Well, I haven’t updated this blog for a while so here goes.
I’ve manged to finish page 8 of my doors project now – quite quick on this page, only took about 3 weeks. I’ve now done 47571 stitches (that’s 47%) in 43 weeks!!!
Started a new weekend project. It was a pattern I bought ages ago and found when I was looking through all my downloaded patterns. The fabric is a chocolate 28 count linen and the thread was some I had in my stash for ages, I think I got it off EBay. It’s coming along really nicely. I am trying to manipulate the variegation of the thread to show up the over and under parts of the knotwork, it seems to be working so far.
Finally, I managed to complete 2 of the Names of Allah for our round robin project. I have another 2 to do but haven’t started them yet.
Stash-wise, I bought Alphebetissimo from Papillon Creatons. I bought some cream evenweave and some hand-dyed threads from Six Strand Sweets (Butterscotch and Buttermint). No photo of that yet but I’ll put it up when I can.
I managed 1600 stitches on the Kabaa Doors – so close to half way now!
Also just finished my little weekend project, and put up a picture. I’m really pleased with how it came out as I wasn’t sure about the colours to start with.
On the home-selling front, we have been having a few problems with our buyers solicitors, asking for all sorts of information/papers. Not sure if they are trying to drag this out for some reason but I hope things will get moving soon.
Salaam – and thank you. I used a linen fabric as there are quite a few quarter stitches in the pattern. I bought the pattern online ages ago from a sister, who seems to have gone out of business now. It was a nice pattern to stitch too.
Lovely finish, Somayya – this was a perfect piece of fabric for the colors you used! So sorry to hear about the difficulties with selling your house – having been on the other side of that transaction in the recent past makes me extremely sympathetic!
Not much stitching done this weekend as we had lots of visits and visitors. But I did start a new weekend project. This one is for my 3 year old son, who is a Thomas the Tank Engine fanatic. When I was looking at Vicki’s site (India Grace Designs), he saw this and went mad for it.
On my big project I managed 1010 stitches – still not quite reached the half way point, maybe this week.
On the house sale front, it looks like we have to jump through a few more hoops yet. We need to get an amendment to our deeds, which looks like it will cost at least another £1000, so our profit margin is shrinking rapidly. But we did go and look at some new plasma TVs and laptop computers on Saturday, don’t you love window shopping!
window shopping is just the best.. sis the sites you mentioned, could you post them here? so we can all have a gander insha’allah :o) i had my written test today so back to the stitching front.. need to get them finished i dont like having them hanging over my head as im sure you can fully understand. Fi amenallah
No progress at all this week as we have all been struck down by some sort of stomach virus. We all took it in turns to be ill, so it hasn’t been very pleasant here. On the bright side, I have lost 7 kilos!!!
We put our house on the market this week, in preparation for our big move to Algeria this summer, god willing. No interest as yet, but I think the property market is quite slow at the moment. Hopefully it will pick up as the weather improves.
I’ve updated my photos to show my progress so far. I managed 1227 stitches on the doors, and I also did quite a bit of my handbag this week. I’ve nearly finished the second side, then I have to put the tassles on the bottom and finish it off. I worked on St George this weekend and it is coming on really quickly. I really am not sure of the thread colour but I’m too far along now so I will finish and maybe stitch it again in a different colour some day!
Anyway we are all recovered from our illness of last week and everyone is back to work/school. We haven’t had anyone round to view our home yet – looks like we are going to have to drop the price to get any interest, will have to decide in the next couple of days.
I’m trying to stock up before our big move to Algeria in the summer – I don’t think they have any LNSs in Algiers!!!I mark off on my chart as I stitch and cross off each square of 100 stitches then tally them up at the end of the week, add on the odd stitches, add the total of all complete pages and that’s it. I only do it for my big project, more as an incentive to keep going – if I managed at least 1000 stitches during the week, I can work on St George’s at the weekend.
I mark off on my chart as I stitch and cross off each square of 100 stitches then tally them up at the end of the week, add on the odd stitches, add the total of all complete pages and that’s it. I only do it for my big project, more as an incentive to keep going – if I managed at least 1000 stitches during the week, I can work on St George’s at the weekend.
I’ve never thought of doing it that way. I think I’d see so few stitches done that I’d get discouraged. Glad it works for you.
A good week this week again – 1734 stitches on the doors and a bit done on St George’s. I also received my Cosima Sampler pattern and I’m trying to decide what colours to use. I am leaning towards a pale lilac linen and dark lilac thread, as that is the colour scheme I want for my new bedroom, but I haven’t been able to find the exact colours yet.
I’ve finished St George’s. It was a weekend only project, but I worked on it an extra day just to finish it. I am thinking of making it into a cushion cover, rather than frame it.
Spent most of yesterday evening at the hospital with my daughter. She has been feeling unwell for a couple of days and yesterday she came out in a rash all over her body, and white spots on her toungue. Turns out she has probably got Scarlet Fever. They’ve taken a throat swab and put her on antibiotics and she seems a little brigher today. She was meant to go back to school today after the easter holidays but will need to stay at home for the rest of the week. Just hope that my little boy doesn’t catch it now!
It is great you finished St. George’s. However I am vary sorry to hear your daughter is sick. Give hugs to her for me.Jenan had gotten Rubella about 1 month ago and got a itchy rash. She really felt miserable so I am sure your daughter is feeling terrible. She will definitely be in my duahs.
Thank you both. My husband has now been told that he has it too. We thought he had a bad dose of flu, as he didn’t have a rash, but the doctor told him yesterday that adults don’t always show the rash. My daughter is feeling a lot better now and should be back to school on Monday, god willing.
This is the first time I’ve done one of these blogs, so I’m not sure what I am going to put in it yet.
Didn’t get much stitching done yesterday, but I did make a start on the handbag I recently bought, put in about 170 stitches. This is the first time I’ve worked with linen and it doesn’t seem too bad so far. The hardest part is working in hand rather than on a frame, because the bag is closed.
I also ordered all the floss I need for Crackling Silence and Paris when it sizzles. I bought it on EBay so got it quite cheap. I’m still waiting for the fabric for PWIS – can’t wait for it all to arrive!
Yep, another week has passed so quickly. I managed just over 1,000 stitches on my big project and I also completed a little heart pattern that I got from “The Gift of Stitching” online mag. Don’t know what I am going to do with it though!
I have been trying to figure out what fabric/threads to use for St G’s. I have put some photos in my stash album. I can’t really afford to get more so, out of my stash, I have some chocolate coloured linen with some gold variegated thread, or some blue evenweave with a pink thread, or I have a darkish cream soft aida with maybe the thread from Pol Stitches – fire and ice – if I can save up a few pennies. What do you think?
Well, I’ve finally finished copying all my photo albums over from Multiply, and am now faced with copying over the blog posts. Hmmm, not sure how many will make it over I will have to have a read through them first – that will bring back some memories LOL. But that will be for another day.
It’s been a tiring couple of days – even more so for the family in Algeria. My brother-in-law’s wife gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl on Friday (she was working up till Wednesday, went into labour Friday morning and was home by the evening – not bad for a first time baby)! On Sunday, my husband’s sister, who was also heavily pregnant and staying at our home (the in-laws live in the apartment downstairs in our villa) had her water’s break, but with no sign of labour. She has been having a lot of problems with her pregnancy so they took her to the hospital, where she was told she would need a c-section. Unfortunately (Algeria being the country it is!) they didn’t have any of her type of blood so family members had to be rounded up to donate before they could operate. Then, it being Ramadhan, the doctors decided to wait till they had broken their fast before proceeding. So, after being made to wait all day on her own, she was finally taken in about 11pm and delivered her baby boy. We are not sure what has happened since as no one is allowed to visit her, but my mother-in-law who went up there this morning was told the hospital couldn’t look after the baby as they didn’t have enough staff and she had to bring him home!!! SIL is still in the surgical ward and not allowed visitors, though she was allowed to see the baby for 5 minutes, and we don’t know when she will be allowed home. BIL’s wife has volunteered to feed both the babies, so she’s in for a tiring few days – but I can only imagine how upset my SIL is by the whole thing. Anyway, my daughter and I have been sitting around waiting for news, which is like getting blood out of a stone sometimes. It will be a noisier house when we go back to Algeria that’s for sure.
Love with a Capital L – by Papillon Creations. Finished on 8 November 2007. Stitched on 32 count white laguna fabric with Carrie’s Creations threads in Gold Glow and Navy. Stitched for my Mum and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary
How pretty, and what tiny stitches — I had to click on to see if they were stitches or beads! What a lovely piece!
Design by Stephanie at Nouveau Encore Designs. Stitched with Soie D’Alger
Year’s End by Papillon Creations. Stitched on 28 count ivory evenweave with Carrie’s Creations threads in Ruby and Verde
Energy from Ruby Slipper Needlework Designs. Stitched on 28ct pale blue linen with Carrie’s Creations Thread in Boysenberry, and various odd bits of DMC that my mum had laying around. A present for my sister.
This is so beautiful Somayya! I had no idea that you had designed it yourself as we’ve watched it unfold over the months. You did an amazing job on both the designing and the stitching! Multiply lets you see very close up if you click the picture, so I can see all the colors and individual stitches.
Islamic calligraphy is so beautiful, elegant, and (since I can’t read it) mysterious.