Monday, 31 October 2011

Almost There!

It's been over a week since my last post and I have to admit that ,although half term played a part in my lack of blogging, I just did not have the enthusiasm for it. I did, however, do quite a lot of stitching and have been on a mission to try and get Drawn Thread The Sanctuary finished, stitching on it 4 nights a week, and it's almost there. I wasn't going to post a photo today but changed my mind. I just have to finish stitching the pink flowers around the border then I'm done and can finish it with hemstitching. The cutting, removing and reweaving threads went badly and I thought I was going to have to scrap the whole thing as my threads kept breaking. It may not be perfect and I may not be 100% happy with it but the piece is so pretty so it makes up for it! Hopefully by the end of the week it'll be totally done:)

I've also been doing a bit of finishing off on a couple of pieces. First up is LHN Belle Pepper which I stitched ages ago. This is a simple hanging pin keep type finish with some rather nice trim that I found in Hobbycraft.

Second piece is LHN Red House in Winter with a gathered ribbon finish. This will go on my Christmas tree:)


I've also been trying to finish my Blackbird Designs Peacock Pin Keep. What a carry on! I am guessing that the BBD ladies must have used a thick coat type wool for the pin keep as I must have used way more than the 1/4 yard on the chart! I went and bought a pair of wool trousers from one of the local charity shops and by the time I'd got those cut up and wound I still didn't have enough! So back to the charity shop this morning and another pair of wool trousers! I don't need a lot but I'll make sure I keep what's left just in case I need some in the future! So I will, hopefully, have that to show later in the week.

Scrooge's house on The Primitive Hare's Christmas Carol Sock has grown a wee bit since the last time I posted it and I'm hoping to get more done this evening with Barb. If I'm to get it done and on display for Christmas I'd better get my finger out. I can't believe it's November tomorrow! 
Craft club last week was much warmer so no fingerless gloves needed thankfully! One of the ladies had brought some knitting magazines she no longer wanted and so I didn't feel left out she brought some cross stitching ones too so I spent some time looking through those before I started stitching then a break later for a cuppa and a yummy piece of flapjack made by the lady who runs it. I really must get the recipe. Anyway this progress picture of LHN Winter Band Sampler is two Sundays and a Tuesday mornings worth! I hope Lesleyanne and Angela are enjoying it as much as I am.

Last but by no means least is my Wednesday night SAL with my surrogate sis Lisa. Mine went much better this week and I just have the scarf and a few snowflakes to stitch and I can start the next one:)

I'm looking forward to the final part of the iStitch mystery SAL this weekend. I finished stitching part 7 yesterday and will post a picture in my next blog post.

That's all from me for now. I need to get caught up on blogs again when I get home from craft club tomorrow.

Take care everyone!

Love & hugs

Sally
xxxx

 

28 comments:

Mouse said...

oooo it still very pretty:) even if you are not 100% happy it looks lovely to me :)good luck with the wool and the pink keep am intrigued as to what you are doing with it ..lol love mouse xxxxx

Christine said...

Great stitching and finishing Sally, I love the red house ornament.

Julie said...

Drawn Thread Sanctuary is stunning, a realy lovely piece

I love your snowman, Tina and i were discussing these at the meet up.

butterfly said...

Hi Sally love your Drawn thread Sanctuary. The rest of your stitching and SALs all are fab.

Michelle said...

The Drawn Thread piece is stunning Sally well done. I love the ornament to hang on your tree. I am going to have a go at ruching' the ribbon around a design xx

Barb said...

Oooh lovely Sally the Sanctuary is
beautiful and your Belle Pepper and all the others ,well just super duper sweetie.
More bricklaying tonight ,I am roofing!
The more I see those snowmen the more I like them But no no no no more!!!!

Lesleyanne said...

Your finishes are absolutely gorgeous Sally. Great progress on your wips. I love LHN Winter Band Sampler too.

cucki said...

wowwwwwwwwwww it is really very beautiful and great finishing..
mr.snowman is so cute..
keep well dear..lots of love for you xxx

Diane (di) said...

Woo hoo Sally.. you're almost there. :) Everything is beautiful, but I can't wait to happy dance with you on the Sanctuary!! Just gorgeous!!!

valerie said...

Great stitching Sally! Sactuary is soooo close and your finishes came out great!

sammyjo said...

That red house finish is lovely its going to look great on your tree!

Maggie said...

Great stitching, especially love Belle Pepper:-)

Tricia said...

Beautiful stitching as always, Sally! Great start on your Fat Men!

Ellen said...

The Sanctuary is gorgeous! Love your new start on the LK Snowmen! I will be starting mine soon when I receive the fabric and threads.

Your finishings are great! I tend to procratinate when it comes to finishing!

Hugs,

Anne said...

Love the Drawn Thread!! I looked at a close up of it and it looks perfect! I am too scared to even try cutting threads unless I had someone with me guiding me. Bravo for doing it!!

Those LHN finishes are gorgeous too Sally! They will look great put up for Christmas. The trim is perfect!!

Great WIP's and I love the SAL you are doing with the girls :D

Lizzy said...

Oh, my all the lovely eye candy Sally! I think your Drawn Thread is absolutely amazing and just gorgeous and so beautiful sweety... lovely work! It's been in my stash since 2003 but I am afraid to even start it ~ just the thought of Hardanger terrifies me... I do not think I could bring myself to cut the linen.

I so Love your Belle Pepper finish... she is gorgeous and your Red House is lovely... beautiful finishing, as always, my dear! They are both in my stash and I am just itching to start some Christmas stitching! Your Scrooge Stocking is so calling my name and I have been sorely tempted to order it... Yours is coming along beautifully!

Love Winter Band Sampler and your sweet snowman ~ I am going to have to start that L*K 6 snowmen very soon... it's been calling my name ~ and it is so adorable!

Wishing you a lovely, stitchy week my dear friend... Blessings always in stitches...

Dani - tkdchick said...

SAlly as usual all of your stitches and finishes are just lovely!

Its okay if you don't blog for a week, life happens and we all know our blogs don't come first in our lives (though I'm sure we'd like our readers to think so!).

Catherine said...

Beautiful projects Sally - both finished andin progress. I love pieces with houses!

Cindy's Stitching said...

All of the pieces are so pretty. The sanctuary is my favorite one.

Lois said...

You are so close to a finish with Sanctuary and it is looking lovely! Your snowman is so cute and love your other finishes too.

staci said...

You are such an amazing stitcher Sally...you impress me with your ability to get so much done and actually finished, and your continual progress on larger pieces!

Love the Belle Pepper hanging pinkeep!!!

Elisa said...

Some fab finishes and WIP's Sally

Veronica said...

Your finishing on both Belle Pepper and Red House are so pretty. Your needles must have been smoking. Love your snowman piece. That one's on my wishlist. They're so cute.

Vinniey said...

The Drawn Thread piece is absolutely beautiful! You're almost there and I can't wait to see the finish. Your snowman is cute! Beautiful finished on Belle Pepper and the red house too. Happy stitching.

BrendaS said...

Sally --
WOW! Lots of stitching to share and it's all beautiful:))

Brigitte said...

Oh, your finished ornaments look gorgeous. And I can't wait to see the Sanctuary finished as well. It won't take long, maybe it's already done.

Sharon said...

Loving your finished pieces-they look wonderful!

Kajsa said...

Your Sanctuary looks so great! Can't wait to see it finished.