First up July's SOTW Hardanger design by Mabel Figworthy. I chose another unusual colour combination, until you actually stitch with a thread it's hard to know how the colour variation will stitch out. I'm quite pleased with the results and who knew how easy it is to add beads to hardanger:
A slightly more summery feel to my chosen freebie for this month, a design by The Snowflower Diaries, who incidentally posted a new freebie design to her blog this past week. For this one I chose a OOAK hand painted sea effect jobelan that Sam from Chromatic Alchemy very kindly gifted to me last year along with cottons and silks from Nina's Threads that Chiara gifted to me via her Enigma (it has just occurred to me that I really should have used this finish for a Gifted Gorgeousness post..........muppet!):
Yes I know, epic fail on the finishing front but I'm just not in the mood for it at the moment. If I force it, everything will just get finished for the sake of it into pillows or something easy that I can do - I have better ideas, just lacking the inclination at the moment :).
I am ecstatic to report that I have this month hit the magic number as far as thread usage percentage is concerned - probably helped out by the lack of thread buying going on here at the moment! Here are the monthly totals to date:
Percentage of hand dyed thread stash used to date: 15.51%
Number of different stitches used to date: 48
Number of finishes to date: 24 (9 of which are FFOs)
So seven months in and my target of 15% has been reached! Maybe I could reach 20% by the end of the year - but a thread binge could strike at anytime.......vigilance must be maintained!
In other stitching activities this past week, I've put in few stitches on Sleeping Beauty by The Primitive Hare - she is no longer levitating:
I also completed Part 4 of Milady's Blossom Garden by Abi Gurden which came out on Sunday:
Loved stitching the drawn thread bands with all those coral knots!
Hoping I can stitch a word or two on my L*K before the month is out and then 1st August sees the release of the final block for Box of Delights!