Friday, 28 April 2017

Christmas Sled Stocking #1

On to the next stocking now. It was flat out at work today so I haven't had a moment to be able to post my start until we arrived at Aireys Inlet this evening. I was so looking forward to getting stuck into this new stocking only to find that the tightening screw on my round hoop has fallen out, hopefully at home, and so I can't use it tonight. I hope to find a replacement screw in the shed tomorrow (there are no lights in there so I have to wait until daytime to search for one). This is where I got up to last night - a pleasing start...
The new stocking is another Dimensions Gold Collection one called 'Christmas Sled Stocking'.
Thanks for your lovely comments about the completed Holy Night stocking - it was a joy to stitch and the nice comments are much appreciated.
Happy Stitching,
Kerrie

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Holy Night Stocking - Finished!

Yay - it is done, completely! Yesterday was the ANZAC Day public holiday in Australia. On Monday, I contacted the craft store and asked if they would be open on Tuesday, expecting the owner to say No. She told me if I turned up, I could call and she would let me in to get my backing fabric! Yay. My husband and I went for a drive and came home with some amazing fabric that was perfect for the back of the stocking, meaning I could finish it completely and have it ready to pass on to the new owner earlier than expected. I said to the store owner, "I'm looking for something dark blue with gold flecks in it" and she went straight to the perfect fabric. I was in and out within about 5 mins! We spent longer afterwards talking and patting their beautiful Golden Retriever dogs out the back. Gosh, made me realise how much I miss our beautiful Clarence...😔

After finishing up the Holy Night Stocking, I also finished the second of my patchwork doona covers. I had been holding back on this as my sewing machine had started to play up - I think it was something with the tension and thread. When I changed the thread, it was fine and since I only had about 40cm to sew to finish it, I did it before it decided to stop working again. I will have to get it serviced once I finish my doona covers - it has been working overtime! Burgundy and beige doona covers now ready to use.
Happy Stitching,
Kerrie

Monday, 24 April 2017

Holy Night Stocking #44

I finished the name banner except for the gold across the top and the back-stitching of the letters. Hopefully tonight I can get that done.
On Friday night,  I went with a friend to see the Fate of the Furious. We went in expecting it to be over the top and crazy, but unfortunately we both felt it was just a bit too ridiculous. The other films have about 5% that you think could actually happen, this one had nothing that made you think 'yeah, this possibly could actually happen'. Overall, I left feeling disappointed which was a pity as I was really looking forward to it.
I won't be able to go and get the backing fabric for this next weekend as we'll be at Aireys Inlet but that just means I can start the next one and shop the weekend after!
Happy Stitching,
Kerrie

Friday, 21 April 2017

Holy Night Stocking #43

I can only stitch in short bursts at the moment while my shoulder is playing up - very frustrating! I made a start on the name banner...
 
When I was looking at it, I thought I'd ask and see if anyone can guess what the name will be, but looking at it in the photo, I think it is pretty obvious...(but then I know what it is supposed to be).
Happy Stitching,
Kerrie

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Holy Night Stocking #42

 
Yay - I've done all the back-stitching and made a start on the name banner across the top. My shoulder is continuing to play up so I can't sit and stitch like I used to - very frustrating! I'm going to see an Osteopath on the weekend as I haven't had any success with my physio. Hopefully they can figure out what the cause of the pain is and fix it - fingers crossed!

I use Thread Heaven to stitch the gold metallic threads across the top border. It helps to make them slide through and not get as caught up as they would without it. Maybe by the end of the week, it will be done and I'll have to go to the fabric store to get some beautiful backing fabric to sew it up. The felt supplied with the kit just doesn't cut it for something that has taken so much work to stitch - you want it to be usable and beautiful. Picking out the right fabric should be a bit of fun.
Happy Stitching,
Kerrie



Tuesday, 18 April 2017

Holy Night Stocking #41

 
Why can't every weekend be a 4 day weekend? How good would that be! I had a successful weekend on the stitching front - all cross-stitches done and almost all the back-stitching done too. Just some around the lamb and kitten and in the hay then it is on to the name block across the top.
I hope you all had productive Easter weekends as well!
Happy Stitching,
Kerrie

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Holy Night stocking #40

The cat (and toe of the stocking) is all done - now on to the manger and baby Jesus... I'll do the back-stitching of the bottom half once I've filled in all the stitches.
Happy Stitching,
Kerrie