June 3, 2016

Victorian Dollhouse

I have mainly been working on the Victorian Dollhouse by Joan Elliott. Such vibrant colours and a joy to work on. There is one down side to this piece. It has tons of backstitch.

Backstitch is not my favourite but it does make a huge difference on certain pieces. The stitch instructions always tell you to first do all your full and half cross stitches and leave the backstitch to the very last. In pieces like this with a huge amount of backstitch I prefer doing bits of it in between so I don't get annoyed when I have to do it ALL in one go.

Also doing the backstitching helps discover tiny errors that I have made or crosses I missed:

 
It is an absolute great way to check your work. While doing the backstitch you realise you oopsied. A quick correction and it is fixed.

Backstitch can be done in different ways. In this piece I choose to do one backstitch over two threads next to each cross stitch over two threads. In other pieces it might be nicer to have your backstitches span several cross stitches. This is particulairly useful when your backstitch is not aligned with the cross stitches but crosses over them.

The next picture shows backstitches spanning stitches. Imagine trying to pierce the needle through the stitches trying to create a straight line! That would be next to impossible and create a jagged backstitched line at best.


So how you backstitch completely depends on the design and foremost your preference!

Now to show you how backstitching can really make a picture come alive I have taking a picture of the living room bit of the Victorian Dollhouse before and after the backstitch.



Can you see the picture go *pop*? I sure can!

So despite the backstitching being an evil that can be utterly boring it can really be worth the effort to create an everlasting masterpiece you can enjoy forever.

Happy stitching!


January 3, 2016

A new year!

So 2016 has begun and I really should keep this more up to date. A new year a new format... That might just be right so instead of constantly updating my lists I will keep only three:

- The WIPocalypse list
- The Finishes list
- The Stash List (still doubting if to keep this though)

Next to that I will honour each WIP with a page of it's own on which I keep track of the project and where I will place the update photo's. Before I would overwrite a previous photo but this way you can see a project grow... Sounds nice to me!

So, first step is to create WIP project pages and put a photo on each of my current progress.

Happy Sticthing!

Victorian Christmas Eve


I finally finished Victorian Christmas Eve on December 30, 2015. Just in time for a new year full of different projects.... Or at least other WIP's!

April 26, 2015

Peppercricket Farm - It's a wrap!

I finished all the backstitching on Peppercricket Farm yesterday. I have made one tiny adjustment but I am taking a wild guess here and claim that no one will ever notice!


I enjoyed working on this even though it took me ages to finish.

April 1, 2015

Blast from the past!

Instead of doing loads of backstitching I decided to clean out my cabinet and I found some finish products. So it is time for a blast from the past!

 
Eastern Promise - A design by Joan Elliott that was published in CrossStitcher issue 200

 
Carrousel - From a random needlework magazine from nineteen ninety-something

 
Two cute little kittens - A Margeret Sherry design (I think) came with CrossStitcher as gift

 
Miss Moo Moo - Made for a friend (omg, still not gifted!)

 
My middle son's name in Winnie the Pooh lettering :) (He is 11 now but still likes it)

 
Teresa Wentzler's Tempest in a teacup - a free to download pattern for you to try from her site

 
Train - I think this was in Cross Stitch Collection

 
The Needlework Shop - a design with loads of tiny details, loved making this!

 
A pre-printed panda, stitched for my daughter

 
Winter wolves - A smaller Dimensions kit

 
Quick Biscornu

 
And a tiny cupcake card

February 15, 2015

WIP #5 Update Peppercricket Farm

I have been working on Peppercricket Farm since I laid down the Victorian Christmas Eve. First my progress so far:

So I have most of the full cross stitches done. On the right side there are quite a few half stitches left to do. Then after that there is a fair amount of backstitching in various colours to top it all off. When I picked this up I figured I would finish this first before starting anything else. But ofcourse there is Always something tricking me!

This time the annual needlework fair is messing up my plans as I could not help myself and I bought two lovely kits that have been on my wishlist for quite some time. I will share them with you;

 
Gracious Era by Alan Maley (Dimensions)

 
Japanese Garden by Sung Kim (Dimensions)
 
Two most wonderful kits that make my hands itch to start them, well the Japanese Garden is. The Gracious Era will have to wait until I have finished Victorian Christmas Eve as that is a similar type pattern. As an added bonus I was given this cute little Vintage kit by DMC. Pretty little piece that is that I will surely fit in between my bigger projects someday.... Oh someday.... 



January 21, 2015

WIP #7 Update Victorian Christmas Eve

Today I reached the 50% done mark on this project. Page 3 of 6 is now done excluding the backstitching. I will take a break from this project for a bit and aim to finish another WIP.