Friday, 17 February 2017

Birthday Gift For Barb

Hello again. I know it's been a couple of weeks but, to be honest, it wasn't worth me posting as I didn't have much to show. My dear friend Barb had a birthday coming up and I had decided before Christmas what I was going to stitch for her and when I started it in January I thought I had plenty of time to stitch it. Of course I didn't realise just how much stitching there was so I ended up eventually dropping just about everything else except for my Monday SAL with Barb and I was still stitching on our sheepy SAL on a Friday as well as it was sheep I was stitching for Barb! I am so happy to say that Barb loves her gift ( and to be honest so do I!!!). So let me show you what I stitched for her.

Hands on Design Wool Block Party

28 count Zweigert cashel Smokey Pearl linen


Started 20th January 2017

Finished 12th February 2017

Birthday gift for Barb.

This was just so nice to stitch and I am just delighted with how it turned out. I always get a bit stressed and panic when deciding on what to stitch for gifts so it's lovely when the recipients really love them.

A couple of weeks ago I managed to get page 3 of SK A Dragon's History finished and gridded the final partial page ready for when I pick it up again ( hopefully tomorrow evening). If things go to plan I should have this and Mini Jolly Old Fellow finished this year!

Although the page I'm stitching on Mini Jolly Old Fellow seems to be taking forever! I know I will get there in the end but I'm getting a little frustrated!

Last night I finally got Sotto La Neve out again. It hasn't seen the light of day since before Christmas so this is another one that needs to get finished. I must admit I am dreading stitching all the snow on the trees, the ground and the falling snow! I can't seem to get a good photo of this one today so please excuse the crappy photo.

Final WIP is Winter which is my Monday night SAL with Barb. I am loving this piece so much. It's such a fun piece to stitch. 

I have a few new starts in the pipeline. This evening is sheepy SAL with Barb so I've kitted Just Nan Lorelei Lamb to start. Chris gifted me the chart for my birthday in 2015. I'm looking forward to stitching it and hope that when I make it up it actually looks like a lamb! I kitted The Magic by L'Atelier Perdu back at the end of November with the intention of stitching it in December but it didn't happen. So I'm hoping to start that at some point as well. So much stash to stitch!

As you may well know I am doing stitch from stash through a group on Facebook. Last month I only spent 32 p on a DMC thread that I needed ( local shop is selling them off ) but this month I have spent a little more. I am not feeling too guilty as I am within my monthly budget plus I had finishes that I had credit for. Anyway I bought 2 Stitchers Anon charts as Gaynor is closing her Etsy shop on 1st March and I couldn't miss getting parts 2 and 3 of Holmsey Hare's Winter Wonderland. I got part 1 when Gaynor  had it up for free on her Facebook page a while ago. I definitely won't be having too many purchases this year as I am determined. 

That's all my stitching news for now. I hope I'll be back sooner than I was this time!!!

Until next time.

With much love.

Sally xxx


Vickie said...

Barb's birthday gift is very special and perfect for her! You should make yourself one! :D

Clare - Aimetu said...

Beautiful stitching and what a super gift for Barb :)

Maggee said...

You did a great job on the Hands on Designs piece! I made a different one for a friend last year...It was kind of fiddly to put together, wasn't it? But they look so pretty in the end! You've made great progress on A Dragon's History, the Jolly Old Fellow, Sotto La Neve... I know just what you mean about stitching snow...sometimes white floss is not my friend! And the SAL with Barb of Winter is coming along nicely too! Despite what you think, you get plenty of stitching done. Hugs!

Manuela said...

Lovely birhtday gift for Barb.
Wonderful progress on your WIP's.
Happy Weekend.

Christina said...

Oh Sally, I love everything about Barb's gift - the sheep, the beautiful linen (smokey pearl? What's not to love?!) and the pretty colours. You must be so pleased with your finish. I don't know how you managed to give it away! Lol.

Linda said...

Barb's gift is stunning Sally. Nice progress on all of your other projects.


butterfly said...

Beautiful gift to Barb, i know she will really love it , such a lovely design and finish.
I stitched a bee one with this finish some time ago and yes it does take a long time to finish.

Brigitte said...

Oh my Sally, such a gorgeous birthday gift for Barb. Very special!
You made great progress on your WIPs. Particularly the Santa has seen a lot of attention.
Looking forward to seeing all the things you pull out from your stash.

Mii Stitch said...

Absolutely love the block finish you made for Barb's birthday! Looks really cool.
Great progress on all the other WIPs.

Kay said...

Barb's present is delightful, I love that each side is different. x

Justine said...

What a beautiful gift for Barb! There's a lot of stitching in it too, I can see why you had to drop everything else!

Lovely progress on your HAEDS and other projects, you have some lovely things on the go.

Now I'm off to check out Gaynor's etsy shop before it closes!

Christine said...

The gift for Barb is absolutely gorgeous! Great work on your WIPs too

Barb said...

Whoop Whoop, I have another Sally stitcherie in my collection, it is just fabulous and just sooooo me. Sally you know me too well thankyou for taking the time I know it takes to make something that is special. Can you tell I love it. I hope to get a post done this weekend so it will feature in that too. Love your stitching progress , just almost finished N so I think we are in about the same place,as we are both going in different directions. See you Monday with Winter. Hugs and love,

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

A great selection of stitching. I love your birthday gift for Barb.

Babs said...

A lovely gift and nice stitching on your haeds :)

Julie said...

Perfect gift for Barb, stitched and finished so beautifully.

Andrea said...

Great WIPs. Your gift for Barb is gorgeous, I love it!

Katie said...

Oh I love that piece. I've seen those block designs. How neat!! I have a few on my wishlist. What a fantastic gift. Your other WIPs look fantastic. Good luck with your new starts.

Cindy's Stitching said...

What a nice finish.

Penny said...

What a beautiful gift you made for Barb! Love seeing the updates on your dragon and Santa -- you are so close to a finish on Santa. : )