Saturday, August 25, 2007

A baking and stitching weekend

I baked more like 'tried' to bake Challah this morning. It looked easy enough on the video (don't they all ;) ) I believe my dough was too wet. I was afraid to add on flour fearing it might toughen the bread. It turned out okay though. But it needs another attempt ;)

On to stitching :)

A couple of starts :p Please don't give up on me...I'll finish them...one day...I promise ;)

I've joined Yahoo! Group for Drawn Thread's Sampler Game Board. Nice bunch of people and some familar names too :) I am stitching it on 28ct Cashel Platinum with DMC threads. I'll be SALing it with Barbara on Wednesdays and Thursdays. This must be a first i.e. a SAL with two stitchers of the same name :D Here's my effort from last night:

A piece I've been talking about - To Laugh Often by Twisted Threads. I am stitching this on 25ct Lugana Vintage Mocha, 1/1 with Carrie's Creations (Rosewood & Antique Gold). I just love how the thread variegates the way it does. Gives it an old uneven feel. This will go into my Mondays and Tuesdays. It's a challenge stitching on 25ct 1/1 but since I have recenlty acquired the Daylight Magnifier Lens from Jean's Needle Little Love, my eyes are so much happier :D I'll have to breeze through this as quickly as I can bearing in mind it will be for my dad's Christmas/Birthday/Retirement gift!!! The words of this piece is so powerful and somehow I feel Ralph Waldo Emerson was talking about my dad :D

Now for some finishes. Go me!!

PS Stitching Prairie Fairie (1995) is finished. Minus her right fingers and the needle. I'll do that just before I finish it into a bellpull. 1994's Garden Fairie will be stitched in September.

Another finish is a freebie from LHN. This will be finished into a pinkeep for NNC's Quarterly SAL. Margaret gave me the most lovely baking fabric to match this lovely piece of sand linen also from her :) My thanks to Margaret.

Designed by Little House Needlework (freebie)
Stitched on 32ct Sand Belfast with DMC threads

I leave you this weekend with the progress of sis's stitching. She's doing really well with all that back-stitching! And the piece is popping out now. She's using black seed beads for the french knots. Easier option for a beginner I should think or else...I'll end up doing them for her and that's not an option :p


Comment Notes: Thank you everyone for dropping by and inspiring me so. I do appreciate you taking your time and leaving a comment.

14 comments:

  1. Some lovely wips you have going at the moment and your bread looks great. Better than I could do. My giveaways open if you fancing joining in the fun. xx

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  2. Very nice finishes! I love the fairy and the house!
    Also the work of your sister is super! I love the colours and the sweet look of this design!
    Greetings Maribel

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  3. You've been busy :) Everything looks great!

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  4. OOH, your bread looks good!! I love breads :) Your wip's look great! I especially love the PS. I love that design. I wish it were still available :)

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend :)

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  5. Oh wow, lots of lovely stitching. Congrats on your finishes.

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  6. Jess.1:29 pm

    You've done so much in almost no time.

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  7. Your stitching is looking lovely! And I'm sure your challah was delicious!

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  8. Yeah! You go you!!! Everything looks stunning...I'd like to have a big hunk of that bread and tea with you :)
    Your stitching as ever is divine!

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  9. Love the finishes, they look great. The challah may not look like a perfect bakery loaf, but I'm sure it tastes delicious. I still haven't attempted to make a loaf myself.

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  10. You're always been busy BJ. Love all your WIP especially the PS & LHN. Great job !!

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  11. Lots of progress here since my absence...LOL...loved the PS fairie and LHN.

    The bread looks yummy to me.

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  12. Wow, you've got a lot going on....finishes....new starts....baking. Everything looks wonderul ;)

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  13. Many so cute stiching!!I love their.I love especially PS Stitching Prairie Fairie (1995) and LHN design!
    Wow!bread is delicious looking!I love breads!!I bake breads sometime.But I don't bake it lately;;

    Choko

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  14. Love the new WIPS, especially the gameboard.
    Congrats on your finishes! I have that LHN freebie waiting to be stitched

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