Tuesday, 26 April 2011

What a combination...Sunshine and stitching

Wow!!! What a beautiful Easter weekend weatherwise we've had. My DH and I spent the four days watching the annual Hockey Tournament in Blackpool. The team my son plays for came 3rd. this year, ( all a little disappointed after last years 1st place), His wife and his three children watched all day Friday but had to go home as belonging to the the Scout and Guide Movement they were 'Bag Packing' on Saturday afternoon to raise funds for their groups. Also in the morning they were taking their other grandma out for a treat. I know that they had a lovely time. They were back on Sunday to watch after they had been to Church. The sun was shining, although a little cooler than it had been on Friday when it was scorching. We all had a great afternoon and the hockey crowd are a friendly group.

We spent part of the first week of the Spring Holidays in the garden, tidying and weeding, potting and pruning. Garden centre browsing, now that's a cause for concern . We were busy re-doing our strawberry plants that have grown from a mere 12 plants to nearly 70 (over a period of time). After that I had the grandchildren for a couple of days at our house, they love to bake so stitching had to take a back seat for a while.
I have of course done some stitching and I must admit that when I've looked I've done rather more than I thought I had so Yippee time.....Here goes with my stitching update.

First of all it's Agneatha with Apple. I am still having a bit of trouble getting in to this one, I can only put it down to it being on quite a coarse aida, and also that the threads that came with the kit seem to be very 'thin' and keep splitting and then breaking.

The next one probably looks a little odd, but honestly when it's made up it makes a Christmas decoration of a stocking, look closely and you'll see the shape. I haven't done this in the colour stated because I decided I'd experiment a little and I'm not unhappy with the result. I've got some more of these designs and I may well alter colours there as well. I'll just have to make my mind on that yet.

Anchor's Kuihugura (Looking Back) is coming along nicely. This is the one I call my 'Evening Sewing' that's because I watch the TV at the same time and also have my feet up resting, 'Heavenly'. I saw some more of these designs the other day 'web browsing' the problem is can't remember where I saw them. I think this is called a 'Senior Moment' (sounds better than totally forgetful).

I have been checking regularly for any downloads from Papillon Designs for 'Castle in the Air' I was just about deciding that perhaps there wasn't going to be one this month when... There it was Download no.21. This is a lady sewing in an arbour. I have altered it here and there (what's new I can hear you saying). I've added some back stitching in her hair, that's because the yellow seemed a bit too harsh so I've attempted to soften it a little by using DMC 729, I'm not sure if it's worked, the jury is still out on it. i haven't yet done her face as I can't seem to 'get it right'. I've altered the shade her face should be according to PD as it was going to be the same colour as the basket on the seat. Another part I've changed is the skein of thread , it was supposed to have been back-stitch but somehow it didn't work so I've made it look like a skein with it's labels, I also changed the butterfly, this is because I rather like the butterflies round the 'swan section' and decided to use the same style instead of just a straight cross- stitched version.
I've taken another pic to show where this cartouche fits into the main design

There are another 3 downloads to come as I seem to remember that it should be 24 altogether. I do hope I haven't got that wrong. as I am now looking forward to finishing it.

Now back to the garden. We have a Wisteria and while everyone elses plant seems to be covered in purple flowers and very few leaves ours is always a mass of leaves so that you can hardly see the flowers. But my of my the perfume is fantastic I wish you could smell it., it's quite intoxicating.

That's it for now folks. That's for calling in, your comments are much appreciated. Until next time as usual.....May the needle be with you.



Lesleyanne said...

Glad you had a lovely easter weekend. Lovely progress on your wips. Your wisteria looks great.

Pointed Stitcher said...

Such a variety of stitching you have going and it's all pretty ;)

Bekca said...

I am loving the sunshine we're enjoying at the moment, glad you are too. What a great way to spend the Easter weekend. Your progress on all of your WIPs is lovely, but I really do like how Agneatha with Apple is coming on. Shame about the threads though. Happy stitching to you!

grannyanne said...

Lovely stitching. I like the varied greens on the stocking design. Shame about the threads.

Siobhan said...

I'm glad you enjoyed your weekend! Beautiful stitching!

Kathy Ellen said...

My goodness, but you have been very busy stitching so many projects, and made great progress too! I especially admire "Castle in the Air"....really quite unique and lovely. Your garden looks really nice too...love the pretty little violet flowers hidden among the greenery. Happy Spring!

Pumpkin said...

You have been ONE busy stitcher!!!! Look at all those WIPs on the go! Castle in the Air is just stunning. There's a lot of work in there.

Nancy in IL said...

The wysteria is luscious, and I can almost smell it!

I love, love, love your Castles in the Air. The fabric you're doing it on is wonderful - just perfect! I almost decided to do this one, but I have my hands full with SALs I have taken on just lately and am trying to catch up from January to now. I also have a Chatelaine to start, an antique sampler with silks, and on & on...

I love the little trees in the form of a stocking - yes, I see the stocking form. I'm doing the same kind of stitching on Halloween stockings of Blackbird Designs.

Until next time... keep up the beautiful work!

Elaine said...

Glad you had such a nice week-end. So enjoyed catching up on all your beautiful stitches and the flowers in your garden look lovely.