26 Oct 2016

Everyone needs Helping Hands!

As you'll be aware as a reader of my blog, I have been busy over the years cross stitching for various charity projects with my good friend Nicki. 

As a way of keeping track of the many projects, Nicki decided it would be a good idea to set up a Facebook group

The name of the group,   Helping Hands – Stitching & Sewing for Good Causes,   and they now have over 1780 members.

The way the group works is that if you have a charity project that you would like help with, Nicki will set up a project sheet and add it to the data files.  Then members can choose the projects they would like to help with, dipping  in and out as they please. There's absolutely no pressure regarding how much or how little you do, although a few of the projects do have time restraints.

I was just a spectator to start with, looking at all the wonderful quilts, blankets, little yellow ducks, fiddle muffs and other wonderful projects that people were working on and then in August of 2015 I decided to take the plunge  and get busy with my crochet hooks.
My first project was making little crocheted blankets for the neo natal unit at my local hospital, Princess Alexandra, Harlow, Essex. 

Happy Stitching!

18 Oct 2016

Does an even longer absence make the heart grow even more fonder?

At Last!
It’s been more than 17 months since I’ve been able to access my blog to update it but now it seems Blogger have done something and suddenly I have a temporary log on. .......yah!

Can’t help wondering just how temporary it will be though, so I guess I had better make the most of it  and take the opportunity to update some of the stitching and knitting that I’ve been doing while I’ve been away.

 The last time I blogged, back in May 2015, I had just started work on a Felt Appliqué Christmas Stocking for my God Daughter’s  2 month old daughter, Freya.

This was of course finished well in time for Christmas that year, meaning Nicola could hang all four together when the time came to decorate for Christmas.

Here are the others. 
The 1st one was stitched back in 1981, using a kit brought in Orlando, Florida and the others were made when Nicola married and then started a family.

Happy Stitching!


25 May 2015

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Wow, is it really 8 months since I last updated my stitching blog!

Just because I’ve not been here, it doesn’t mean I’ve not been keeping busy with my stitching and knitting though.  My fingers have been very busy!

Back in September last year I cross stitched a few more squares to send to Nicki, to incorporate into quilts, and the theme I chose to do was Carousel Horses. 

In October I went to the Stitch Show at Alexandra palace with my cousin and came home with four kits to stitch……… mind you, 3 out of the 4 are still untouched.

The one that I have made a start on is this one, Summer Days (Anchor PCE559)

 For some time I’ve been meaning to stitch a panel to go in my Heritage Album, something to mount my dad’s medals on.

Ideally, I was thinking of some sort of frame of Poppies, but not being able to find exactly what I was looking for, I decided to go with this and adapt it.
As you can see, I’ve stitched on Black rather than the White in the kit and left off the little houses in the background.  Now I need to flip the chart and stitch it again in the other bottom corner, so this is still a work in progress. 

By now we were into 2015 and what better way to start the New Year, than with a spot of knitting.

While at the Stitch Show back in October, I also brought some wool and this book.
and knitted these for my God Daughter’s little girl Ava. 
 I was so impressed with her because she was just 17 months when I gave them to her and she already knew most of the animals and the some of the sounds they make.

I enjoyed knitting the animals so much and I had loads of wool left, so I then brought this book
and proceeded to knit this little lot.
 Puss In Boots
The Little Mermaid

 Goldilocks & The Three Bears

Cinderella in Rags ( I designed the pumpkin myself)
Fairy Godmother
Cinderella in Ball Gown




And finally, my favourite


Sleeping Beauty

 here she is in her nightgown

and here she is in her day dress

but there's a secret..........
she a topsy-turvy doll
I even knitted her bed!

After my knit-athon it was back to the old cross stitch and a birth sampler, as my God daughter was expecting for 2nd child.

 When she had Ava back in 2013 I stitched The Historical Sampler Company’s ‘The Toy Shop’.

Because Nichola and her sister had the same birth samplers when they were little, I suggested that she might like the same for Ava and her sister when she arrived. 
So this one is finished with the same frame and stitched on the same colour background, but I changed up the colour pallet and switched the pictures around,  so it’s the same…….but different!
I’ve just started on another of their family traditions, a Bucilla Felt Christmas Stocking for the new baby,  Freya, who arrived at the end of April.

I stitched my  first two stockings for Nichola and her sister Kelly back in 1981. 

Then one for Nichola’s husband Paul in 2010. 

One for their first child Ava in 2013

And now one for Freya.


I’m hoping she’s not planning on a large family, Lol!

That just about brings me up to date I think. 

I’ll try not to leave it so long before I blog again, but in the meantime……… 

Happy Stitching! 



4 Sep 2014


I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that the finishing of a project is almost as important as stitching itself.   Pick the wrong frame and it can completely ruin the look, but I’m very lucky in that I have a framers in our High Road,  Frames of London.   
They have been looking after my finished pieces for many  years now and I can honestly say that I’ve never been disappointed with the finished results. 

When I’m about to take something in to be framed I usually have the discussion with myself about the pros and cons of non-reflective glass, but I’m not a fan of the mat finish it has and always go with standard glass.
Alas, it’s not good if you’re trying to photograph your work though, as you will see in my pictures.

So, here are the latest two projects they have framed for me.

Celtic Autumn.
I already knew the frame I wanted for this one.  It’s the same as the one I have on Celtic Spring but in the Gold option as opposed to the Silver.  

 The photo doesn’t really do it justice because it looks so opulent and I love it!

The second one is the Wedding Sampler, United in Love.

Now, when I took this in I had in my mind that I wanted a White ornate frame but when I was laying them against the project it really wasn’t working.
 With the help of staff in the shop we finally settle for a Greyish/Pink plain frame, which picks up the colour of the fabric perfectly.
 I just hope that Lee and Manna like it as much as I do! 

Happy Stitching!

5 Aug 2014

Wedding Sampler

Just five days into August and I have my first finish of the month stitched but not framed.  

OK I own up, I didn’t stitch it in just five days. 
I started stitching on the 19th June  and finished adding the beads on Friday 1st August, so it still only took me fourteen days to complete, which wasn’t bad going.

 This beautiful Blackwork Wedding Sampler is Called ‘United in Love’,  and is from a company called X-Calibre Designs.


I’ve used a bit of artistic licence and added a few more Blackwork motifs and extra beading to mine.

Now all I have to do is get it framed and then next up I'm going to stitch some panels for a charity group I stitch for.    

Happy Stitching!

Just spotted a deliberate mistake.
Last motif next to the date has no feet.....how did I manage that.
At least I noticed before it was framed!