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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WIP Wednesday

On social media I've been participating lately in WIP Wednesday and I thought why not bring it over to Blogland?

Since I started my holidays back at the end of July I haven't been able to put Cirque Des Coeurs back down!  I've been back to work for two weeks away and I don't have the "heart" to put it away!

So here it is at the start of my holidays.

Progress just over a month later.

I'm loving this project, I'm stitching it on my favourite fabric with my favourite floss!  I'm using Queen Ann's Lace Joblean (32ct) and DMC 115.

I do have pictures from my summer travels but I've got so many to sort through it may be awhile before I can share them with you.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Lizzie*Kate Travelling Pattern, The Next Stitcher Is...

Sorry its been a longer break than I intended after my holidays!  I've just been so into my stitching lately that I haven't wanted to put it down to blog and get you folks all caught up on my summer happenings!

First of all I did a giveaway for this chart just before my holidays...

Only three people indicated they'd like to stitch it.  The next stitcher is Bonnie!  As it happens I'll be seeing Bonnie this upcoming weekend in person so I'll pass it to her by hand!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

PhotoHunt - Curse

This week's PhotoHunt theme is "Curse"

Sometimes I swear if my cats could speak they would curse at me.  This picture just screams Eff Off!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Travelling Pattern... The Pattern That Travels With ME!

There has been an awful lot of chatter about travelling patterns on my blog lately.  Today's entry is about a different kind of travelling pattern... one that is going on the road with me!

By the time you're reading this I'm working my way through security and customs at the airport, I'm on my way to the Charleston, S.C. area!

I'm excited not only to see my BFF from high school, Claire but the new man in her life, Zachary! The little man I stitched up Teresa Wentzler's Birth Announcement for.

I've decided while I travel this summer (I have more than one trip planned), I'm going to work on just one project.  Last summer I worked on Ink Cirlces Cirque des Circles so this summer its going to be Cirque des Coeurs.  One colour projects are just so much easier while on the plane or in the car.  I made a small start on it back in February when I was flying to the DR and haven't touched it since.  We'll see how far I get on this first trip... I've got a lot of stitching time, as I'm going to be stuck at the airport in Detroit for over 5 hours!  When I booked my flight, initially I had a barely 2 hour layover but Delta decided to change my departure time from 9:30am to 7:00am and since this is not a domestic flight, I need to be at the airport 2 hours early, which means 5:00am!  I've got to get up at stupid, dark, o'clock since the airport isn't right around the corner!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Long Awaited Happy Dance

This is a long awaited Happy Dance!  Every New Year's Day a group of my "local" (Eastern Ontario) stitching friends and I start a new project and its always a stitch-a-long.  Sometimes its a paticular chart, sometimes a specific designer, and every now and then a theme.  We have a get together every Labour Day long weekend at Kathy's and this is where we discuss/decide/dictate what the SAL piece is going to be on New Year's Day.

 Stitching Row
c2010 Bent Creek
Stitched on: 28ct Moon Princess Jubilee
Stitched with: GAST, Carrie's Creations, WDW, and Kreinik

On January 1, 2014 many of the members of the "Travelling Stitcherhood" as we have dubbed ourselves started Bent Creek's Stitching Row.  I of course then got wrapped up in other projects and ignored it until this past weekend where I managed to finish it very quickly!

I just love this piece and I had so much fun picking custom colours for this one as Bent Creek's version was just so ... ahem... my apologies... dull!

I of course needed to bling it up and the swirls were perfect for that!  I also love the touch of Krenik I used to sew on the button for the letter "O".

There's so many great little stitching details on this piece, from skeins of floss, needle and thread, and a lovely pair of scissors with a cute strawberry fob.  I also stitched the letter "D" in a different colour from the most of the letters for my first name "Danielle"

If you're thinking about stitching this piece, pull out the chart, don't be afraid to play with your stash of threads and be creative!  Though everyone accuses me of being a fast stitcher it is a great quick stitch!  When framed this is going to look great on my wall of stitching related pieces!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Travelling Pattern Ready For Its New Home... Travelling Pattern Ready To Give Away!

Remember this great finish from last week?  Little House Needleworks Summer Garden, which is a travelling pattern!

Its Monday and it was time to pick the next stitcher.  Many thanks to my friends at, that choice was made!  The next blogging stitcher is: Sally of Stitchyangel's Treasures!  I know this chart is sooo Sally's style as I've been reading her blog for a few years now.  I'm very happy to be sending it off to her!  This chart that came from France will be making its way back across the pond shortly this time to England!

A few days ago I finished up the other travelling pattern that I had in my possession!  This one came from Mouse in England!

Friends are Like Angels
Stitched on: 28ct Dried Thyme Joblean
Stitched with : GAST and NPI, Mill Hill Beads

This one was a joy to stitch!  Though I love complicated designs, I enjoy the colourful, fun designs from Lizzie*Kate as well!  I used a combination of the threads called for, and when I didn't have them I subbed from my stash.

So this travelling pattern is now ready to move on!!!  Leave a comment here stating that you'd like to be the next stitcher and I'll randomly select someone to be the next stitcher!  The only thing is you must be an active blogger, and that if your e-mail account isn't linked to your Blogger profile please leave an e-mail address so I can contact you.  The deadline to throw your name in the hat is Tuesday July 29th.  I'll be posting the winner on my return from Charleston on Wednesday July 30th!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

No More French Knots!

I've seen a lot of discussion lately primarily on Facebook about French Knots and how they are the Devil.  Actually just how difficult they are, that they're never consistent, flop around or pull right through your fabric.  Many, many, many years ago (like 2001 or so) I took a class from Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams and she taught us how to make Colonial Knots.  Since then I've never looked back!

I know some of you out there have actually mastered the French Knot and I envy you and you're a stitching Goddess (God).  For the rest of us, this knot is just easier.  I do sometimes replace with beads cause that bit of bling is nice... but some designs just call for the rustic look of a knot.

I found out about this video (thanks Bonnie) by Jennifer teaching this technique and I wanted to share it with you.  If you have trouble with French Knots check this out.  Or ask your stitching friends, at your LNS or other stitchers.  I know someone out there will be more than happy to sit down with you and teach you.  I've done it many times over the years!  I once even sat down and taught Teresa Wentzler, the Queen of Blended Threads (and quarter stitches)!

Here's a closeup of the Colonial Knots I did on my latest Happy Dance, Summer Garden.