Friday, 21 March 2014

Some Stitchy Stuff :)

After finishing Woodland Sampler I decided to pick up Angel of Summer (L&L) for a bit and see how far I could get, here's my before and after pics

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Really pleased with my progress on this and I'm hoping I can keep going with it until it's finished, I must say, the thought of all that beading is putting me off a bit. This will be my first piece with lots of beads, if you have any tips for me I'd love to hear them :)

I've also finished part 2 of the AAN Facebook SAL - Halloween Town. It was a hoooge chunk of stitching but a nice contrast to Angel of Summer as it's mostly blocks of colour whereas Angel has a fair bit of confetti.

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Since my last post I've bought a slow cooker and become obsessed with it! I'm a fairly lazy person when it comes to cooking so I love the idea of piling lots of stuff in a pot and forgetting about it. The problem is I'm spending far too long browsing for recipes and deciding what to cook, also, all my favourites so far have been desserts, I'm going to have to start exercising :(

Tonight has been spent drinking wine and looking at random internet stuff instead of stitching and I'm doing a charity walk on Sunday (the furthest I've walked since this same event last year is from my work's car park to the office, wish me luck!) so I think I'll pick out something small to work on tomorrow, maybe the Mario sampler.

Hope you all have a fab weekend x


Emma Louise Brown said... Best Blogger Tips

Great progress :)

Aurelia Eglantine said... Best Blogger Tips

Wow, Flossy, you've been stitching up a storm! Great progress on both pieces. I've always loved L&L designs, especially the angels, and I hope to stitch one someday :) Your Summer will be gorgeous, with all those pretty pink roses!

As for the beading, it's something I've really come to enjoy and I'm happy to help if you have any questions :) It can seem very time consuming at first, but once you get the hang of it, I find you quickly work up a rhythm. I use a sharp sewing needle - any that'll pass easily through the bead when threaded - and usually do a full cross-stitch instead of the half most patterns recommend. It seems to make the beads sit a little bit straighter. Hope this helps!

Best of luck on your Charity Walk :)

Flossy Bobbin said... Best Blogger Tips

@Emma Louise Brown

Thanks Emma :)

Flossy Bobbin said... Best Blogger Tips

@Aurelia Eglantine

Thanks Aurelia :)

I seem to have the bug again pretty bad! Thanks for the tips for beading, do you wash the work first as I imagine it would be difficult to press with beads?

Aurelia Eglantine said... Best Blogger Tips

I'm so happy you have your Stitchy Mojo back - maybe reading about your progress will help to kickstart mine LOL :)

Re Washing - for larger pieces like your Angel with a lot of beads, washing before beading is a really great idea! It's probably better for the finish on the beads, actually. But for smaller pieces, I usually just put them top-down on a fluffy towel and iron from the back :) The pile protects the beads and keeps the stitches from being flattened.

And if there's any metallic or rayon threads, I've learned to use a pressing cloth over the back (any old bit of cotton works) because they can singe and even melt (ask me how I know, ugh). Honestly, I'm always a little nervous when washing and pressing, but I'm trying to get better at it! Happy stitching :)