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Thursday, 6 August 2015

The Summer Holidays Continue

As does the stitching!   I complete the A from Brooke's Book Alphabet, all except the petite beads which I don't have.  I thought about using the standard size which are used in some areas but having added those, I can see they would overpower the piece so I will wait.  Of course, you can't just order one packet of beads, you must make it worth the postage as I've made a list of the beads needed for the next couple of letters and will check which DMC I am running low on.

Then it was Tuesday which is Pretty Little City Day, a series of designs from Satsuma Street.  Here is where I am on Pretty Little London:

stitched on 32 count Antique White linen
(not that you can tell from the dreadful photo!)

I finished the London Eye and started on Buckingham Palace.  I also stitched the pale blue in the Embankment Arches along the bottom.

I've also been making steady progress on Book of Spells by the Goode Huswif:

stitched on 40 count Jewel Butterbeer linen

I've completed all the border for the front cover of the book and just have the coloured parts to fill in, then I can start on the back cover.  Woohoo, over halfway completed now!   I have been working on this one since April so it could be a finish by the end of the year.

I've been doing some secret stitching which I can't show yet because it's for an exchange.  It was fun going through my friend's blog to try find something she hasn't stitched for herself yet but would like.

Gracie has been organising a lovely card exchange all year.  Each month we sign up and send cards to some of the other people on the list.  It means you get some nice post each month, not just bills!  Here are the three I have received so far this month.  Usually I get about six and I've been keeping them all in an album along with their stamps.  It's so nice to look back through the year.


Which brings us rather nicely to my Finally for today:

Finally, the Summer Postcard Blog Hop:

First postcard from Cheryl goes to Noni at Fireflies and Cats in the Garden
Second postcard from Vickie goes to Katie at Jeremiah's Mom
Third postcard from Noni goes to Julie at Julie's Stitchyknitter Journal
Fourth postcard from Katie goes to Anna at Stitch Bitch
Fifth postcard from Julie goes to Bea at Thoughts and Musings
Sixth card from Bea goes to Narita at The Twilight Thread (not up yet)
Seventh card from Narita goes to Kaye at Kitten Stitching (sent today)

25 comments:

Nic said...

Gorgeous stitching as always Jo. I agree you can never just order one packet of beads or one skein of DMC :-)

Ann said...

Those designs by Satsuma Street are so adorable! Normally I'm not drawn to such type of designs but they are so colourfull and fun that you just have to make an exception.
And I'm so ENVIOUS about your Book of Spells :-) ... I've been searching ages to find the design but since it's out of print it's very hard to get your hands on (same thing with the Trick and Treat designs).
Have a nice day!
Ann

Vickie said...

Pretty Little London is really coming along.
I am anxiously awaiting the last two postcards. ;)

gominam said...

London is looking more and more beautiful with each added attraction. Love your book of spells too, makes me want to start my halloween chart!

Julie said...

Book of Spells is looking wonderful.

Kate said...

Wonderful stitching, Jo! London is looking great. I look forward to seeing your finished letter with the beads. Of course you can't just order one kind!

Bea said...

Love the colours in London and Spells is looking awesome. And I'm with you, can't order just 1 pack of beads or 1 skein of floss.

Heather said...

Lovely stitching Jo! I'm sure the project you found is perfect :). I'm loving book of spells

Crystal Rhew Staley said...

Loving the Book of Spells!

Katie said...

Beautiful stitching!!

Annie said...

Those Satsuma Street designs are just so darn cute! I love the colors. And that's a very cool Good Huswife piece.. rarer and rarer to come by those patterns.

Barb said...

I'd have a hard time choosing between the design of London and The Book of Spells. I love them both! Great stitching!

butterfly said...

Beautiful stitching Jo , love the colours on the London one . Hugs

Sarah in Stitches said...

Beautiful stitching! I love how The Book of Spells is looking :D

Anna van Schurman said...

Pretty Little London is very pretty indeed!

Kerryp77 said...

Love the satsuma street piece, the vibrancy of the patterns is so attactive

Suz said...

Your stitching (as always!) is lovely... but I think I will cave and add the Book of Spells to my wishlist!

Kaisievic said...

I so love the Book of Spells, I am with Suz - I will be adding it to my wishlist!

Linda said...

Wonderful progress on your projects Jo. I have decided that I can't rush stitching on London because I might run out of her cities to stitch.

Linda

Christine said...

Great stitching Jo, I love Pretty London even more every time I see it

KimM said...

Lovely stitching - and OH! I need to get my cards in the mail!!!! Time goes by too fast. I, too save my cards in a tin box. Every so often, I get it out and read through them. It's so nice -
xxx

Preeti said...

Lovely stitching!! Both pieces are looking great!

Joysze said...

Ooooh, Pretty Little City is so pretty!!!

Leonore Winterer said...

Great progress! Your book of spells is growing really fast, and I'm curious to see your secret stitching some time soon ^_^

Mrs Milkybar Kid said...

Beautiful stitching and some lovely cards too!