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Outrageous Owls – March update

The final two owls have been stitched! I’ve named them Sleepy and Bashful.

OAMar01I loved stitching Sleepy with his autumn colours. His was a very easy pattern to do. Bashful  however, was rather fiddly. There are three shades of purple and three shades of jade in him so he took a bit longer to do than the others. I do like  him now that he’s done though.

I’ve really enjoyed stitching these owls. Each individual owl felt like a finish so it was very exciting to complete each one. I love how cute they are and I love the colours in it. A huge thank you to Tree for letting me have the chart and threads to do it.

This is the finished piece.

OAMar02I think I like Cranberry owl the best, followed by Sleepy, but they’re all lovely. There’s just something about owls.

Finishing this leaves a gap in my rotation for the second week of the month. Never fear,  I already have something slotted into my project bag and it’s all ready to go.

FSBstash01Isn’t it beautiful! I can’t wait to get cracking on it.


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Outrageous Owls – Feb update

I’m very happy to have stitched another two owls during the past week and have really enjoyed doing so. Both owls are in colours that I particularly like and I thought it was rather appropriate that I finished stitching the pink owl with the heart pattern on it during Valentine’s day.

These are the two latest additions, which I’ve christened Blueberry and Cranberry.

OAFeb01That makes me two-thirds of the way through now so I’m confident of finishing this next month with the last two owls and the last bit of branch. I’m so chuffed at how quickly and easily this is stitching up and how much fun it is to do.

This is what the whole thing looks like now.

OAFeb02Aren’t they adorable? I’ve started back on the Formula One project now and am happily stitching away at the front spoiler on that McLaren. That isn’t coming on quite so quickly but I am seeing progress and more importantly, I’m loving it.


Outrageous Owls – Jan update

This is my week two project and amazingly enough was started more or less on schedule last week. I’ve stitched on it for about a week now and have reached a good point to stop and put it away until next month. Reluctantly. I’ve enjoyed this one.

I started in the centre and did the tweedy looking Owl first. Here he is before adding backstitch. Yup, I was so chuffed to have completed one Owl that I stopped to take a photo.

OAJan01I’m not the biggest fan of doing backstitch so I thought I’d do it as I went along otherwise I’d have loads to do at the end, and that’d be a pain. So, as I don’t like backstitching anything that’s still got to have cross stitching next to it, I needed to do his bit of branch first, and that meant I might as well do the leaves too. Then the backstitch, or as much of it as I could at this stage.

OAJan02Isn’t he cute? The backstitch wasn’t bad to do at all. I actually didn’t mind it. I still had plenty of week left so I started on the next Owl, after carrying on with that branch a bit more. I couldn’t help it. It had threads parked and needed to be continued.

This is where I’m up to now. Two completed Owls, apart from one teeny bit of backstitch, and a length of branch waiting invitingly for the next Owl.

OAJan03It’s just had a quick press before being put away until February, and my week three project is out and ready. I’m reading Bernie Ecclestone’s bio at the moment, and that’s making me feel all Formula One-ish, so I’ve fished out my Hamilton/McLaren stitch with the intention of doing as much as I can on that. With a bit of luck I’ll get interested enough in it to want to finish it over the next few months.


New projects for the New Year

As a reward to myself for finishing all twelve of the CCN Cottages by the end of the year, which I will do any day now, I’m going to start not one but two new projects in January. The first is one that I’ve had planned for a while and is a stitch-along with Tree. It’s the start of a new series by Little House Needleworks, with all the designs to be book covers. The first one represents Around the world in 80 days. This is all my lovely stash for it.

AtWstashThe threads are gorgeous, mostly overdyed. I’m really looking forward to using them. The fabric is 32 count Belfast linen in Light Sand.

I’ve just discovered a stitch on my sewing machine that works nicely to edge the fabric. It’s a very cheap machine and as I know nothing about sewing I’ve only used the straight stitch and zig-zag before. I think the stitch was called arrowhead stitch and it seems to be working quite well to stop any fraying.

This is a close up of the design. It’s lovely, isn’t it!

AtWpicThe other project is a fairly last-minute addition to my plans for 2013. It’s one that Tree stitched earlier this year and I really liked it so she very kindly let me have the chart and the left over threads. I kitted it up with the same fabric that Tree used as it looked so nice, and I’m adding it to my January starts because it looks like a nice quick stitch. This is the chart and rather long piece of fabric.

OAstashAnd a close up of the design. It’s called Outrageous Owls, it’s by Glendon Place and it’s very, very cute.

OApicDecember’s Cottage should be finished in a day or two, just in time for me to start on one of these. I’ve got a long list of projects that I want to do in 2013 and I’m hopeful of getting quite a few of them done. Once this last Cottage is done, that’ll be fifteen finishes this year, which isn’t bad at all for me. All small ones, mind you, but I’m still very pleased with that amount.