Stitching Update

Morning Bloggers!

Hope you all had the Christmas you wanted and spent in the company of those near and dear to you.

Christmas here was a busy, cheery, loud and exciting day. It started in the wee hours of the morning and ended very late on Christmas night but with 8 very happy and tired children and life really doesn’t get any better than that!

Yesterday I got round to picking up my needle to do some stitching, I wasn’t in the mood much for stitching on LHN’s Elizabeth Hancock so I tidied it away and took out the Beds of Roses Sampler by Terry Loewen that is going to be part of the Turtle Trot SAL.

This is a pattern I came across on a blog some two years ago, it was a free pattern and I hunted it down and printed it out and it has been in my to do pile from then with fabric and thread. I can’t seem to find an image online of it and the one on the pattern is all blurry so this is going to have to be a project you watch grow and come about!

I’m stitching this on 32count raw linen, this is one of the rare times I’ve used this fabric and I was a little unsure of it but now that I’ve started its just perfect for it. It is a sampler stitched in just one colour so I chose a Belle Soie silk in strawberry shortcake.

This is progress made after one evening

Beds of Roses Sampler by Terry Loewen

I’ve had a change about on the blog with a new background and I’ve changed some of the challenges for next year, I’ve taken away folder folly and replaced it with a reading challenge I want to do. I miss reading and this past year found it difficult to get the time so I’m hoping to do much better on that and with two or three stitching challenges already in place I figured I had enough of those. I’d be interested in hearing if you have any reading challenges for next year ?

I’ve added tabs at the top for two other SAL’s, one being theme-a-licious and the other an ornament sal, I’ll be taking part in these for some of the months next year and if I can manage a month or two I’ll consider that a success, there are links back to the original blogs in the tabs if you want to check them out.

My Elizabeth Simon pattern arrived and I’m sorting out some fabric for it now. I will most likely be stitching it in DMC threads as I have the full collection of threads so its just a matter of getting fabric sorted, I’m thinking of using an antique gold linen or antique white or ivory, these are my favourite shades of linen so we will see and I should have an update on that soon.

Sunday’s post for year of projects in my knitting will most likely be the last post of the year but in case you don’t read those ones, I’d like to wish all my readers the very best for 2013, may be it healthy and happy and as trouble free as possible.

Happy Stitching,

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6 Responses to Stitching Update

  1. Linda says:

    Great new start Ruth.Happy New YearLinda

  2. Kepanie says:

    You, Ruth, are such an expert mum! To be able to get crafting done with a new babe in the fold? You don't sound tired nor worn out like I was with my last one.I haven't cross stitched much but I love how you use this raw linen and the effect it has on the images.

  3. Glad you had a lovely Christmas Ruth!What a great new start!Hope you all have a Happy New Year!

  4. Nicola says:

    Happy New Year dear friend. I wish the New year brings you lots of happiness and joy. May God shower his abundant blessings upon you all year round.

  5. SoCal Debbie says:

    You've made a great start on Beds of Roses sampler. I don't mind that you can't find a photo of it. It will be that much more of a mystery as we watch it come to life!

  6. That's a nice start, it'll be a mystery sampler for us!My friend Topcho has done a ton of reading challenges this year. I'm sure there'll be one there that appeals to you. Here's her blog-

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