Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Free Floss from Rosace

Rosace, based in Spain, are giving away 3 free skeins of floss. You don't need to give any credit card details, just your address and email address. And there's no postage and packing either, so there's no charges at all.

The colour references are the same as DMC, prefixed by 00. So DMC 310 (black) would be Rosace 00310 (black).

The limit is 1 offer per household.

My freebies are on order, so hopefully should be arriving soon. I've not used this brand before, but if it's free I think they're worth a try!

Click here to go to the website: Free Floss Offer

Updated post to add: The floss arrived a couple of days ago and seems to be decent quality, considering the price!

Monday, 21 February 2011

Peacock Tapestry

This is one of my many works in progress, and one which I'm spending a bit more time on at the moment: Peacock Tapestry

It's designed by Teresa Wentzler and it's the first TW pattern I've attempted.

I'm stitching it for a friend at work who bought it years ago, stitched a small patch and then gave up on it.

I'm finding it a challenge (I don't blame her for setting it aside!) but it's also very enjoyable. There's a lot of blending and a special instructions so progress is slow going.

Luckily there's no rush to finish it for her.

There's a few freebie designs on the Teresa Wentzler website, including a "Peacock Tapestry Ornament", which is a sample from the pattern I'm stitching.

Sunday, 20 February 2011

Too Many Works in Progress

I'm terrible for starting a project, working on it feverishly, then getting tempted by a new one shortly afterwards. This has led to me having 15 projects on the go at the start of 2011.

Now I agree a bit of variety is good when stitching; being able to rotate to a different size or style of project can help keep your interest. But 15 was just getting embarrassing!

I'll be bringing my number of works in progress down in stages.

First of all, my goal is to get down to 9 before I'm allowed to start any more (which would make the total 10, a nice round number).

After that I aim to get down to 4 before I can start any more.

This way I'll have no more than 5 works in progress at any time. It will feel manageable and I won't have a pile of unfinished pieces playing on my conscience, all vying for my attention.

Adding to my stash in this time is of course completely allowed, or there just wouldn't be any fun!

I've already decided on the next project I'll be starting when I hit the magic 9:

British Bulldog

My other half, Ian, saw this and decided he'd like me to stitch it for him. It's ready and waiting in my bag of stash kits.

Welcome to my Cross Stitch Blog

Hello, and welcome to my blog!

One of my favourite hobbies is cross stitching and this blog is dedicated to all things cross stitch.

I'll post updates on my works in progress, tips I come across, my favourite cross stitch websites and anything else I think will be of interest.

I hope you enjoy reading my blog, whether you're a cross stitch old timer like me, or completely new to the hobby.