As I’m turning a new leaf, I thought I’d start afresh blog-wise too, so I’m moving to a different blog. This one will remain here with all the old posts for posterity, but all new posts will be made over at my new place – Diary of a Domestic Goddess. Please do come visit me there and leave a message or too, if just to make it feel a bit more homey!
Just a quickie this week to send you all in the direction of a foreign blog that hosts beautiful stitch-alongs, such as the 15-sided biscornu I have stitched for my Step-Mum’s Christmas gift.
There are LOADS of gorgeous little designs available for free from Stitch Creations and some of the posts are double-texted so that there’s an English version too. However, you can always use a translator site such as Babel Fish to translate it all if you want to.
My version of the 15-sided biscornu stitch-along from Stitch Creations
I didn’t get as far as I’d like to have done this UFO week, mostly due to the fact that I frogged all the work I had done on the pattern I had originally chosen as I got heartily fed up of it (the chart wasn’t symmetrical and had loads of errors in it and I had several frogging sessions on it even prior to pulling it all out!), and then chose a different design and go ahead with that.
I’m very pleased with how its looking so far though and as the design is so completely different from the one I’ve completed for the other side (Blackwork Cherry Blossoms), my Grom can display whichever side she fancies depending on her mood!
Seeing as how I’m now using a different design for the reverse of my Grom’s cushion, I thought that this week I’d send everyone over to the place where I got the new design for it.
Les Grilles de Liselotte is chock full of gorgeous designs, all available absolutely free. With such myriad charts, you might find yourself hard pushed to drag yourself away from the pages and I guarantee you’ll be downloading more than one for use!
In the run up to Christmas, I am delighted to find the very pretty Etiquette Noel, which I am definitely going to be using as four separate Christmas cards this year!
I’ve decided that I can’t bear the thought of making the cushion with a plain back after originally planning on making it reversible, so I’ve decided on an alternative design. The chart I’ve chosen is a freebie from Les Grilles de Liselotte and is called ABC Bleu, but I’ll be working it in cream and green-gold. Hopefully I’ll be able to get the majority of the design completed in what remains of UFO week, although I first have to finish unpicking the disastrous butterflies!
It’s official – I am no longer doing that flippin’ butterfly design for the reverse of the cushion for my Grom – it will have a plain back instead. I’ve stitched half the 2nd butterfly tonight only to now realise it’s all one stitch too far down. This is the second time I’ve had to unpick this butterfly and the first one was plagued by the frog too. Also the design itself isn’t mirrored properly and is full of mistakes, so I’m giving it up as a bad job. I shall unpick the whole damned thing and use the fabric for something else instead, and use a plain cream backing for the cushion. I shall finish that off (the front of the cushion is the Blackwork Cherry Blossoms) and then move onto my Mam’s Laura Ashley Home Sweet Home sampler instead.
Am really p*ssed off now. Have wasted the entire evening on those bloody butterflies – yet again!
It’s UFO week again – time to pick up an unfinished object and put in some serious stitching time! At the moment, almost all my stitching time is in the evenings after baby is in bed, and I happily sit for a couple of hours till my fingers go stiff. This week I’ll be working on the second side of the cushion I’m stitching for my Grom’s Christmas gift. I laid it aside a little while ago as I had to frog so much of it that it was driving me nuts, however, time is cracking on and I really need to get this finished.
This is where I was up to when I left off: