty successful so far and very enjoyable! I’ll do a whole post about that next week maybe 😀
I never did find a frame I liked for the tapestry kit I did last month, so I’m just going to post it here bare!
I haven’t done any tapestry since primary school, so this was a fun little project. My Nana has cleared out a ton of her old cover kit stash and turned it over to me, and I loved this little countryside scene so I stitched it up immediately. Obviously it’s much quicker to stitch than cross stitch or embroidery, but the quality of the wool was pretty poor so I didn’t totally love making it up. I’ll go have a trawl around some charity shops later this weekend to see if I can chance upon a correctly sized frame for it, I would like to give it back to my Nana to go on the wall of her new bedroom.
I’ve also been working on the third of six Beaded Elegance Christmas ornaments, which is this cute little teddy bear:
He needs some backstitch, couching and beading but I want to get him finished this weekend too. I’m not 100% sure yet if I want to make him up as another ornament or if I think he might be better as a card for a young neice – but then I’ll have an odd number of ornaments!
As I promised myself i would, I’ve gone back to work on my Pokemon picture, and it’s coming along quite quickly.
There are lots of largeish, solid areas of colour so i can really enjoy watching the picture appear as I stitch.
I’ve also started work on a tiny little sampler for a super secret wedding. I got the pattern from a World of Cross Stitching magazine, and tried various different thread and fabric combos out. I actually started and unpicked it three times before I decided that the designer’s choice was probably best! Here’s what I’ve done so far, it’s not much yet as I’ve only had one evening’s work on it:
I think my lazy daisies are really improving from my earlier attempts! I don’t know what it is about this stitch that my hands just don’t seem to want to do. I can French knot no problem, I genuinely enjoy backstitching, but my lazy daisies look a bit lopsided and wilted most of the time!
And, just because i can’t seem to help myself, I’ve made a few more papercraft Christmas cards 😛
Page 9 of my mighty Pokemon picture is complete! Let me show it to you!
Pokemon Picture – Progress as of September 2015!
I’m so pleased, it took me only just a little over a month to complete this page, and that was a month that included extra hours at work, as well as my first time managing my own project and staff! Cross stitch really is a godsend for me during stressful times such as these. No matter what my day at work has been like, I feel totally relaxed after an hour of stitching with a big old cup of tea by my side – or a glass of wine in the event of a particularly rubbish day!
Here’s a close up of the page that I’ve just finished:
Pokemon Picture – close up of Page 9
The Pokemon in this section are not my favourites, it must be said – no offence to them or anything, I just prefer the cute and cuddly ones to the scary and weird ones! I thought maybe I should put in a little gallery of images of the individual Pokemon in this section, because there’s so much brown that it’s pretty hard to make out what’s what for people who aren’t familiar with them already! Hover your mouse over each picture to see their names, if you’re interested 🙂
(These pictures are largely the official artwork and are mostly taken from bulbapedia, I didn’t draw them and don’t take any credit whatsoever for them!)