Sunday, 28 February 2010

Peacock TapestryUpdate

I have managed to stick to my target and completed the backstitching and leaves on the middle sheets apart from a bit of backstitching at the very top on the left. Those who know the design will see that I have actually started on the top left hand sheet. The Wool Gatherer is getting closer. Because I have been giving most of my time to this I have only been sewing for Yoyo's Christmas SAL. There are two photographs the first showing the work before a rollup and the second following the second rollup. There are hours of stitching between the two and so little to show for it. My next target is to finish the lower left hand branch and do some of the peacock's body. Wish me luck. Happy stitching to fellow UFOers.

Zentangle is finished!

Zentangle is finished! I put the last few stitches into it last night, and now it's ready for framing.

As you can see, I decided to turn the design on the side (East-West). It didn't look balanced in the North-South orientation. Must be a mis-count somewhere in there!

The frame is just resting on top of the finished stitching. I've got to get some mat board and get it laced this week so that I can hang it!

There have been some requests to post the link for the German Marquoir Group. Here it is:

So what will the next UFO be? I don't know yet, but I have all day to pick one! I'll post a before photo as soon as I pick it.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Slowly, Slowly.

Here's my update. At least there is some progress. Nothing spectacular though. Must be very honest I am not enjoying this. Perhaps it'll get better in a while. I have had my grandchildren to stay so I could say that's why progress is slow but really it's because I'm frustrated with the thread. It's dreadful. The kit says it comes with DMC or ALTERNATIVE. I think I've got the latter as it keeps shedding and looking dull. Still chin up and keep on regardless.

Happy stitching to all you UFO'ers sure your progress will be better than mine.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Newbie with a Christmas Sampler.

This is my UFO. A recent UFO really... as I only started it August 2009, but it's my first real big project and I am finding it hard going, just because of it's size, even though it should be quite easy because of all the little pictures in it. Plus I have far too many other hobbies... papercraft cardmaking, scrapbooking, crochet... but this one has been on my "To Do" list ever since I bought the book a few years ago.

The design is from a book by Donna Kooler, 555 Christmas Cross Stitch Designs.

So... I'm intending to get one of the little pictures completed each month, or at least half of one.
This is how far I've got at the moment.

Thanks for accepting me on the blog x


Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Peacock Tapestry another update.

I have been working steadily on the tapestry and at last seem to be seeing some progress. I still keep making occasional errors by miss-counting from a quarter stitch. Yesterday I even frogged something which was right. Oh dear!
As I said in my blog my next target is to complete the leaves beneath the branch to the left of the peacock. I also need to start on the peacock's wing but it is too much of a stretch at the moment so I have to wait until I wind the fabric down. My new side clamp arrived from Lowery Workstations this morning so after a visit to the shop I will take my original corner clamp off and try the new one. I have had my workstation so long it was only made with a corner clamp originally.
Buying the Wool Gatherer has certainly given me the incentive to get this finished. I hope other UFOers are continuing to make progress with theirs. Happy stitching everyone.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

St. George and Dragon 1/31

St. George is still alive and well. I got caught up in Christmas stitching but I think I'm back on track again. I just spent some time going back over your posts. My goodness your progress is wonderful. Some of you just stitch so fast. And of course, they are so beautiful. I especially enjoyed the 'finishes', Congratulations to each of you, you worked hard and you deserve a big hand.

BEFORE September 15, 2009

AFTER January 31, 2010

St. George & the Dragon (started July 1996 - UFO)
Donna Vermillion Giampa
28 ct beige unknown evenweave, suggested fibers

I have finished the lower wing and am on the way to the last leg/claw and a bit of the neck that's still missing. I just noticed this picture isn't actually the most recent. I have actually turned the corner on the left hand border which doesn't show in this photo, grrrrr. Anyway, the leg, then just a quick run across the bottom border. The end is close now, yipee!! Thanks for looking.


One stitch at a time,

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Wednesday, 3 February 2010

HAED Update

Morning all..........Right, it's been a good month since I posted. I had decided to work on a Dimensions UFO called Who's Watching Whom but I had no enthusiasm for it at all. I managed about 3 stitches before I just shelved it. I know the idea is to complete those kinds of UFO's but it just wasn't doing it for me & thats just a waste of good stitching time!

I decided to go back to my HAED Dragon Riders. This was started in July 2007 I love it, I have a space on my wall all picked out for it. It became a UFO as apart from working full time in my shop I was stitching it on 25ct over one & progress was very slow, maybe I'm just getting old but it was too much & I like to design too much for it to just get forgotten about. DH bought me some new fabric for it, a much more suitable 18ct aida :-)

The first picture is how far I managed to get stitched back in 2007 (I know.. not much at all!) & the second picture is what I've done over the last couple of weeks. I'd hoped to be posting a picture if a finished page one but not quite. I intend stitching on it for at least a week each month, if not more.

Happy Stitching :-)

Monday, 1 February 2010


Here's the UFO I decided to pull out of the pile to start working on: Zentangle. This was a project I started this fall with the German Marquoir Yahoo group. I made great progress--stitching 9 of the 11 installments, and then the holidays came, the project got tucked into a drawer, and you know the rest...

I'll be stitching on this during my lunchtime every weekday, and I hope to have it finished by the end of February.

distributed by the German Marquoir Yahoo Group
with the permission of the designer
35 count linen
HDF silk floss, 2 over 2

Break time on the move.

I have been reasonably busy with this one and managed to do more of it than I thought I would be able too. I'm trying to make it more interesting for myself by doing different colour areas to break it up.
I'm hoping to get the first section of it finished soon and then I'll feel as if I'd made some headway.
Still haven't got a clue what to do with it.
Perhaps it's wishful thinking but I already have an idea what my next UFO will be.