Friday, 1 January 2016

Finishes, finishes

Happy 2016 to you all.  
I hope that it is a fabulous year.

Vixen - Nora Corbett
Fabric - Icicle (Crafty Kitten)
I managed to finish Vixen yesterday as the treasures arrived from Sewandso.  However, I managed to send one of the treasures flying across the room and can't find it.  I will order another packet when I 'need' to order something else too.

Whilst I have been waiting for the treasures, I pulled out Mabel Figworthy's Song of the Weather.  I had stitch the kloster blocks for April but that was about it. Today, I have finished off the block.  I had to learn how to do bullion knots, Portuguese ladder stitch and Greek crosses to do it.  My Portuguese ladder stitches aren't brilliant and I keep thinking about ripping them out and doing them again.  I suspect by the time I reach December, I will have done so!

Mabel Figworthy's Fancies - Song of the Weather (2013 SAL)

I really liked the Greek crosses once I understood what on earth it was I had to do with them.  I am sure that mine will improve with practice but I am happy with them for this 'learner's piece'.


I have signed up for the 2016 SAL which is called Round in Circles. I am thinking that I will do it with the same threads and then both of them could hang in the hall next to each other.  The first design was released today and is a nice easy one to start off with.

27 comments:

Mii Stitch said...

Congratulations on finishing Vixen!!! Looks great.

Blu said...

Lovely stitching. The hardanger one looks spectacular. I really like the white and blue combination.

Linda said...

Congrats on the gorgeous finish Sharon.

Happy New Year,
Linda

Brigitte said...

So, here it is, the finished reindeer. And it looks wonderful. And you even finished the Hardanger piece. Congrats on both finishes.

Thoeria said...

Vixen looks fabulous! You'll no doubt be *needing* something soon :D
Your hardanger piece is a beaut! And with bullion knots too!!! Those are my stitchy nightmares!
Happy new years :)

CalamityJr said...

What lovely designs to end and start the years. And just maybe the missing treasure will reappear before you need to reorder. Happy new year!

cucki said...

Congrats for such a cute finish
Happy new year dear x

Emma/Itzy said...

Vixen looks wonderful, happy new year x

Heather said...

Lovely stitching I love vixen! Happy new year!

Annie said...

Vixen is beautiful! Well done:) Happy New Year!

gominam said...

Congrats on the lovely finish. Happy New Year to you too:)

Katie said...

Congrats on the finish! Love it! I imagine the piece is laying on your floor saying I'm over here I'm over here. Maybe you'll accidentally find it. Beautiful progress on your other piece. So delicate.

Claudette497 said...

Vixen looks fantastic! I think your hardanger looks great, good for you for challenging yourself!

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

Vixen looks good. I hope the missing treasure suddenly appears. Mabel´s designs are good for trying out new stitches.

Rachel Tomkins said...

How lovely to end 2015 with a finish. Vixen looks fantastic. Your sampler looks fantastic too. You have my admiration for trying so many new stitches! :)

Carol said...

Vixen is such a lovely finish!! Well done--and all the best for another successful stitching year :)

Lesley said...

What a beautiful finish,I love this design:)

Justine said...

Vixen looks beautiful - I hope the treasure turns up soon! And that's some hardcore stitching on your sampler. Great job!

Susan said...

Beautiful finishes. Your Greek crosses look good to me. A hint on finding your treasure - put an old knee high hose over the end of your vacuum and run it over the area you think it might be. Check every so often to see if you've caught it. I used this when I dropped a dish of beads - picked them all up and just left me with sorting.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congratulations on finishing Vixen, she looks great even without one treasure. I like Susan's idea, I hope you find it soon.
The hardanger and speciality stitches look lovely too, very tricky to master. I've not done any hardanger in years, I have one UFO which features it.

Southpaw Stitcher said...

Vixen and your hardanger piece look fabulous! Wishing you a Happy New Year.

Meari said...

Happy New Year!!

I only did two of the hardangers of the SAL, so I won't be joining the next SAL.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Wow Vixen looks great you must of been so annoyed to have lost that embellishment!!! I would!

Look at you trying out all these awesome and challenging stitches!!!

Cathy B said...

Happy New a Year to you too!

Astrids dragon said...

Vixen is stunning! For a learner's piece, it looks fantastic! Love the white and blues together.

Faith... said...

Vixen looks awesome!! Congrats on your finish ;) Love the hardanger piece...that is something I am scared to do, but your's looks great.

Annette-California said...

Vixen is a beauty! WOW! Huge Congratulations Sharon!
OMG Your song of the weather is beyond AMAZING! That's one stitch I haven't done kloster blocks! Your stitching is gorgeous!!!
Looking forward to seeing all your progress! Lovely sal.
love Annette