Stitching Progress Jan 2013

Hi there

It’s Monday again, and as I kind of predicted I haven’t done all that much in the last week, though I do have some stitching progress to share…

As I posted last week, I am working on a kit I got for Christmas, which I’ll go into a little bit now I caught up with everything! I’ve wanted a Gorjuss kit for a while now, and when it came to present ideas it was something I was hoping for, and my sister kindly got me one.

So the stitching in progress is the Bothy Threads kit, of Gorjuss-Ruby. gorjuss-logo

Firstly it is a beautiful kit, with 2 pattern pages (cross-stitching and the details) a small booklet of instructions, 3 needles, beads and ribbons for the end, threads all pre-sorted, and the aida. I was totally impressed with it when I opened it and had a look. I’d never had a kit from them before so didn’t know what to expect (and we’ve all seen some bad kits). At this point I’ve had NO problems, and am enjoying working on it.

So there you go, a little recommendation for you if you’ve been curious!

So without further ado here’s where I am with it all: SAM_1545

I like where it’s going so far, the coverage close up isn’t excellent, but it’s by far not the worst I’ve seen. I’m looking forward to working on it still as well, which considering it’s a larger kit for me is something I wasn’t sure would happen!

Until next time, I hope you all have a wonderful week! I’ll be posting Tuesday rather than Monday next week as I’m going away for the weekend!

Happy Crafting!!


Square 21 Complete

Hi there,

I’ve been incredibly busy behind the scenes of this blog (as any of you who like the Facebook Page are aware) though have been really bad lately at posting on here. My apologies, it’s a combination of getting things as close to finished as possible, and preparing for Christmas… as well as the usual winter joys of colds, work and everything else life wants to throw my way!

Today is in fact my birthday (yep 27 today), so as I have a quiet day of relaxing ahead I thought I would catch you up a little!

I am nearer completion of The BIG Project, though it won’t be finished by the 1st (of course) I still want to get it done though, so do keep checking out, if nothing else it’ll be interesting to see how long it takes!

Today I’m sharing completed “Square” 21, the dreaded Angel…. I struggled so hard with this one, I just couldn’t find a design I liked, so I just drew out a basic design and went with it, it’s not my favourite by far, but works nonethelesss: I found the angel designs I found EVERYWHERE were simply too “cartoony” for what I wanted, so I just simplified it totally. 

If you have been on the Facebook Page, (or go there now) you will see “Square 22″ as well, which I will post on here very soon, and I am working on 23, so there isn’t much further to go on the images at least, though of course then there is the joy (!) of metallic numbers that need stitching on all but one of the “Squares” and then putting it all together. Though the last part will be the least time-consuming! IT IS more than possible to get this done, so, here’s hoping it gets there!

Hope you have all had a wonderful November, and a great Thanksgiving for those of you in the USA, and are looking forward to Christmas! 

Happy Crafting!

Square 20 Complete

Hi there!

Back to the christmas crafting, and now we have just over 6 weeks to go! Less than that if the Advent Calendar makes it! And it IS getting there I promise! Though I am still a little nervous about getting on that sewing machine, and it is looming ever closer! 

Here we have Square 20, and though simple, I adore it! This was originally a silhouette pattern, so I accented the antlers and hooves of the reindeer in gold, though left colour to a minimum. I love how it turned out!

 I have decided to simply get 24 squares done at this point, the 25th was simply “Merry Christmas” stitched for the top of the calendar anyway, and I feel that it is not necessary now I have reached this point. SO this means we have 4 more squares to go, and then it’ll be numbering, pocket making, and construction time! With this in mind, it is entirely possible that it will  be finished in time! (Though of course you never can tell!)

I am aiming for as close to December 1st as I can, but in this time I do have to complete a second non-christmas piece, and have a birthday, so no promises! Though I will try, because as much as I’ve enjoyed this project, I can’t wait to have the chance to make something new next year! If you would like to see all the squares so far, do check out the album on the Thisisthecraftyone Facebook Page, and there you will also find other stitchy treats too! 

Hope you’re having a great week!

Happy Crafting!

Square 18 Complete

Hi there!

Wednesday is here! Which means blog post (honestly, it does, I’ve just been a bit rubbish lately)! And a BIG PROJECT update!

After a severe lack of motivation, I decided on Monday to sit and stitch, not knowing how well (or not well) it was going to go. I simply wanted to get back into it, and at first, it was slow going, I’d had a slight attempt on Saturday that hadn’t gone well, after drawing the outline of two designs to merge them into one,  I managed to get a small part of the “square” stitched, but soon lost interest. I did think however at least having a plan was something!

Monday felt like it was going to go the same way at first. And then I realised I was quite into it! 

I managed to get the square totally finished on Monday evening! So here it is: 

And now I have 7 more to go! Which (and I have no idea why) sounds easier than 8, and hopefully that pattern will continue!

I didn’t do any stitching yesterday, but plan to get started on the next piece today! I’m even looking at fabric, and currently dreading re-learning machine stitching to bring it all together in the end! Still, I’ll be pleased when it’s done, which is looking a bit more likely now!

Hope you’re having a great start to October!

Happy Crafting!

What I Did on My Summer Holiday

Hi there!

I’m not going to go on and on about my week in Scotland today, but we had a great and varied week away, saw and did a lot,  from walking and visiting castles to a brief visit to the Edinburgh Fringe. It was a great week away, and brilliant weather. After getting back this Saturday not much has been done, mostly unpacking and laundry (I lead a glam life people!) Today is more of the same sort of thing, though I want to  get my stitching done today.

I thought I would share my cross-stitch progress from this week. I took it with me to hopefully finish, though I didn’t completely, I hadn’t really worked on this at all since I posted before (for several reasons, mostly I was just busy or procrastinating). So this is my bear in progress:  

He’s really starting to take shape! Believe it or not there’s not much to do, simply one big block of colour and then the details which shouldn’t take all that long if I get on with it. This like Tennis Teddy is also from Cross-Stitch Teddies by Sue Whiting. Can you tell what he’s doing?

This is going to be a present, which doesn’t actually need to be done before November but I want everything out-of-the-way so I can focus on other things.

My aim was to get this finished by the beginning of August, though of course I haven’t. I have one or two more gift pieces to do, and then I have decided at the beginning of September I am going to start work on my Christmas projects. A little later than planned but plenty of time really. I have it all organised and together, and I’m quite looking forward to seeing it all again after it has been away for so long!

So yes, I’ve given myself a couple of weeks to tie up loose ends. Are you planning on working on anything crafty for Christmas?

Have a great Monday!

Happy Crafting!

Summer Saturday Top Ten – Free Cross Stitch Sites

Hi there!

I know it’s Sunday, but I was up at 5am yesterday, and as much as I wanted to get this post finished, my brain wasn’t working! So yes a day late….

Today continues a new feature and brings us close to the end of my Summer Saturday Top 10‘s!

Every Saturday for the past Month, today (instead of yesterday) , and next week (for now) I will share a Top 10 list of creative things from around the net!

This week is “Top Ten Free Cross-Stitch chart sites… Many of these you may know, though I often get asked what sites I use. I do use google a lot, an image search can prove quite fruitful, though when stitching for specific people I have quite a few sites bookmarked on my computer. Here are a few I had already and I have also been looking around for some great freebie sites! Because we all like free things!

So without further ado and in no particular order, here are my Top Ten:

1: A nice variety here from Dovestitch.

2: Loads of free downloadables all sorted by theme from Gvello Stitch This link is to their floral selection, but you will also find great kids patterns and alphabets to name some others, well worth checking out.

3: Free pretty floral patterns

4: Kreinik also has loads of other crafty freebies including papercrafts, which is great for any all rounders, too.

5: DMC has a freebie section on their website too!

6: Coats Crafts have a lot of crafty freebies on their site too –

7: Perhaps a slightly obvious one if you’re a googler, though I do go here quite often they have over 2000 free patterns in their gallery.

8: Scented Nectar is a recent find, with over 1700 free patterns it’s worth checking out:

9: is kind of what it says on the tin really!

10: has some great freebies and even more links too!

 Please look on the individual sites and patterns for the copyright terms, it is your own responsibility!

I hope you’ve enjoyed todays post. Next week in the final Summer Saturday Top Ten I will be looking at my Top Ten Free Crafty Blogs… All new ones, so sorry to those of you who follow me, that I also follow, this is to find something new! Though of course I love you all and all your blogs! If you know of anyone you think I should check out, do recommend them to me, leave a comment and I’ll make sure to have a look!
Have a great weekend!
Happy Crafting!

London 2012 Souvenir Cross-Stitch


Hi there!

It’s a little cooler this morning (which is meant to last through the weekend) so I guess the summer is over, we got a week so I suppose I should be happy with that! I spent a couple of days in the sun, though of course would love it if there was more!

Today is of course the opening of the London 2012 Olympics, for someone who isn’t that interested in sport I’m not overly bothered, OH and I are even going out tonight, so we’ll miss the TV coverage of the opening ceremony, though I’m sure we’ll catch up with it somewhere (I say knowing we will be bombarded with images of it all over the next few days, if not the next couple of weeks). I did however want to commemorate the occasion with a souvenir cross-stitch piece, much like I did with the Jubilee back in THIS POST. I’m not saying I will not watch any events, I hope to catch some of the coverage, and of course would love to see Team GB do well.

Much like earlier this year I decided I wanted to design my own piece, though it’s a lot less original than the Jubilee piece owing to the obvious imagery associated with the Olympics. So anyway I got out my squared paper, and got drawing, and here’s what I came up with:  It  is white, I don’t know quite how it has developed this blue tinge, but three photos later and before 8am I’m not too fussed. As you can see, it’s quite simple, but it’s something I can put away as a reminder of the event.

Do you stitch or make things to  keep as a souvenir of events?

This is (about) the same size as the Jubilee piece I stitched, and I’m quite pleased with how I got the rings to overlap. The colours were pretty obvious, and I did the text in black because I didn’t want to draw too much attention to it. Over all it’s a nice souvenir piece to keep. 

Are you looking forward to the coverage? What events will you be watching? Or will you be hiding under a rock for the next couple of weeks?

Hope you have a great Friday and a great weekend.

Happy Crafting.