Monday, January 26, 2015

DUCJC2015 Challenge and HAED progress

I am so proud of doing DUCJC for 3 weeks. Happiness pours out of me as I look back over the 21projects. I have reached my limit now so I have decided to finish at the 3 week mark. I have pretty much stitched on all I own in my stash. My natural desire is to stitch on larger designs so starting another 7 large designs in the last week is too crazy even for me. 

Today's photo shows progress on the HAED (Heaven and Earth Designs) mini Alice and Snow White (large format pattern). This is stitched two over one tent stitching. I am a third of the way through the second page. Stitching this HAED has been totally addictive.

Thanks for being with me on the DUCJC challenge. It's been a blast.

Jan x 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Day21 DUCJC2015

Day 21 saw me put my feet up and stitch on Holland Park rug by the Designers Forum. I worked on the beige border. There is still a lot of holes left to fill. I need to put this one into my regular rotation because it is so easy. It is like stitching a tapestry and involves stitching by colour not counting. 
This is stitched on 8 count canvas using Appletons tapestry wool.

Happy stitching all
Jan x 

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Day 20 DUCJC2015

Day 20 saw me stitch on an old WIP, Dimensions The Gold Collection called Promises Kept. It was on a scroll frame which has been annoying me so I took it off. I inherited this WIP from a friend 5 yrs ago so it came half stitched on the frame. I decided today I would find it easier to stitch this in hand so off came the frame.  And yes it's so much easier without the bulkiest of the frame.

I backstitched the giraffe and elephant and then stitched more on the black horse. This is definitely a slow WIP. It is stitched on 18ct Aida. 

Happy flossing and stitching
Jan x 

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Day19 DUCJC2015

Today I started a project that I found on a YouTube channel stitched by 'Thelovelyarray'. This is called Classic Book Spines by Purple Stitching. It is stitched on 18ct Magic guide Aida using two strands of DMC thread. You can actually buy these classic books with these spines which I would love to do.  I adore this pattern soooo much. 

Until tomorrow
Jan x 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Day 18 DUCJC2015

I had fun stitching the word 'London' onto the border on day 18 of this challenge. Now I have to repeat that word another five times.  This is 'I Love London' by the Historical Sampler Company. Such a fun piece. I will make it up into a cushion. It is stitched two over two in 32 ct white linen.

See you tomorrow
Jan x

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Day 17 DUCJC2015

Today was a new start on a Bothy Threads kit called Kings and Queens. Meet William the First (well half of him)!  I plan to stitch the royalty in chronological order starting from the too left.  This is stitched on 14ct white aide which came in the kit.  I will back stitch as I go. Such a fun and whimsical project to have in the go (and educational too).

Until tomorrow
Jan x

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Day 16 DUCJC2015

I started the block W is for Welcome on Day 16. Such a pretty climber! This will form part of a tea party scene outside a pretty house. Oh how I love the Prairie Schooler designs. 

Until tomorrow
Jan x

Friday, January 16, 2015

Day 15 DUCJC2015

Where did those last 2 weeks go? I am halfway there as I signed up for the 31 day challenge. I am proud of myself for sticking with the challenge despite working and balancing life/kids/housework.I have made lots of progress so feel it has been a worthwhile push with my stitching and given my blog. A big thank you goes out to Linda Scott who organised it all.

Day 14 saw me start block V is for Vineyard on the PS alphabet.  I admire foxes so look forward to stitching him. Foxes don't live in Tasmania so I am intrigued by them. So far, all I have to show you is a vine leaf the pretty  DMC colour 3362.

Wishing you joy in stitches,

Jan x

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Day14 DUCJC2015

This is R is for Rabbit in the Prairie Schooler alphabet sampler. No rabbit in the picture yet. It will take centre stage when it appears in front of the cute house. This might be my new favourite block!

Happy stitching....
Jan x

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Day 13 DUCJC2015

Day 13 was a big day of this challenge as I put some stitches into a new Heaven and Earth Design or otherwise known as a HAED.  This new start is QS Treasure Hunt Bookshelf Fox to Dragon.  I am stitching it on white 25ct Magic guide evenweave. I managed 200 stitches of a moonlit night sky. 

Until tomorrow, stitch away...
Jan x

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Day 12 DUCJC2015

My Day 12 saw me stitching on a WIP from the Shores of Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings.  I worked on block 2. This doesn't look stitch heavy but the block is taking me some hours to finish.  Also it didn't help that I was missing some threads. Hopefully I will get onto block 3 soon! 

Happy stitching
Jan x

Monday, January 12, 2015

Day 11 DUCJC2015

May I present Q is for Quilt. Another PS alphabet block. It will look so colourful and pretty next to Polly the Parrot.  Now onto day 12!

Until tomorrow
Jan x

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Day 10 DUCJC2015

P is for Parrot was what I started on day 10 of the Prairie Schooler alphabet.  I stitched the top of the parrot cage. The parrot will look fine next to the owl. The P block sits under G is for Garden which is arguably the prettiest block of all the designs.  

Thanks for all the comments.  I have enjoyed posting on a daily basis. I have just been using he Blogger App so cut out the more lengthy process of using my SLR camera, downloading, and editing photos etc. I cut the process down by probably 20-30mins. The photo quality is not as good but it's a post and that is what is important! I love documenting DUCJC. 

Jan x

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Day 9 DUCJC2015

Day 9 saw me start the block O is for Owl which sits under F is for Friend.  This block will be handsome! Who doesn't love a majestic owl? The Prairie Schooler alphabet has had lots of my attention this week. My other projects might be missing me. 

Until tomorrow. Happy stitching...
Jan x

Friday, January 9, 2015

Day 8 DUCJC2015

I had little stitching time on day 8 of DUCJC so only managed to start a few leaves on N is for Nest of the Prairie Schooler alphabet.  It was my lovely mum's birthday so we celebrated by going to a circus (many years since we had been) and catching a film 'The Imitation Game'. A pleasurable day spoiling my beautiful mother and being a family together.

Happy stitching
Jan x

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Day 7 DUCJC2015

On day 7 of DUCJC I stitched on a WIP by Bothy Threads called Cut Thru' Pirate Ship. Well it was Pirate Wednesday after all! I stitched on the sail. It is stitch heavy in this part so it will take me a little while to finish the sail.

Happy stitching 
Jan x 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Day 6 DUCJC2015

I started the M block of the Prairie Schooler alphabet. This block is called M is for Mermaid. Wow is this waterbird pretty. I have run out of the DMC colour 924 so hope to put the wings and body on it soon. No mermaid in sight yet but she won't be too far off.

Happy stitching

Jan x 

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Day 5 DUCJC2015

I started a new block on day 5. This is the Prairie Schooler alphabet block 'L is for Leaves'.  I have stitched this block before as separate block in the past. It features a gorgeous deer. Hopefully I won't find it too boring but so far so good.  


It is stitched two over two on 36ct linen using DMC threads. 

Until tomorrow happy stitching

Jan x

Monday, January 5, 2015

Day 4 DUCJC2015

Day 4 of Debbies's UCJC2015 saw me stitching on my HAED WIP 'Mini Alice and Snow White'. I only have about 200 stitches left and I will have finished my first page! 


Three things are new to me with this HAED. Firstly I am stitching this with tent stitch.  So quick! Secondly, I am using pre-gridded fabric called white 25ct magic guide evenweave. Thirdly I have gone paperless!!! I am enjoying stitching this using PDF Expert app on my new mini iPad. Lots of new challenges abound.

What you can see is the left side of Alice's face with her blonde hair and blue headband. 

Until tomorrow happy stitching...

Jan x

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Day 3 DUCJC2015

Day 3 of DUCJC2015 saw me stitching on a work in progress (WIP). I have many WIPS so cannot start a new project every day.  I prefer large projects so starting 31 massive projects would be crazy. Therefore I am doing a combination of new starts and WIPS. 

Day 3 I worked hard on the cat in The Prairie Schooler alphabet block, K is for Kitty. This is stitched on raw linen two over two using the recommended DMC threads.

Until tomorrow...Jan x


Saturday, January 3, 2015

Day 2 DUCJC2015

Day 2 of DUCJC 15 saw me stitch on my first Chatelaine by Martina Rosenberg. I have been eager to start one. This is a freebie design from her website called Autumn 2011 Fly Agaric.

This is the top of the toadstool stitched on antique 32ct linen 2 over 2 using the recommended threads. It's a small design so should be a 2015 finish. 

Today I will be working on a new letter of the Prairie Schooler alphabet.

See you tomorrow when I update on day 3. 
                                                             Jan x

Friday, January 2, 2015

Day 1 DUCJC2015

Happy New Year stitchers,

I am part of a special group stitching in memory of Debbie stitching the Ultimate Crazy January Challenge 2015 (DUCJC2015).   This challenge involves stitching on different items on every day throughout January and even February if you dare.  I have committed to January and will stitch on a combination of new starts and works in progress (WIPs).

It was easy to choose my first new start!  I was also committed on January 1st to take part in a Mirabilia stitch along (SAL) event hosted through a Facebook group and a YouTube/Instagram group. The Mirabilia design I chose was a mermaid called The Enchanted. She is one of the most beaded Mirabilias which should make her very pretty.

I am stitching her two over over on a 28ct hand-dyed fabric by Chromatic Alchemy which is such a pretty combination of sea blues and grays that I was fortunate enough to win on the CA Facebook page.  I love the start I made.

Joyful stitching...
                       Jan x