Translate

Monday, 29 February 2016

Happy Extra Day!

Did you all enjoy your extra day today?  Hope you managed to get some stitching in anyway.

I have made a good start on the third of Nora Corbett's Alphabet Fairies - E

I am stitching her on the same fabric as my J which is another Crafty Kitten 32 count Murano, this one is called Love-in-the-Mist.  This is 2 day's worth of stitching:


There's quite a lot of metallic in this one and also quite a few beads.  I am very interested to see how long she takes too.  You would think that each fairy would take roughly the same amount of time to stitch, give or take a few days.  But look at this month's Pie Chart:


Nora's S fairy was stitched up in a mere 10 days.  Now this chart shows 8 days for the C fairy but she already had 14 days in January, so that's a massive 22 days in total.  More than twice as long as S fairy.  Now maybe I spent more time stitching each day in February but I don't think so.  C was just a lot more stitching!  I wonder where E will be?  I intend to stitch on her as much as possible now because I do have four full days at work in the next two weeks which really reduces my stitching time to about an hour a day.

I've also been making great progress on Shepherd's Bush's Mulberry Sampler and here's the bottom portion I've been stitching the last couple of evenings:


This part is all speciality stitches, including a full 6 strands of thread couched in place.  I've got another row and a half of Bargello and a row of Smyrnas and then it's on to the cutwork!  I leave that until last so I don't distort that part when I continue stitching.

Isn't Bargello awesome?

I am tracking my spending this year but not with any budget in mind, just to see where it all goes!

February

Cross Stitch Crazy£4.99
iStitch Charts x 2£15.11
Flossaway bags£4.05
Beads (fairies)£7.21
Kreinik (fairies)£6.50
Just Nan chart£9.86
Total Spend£47.72


I bought a single issue of Cross Stitch Crazy because there was a big article about the Stitching Out Stigma project I was involved in last year.  The squares have all been made into two hangings which are being displayed in the new Mental Health Unit in University Hospital Llandough, Wales.  You can see all the individual squares in the online Gallery too.

The article
and
a close-up of one of the hangings, with my square top row, second left


The iStitch charts were because Carol was having a sale so I bought two Advent Charts which one being half price.  The weird price is because Carol's charts are sold in US$ so they convert to odd pence.

*************************************

Easter Treasure Hop

Finally, it's nearly time for the Easter Blog Hoppity Hop!  Taking place over the Easter weekend each participant will be allocated a letter of the alphabet which they must post along with a nice Easter or Spring themed stitched photo.  In recognition of the varied talents of my followers I think you can also show any sewn, quilted or otherwise crafted Easter or Spring themed items.


Everyone will then hoppity hop around like a little fluffy bunny and collect the letters which will spell out something seasonal.  If you would like to be a picture poster then please drop me an email.

If you'd like some inspiration then look at the freebies on this page of my blog - Themed Freebies




35 comments:

  1. I see that you are today used the extra day!
    Everything is wonderful!
    Good start in March!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I always so much love your fabric choices, Jo! And you're certainly making good progress on this fairy!

    ReplyDelete
  3. How awesome is that, to have your work in the mag, but more importantly in the hospital. Way to go Jo!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Oooh, E is going to look lovely on that fabric, Jo, great choice.

    ReplyDelete
  5. P.S. Love your square for the Stitching Out Stigma project - looks like a worthy cause!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Your sampler is so darned pretty. I love Bargello, too. Wish I could participate in this year's Easter Hop, but will be in Singapore visiting GS, DD and SIL.....I'd better not commit as I'm not sure where I'll be. They are talking about taking me sight seeing somewhere for a few days. Anyway, keep stitching, take care and have loads of fun with your hoppity-hop.
    Hugs

    ReplyDelete
  7. Wohoo it's pie chart time. Just love your pie chart. So funny how different the letters were time wise. I notice that happens a lot for my pieces too. I think it depends how much in love you are with a piece. I think my needles just fly when I'm in love. Plus depends on what I'm watching/listening to on the TV. I remember the piece you did for the magazine. So neat to see the article you helped contribute too. Good luck in March!

    ReplyDelete
  8. That's a beautiful fabric, and what a great cause you stitched for!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Great work on E and that is so cool that you can see your design in the magazine. Great cause too.

    ReplyDelete
  10. You did make good use of the extra day. I went to my book group, did PT and will stitch the evening away! Love those fairies and the fabric is just right.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Lovely projects and nice progress Jo.

    Linda

    ReplyDelete
  12. Great start on E. It would be interesting to see all the alphabet fairies together.
    Yes I had a good extra day.Started stitching after procrastinating over a month.
    Congratulations on being featured in cross stitch crazy .

    ReplyDelete
  13. Lovely stitching jo I'm just about to start stitching for the first time today.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Your E is going to be as gorgeous as others. Lovely Bargello!! This and hardanger are on my list too but first I should complete the blackwork. Thanks for sharing the article, I will read it . Your contribution for a good cause is great!!

    ReplyDelete
  15. Oh great, you started the next little fairy. And on that marvelous fabric again. Great choice.
    Mulberry Sampler shows great progress, I also love stitching specialty stitches but haven't done that for a while. It seems that I should pull out my Drawn Thread piece again.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Lovely, the block that you stitched for the hanging. This project deserves a big article in Cross Stitch Crazy.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I thought your 'C' stitched up a lot quicker than your 'S' but assumed it was because you were spending more time with her. Love your pie chart as usual but when you started mentioning the different stitches I just nodded my head and pretended to understand! :)

    ReplyDelete
  18. E is growing nicely. I LOVE Bargello, it's so effective and stitches up really quickly

    ReplyDelete
  19. la tela Murano che hai scelto è splendida, sono bellissimi i tuoi ricami

    ReplyDelete
  20. Lovely new start! Beautiful progress on the sampler.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Lovely progress. I love the colors in that sampler.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Reading your blog is just the best. First of course I have to find this copy of Cross Stitch Crazy to read about your project, I hope it is still on our shelves over here, Special Thanks for sharing the link to IStitch I am bummed I missed the February sale, but sure I can find several ways to support this designer. And my goodness, the Themed Freebie list. Love the pie chart.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Ooh famous again! Congratulations on having your work featured. I remember seeing your design and thinking it was really inspired.
    I LOVE theverything fabric you're stitching those fairies on! It really sets off the colours in E and J.

    ReplyDelete
  24. You are quite busy! Fun to see all the neat stitching. Love the pie chart.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Looks like another beautiful letter in the making. I remember when you stitched the square in the hanging. What a wonderful project and result.

    ReplyDelete
  26. E is already looking beautiful - can't wait to see it all finished on that fabric!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Great progress on the fairy and the sampler :) I hope you'll find some time to work on them, despite the other work getting in the way.

    ReplyDelete
  28. Great progress on your J! How fun to see your work featured in the magazine. Beautiful work.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Thanks for this extra post, your progress are lovely, Stitching Out Stigma Gallery amazing and I must now found some information on Bargello. xxx

    ReplyDelete
  30. Nora's Fairy's are so sweet, I hope you are doing all the letters.
    Nice little Easter stitch, I am behind on my stitching.
    Congratulations on the article in the magazine, that is an honor I am sure.
    I love Shepherds Bush anything, I have almost all their patterns and still have not made a dent in the pile.

    Blessings
    Catherine

    ReplyDelete
  31. Love Nora's Fairies! What a wonderful wall hanging to be displayed at the hospital, how nice that you were a part of it.
    Count me in for Easter, it will be here before we know it!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Lovely start to a new fairy! And congrats on being featured as part of that hanging. That's so cool! :D

    ReplyDelete
  33. Great start on your new fairy - she is going to be another stunner!
    Hugs xx

    ReplyDelete
  34. Your square looks fabulous in the article, well done to all.
    Nice new fairy, she's pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  35. I just saw your second fairy on a previous post and you already have a third one coming?? :D
    Well done on the SOS project! :)

    ReplyDelete

I do enjoy your comments and will reply where relevant, so please make sure you are not a "no-reply" person!
If you are a robot then please pretend there is a word verifier and go away. I have removed it for the commenting pleasure and ease of my human followers.