Friday, 30 November 2007


Though it wasnt done on Monday this week lol. I made a start on Wednesday and then we had an unexpected visitor so I resumed it on Thursday and got the 2nd corner done which I am really pleased about. The effect is lovely but I found stitching cross stitch on 28 count with Perle #8 was really heavy going. I am really looking forward to stitching on next weeks with normal floss and in colour. Sally has done one corner and is working in colour now and it looks so lovely but I knew I just had to get those corners out of the way first or I would not want to go back to them. The fabric looks white on the scan but it is Polstitches Pearl and is rather a creamy/beigey colour in real life.
Another new thing for me is I scanned the stitching rather than take a picture. I remarked to Sally that hers showed up better than mine and though I had tried I could not get a clear photo. She told me that she nearly always scans hers so I had a go and I must admit I am pleased with the results, so thanks for the tip Sally.

I am now back to my Christmas stitching which is not a secret as its for my Mum and she doesnt read my blog. It is a hardanger angel ornament which I am really enjoying. The only problem at the moment is having enough time to stitch as with trying to organise Christmas shopping etc.

I have already received two cards and gifts and I havent even thought that far ahead yet lol. Maybe we will get the Christmas things out the loft this weekend and then i will feel more in the Christmas mood.

I just have to pass on a recommendation. You remember I was waiting for a new 17" Q Snap frame from Lekker threads. Well after 3 months and without so much as an email to tell me anything my account was recredited with the money. So one afternoon I placed an order with a firm I found called Stitchdirect. About half an hour after the confirmation email I got another saying the order was despatched and imagine my amazement when it was through the door first thing the next morning. I was really pleased to at last get my big Q Snap frame. At the moment I have Ink Circles on it but it is really for Taj.

Speaking of Lekker I was told that the shop was closing and now I hear its reopening - did she not do that last Christmas too. Well here is one person who will not be using her again whether she reopens or not.

Just a quick note on health. I am fine again now I just seem to have odd days when things play up but I have wonderful and strong medication to get me out of pain fairly quickly so it doesnt last. But a big thank you to all the wonderful people who either posted comments on here or emailed me sending good wishes and hugs, you are all wonderful.


Chiloe said...

I called Lekker threads for a friend (who had a back order and then was having troubles getting her money back). The lady told me she was closing her store because she's sick.

Nice start on your new piece !!!

Karen said...

I love your start on the JN.
Lekker did do something similar either last year or the year before I have never ordered from them as I didn't like the comments I heard about them

Nicola said...

Great start on the JN Helen. I know just what you mean about stitching with perle 8 on 28ct fabric, I hate doing it with a passion, it has really put me off stitching JN's for a while.

Karan said...

Glad to hear you're feeling better Helen. :0)
Nice progress on the JN - it's really pretty on the Pearl fabric. Looking forward to your next update.

jane said...

The JN looks very nice Helen - I know what you mean about the perle but the effect is worth it I think

Anonymous said...

Simply lovely.

Cheryl said...

Your SAL piece is beautiful.
Thanks for the link for stitchdirect - ive never seen that site before.
Im not organised for Christmas either!

Julie said...

Glad you are feeling a bit better Helen. Queenie looks wonderful, but you knew i'd say that LOL. I've never ordered from Lekker, heard to many awful comments about it to try

Andrea said...

Great start on the JN piece. Glad to hear you are feeling a little better.

Sally said...

Love your JN so far Helen. I do love the effect of the perle but, as you say, it's hard going! You're welcome on the tips:)

Here's another who won't be ordering from Lekker again. Yes she has re-opened after saying she was going to close!

Good to hear you're feeling better.