Friday, 30 March 2018

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2018

I am doing this post as part of the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop 2018 organized by Jo from the blog Serendipitous Stitching. You can read the original post explaining the Blog Hop HERE.

Each one of the participant has allocated a letter and we need to make a post showing our letter on Good Friday 2018. Then, we need to go blog by blog in the order specified to get all the letters and make a sentence, which this year is the first line of a poem.

We also need to post each one an embroidery related with Easter or spring. This year I did few projects related with Easter but I chose one to show in this post. It is a design from the magazine CrossStitcher, the 2017 Easter issue, and is a hen to cover the boiled eggs. I did as part of the Easter decoration and it is really cute.

And now let's go to reveal the letter I have been asigned to show. That is.........

To get the next letter, please visit the following link

I have really enjoy participating in this blog hop. Thank you Jo.

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Connie Design Backstitch SAL - March 2018

That is the third part of the Connie Gee Design SAL. I finished it in my birth place, Sevilla, Spain, while I was taking care of my mum who went through a surgery. Fortunately she is recovered now.

The project is advancing as planned and that is how it is after finishing the third part.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

The Blogger Behind..... The World According to Agi

Agi (Agnes Palko) is an hungarian lady living in Sweden. She is cross stitcher but also does other type of embroideries. In her blog The World According to Agi you can see all the techniques she uses as patchwork, quilting, knitting, blackwork,.... She is offering also an important quantity of freebies (I stitches already couple of them, thank you Agi).

She sells some items in her Facebook page as toys and ornaments made on felt as well as cross stitch pattern.

Let's know a bit more about Agi.

Why did you start writing this blog?

I started the blog in 2011. By then I had already been doing lots of knitting and cross stitch embroidery, and I started to get interested in other forms of needlework and textile crafts as well. I was following some blogs about these and I thought perhaps it might be interesting for others to read about how I am learning new things. I also started to design simple cross stitch patterns and wanted to share them. 

What is this blog about?

 It is mostly about how I am trying to develop my skills in textile crafts. I show what I work on, what are the new things I am learning. Recently I have been doing lots of experiments, and I share those too.

In what environment do you write your blog?

When I started, I was working as an English and Hungarian teacher, was very busy, and it was only a hobby, a small part in my life. Now I work as a textile teacher and I basically spend most of my time with textiles. This should mean that I write more on the blog but unfortunately it is not so. Doing embroidery, sewing, knitting etc is quite solitary, so the blog is supposed to be a way of communicating. I should spend more time on it.

Who do you think would love to read your blog?

People who are afraid to try themselves in new things. For me it took a long time to admit that I want to become a textile artist. But now I understood that it is nothing to be afraid of, or ashamed of. Perhaps there are some people out there who will use my example  and will gather the courage to do what they love to do, learn new things, try things and see where they lead. Ten years ago I wouldn’t have believed that one day I will live my life like this. But hey, it is possible.

Why should people follow your blog?

Most of my followers like to come back for the free cross stitch patterns. Which is fine, cross stitch is still one of my biggest loves, and I enjoy playing with the pattern making program. However, if you are learning to quilt, like I do, you can follow me and learn with me. Same about eco-dying, recycling textiles or creating art and finding your own language. For me, following other crafters blogs was a great inspiration, and I hope to become inspiration for others, too.

How and when did you start crafting?

I was embroidering a lot as a child, and then came back to it about 12 years ago. I have knitted almost all my life, for about 35 years. I learnt to weave when I was 23 but didn’t do it for a long time. And a lots of other things, like crochet, sewing, patchwork I only learnt in the last 10 years.

How often do you craft?

All the time. Almost every day. If not, I feel empty. :)

Where do you get inspiration?

 I love folk art, I look at old textiles and old clothes a lot. I also love Pinterest and other peoples craft blogs. And nature is a never-ending source of inspiration for me.

Why do you craft?

Crafting for me is a way of relaxing, a way of finding myself, finding peace with myself. People often ask me how I find the patience to do this. I usually answer I don’t need patience for crafting, just the opposite: crafting gives me patience to endure the rest of life.

How did you learn?

Some things I learnt from my grandma, my mum and godmother. Other things I learnt from books, on courses and recently, from the internet. I love watching Youtube videotutorials.

What do you do when you are suffering a creative block to unblock?

I sort my yarns or embroidery threads. Look through my books or magazines. Or just do something less creative, like knitting socks or a scarf. I get back to my project later - it is all right for me, I usually have lots of things on the go at the same time.

What are the crafting tools that you cannot live without?

This is difficult. It depends. Mostly I am quite all right with a needle, thread and a pair of scissors. I love embroidering, sewing by hand, I have even tried to learn hand quilting. But of course, I would be devastated without my beloved sewing machine or my knitting needles. I have lots of toher things, but these are the most important ones. 

Thank you for letting us know more about you and congratulations for your nice jobs. Hope you continue with your blog soon.

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Hooties Days of Christmas - Day 2

I finished my second owl of the Hooties 12 Days of Christmas. I am doing it with the call for threads and in Aida white 18 count fabric. I love every day more the design.

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
A partridge in a pear tree.
On the second day of Christmas my true love gave to me,
Two turtle doves and a partridge in a pear tree.

Monday, 19 March 2018

International Hermit and Stitch Weekend (IHSW) - March

This last weekend was a real hermit weekend for me. I was extremely tired. In my job we are moving to a new building and we have been all last week packing all the laboratories including heavy equipment. Other side, when I got up on Saturday all was covered by a 10 cm layer of snow and it continued snowing for all the weekend. So that was the ideal weekend to become hermit and be all the day stitching.

And that was what I did. I was working to advance some of my projects. I finished the embroider design for the sachet corresponding to March and which I am doing for the Small SAL 2018 by Stitching Lotus.

I finished also the embroidery for the banner I am doing for the Ostara celebration. For people who don't know, Ostara is a pagan holiday in which we celebrate the spring equinox, the day when day and night lenght are equal. That normally is the beggining of the good weather and so many activities outdoor.

I stitched also the typical Easter hare, which is a tradition coming from norse mythology in which a hare is associated with the goddess Eostre.

I made good advance in my other Ostara embroidery. This is designed by CTHDesign and I bought it in Etsy. In the design that shows typical Easter objects as daffodils and Easter eggs.


Finally, I did the second prestitch of the Mystery SAL organized by Magical Quilts And More. The SAL itself will start on the 30th March.

I am doing other crafts different than needlecraft for my seasonal Easter decoration. I was painting some eggs, but I forgot to take a picture and now I have decided to show when they are ov er. I am also doing a Easter wreath. It is done with a metallic support wrapped with yellow satin ribbon. It has different Easter symbols sticck to it as nests, eggs and chicks. I think it will be quite funny when is finished.

And that is all for this hermit weekend. Comments are welcome.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

TUSAL - March Update

This month the volume of threads in my jar increased quite a lot. I have been working in several projects this month and I like to see all the cuts off increasing in my jar. Other years I used to collect them in a box and put all in the bin after the box was full, but the idea of collecting all the threads during the year is really funny.

Gifted Gorgeousness March Update

I finished other flower of the A Year of Flower project designed by Cuore e Batticuore. I am stitching if for my mum, as I told in my previous post.
I am not an expert on flowers and I am not sure about which flower I stitched this month. But I really don’t mind as the flower is beautiful and colourful.

And the overall of the project looks really nice.

Thursday, 15 March 2018

WIPocalypse 2018 - Februay check In

I have decided to make the WIPocalypse posts as a summary about all what I did in the month and what is presented in other posts with more detail. But I think it is a good idea putting all together, you can enjoy them and I can keep track about my advances. I will also publish the list of the projects I am planning to do in the year with the updates.

  1. Dreamcatcher: 33%
  2. Banner of the Sabbats
  3. Sewing Owls
  4. Connie Gee Design SAL: 8%
  5. CrossStitcher SAL: 8%
  6. Seasonal Birds
  7. Green Man
  8. MD69 Cinderella
  9. Phases of the Moon
  10. Wheel of the Year
  11. Monthly Mini Mandala: 16%
  12. Zodiac Pentagram
  13. Queen of Water
  14. A Year of Flowers: 16%
  15. Zen Garden
  16. 12 Month, 12 Sachets: 16%
  17. Prickly But Cute: 6.5%
  18. 12 Days of Christmas: 8%
  19. A FOB A Month: 16%
  20. Ornament of the Month: 8%
  21. Magical Mystery SAL

I am going to start three new project,  brown in the list, organized by the blog Magical’s Quilts and More…..Two of them consist in stitching a smal FOB and an ornament every month and the Mystery one is that, a mystery…….

Let’s go to the important things, the advances. I finished the sachet corresponding to February which I am presenting in the Small SAL 2018. It is a lovely yellow sachet with a 4 leaves clover for good luck. It has green fabric in the back and a green ribbon.

Continuing with small projects, I discovered the FOB and ornament of the month, organized by the blog Magical’s Quilt and More….. They publish a FOB and an ornament freebie pattern each month. I stitched the two first FOBs and the first ornament. I will catch up soon with the ornament.

Moving on to blackwork projects, but still talking about small projects, I did the second part of Connie Gee Design SAL and the Monthly Mini Mandala. I continue with the planned colour for both

For the Gift Gorgeousness 2018 (GG2018), as we should participate with something containing the wprld ‘Gift’ I am doing the design A Year of Flowers designed by Cuore e Batticuore. I am stitching a flower per month which is representative of that particular month. I did snowdrop for January and a daffodil for February.

In February, I started two new projects. I had one of them in mind but the other it was simply that I couldn’t resist myself when I saw it. The first one is for the Christmas Ornie SAL. I chose a 12 Days of Christmas design in owl version, Hooties 12 Days of Christmas. I finished the first owl, the partridge on a pear tree.

The other project I mentioned it is called Prickly But Cute and it is a design I saw in Etsy by FuzzyFoxDesigns. Each part isa different cactus and they are all of them very easy to do and, as the name says, they are really cute. They all have name, the first one is called Astrid the Cactus.

To finish with the advances I did this month I need to introduce you my dreamcatcher. It is a a design made by the Joeuses Petites Croix. and I am doing it in 3 parts. Starting from the top, I finished my first part, there are some words in the pattern to stitch but I don’t know if I will do them or not, I will decide at the end when all the dreamcatcher is over.

The question of the month is about my favourite gadget . There is nothing like that, nothing I can call my favourite gadget as I like plenty af them. But if I need to mention something I like more I should say scisors. I have few of them and I like to collect them.

That is all for this month. I hope to keep advancing at least as I did in February, if not more, in the month of March.