Purple Haze

Well I had a fantastic weekend in Inverness, meeting with old friends, and making new ones from around the world.  We all came together to see one of our favourite bands and spent several days in each others company before all drifting back to our own corners of the globe.

Since I came back I didn’t really get a chance to stitch till this weekend but as you can see there have been many shades of purple going on.  The colours are stunning and I love the way the combined colours work but with so much of it being half cross stitch I wish there was just a wee bit more coverage of the fabric.  However, I know from previous kits that when everything is stitched it looks fine.    My Candy Cane Santa kit arrived, which has a LOT of black thread included in it.  Really looking forward to starting that one.  Whilst I was in Inverness I bought a small kit with a Scottish theme which I hope to stitch for a friend.  Will put up a picture in my next post. 



Quick Update

Apologies for the  picture quality but I took it on my mobile phone in poor light.  As you can see I  have made a start on the tree on the left and have reached the top of the picture with some of the sky.  The blending of the colours works really well but unfortunately you can’t see it in this picture.  Will get a decent close up next week with my camera.   I will be up north at an outdoor Runrig concert  this weekend so won’t get any more stitching done till Monday.  Hope you all have a good weekend yourself when it comes.  x  

Changeover Day

Not going to be stitching any more of  this for at least a week.  If I am going to get anywhere I need to keep rotating and working on different ones, spending enough time on each one to make some visible progress but not doing so much that I get bored with it.   Am loving the colours in the house.  

Here are the threads that I said I would take a photo of on my most recently bought kit.  They are glued into these cards and don’t require sorting but, what do you do when you have used a small amount and need somewhere keep it?  The card shown has another piece of card behind it that is stuck down, holding the threads between them so you couldn’t even punch holes in the cards.  I appreciate that the threads are sorted but would say that now you need to have your own thread sorting cards to transfer them to.  Sorry Dimensions but I preferred the old way!!




Last day of Summer


Ok, what I really mean is that it’s the last day of our school holidays.  Today I received in the post my next kit (which I won’t be starting till I am finished at least 2 of the current ones).  It is called Balloon Glow and is again by Dimensions but for once it has no snow in it!   Had a wee peak at the kit and I see that Dimensions glue their threads into sorted strips now which is rather odd.  Not quite sure where you are supposed to put the wee bits you have left over that you save for other areas of stitching.  Will grab a piccy of it and put it up in a few days.  For now I will give you an update on Pleasures of Winter.  Some stitching started on the main building in the picture on the left as I thought I would leave doing more of the sunset sky for a day when I am feeling more lazy.  


Pleasures of Winter

Now that I know my threads are hopefully on their way to Scotland I decided to make a start on this kit.  Much as I love the Woodland Winter, it’s nice to be able to stitch something with different colours in it.   Have started with the sunset and some of the white of the church roof.  The sky is done using 3 strands in half cross stitch.  I have shown part of the chart here (held on to my frame with hairclip!) but have reduced quality so that it cannot be used if enlarged in anyway.  Stitching on 18 count white aida.  Some use of solid colours and colour mixes in the sunset for shading effects and it looks good so far.