Wednesday, 31 December 2014

58. Margaret Sherry Two Mice Bearing a Gift

Two Mice Bearing a Gift by Margaret Sherry
The chart was a cover gift from Cross Stitch Crazy magazine (issue 184).
Stitched on 28 count evenweave as a Birthday card for Mouse.

Monday, 29 December 2014

57. Jacquie My Journey Silhouette Owl

This freebie design comes from Jacquie and is available from her blog My Journey.  
I stitched it on 28 count black evenweave using a GAST thread appropriately called Harvest Moon. 

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

56. Acorn House Designs Poinsettia Merry Christmas

Poinsettia Christmas by Acorn House Designs
stitched on 28 count sparkle evenweave using WDW and GAST
The clay poinsettia is available direct from AHD
The chart was in JCS Christmas Ornie Special 2013

Finished into a cube finish in January 2016

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

54. Little Stitcher Miss Santa

Miss Santa from Just Cross Stitch Christmas Ornie Preview 2014
Stitched on 32 count Vintage Grain Linen
Amended the words to co-ordinate with 12 Days of Christmas series.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Friday, 21 November 2014

51. Joan Elliott Green Goddess

Stitching information:
Fabric - 32 count Murano Sunlit Heath by Crafty Kitten
Threads - as charted in DMC and Kreinik
Beads - Mill Hill as charted
Changes - I smoothed her jawline as my Mum prefers that to the "stepped" look.  I left off the large square border as we preferred her as a circle.
Chart - originally in the Ultimate JE Collection and now available as a chart from Joan Elliott or her suppliers (JE039)
Trivia Fact - the fabric was a Ltd Edition which Dawn decided to add to the collection after I kept asking for pieces of it.  She named it after part of my address.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

50. A Mon Ami Pierre Noel Blanc

Stitched on 32 count Millenium Blue Belfast linen.
Using DMC Blanc.  
I changed the greens so they would show up better against the blue fabric.

I started this in December 2013 and worked on it each evening for the short time the Small Boy was in the bath.  Some evenings I barely managed half a length of thread, others I stitched two lengths!

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Saturday, 18 October 2014

47. Blackbird Designs Spell of the Moon

Stitched on 32count Cognac linen using DMC threads.
The moon is stitched using variegatedDMC 4090.
Mounted on a canvas upon an easel.
The easel was raw wood which I coloured black using a marker pen.
The whole piece was sent to Jacquie for winning the Hallowe'en Mystery Phrase Blog Hop.

Thursday, 2 October 2014

46. Primitive Hare Spooky Countdown

I decided to make this design into a Hallowe'en Countdown Tree rather than a sampler.

I amended block 21 to reflect two local witches.

Days 1 to 8

Days 9 to 16

Days 17 to 23

Days 24 to 30

Sunday, 21 September 2014

44. Val's Stuff Boo Moon

From Just Cross Stitch magazine Sept/Oct 2009

I stitched this on the same 32count evenweave as Boo and changed the border colours to co-ordinate with Boo too.

I found the perfect button for the star but couldn't find a blue moon so I made a beaded moon instead.

Friday, 19 September 2014

43. Just Nan Moon Riders Jinx

I stitched her using the DMC conversion supplied 
but changed the moon to DMC 4090 which is a variegated thread.

I stitched a stripy border to match the first two designs, seen here

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

41. Automne Scissor Fob

Freebie chart called Automne 2009 by Tara.
Unfortunately the link no longer works

Stitched on 32 count linen and finished as a scissor fob for Karen.

Sunday, 7 September 2014

40. Stitcher's Hideaway Oh Glorious Fall

Sue Donnelly from Stitcher's Hideaway designed this as a companion piece 
to Hear the Sea Call which I stitched last year.  
I used the supplied 3371 for the verse and Threadworx Chilli Peppers 
which is a great variegated green, orange and red colour.
The fabric is 32 count Belfast Linen in Tobacco, the same fabric I used for Just Nan's Autumn Typography.

Friday, 5 September 2014

39. Blue Tit from World of Cross Stitch 204

Cover gift from WOCS issue 204
Based on artwork by Madeleine Floyd
Stitched on 32 count Antique White linen
I stitched the words freehand

Backing fabric

Made into a little bag to hold a teabag

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

37. Just Nan Moon Riders Jasper

I stitched him using the DMC conversion supplied 
but changed the moon to DMC 4090 which is a variegated thread.
I also used the darker green for his scarf as the light didn't show up.
I stitched a stripy border to match the first design, seen here

Sunday, 17 August 2014

36. Just Nan Round Robin Band Sampler

For Linda's Band Sampler Round Robin.
My bands came from Nan's Garden.  
I stitched almost exactly as charted, the colours fitted perfectly.  
I did change the satin stitched fence to ecru because the white didn't show up too well.

Sunday, 10 August 2014

34. Emily Peacock Circus Font C

Emily Peacock Circus Font C
stitched on 32 count white evenweave 
for my cousin's baby daughter.
This design was stitched for her son - RJ

Monday, 21 July 2014

33. Just Nan Moon Rider Jack

I used a piece of my favourite 32 count lavender evenweave for this and the recommended DMC, 
except for the moon which I changed to DMC 4090, a variegated thread.  
I also changed the plain border to a stripy one.

Thursday, 17 July 2014

32. Teresa Wenztler Futurecast Dragon

Teresa Wenzler Futurecast conversion

I wanted a dragon and I wanted books, maybe a little dragon sitting on a pile of books?  So I googled around and found this conversion on Deviant Art.  She took the standard Futurecast chart and changed the crystal ball to a book!  Perfect.

Teresa Wentzler designed this dragon to be easily converted into any colour scheme you like.  There is an ornate border and she recommends choosing a variegated thread for it then matching the colours for the dragon.  I left the border off and chose a scheme based on one in the Gallery.  Here are my colours:

A - 3817
B - 3816
C - 3815
D - 501
BS - 3818
1 - 745
2 - 743
BS - an orange, didn't note number!
+  927
BS - 924
Book - 919
Pages - white
Gold - 5282
Green Metallic - E703
Beads - 10023 green
02011 gold 

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

31. Rahenna's Band Sampler Round Robin

Snivy is Rahenna's favourite Pokemon so she used the colours as inspiration!  She also sent us a lovely collection of Lesa Steele and Patricia Ann samplers to choose our bands from with strict instructions not to use any other colours other than those provided under threat of being attacked by an angry Pokemon!


My bands chosen from Lesa Steele's Sweet Harmony

Side shot to show beads

The whole piece as it goes on to Kathy.