Tag Archives: Cross Stitch

Update on Tree of Hope by Mirabilia

It’s been a long time baby! A long time since I did any work on Mirabilia’s Tree of Hope cross stitch design.

Combination of stress at work, social engagements, Christmas and then SAL stitching has met that this design hasn’t been worked on for quite some time.

Thankfully my mojo to stitch it came back with a vengeance. Check out the November progress update. That was where I was then… this is where I am now…

Tree of Hope by Mirabilia progress

Tree of Hope by Mirabilia progress

The colour of the fabric in the November update is more true to life. :)

Good progress and I feel like I’m on the home stretch now. I haven’t yet decided on whether I want to stitch the flower stalks on either side of each lady. I’ll stitch the ladies first before I decide.

Going to allow myself one more evening of stitching on Tree of Hope, before I put it away (un-happily!) to work on an exchange.

Follow on Bloglovin
 Subscribe in a reader
Leave a comment and share your thoughts

January Just Nan SAL giveaway winner

What a fantastic turn out to the first check in of the year for the Just Nan SAL!

We had 40 stitchers share their beautiful work, thank you so much! If you haven’t already checked them out, please make sure you do.

It is now Sunday 2nd of February, and time to draw the giveaway winner for those who updated in January for the Just Nan SAL. :)

To ensure the draw was completely fair, I created a spreadsheet and listed everyone in order of posting/commenting. Then off I went to RANDOM.ORG to choose a number from between 1 and 39 (I don’t include myself in this, as the organiser, I can’t win prizes!)

And our winner is… drum roll please… Sarah H. of Up Late Stitching!

Random.ORG screen and the Excel file of names...

Random.ORG screen and the Excel file of names…

After a rocky start, Sarah was able to share with us her progress on Motif Mystique, and what a beautiful update it is. If you haven’t seen it already, please check it out.

Sarah wins the chart ‘Daffodil Run’ which includes the delightfully cheerful Painted Daffodil charm. While this design isn’t limited, it is no longer in print, so if you do like it, get it quick! Also included in Sarah’s prize pack is a selection of NZ goodies. :D

Daffodil Run by Just Nan

Daffodil Run by Just Nan

Sarah please can you email me with your postal address. :)

Thanks to everyone who took part this last month, and looking forward to seeing what people do next month!

Follow on Bloglovin
 Subscribe in a reader
Leave a comment and share your thoughts

Stash update Just Nan style

It used to be that every month I’d regularly get parcels of goodies arriving in the mail. Stash from various sales and sites, and of course the ever present evil that is eBay.

These days I’m having to be a little bit more frugal… and getting paid monthly just isn’t fun! So when I do get cross stitch stuff come in the mail, I’m super excited about it. :D

Two months ago I was doing a random search for a Just Nan item when a link appeared in the results that made me raise an eyebrow. Clicking it, I discovered a pop up site where, the seller was selling her own designs, as well as goods from an old inventory. Including, some very hard to find Just Nan designs!

These included a number of the Class Project Series kits, and the Filagree Fancies kits.* Naturally, I snaffled them up. No point giving you the link to the store, cause they only had one of each, sorry. ^_^;

The parcel finally arrived yesterday, and I wanted to share all my goodies. :D

Just Nan kits galore!

Just Nan kits galore! Royal Roses, a whole bunch of Filagree Fancies kits, Enchanted Swans, Bee Blossoms and Heart of Gold.

Just Nan kits galore! Close up of the Filagree Fancies kits and the Class Project Series

Just Nan kits galore! Close up of the Filagree Fancies kits and the Class Project Series. Winter Roses, Curious Cats, Enchanted Swans and Bee Blossoms.

Filagree Fancies Fun! I have many of these kits already, but got them so I could give them away as prizes for the Just Nan 2014 SAL.

Filagree Fancies Fun! I have many of these kits already, but got the ones I had, to could give them away as prizes for the Just Nan 2014 SAL. Soldier Boy, Daisy Bouquet, Teddy’s Wreath, Rose Angel, Forget Me Not, Floral Star, Magic Wings and Ivy Heart.

* p.s. Yes Filigree is spelled incorrectly. This is how it’s spelled on the kits, and as it’s considered a name, that is how I shall spell it here. :)

I received another parcel from the lovely Kathy of Stitchinkat’s Pawprints Blog. She shared a photo of a frame she found on eBay, and was nice enough to purchase one for me as well. She also sent for free, a magazine design that I liked (we both love peacocks.) Thanks Kathy!

Peacock frame and free peacock kit

Peacock frame and free peacock chart by Kate Knight

Follow on Bloglovin
 Subscribe in a reader
Leave a comment and share your thoughts

January Just Nan stitching

Welcome to the first Just Nan SAL check in! Whew and do we have a mammoth one in store.

PLEASE wait for the photos to load. There are a lot, but it will be worth the wait. :)

If you’re not a regular reader here, please check out the information page on the Just Nan SAL. In a nut shell, every month members share stitching that they’ve done from a Just Nan cross stitch design. Whether it’s a completed piece or a work in progress, all are welcome just as long as it’s Just Nan!

Some members will be sharing via their blogs (so please check this post regularly over the next few days as people update the comments with links to their own blog posts) and others have emailed me their updates (below.) Please feel free to comment on everyone’s stitching in the comments below.

We’ll get straight into it with the first post being from yours truly…

Zeb’s update
I was going to stitch Flower Girls, but it turned out I didn’t have the right count fabric for it. Doh! It wasn’t a hard decision to then pick out the March Hare Limited Edition Whimzi from my SAL to-do list. :)

It was a quick stitch and also a fun one. I was introduced to a new stitching technique called mosaic stitch. It isn’t so obvious when you look at the design, but it does add a hint of texture to the greenery. Stitched on a blue Permin 28 count linen using the recommended threads.

This still needs to be framed in the Whimzi it came with. I’ve got a major finishing session planned soon, so expect photos to see photos in the next few days.

March Hare Limited Edition Whimzi by Just Nan stitched by Zeb

March Hare Limited Edition Whimzi by Just Nan stitched by Zeb

Tedra’s update
I was happy that the Just Nan SAL was running this year, as I have a very long file drawer full of Just Nan to be stitched. I’ve had a rough last 6 months so have hardly stitched, but things have gotten better and I’m getting my stitching mojo back.

I chose the projects I did so far in January as they were “Winter” themed, and while we don’t get snow in Phoenix, AZ, it’s still chilly here for us. :)

Tedra's January Just Nan SAL items

Tedra’s January Just Nan SAL items

Tedra's January Just Nan SAL items

Tedra’s January Just Nan SAL items

Tedra's January Just Nan SAL items

Tedra’s January Just Nan SAL items

Hannah’s update
I have had a busy month as I got married at the end of December and we went away for a short break for the first week of January. This did mean that I had a number of long train journeys. Firstly from my home in London to the north east of England (3 hours) where my husband is from, for the wedding, and then from London to Cornwall (6 hours) for our mini moon. Ideal for some long stitching sessions!

The top half of the photo below shows my train progress, and the half is where I am today.

I’m doing Black Magic for my first Just Nan piece this year. It’s one I’ve had my eye on for a while I think it has a very touching sentiment and the colours are my favourites. It includes a lot of over one which is a challenge to my eye sight so it’s not one for stitching in the evenings. Even with the best lamp I prefer daylight for the small stitches, and January in the UK is not a great time for daylight!

I’m using the HDF conversion pack. I love where possible to stitch with the original threads but financially that’s not always feasible. I decided on this occasion to try out the conversion silks, as the pack was readily available, and so far I am very impressed. The price is significantly less (which for a ‘fun’ piece is an important consideration for me) and the quality seems very good. Postage to the UK from the US was very reasonable, and I had my threads within about a week. For fabric I’m using a piece of Zweigert 28ct cashel lurex linen in pearl flecked white that I already had. I thought the sparkly effect of the fabric would go very well with the slightly mystical feel of the piece.

Next month I have another trip this time to Brussels on the Eurostar so I am hoping to get some train stitching done then!

Hannah's Just Nan SAL update

Hannah’s Just Nan SAL update

Doris’ update
I am SO happy that I joined this SAL. I have many JN charts in my stash and needed this little nudge to get started on at least one. Here is the list I started with and I had decided to start from the top and work my way down (but if I know myself well enough, the order will change—SOON!):

Amethyst Snowflake
Angelique
Bliss
Charm Garden
Christmas Hearts
Christmas Peace Ornament
Christmas Ribbons
Christmas Rose Ornament
Follow the Needle
Italian Ice
Memories
Nosegay
Peppermint Rose
Queen of the Needle
Serena
Snow Business
Snow Forest
Thanks a Bunch
The Promise (Red Hat Stitcher)
Victorian Rose
Wings

Well, I’ve surprised even myself. I started Amethyst Snowflake on Thursday, January 2, 2014 and completed it on Sunday January 19, 2014, including sewing on all those tiny little beads. It was stitched on 28 ct Lugana ‘Sudden Storm’ which I had purchased many moons ago during a Silkweaver Fabrics Facebook sale. I used 2 over 2 DMC threads from my stash. I used the beads that came with the chart, which I had bought at Needle Craft World in Florida March 2013 while I was vacationing there.

I’m away from home until the end of March and I left the rest of my stash there, so I won’t have anything to report until April or so… unless I break down and buy another JN chart, like ‘Evening Star’, if I can find it.

Now I am going to work on some other WIPs I brought with me, and wish everyone ‘Happy Stitching!’.

Doris' Just Nan SAL update

Doris’ Just Nan SAL update

Martha’s update
My name is Martha. I was do excited  when I came across this SAL. I do not have a blog and Zeb courteously wrote that non bloggers could still participate.

I was so excited when I came across this SAL. I had stitched all 6 of the Just Nan Glorious Wings years ago. So this year my goal is to stitch all 16 of the Filigree Fancies. I had previously stitched 1 & 2 which are the 2 on the bottom. The 2 on the top are January’s progress. The one on the right is Winter Roses and Magic Wings is on the top left.

Since these are kits, I’m using the threads and linen provided. It’s pretty much DMC thread and 28 ct Zweigart linen. Each had a charm and some beads and a metallic thread. Winter Roses had a silk ribbon that was to be used for cross stitches. I thought it would look better with spider web roses.

Martha's Just Nan SAL update

Martha’s Just Nan SAL update

Martha's Just Nan SAL update

Martha’s Just Nan SAL update

Tammie’s update
I stitched Just Nan’s Floral Sunshine on Antique lavender 28 ct. I used three strands and only changed the button to a hand painted porcelain button to remind me of a dear friend.

Tammie's Just Nan SAL update

Tammie’s Just Nan SAL update

Angi’s update
First of all I want to say thank you to Zeb for organizing this SAL… it’s been a huge motivation for me!! I’ve got a rather extensive Just Nan collection and it has sat neglected for too long. I sorted through and next month when I’m not as pressed for time I’ll give my list. ;)

So far I’ve got this new start of one of the Class Projects ‘Evening Star’. I’m stitching it on Belfast ‘Haunting’ by Stephanie Bishop. I ADORE this fabric. I did discover the overdyed silk included was too light, so I swapped it for I *think* the same color but different dyelot.

I also have Queen of the Needle as LONG standing WIP. I actually met Nan at a trade show and my chart is autographed! No picture this time but I’ll have one next month!

Angi's Just Nan SAL update

Angi’s Just Nan SAL update

Christina’s update
I’m stitching the Feathered Fashion Needle slide, on the recommended fabric and with the recommended threads.

Progress is slow due to health, work and car troubles; but I hope to have this completed before the next due date (crossing fingers).

Christina's Just Nan SAL update

Christina’s Just Nan SAL update

Niina’s update
This is Just Nans Magic wings and started around 7th day of January.  Finished two days ago 28th. Ready kit so no changes or anything.

Niina's Just Nan SAL update

Niina’s Just Nan SAL update

Lynn’s update
I have much in my Just Nan collection, but I wanted to start back into stitching with a smaller project designed by Nan. I decided on Peacock Tapestry. My daughter loves peacocks and the center charm for this design is a beautiful peacock… imagine that! I just loved the colors in this design. I am not a fast stitcher, but so far this design has been fun to work on. Thanks for looking.

Lynn's Just Nan SAL update

Lynn’s Just Nan SAL update

Pamela’s update
I am working this month on Peacock Majesty. It is stitched on the recommended Zweigart Dark Teal Green and mine is on 28count. I am using the Kreinik Silk Mori threads, although I am using two strands instead of one as I prefer the fuller coverage.

I probably bought this pattern and the linen soon after it came out because I love peacocks and was drawn to the colors. However it was way beyond my skill level at that time. It wasn’t until the last couple years I really felt comfortable doing anything beyond the basic X.

I stitched the white peacock band twice not quite liking how it was looking. I finally realized I was using the perle cotten instead of the white silk-opps. It’s been fun to see it develop and mentally stretch myself a little with the other embroidery stitches.

Thank you so much for doing this. This project definitely wouldn’t have come out of the stash, probably even for a long while, if it weren’t for this SAL. I will have it finished by Feb and am already mentally rummaging through the pile to see what I will start next.

Pamela's Just Nan SAL update

Pamela’s Just Nan SAL update

Cindy’s update
Thank you so much for including those of us without a blog in the Just Nan SAL. I love Just Nan and was thrilled to look through my stash and wonder why I haven’t stitch some of the patterns sooner. I picked my first start to be “Queen of the Needle”.

I’ve completed band 10 of 14. It is stitched on 28 ct Graziano light rose Milan linen. I wanted to do it in silks but needed way to many at this time so I am using DMC and Soie Perlee.

I look forward to seeing photos of what everyone is stitching on.

Happy stitching!

Cindy's Just Nan SAL update

Cindy’s Just Nan SAL update

The End. Thank you everyone who took part this month!

All these lovely ladies and everyone who checks in, in the comments with the link to their SAL blog update, are in to win this month’s giveaway. I’ll announce the winner and the prize on Sunday (NZT.) :)

I’m already planning what to stitch for February, what are you guys going to do?

Follow on Bloglovin
 Subscribe in a reader
Leave a comment and share your thoughts

The Best of Margaret Sherry

Once upon a time, a special book was released. Why was this book special? Well… it collected together magical designs. Full of fun and cuteness. No one could resist smiling when they looked at this book. What was this book called?

*whispers* The Best of Margaret Sherry.

The Best of Margaret Sherry, front cover

The Best of Margaret Sherry, front cover.

Who is Margaret Sherry? A British artist whose work has been turned into cross stitch designs, and used in many British cross stitch magazines over the years. She has gained a fair bit of popularity because her work is a quick stitch, but also adorable to look at.

For a long time I made it my mission to collect every single Margaret Sherry design there was, but alas, this turned out to be an impossible dream. She’s just done so many, and I never had a regular subscription to all the magazines out there.

Then, back in 2011 the makers of the British magazine ‘CrossStitcher’ released this collection of Margaret Sherry designs. It sold like hot cakes, and alas I missed out on it. This book has now become a bit of a rare commodity, with people paying an arm and a leg for it on places like eBay.

Thankfully, Jo from Serendipitous Stitching knew how much I wanted this book, and scored me a copy at a decent price. Thanks Jo!

It finally arrived yesterday, and I thought I’d do a photo review for you. :)

The Best of Margaret Sherry book contains 148 pages of irresistibly cute cross stitch projects. You’ll find 116 charts inside and 24 projects created by Margaret for the ‘CrossStitcher’ magazine including all kinds of animals from fat cats and chirpy chickens to exotic zebras and giraffes.

The Best of Margaret Sherry content page, designs are separated into sections called Gift Ideas, Classics, Quick Stitches, For Christmas

The Best of Margaret Sherry content page, designs are separated into sections called Gift Ideas, Classics, Quick Stitches, For Christmas.

Down in the Jungle featuring cute little jungle animals, perfect for kids

Down in the Jungle featuring cute little jungle animals, perfect for kids.

Coffee and Cuddles, featuring adorable cats in coffee cups!

Coffee and Cuddles, featuring adorable cats in coffee cups!

Animals doing various hobbies from hiking, cooking and swimming, to playing the guitar, fishing and doing a cross stitch crossword.

Animals doing various hobbies from hiking, cooking and swimming, to playing the guitar, fishing and doing a cross stitch crossword.

Animal ABC, the cross stitching cat on X is hugely popular among stitchers!

Animal ABC, the cross stitching cat on X is hugely popular among stitchers!

12 days of Christmas, a cute/funny take on a well known Christmas theme.

12 days of Christmas, a cute/funny take on a well known Christmas theme.

There are a couple of niggles I do have with this book though:

  1. That cover is extremely fragile, floppy. Seriously, you need to carefully make a working copy so you don’t handle the book too much because it looks like it could very easily break/get damaged.
  2. I already have most of these designs from the magazines themselves!
  3. The Animal ABC designs are available for free download from the ‘CrossStitcher’ magazine’s blog.

All that being said, the book is worth getting if you can find it at a decent price. For many, those British magazines were hard to get overseas, so this book is a great way to access Margaret’s wonderful designs.

Happy with this purchase, and another great addition to my cross stitch book collection. :D

Follow on Bloglovin
 Subscribe in a reader
Leave a comment and share your thoughts

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers