A slight obsession with books

Crafts, cats and books


Precious Dreams #5

After finishing the first fish for the last update, I was keen to do some more of the second fish, who had just started to appear. I haven’t had the time to do a great deal to him, but I have made definite progress.

This is where it was last time.
PD-06And this is what I’ve managed to do since.

PD-07I’ve tried to do one column at a time, but it seemed simpler to do certain colours in this fish across the next few columns as well, as they only have a few stitches here and there.

This is what it looks like now. I’ve taken the photo wide to show how I cope with all the parked stitches that will start the next lot of columns when I get to pages five onwards.

PD-08It looks messy, but the hair clips do a great job of keeping those threads from tangling. When I get to each column, I’ll just take out the threads for that bit and as they’re already in the right place to start stitching, it’ll save some time.

Back to the African Sampler now, as it’s nearly time for the SAL update again.




Precious Dreams #4

It’s been months since I did an update on this project. Every time I thought about stitching some of it, I got waylaid by other projects or the garden. I’ve just spent the last week on it though and I’m chuffed to bits that I’ve now finished page two (of eight). I only have one more full-sized page to do and then the others aren’t quite as big – hooray!PD-06One of the fish is now finished and that’s the head of the second fishy that’s on the far right. I love the cat’s whiskers. When I was stitching them, one 100 stitch square at a time, you couldn’t really see them but now they’re done, I think they show up beautifully.

So far I’ve done 12,600 stitches which is well over 1/4 of the way done, which is very encouraging. It’s quite fiddly in places, given the size of the stitches and all the different shades of white and grey in there, but it’s very satisfying to finish each square.

Moving back onto Rose Boudoir for a few days now, between trips out to find owls.




Precious Dreams #3

With everything else going on, I haven’t had time to do much on this one. I did manage to finish the first page though and have made a decent start on the second. A couple more columns and I’ll be one-quarter of the way through.

PD-05It doesn’t look much yet, but I’m thrilled to see the cat’s head slowly appearing. When working on it, you can see the different colours quite clearly – the blues and greens. It looks a bit odd, but if I hold it at arm’s length, the colours merge into the greys and it looks great.

I’m going back to the Hamilton stitch next and then I’ll start on African Sampler, now that I’ve decided which fabric to use.


Precious Dreams #2

I haven’t quite completed the first page on this, but I’m getting close. I’ve slowed down a lot since all the colours came into play, but I’m really enjoying it.

PD-04I now have the tip of an ear and some whiskers, plus the start of a fish’s tail at the top. Just one more column to do to finish the first page, but I’m going to put it down for now and do some more on Sunken Treasures. It’s calling to me.


Precious Dreams

After deciding that I wasn’t getting on with the fabric that I was stitching this on, I tried different stitches and fabric counts until finding that doing tent stitch 2 over 1 onto 28 count fabric gave me the best results and was nicest to stitch.

I sent for a couple of different fabrics to see which looked best with it. It’s hard to tell from looking at them online.

FabricI got an ice blue Brittney and a lovely denim Jobelan. The Brittney was too pale but the Jobelan was perfect. It’s dark enough so it doesn’t show through the stitching but not too dark that it’s hard to stitch the navy threads on. The Brittney will be perfect for another project or three so won’t be wasted. I prefer stitching on 28ct where possible.

The tent stitch is lovely to do. I don’t know why I haven’t tried it before. It’s so much faster so I whizzed through the first couple of columns. I’ve slowed down a bit now as there are more and more colours being introduced.

This is where I’m up to now. Just over 4000 stitches done.

PD-03It’s lovely seeing the bubbles gradually appearing and I’m more than halfway through the first page.

I’ve had my helper sitting with me for some of that.

Sammie170115-02bShe was very good and didn’t attack the threads as they went back and forth. I think she was keeping a close eye on them but was too sleepy to bother with them.