Friday, 29 August 2014

I am..

A Needleworker.

Little House Needleworks Needleworker

32 count Vintage Country Mocha linen

Crescent Colours ( or Classic Colourworks as they are now known )

Started 16th July 2014

Finished 28th August 2014.

I loved every single stitch of this. I made a mistake so my borders are just single rows but I'm very happy with it. The chart is now for sale along with the leftover threads.  I think there may be enougn to stitch it again. Please email me ( email in my profile ) if you are interested :) SOLD

No other finishes but I did have a new start last Saturday . This is Carriage House Samplings Alphabet Sampler from the JCs mag. It's a companion piece to the 1823 Emma Elizabeth Blackwood Sampler. It is stitching up quite quickly.

No progress on June's Honeysuckle this week as I had something else to stitch so I will, hopefully, get something done on that on Sunday. I did make good progress though on Snowy Friends.  Still keeping my fingers crossed that my placement of this is correct but I don't think I'll be frogging it if it isn't! 

I have almost stitched all the wording on Garden Bliss. I am just loving this as it is so pretty and, of course, it means an awful lot to me. I think my Dad would have loved this on display in his house so, hopefully, he is watching me stitch it and smiling.

No Marching Orders this week either as I didn't have much to do Needleworker and wanted to finish it. After that was done, rather than get more stitching out, I decided to see if I could finish knitting the front of my top and here it is! It's not going to be finished this summer but finishing one side has given me some incentive so get on with it but I don't know when!

On Tuesday I spent a lovely day at Gill's caravan again. I took my blanket to knit this time and finished the strip I was working on and started another. Really need to get on if I'm going to have it finished by the end of the year!  We never seem to stop chatting when we get together but we still manage some crafting!

Then on Wednesday I was so excited to have my surrogate sis Lisa visiting for the day. It was so good to have a catch up and do a little stitching. Lisa was stitching a lovely AAN design called Corsetto in red and black silk. It looked stunning.  You're not going to believe what I stitched on! HAED QS Spirit of Winter Robin!  I had a bit of a panic when I picked it up though as I struggled to see the holes and I must admit I'm now worrying that I'm no longer going to be able to stitch on them. Once the Alphabet Sampler is finished I'll bring the Robin into my rotation and see how I get on. It may well have been the light so I'm hoping I do better using my  lamp. Fingers crossed as I really want to finish this one. Also Gill and I have decided to bring our Gelsinger mini Santas out again in October and Lisa is going to join us with hers too :).

A wee while ago I was saying I'd just started to collect Country Cottage Needleworks Cottages of the Month and Heather said she would happy to send me any I didn't have when she had finished stitching them. I felt quite awful as I only had the first two but look what arrived yesterday :). Thank you so much Heather. I'm looking forward to getting started on these hopefully in October then I can display each month next year in place on the Lizzie*Kate ones I've had on display each month for many years! I have promised Heather I will send her something for sending me these :)

On Sunday we went to the Driffield Country Fair. I'm afraid to say I don't think we'll be going again as it wasn't very good. I did snap a few photos and have just quickly sorted these two of Fluffy ( yes he really was called Fluffy!) the Monitor Lizard and Zorro the 8 week old Little Owl :)

I think that's all my news for this time. I may not get a post in next week as my DH is having the week off. Don't think we'll be going out much but we do have the odd job to do at home. First one will be going through boxes in the loft to see if there's anything we can get rid off! Then me and the girls are having our hair cut. New hairdresser as ours is finishing and moving to Tenerife. I've never found choosing a new hairdresser so stressful but Vicki has cut our hair for about 10 years now!

Take care everyone. Looks like summer is back next week here in the UK so enjoy it while it lasts! I've been enjoying the slightly temperatures.

With much love.

Sally xxx


Carol said...

Your Needleworker finish is so pretty, Sally! And I'm excited to see that your Robin HAED will be making an appearance again--I love watching him take shape :)

How lovely of Heather to gift you with the CCN charts--I look forward to seeing them stitched up.

How cute is that baby owl?! What a sweet face he has...

Good luck with your new hairdresser--I've had the same one for 15 years now. Don't know how I'd react if he were to move away!!

Margaret said...

Lovely stitching as always! That HAED Robin design is amazing! Love the pic of the baby owl -- so cute!

Mii Stitch said...

Oooh, Zorro is sooo sweet!!!! I want one :D
Congrats on your Needleworker finish!

Kate said...

Fabulous finish Sally. It's lovely that you've been able to spend time with stitchy friends.

Vickie said...

Neeedleworker is great! I can tell you are truly enjoying Garden Bliss. How extremely generous of Heather! :)

Mary Ann said...

Wonderful finish, Sally, as is all your other stitches!! I was happy to see your Robin come back out--such a lovely piece!

butterfly said...

lovely post Sally always so nice to stitch with friends .

Again your stitching is wonderful .

I know you Dad will be looking down on you and loveing the beautiful saying .

Wonderful photos .

Wishing you a lovely weekend.

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

Oh my goodness I love your Needleworker finish, it is one of my treasured pieces that I have on my wall here at my house :) all your stitching is coming along gangbusters!

Mrs. GraceWorks said...

Beautiful job on Needleworker, Sally! And I like seeing the Mini Robin again. That is such a pretty piece. Wonderful gift from Heather, too! Have a lovely weekend!

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Nice finish on the Needleworker

Undecided about some of your critters

Linda said...

Congrats on the lovely finish Sally. Great progress on all the other projects.


Heather said...

Sally, your stitching turned out beautifully! You're making great progress on your other pieces! Your knitting looks great too!

Enjoy your time with your hubby! We are supposed to warm back up too! I am going to enjoy it while it lasts. We are supposed to have another bad winter.

Kay said...

The Needleworker looks great. I am slowly doing the Country Cottages too, but not necessarily in order just doing them as I feel like. Last year I got May and June done, this year I have done a couple more but July will need some changes to make it less American. x

Annette-California said...

Needleworker turned out so beautiful! Great stitching as always. Winter Robin is stunning.
WOW how sweet of Heather!
love Annette

Hazel said...

Gorgeous stitching Sally! Pleased to see Lisa is still stitching too. Xx

Shirlee said...

Lovely finish & starts my friend, & what a cute baby owl : )

Julie said...

Needleworker looks a super finish.
It's always nice to meet up with friends and craft together.
Dads memory piece is lovely, I have a bird bath in the garden with that saying on, it was a housewarming gift to us from DH's late mum when we moved here almost 30 years ago!

Blu said...

Lovely finish! Your WIPs look great.

Mylene said...

Love your newest finish, beautiful!
Great gifts from Heather!!

Sheryl S. said...

Lovely Needleworker and the robin HAED is gorgeous. Will be watching your progress.

Christine said...

Needleworker is stunning Sally.
Perhaps it is just me but little Zorro creeps me out, I feel like he is staring into my SOUL, and judging me ;D

Karoline said...

Lovely finish, congratulations

Your other projects are looking great, nice to see the robin again.

The owl is very cute!

Andrea said...

Beautiful finishes and your WIPs are coming along too. Love the young owl.

Michelle said...

A lovely finish Sally - I must complete my piece! Lovely photos and as June said your Dad will be looking down on you loving the saying my friend xx

Dani - tkdchick said...

Congrats on your Needleworker finish! I've got this one waiting to be started!

As usual your stitching is just lovely and so nice to see you working on one of your HEADS again.

Justine said...

Hi Sally, you won my giveaway last week! Could you email me with your address, your goodies are packed and ready to go!

Pam in IL said...

Beautiful stitching and knitting! Such a cute little owl.

Brigitte said...

So great that you could finish The Needlworker. And so much progress on your other projects. I always love to see you pull out that beautiful robin. I'm sure it was the lighting that was not good enought for higher counts. I have to stitch with a magnifier myself and it's great with it.
Lucky you that Heather would send you the corrages you didn't have. Enjoy stitching them.