Monday, 29 April 2013

Diligence progress and my needlebooks

I thought I'd start with my progress on the Diligence sampler that I'm stitching as part of Nicola's Scarlett Letter Challenge.  I've finally finished the gardening and have started on the last borders but I'm not sure how much I'll get done this week because work will be busy, for a change.
Anyway, here's my progress.

Now, on to the needlebooks. I don't have many since I tend to make one as I need it.
 Let me show you.
This first one was stitched to fit my first project box so I measured the space and fiddled about with bit of motifs to create what I wanted.  This box is my everyday box for holding various needlecrafty things and the threads for my current project (Diligence).

Here it is at home.

Next up is the one I keep in my embroidery project box. I am trying to teach myself freestyle embroidery but I get easily distracted by cross stitch so progress is slow.

And this is its home. As you can see, this one is much slimmer (wish I could say the same about myself).

I can't remember where this design came from but I'm sure it was from a French chart book that I borrowed from a friend some years ago.
The next one is a Moss Creek design from JCS Christmas issue, 2008. It holds needles that I only use occasionally and it lives in my crafty bag.


Then there is the one with my beading needles. Not that I do much beading, but some designs call for beads and, sometimes, I use a beaded edging on ornaments. This is another cobble-up of motifs.

 Home for this one is an old wash bag where I keep my meagre stash of beads.

Last, but not least, we have the needlebook from a Stitcher's Journey by Blackbird Designs, stitched because I liked it and that's as good a reason as any!

This one doesn't have a proper home so it sits in a dish with my other smalls.

Well, that's a bit more done in my catch-up of stitching.

Thank you to all who have left comments. I really appreciate them.

Regards, Anne.