Saturday, December 13, 2008

Crazy or just stupid?

I've done it! I've gone and bought a HAED design! It seemed like a good idea and now I've printed it out and OMG! There is so much of it. And the chart is so complicated you can't tell which page is what part of the design! Gulp! I chose Enchanted Flute . That's a big descission in itself, they have so many lovely designs to choose from.

Oh well. Off to check what threads I need, then I'll order them and some fabric, although a start might have to wait until after Christmas.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Storm in a Tea Cup

Well, I did it. I made it back here before Christmas, what do you know!

I thought I'd post an update on Tempest for all to see. It's slow progress but he's coming along. I'm really enjoying him. There is a lot of thread blending and I did say never again after The Wave but, hey, I guess I'm just a sucker for punishment.

I've had a bit of a hic-cup with HDYGG. The fabric I've used isn't long enough! Nightmare. I'm going to have to improvise somehow. I knew that it was going to be tight when I selected the fabric - it was an off-cut from something else, but I thought I would just about get away with it. How wrong was I? If you've got the pattern and have any brigth ideas they will be gratefully received. Here's my problem:-

At the bottom of the dark green stitching there should be another large flower mirroring the one at the top in the picture below. There is obviously no space for this. So, I don't know. I may just do as many of the other flowers that will fit and leave the bottom one completely.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Where does the time go?

I really can't believe it's been a month since I've updated the blog. What can I say. Only that life is hectic - all in a good way I'm glad to say. DH's new job is keeping him very busy and currently working from home so I don't get much of a chance to get near the computer. I guess the two things have conspired to prevent me from updating this.

Firstly, I would like to say a big and belated thank you to Rachael for my lovely prize. I took part in a draw on her blog and was lucky enough to be one of the winners. She very kindly sent me some hand died fabric and threads all in blue - one of my favourite colours!

I promise to do them all justic Rachael. Thank you.
What else it there to tell you? Well I've done quite a bit of the beading on Celtic Winter. I'm using invisible thread to do this. I love the result of this, however, it is exactly what it says and very difficult to use in artifical light. As I don't get much time for daylight stitching, this is being very slow progress.
I've found myself another bargin though! I was in hobbycraft buying some Christmas presents when I came across the speciality threads pack for Celtic Summer - in the sale. The original price was:-

But this was reduced to:-

And for this price I got:-

That's six packs of Mill Hill Beads, four bobbins of Petite Gold thread and twelve skeins of Needle Paints threads. Ohhhh! I do love a bargin.

There has also been some progress on Tempest, he is now sitting in half a cup! I'll sort a picture another day. And I've been stitching on HDYGG. I've now on part 11 and I've chosen and started some of the beads. So things are happening slowly.

Now, I have every intention of posting again before Christmas - but they way things are, who knows. So I know it's early, but just in case - Merry Christmas everybody, hope you all have a good one!