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Spring stitching

March 10, 2012

I’ve been trying to get back into stitching recently. This is partly because the days are getting lighter, which makes it easier to see what I’m doing and means my energy levels are higher. My hand and wrist are pretty much back to normal after a distal radius fracture last year. Also, I have discovered that my 3 year old son Aled will let me stitch for short periods when he’s around, so long as he is occupied with watching a dvd or playing with something.

So what have I been stitching recently? Well I’ve been trying to stick to fairly simple stuff, mostly whole stitches on Aida fabric, to get me back into the swing of things. Here is a photo of two quick projects completed over the last month. The ‘New Home’ kit was from the Bothy Threads ‘SNAPS’ range which is sadly no longer available. The ‘Happy Birthday’ card kit was designed by Debra Page and I got it as a freebie with World of Cross Stitching magazine a few years ago. Both designs feature butterflies and seem quite appropriate for this time of year.

Cross stitched ‘new home’ and ‘happy birthday’ greetings

I’ve also been sorting out my threads left over from previous kits and projects using the Floss-A-Way* storage system. This consists of small zip-lock plastic bags that you can write the thread number on, all clipped together on a metal ring. This is absolutely great for a lazy person like me as it doesn’t involve any winding of threads on cards and you can save the tiniest bit of thread in its own little bag.

Floss-A-Way embroidery thread storage system

Finally a photo of the materials for my next project, which will be a Babel Fish from The Hitch-Hikers Guide to The Galaxy by Douglas Adams. I will be using this chart I bought from Pixystitches and hope to be able to show you a photo of  the end result next month. (I first came across this chart via this pin on Pinterest)

Threads & fabric for my next project

I am linking up with Needlework Days at Feisty Tapas. I hope lots of people will join in with this as it is always nice to be able to have a nosy at what other needlework creations people have produced.


* This post includes links to the website, which is one of my favourite places to buy needlework kits and supplies

13 Comments leave one →
  1. Missus Tribble permalink
    March 10, 2012 3:04 pm

    What adorable little pieces! I’ve been making slow progress on my ballerina and really must take some more pictures in a few days.

    • March 11, 2012 7:59 am

      I do have some bigger projects on the go too. But I thought it would be good to get a couple of smaller items stitched in order to get some sense of momentum.

      It would be interesting to see some photos of where you are up to with your project. And you could join the linky at Feisty Tapas too.

      • Missus Tribble permalink
        March 11, 2012 1:49 pm

        I certainly planned on it – in fact she’s already been in touch with me 🙂

  2. March 10, 2012 3:08 pm

    Hi Ruth, thanks so much for linking up. I have been sticking to simple projects too, I have two massive ones awaiting a good old session, one of them just needs really good lighting and a few hours. I hope I will finish it one day, it will be quite an achievement. I just don’t get much time at the moment, so far I don’t dare take it out when my toddler is with me, she’s a bit of a fearless daredevil.

    To me starting a cross-stitch project is a bit like starting a new notebook or even starting to write on a blank page, I just love that feeling. I am a bit sad when I finish a project, mixed with a sense of achievement.

    • March 11, 2012 8:03 am

      Hi Maria. It’s a lovely idea for a linky and I’m intending to join in every month. Like you, I love starting new projects and feel a little bit sad when I finish. Sometimes I stitch more and more slowly towards the end! My toddler is a bit of a fearless daredevil too, so I can only stitch when he is around if he is engrossed in something else. But it’s a start!

  3. March 10, 2012 3:18 pm

    They are lovely! I’ve also discovered that I can do some stitching while my three year old is about which is great, although I have a baby too that needs entertaining, but at least it gives me hope for the future when she’s a bit older!

    I like your thread storage system, I just have the little cards but like you say the bags look really handy for storing the smaller pieces.

    • March 11, 2012 9:52 am

      Thanks! I’m sure you will be able to getting more stitching done when both your children are older.

      It took me a while to settle on that thread storage system. So I have some other thread storage stuff to clear out when I get time (e.g. DMC Gold Concept, which only works if you have a whole skein to store)

  4. Jo Lloyd permalink
    March 10, 2012 5:15 pm

    Hi Ruth, I’ve rediscovered my stitching mojo too 🙂 Was getting quite worried it wasn’t returning at all, thankfully I’ve got the bug back and am more than happy about it 🙂

    So far this year I’ve completed :

    I’m half way through this one at the moment : :

    As you can see, Sew and So are my favourite site also 😉 Hope these links work…
    See you soon!! Jow. xxx

    • March 11, 2012 9:55 am

      Yay for rediscovering your stitching mojo! I like the seasonal boxes sampler – will have a look at others by the same folk. You’re a braver woman than me taking on the Vervaco designs with all that subtle shading! But I know the end results are lovely. 🙂

      I hope to see you soon too! R xxx

  5. March 12, 2012 8:15 am

    i love the little house! so cute!


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