Tuesday, October 29, 2013

The Learning Sampler Part 4

Part 4 of The Learning Sampler has been sent out. This month is mostly cross stitch with one new specialty stitch. Here is my WIP:

Here are some WIP pictures from the group participants on Facebook at various stages:

Cornelia's WIP

Jean's WIP

Lotti's WIP

Marjan's WIP

Mary's WIP

Nicola's WIP

Terri's WIP
I LOVE seeing all the different colours!!

Hope everyone has a very happy and safe Halloween!

Monday, October 14, 2013

New design for the Online Needlework Show

I really can't believe I finished this in time. Thread fiascos, discontined fabric and ridiculous shipping times almost put this off until next  year. The threads I originally ordered took 2 1/2 months to get to me and when they finally did, the dye lots were such that they didn't match up as well as I had hoped. By that time it was already the end of September and I couldn't re-order something else, so I went stash diving and used threads I had on hand, picking colours on the fly. On top of that, the fabric I used for the model, Legacy Linen Oaten Scone has been discontinued. When did I find that out? AFTER I started stitching it. I didn't have time to order something else so I used it anyway, but I did find a near perfect match for it, thankfully. Then earlier this week, with the end in sight, I came down with a bug, which has knocked me on my behind. By yesterday I still had the darkest blue and all the purples to finish stitching and I was ready to give up, but I guzzled copious amounts of coffee and pulled an all-nighter and got the stitching, the charting and instructions finished. As far as my health goes, it probably wasn't a good idea, I feel like garbage again, but it was worth it. If I hadn't managed it I'd have been really bummed.

So without further ado, here is Twisted Band Sampler. :) It's official release is Thursday, October 17, for the Online Needlework Show. It will be listed on the European Cross Stitch page.