Starting a NEW stitching project

Today, erm, I guess that would in fact be yesterday I got a load of stash in the post, there were grab bags from Polstitches, Dragonfloss, waste canvas, gridding pen and so on, but the most exciting addition to my stash must have been the evenweave. I got some 28-count pearl flecked white Brittney for a Christmas Round Robin, and a huge piece of 25-count white Lugana for my new stitchy project – My very first HAED.

It’s called QS Rose Dreaming, and I can’t wait to start it.



Feeling Charitable?

The other day I was doing my usual late night Internet browsing, when I found this site LoveQuiltsUK.

Here is a little bit about them, by them:
“Love Quilts UK is a world-wide group of stitchers who cross stitch squares for British children under the age of 19 years, who have life threatening or life-long illnesses.”

On the site you can read each kid’s story; if, like me, you are a little emotional at times, I suggest you keep the Kleenex ready, these stories are just heartbreaking.

Of course after reading I knew I had to contribute, so I’ve signed up to make two squares for the time being. One for a little boy who likes engines; I’m stitching four different trains in the square.

The second square is for a little girl who likes fairies. I’m stitching her the Spindleberry fairy from DMC’s Flower Fairies series, the autumn one which was in Crossstitcher in October. I’ve already cut up the fabric, now I just need to pick up a few skeins of floss at Green Branch and all will be ready to stitch. The two squares I’m doing aren’t due till August, so I’m not going go rush them too much, they are both 9×9 inches big after all. Honestly though, I don’t think we’ll be too far into July by the time they are stitched and ready to be sent off. And then I’ll sign up for some more!

If you think this is something you’d like to get involved with go to the site and have a look around. On the ‘Kids 2010’ page you will see the kids currently having quilts made for them, and you can find someone you’d like to stitch for. There is also the option of stitching ‘Any Kid squares’, you can get more information on this on the site. So please visit LoveQuiltsUK

That’s not all the charity news for this week though, not by a long shot.

A friend on csf (Crossstitchforum) is participating in the Relay for Life and wanted to raise some extra money by selling cards. She posted about it on the forum, asking if anyone was interested in making some and of course a whole lot of people were. I’m really proud to be a member of a forum where everyone is so helpful and generous! I haven’t decided what to stitch yet, but will get on that tomorrow as I want to have 3-4 cards stitched and ready to go by the end of the week since they need the cards by the beginning of July. You can never quite rely on the mail service between the UAE and the UK (had stuff take a week, other stuff a mobth) so I prefer sending early when possible. If you are a card maker (it probably doesn’t have to be cross stitched) and would like to join in, then visit the Crossstitchforum and have a look in the tread. Here is a link Stitch Cards for Charity

Last, but certainly not least, is a friend who is doing a sponsored climb of Kilimanjaro in aid of the Strachan Hartley Legacy Found (SHLF). Kirstin has spent some time the last few years raising money for charities, and has so far raised almost $8000 for this year’s charity, her goal is $10,000 and I have no doubt she’ll reach it. If you have a few $, £, € or even ¥ to spare please go to Kirstin’s donation page and make a donation. Please go here Kirstins Donation Page.

If you’d like to read about Kirstin’s amazing journey (the climb will take place in late June), then check out her blog – Kirstin’s Kilimanjaro Climb For Charity

Hope you all have a lovely Sunday 🙂

Margaret Sherry Hedgehog Birthday Card

Some more stitching pictures. This is a birthday card I made for a friend. It’s a Margaret Sherry design which was in Crossstitcher Issue 226. The actual design is bigger as there is a bumblebee on either side of the hedgehog, but I decided to stitch without them to save time. The design calls for Anchor floss but as I mostly have DMC I used a mixture of both, and not necessarily the corresponding colors. It’s stitched on 14-count white Aida.
The card was a freebie from another magazine as was the ‘Happy Birthday’ sticker. I think the green looked just right for this design.

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‘Summer’ Biscornu exchange – My Contribution

My partner in the craftbubble biscornu exchange has received the biscornu I sent, so now I can reveal my first ever biscornu. I’m very proud of myself, I absolutely loved stitching it even if the assembling was a bit fiddly.

The theme for the exchange was summer, so I picked a Freebie design from La Fee Rie by designer Faby Reilly

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I only had white Aida to hand so hand dyed some with Dylon Ocean Blue. The biscornu is stitched on 16 count using the floss indicated in the chart. I really enjoyed using the varigated DMCs, and I’m thinking about stitching it again some time, in the future. I’m definitely doing more biscornus though, and if you are really, really lucky you might get one as a gift.

Winter/Snow ATC exchange and Easter Egg Exchange at

I suddenly realized I haven’t shown you the ATC I received or the Easter egg. I have previously posted pictures of the ones I made, you can find my Winter/Snow ATC here and my easter egg design here. Luckily my ATC reached it’s recipient after some time, but my Easter egg is still in the postal system, it must be over a month now! I have made a replacement egg though, and I’m ready to send that out once we decided it’s time to cut our losses with the first one.

I received my ATC from Grub72 quite quickly and it’s really sweet, you can see for yourself.

Snow/Winter ATC from Grub72

My Easter egg from Kerry also come soon after the send out date, and she had made it in to a brilliant needle book, all my needles are now stored there and I don’t lose as many as before!


Thanks guys for a lovely few exchanges.

Now we have two more exchanges going on, a Biscornu scissor fob exchange and a Summer ATC. The biscornu is done, and the ATC is being charted as we speak, still plenty of time. I’m afraid you won’t be seeing pictures of them until sometime in June though.

‘Summer’ Biscornu Exchange at

After the bookmark exchange went kind of bad I wasn’t sure I should join anymore exchanges on craftbubble, but then I saw the biscornu group and just had to join.I had never actually made a biscornu before, but making one in 2010 has made it on to my New Years Resolution’s list so it was about time.

A biscornu is an 8-sided ornamental cushion, usually a pincushion, but can also be decorations, key fobs, scent sachets, you name it. It’s made from two square pieced of aida/evenweave/linen which have to be the exact same size. For instruction on how to make your very own Biscornu have a look here and here.

The groups first exchange was a ‘Summer’ themed biscornu, and the send out date was on the 3rd so I sent mine off then. However the member who sent out to me was very considerate and sent her’s off early in case the UAE post was as slow as usual. Well they weren’t slow at all, today I received my biscornu from dpoll.

It’s really pretty with butterflies and a butterfly button, here you can see for your self.


dpoll's biscornu CB exchange front med version



Now I just hope my recipient get’s her’s quickly so I can show you a picture of the one I stitched. I can guarantee that there will be many more of those in the coming months, bitten by the biscornu bug.

Cross stitching Update: Emily Peacock ‘HUG’ cushion

Back in January I mentioned my New Years resolutions, among the cross stitching ones was stitching Emily Peacock’s ‘HUG’ cushion which came as a freebie with Crossstitcher Magazine back in December ’09. I started it in January, but once the materials for the ‘mystery’ wedding sampler arrived in February it was pretty much abandoned.

This month however I had a sudden urge to stitch something with a bit of colour, so when UFO week at the Crossstitchforum started on the 1st I joined in. I should probably explain that UFO stands for UnFinished Object, and the cross stitch forum where I spend some of my time has a UFO week from the 1st to the 7th every month.

In any case, I went into UFO week with the goal of completing the H, and on the 5th this was un fait accompli. As I have a few things to stitch in May I’m going to leave it at that and get going on more birthday cards, there are after all a few more family birthday’s in May, although it’s not as crazy as August.

Here is a picture of how the cushion should look when completed, this is the tapestry version, not the cross stitch version, but the design and colours are pretty much the same.

Emily Peacock HUG/KISS cushions

I recently found out that Miso Funky sell the cross stitch pattern for the KISS cushion, so I shall be acquiring that in the near future.

Now back to the project I’m actually stitching; here is a picture of my complete progress on the ‘HUG’ cushion. My aida is a bit messy after being in the hoop but I’m not going to worry about that until everything is done. The border is the same for the length of the design so the next step is to extend it so it’s over the area where the U will appear, but that will have to wait till next month.


And here is a picture of just the H. I have to admit I didn’t think the green would go very well with the other colours, but now that it’s stitched up it looks great.


The ‘HUG’ cushion is designed by Emily Peacock and stitched on 11 count white aida using three strands of DMC floss as recommended in the chart. All colours used are as charted.

Birthday Card for My Dad

Just wanted to share a card I just did for my dad’s birthday


The design is from World of Crossstitching, part of their Patriot Bear series. You might wonder why i chose the Spanish bear – well my dad has a place in Spain and flies down there fairly often so it was fitting, and of course his name is Bjørn which is ‘bear’ in Norwegian.

The text says ‘Happy Birthday Daddy’ in Norwegian.

Now I just have to remember to send it

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