Friday, 31 January 2014

Dragon Rider - start point of a weekend hibernation

Here's where I'm up to on Dragon Rider, which I'm rather enjoying. And for some reason I randomly decided that I wanted to start parking again on this page, so that's what I'm doing, hence the extreme number of threads on this at the moment!
Ben's away this weekend, so I plan to hibernate and stitch. So this is my starting point, how much do you reckon I can achieve over the weekend?

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Heather continues

I do love working on Heather, she stitches up so quickly, so I get to see progress so quickly (the joy of tenting rather than full stitches). So page finish, she does away again already and I move back on to Dragon Rider. You never know though, once that's finished Heather may re-appear, or, I do have a couple more new starts calling to me. You may notice that I keep adding pictures to my WIPs down the right hand side. If the picture is there I have kitted up and plan to start in the next few months.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

A surprisingly productive week

As the title says, I've had a surprisingly productive week (and a strange inability to spell productive this morning, I've had to correct every time I've typed it). First up is Tale of the Red Swans by Aimee Stewart, and this is actually my target for the year achieved, which is a little disappointing, because it means that I've now put this away to work on something else. This is four partial pages, which I'm claiming adds up to roughly one page. Unfortunately is doesn't look like much yet, but you can just see the beginning on the clouds in the top right, and also the tiny beginning of what I'm assuming will be a fish on the 'top' left. 
Secondly I've finally finished the third page of Pride and Prejudice. This is a lovely design, but most of this page has been cream. I like one colour stitching and it's been perfect to take to craft group where I don't really have to concentrate on, but I just seem to have been working on it for ages. I suddenly realised last craft group that the patch of white was finally getting smaller and so when for a final push this week to get it finished! 
And finally Heather by Hannah Lynn has returned to the frame, finally! I love working on this and have rather missed her. I've set myself a target of another row on this this year, and the page that I'm on this week, which seeing how quickly she normally stitches up (one of my few tent stitch pieces) I think should be totally achievable, so much so that I've got it into my head that I want to add one little accent of colour, just one strand of her hair or the hair ornament as well. Anyway, we'll see how I get on. I'm off this week with nothing major planned so I've set myself some (by my standards) fairly ambitious stitching targets. With any luck I'll have another productive post to make last week to show for it!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Not much change

Tiny update on Red Swans this week. I know it doesn't look like much, I don't seem to have had much free time this week. There's a little more black than there was last week, and the green is a bit denser! I'm hoping to get these pages finished this week, which I think is just about doable, I've got pretty good stitching shifts this week and not much else planned. Then I've got a week off the week after, so I'm currently planning out my random week out stitch-a-thon plans!

Friday, 10 January 2014

A larger green shmush

I'm updating early this week as I'm working all weekend (sigh), although I've just had 3 days off for Ben's birthday so I shouldn't really complain about that. Here is the continuing growth of Red Swans, where I'm working across 4 partial pages at once. Yesterday was my first colour that wasn't green, it was black. unfortunately, because they're all such small partial pages, I think that even when I've finished all four of them you still won't be able tell what it is, but I'm enjoying it all the same!

Saturday, 4 January 2014

What you have created, if it has a name, is some green!

I sometimes think that the only reason I start with the green is because I like using that name! Here is my start of Tale of the Red Swans by Aimee Stewart (charted by HAED). It's a beautiful chart, although I admit that at the moment it doesn't look like much of a beautiful chart. I'm part of a group on facebook that Aimee is also a part of, and when I mentioned that I was thinking of starting this she said she wanted to see this stitched us because it had meaning to her so I simply couldn't pass up this start! It is gorgeous, and I'm really looking forward to seeing this grow, although my target for this project this year isn't that ambitious. My target is one page, but the page I started on is a tiny partial page, so I've decided to do three partial pages for my target instead! 
Secondly, this has technically already been posted, this is where I finished Apocalypse Princesses at the end of last year, but because it was only posted as part of my progress in 2014 I decided to re-post it here as well. I've deliberately left that funny triangle without stitching at the moment, it's all the same colour so I decided to wait until the next page, where there's also a lot of that colour so I can stitch straight across and hopefully avoid getting lines between my pages. This suddenly came together at the end of the page, and I was so excited to see the top of Mulan's head suddenly appear, especially as it was all pretty confetti heavy, so it was driving me a little potty towards the end.
I'm hoping to have quite a good stitching January and get myself off to a good start for all my targets. I've got an extra day off next week, I lieu day coming a couple of weeks after that and a weeks holiday the week after that, our holiday year runs to the end of February so we're all frantically using our holiday up. For some of these days Ben's either working or away, so I'm really hoping to have a bit of a stitch-athon, definitely get Red Swans target finished and hopefully make a decent dent into another target as well. Anf I've got a crotchet lesson booked, so I'm hoping that start towards my learning to make Granny Squares target as well!
Happy New Year everyone, I hope you're all feeling as positive about 2014 and your targets / resolutions and this post seems to sound!