Emerging from the depths…

Hi everyone.  It’s been a while and things haven’t changed much.  Changed doctors (again) and am now on an increased dose of the drug for my arthritis – still to see any results, but have to give it a bit more time, I’m told.

Good news and happy dancing on the stitching front, I finally completed my son’s prayer rug and even managed to get it sewn onto the backing fabric this morning (thanks to mum for getting that ready, and for making up my daughter’s rug while they were over for a visit last month).




So what’s next?  I had been planning t0 start Cosima by Monasterium Designs, but getting the fabric ready last night I was a bit overwhelmed by the size, so I dug out this little chart to do first, just to get another finish in 😉




Or maybe I should start both and switch between them?  Here’s Cosima:





You probably noticed that all the colours are a variation of a theme, but we recently moved into our newly decorated living room and I had nothing to go on the walls (except Cirque des Triangles which is still waiting for a frame) so had to find something to fill the walls.

This entry was posted on 6 March 2013. 3 Comments

Long time, no blog

Hi everyone and welcome 2013.  Again it’s been ages since I’ve blogged – just haven’t had the energy or the motivation to share much recently.

A visit to a new rheumatologist has ended up (after countless blood tests and x-rays) in a new drug regimen – Methotrexate – which is a scary development for me, but so far not too many side effects (as long as you don’t mind the wind LOL), though no benefits yet either.  I’ve been taking it for 3 weeks now, and from what I’ve read on the internet it usually takes between 6 weeks and 6 months to feel any relief from the pain, which is something to look forward to.  In the meantime, I’ve had to lower my dose of anti-inflammatory and withdraw from the tramadol I was taking, so if anything I feel worse than I did before.

On the good side, my parents are due to come for a 3 week visit in a couple of weeks and I am sooooo looking forward to seeing them.  I miss them so much and it seems ages since our summer in England.  They are, of course, bringing much needed chocolate and baked bean supplies with them 🙂

Anyway, enough of the moaning, that’s not what you came here for.  On to the stitching 🙂

I finished Cirque des Triangles finally, terrible photo I know, but WHEN I finally get DH to get frames made up for the 3 projects I still have waiting, I will post something better.  For those interested, the pattern is by Ink Circles, it was stitched on 32 count Lichfield Fabric linen in Dove Grey with Carrie’s Creation’s threads in Deep Purple (love this colour)



and a close up which might show the beautiful colour better




Since I finished that, I started working on my son’s prayer rug (after being nagged LOL) and have been making quite good progress on that – this photo was taken a while ago and I have since completed across the top and almost level with this on the other side.




DH has been redecorating our living room and I have the perfect project up next to go in there – but must finish this first.

Anyway, hope everyone is doing well and I will really try to do better with the updates this year.

This entry was posted on 12 January 2013. 3 Comments

I’m forever stitching triangles….

Sorry it’s been a while again, but I’ve been having all sorts of problems with the internet after our wifi was hacked about a month ago.  On the positive side, there’s been plenty of stitching going on.  On the negative, I’ve had a few health problems, a death in the family, and lots of other stresses that I won’t bore you all with.

I had been about the post an update on Cirque des Triangles before losing the internet, and this is as far as I had gotten



After a few weeks off-line, I am getting really close to finishing – and as I’ve just taken it off the frame to move, I thought I’d put up the latest progress



Not bad eh 😉

I also managed to make up a little pair of mittens for my new(ish) niece who has been suffering with cold hands – haven’t knitted for years, but managed to get these made up in a day, so quite pleased with myself



Anyway, I wanted to get this up just in case the internet goes again – nothing would surprise me here in Algeria LOL.  Keep warm, dry and well everyone.

This entry was posted on 27 November 2012. 7 Comments

Come to the dance

After posting my latest finish yesterday I realised that I hadn’t put up a finished picture of Cotillion by Papillon Creations!  I finished this quite a while ago while I was still in England, but am still waiting to get a frame for it.  Details of the Vicki Clayton silk threads I used are up on her website gallery – http://www.hand-dyedfibers.com/oscnuked/modules.php?name=coppermine&file=displayimage&meta=lastalb&cat=0&pos=3

or on the Papillon Creations site gallery


This entry was posted on 4 November 2012. 5 Comments

Happy dancing

It’s been a while, but I have been busy stitching away on my daughter’s prayer rug, and the last stitch finally went in this afternoon.




I still need to get hold of some material to back it and maybe some tassels if I can get them, but really pleased with how it turned out and my daughter couldn’t wait to use it 🙂




I think I will work on cirque des triangles for a little while as it’s only one colour and an easy stitch, though my son has already started pestering me to start on his one!!!  There is also a huge charity project that needs starting – choices, choices…..

This entry was posted on 3 November 2012. 3 Comments

A quick update

I can’t believe I’ve been back in Algeria for a week already – one down how many more to go before next June???  Nothing much has changed – spent most of the first couple of days trying to find things after my husband and mother-in-law had “tidied” the cupboards, unpacking and getting used to the heat.  Haven’t actually been out of the flat since we got back so nothing changes there, but the in-laws did have a party on Friday for the 2 new babies in the family – over 150 women in a flat, not my idea of fun.

Anyway, made some more progress on my daughter’s prayer rug and am now half way down one side, it seems to be coming along nice and quickly and I can’t wait to see what it’ll be like finished.  The new lamp that I bought back with me has been wonderful and meant that I can get a lot more stitching done than I used to.  I’m trying to decide whether to get a piece of fabric to sew onto the back, just to keep it a little cleaner when it’s being used, but as that will mean actually being taken out to the shops, we shall see…..

This is a close up of the side piece I just finished



And this is the whole piece so far (sorry for the lousy pictures, photography was never my strong point LOL)

This entry was posted on 16 September 2012. 7 Comments

The end of summer

So, the time has finally come to pack up my bags and return to Algeria 😦  The time has passed far too quickly (as usual) and I’m dreading going back to be honest.  Specially as we have no internet over there at the moment!!!  So we go back on Saturday morning inshallah, kids are back to school on Sunday, and I’ll be on my own for the first time in 3 months.  Have to get back into all the housework and cooking that I’ve been able to share with my mum over the last 3 months.  And back to the heat – it’s still up in the 30s over there so the air con will be going full-time.  We just about managed to get all our stuff into 4 suitcases, and 3 hand luggage bags – not sure if they’ll all fit in the car at the other end though!!!

Anyway, before packing my sewing away – it’s been so strange not having anything to do the last couple of days – I did take a quick photo of my progress on my daughter’s prayer rug.  She is really pleased with it, so that’s good enough for me.  I managed to complete the main centre piece of flowers, which is what I was aiming for.


So, until I don’t know when – knowing Algerie Telecom could be weeks and weeks – keep safe and well and catch you all later.