Friday, February 9, 2018

Chenonceau Finished!

Finally it's finished!!!

Chenonceau Loire Castle
By Chatelaine Designs

I started this in July 2016, so in the scheme of things it didn't really take me too long (I am a slow stitcher and have 1000 other WIPs as well)

Of to get it framed now and I think I will get out my Lake Como Mandala and do some of that.

Progress so far...

Happy stitching!

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

New Starts, WIPs and Finishes...

Finishes?? Well no, not exactly. Chenonceau is finished except for beads, photo to come later.

However I have had good progress on The Met by Mirabilia

Early Americans series by Little House Needleworks, I'm doing this as one big piece

Moroccan Town by Chatelaine, sadly the designer Martina Rosenberg passed away in December and she will be greatly missed by all Chatelaine stitchers

Christmas at the Villa by Madeleine Findley

Let Freedom Ring by Lilia's Studio, this was my Christmas Eve start

and finally Christmas At Hawk Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings, my New Years start, I'm using NPI silks for this

Stash was from the Glendon Place sale, I love these charts!

I also got this framed (after finishing it in 2015!)
Pattini d' Argento by Cuore e Batticuore

I should be able to post a photo of my finished Chenonceau next time as there aren't that many beads to put on.

Happy stitching!

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Those "Jessica Stitches"

Well I have finally finished doing the jessica stitches on Chenonceau

All 232 of them.....

Chenonceau - Loire Castle
by Chatelaine

Now to finish the rest of it, hopefully I can finish it by the end of the year!

Happy stitching everyone!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

WIPs and Stash

Another update on Chenonceau

I have started on the outer border so not far to go!

I have also had another start.... Opps!

28 count Ivory evenweave

This is another Chatelaine Design called Pompeji, I'm loving the colours so far!

I have also had these Teresa Wentzler charts for a long time, so I finally purchased some fabric to start them

Magical Night will be stitched on 28 count Ice Blue evenweave and Carousel I have 28 count Grey evenweave. Never ever again will I do a Teresa Wentzler piece on 32 count linen, I value my sanity lol.

I have also brought New York by Thea Gouverneur. Now this has 18 count aida in the kit and I will not be using that, mostly because I don't like aida much so I think I will get some evenweave 28 count. It is stitched with one strand and I am considering using 2 strands. Obviously there won't be enough thread in the kit so I will have to match up from my DMC threads . Has anyone used 2 strands? How does it look?

So all up I have a few things to get on with and the stash grows bigger and bigger!

Happy stitching!

Saturday, May 20, 2017


I have finally finished the castle of Chenonceau!

Before -

After - 

Now on to the garden part with lots of specialty stitches!


Saturday, March 18, 2017

Loire Castle - Chenonceau Update

I haven't posted about Chenonceau (Chatelaine Design)for a while and since I have done quite a bit since the last photos of this I decided it needed it's own post!

Before -

 After -

I have started doing some back stitching on the windows, mostly because there is heaps of it and I would rather do a bit now instead of having all of it to do at the end.

I will endeavour to blog more often but I just get so busy with work and stuff! 

happy stitching


Thursday, December 29, 2016

The WIP & UFO List

Well since I had some time on my hands today, I got out all my WIPs and UFOs to have a look at and cringe about how many I have

Basically here is the list:

English Garden Sampler
By Teresa Wentzler

I really like her designs but I really don't like the huge amounts of backstitching and blended threads, in saying that I have 2 of her designs on the go...

Summer Carousel
By Teresa Wentzler
This is my oldest WIP (probably now a UFO) Started around 17-18 years ago

Oh Christmas Tree
By Lavender & Lace

Stitching Accessory Book
By Designing Ladies

Angel Dwell Here
By Mirabilia

By Mirabilia
New start on 28/12/2016

The Enchantment of Winter
By Dimples Designs

Roman Building
By Unknown

Petit Marche de Noel
By Cuore e Batticuore

By Mirabilia

Ballerina Beauty
By Dimensions

A Cat Lovers Biscornu
By Sandra Cox Vanosdall

By Janlynn

Dancing in Passion
By Lanarte

Italian View
By Dimensions

Lastly are my Chatelaine Designs. I have 4 WIPs but 17

Lake Como Mandala


Provence Mandala

Rose Lights Mandala

So will I get these finished? Well maybe one day....I have been good though and only started one over Christmas!

Happy stitching !!