Thursday, 5 September 2013
It's TUSAL time again! For those of you new to blogging, the TUSAL is a project run by Daffycat, click on the button on the right hand bar for more details.
Here is September's ORTS jar getting very full now, pictured with Joan Elliott's Wizard from the 2013 Diary and a new start.
I finished Andie's gorgeous Mirabilia Round Robin and as I don't have the chart for the next RR yet I decided needed to make a start on some of my ever-increasing stash pile. I acquired quite a few Just Nan patterns during this year so thought I would stitch one of those. It was a tie between September Song and the one; Autumn Typography. This won because I figured I could then justify buying the other three seasons once I finish it!
Here is a picture of my progress so far:
I'm stitching on a 32 count linen from Willow Fabrics called Tobacco. Now I am cross because I just went to their website to check the colour (I also bought Cognac at the same time) and found they have reduced the prices even more than when I bought the fabric!! £4.50 for a half metre is the most incredible price for linen in the UK. It's over £20 full price. I paid £6 and was well pleased two weeks ago. Actually I paid £2 plus postage because I had a £10 voucher from Cross Stitch Collection so I really can't complain too much.
I'm using a conversion from the charted GAST to DMC I found Stitches 'n' Things website. It will be quite different but I can't justify buying all those GAST just to use half a length on one word. I love the little over 1 crow and have recharted the squirrels to be over 1 too. I'm going to make them proper Red Squirrels not the grey tree-rats charted. What colour are squirrels where you live?
I was having a look through the box of stash my friend gave me at the beginning of the Summer and found this great catalogue from 1996:
It's the first catalogue from a company called Hanging by a Thread. I wonder if they are still going LOL. Seems like they still are here.
I also found this sweet little ribbon embroidery kit. Does anyone do ribbon embroidery and would you like it? It includes the vase button and all the ribbons too.
Finally the Summer Postcard Blog Hop is at an end. The penulitimate card was sent from Joyce to Lili then Lili's card was "sent" to me. Here is the card Lili sent:
Lili says "This design is a freebie from The Little Stitcher (There's no place like Home). It is the first piece I have stitched with the theme "home" ;) I have returned home from my vacation time and is always nice to come back to my "place".
And here is the full list of participants this year:
My card goes to Debbie at Debbie's Cross Stitch
Debbie's card goes to Christine at The Alchymyst's Study
Christine's card goes to Lynn at Kearnel's Korner
Lynn's card goes to Clare at Aimetu's Stitching
Clare's card goes to Vickie at A Stitcher's Story
Vickie's card goes to Julie at Julie's Stitchyknitty Journal
Julie's card goes to Penny at Larkspur Lane
Penny's card goes to Astrid at Dragon Stitches and Stuff
Astrid's card goes to Cheryl at Today I Found...
Cheryl's card goes to Laura at For the Love of the Needle
Laura's card goes to Evalina at This and That
Evalina's card goes to Joyce at Joyce's Love of Life
Joyce's card goes to Lili at Stitching Basket
Lili's card comes to me here
Thanks to everyone who took part and everyone who left comments on the various blogs throughout the summer. I hope you discovered some "new-to-you" blogs while you hopped.
The next Blog Hop is the Hallowe'en Trick or Treat secret word so be ready to dust off your spooky stitches for the sign up later this month. Which, incidentally, is my Birthday month. Just saying. Not hinting for cards or anything. But email cards would be gratefully received in this time of austerity and high postage costs!!