Saturday, 16 May 2015

A Sneaky New Start

How has your stitching week been?  I've been stitching up my Threadporn projects, which I'll reveal at the end of the month, but for now here were my thread choices for them. 

For my Hardanger SOTW square, May seemed like a pink month to me for some reason so these were my choices - no hand dyeds again, so they don't count towards my thread totals, but I really love using DMC variations perles for some reason!

May's SOTW thread choices

My freebie project for this month is from Les Chalets des Perelles and I decided to stitch it all in silks as I haven't raided my AVAS stash so far this year, so I chose mainly AVAS, a few HDFs and a Waterlillies silk:

May's Freebie Threadporn Project thread choices
So the stitching is all done, just the finishing to do.........
I also decided to have a sneaky new start on the new SAL taking place over on the Yahoo Stitch Specialists Group, which is exclusive to its members.  It is called Milady's Blossom Garden by Abi Gurden and is a drawn thread band sampler with a new part released each month. 
I decided to crack open my Gloriana stash for this one as I haven't used any yet so far this year.  I still get in the mind set of saving them for a special occasion as they are one of the more expensive brands of silk - but as Operation Threadporn has taught me, there is more joy in using threads than there is in just collecting them :).
So here is my floss toss on good old 32ct white Belfast linen:
Milady's Blossom Garden Materials
Glorianas in Carmine Rose, Birch Brown, Leaf Green and Blythe Green
Dinky Dyes Madi's Rose and a Cascade House yellow silk
And here is Part 1 stitched up:
Milady's Blossom Garden Part 1
I'm looking forward to getting my teeth into the drawn thread work when it appears!
Next week I hope to be in the mood for Hardanger and pick up Confetti so that I can get the last of the squares filled, in preparation for the final mammoth part next month.  I'm thinking next month might be a month of finishes, which means that maybe July could be a month of new starts............
Somewhere along the line this week I passed 10,000 page views, so a big thank you to all of you that stop by and read my ramblings!
Happy Stitching!


  1. beautiful colors ♥ Love your new sal, it is amazing. Wish the bees needlework are on FB, because me and yahoo are not friends... happy stitching

  2. Beautiful colour choices for your new start. X

  3. Loving your thread choices for this month. Your new start is absolutely stunning. Can't wait to watch it grow.

  4. Your thread choices are beautiful.

    Very pretty new start.

  5. Milady's Blossom Garden is gorgeous.I love the DMC variations they enhance any design.

  6. Bee's SAL is just lovely! Your stitching is beautiful.

  7. Beautiful! I love your choices of colours and threads.

  8. Love the new SAL project and your thread choices are just lovely :)

  9. How beautiful--I just love those hearts!

  10. Beautiful start on Blossom Garden! I haven't purchased it yet, still debating, and your colour choices are great. I love the choices for SOTW too and I'll look forward to seeing it soon.

  11. All these beautiful colours for your new starts. I was just like you, I used to save special threads for the special occasion but then I realized that this specila occasion wouldn't come in the future - so I started using them on different projects. And I was happy with my decision.

  12. Milady's Blossom Garden looks beautiful. I can't wait to see the rest of it.

  13. NIce start, lovely colours too. I suppose it's all the blossom on the trees that makes May a pink month.

  14. oh, those Gloriana you picked are so lovely!
    these were the very first silks I ever tried.. holy cocoons!! :D :D love at first sight!
    I can't wait to see the freebie you stitched with AVAS and the variegated Perlé, never tried that one yet.


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