I have really enjoyed stitching on my new project – the prayer rug for my daughter, and I think I’ve made good progress, slowed down a couple of days ago when I dropped a draw full of frozen food on my arthritic hand!!! So here’s the progress so far (the fabric hasn’t come out very well – it’s actually a light apricot colour). The only question now is whether to add the backstitching that is called for in the pattern. Anyone that knows me, knows that I absolutely HATE backstitching. So do I bother or not – all input appreciated 🙂
On the home front, I can’t believe that my summer holiday in England is nearly over. I know, I know, I’ve been here since 8 June so it should be enough, but there are less than 2 weeks to go till our return to Algeria and to be honest I am dreading it. Having to now think about it and plan things is just making me more stressed. When I was chatting to my mum the other day I told her it felt like I was returning to prison. My daughter (who was eavesdropping LOL) piped up with “it’s not THAT bad mummy, it’s more like house arrest” – not sure if that makes me feel any better LOL. So anyhowI think I have all the shopping done that I need to take back, just the wonderful job of trying to make it all fit into the suitcases to come.
First up the finish – Little Blue by Alessandra Adelaide stitched on 18 count cream Aida with Six Strand Sweets threads in Grape Jelly and Concords. The fabric was really stiff so I’m glad to be finished with that, but love how it has come out, though there was one skein of the grape jelly thread that was lighter than the rest and that really shows up in this picture, much more than it does in real life. I have 2 other patterns in this series and am planning to frame them all up the same and group them together, once they are all done – may have to buy another one just to make it an even number 😉 So I’m counting this as a finish for the August “blue” theme in the Stitching Hangout Yahoo group – even though it’s in purple 🙂
Next up some goodies. I treated myself to the new StitchSmart stand to replace my old wooden one which was getting very lose and squeeky. Loving how it holds the work and how easily it turns over to get access to the back. I then found what I thought was an amazing deal on the accessory pack (daylight lamp, magnifier and chart holder) but when it arrived it turned out to be another stand! My mum decided to keep it as she hasn’t really been stitching much recently because of her fibromyalygia (sp?), and this seems to help her, but she still can’t manage too many stitches. So she kept the second stand and ordered me the accessory pack (and paid the extra – thanks mum :)) Here’s a picture of the setup in action (minus the lamp as I have really good lighting here – it will be invaluable back in Algeria though where the room I stitch in gets dark very early and the lighting there is useless for stitching).
After seeing Denise’s prayer mat that she was stitching during Ramadhan, I hunted high and low on the internet to try to get myself a copy of the book by Susan Bates. The only place I found was in Turkey and the postage was really high, so I decided to contact the author herself via her website – http://www.susanbates.co.uk/ . She was so helpful and agreed to sell me one of her own copies of the book and post it to me. It is a stunning book, with some beautiful designs, a couple of which I think are destined to be wall hangings one day. The kids both picked out the ones they wanted and then tossed a coin to see which one I would do first – my daughter won. So I ordered the fabric (28ct Jobelan) and threads and that will be my next project. I need to get the sewing machine out first and hem the edges though (or get mum to do it 😉
This is the deisgn my daughter chose:
and this for my son (in Man United colours of course LOL)
and this is the book I’m talking about – shame I can’t speak Turkish LOL
I have been away for a few days break with my parents and the kids, which was enjoyed by all. Apart from that I’ve just been relaxing and enjoying being spoilt by mum and dad, not having to do much in the way of housework or cooking (at least doing it with someone makes it much easier). On the stitching front, I’ve been working on Cotillion again and am really enjoying how it is coming along. Had a senior moment last night when I confused >> with == and used the wrong colour thread on a whole motif, but hey ho – only God is perfect!
My daughter has also been working on a little gift for her father, as we won’t be together for Eid this year – she had a bit of frogging to do as she ran out of the first colour half-way through the second half of the design and had to use a different one – guess who had to do that LOL.
I tried to learn how to crochet last month – didn’t go well. I can do a chain but after that just get lost. Maybe you really can’t teach an old dog new tricks. I’m still trying to figure out something for the Stitching Hangout’s pink theme for this month – probably should do something for my sister-in-law who is expecting a baby girl in September, but not sure I can tear myself away from my stitching.
Glad you had a nice visit with your family. It’s always nice to get away and just relax…. recharges your batteries! 😉 Cotillion is looking really beautiful Julie! The red fabric really makes your stitches pop! And your daughter’s piece is very nice… too bad about the floss running out. I just hate it when that happens. =]
I haven’t been around much recently here on Multiply, mainly because my internet connection is so C@~p I can’t get on to it most days, let alone actually see or upload any photos!!! Anyway, today is a good connection day, and I also finished a quickie project I have been working on (just to get my finished tally up a little )
It’s Butterfly Garden by Dinky Dyes. I stitched it on some Polstitches fabric I’ve had in my cupboard for ages – Marbled Lilac – with the Dinky Dyes Silk that came with it (my first time using these silks). I’ve actually made it into a runner for my dressing table, just to pretty up my bedroom a little.
Apart from that I’ve been plodding along working on my mother-in-law’s present – Valley of the River Beck. I’m over half way done, but it is slow going. I decided not to take it with me when I go to England for my holidays – I’d rather have something I enjoy stitching on, so I finally settled on Cotillion by Papillon Creations. I kitted it up with silk when Vicki Clayton was having her sale, and I’m going to stitch it on the same red fabric I used on Anatolia.
Tomorrow my husband is taking me and the kids to his uncle’s place on the beach – about 4 hour drive outside of Algiers to the east – bit of family bonding before I take the kids off for 10 weeks to the UK. Just hope it isn’t going to be as hot as forecast!!!
Glad to see you!! Garden is cute – I love all of her charts, though haven’t managed to stash any (I don’t think). Can’t wait to see Cotillion on that red – I have a piece of the fabric the model is on, thanks to a great RAK, so I need to get the chart soon, when I whittle the samplers down a bit 🙂
It’s been so long since I’ve been here, just wondering if anyone else is still around?
I finally finished a present for my mother-in-law, that I’ve been working on for years – Valley of the River Beck (a Dimensions kit). And have started work on Scheherazade by Papillon Creations.
I’ve recently been diagnosed with Psoriatic arthritis, so am finding stitching a little more difficult nowadays, but really want to try to keep using my hands so will try to get off the computer more and back to the stitching 🙂
I finally nagged – I mean persuaded – my husband to get a frame for my mother-in-law’s present, and he picked it up today. Just gave it to her and she was delighted. Now to get him to find the drill and put it up on the wall for her 😉 I was just looking back at the WIP photos, and I started this in 2008!!!
My daughter asked me to make something for her best friend at school, so I dug out this small towel that I’ve had in a drawer for ages and stitched her name on it. So in the good books with my daughter too 🙂
Apart from that I am still working on Scheherezade, no picture today though.
After finishing Scheherazade, which ended up as another gift, I’ve decided to do something for myself next. So I pulled out Cirque des Triangles, by Ink Circles. I’m going to stitch it on 32ct linen in Dove Grey, with Carrie’s Creation thread in Deep Purple. Can’t wait to get started.
Also wanted to share a finish from last year, which I didn’t put up. It was meant to be a wedding gift for a friend’s daughter, but unfortunately that didn’t happen, so am trying to decide whether to keep it for myself or give it to my friend.
It has been SO long since I last updated this blog – but now that Ramadan is over, and the kids are finally back at school, I may be able to get a bit more time for myself.
So I finally managed to take some pictures of the 3 projects I am currently working on. First up is Tribute II, which I now have 2/3rds done. I really love the colours of this floss, specially as it is now autumn so seems more appropriate, and I am hoping that this will be a finish this year.
Secondly, Anatolia. This seems harder going, don’t know why, but again I love the thread colours on this, and I will be working on it more this week.
Lastly is the picture I am doing for my mother-in-law. It is a kit (aarrggghhhhhhh) from Dimensions, called Valley of the River Beck. I really didn’t enjoy all that green top left, and close up it doesn’t seem to flow very well – but from a distance I think it will be OK.
Great progress on all!!! Tribute is definitely amazing in that floss,and Anatolia just blows me away on that red fabric – mine has been whimpering “Start me, please!”, though I restacked stuff the other day, so it’s a bit more muffled now 🙂
Wow – all of these are beautiful!! I love the color combinations in Tribute and Anatolia. And the Valley of the River Beck looks fine from here! (But I know how they can look odd when you’re up close and working on pieces like that!)
Thanks everyone. Your comments keep me going, specially when I am unsure of a colour choice. I have no-one around me that has any real interest in my work, so it’s nice to have positive feedback from all you experts.
Tribute II is finished – YAY!!!! I just put in the last stitch. I so wanted to get another finish in this year, so I’ve been working on this the exclusively the last couple of weeks. Pictures if, and when we finally get some sunshine.
I’ve managed to get some pictures of my last finish of the year. It may take some time to get it framed, but it’s just nice to get a big project finished this year. I’m a bit disappointed that I didn’t get more done – must remember to choose some smaller projects next time!!!
Wow. That came out so wonderfully 🙂 I still think that thread was THE perfect choice for this – the variations are so perfect, and you can see each element of the design, almost as though it was done with a different thread. Great, great job!!
I decided to start another project (to cheer myself up – been having a lot of health problems again recently), so I pulled out Anatolia (Ink Circles). I love the colours of the threads in this, and it’s nice to work on something that I’ve had in my stash for a while. I’ve just finished the first page, so I thought I’d post a picture, to see what you all think of the fabric colour.
I’ve done some work on Tribute II also, but can’t be bothered to take it off the q-snaps to take a photo. So I’ll update on that next time.
Just under 4 weeks now till our holiday back to England – can’t wait . I’m trying to decide what piece that I have kitted up to take with me – or should I just buy something new for when I get there? I have ordered the fabric and thread for Cirque de Triangles, and that is waiting for me, so maybe that one – decisions, decisions……
Awwwww – thanks everyone. I was beginning to have second thoughts, but you’ve reassured me. I WILL be flying home on 6 July (even if I have to be drugged up to the eyeballs!!!!) and will be staying for 7 weeks, so hopefully time to meet up with friends, get lots of shopping in, and generally relax with my parents.
I have still got my eye on the Hawaiin Sampler, but having just gone through my stash I have about 20 projects kitted up already, so can’t really justify it at the moment – maybe next year!
Hi everyone. It’s so hot here, that I haven’t really fancied doing much stitching. But I did manage to finish the stitcher tree that I wanted to do as a present for my mum (whilst sitting in my room with the a/c on – while my husband had his friends over to watch the football!!!). I don’t think I will get frames here, but will take this and the golfer tree for my dad, with me as is, and let my parents pick out frames in England. Less than 2 weeks to go now till our trip – yippee…….
Just wanted to pop in and say hi. We are just over half way through our holiday in England now, so starting to think of the return . I haven’t been able to get online as much as I usually do (good thing some might say!). Been busy visiting various family members, quite a bit of shopping, and just hanging out with my parents, which has been lovely. There have been quite a few emotional ups and dows too. The kids are thoroughly enjoying themselves – being spoilt rotten of course.
Stitching wise, I started a picture that my mother-in-law has asked me to do. Not really my sort of thing and I haven’t done very much, but I felt guilty that I had stitched presents for my parents, and some friends, and haven’t done anything for her so…… Pictures when I get home probably. I also received a lovely gift in the mail today from one very special lady – so a big hug and thanks to her.
I can’t believe how quickly the last 7 weeks have gone, but I am now back in hot, sticky Algeria. I’m still feeling really disconnected and unsettled but hopefully will start to settle back into routine soon.
Anyway, just wanted to let you all know I arrived safely. I hope to get the stitching out again soon and will put up some progress pics when I make any.
I’ve don it!!! My first finish of 2008. It seems to have taken a long time to do this one – I started it last July, while I was on holiday in England, and put the last stitch in on 21 February. I’m planning to get it framed and put up in my bedroom soon.
Anyway, details. Cirque des Cercles from Ink Circles designs, stitched 1 over 1 on 22 count black hardanger, with Polstitches Dragon floss in Whisps of Silver.
I am still working on St Sophia, but I thought I might make a start on Blossom Time from Papillon Creations, as spring is definitely in the air here in Algeria!
Ma shaLlah!! I did not know that xstitch could look like that. I had previously tried it, but was really interested in what I was doing. This has sparked so much in me. InshaLlah I will once again try at cross stitch. I am very much interested in embroidery and anything having to do with handwork. Most of what I have seen on the web held no interest for me until I happened upon your site. As a lover of tapestries, this is what I would like to learn how to do. Now, I just need to find out how to go about learning. God Bless and congratulations on your beautiful achievement. Carol
I finished Blossom Time yesterday – hurray. I really feel that my stitching is going well this year (well at least something in life is!).
I’m going to be working more on Tribute II this week, but I may make a start on a couple of little projects that I want to do for my mum and dad. I’m just finalising the dates of when I will be going to visit this year – hopefully end of June/beginning of July, so not long to wait. Can’t wait to get back to England – being able to go shopping, buying “proper” chocolate, and of course seeing the family.
Well my mum and dad have been and gone on their first visit to our new home in Algeria. They seemed to have a great time and it was lovely to see them, but so hard to say goodbye again. We are hoping to go to England for our holiday when my daughter finishes school at the end of May/beginning of June, and hopefully I can arrange to meet up with some of the lovely ladies from the UK Cross Stitch group – and you too Claire!
They bought over all the stash that I had been buying the last few months. They include the floss and fabric for “One Alphabet, Many Flowers”, but I can’t seem to get a good picture of them – but it is 28 Count Zweigart Jubilee in Victorian Green and Vikki Clayton’s silk in Dandelion.
I also got Anatolia by the lovely Tracy of Ink Circles. This I will be stitching on 27 Count Zweigart Linda with the recommended threads by Carrie’s Creations. Unfortunately this fabric is a lot darker than it appeared on my screen and I am going to have to swap out the “Ruby” (though it is a fantastic colour). I have a small skein of Dragon Floss “summer fruits” by Pol stitches which I think I will use on a couple of motifs, and a couple of freebies that came with my order, but I am thinking of using an off-white as a main replacement, just to lighten it a little.
I also got a couple of things I won really cheaply on EBay. First Wild Alphabet Sampler by Janlynn, then Thomas Kinkade Brookside Hideaway, and lastly a little book “Samplers in Cross Stitch” by Jane Alford.
I’ve loved having some new stash to fondle, and Anatolia is screaming pretty loudly, but I really must work some more on my Kaba’a doors – I am determined to get this one finished this year (updated photo in its album).
My mum also bought over something she had sewn for me as a little reminder of home.
I just realised that you can zoom in on this map and see my house!!! If you zoom in on Algeria, as you get closer just to the south east of the pin you will see Douera. Zoom in again and you will see Khraicia. As you zoom in more you will see two whitish rectangles towards the east of Khraicia. When you get to maximum zoom just below and to the right of these two rectangles (which are football courts) you will see a house with a witish T shape on the roof – that is us. The white is the tiles on the roof terrace. (There is a yellow line marked W111 to the left)
Finally managed to get to make an update on my stitching. I have just completed Year’s End by Papillon Creations. I started this when I first came back to England to stay with my mum and dad at the beginning of June, so it was quite quick (for me!).
I have used Carrie’s threads in Verde and Garnet (which is a lovely colour), and it was stitched on 28 count ivory evenweave.
Now to decide what to do next. I have the next in the series – Blossom Time – or I might start to tackle Cirque, which I am doing on black . Hmmm, decisions, decisions.
It’s been a long time again since I posted, but I have a finish to show – Love with a Capital L – which I have stitched for my mum and dad’s golden wedding anniversary. Actually managed to get it finished in plenty of time, as they won’t be coming over till January (their anniversary is in March, but I probably won’t get to see them then.). I’ll try to get a frame made for them while they are here, as I think it will be expensive back in England to get such a large piece framed!
Apart from that, I have worked just a little on Cirque but not taken any pictures, and bought a few new charts too.
Thanks everyone for the compliments. I am pleased with how it turned out, but I really didn’t realise how big it was going to be!!! I used Carrie’s threads for this and the yellow is actually “Gold Glow”. The blue is “Navy”. I was originally going to use Boysenberry, but when it came it was a lot lighter than I thought- I had wanted something a deeper blue/purple, but I’m pleased with this colour combination anyway.
I’ve been slowly working on Cd eC, and I’m surprised – looking back at the last picture – just how much I’ve done.
Also I made a start on something a bit more colourful, as a relief from all that black. I’ve had Saint Sophia in my stash for a while so I thought I would start that. I originally won the material on ebay, and had no idea what I was going to do with it, but the day after it arrived, this pattern was released and it was perfect.
A friend of mine recently came for a visit and fell in love with the bright colours. So I am hoping to give it to her when it’s finished. She has a very plain apartment and is looking for things to brighten it up – I think this should do the trick
Just thought I would let everyone know that we are OK here in Algeria after the bombings yesterday. One exploded very near to my daughter’s school, and they have had some damage and windows blown out, but no children were hurt. She is a bit shaken, and very clingy at the moment, but not hurt. The school has now closed early for the holidays so she has a few weeks to get over things before having to return.
Thanks to those friends who have been in touch asking how we are, it is nice to know that people care.
I’ve been off in my own little world and haven’t listened to a news broadcast for days. Sooo very happy to hear you and your loved ones are all OK. Do you think there might be a cessation of hostilities for Christmas?
I’m in the group that really didn’t get to read or hear any news yesterday. I’m thrilled that you’re all ok. Give your daughter an extra hug from me. I don’t blame her for being shaken and clingy… I suspect I’d be just the same!
Thank you every one for your best wishes. One of the saddest things about this is the time of year. This being a muslim country, we don’t actually celebrate Christmas, but it is in the month of Hijrah or pilgrimage. And during the first 10 days of this month, we are supposed to try to do more good things, and the really concentrate on worship. These people use the name of islam but go against all its teachings, in the meantime giving a bad name to all muslims. We are taught that taking the life of one innocent person is like taking the life of all of mankind, so how can they justify killing so many innocent men, women and especially the children (there was a school bus deliberately targeted and all the children on it killed). And how do you explain all this to your children?
Anyway, off my soap-box now and back to stitching.
Just a quick entry to let you all know that I am alive and well!!! I’ve only just got the internet working here, and I have thousands of messages to check through, as you can imagine. I will post more about our horrendous journey later, but for now, suffice to say that we are all well, and settling in. My daughter started her new school yesterday too.
I have been doing a little stitching and I’ve put a couple of pictures in my album. The first little project was a freebie from Reflets De Soie. I did this to keep myself occupied during the journey and when we first arrived. The picture is terrible, and I will try to get a better one to show the pretty colour of the material, but I have given it to my sister-in-law who is going to be moving to a new home this month.
The second is progress on ABC Deja Vue. Again the colour of the thread doesn’t really show up very well. But it is really pretty and I am very pleased with my first project in silk.
Well I’ve been quietly getting on with ABC Deja Vue. I’ve loved working with silk for the first time, and I think it has turned out really pretty. I can’t seem to get a good picture of the variegation in the thread. Maybe once I’ve got my scanner up and running, I’ll try scanning it.
Anyway, now to decide what to work on next. I am still waiting to move into my own apartment, so I won’t be working on my big Kab’aa doors project just yet. So, I’ll have a look through my stash and see what takes my fancy!!!
Well I had a lovely day out with 2 of the ladies from the UK Cross Stitch Group on Friday. We went to the Victoria and Albert museum in London, followed by the Science Museum. It was lovely to meet people with a similar interest.
I finally made the half way point on my Kaba’a doors project – HURRAY – only took 46 weeks!!! Also did a little bit on the steam train clock I am doing for my son.
I discovered this morning that he has helped me on another little project too. I had taken out the little cross stitch house and left it by the side of my bed over the weekend. My son decided he would help me by colouring in the chart, just like mummy – and I hadn’t taken a copy of it – aarrgh!!!
I managed to finish the seventh page of my kaba’a doors project this week so still going well.
My credit card took a bit of a bashing this week though. I bought myself a lap stand, so I can sew more easily outside or in the bedroom. I also bought a “Sampler Grab Bag” from www.wimblebees.co.uk. These were a special offer of £125 worth of sampler charts and accessories for £25, so quite a bargain. It was pot luck what I received, but I received some lovely patterns, and it was quite exciting going through the package when it arrived. I have uploaded pictures. There are a few that I am not going to be stitching and I have put them in a separate “swap” album. If anyone is interested in any of them, let me know. I will post an updated picture of my steam train clock, when I have finished sewing tonight.
My husband’s wallet also got a rare outing this weekend. We bought a new LCD TV (so he can watch the football!!!) and a new computer and all in one printer for me.
Just a quick update. I’ve been really busy sorting, clearing and packing I haven’t had much time or energy for anything else. I’ve packed my big project as I don’t think I will have the time or mental energy to concentrate on it at the moment. But I have managed to finish the Steam Train clock for my son.
He was so pleased when I showed it to him this morning — he has been a bit miserable as he is a bit confused about what is going on and doesn’t like it that his toys are being packed away. He keeps trying to get the boxes open to see if they are still there! Anyway, just need to get a frame, I’ve got the clock mechanism already, and he will be able to hang it in his new bedroom. I’ve put a couple of photos in my 2006 completed album.