Saturday, 28 May 2011

Stash and Finish

It's been awhile since I last posted, but I have not been idle.  I've finished yet another Owl, but this time its in blackwork.  It's from a Counted Blackwork Starter Kit by X-Calibre Designs.  It's called "Little Owl"  and designed by Carol Leather.  I loved this little owl as soon as I first saw it.  But he is not the first blackwork owl that I have stitched.  My first one was an owl by Jane Greenoff and you can see it also here.

Little Owl by Carol Leather

Blackwork Owl by Jane Greenoff

I won a giveaway some time ago and it came in the post today.  It came from Megan at Craftly Lil' Witch.  I'm so happy because I've always wanted to stitch these lovely designs.  I can't wait to get my threads together.

"Cardinal Winter" by LHN.

My friend Janet gave me this little Hardanger booklet that she had found in a charity shop, knowing that I would just love it.  You never know what you might find. I've found some wonderful charts and kits in charity shops in the past.

Happy Stitching

Friday, 20 May 2011


Oh, I just had to let you know that I got some mail in the post today, which is always exciting.  It was from Bea of Bea's Stitcheries.  She had a little "Spot the Picture" which was is the wrong place and also you had to find her e-mail address.  Well, I was the first to find them both, and the prize was the chart of the picture.  And here it is.

I'm looking forward to stitching it, but it will have to wait awhile as I have quite a few other items on the go, with SALs, WIPs and UFOs.

Happy Stitching Everyone

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Celtic Knot

I've finally finished my "Celtic Knot" by Textile Heritage.  I was pleasantly surprised how quickly it started to grow, once I had stitched the blue border lines around the design.  That was the tricky part, as it is so easy to stitch too many.  Once done, I sailed through everything else.  It was a great little kit to stitch on the train and stitch in the evenings.  And here it is mounted in the card provided.

Celtic Knot by Textile Heritage.

Hardanger Blog with Freebies and Tutorials

I thought I would share with you a blog I have found on Hardanger.  It's in Spanish but there is a translator you can use.  Here is the link   Mamen has also just won the Nordic Needle Hardanger Embroidery Design Contest.  She gives tutorials and you can download her designs from her bog.  She is a very talented lady.  Well worth looking at.

Happy Stitching Everyone

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

May Owl SAL

Welcome to my new followers. I'm always very surprised when I see more people are following me and I'm very grateful. Well, my posting today in the May Owl from the Oak Haven Designs SAL. At least I have managed to stitch it in May.  But as usual, I can't wait to see the next one, so I will have to be patient.

I've almost finished my Celtic Knot, so watch this space.

Happy Stitching Everyone

Saturday, 14 May 2011

April Owl Finished

Welcome to all my new followers.  It's always a lovely surprise to see new faces, and extra special when I've only just got back from being away for a few days.

Well as promised, here is my Oak Haven April Owl finally finished.

April Owl SAL

Oak Haven Owl SAL

Well, I've just been touring around Norfolk, and the place I've been staying at have mallard ducks with lots and lots of ducklings.  As usual, my camera was with me and here are just some of the photo's I took for you to look at.

Aren't they just so cute!

Norfolk Windmill


White Horses

While I was away, I did do some stitching.  I've been doing a miniature "Celtic Knot" by Textile Heritage.  I've almost finished, I just need to do some backstitching and a few extra stitches.  Unfortunately, the lighting was not good and I could not stitch too long at night.  So watch this space for an update.

Happy Stitching Everyone

Saturday, 7 May 2011

A Walk In The Woods

I went out today with a group of friends for a nice country walk in the woods.  If you know me, you will know I will be taking photo's of everything about me. We did have a spot of rain, but the canopy from the trees kept us dry most of the time.  We really need the rain.  April has been so dry. 


Here is my favourite Dandilion.  The seeds are like a pincushion.  You can see clearly where they were, before setting off on a journey to seed themselves.  They look so soft and fluffy.

Walk in the Woods Collage
Here are some of the other photo's I took on the walk.

And here are some of the bluebells in the wood.  These remind me of my childhood and the bluebells that grew in the woods at the end of my garden.



DMC have just released a new freebie of "Lickle Ted's Wedding".  Here is the link.  You just need to join the DMC Club to be able to get the chart, but there are so many other charts you can download once you join.  Just have a look at this link also.  [Both these links have been updated today 8 May 2011.]

Coats Craft also have some great projects on Knitting, Crochet, Stitching and Sewing.  If you like to see them just click here.  And here is the latest freebie stitching projects on this link.

Happy Stitching Everyone

Friday, 6 May 2011

Purple Hardanger Card

I just had to pop in and update you with my latest finish.  The Purple Hardanger Card is now finished and ready to pop in the post.

I've now got to get on with finishing my Owl SAL for Oak Haven Designs.  I've almost finished April and I'm looking forward to stitching May's design, which is just so cute.  So watch this space.

Happy Stitching Everyone

Wednesday, 4 May 2011


Well, I've finally got around to taking a photo of my latest Hardanger.  And here it is.  It's a freebie Nordic Needle design and you can click here for the chart.  The design is called Ocean Waves, but I have changed the colours.

Ocean Wave - Nordic Needle Design

New Designs

I've been looking at some of my blogging friends blogs and just have to tell you about Sarah at Craftymoo.  She has been doing some of her own designs and has finally ventured out, and started a new blog all for her new designs, here is the link.  This was set up in May and Sarah has already got 9 freebie designs to choose from.  So, do go have a look.

Kathy at Gracewood Stitches has a lovely new design called "Glorious Spring!".  For a limited time you can get a free pattern!  Kathy started her blog on 14 December 2010 and has been charting her own Band Samplers and other designs ever since.  She offers them free for a limited time.  Kathy gets her inspiration from antique patterns and art nouveau style designs.  Do go and have a look at her wonderful creations.

Happy Stitching Everyone