Thursday, 7 February 2019

Four blocks in progress

I'm working on four blocks now.  The checker board and oriental are ongoing and I've started a third block with rows of various stitches and another eyelets block.  I've spent most time on the oriental block.  It's very simple, it's just going to take some time to cover the whole area.  I think I am going to leave that one very traditional, I really like how it looks like woven ribbon. 

Friday, 25 January 2019

Oriental and Checkerboard

I decided that the negative space in the oriental block should be in squares, but it was taking an age to get anywhere, so I decided to make a start on the checkerboard block.  I feel like I should have covered a lot more ground this week given the amount of time I've spent on it, but it takes as long as it takes!

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

The bigger picture

Tomorrow I start on the second half of the sampler!  It feels like it has taken ages to get to this point, so its quite exciting to move on.

Monday, 14 January 2019


I've made a start on the hemstitch in the borders.  There is a lot of it, so I thought I would experiment with it.  My worry now is that it might look a bit odd with different borders, but I will try and keep it balanced as I go.  I'm not sure how it will work out, but let's see how it goes!

Thursday, 20 December 2018

Almost halfway

The second cloud block is finished now. I need to finish the sky in the first cloud block (still), then hemstitch the borders and this sampler will be at the halfway point.  

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

A bit more of cloud two

The second cloud is coming along slowly.  It's not been helped by the light at the moment, but then it is November in Yorkshire!  My plan is to have the bottom half of this sampler done by Christmas - so finish off this cloud, the sky in the first cloud, and all the hemstitched borders.  Let's see how it goes!!

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Cloud two

After some serious procrastination, I got started on cloud two.  I decided to start on the sky (lost my light grey thread....long story...), and it has gone in fairly quickly.  I'm keeping it mostly one colour so the sky looks quite flat in the background and the cloud will be more shaded.  I have also used full squares and not put half squares to the edges.  I've done this in a few of the blocks I've completed so far and I quite like some of the patterns that have emerged.