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    • nmm
    • By nmm 1st Jan 18, 9:25 PM
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    Cross Stitch Cafe 2018
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    • 1st Jan 18, 9:25 PM
    Cross Stitch Cafe 2018 1st Jan 18 at 9:25 PM
    Welcome old and new members to the 2018 thread, last year we lacked time and motivation to stitch as much as possible, lets hope we get more time this year. I'm still working on my Bauble Wreath and crocheting a bag aswell. What is everyone else currently working on?
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 2nd Jan 18, 9:14 AM
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    Happy new year

    I've not got a stitch on the go at the mo but have lots planned. I want to use up accumulated stash this year. I have lots!

    My first project will be a Christmas stocking kit that I bought new grandchild that is expected very soon.
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 2nd Jan 18, 11:44 AM
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    • 2nd Jan 18, 11:44 AM
    Hello everyone, Happy New Year!
    I'm still going with Collecting Shells and also Pretty Little London to break up the (boredom) repetitive background half-cross stitches. I don't have so much time nowadays but so want CS finished this year.
    I found a suitable frame in a charity shop for the gingerbread trio but need a mount. I'm sure I have some somewhere and was looking and found more Christmassy stitchy kits/charts than I remembered..... I am definitely suffering from SABLE (stash accrued beyond life expectancy) so will not be buying anything extra this year, unless its a frame needed for a finished project. Please hold me to that!!!
    Back in the office today and it's so cold. My colleague is sitting with a scarf and coat on! My crochet blanket project will be coming here once it's finished!
    Have a good day all,
    Coxy xxx
    Cross-stitch WIP #1: Collecting Shells by Nancy Cole
    Cross-stitch WIP #2: Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street
    Crochet WIP: Apres-ski blanket by Black Sheep Wools
    • flowerofscotland
    • By flowerofscotland 2nd Jan 18, 4:56 PM
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    Happy new year one and all

    I made a start on Mermaid Cove By Bothy Threads so number one goal is to finish that this year, ideally for GD birthday in July
    I!!!8217;ve got an assortment of UFOs, mainly XS but also Stitchery and quilt tops which need to be prioritised for completion and then I also have various items where the stitching has been finished but they need making up or framing. This includes a large quilt top which I really like but it will cost a lot to have it professionally backed and quilted so that may have to be a future birthday present

    Coxy I!!!8217;m also a fully paid up member of SABLE and have been selling a lot of stash on eBay since we moved While most of the items sell for small amounts they mount up and I was able to finance Christmas from the proceeds (presents and food) so I want to continue with that As I sort through my stash not everything goes into the for sale pile so I end up with an ever growing list of projects I really want to do! Realistically I will have to go through the saved items as well but for now the system is working ok

    One thing that has struck me is how much of the older stash was made in the U.K. while the newer stuff isn!!!8217;t Such a shame

    Now back to the mermaid .......
    • nmm
    • By nmm 2nd Jan 18, 10:01 PM
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    • 2nd Jan 18, 10:01 PM
    I'm glad everyone has something to be stitching atm, can't wait for progress pics. I was inspired by Mrs MP's George Michael so i'm going to do an Elvis one for a friend.
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 3rd Jan 18, 9:22 AM
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    • 3rd Jan 18, 9:22 AM
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    Oh i look forward to seeing progress updates on Elvis.
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    • flowerofscotland
    • By flowerofscotland 8th Jan 18, 8:29 AM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 8:29 AM
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    • 8th Jan 18, 8:29 AM
    Morning. Hope everyone had a good weekend. I spent Friday afternoon and most of Saturday bubble wrapping my Christmas stitched pictures and then deciding where to hang the everyday ones they replaced. I always have a bit of a swap around which is one of the reasons it takes so long but itís an enjoyable task

    Then on Sunday I sorted a large bag of assorted craft ďstuffĒ which hadnít been opened since we moved. What fun. I extracted the WIPS so,that I can work on them, put the bits and pieces such as ribbon, needles, odd skeins of DMC into their proper places, put some items into the eBay pile for,listing, and then added the charts I am keeping to my inventory on the X-Stitch app. I purchased this app quite recen,ty after someone on Flosstube (YouTubej raved about it and I really like it

    Evening sttich7ng was Stitcher's Days Of Christmas, a lovely piece by Sue Hillis which I want to finish and frame for this Christmas. Itís quite a large piece with a lot of c9lour changes and fractional stitches but Iím using one of my favourite fabrics, opalescent Cashel linen which is a joy to Stitch on.

    Ellis will be an interesting Stitch. Didnít someone do an Elvis Piece a few years ago?
    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 8th Jan 18, 8:37 AM
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    I remember seeing Elvis face on this thread a while back so know someone did, can't remember who.
    Gone back to stitching spirit of the wolf I'd made a very small start on it a few years ago and put it away. It's a hard chart to read and all in greys purples and blues. I may be some time
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    • nmm
    • By nmm 8th Jan 18, 9:53 PM
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    So please you got your assorted craft stuff sorted FOS and managed some stitching, same as you mrs MP, I hate difficult charts, I recently got contact lenses which are great for everyday life but not so good for stitching , takes a bit of focus.

    I am guilty of not stitching anything, I have been crocheting though, this is what i'm working on https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/lacy-v-shopping-bag
    I was going to do a basic Elvis silhouette, but now you all seem so excited about it I may have to look for a better one, let me know if you come across any.

    EDIT: The previous Elvis Stitch was by PM2326, however I can't find a photo of it as as most of the old pictures don't work. I know photobucket has changed some settings and I think you have to pay now as all my old photos are not showing up they want $400 a year to embed images i'll stick to flickr.
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    • flowerofscotland
    • By flowerofscotland 9th Jan 18, 7:44 AM
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    Mrsmp. Wolves are another theme I recall watch8ng progress on here I don!!!8217;t envy you all those shades of grey and brown though I!!!8217;m sure it will be stunning when finished

    Nmm. You could try doing a search on Etsy for Elvis cross stitch pattern. There are a lot of options, Charts with varying degrees of complexity, different eras etc Plus most of the charts are downloadable pdfs which I really like Looking forward to seeing what you choose to Stitch. Your crochet project is lovely but that!!!8217;s one Craft I!!!8217;ve never got on with in spite of numerous attempts
    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 24th Jan 18, 10:18 PM
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    Hi all,
    It's very quiet in here!!! Just to say I found a frame for the gingerbread trio in a charity shop (£2 bargain). Need to adapt the dark green mount I found in my stash as the design is an odd (American) size. DH will be helping with this at the weekend
    Crocheted blanket is about halfway (rows part, edging will be another story....)
    I've also indulged myself and booked a Royal School of Needlework one day course in stumpwork. It's in May at Hampton Court Palace. I've wanted to do one for years and finally got my act together. It's not cheap, but I don't have any vices, so I'm worth it! Only trouble is, my nephew who died used to live in Hampton Court and did what he did there - I need to face my demons, but it won't be easy.
    Hope you are all going well,
    Coxy xxx
    Cross-stitch WIP #1: Collecting Shells by Nancy Cole
    Cross-stitch WIP #2: Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street
    Crochet WIP: Apres-ski blanket by Black Sheep Wools
    • skint_chick
    • By skint_chick 26th Jan 18, 11:43 AM
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    Hello, I'm a long term lurker and am currently working on https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/102678432/cross-stitch-chart-nova-orbis-tabula

    which I am several months into and struggling - there are 36 A4 pages! I've done some other embroidery bits and bobs over the last year and have so many planned projects and a huge stash. OH got me a full set of DMC floss for Christmas and I've only just finished putting those on bobbins and putting them neatly in storage boxes. I wish I had more time for cross stitch!
    "I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better." Paul Theroux
    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 26th Jan 18, 11:53 AM
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    Hello skint_chick (waves)
    Lovely to have you posting and wow to 34 A4 pages - that is true determination. Lovely design - is it for you or a gift??
    I too have an (almost) full set of DMC threads and got a bobbin winder to assist with putting them on bobbins. I just LOVE to look at all the pretty colours in the boxes (strange I know).
    I have a busy weekend ahead but I'm hoping to fit in a hour or so of craft on Sunday. The weeks go past so quickly it's crazy!
    Have a good day all,
    Coxy
    Cross-stitch WIP #1: Collecting Shells by Nancy Cole
    Cross-stitch WIP #2: Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street
    Crochet WIP: Apres-ski blanket by Black Sheep Wools
    • nmm
    • By nmm 27th Jan 18, 8:29 PM
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    Hi guys and welcome to the caf! skint_chick

    Coxy, I just had a look at Stumpwork, it sounds fascinating, be strong when you go hopefully you'll be too busy stitching to worry about things. I can't wait to see what you make. Yay on finding the frame and which crochet blanket are you working on? I've done the main part of my bag just the top and straps to go.

    Skint_chick, wow that's a project, how many pages have you managed we'd love to see a progress photo. I too have a full DMC set, except for the new colours they made was it last year? Thankfully my charts are older so don't need them yet.

    I've done a little bit of crochet and stitching since I last posted not much though, like coxy says the weeks are just flying by. I did decide on my elvis stitch, it will be https://www.amazon.co.uk/Vervaco-Elvis-Presley-Cross-Stitch-Kit/dp/B00LI2XRAE I just need some time now as it's the first time I've ever had a UFO, I normally finish 1 project before starting a new one, but I've got the wolf and bauble wreath on the go.
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    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 27th Jan 18, 10:57 PM
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    Hi all,
    This is the stumpwork course:
    https://www.royal-needlework.org.uk/courses/details/15596
    I wonder if mine will look like that lol!

    The crochet blanket kit is from black sheep wools. It's the apres ski blanket but I can't find the link. They might have sold out!

    Coxy
    Cross-stitch WIP #1: Collecting Shells by Nancy Cole
    Cross-stitch WIP #2: Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street
    Crochet WIP: Apres-ski blanket by Black Sheep Wools
    • Coxy11
    • By Coxy11 31st Jan 18, 7:36 PM
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    http://www.blacksheepwools.com/crochet/apres-ski-colour-pack.html
    Crocheted blanket kit back in stock
    Cross-stitch WIP #1: Collecting Shells by Nancy Cole
    Cross-stitch WIP #2: Pretty Little London by Satsuma Street
    Crochet WIP: Apres-ski blanket by Black Sheep Wools
    • nmm
    • By nmm 3rd Feb 18, 8:21 PM
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    Coxy, I love the Bee stumpwork, can't wait to see your version. Great looking blanket, have you much more to do? I follow Lucy at Attic24 she makes the most colourful crochet blankets, I won't make one as my cat will scratch it to pieces
    Thought i'd post a small progress update, managed 30 mins of stitching today These are my 2 WIP Wild Wolf and Bauble Wreath



    And this is my current progress


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    • skint_chick
    • By skint_chick 3rd Feb 18, 9:58 PM
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    Hello skint_chick (waves)
    Lovely to have you posting and wow to 34 A4 pages - that is true determination. Lovely design - is it for you or a gift??
    Originally posted by Coxy11
    It's for me, for my craft room/office. I'm on the 6th full page, although there are chunks of several pages started. I get bored of filling in the smaller gaps easily!

    "I cannot make my days longer so I strive to make them better." Paul Theroux
    • nmm
    • By nmm 4th Feb 18, 11:11 PM
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    Skint Chick, the detail is amazing, it would take me a lifetime to stitch that.
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    • mrs-moneypenny
    • By mrs-moneypenny 5th Feb 18, 7:45 AM
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    Skintchick that looks amazing

    Did some stitching on wolf at the weekend, can just stay about make out what it is, I'm on the first page of four so it will take a while.
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