Thursday, 30 November 2017

Slow and Steady Progress

This week I have been focusing on my Donna Kooler piece for the Zodiac SAL on Saturday, so I can't show that.  I did get a couple more days done on Dracula by Dam Good Crafts:

stitched on 32 count Amortentia Belfast from Chromatic Alchemy

This is a great design on a gorgeous fabric but I discovered in October than it's easy to get burned out just doing rows of black.  So once I finish 12 Days of Christmas this will become my "bath time project" and I will stitch a length or two of black each evening while the Small Boy is in the bath.

Slow and steady is the name of the game on this next piece; Just Nan's Summer in the Square.  I started Spring in the Square on 1st January for the Ten-a-Day challenge and when it became obvious I was going to finish it before the year was over, I started Summer on 1st July.

We are now on Day 152 or 1,520 stitches:

As well as the Ten-a-Day I've also had a Thirty-a-Day which has been the series of Just Nan freebie ornaments.  I got a little behind with the fully-finishing so spent Sunday doing Lacy Diamond which was finished in September.

A simple padded diamond backed with blue felt, white bead hanger and a white tassel.

I'm not working this weekend so hopefully I can get another one fully finished.

Pie for this months shows a variety of projects, with Just Nan Memories taking top spot.  I spent five days on the Kooler Zodiac because I did Scorpio at the beginning of the month and Sagittarius at the end.

Stitch from Stash was a great success, the only thing I spent was £ 8.72 on a magazine subscription which is an allowed purchase anyway.


Finally, the Advent Calender Blog Hop starts tomorrow!  I will put up the main post in the morning and you can follow the links each day to see what each person has posted.  I will be updating the post every day with a new picture.  Hope that you enjoy the fun this year.


deb said...

Everything looks great and I can't get over that incredible fabric you're using for Dracula. Looking forward to the advent calendar hop!

Sarah Beth Marchuk said...


RJ said...

Wow Jo your first stitch really pops on that glorious fabric! I've been loving Summer in the square since you started it. I love how it is coming along. Lacy Diamond is a beauty too. Great stitching. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

butterfly said...

Wow the top picture fabric looks wonderful.
Love the just Nan stitching too.
Have a lovely weekend .

Brigitte said...

Slow and steady always brings progress - how can it not? I love your newly finished ornament, and Summer has so many more stitches in than last time.
Stitching so much black is certainly not very motivating. I couldn't do a lot in one sitting, I don't like solid stitching very much. But maybe the colour of the fabric you stitch your project on helps a bit.
I wish you some nice stitching and finishing hours this weekend.

Christine said...

Lovely finish on the JN
I love how Dracula is turning out

FlashinScissors said...

Great stitching Jo!
Wonderful finish on your Lacey Diamond ..... I still have a sachet to finish off, tried once but ripped back waiting for me to try again, one day! You have perfected the finish so neatly!
Looking forward to the Hop (although I am so not ready! Eeek!)
Barbara xx

Lili said...

Beautiful progress on Dracula! The fabric is gorgeous!
Summer in the Square is also very pretty!

Julie said...

Drac is looking amazing

Katie said...

Beautiful progress! Great ornament finish too.

Mary said...

Very pretty ornament and I love your Dracula wip.

Leonore Winterer said...

Making Dracula your bath time project sounds like a smart choice. You'll have it done long before next Halloween comes around!

Bethan said...

The Dracula piece looks amazing - I can see why you could get one colour fatigue with it though! x

Justine said...

I love the fabric you're using for your Dracula project! Perfect for a bath time stitch as it's only one colour.