Tuesday, 8 May 2007

My Stitching and Stashing!

Oh dear I've had a bit of a disaster with Papillon Creations Simple Little Quaker! I realised after putting it away on Thursday evening that I was going to run out of thread. So Friday morning I rang Jayne in the hope that she might just have some in to save me ordering direct from Vikki. She had and they arrived today but, unfortunately, they are noticably different from the ones I've used so are no good :( So I've just ordered five skeins direct from Vikki and asked if she has any of the same dyelot in. If not I will have to hope that they are very close or my whole piece is ruined. So A WORD OF WARNING. If you have this chart or are going to buy it make sure you buy more than 12 yards of thread as it does take more. This is what I've done so far and I have been careful with my thread usage. On Friday evening I was happily stitching away on the left hand side of the piece only to discover I'd made a mistake. I sat for ages, eventually making myself feel rather sick, counting and recounting to find the mistake only to discover that the mistake is within the chart itself on the overlap parts of the pages. As luck would have it I only had to remove one stitch to make it right but at first thought I'd have to frog loads. So, again, if you have this chart check that the overlap parts correspond! If it wasn't for the fact that I LOVE this piece so much I would hate it by now! Lol!

So when I ran out of thread on Sunday evening I decided to get Chatelaine Christmas Mystery IV out and try and finish off part 5, which I did. I just have the beads to add to underneath the stars. I have a love/ hate relationship with this mystery and right now I am somewhere inbetween the two. The Christmas tree does make it look quite nice but......... There is just something about it that doesn't seem quite "right"!

So onto the second week of my rotation and HAED Winter is back out. I didn't get as much as I'd have liked stitched last night as I kept getting disturbed ( Mum how do I rip songs off a CD, Mum how do I sync them to my MP3 player!) and I don't think I'll get far anyway as there are quite a lot of colour changes in this page. I might pick up HAED Guardian for a bit this afternoon as it's miserable weather here. It keeps coming showers and it's windy and it now feels cold!

I received my COTM from Sassy's Fabby's today and it's a very pretty colour called French Yellow. I am debating whether to use it for Just Nan Spring in the Air if it's big enough. I had picked out a Polstitches Dragon Shades one called Clouds but I may change my mind now!

I had a bit of a spend up the other day seen as all but one piece of the stash I sold has reached it's new owners. I'm hoping the other one will arrive today. Anyway I ordered the kit ( minus NPI silks) for Chatelaine Autumn Dusk from European Cross Stitch as it's not something I would normally buy myself so am looking forward to getting that. I will need to find a suitable hedgehog button as the one that was used is now discontinued. Also Chris talked me into buying Just Nan Queen of the Needle with embellishments from Lekker Threads as Kristina had 15 % off charts up to 7th May. Actually Chris didn't talk me into it exactly as I didn't make my mind up properly until yesterday and I was chatting to Chris on Friday. But I have to blame somebody don't I?!!! Chris says she is going to buy it off me when I'm done with it! Lol! I think I need to behave myself now and when I sell stash I'm done with in the future use the pennies for fabric etc and no more charts! Lol! I keep saying that then I find more I like when I'm looking at blogs like KarenV's I spent ages browsing through her blog last week and ended up ordering Blackbird Designs Quaker Garden from Wyndham Needleworks before it is retired. I have never ordered from them before so I hope the experience is a good one:)

That's me for today I think! Have a good week everybody!

15 comments:

Stitcher said...

Don't you blame me!!!! I seem to remember you mentioned it first. ;-)

Stitchingranny said...

Sounds like you've been having fun Sally. Though Im sorry you have run out of thread and I just hope Vikki can help you get a very near match if not the same dyelot (will keep my fingers crossed). I think you should write to Papillon regarding this and also the mistake on the chart, maybe they can publish an error message to warn others.

Chatelaine does look better with the tree bits added though Im still not sure about it.

June said...

Oh no, rotten luck with the thread for the Quaker! :( Hope you get it sorted.

Sounds like you had loads of fun stashing. :D

Karen said...

hope the new threads arrive soon and are the right colour, I'm still not keen on the Chatelaine sorry

Lynn said...

Oh I do hope you get the right colour threads, how awful! I've also just ordered the Queen of the Needle lol I've been trying to get it since Jan and finaly managed it this week ;)

Julie said...

Quaker looks lovely, shame about the silks being different. Still not sure about the Mystery ... glad i'm not doing that one LOL

Nice to hear you sound a lot brighter this week, must be all that stash buying
{{hugs}}

Mad Dixie said...

The quaker looks lovely, hopefully Vikki can sort out the dyelot for you, it is a shame that the ones from Jayne don't match

Mad Dixie said...

Sally I've just noticed that I have 1 VC Dragon Blood in my stash not sure about the dyelot, feel free to e-mail me about it if you need it

Michelle said...

You'll love Quaker Garden and Queen of the Needle. I hope that your thread situation gets resolved. Your piece is looking lovely - even with all the issues you're having with it!

Kajsa said...

Oh no, I hope you will find your thread. I'm in the same boat myself at the moment.

Sounds like you got yourself quite a bit of nice new stash.

KarenV said...

Always happy to enable a fellow stitcher! ;)

I'm sorry about the dyelot problems you've had with the thread for the Quaker :( I hope you manage to get something sorted out. I have this kitted up, but I'm going to be doing a multicoloured version, so hopefully I'll have enough thread to finish it.

Heather said...

Oh I love your Christmas Mystery Sally.

Hopefully you can get the silk from Vikki and it looks like it will be a soon finished piece.

Lizzy said...

Oh, dear... I'm sorry about your threads, Sweetie! I do hope Vikki can help! :-) It's such a gorgeous piece!

BB's Quaker Garden is lovely... I have it in my stash and hope to stitch it soon! :-)

{{{Hugs}}}

Jacqui said...

I do like the Little Quaker and I've asked Jayne to keep me a chart when her new shipment arrives. Whether she remembers or not is a different matter. LOL. Thanks for the advice about the thread.

stitcherw said...

Simple little quaker is looking so pretty, you've made great progress. I hope you are able to get the threads in the dye lot that you need, that will be so difficult if you can't with having so much done already. Fingers crossed that the floss comes soon, matches, and you have no more problems with the chart.
Sue