I love Michelle's threads and they will always hold a special place in my heart, not least because she named one of her limited editions with me in mind last year lol! I still have a few in her Solos and Tie Dye line that I would like to add to my collection and I'm pretty sure some more perles will be making an appearance in my stash at some point. I've got several kitted designs that I've chosen Jodyri Threads for, including The Drawn Thread's Butterfly Garden which I can't wait to start - so plenty of Jodyri stitching going on instead of just Jodyri stashing :).
Anyway this brings me to my stash report for the month. I'm actually quite pleased with how little I've been stashing compared to previous months - the sister stash method seems to be working for me! Here are my purchases for the month: my Jodyri threads, a hoop seat frame and a goldwork book!
I never thought I would be the owner of a seat frame! I know that some stitchers use them for cross stitch, but for the most part I use scroll frames as I like the entire width of my fabric to be stretched. Also in the past I've stitched mostly larger designs and just could not be bothered to keep moving a hoop around all the time and creasing up my fabric (the same reason why I've never used Q Snaps). For my smalls I use a hoop that the entire design fits in, but I've never felt the need for a stand......until I began my goldwork. It is very hard to couch metal threads with just one hand! You need both hands free and so all of a sudden the seat frame became a must have and essential tool. Funny how things change, so never say never!
I absolutely adore the goldwork book. It is everything I hoped for, especially as I have been patiently waiting for it to be published for months! A review of the book can be found on Mary Corbet's website if you are interested. I can see a few more in this A-Z series being added to my needlework book collection - probably Crewel, Stumpwork, Embroidery Stitches 1 & 2, Needlepoint and possibly Ribbon Embroidery when it is published in September. Every page is jam packed full of step by step photographs and full of inspiration (I've had them all out of the library at some point so know exactly how useful each will be, I don't think I have ever bought a book "blind"!).
I've been working on Confetti of Hardanger and Jodyri Butterfly Quote and have almost reached my "goal point" on both for the month so will be back with a WIP round up in the next few days. Part 2 of Milady's Blossom Garden came out yesterday so I expect that may get stitched up too, especially seeing as we have ANOTHER Bank Holiday weekend in the UK.......