Sunday, 17 August 2014

This Week's Stitching

Slightly unimaginative title there!  But it is what it is.

At the beginning of the week I continued with the Frosted Pumpkin Hallowe'en Town Mystery SAL.  I have been stitching the house.  I decided to tweed the main colour which was charted as DMC 503, so I used one strand of 503 and one strand of 501.  The effect is really nice.  Some people have used a variegated thread for the house but I didn't want a stripy effect for mine.

The fabric is Moondust by Crafty Kitten

The more I stitch the more I wonder why I didn't order the 32 count?  Maybe if I type that sentence enough it will remind me next time I put an order in!

The other project has been the Band Sampler Round Robin.  We are approaching the end of this RR.  The next piece I get will be Kathy's and as I mail to Kathy it means that it is the last round! But this is Linda's.  Linda has a free choice sampler so I used a chart from my Just Nan stash.  The great thing about these RRs is that I can get my JN fix at the same time as joining in the RR fun.

My bands

Bead shot

The whole long thing so far!

My bands came from Nan's Garden.  I stitched almost exactly as charted, the colours fitted perfectly.  I did change the satin stitched fence to ecru because the white didn't show up too well.

It's been rather nice to OAAT for a change.  This week I return to my Challenge pieces; the Spooky Countdown, the Hallowe'en SAL and the Little Stitcher 12 Days all have to be completed over the next week.

I mentioned a couple of posts back that I had received the JCS magazine CD for the years 1991 to 2000.  I am working through the decade and am pleased to say the designs are improving.  Sadly the same cannot be said for the hairstyles or dress sense LOL.  In 1995 there is a lovely monthly series of mini band samplers with a flower and a gemstone for each month, only about 4 x 2 inches each.  I love them!

The December 1995 issue also has a very useful guide to a new aid to stitchers - Cyberspace.  For those of you unaware of this futuristic phrase here is what JCS tell us:

"The Internet is a loosely-organized group of roughly four million people all over the world who communicate through their computers"

Four million?  There are now four million internet users in Singapore ALONE!  A tiny little island just south of Malaysia could have held the entire internet just 20 years ago.  Makes you think...

JCS also have this useful tip which I think should be pinged up on your screen everytime you log on:

"Be careful of others' feelings.  Choose words thoughtfully. Rephrase anything that might be misunderstood.  Since body language and facial clues are absent from the conversation, use emoticons or acronyms to point out humor or sarcasm.  Reread your posts and e-mails before you send them.  With most software, once you've pushed "enter," your words are sent; you cannot cancel or edit them."

Finally, the Summer Postcard Blog Hop is ongoing throughout August.  We have seen some lovely Garden themed stitching and some beautiful garden photos too.  Why not check out any you may have missed so far?

First postcard from Marcy goes to Gracie at Needles, Pins and Dragonflies
Second postcard from Krista goes to Jocondine at Jocondine
Third postcard from Michelle goes to Sharon at Shebafudge
Fourth postcard from Mouse goes to Vickie at A Stitcher's Story
Fifth postcard from Christine goes to Marcy at Stitching Plus
Sixth postcard from Astrid goes to Krista at Just Stitching Along
Seventh postcard from Vickie goes to Michelle at Michelle's StitchCraft Place
Eighth postcard from Jocondine goes to Deborah at A Patchwork of Crafts
Ninth postcard from Gracie goes to Maggee at Stitching Devotee


Vickie said...

Wow! I can't believe it! I was just reading that exact magazine and article YESTERDAY evening! I have it. And boy did my kids laugh at the helpful tips on Cyberspace!! HA!

stitchersanon said...

I like your title. Is what it is lol. Love the affect on the house of combining threads..very sweet.

Shebafudge said...

I love your house! I have been boring and stitched it just with 503.

The band sampler is stunning! WOW!

I love the helpful tips on using the internet. Got any more? Do they recommend any good stitching sites?

So is that DVD worth getting other than for the helpful advice? Anything I would like?

Bianca said...

The Town Mystery SAL is darling. I can't wait to see more. You chose a great fabric to stitch on...Band Sampler is pretty too!

Linda said...

Lovely progress on both pieces Jo. I love the house that your building.


rosey175 said...

I really like your fabric for the Mystery SAL even if it's mysteriously not 32 count! And the RR sampler looks lovely~

Oh, encouragement to use emoticons! :D Now I have an excuse -- the Internet told me to! :) ;) :b 8D

Justine said...

You should have just used 14 count white aida [insert your own choice of emoticon here]

Thoeria said...

Lovely stitching there Jo!
Ha! Loved the advice on cyberspace :D And emoticons....well....I've always been overly exuberant with them :D :X :O :P ;0 >:)

Christine said...

LOL (See what I did there?).
I remember the internet from when it was much smaller than that, way back when I was a post-grad research student.
I love the moondust fabric on your mystery SAL

Mii Stitch said...

I love your choice of fabric colour and your modification for the house's colour (happy face)

Julie said...

Stunning RR sampler, well done to all who have added bands to this beauty.

I have always told my kids about the writing of an email/text message etc and you cannot see the other persons face so cant do sarcasm or other such stuff as you never know how it will be received. So many times they've received messages that sound so downright rude and when you ask another person they put a totally different take on it.

Marcy said...

Love the tweedy house and that fabric is perfect! I'm so glad about emoticons :) They're fun :D

Karoline said...

The band sampler is stunning! Nice progress on your Halloween house

Lili said...

Mystery SAL is so pretty!! Nice fabric!!
The band sampler is lovely!!


Michelle said...

Oh Jo the Band Sampler is lovely well done xx

Bea said...

The band sampler is gorgeous. What an interesting RR to be doing.

Zurainny Ismail said...

Golly, that's a long sampler! In my case, 32 Ct would be too small for my eyes... :D I love the details with the beads.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I love that fabric you're using on your SAL piece. I find I'm almost exclusively using 32 count now. I still have a LOT of 28ct in my stash I better start using it up too!

Lovely work on the RR can't wait to see Kathy's!