Oops, I did it again

Two more victims – the last one only lasted a couple of hours. Total number of the new DMC needles shredded is now 5 (four #28 and one #26).

They always break at the very top as you can see below. Also, as I noted after enlarging the picture, they seem to have very rough eyes – no wonder my thread broke frequently. Not quite what I expect when I order stuff by such a well-known brand.

The good news is that I finished DWXS6 a couple of days ago. Still, no time to wash it yet because I was busy with my ‘book of ideas’ and other stuff (cross stitching a Christmas surprise, collecting inspiration, starting a full inventory of my craft supplies). Today I rearranged my book shelves and took out all of my VHS cassettes. Now I need to decide which ones to keep and what to do with the rest. Sigh.


A new construction site

It’s been a little quiet around here lately. I didn’t have much to show you because I’m currently working on my master plan for 2018 (apart from finishing DWXS6 – just a couple of days now).

At the beginning of the month I decided to gather inspiration for new craft projects I’m going to work on during the next year (read: the next one hundred years 😉 ). So I’ve spread the first part of my hoarded press clippings on the floor, roughly sorted, to finally create a place to have them all together in one place.

Juggling with my scissors and the glue bottle, the first random pages have found their way into a ring binder.

Now how do I sort everything to find again what I have in mind? By colour, texture, shapes, subject, material, artist? Or intended projects? That’s the tricky part I’ll have to master yet.

Nevertheless, Dave the Muse is sporting a wide grin while he makes notes upon notes on every new page finished.

Swag bag

When I returned from my weekly visit to Mum’s a couple of days ago I brought back a swag bag full of goodies.

From Mum I got

  • a travel steam iron (which comes in handy for small projects)
  • a beauty glove (which I’m planning to use as a dry felting base – hope it works)
  • assorted gift ribbons
  • a bag with different cotton yarns (Why do I always seem to attract pink?)

From an unknown donor, a small bowl of useful things left in the staircase for whomever might want them, including

  • a plastic bag of buttons (already sorted and cleaned)
  • a latch hook
  • a crochet hook (5 mm)
  • three circular needles, 5 and 6 mm (80 cm/32″) and 3 mm (40 cm/16″)
  • a set of dpns (5 mm) plus two leftover dpns (3.5 mm)
  • some beige sockyarn and some gray acrylic yarn

Especially the needles are a welcome addition to my collection as I was lacking the 5 mm ones.

The next UFO and needle issues

Next project in the UFO Lottery is DWXS6 (in full, Doctor Who Cross Stitch #6). There’s still a little work to be done, but it’s growing and the left half is finished now.

When I last worked on it in mid-April, I left it with this –

I picked it up a couple of days ago and now have this –

Doesn’t look like much, but it’s confetti stitching on 18 ct Aida.

I broke the needle that came with the kit and am now using one of my newly ordered ones. It’s a #28 DMC needle with a very narrow eye so I can hardly get it threaded (and I’m experiencing the same issue with the new #26 ones). I’ve tried both threaders I have, a little wire one and a metal one. Tricky. I’m expecting to break the needle every time I’m rethreading it. Do you have the same issues? What kind of brand of embroidery needles do you use?

Benjamin the donkey

I made this little guy many years ago for my sister. It was supposed to be a pony but she called him Benjamin the donkey after a book we loved when we were children. I found him a couple of days ago sitting next to some corals – borrowed him for some pictures which never got taken and then forgot to return him. Today he will meet his mum again.

Linien & Punkte (Lines & Dots) – UL 18

Next ticket drawn from the UFO Lottery is a panel I had made years ago from an idea based on a graffiti design. I called this panel Linien & Punkte (Lines & Dots). Some of my old cushion covers are no longer looking as good as they used to do and are ready for replacement. Perfect.

Well, almost. The piece was rectangular and not square. So I added some soft cotton/polyester blue jean fabric (which is almost the same colour as the sofa it’s sitting on, not the bright blue as in the pictures). As I have currently misplaced my collection of zippers I made a hotel closure. Finished size 48 x 48 cms.


Approved by Dave the Muse (it was his idea, after all)

And it seems it has instantly become Alfred Kowalski’s new favorite spot 😉

Beyond The Garden Gate – UL 12

It’s washed and ironed and ready to post – Beyond The Garden Gate. 

I bought this kit many years ago together with a second one called Garden Gate.  The kit from The Craft Collection Ltd (75948) came with 14 ct white Aida and ample supplies of embroidery floss. The leftovers as well as what may be left from the second kit will go into a new project.