Saturday, September 30, 2006
I know, it's been a long time between updates... that seems to be a trend with me. But I promise that I have been stitching, a little bit. Actually, I'm having problems with my right shoulder; I never knew there were such things as stitching injuries, but now I do. It's just so sore and tight! I took a week off stitching, which did help, but only temporarily. Ah well. I'm just going to have to invest in a massage once a month. What a shame!

I've been working on 'S' (M Designs), and I'm about 1/3 done... it's lovely. My friend Veronica is actually doing the exact same chart at the moment, so next week I'll ask her if I can take a picture of hers and post it. Hers is even more gorgeous than mine! (d'oh!)

My first ever foray into hardanger embroidery, and I really enjoyed it! It was a kit that Mum gave me when I was down in Canberra visiting her last week. It only took me a few hours. (I did it whilst watching the first season of the Golden Girls, I love them!)

I really want to make a doily or a table cloth... but that might be a bit adventurous. I've been looking for patterns, but haven't found many that I really love. I'm kind of becoming obsessed with the idea though. I'm dreaming about hardanger!

I think it's a bit naughty to call this a finish, because I'm meant to make it into a cushion, but I don't have a sewing machine, and I'm too scared to hand sew it. I'll have to ask Mummy dearest to do it for me :D

And look! I've been stitching on Firefly Fairies. My thread heaven arrived in the mail, and I decided to test it out with the Kreiniks in this chart... and I have to say, it's pretty good. Not perfect, but a vast improvement.

I've rediscovered my love for this chart. Actually, I've really been enjoying all of my cross stitching lately, but there is (always) one exception. I've been trying to do the border on my HAED RR, and it's driving me insane! Insane I say! I wish to god that I hadn't chosen such a complicated border. I'll have to show you a picture some other time. I can't even bear to think about it long enough to get it out and photograph it. Aaaargh!

In other news, I've applied for a cushy job in another village, which I'm sure to get (since my best friend is the manager... hehehe, friends in high places) and I'm so excited! I keep imagining the interview, and thinking about the work and everything, and I'm thinking about it so much that I'm actually losing sleep over it! I'm off to bed now though; hopefully I can get thoughts of lovely new jobs and hardanger out of my head long enough for a few hours sleep!

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posted by Tash at 08:23 | 1 comments
Thursday, September 14, 2006
I just finished my HAED RR square. I'm so pleased with her, she looks lovely.

I actually wouldn't mind stitching the whole thing of her. It would be quite fast, probably because she's quite small, and she only has 22 colours. I finished her in two weeks, and I think that's a record for me :) She's so tiny too!

Now all I have to do is the border. I'm still planning that. I would love to add another square on, to make it an even 8. Then I could make it into an octagon box... but I don't think my fabric is wide enough. I don't know. I'll have to get out my trusty calculator and tape measure.

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Sunday, September 10, 2006
Madness of Hatred by Selina Fenech, from Heaven and Earth Designs. This WIP is actually from a few days ago, I've done more since then, but I'm far too lazy to take another picture. I'm just doing a little section for my HAED RR, the new theme I've chosen is black and white. There are so many lovely b&w charts, that I would never have time to stitch myself, so this is a nice way to do it!

I also have lots of new stash that I must share with you. Soon, I promise.

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Saturday, September 02, 2006
So now time for the dreaded goal rundown.
August Goals
  • Finish Aussie RR square - Done, but one day late

  • Finish Scent of Enchantment - nope!

  • Plan the birth sampler for Jaxon - nope!

  • Put at least one thread in Firefly Fairies - nope!

  • Plan layout for HAED RR - yes, but then it was trashed, so I have to come up with a new one, hopefully just a modification of the old one.

  • Start housewarming gift for Kim - nope. I've decided to leave that for a Christmas present.

  • Finish 'S' - nope, still waiting for the chart to actually get here!

  • Not a very successful month, you see. Hopefully this month will be better:
  • Plan, start and finish my HAED RR.

  • Plan and start Jaxon's birth sampler.

  • Get out an old UFO to see if I can rescue it for Jack's birth sampler.

  • Put at least one thread in Firefly Fairies.

  • DO NOT buy any more stash!!!!!(This is the most important goal)

  • I hope this month's goals are a bit more realistic. I think it's going to take me a while for me to be able to estimate my goals correctly. They were so high last month that I was disheartened and didn't feel like stitching at all, so hopefully by lowering my expectations this month I'll do better. Well, here's hoping!

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    posted by Tash at 08:05 | 0 comments
    Yay! A finish! It's a day late, so I didn't make my goal, but hey, better late than never. (sorry about the hideous blurry picture, my scanner is on the blink). Carnivorous Cat by Cattitudes. Stitched on white 14 count aida with 1/2 strands of Anchor thread.

    I cannot tell you how glad I am to finish this, it was so yucky to stitch, but it doesn't matter. It's done now, and I can put it in an envelope and send it to Denmark, and I never have to look at or think about it again. Thank God.

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