Friday, 28 January 2011

You can never be too early to Stitch for Christmas!!

 I like to start early for Christmas, so I thought I would share with you some of the Margaret Sherry Christmas designs that I have stitched.  I finished stitching the Christmas Mouse with a stocking only yesterday.  I changed the stars on the stocking to gold thread, to give it a bit of a sparkle.

Mouse with Stocking from Cross Stitcher Magazine

Goose from Quick and Easy Magazine

Robin with stocking from Quick and Easy Magazine

Happy Stitching

Monday, 24 January 2011

"Kiss Me" by Margaret Sherry

I've stitched the 'Chart of the Month', "Kiss Me" by Margaret Sherry from Cross Stitcher  issue 236.  I think I have done well to have done it already as I only received my copy on Saturday.  This will make a lovely Valentine's card for my husband, I'm sure he will like it.

"Kiss Me" by Margaret Sherry

Happy Stitching

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Valentine's Day - 14 February

I've just received my copy of "Cross Stitcher", issue 236 in the post today.  I just love the new Margaret Sherry designs in it.  The one that caches my eye the most is the Chart of the month "Kiss me!", which will make a perfect card for Valentine's Day.  So I am going to stop stitching my "Time and Season Sampler" for a while and start the "Kiss me!" valentine card instead.  I've already found some fabric and threads and I'm sure I've already got a card in my stash somewhere.  I'm just wondering how long it will take me to stitch!  As soon as I've finished it, I will post a picture for you.

Happy Stitching

Time and Season Sampler - WIP

As promised, I'm attaching a photo of the "Time and Season Sampler" so that you can see how I have progressed during the week.

I have added my initials which you can see at the bottom, and also the year 2011, which means I will have to finish it this year.  It's gown so fast since I last posted a photo, as I have not stitch anything else.

Happy Stitching

Monday, 17 January 2011


In my first post I promised some Hardanger and some freebies.  So I thought I would give you a link to some lovely Hardanger freebies.

Here's a picture of a freebie from Nordic Needle that I have stitched, or though I have changed the colours.

Ocean Waves (in pink)
Nordic Needle
The Victoria Sampler
Vera Stoll - Hardanger Designs - pdf
Vera Stoll - Hardanger Instructions Step 1 - pdf
Loopylou Designs
The Caron Collection - Delicate Essentials
The Caron Collection - Hardanger for Kids
The Caron Collection - Ships, Crescents and Kloster Blocks
The Caron Collection - Lots of designs including Hardanger. Just scroll down the page.
Cols Creations
Needlepointers - Books and Links to Hardanger 
Over the Moon Designs
Polstitches Designs
Rainbow Gallery
Rabid Crafter
Roland Designs - scroll down for Hardanger
Roland Designs - Christmas - scroll down for free Hardanger designs
All Craft web archive - Heart Blossom Hardanger design
All Crafts web.archive - Classic Stitches - Bookmark, Card and Brooch
Linen Flowers - Calvarys Rose Bookmark pdf - Tutorial to make a Bell Pull. - Scroll down the page for the Hardanger designs.
Made to Treasure - Hardanger Christmas Ornaments - Scroll down the page for the Hardanger designs.
Needlework-Tips-and-Techniques - Learn Hardanger in easy stages.
Craft Creations  Have a look at issues 18 - Hardanger Square, 31 - Christmas Sampler, 38 - Rainbow Hardanger and 49 - White Wedding - All are cards.

Happy Stitching

Friday, 14 January 2011

What a lovely Surprise!

The postman called yesterday with a package.  I was not expecting anything.  Oh, what a lovely surprise!  I had entered a "giveaway" from "New Stitches" Magazine and won.  I had won a new Sampler Kit by Moira Blackburn called "How to sow beans". 

"How to sow beans"

"Time and Season Sampler"

I just love samplers and have already started another one of her kits called "Time and Season Sampler".  I purchased this one over 17 years ago, but for some reason had stopped.  So I got it out of my WIP stash and have started again.

This is how I found it on 6 January 2011.

Well, since then I have been stitching away and enjoying every minute of it.  It's grown quite a lot in a week.

I will post a picture once a week to show you how it is progressing.

Happy Stitching

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Margaret Sherry Designs

I thought you would like to see some of my stitching of Margaret Sherry's designs which I have done over the last few years.  I just love her cute cat designs, they always put a smile on my face.   I've also included some of her Hedgehog designs.

I'm attaching some freebie links for you.

Here's the link to Margaret Sherry's ABC

This is from Coats Bulgaria.
And here is the PDF for "Angel Wings" link

Now for my Gallery
Smile Please

"Shopping/Show Cat".  Freebie from Cross Stitcher Magazine.

Up, Up and Away.  From "Quick and Easy" Cross Stitch Magazine, issue 111.

Ice Skating Hedgehog.  2nd in the series of "Sports and Hobbies" from Cross Stitcher Magazine.

Hedgehog holding Star

The little hedgehog with the star is from "Quick and Easy"Cross Stitch Magazine, issue 120.  
He comes with 3 other designs, a goose, a robin and a mouse.

Happy Stitching

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Welcome to my first ever blog!

Well, I've finally taken the plunge and started a blog.  I'm hoping to share with you, all of my stitching that I am  doing this year.  Hardanger is a passion of mine, so I hope to show you how easy it is.  Also I will put links on to show you where you can find freebie patterns.  I've also been going through my stitching stash and have discovered a lovely sampler that I purchased over 17 years ago!  I know, I was in shock when I found the receipt.  Well I have started it again and I will post pictures of how I am progressing.

I can also post my first finish for 2011.  "Santa Paws" by Margaret Sherry.  Isn't he cute!

Happy Stitching