Monday, 1 February 2016

More of the same........

As predicted, stitching time continues to be significantly less and time for blogging even more so, hence the lack of posts in January.  To be honest, I've been working on the same four projects all month so it would only have been a case of more of the same, so maybe a monthly post is better lol!

The majority of my stitching time for January was weekend stitching or the odd hour or two grabbed before I leave the house at 7.30am - thankfully the pieces I picked to start off the year are nice and easy for early morning stitching!  Considering these pieces of fabric were all blank at the start of the month, I don't think I've done too badly, though I am missing working on more challenging pieces, so I may tweak my "rotation" a bit when these WIPs turn into finishes.

Anyway, without further ado, here is my progress for January!

Firstly QS Lady Bug, such a fast stitch this one and I'm sure I'll have a finish in February!  All the surrounding foliage you see in the picture below was a Sunday afternoon's worth of stitching whilst streaming The X-Files - hurrah for tent stitch!

HAED QS Lady Bug WIP 3
This is how far an entire skein on Anchor 403 will get you!

Next up is Flowers of the Field by Eileen Bennett, I got up to part 2 (of 3) this month, again a great design to pick up when time is short as you can stitch a band or two and see the progress immediately.
Flowers of the Field Closeup
Over 1 lettering on 32ct and tweeded French knots!
Flowers of the Field Parts 1 & 2

Berthe Massiet didn't quite make it to her second turn in the "rotation", but I still managed to chip away at her and complete 1 (of 6) pages:
Berthe Massiet WIP 2

Lastly Cinderella, which I very much expect will take me the longest to finish as I think to make any sort of progress she needs to be a weekend stitch:

Cinderella WIP 3
I've just downloaded Mabel's February RIC SAL chart, so although I won't get to it until later in the week, at least I can think about colours and it will make a nice change from cross stitch.
I'm thinking that once these four are finished, I will reduce the amount of WIPs I have on the go to a weekday piece and a weekend piece - with the weekend piece providing me with a bit more of a challenge.  I've got my eye on some new hardanger designs and a Ukrainian whitework piece so I may well treat myself to some new patterns to start once these four are completed.
Happy Stitching!


  1. Wow I'm seeing fantastic stitches
    Many compliments

  2. That's a good amount of progress considering you have had less stitching time. Love the Ladybird and Cinderella fabrics. :)

  3. Beautiful stitching & progress :)

  4. those tweeted French knots! how sweet!
    BM's colours are just perfection - and I must say you got A LOT done no matter how little time you had. I hope we can both get more stitching hours this month, but as far as I am concerned it all depends on when I'll finish the book I'm reading ;)

  5. I really like the fabrics you've picked. I think I've bought one hand dyed fabric ever lol. I can't wait to see what new whitework pieces you'll be starting. I love whitework :D

  6. The ladybug is looking great and I love Flowers of the Fields.
    I also know the Cinderella design will be lovely when she is finished!

  7. I love your ladybug - it's so effective on that gorgeous fabric!
    Great goals at the end of your post. I really like the idea of a weekday and weekend project and may have to "borrow" it!

  8. Wow great progress on everything! I love Cinderella and the lady bug :)

  9. Beautiful stitching! Can't wait to see your progress :D

  10. I'm sorry you're not getting as much stitchy time as you used to. I hope whatever else it is you are doing is worth the sacrifice! Your stitching is gorgeous and inspirational as always. Were you streaming the new series of the X Files or old ones? I can't wait to see the new series.

  11. Lovely progress on all 4! Such fun fabrics and threads on each.

  12. Your rotation seems to work fine - you have some nice progress on these pieces. And they look so so good. Makes me want to go straight to my stitching couch, pull out a WIP and stitch on it. :)


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