Rose Fairy, Nearly Finished

I had to move my frame a bit, so I figured why not take a photo? So here she is, Rose, in all her glory.


Since my last update I’ve done more cross stitching and some more backstitching. This photo isn’t the best, but it shows her off pretty well I think..

I just finished another thread colour off, so goodbye DMC 470! It was a pleasure stitching with you. I think that I’ll finish off the Kreinik thread now; I just love that sparkle!

With the end in sight, I’m already thinking about what to stitch next. I know I have a few projects on the go, so I’ll continue with one or more of those. Probably The Reader, I’d love to have her done next. 
Happy Stitching!

Another One Bites the Dust

I’ve finished another thread colour on Rose Fairy. DMC 987, it was a pleasure working with you. There are now only ten more DMC stranded cottons left, and the Kreinik of course. Then I can move on to finding and applying the beads. I’m very excited to bead the piece, as that will be the final step before framing. I can’t wait to see the sparkle!

In other news, I have made a small start on Joan Elliott’s Summer Fairy. I wanted to play around with my new Q-Snap frame, and it looks like it will be a good match for my stitching style, although I do love my scroll frames very much.

Oh, and before I go, my very good friend Joan sent me a gift certificate to Joan Elliott’s online chart store for my birthday last month. After much careful consideration and asking hubby his opinion, I purchased two designs; The Maiden and the Dragon, and Rose Goddess.

The Maiden and the Dragon looks Welsh to me, with the red dragon, the hawk, and the daffodils. I can’t wait to get started on her, she’s going to be another huge undertaking.

Rose Goddess, although she sounds similar to Rose Fairy, is actually quite different. She is a companion piece to Joan’s Green Goddess, whom was featured in The Ultimate Joan Elliott Collection (my most prized cross stitch treasure). Joan Elliott has done several other Goddess, and one day I would love to stitch them all as a set. There are the four seasons, and Mother Moon and her companion Father Sun.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Rose Fairy Update

Okay, I know I haven’t posted a photo update in a while, so here is where I’m at with Joan Elliott’s Rose Fairy.

18th June 2017

I finally managed to source another spool of the Kreinik Very Fine #4 Braid I’ve been using, so I can now finish the backstitching on the skirt and the wings. I only have a few more roses and leaves to finish cross stitching, then finish the dark backstitching, then she’ll be reading for beading and finally framing. It’s all very exciting.

Today I attended my final class at uni, so once I submit my final assignment I am free and clear. It’s bittersweet because I’m going to miss my friends and all the learning, but at the same time I’m going to have more time for my stitching. I’m hoping to have Rose Fairy finished really soon; I can’t wait to give her to my grandmama!

In other news, I couldn’t help myself and started to kit up a couple more projects, both Joan Elliott designs; Father Frost will be my first Christmas stitch, and Summer Fairy will be a lovely present for myself. Does anyone else love Joan Elliott’s designs? Please leave me a comment, I’m always happy to chat to fellow stitchers.

For now though I’m going to retire to my armchair, put on some Castle, and stitch the night away.

Happy Stitching!

Aida Woes

Alright, so in my last post I was really excited about a voucher I received from Spotlight and the 28 packs of aida that I bought with it. Well, my aida never arrived. I did get an email from Spotlight saying that although yes I placed the order, there isn’t enough stock for them to complete my order, so no new aida for me. I had a few projects planned for that aida, so now I need to figure out something else.

In other news, I have kitted up a couple of new projects. I’m all set to start two new Joan Elliott designs, Summer Fairy and Father Frost (aka Santa Clause). I’m all set to start on Summer Fairy, but I keep umming and erring about whether I should use white aida from my stash or buy some blue aida. If I stitch her on blue aida, then I could do Spring Fairy on pink aida, and Winter Fairy on white, then I guess Autumn Fairy on ecru/cream. But then again I could do them all on white aida and use coloured matting to represent the seasons/bring out the colours.

But I should probably get on with and finish Rose Fairy before I start anything new. My ¬†grandmama is waiting for her, even though she doesn’t know what it is I’ve been stitching for her. Just a few more flowers and leaves to go, then I’ll just need to finish the back stitching and finally add the beads. Then I can go look at getting her professionally framed and give her to my grandmama.

That’s all from me for now, until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Early Birthday Presents and Craft Room Update

So, last night I bought myself another early birthday present. Spotlight sent me a really awesome voucher in the mail: ‘Spend $100 and over and get 40% off’. So of course I went straight online and bought 28 packs of precut Aida, 54cm x 50cm. That should help keep me busy for a while I think. With postage it all cost me just under $70. I could have bought it in store, except that the stores closest to me didn’t have the aida I wanted in stock. Can’t wait for it to arrive. Now to re-reorganise my stitching stash so I’ll have somewhere to store it all. 

In other news, I haven’t done much stitching since my last post, so no stitching update this time I’m afraid. But we have reorganised the craft room/study/library again, and I’m working on making an exclusive cross stitching area for myself. At the moment I work from the lounge room; that’s where the heater is and since it’s getting colder each day, it just makes sense. 

Until next time,

Happy Stitching

New Snap Frame

Hello fellow stitchers. Today I’ll be writing about my new snap frame.

I’ve been wanting to try out a snap frame for a while now, but haven’t been able to find any in stores. I try to buy from a shop rather than online where I can. I got lucky today. Found a lovely cross stitching shop and they have almost everything a stitcher could want, and what they don’t have they’re happy to order in for you.

So today, the main reason I wanted to go to this shop was because I needed more Kreinik thread to finish off a special project (featured in a previous post, ‘Rose Fairy’). While I was in the shop, I saw that they stocked Q Snap frames. There was a 6 x 6 inch Q Snap branded frame, and a 11 x 11 inch Birch Creative branded one. The Q Snap, though smaller, cost more than the Birch frame, and I was told by the store owner that both frames are made in the same factory, so I decided to get the Birch one, not only because it was cheaper, but because it was bigger. An early birthday present for myself.

After unwrapping it I decided to lay out all the pieces and take a closer look at how it all works.

There are a lot of pieces in there. The instructions are fairly easy to follow as well, which is always a good thing.

I decided to try out my new snap frame out on a project that’s not currently attached to a scroll frame. This project is called The Magical Unicorn, by the amazing Joan Elliott.

Here you can see the front and the back. I love the snap frame! It holds the fabric perfectly. Amazing tension is achieved, and it doesn’t slip. I don’t think that the snap frame will leave any marks like a hoop does, but we’ll have to wait and see.

As you can also see, I haven’t made a lot of progress on this project so far. I do love the pink aida I chose. One day I’ll get around to trying to dye my own fabric, but for now I’m happy with plain aida.

Happy Stitching!

Springtime Geisha

I don’t know the rest of you, but where I am, the weather is miserable. It’s cold and wet, and I love it. Perfect to sit under the heater and stitch while watching Stargate SG1. This weather is also the perfect excuse to gaze at my first ever completed piece of stitching, Springtime Geisha, by Lesley Teare.

I completed this wonderful piece back in 2015 when I first started stitching. Because she was my first piece, she’s full of mistakes, but thankfully, I seem to be only one who can spot them. I missed a couple of rows in her left kimono sleeve, and messed up the backstitching on one of her hands. At the time I was stitching this, I didn’t know how to do French knots, so I replaced them all with beads. But I think my biggest mistake was the orientation of the aida. I cut the aida to the right size, and started stitching. It was weeks before I realised that I was stitching on the fabric landscape, instead of portrait. As a result, I had maybe a centimetre of fabric at the top and bottom left to frame with…if you look at the back of the frame I chose you can tell I messed it up, but not from the front thankfully.

One day I’d like to go back and stitch this piece again, but despite all the bother, I’m really glad at how she worked out.

For those who are wondering, I got this chart in the Oriental issue of Ultimate Cross Stitch magazine, and she is also featured in the October 2014 issue of Cross Stitch Crazy.
Happy Stitching