Monday, 12 June 2017

The Dragon's out!

So we have a little bit more progress on Mad Queen Alice.  This represents the full width of the final piece and about a third of page 6.  She has been put away for a few weeks (after all there is only so much 310 any one can stitch in one go) and I have got Curl Up With A Good Book again.

This is what it looked like when I got it back out of the box.

And this is what it looks like today - just about to go back in the box.

I'm not sure what is going to come back out now, I'm thinking of Save the Stitches but until I have a delve around I can't be sure.

Happy Stitching everyone.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Wow, It's been so long!

Sorry everybody (or should I say anybody who happens to still keep an eye on this blog).  I knew it had been a while since I posted but really can't believe I've not been on here since January!

Well what can I say.  Life has been busy.  We've just celebrated my youngest's 17th Birthday along with her great grandmother's 100th Birthday, such a stunning achievement and couldn't be allowed to go past without quite a bit of celebration.

As far as stitching is concerned I've only been working on Mad Queen Alice.  She is definitely a long term project but I have today finished page 5.  Just page 6 to go and then that's the first row complete.

I do go through my box of stitchy things and look at the other projects, such as the Chinese Garden Mandala and think I really should get back to them but Alice just keeps calling me.  I so want to see her face start to appear which might happen on page 8 or maybe 9.  I feel like it's so close but really with a HAED it's ages away I just don't want to put her down in case I never get the momentum to pick her back up again.

Anyway, I'll try not to leave it so long next time (yeah - we've heard that one before!!).

Happy stitching.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Belated Happy New Year

Just before Christmas Dragonfly came back from the framers.  I am over the moon with her.  Six years well spent!!!!!!

Since then I've been working on Mad Queen Alice.  Wow, have I bitten off more than I can chew!  I didn't realize it was 42 pages when I bought it, that makes it six pages wide (Gulp!).  However, I am two pages in and you can just see the start of her crown in the bottom right of the pic.  As there is quite a bit of block colours at this stage she seems to be stitching up fairly quickly.  I'm really enjoying her and just can't spend enough time stitching at the moment.

Happy New Year everybody and my 2017 bring you all plenty of stitching time!

Monday, 31 October 2016

Major Happy Dance!!!!

Well it's hard to believe but after 6 years I have at last finished Dragonfly :)  She was started in April 2010 and is stitched 1 over 1 on 25ct white lugana.  I am so happy, just need to get her framed now.  The thing is part of me is going to miss her.  She's been part of my life for ages.  Well here she is!

I have so got the stitchy bug at the moment that I've already made a start on Mad Queen Alice.  I'll post a picture soon, it's much bigger than Dragonfly though so she's going to be slow progress - what do you reckon?  10 years?  Lol.  The first few pages aren't going to show much of the picture and are mainly black so I guess they won't be very interesting but I'll bore you anyway.

Monday, 24 October 2016

So nearly there!

I'm still focusing on Dragonfly with every spare moment that I have to stitch.  The finishing line is so close that I can almost taste it. After however many years this has taken I will definitely be done by Christmas.

The plan once this is finished is to start Mad Queen Alice and then do that, Curl Up With A Good Book and Enchanted Flute in rotation.  Just not sure yet whether I do, say, a month on each or have to complete a page of chart on each.  I do now that due to the size of Mad Queen Alice I do intend to do her, one of the others, than back to MQA, the other design, MQA, etc.  Otherwise MQA may never get done.  Can't wait to start her although the piece of fabric is HUGE!

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Page Finish and New Chart

Yeah, mini happy dance as I've finished another page on Dragonfly.  Only four more partial pages to go!

And I've succumbed and bought another HAED chart, Mad Queen Alice.  Love the design but turns out that it's even bigger than Dragonfly!  Whoops!

Can't wait to start it though! 

Happy stitching.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Running, Stitching and All That

I'm pleased to say that I've just completed week 2 of the C25K training program.  And it was an interesting run.  I just got to the second walk as I caught up with a gentleman who was walking, flat cap, umbrella and all.  As my phone ordered me to start running again I charged past him at full speed.  That was a mistake.  It was too fast.  I struggled on at that rate as he could still see me but it killed me for the rest of the run, so when I turned round I passed him again.  This time I could hardly walk let alone run and my right foot was squelching with every step from getting soaked on my last run.  I must have been a right sight.  Valuable lesson learnt.

On the stitching front, I've done more of Dragonfly and the page is close to a finish now.  The just four half pages to go.  Still hoping for a finish before Christmas.  

And "All That" .... well my eldest daughter got her "A" level results and did brilliantly with A,B and C so is off the Swansea University to study Psychology.  And really excited for her (I wasn't bright enough to go) but there's a lot to do and sort out before she heads off.  Big changes ahead but I'm sure she will have a great time.

Happy stitching everyone.