Framed at last!

Hi everyone,

At last I’ve put these cross stitch projects into the frames. I’m always happy to frame my own pieces and usually buy custom sized frames but this time the quote came in way over my budget. I decided on some cheap and cheerful frames, not a perfect fit, but they’ll get my needlework out of the drawer and onto the walls in time for Santa’s visit.

If you read this blog regularly, you’ll recognise all the projects. First up is the most recently finished one, Quilt V by Whispered by the Wind, though you will remember that I changed the blocks so much that it barely resembles the original. I chose a white frame and border, and because it’s an off-the-peg size, it isn’t perfect but it’ll do until I save up.

This is the finished piece.

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Here it is in the frame. Claire and I both stitched this one as part of a SAL group.
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The next one is Cirque des Coeurs by Ink Circles. I think I only wrote one post about this one. It was completed while I was away on holiday in 2014. You can see lots of close up detail and watch it grow here. Claire gave me the idea for the thread choice and I love it! CIMG3397

I decided on a crisp white border and frame again. This time, it’s a perfect fit.

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Finally, another Ink Circles one. It’s called Cirque des Cercles. I made it in the suggested thread on black evenweave.

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I had originally chosen a black frame and border for this one but they sent me a white border by mistake. I was in two minds about sending it back but I think they must have known what I had in mind to frame. All black would have been too much I think. I’m very happy with the white and I’m pleased I thought about it and tried the piece in the frame before asking for a colour swap. I stitched this one as part of the SAL with Claire as well.

IMG_20151219_144404856I hope you get plenty of time to craft over the Christmas period whether you celebrate or not. I’ll be back next Sunday with an update on Kokeshi Friends 🙂

Avis x

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Happy New Year!

Good morning everyone and Happy New Year to you all!

Now that 2014 is behind us I thought it would be a good time to celebrate another year of crafting. It’s been a busy year for me and I have had several periods of sheer exhaustion this year. However, when I looked back over the crafty projects that I’d finished in 2014 I was quite surprised I’d managed to complete so many. Some are bigger and more challenging than others but they were all equally enjoyable to do. Some were done in tandem with my special blogging friend Claire who has motivated me to continue making and doing throughout the year.

2014 Marked the “hatching” of the Chicken Run on my other blog and the beginning of a larger SAL group. Many more personal goals have also been achieved. It’s been a bumper, busy year in so many respects for me but the crafting has kept me going. Sewing has forced me take a break, however small, from life’s challenges that can catch us off guard.

Thanks to all of you who have liked, commented, emailed and read my posts last year. It’s been so wonderful to have you on board!

Here are some photos of completed projects from 2014. If you want to read the original posts click here and then click on the photo of the project you want to read about.

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Here’s to an amazingly crafty New Year for all of us!

Avis x

We did it! Join us next time….

Hi everyone,

Guess what day it is today…….it’s Happy Dance day!

At last we have a Happy Dance, me and Claire that is Smile. We’ve now finished Cirque des Cercles by Ink Circles. When we decided this was to be our next SAL project, there was a little doubt in my mind about whether we would ever finish it. However, it looks much more complicated than it really is and it turned out to be the perfect SAL project.

Ta-daaaaaa!

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Me and Claire will be revealing our new SAL project next Sunday (28th) and we’ll also be keeping to our three weekly postings from now, along with Gun in Sweden, Jule in Germany and Kate in Australia who are all stitching along on their own lovely projects. Don’t forget to pop along to their blogs to see their progress so far. Just click on their names above. We are all posting some time today Smile.

If anyone else would like to join the SAL, maybe to finish a WIP or to start something new, just drop me an email and then all you need to do is post an update every three weeks on the same day as us, linking to the rest of the group and show some progress. It can be as little or as much progress as you wish but it must be some progress Winking smile. If you don’t have a blog but would love to join in, I’ll happily post a photo of your progress with my updates if you wish. My email address is at the right hand side of this page. You all know you have a project that doesn’t deserve to be left unfinished at the bottom of a drawer. It doesn’t even have to be cross stitch so you have absolutely no excuses. This is the way to get something finished. Go for it!

Now I’m off to choose threads for the next SAL and hopefully there’ll be lots of emails from all of you wanting to join in Smile.

Have a lovely day!

Avis x

Cirque des Coeurs

Hello and Happy Sunday to all of you lovely stitchers out there!

It’s a glorious sunny day here today. The holiday is almost over and it’s time to show you what I was sewing while I was away. I didn’t intend to stitch this project initially. I had planned to sew something completely different but that didn’t work out.  Cirque des Coeurs from Ink Circles was, however, already on my “must buy” list to follow on from the other Ink circles design called Cirque des Cercles that I’ve been doing as part of a SAL with Claire.

I’m going to show you the entire completion of the project in one post and hopefully you won’t get bored. It’s a good design to split up into manageable chunks.

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The thread I used is called Morning Meadows by Threadworx which I bought from Sew and So. It was recommended by Claire and comes in large skeins. This one has shades of mauve, purple and green. It’s lovely to work with too.

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It isn’t easy to find Ink Circles charts in the UK but my OH found The Crafty Kitten web site at Christmas when he bought me the Cirque des Cercles chart. I have to say that Dawn from The Crafty Kitten saved me from having no project to do on holiday because she pulled out all the stops to get the chart to me in time for me going away. I rang her on a Saturday afternoon, not expecting anyone to answer the phone and I received the chart the following Monday, the day which we’d planned to travel. Amazing service! Thank you to Dawn for going the extra mile Smile. For me to be without my needle and thread on holiday is unthinkable. I’m so pleased she could help. What a relief it was for my OH to find the parcel at the door before we left. Lucky for him, he wasn’t going to end up being dragged around every craft shop I could find, while on holiday, in my search for something to keep me quiet occupied.

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I love all of the curves and secondary shapes on this design. This close up shows the lovely thread colours.

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This next stage reminds me of part of the profile of an old sewing machine. Even when I’m on holiday, I dream about my mean green sewing machine Smile. Can you see the little duck and a snail?

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Another close up…

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Now, the bottom right hand section is filled in. Time to scroll the frame and finish the top.

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I started with the outline of the hearts. You could almost forget that the design is full of hearts until you look more closely.

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Here it is, finished Smile. I really enjoyed stitching this design. Now, I just need to put it in a frame and get it up on the wall.

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I was going to save revealing this project for a while but WordPress have just informed me that Sewing Beside the Sea is one year old today. That was a surprise to me as I thought this blog was much older than that. I must be mixing it up with my other blog Oh Sew Tempting. Maybe it is something to do with me getting old too!

I hope you are enjoying crafting today Smile.

Avis x

Cirque des Cercles Stage 11

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time to show you my three weekly progress update on the Ink Circles Cirque des Cercles cross stitch.

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I’m stitching along with Claire who is also doing Cirque des Cercles, Jule who is working on some butterflies, Gun who is sewing flowers and Kate who is stitching a sampler.

I hope you’ll pop over to see what they are all up to Smile. The next update will be on 21st September if we are all ready in time.

Avis x

Cirque des Cercles Stage 10

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time to show you my three weekly progress update on the Ink Circles Cirque des Cercles cross stitch.

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I’m stitching along with Claire who is also doing Cirque des Cercles, Jule who is working on some butterflies, Gun who is sewing flowers and Kate who is stitching a sampler.

I hope you’ll pop over to see what they are all up to Smile. The next update will be on 31st August if we are all ready in time.

Avis x

Cirque des Cercles Stage 9

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time to show you my three weekly progress update on the Ink Circles Cirque des Cercles cross stitch.

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I’m stitching along with Claire who is also doing Cirque des Cercles, Jule who is working on some butterflies, Gun who is sewing flowers and Kate who is stitching a sampler.

I hope you’ll pop over to see what they are all up to Smile. The next update will be on 10th August if we are all ready in time.

Avis x

Cirque des Cercles Stage 8

Happy Sunday everyone!

It’s time to show you my three weekly progress update on the Ink Circles Cirque des Cercles cross stitch.

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I’m stitching along with Claire who is also doing Cirque des Cercles, Jule who is working on some butterflies, Gun who is working on her flowers and……drum roll please….we have a new stitcher in the group! YEY!!

Introducing Kate from Tall Tales from Chiconia. She is stitching a sampler.

I hope you’ll pop over to see what they are all up to Smile. The next update will be on 20th July if we are all ready in time.

Avis x

Cirque des Cercles Stage 7!

Happy weekend everyone!

Doesn’t time fly? Here we are again with another stage of the stitch-along. My stage 7 of Cirque des Cercles from Ink Circles is now complete.

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You can also see Claire’s gorgeous version of the same design on her blog. We are stitching along together and we promised to show you updates every 3 weeks. The other two ladies in our group are stitching different projects. Gun is completing some beautiful flowers that she started some time ago but then didn’t complete and Jule is continuing with her lovely set of butterflies. If you click on their names you will see their progress so far.

Our next update is scheduled for 29th June as long as everyone is ready to post on that day Smile.

Avis x

Cirque des Cercles Stage 6!

Happy weekend everyone,

Stage 6 of Ink Circle’s Cirque des Cercles is now complete. Although this is a large project, it is so enjoyable because the charts a really clear and there is a lot of symmetry in the designs. Once half, or sometimes one quarter, of a motif is finished you can just continue to stitch while reflecting the designs.

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I’m stitching on a frame so I’m showing you the part I’ve just finished. If you want to see how much of the project has been done so far, pop over to Claire’s blog as she is stitching and revealing at the same pace as me but she’s showing all of it. I love the colours Claire is using and it’s nice for me to be able to see what mine will look like when it‘s taken off the frame. Gun, who is also stitching along to finish a completely different set of floral projects, is also posting an update today. I’m loving her blues and greens and I can’t wait to see how she plans to finish them. Will they be used together or in one panel? Only Gun knows the answer to that. You can check out her progress here.

Also, I have good news!! Jule, who writes the blog From the Boudoir, has also joined the SAL and is revealing her 2nd stage today. She is completing a series of butterflies. Jule is also tackling her UFO’s on her other blog in the order of them winning her UFO lottery. Her projects are complex, demanding, clever, intriguing…..well just gob-smacking really. You can admire them here.

The next update will be posted on 8th June 2014 as long as we are all ready to publish by then.

Avis x