Monday, 26 February 2018

Connie Design Back Stitch SAL - February 2018

Just finished the second part of Connie Gee Design SAL 2018-2019. I am really enjoying this SAL as it is very easy and quick and, I need to say, I love backstitch. I have the third part ready to go and can’t wait to receive the fourth part.

I like the result of the two parts together.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Small SALs 2018 - February Check In

This month I stitched a design from Vervaco, a four-leaves clover symbol of good luck. It is stitched in different shades of green over Aida yellow 14 count. The back stitched letters of “Good Luck” are made in very dark brown colour. I chose a green fabric for the back of the sachet and a green ribbon.

Comments are welcome. Good Luck!!!!!!

Thursday, 22 February 2018

The Blogger Behind...... Lord Libidan

Lord Libidan is a cross stitch designer. His designs are very contemporary and it is not very common to find designs of the style Lord Libidan does. He published in his blog Lord Libidan where he publishes very interesting articles which can teach you a lot about cross stitch art. One of my favourite is the story of the needles, not very easy to find the information. He has also published more than 500 free patterns designed by himself related with video-games, TV  and anime. I especially love the Pokemon serie. But let’s know Lord Libidan a bit more.

  1. Why did you start writing this blog?
I first created my blog to show off my own cross stitch, however as time moved on I realised there wasn’t many places answering the questions cross stitchers had.

  1. What is this blog about?
Cross stitch. We offer guides, reviews, free patterns and roundups of great cross stitch, focusing on a contemporary and modern feel.

  1. In what environment do you write your blog?
I tend to throw ideas around my head whilst driving, however once I have a good title/topic I write in my lunch times at work. It’s a very corporate atmosphere, so I like how I can concentrate all of my creativity on my writing.

  1. Who do you think would love to read your blog?
Anyone that likes embroidery and cross stitch. We answer questions, give tips and work with the community.

  1. Why should people follow your blog?
Unlike a lot of craft blogs, we make sure we create content you’ll want to read. We only feature curated content and answer questions every stitcher might need answering.

  1. How and when did you start crafting?
Back in 2009 I picked up a small cross stitch highland cow kit to fill my summer holiday (it was a typically wet English summer). From that point on I’ve been hooked. I moved onto creating my own patterns and designs in 2011.

  1. How often do you craft?
I tend to stitch every day, even if it’s only 10 minutes (you can start and stop cross stitch without issue). On weekends I tend to spend more time on it.

  1. Where do you get inspiration?
I tend to get a lot of inspiration from art works. I visit a lot of galleries and museums, and like to take an existing artwork and change it up to fit my style and theme.

  1. Why do you craft? How did you learn?
I’ve always been artistic, however I’ve lacked the devotion to draw or paint. I started working on pixel art a long time ago, and whilst I gave it up, cross stitch uses a lot of the same skills to create patterns.
People mainly cross stitch to de-stress, however I much prefer to run the stress away. Instead I cross stitch to forget about work, deadlines, and other boring things.

  1. What do you do when you are suffering a creative block to unblock?
The worst thing you can do when you’re in a creative block, is think about the block. I put cross stitch down and do something else; watch movies, play games, go out with friends. After a while I’ll see something and suddenly the creative block is gone.

  1. What are the crafting tools that you cannot live without?
Organisation. Whilst tools help you LOADS, being able to just pull the right thing out at the right time is a massive help. I organise everything, from needles in size tubes to threads on skeins, to aida fabric in boxes.

Thank you very much, Lord Libidan, for letting us know a bit more about you. I am sure people will enjoy your job as much as I do and I can promise I am going to make some of your Pokemon designs……..

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Hooties Days of Christmas - Day 1

I can guess most of people in UK know the song 12 Days of Christmas. For people who don’t know, “the Twelve Days of Christmas” is an english Christmas carol that enumerate in the manner of a cumulative song a series of increasingly grand gifts given on each of the 12 days of Christmas (starting on the Christmas Day).

I am going to participate this year in Christmas Ornie SAL and my choice for that SAL is “the 12 days of Christmas” option. The design I am stitching is "Hooties Days of Christmas" from PinoyStitch bought in Etsy. I chose a pale grey Aida 18 count fabric with the original colours threads given in the chart by DMC.

I am a bit delayed because I am doing the first owl in February when it was due on January, the choice of the pattern wasn’t easy, but I will try to catch up……

On the first day of Christmas
my true love sent to me

A Partridge on a Pear Tree.

Monday, 19 February 2018

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW) - February

I recently discovered the International Hermit and Stitching Weekend (IHSW). It is a very interesting blog sign-up. IHSW takes place every third full weekend of each month from Friday to Sunday. To participate, you only need to become an hermit that weekend, sit in your stitching corner and stitch during all the weekend (ok, you can also, cook, eat, sleep,....). Then, next Monday or Tuesday you show all what you did in the weekend, from a big advance in a project up to few stitches in other.

This is the first time I am going to participate and I feel very excited.

I finished the first cactus of my Prickly but Cute SAL, called Astrid the Cactus. It is very fast and easy to do but it is really cute. It is done over Aida pale blue 18 count,

I finished my two first mandalas. That is a blackwork project organized by the blog Brodeuse Bresanne which I am stitching in Aida orange 18 count and using purple thread. Maybe I will alternate with green, but I didn’t decided yet. 

I also decided to do the Ornament of the month and A FOB a Month organized by the blog Magical’s Quilts and More. For the ornaments there is the choice of doing 2 pieces and sew together as a, let’s say, triangle or stitch 4 triangles and a square and join as a pyramid. I am choosing the triangle option. I did this weekend January ornament. It is stitched in white Aida 14 count with purple thread.

The FOBs are really small and cute. They are only 15 x 15 stitches and I finished this weekend the FOBs corresponding to January and February. One is stitched over black Aida 14 count fabric and the other is stitched in pearl grey Aida 14 count.

I am really looking forward to see what other people have stitched. As usual, comments are welcome.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness February Update

This is the first time I am going to participate in that SAL, mainly because not always I have something which can include the world “gift”.

But this year I have something. I had problems last year in finding an appropriate Christmas present for my mum and I decided that next time I will offer her something handmade by myself. My mum loves two things on top of all, owls and flowers. I thought at the beginning in doing something related with owls, but I discarded the idea as she already has more than 200 owls in different style (ceramic, stitched, knitted, etc). I saw then the patterns from Cuore e Baticuore called “A Year of Flowers” which consists stitching a flower representing each month of the year.

I decided to do a flower a month and I have finished now January and February’s ones (snowdrop and daffodil respectively). I still didn’t stitch the month name as I want to stitch it in Spanish (my mom doesn’t speak English).

I am sure she will like.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

TUSAL - February

My ORTs are going on. That is a sign of the quantity of stitches I am doing. From last month, I finished the second part of Connie’s SAL and the two first mandalas, two flowers from Cuore e Baticuore, a small part of my dreamcatcher and two aromatic sachets. I will show all of these advances in future posts.

That is my ORTs jar at that moment.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

WIPocalypse 2018 - January Check in

While reading different cross stitch blogs I saw in few of them something which attracted my attention and interest. It is something called WIPocalypse. It is a sort of SAL organized by Melisa in the blog Measi’s Musings. This SAL consists in publishing the advances in our craft projects on previously fixed dates (obviously that is not a MUST, it is not going to be a crime if one month you don’t do anything or if you don’t have time to write the post). I thought it is a very nice way of motivation for myself and to share what I am doing with other crafters as well to see what other people are doing.

But first of all, I need to make the list of projects I am going to work on this year. Most of the crafter which are participating published this list at the beginning of January but, as I just discovered the SAL, I am going to do it now.

Here is the list of the projects I would like to do.

  1. Dreamcatcher
  2. Banner of the Sabbats
  3. Sewing Owls
  4. Connie Gee Design SAL
  5. CrossStitcher SAL
  6. Seasonal Birds
  7. Green Man
  8. MD69 Cinderella
  9. Phases of the Moon
  10. Wheel of the Year
  11. Monthly Mini Mandala
  12. Zodiac Pentagram
  13. Queen of Water
  14. A Year of Flowers
  15. Zen Garden
  16. 12 Month, 12 Sachets
  17. Prickly But Cute
  18. 12 Days of Christmas

The picture for most of these projects are in the left side of the blog.

As every year, I want to do a huge amount of projects and unfortunately most of them will become UFOs. That is why I have defined some goals for 2018. They are the following:

  • Goal 1: Finish Queen of Water, pending from 2016
  • Goal 2: Finish the 8 Sabbat Banners
  • Goal 3: Complete 12 sachets
  • Goal 4: Complete 12 Days of Christmas
  • Goal 5: Finish Prickly But Cute

Measi always proposes a question to answer. January’s question is: What SALs are you participating in this year?

  •  Gifted Gorgeousness 2018: Post anything gifted on the 15th of each month
  •  TUSAL: Post your ORTs on the New Moon Day
  • Christmas Ornie’s SAL: Post one Christmas embroidery every month, I am doing the 12 Days of Christmas in an owl version
  •  IHSW: Post about the projects you work on the 3rd weekend of each month
  • Smalls SAL 2018: Post something small last Friday of each month. I am doing the 12 Sachets
  • Connie Gee Design SAL: Blackwork design every month. That will be finished on 2019
  • Monthly Mini Mandala: Organized by the blog Breodeuse Bresane, consists on a blackwork mandala which is published in the blog the 1st of each month

In the blog Measi’s Mussings, for the Winter Olympic Games period, another challenge is proposed (see Measi’s Musisngs January Check-in for more information). Three challenges are proposed:

  1. Rotation Relay: As many projects as you can during the Olympics.
  2. Endurance Race: One unique project during the Olympics.
  3. Celebrate the Nations: Stitch in the colour of the Olympic rings or the colour of your country.
I am joining the challenge and I will participate with the Rotation Relay option.

That is all for the moment. Have a nice February and Happy Stitching!!!!!!

Saturday, 10 February 2018

CrossStitcher 2018 SAL - January

The first month of the CrossStitcher magazine SAL is finiched. I have enjoyed too much with the opportunity of using the new colour threads from DMC. I bought them in Sew And So. For this project I am using Aida sky blue 18 count.

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Connie Design Back Stitch SAL - January 2018

I would like to show you my first advance in the project proposed by Connie Gee's Design on her blog, 2018-2019 Back Stitch SAL. 
I am making it in Aida Vintage Dune 14 count and I am using two shades of blue threads, one for the design and the other for the border. I hope you like.

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Imbolc Embroidery

We are in Imbolc time. It is time to celebrate that days are becoming longer, weather is warmer and earth is coming to life again. Everywhere you can see snowdrops and daffodils growing, animals start the mating season and life is coming back. I like to prepare some Imbolc decoration at home, as a solar disc and a Brigit cross.

I did this year two cross stitched decorations. One of them is a freebie design from The Primitive Hare. It shows two of the most important symbols from Imbolc, a snowdrop and a sheep. It is made in Aida rustic 18 count.

The other design is from CTdesign and I bought it in Etsy. It is made in Aida navy blue 14 count with white and gold metallic threads and represents snowflakes and candles.

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Smalls SAL 2018 - January Check in

That is a SAL organized by Heather from the blog Stitching Lotus and consists in making a small embroidery every month. How small the embroidery is depends on each partiticpant. I thought that I have a very good opportunity to make a collection of 12 aromatic sachets with different design.

January sachet is a violet rose. I made it using Aida pale blue 14 ct and I used violet shades threads for the rose. For the back part I used violet fabric as well as violet ribbon to close it. I filled it with rose aromatic potpurri.

Commets are welcome.