Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Soooooo frustrating!

Ugh!  So many things going pear shaped these days.  Ready for a good bit of moaning (interspersed with some stitching progress) etc?  OK, here goes:

First of all, October was a wash-out for most things.  I was ill 28 of the 31 days in the month, which was a total waste of time.  Better now, thankfully.

I made a start on the simple Trish Burr piece that you see here, the violets in section one of her 'Fresh Ideas for Beginners' book.  I thought, 'I'm not too keen on spilt stitch stems, let's do it on stem stitch instead.'  So, I did and it ended up being really much too thick.  I then went on to make a real mess of the bud.  This is as far as I got that day and it's all coming out.....  Time to start again.

These photos show the counted work fabric inventory I completed recently.  As you can see, I wrote all the types, sizes and so on on these pieces of paper, then transferred the details to the correct bag.  No more wondering what's in each bag as I can see at a glance.  That went well, but the frustrating part for this (and other things) was that the photos I'd taken throughout some of the process all ended up corrupting.  A whole batch I'd moved into a new folder went wrong and so I lost the lot.  Thankfully, there was nothing really important in there, but it was a shame nonetheless and rather a nuisance having to re-take some of them to post today.

Something I noticed whilst doing this inventory was that I had a lot of scraps of Hardanger and Oslo fabrics, so I fished them all out and decided to make up some small pieces to mount in my small (and tiny) cards or even bookmarks.  I'll probably try and sell them as, with hardanger being so quick to work, I can possibly even charge a price that's fair to myself and the potential customer.  If they don't sell, I'll have a set of nice cards to use up for friends. =)  The designs I'm using have come from some old 'New Stitches' magazines and I'm adapting them with colour changes, introducing metallics and changing the shape of the outer beading trim to fit the circular mounts better.  Another good thing about this project, as well as using fabric and card blanks up, is that I'm getting some threads and beads that I either have never used or not touched for a long time into service.  I estimate that I've used a quarter or less of all the threads that I own and that's not very sensible.....

In the batch of photos that I lost was a midway shot between the last update photo and this one.  Of course, I couldn't go back and retake it, so here's the whole piece at the moment.

I haven't done a lot of needlework of late, esp. as I've just started another book reading and studying up drive, but I'm getting some things slowly done.

Other results of my counted thread fabric inventory were that I realised I no longer use Aida at all and listed all my scraps on e-bay to sell.  Also, I decided to get on with projects I'd long been planning to do and even collected the materials, but never yet got on with.  One is the lovely blackwork runner here some of you might remember that I included about about 18 months ago during the Needlequest blackwork month (photo and pattern is from 'New Stitches' #75).  I've got all I need for that, although I may swap the Kreinik Very Fine Braid for DMC stranded metallic as I have enough of the latter for the whole design, but would need to buy three more spools of the prescribed Kreinik.  I'm not sure yet as the single thread VFB will probably look nicer than two strands of DMC Light Effects.  I'll try a sample and see.  The idea is to use things up though, so I want to try and use what I have wherever possible and I'm unlikely to need almost two full skeins of the DMC long-term, esp. when I have so many gold metallics that I can't imagine ever running out.

I also have enough white 22ct Oslo fabric for a couple more cushion covers and/or a small table runner.  There are several skeins of #5 pearl cotton in white and another ball of matching #8, so it looks like the traditional white on white look will have it with at least one piece.

I'm not really expecting to start those hardanger and blackwork projects until the new year, (by which time I hope to have the above etc finished) but it will be nice to work on something with a view to using it in our new home - whenever we finally get to move!  The final frustrations are that Sir still hasn't been able to get a longer term job in the right area and homes of the right spec are not plentiful at this time of year.  We looked at one last week, but it would have taken more than a few pieces of pretty needlework to make that look less shabby.  You know how some places are old fashioned in a classic and charming way?  Well, this one was old fashioned in the badly needs modernising and redecorating way.  Looks like we'll have to wait a couple more months, by which time we hope to know how much we can spend on housing.  As little as possible, I hope as who wants to waste all their cash on rent when there are so many more interesting things to spend it on?? =)

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015

Friday, 23 October 2015

So, what's up next to stitch?

I was both surprised and thrilled to be on the list of needlework blogs worth exploring posted on Mary Corbet's blog today.  A great big, warm welcome to anyone who has followed the link from that list to visit today.  I hope you enjoy what you see here and there are a number of ways you can follow, if you'd like to, including the Bloglovin' widget and the subscribe by e-mail one if you scroll down a little on the sidebar.  If you *do* join the e-mail sub list, please make sure that you complete the validation of your e-mail address process or else you won't get the updates.=(  I also have an Instagram stream at @sew_in_love_blog and a G+ page, which I normally update with most blog posts and that you can follow using the widget in the sidebar.  In the meantime, this post looks at a few things I'm planning to work on over the next couple of month.

I'm nowhere near finishing the Paradise Island cross stitch yet, but I'd like to get some freestyle work going again and have been thinking about which projects to do.  As you probably know if you've been following my work for some time, I don't like to have too many projects on the go at once, but just one WIP feels a bit constrained, esp. as it's quite large and unwieldy at times.

I've been wanting to get back to needle painting for a while (although the recent butterflies finish might qualify to some degree), so getting the Trish Burr 'Beginners' book out again was the obvious choice.

I love purples, so I thought of having a stab at this violets study, especially as it's still in the first of the three graded sections of the book.

To be honest, I like this rose design from the second section better, but this is where my thinking about the oval hoops that I mentioned on Sunday came from.  Of course, this piece would fit fine into a regular, circular hoop, but I'm thinking that an oval one would enable one to be more economical with fabric.  Don't you think so?  I want to look at the hoops before buying one though, rather than mail ordering.  The reason for this is that the normal hoops we get here in the UK are lovely.  The edges are well smoothed off and the whole thing has some kind of varnish on to make it pleasant and safe to use without needing to bind them (unless you want to).  Some of the hoops I've seen from elsewhere aren't anything like as well finished with rough, square edges that can even splinter damaging fabric and fingers.  The oval hoops I saw on-line looked unfinished, so I want to see one to check first.  I'll see what there is at the Show next month so, in the meantime, I'll be able to tackle the violets.

Something else I'd really like to do is learn the techniques in this lovely book.

As you can see, it's a much looser style than detailed needle painting, but I think it would enable me to really get some use out of the 'alternative' threads I have, such as 2 gauges of Coton à Broder and 3 of Pearl Cotton.  There may also be room to use some of the stranded silks and rayons to see how useful they really are to me (as both of those sets are in my 'wait and see if you use them, else sell them' category).

This book also features things like creating flowers on soluble fabric and I've had some of that for a while and never known what to use if for.  Now's my chance.  Hopefully I'll be able to create something that will stand a chance in next year's summer show(s).

This is the only actual guided project in the book and this is where I plan to start.  She doesn't encourage working it exactly as seen here, but to personalise it as much as possible.

I need all the help I can get in developing my own style.  I'm always so afraid of goofing it up and producing rubbish that I rarely break too far out of other peoples' designs. I'd like to though, so this looks like a good first step to take.

I also want to have a go at the Rowandean £3 stitch-a-sample activity at their booth at the Harrogate Show next month.

So, those should keep me occupied stitchwise for the rest of the year.

Sorry about the quality of these photos, by the way.  Many of you will know how hard it can be to take decent photos of embroidery.  Taking good photos of photos of embroidery is far worse!!!

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015

Wednesday, 21 October 2015

More trees on the Island

Time for a progress report on my only WIP at the moment - the Paradise Island cross stitch.

Here's where I'd got to for the last update almost a fortnight ago.

I haven't been able to do as much as I'd hoped since then as I've had two viral illnesses back to back - something that I hoped had stopped!  It was very disappointing to find that could still happen, but it is coming into the colds, 'flu and bugs time of year and I haven't been able to rest as much as I've needed to thanks to Sir's change in schedule, so I suppose that's where the problem came from.  Anyway, I've altered my own schedule to make the best of things now and hope that will help.  It had been several months since my last nondescript viral episode.  Let's hope it's even more months until the next one now and I can get on with my various projects.

I doubt it will surprise anyone greatly to know that I've been working on more trees:

And then yet more:

With plenty more to come!

It's a bit tricky getting decent photos at the moment as, although I've got my camera set for multiple points of focus, there are only so many it can do and so the right hand side has tended to get de-prioritised and left a little more blurred.  Photoshop Elements can only undo some of the mischief...

The last photo for today is one at the same stage as the one above, but of the whole piece including the 'blank canvas' sections.  It gives more of an idea how much is still left to be put in.

I'll get there in the end....

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Stash Sunday - The 500 Thread Challenge (simplified version)

Last Sunday I was thinking about the large quantity of threads I owned and what I might let go of if I ever had to minimize the collection.  Remember?  In the comments section that day, wenhck said she felt that her stash was more than sufficient too, Glenis was delighted to have cleared out 4 boxfiles of surplus patterns recently (well done!) and Jules of Needle and Pen is cutting down her threads to reflect only what she uses.  I hope she'll do an update stash collection post on her blog soon as I love seeing that sort of post and am curious to see what she has left.... Hint - hint!!!

To be honest, I tend to agree with lewmew who said she'd have to keep all her threads as she never knows what she wants to stitch next, and  Rachel  of Virtuosew Adventures who said that it's not really possible to have a minimal stash if you're into multiple embroidery styles.  Even just one, (unless it were whitework or blackwork), can see you with a meaningfully plentiful collection.  I mean, have you seen how many threads one can use for cross stitch?  Besides stranded cottons, there are metallic braids, blending filaments, silks, over-dyed cottons etc etc etc.  I reckon there'll be some passionate cross stitchers whose thread stash easily rivals mine. =)

Having said that, for interest's sake I decided to do a simplified 500 Thread Challenge to see which 500 items I would definitely want to keep of my over 1600 if it was ever necessary.

Why simplified?  Only that, if I were to do this for real, I would take longer than about half an hour checking colour charts and would go through the whole lot very carefully determining the actual usefulness of almost each and every shade.  This time I just decided that I would want to keep the whole of my complete Anchor thread collection and then choose a few extras that would allow me to do as many different styles of work as possible.

You can't beat good old stranded cotton for general purpose use, so selecting mostly from those was a no brainer.  As there are 444 shades of Anchor (aside from the variegated ones), that left me with just 56 items to choose, and here they are:

I was surprised at the number of DMC skeins I owned that were substantially different from Anchor shades.  There will be plenty of others in other colour families of course, but I only have 86 DMCs, which were all chosen for being 'gap pluggers' - esp. the greens, which you can never have enough of.  I don't know why it is, but I can settle for a passably close match with most other colours, but I absolutely require the correct shade of green!  To be honest, I feel fairly similarly about brown and grey too.  Natures basics, I suppose.  If I were working abstracts, patterns or stylized designs, it would concern me less, but for representing nature, the basics have to be right. How do you feel about that?  Similarly?  Or do you go more for getting the brights spot on?  Or maybe you're ok with whatever you have??

Besides the DMC stranded cottons, there are a few basic Anchor Pearl Cottons in all 3 thicknesses in both bright and antique white (as well as a ball of #12 in black for blackwork), and those plus an ecru shade - #926 - and black in Coton à Broder.  Lastly, I had space for only 2 metallics and chose Kreinik silver and gold Cable as it's 3 ply and possibly could be separated for finer strands.  Of course, DMC stranded metallic would do this as well and probably separate more easily as Kreinik Cable is designed to be used all in one go.

Of course, whilst doing this exercise, I started wondering about completing my DMC collection.  Later on, whilst looking up designs I wanted to work soon, I began to think about getting one or more of those oval embroidery 'hoops'.  So much for no more stash!!  I haven't bought any, and wasn't really planning to get any more threads just now, but the idea began to appeal again and the large collection felt more comfy.  Phew!!  =)

I've sold a lot of threads in the past, anything from surplus duplicate stranded cottons through silks to hand-dyed threads etc.  I remember getting a complete set of 20 hand-dyed cottons at a show and never using one of them.  They sold well on e-bay.  I also sold all the GAST, WDW and SSS (remember them?) shades that I was never going to use a few years ago before we went for the year in Taiwan, along with various other stash items.  I've also sold all the kits I was never going to work, fabrics I knew I would never use and part-kits and charts that I had already completed, but that would be of interest to someone.  With one exception, they all went and I'm pleased I did it.  So, you could  say that my stash is maybe 20-30% smaller than it could have been.=)

So, what about you?  What could you absolutely not do without?  What do you regret having bought and did you ever clear it out?

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Sheffield Horticulture Show 2015

It's already been several weeks since the Sheffield Fayre, but I've been planning all along to give you a treat and show you some of my photos from the Fayre's main attraction - the Sheffield Horticulture Show.

It's a fairly young show, only about 15 years old and is still quite small and relaxed, but there's still plenty worth seeing, so why not take a walk around the tent with me and see for yourself?

Here are some of the floral arrangements and pot plants with the photography and art displays in the background.

Starting with the part that I head straight for and that most readers of this blog will be most interested in, here are the cross stitch entries (above) and the 'Craft - Any Media' ones (below).  The dog picture was made from trimmings from the exhibitor's own dog's hair!

At the back far right of the XS one and the back far left of the craft one, you can see my butterflies as the lone 'One Item of Embroidery' entry.  There was also just the one in the 'Cross Stitch - Own Design' category.

Just as with 'Craft - Any Media', the knitting classes attracted a lot of entries this year.  Last year both of these types of work were poorly supported and there were only one or two entries.  This time there was a good selection to see and some wonderful creativity in the toy and the garment sections.

Interestingly, the embroidery category pulled in seven entries last year, but just one this time and there were no entries at all for 'Hand Sewn Item', so I wonder if these things cycle.  One year the class has lots of entries so some of the competitors think, 'Oh, bother that, I can't win anything.  Won't enter next time!'  At the same time, someone sees a sole item in a class and thinks, 'Hey!  I might stand a chance, so I'll put something in that next year!'  I'm interested to see if embroidery makes a come-back next year, but craft and knitting take a drop in entries.  Watch this space in late August next year...

I just love these entries in the 'Group of Knitted Toy' class.  Both the busy knitting club at the back and the fantastic knitted noughts and crosses game at the front are superb.  I want to try a bit of toy making now too!

The art entries seemed to me to be a lot higher quality in several categories this time around than they had last.  I plan on trying my hand at some pastels in the 'One Sketch - Any Media' class, (as there isn't a pastel painting one) next year.  Wouldn't mind improving my watercolour skills too.

These are children's miniature gardens. =)

I usually enjoy the variety and colours in the group allotment displays (above) and what about these for prize vegetables (below)?

Last, but very definitely not least is the winner of the Best in Show trophy, the multi-talented Josie (who also created the knitted noughts and crosses game amongst other prize winning entries!):

She finds it hard to smile for the camera, but I got this lovely shot of her by Sir making her laugh just as I was about to take the photo.  She's created this amazing polymer clay miniature of the Show for fun and to attract donations to help stage next year's show.  However, the Lord Mayor loved it so much that, even though it wasn't entered as a competitive exhibit, it was awarded Best in Show and I believe is to be on display in the Town Hall!  Josie was rightly delighted!

Here are some close ups of each side and then the needlecrafts section.

Wonderful, isn't it?

Josie also organised a bit of a bric-a-brac stall to raise funds, so whilst there for staging before the Show opened, I promptly handed over the Chinese souvenir that a student had just given me (I have had SO many of these over the years) and, when we got home, put together a whole boxful of ornaments and little things that appeal to folk to donate to the cause.  It both helped us clear out nick-nacks and contributed to keeping the Fayre going and free to enter.  Someone came and bought something whilst I was still setting the items out and most of them were gone by the time I came back to get my pieces just as the Show closed.  A good bit of clearing out, methinks!

So, if you've never been to your local Show, be it a Flower Show or an Agricultural one with a Horticulture and Craft tent, I do recommend you give it a go.  Even better, get a schedule in advance and enter something.  Even if you don't get a prize (which I'll be lucky to do in the Leeds Flower Show in the future, as it's a much, MUCH bigger and more prestigious event), it's such fun joining in and it's inspiring seeing and enjoying others' wonderful work.

I realise that what I'm describing here applies very much to UK events and may not be as relevant even for the local and/or state fairs that take place in the States, Australia and so.  However, why not see what's going on in your area, wherever you are and report back?

PS Although I wasn't expecting comments on what stash you could let go of (or not) just yet, I've had some interesting ones so far and please feel free to keep them coming as I'll be using some of them in Sunday's minimalist stitching kit challenge post.

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015

Sunday, 11 October 2015

Stash Sunday - Coton à Broder #16

Continuing in last week's 'theme' of coton à broder, today I've got a photo of all the skeins of the #16 gauge
that I own.  I'm unlikely to expand this much, if at all, as there's not much to expand with.  As you can see, there are a handful of DMC skeins in there too, but their collection is more or less as limited as Anchor's, but at least they had some nice, warm greens and a couple of cooler pinks.

This is another set of threads that I've had for several years, built on when the chance arose (i.e. when I found 11 shades I'd never seen before available via an e-bay seller and I grabbed them), but rarely used.  The ends of thread wrapped around the colour number the label shows that I've used two reds and one green, which I think all went on the C&G sample you see here back in 2008 (red French knot sections).  I also remember there being a small section worked in #16 in an old RSN stumpwork kit that I did about 10 years ago. What about you?  Ever used this kind of thread?

I had what you might call a near miss with stash building today as we went down to Bakewell for the afternoon and I had hoped to spend a very pleasant half hour in Wye Needlecraft.  However, they've gone!  According to a websearch, they sold up and the new owners opened up in Mansfield, but the person writing about it felt it was nowhere near as good as the old shop and seemed to be hardly ever even open!  Soon afterwards the new management decided to take the whole operation on-line and so one more LNS bites the dust, and an award-winning one at that.  They had a really good specialist stock - you could even buy goldwork threads there, but no longer.  Sad. =(

Having said that, and having just watched a video segment on simplifying one's life, esp. materially, I couldn't help but feel that it wasn't such a bad thing for me.  I mean, I own way too much stitching stash!  I know that there are stitchers who own far more, (we've all read stories of clearing out whole rooms/garages full of stash when an embroiderer has sadly died), but it's beginning to feel uncomfortable in the same way that the book collection that I used to love and swore I could never part with began to feel within the last year.  My whole view of stuff is rapidly changing and I'm pretty sure I'll be buying very little at the Harrogate Show.  My goal is to come back with less in my bag than I went with (I'll eat my packed lunch and drink all the water and juices that I need to take with in order to stay hydrated in that awfully dry environment that makes me feel ill otherwise!), and just to take a few notes, sketches and ideas away.  I'm not going to deny myself anything I *really* want, but I'll be doing a lot of questioning of myself as to why and whether I'm going to buy anything.

I. Just. Don't. Need. Any. More. Stash.

Whilst I'm not planning to de-stash to any great degree in the immediate future, I am still keeping an eye on what's used and what's worth keeping long-term as well as giving some thought to what a minimalist kit would be, both out of pure interest and also with an eye to possible changes in the long-term.  So, everyone get your thinking caps on this week and be ready to comment on what your 'must keep' items would be ready for next Sunday when I'm going to be posting about what I would keep if I were to par right down. What couldn't you do without?  What could you lose?  How much do you think you keep 'just in case', 'for the pleasure of owning/collecting it' or rather regret buying?

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Trees are growing on paradise island!

Here's the last photo I posted of my Paradise Island cross stitch pic.  As you can see here, I'd finished as much of the water as I'd planned to do at this point and moved on to putting in some of the tree section on the distant shore.

Not surprisingly, after that came some more trees:

And then some more:

I've managed to straighten up the warped bottom section a little, but I realise I'm probably going to face the same problem at the top and, as this will probably be a cushion cover to brighten up a new sofa in our new home (ONE day!  I wish I knew when we were moving and we could just get on with it!), it's all going to need to be wet stretched for a while on completion.  Given that not all of the squares will be 'filled in', I'm wondering how, or indeed if, that will work out.  Anyone got any tips or experience they can share?

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Graduation card in cross stitch

Just a quickie today to share the cute owl card I made for my hubby who recently passed his PhD and, although he hasn't had his graduation ceremony as yet (January, we think), is now known as Dr Sir (aka Doc Martin!!)  He had his first piece of mail addressed to him as Dr the other day, which made us both chuckle.  It was from the Uni, of course.  He hasn't changed his title anywhere yet.  We're saving that for when we move and can take care of both changes in one go.

Anyway, hope you  like this wise owl (not that either of us is daft enough to believe that higher education gives wisdom!).  Sir took him to work and put him on his desk to show off.  Awww!  Even though his desk is in a corner and no-one really passes it, it was nice to do that anyway. =)

The fabric was stabilised by ironing Bondaweb to the back and then cutting the design out.  I've done that once before, but I think that either this type of fabric doesn't work too well with it - too soft, or I didn't remember how to do it properly.  I need to look at the book I got it from again next time I'm near the central library...

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015

Stash Sunday - Coton à Broder #25

I finally got around to getting out my entire Coton à Broder #25 collection and laying it out in colour groups to look at the spectrum available (and just because I enjoyed playing with them!!!).

As you can see, I merged the two brands together.  I don't have anything like all of the DMC ones as there are something like 180 in their selection of shades and, including the 79 (I think) Anchor ones I got, my whole collection is only around 125.  I might complete it one day, but as I don't really use them that much just yet, it's not likely to happen in the near future.  I fear that it may be a case of 'just for the sake of it', which isn't good sense either financially or space-wise.  Hoarding yet more thread would hardly contribute to my minimalist goal.  Having said that, many creative pursuits really aren't very minimalist, but there are degrees to which these things can be taken.  Some are happy with the core essentials at any given time, some want everything on the market.  Most of us fall somewhere in between.  I do have a tendency to horde stuff I like, but I'm aware of that and try to control it, at least!!!

Anyway, all that aside, I do like Coton à Broder #25.  It's a nice gauge, a nice texture and seems to be replacing the formerly popular #16 gauge thread, which I also have a collection of, but probably about half this many.  They're threads that seem to me to have a lot of potential and I hope to do some experimenting with them in the near future.  Have you used Coton à Broder much, or at all?  Which gauge(s)?

I've also just been doing an inventory of things I've bought this year so far and, apart from embroidery supplies, I'm doing really well at not buying stuff.  I've been given three books, but bought none (and one of the give-aways I won't be keeping), given one bottle of perfume and bought one cosmetic item that I needed, but returned it as it was terrible!!!  Embroidery supplies-wise I've bought one piece of linen (which I used half of for the recent L*K piece), 37 DMC Coton à Broder skeins, 19 balls of Anchor Pearl Cotton #12, 3 spools of Kreinik Cord and 23 packs of Mill Hill beads, mostly in the sell-off event at Hobbycraft.  Oh, I also bought two bumper cross stitch pattern magazines.  I'll be doing a Project Minimalist update on my lifestyle blog soon, which will detail the stuff I've cut down too.

I was brave and did an approximate thread inventory recently.  It turned out that my estimate of around 1600 threads was more or less accurate.  I can see myself letting go of as many as 400 in the medium term if I continue to not use them, but I'm not forcing myself to.  I don't plan on buying (m)any more though.  I ordered my ticket for the November Harrogate Show this week, but it'll be a pleasure and inspiration trip as much as anything and I hope to come back fairly empty handed.

I have been doing a bit of cross stitch - my big WIP and a card for Sir - recently and hope to show you both of those during the next week.  I'm still having headache troubles, although some days I can use my glasses OK.  Trouble is, they're usually days that I either haven't time for blogging, or just don't really feel like it.  How typical is that? LOL!  Anyway, I know what causes the trouble and am working daily on resolving the problem.  It takes time, but progress is being made, so I'm happy with that.  I've just managed to edit lots of photos and write 4 blog posts (3 in advance), so things aren't bad today.=)

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Update on the Paradise Island piece

Recently, on my post about completing the butterflies piece, Glenis asked me, 'What next?'  Well, one of the first things I'd like to do is finish the Paradise Island cross stitched picture.  The first shot today is the last photo I posted a couple of months ago, then the second one is with all the water that I plan to do at this stage completed.

This third one shows how far I've got with putting in the trees on the distant shore.  There's just one colour here so far and I'm ready for the next one as I've done as much as I reasonably could of this shade for now.

Other than that, I'm also cross stitching a little card for my hubby as he's now had official notification that he's passed his PhD completely and is now entitled to call himself Doctor!  So, he's now Doc Martin, or Dr Sir!!!  He's trying not to make a big deal of it, but I can see that he's really rather chuffed just the same.=)  Anyway, I'll show the card when it's done as it's only a small design and not really worth doing a WIP series for.

I also went through the drawer which holds my kits and project ideas etc and found this little lot:

This is what's in stock at the mo, (i.e. what's left when I sold off most of the kits etc that I used to have in my stash, but realised I was never going to stitch).  I'm also interested in another Coleshill stumpwork kit and hope to get hold of that one soon.

Having posted those, there's nothing to say I have to do any of these next and I'm also really interested on some more thread painting sort of work, polishing up some skills there.

So, the bottom line is, other than the current WIPs, I really don't know what's next!  Any suggestions?  Ideas?  Requests?  What are you working on or hoping to work next?

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2015