Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Patchwork sampler (by Jan Houtman)

My Patchwork sampler is finished. It was a joy to stitch. It is done on 22ct Zweigart Aida one over one using mostly leftover floss from the Dimensions kits and some DMC.
Started 8 June 2016, finished 29 November 2016.
A rare case when the back looks almost as nice as the front.

Below is my page by page progress report.

Page 1
15 June 2016
Page 2
11 July 2016
Page 3
5 August 2016
Page 4-5
21 September 2016
Page 6
21 October 2016
Page 7
27 October 2016
Page 8
2 November 2016
Page 9-10
Forgot to take picture or accidentally deleted

Page 11
16 November 2016
Page 12

21 November 2016
Page 13
24 November 2016
Page 14-15
29 November 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Monkey trouble

I thought I deserve a pair of socks at least once a year. Last time I knitted one was January 2015.
But thoses Monkey socks are nothing but trouble.
1. I broke one of my 2.25 bamboo needles.
2. After I finished cuff, I fitted the sock - too tight. Back to the beginning.
3. Changed to 2.75 needles.
4. Half way throught the cuff I found extra stitches on one needle. Going five rows down.

Finally I caught up with the cuff. What else is waiting for me, I wonder...

Friday, November 18, 2016

Not quite successful project

What is the next stage in spinning cotton? Of course, growing it!
I planted 3 seeds back in May, only one was viable, and more than half a year later - I have a flower! It is sad that it won't become a cotton ball as it is too dark now for it to properly develop but the lesson learnt - next year I will try to start much earlier.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Stitching update. November 2016

1. Patchwork sampler. 2/3 are done. Down to the last row of pages.

2. Pretty, pretty animals. Doing the third hour on them. Animal Advent Calendar from Brooke's Books.

3.Weekend project. The third corner of the second cushion is half done. Zweigart  Naturlich Rot leaflet.

4.Just five hours added to TW Tea Scene.

5. XiuCrafts Wisteria. Strange thing - the same five hours but much less progress. Leaves, leaves, and more leaves...

6. And the tiniest project - Permin mini. I have a fence!

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Calendar. November.

I am not quite sure how a peacock relates to November, but I like it.
Joyful World Calendar (free) -

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Sashiko pattern Temari

The first one is finished. Could not stop stitching, so easy and so fun. A bit hard on my hands but totally worth it!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Going Japanese

Japanese embroidery was on my wish list for a very long time. I stitched a couple of costers some time ago. Loved the result but it was way too hard to stitch because I used old jeans as fabric.
Then I saw Kogin projects on Pinterest and fell in love.
Several months and mail parcels later I have fabric, kits, threads, everything for both Kogin and Sashiko.
Love the pillow but will start with one of Sashiko cushion tops, one will be in blue, another in red.

Love the instructions.