Monday, 3 March 2008

It's Monday-again!

Where do the weeks go?! Hardly seems like 5 minutes since it was Monday last week!

I had a lovely Mother's Day. We watched The DaVinci Code which was quite good but a bit slow at times and Jess didn't like the end bits; she thought it would have been more exciting! It's often the case when you've read the book that the film doesn't quite come up to your expectations. I stitched on HAED QS Girly Gothic and the new Blackbird Designs Loose Feathers so have piccies to show of them. We had a takeaway for tea so no work for me, other than some washing! Lol!

So I stitched on HAED QS Girly Gothic for most of the week and managed about 1600 stitches on her. I'm really pleased with how she is looking. As with all HAEDs it doesn't look much when you look at it close up but when you hold it at arms length you can really see it coming together. So here she is!

Friday was the start of the Blackbird Designs Yahoo group SAL. This is my first ever Blackbird Designs so I was eager to join in with the SAL. We are stitching the new Loose Feathers design Where My Heart Blooms which is gorgeous. I decided to stitch mine on the suggested fabric ;30 count RR Korty's Special Blend. You may remember I thought this fabric was a little strange! Lol! Well I have to admit that it is just lovely to stitch on so I am going to enjoy this project very much! I stitched part of the roof Friday afternoon only to find that I'd used the wrong colour! As it was the colour I used, GAST Mulberry, and the colour I should have used, GAST Gingersnap, are very similar so I have left it as it is. I stitched more on Friday evening then again last night so have got quite a bit stitched up.

The fabricsI tried dying with tea and coffee are drying at the moment but I don't think I've got the effect I was after. The tea is definitely too dark ( I think I used too many teabags! ) and I have a lighter and a slightly darker in the coffee ones but I don't have a vintage, mottled effect like I wanted. I scrunched it up really well before I put it in the coffee so not sure what I've done wrong. I could keep at this for weeks and not get the effect I want so I may just have to resign myself to buying some:(

Helen is back from her holiday so we'll be back to Just Nan Queen of the Needle tonight. I'm eager to get back to it as I've really missed stitching on it. It would be nice to have it finished for the end of March but we'll see! As usual Tuesday will be Ink Circles Sea Stars with Karen then the rest of the week it'll be Chatelaine Spring Morning but I may have a break from that on Friday and stitch more on Where My Heart Blooms!

Have a great week everyone and stay safe from these high winds we keep getting here in the UK. I'm going to catch up on blog reading as I haven't done a few days.



Andrea said...

You're making great progress on your WIPs.

Dawn said...

Girly Gothic looks fabulous!!

Karan said...

GG is looking great & nice start on the BD too, look forward to watching it develop.
Ooo can't wait to see QOTN again! :0)

Michele said...

love your wips! I feel the same today .. can't believe it's monday again! lol

Karen said...

your wip's look great , not sure how much I will get done on ss tomorrow lol I am working part of the day

Kim said...

I am in complete awe of your work. "Girly Gothic" is truly amazing! You are so skilled.

Sachiko said...

Gougeous your WIPs!
She has impressive face.Nice hair style.
I like dye at fabric.I useing coffee,tea,too.

Dawn said...

I can't believe how well girly gothic is coming on, you seem to have got lots done since last update!

Where my heart blooms is coming on nicely too!

I am sure your hand-dyed fabbie will be good for something else even if it is not the effect you wanted for a certain project!

Rachael said...

Girly gothic looks stunning,
I haven't seen Da vinci as I want to read the book first :D
I haven't tried dying fabric yet but would love to try, so will love to see how you do!

Ranae said...

I just love how Girly Gothic is coming along.
Nice start on the BBD, I should start mine.
Inspire me!! Sally!
Yikes!! I once finished stitching a design and then tea-dyed it. It came out o.k.
To get the mottled effect, I dab in certain spots, let it dry and dab again until it satisfies me.
Take Care!!

Julie said...

WOW you have been busy, GG looks great.
QOTN again... YAY!!! lol

Novice Stitcher said...

I'm glad you had such a nice Mother's Day. I know what you mean about DaVinci Code being slow in spots. I liked the book much better. Your Girly Gothic is terrific!

tkdchick said...

YOur HAED is impressive! Your new wip looks lovely.

I've heard with coffee dying if you want darker spots to actually rub some of the wet grinds on your fabric.

Or you can try spraying with a spray bottle!

Solstitches said...

I love Blackbird Designs.
Where My Heart Blooms is one of my favourites but then I say that about each and every new one that comes out LOL. You've made a great start and I look forward to seeing more.
Your Girly Gothic is looking good as well.

Michelle said...

Have fun with your SAL ~ I love Blackbird designs. Happy Mother's Day too!


Sam said...

Girly Gothic is looking fabulous Sally! Nice start on the Loose Feathers too.

Michelle said...

Ooh, both pieces look beautiful! Love them!

Wanda said...

Blackbird Designs is looking good! I have been doing some reading on making things primitive I've read placing them in a warm oven (with careful monitoring) will darken them up more and using walnut crystal solution sprayed on will darken it up pretty good.