A few more days of Ana

There are still two colours missing from her skirt… One I just don’t seem to have, and the other is in the threads for Fire Goddess still.. So I will have to fish them out.

She has ended up off centre somehow, only going to have about an inch or so for framing on one side. I thought I had centred her but the side that is narrow wasn’t originally overlocked and frayed before I overlocked it… Not sure. So I could make the bead swirls on the right slightly narrower or I could add some fabric on to help frame it as I would like her to have a matt. There are ways to solve this problem.



This amused me!!

Today’s effort…

I haven’t been stitching much this week… We helped my sister move her house into storage, had a birthday dinner, a birthday afternoon tea, went to Healesville Sanctuary, saw The Visit, and just been generally busy…

Today I stayed up stitching and Ana is still progressing  

I am missing a few colours, but can work around that for now 🙂

Ana day 5

 She seems to be coming together quite quickly at present.  

Darn it!!!

Nora Corbett has released two more bewitching pixies!!





The question is, will there be 4 more in this style??
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Holiday stitching so far…

day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Inspiration and organisation

Sometimes you just have to get organised to get inspired I think. Your look at a piece of hand dyed fabric and think “that will be perfect for xxx” and suddenly that is what you want to stitch.

What brings this on you may ask… Well, I got sick of going through bags of floss to find one specific colour that I haven’t yet wound onto a bobbin or is currently in use in another project, so tonight I sat down with my floss and sorted… And sorted. I still have to do my Venus threads, but my Anchor and DMC is now in labeled ziplock bags. I have so much brand loyalty for floss. The only ones I don’t particularly like are Sullivan brand floss. 
It entertained me how much the coloured dyes vary how the skeins felt. It was like -soft, soft, smooth, rough. Can’t be helped, some dyes are not as nice as others.

Of course, I decided to take pictures.

This is all my Anchor floss in numerical order.

Dmc sorted into numerical order – with an awful lot of 310!!!

I know these aren’t ideal bags, but these threads have been sitting in the shopping bags they came in and I figured these couldn’t be worse.

I did an order a while ago- the government here is threatening to charge gst on any packages above $20 value. I bought the Raven Queen and the six Bewitching Pixies and all their beads and specialty threads.

I asked my sister which one I should start first (my holiday project -17 days off work, yay!), and she chose either Ana or Luna. I pulled the threads, and some fabric, and Ana it will be!

The fabric is big enough for two pixies, so I will do Ana and Luna side by side I think 

The fabric has enough variation in it for both of them, I think. I will just have to make sure I stitch them both on the sides I have chosen.


I have done a very small amount on Cirque des coeurs. It is such a pretty thing… 
I have been randomly working on things but no real progress to see… A little bit on my ryo and spot sampler.
I am starting 17 days holiday next week, so maybe I will be more motivated… 

Minimal Mojo in 2015.

My stitching mojo has sadly disappeared. I feel like stitching on a project, add in a strand or two, and then don’t feel like stitching anymore.

I have been doing bits and pieces. No photos today, but I have almost finished part 1 of Chatelaine’s Sleeping Beauty/Anniversary sampler, and another spot or two on Weihenburg’s spot sampler SAL from 6 years ago.

To try and reignite my passion for stitching, plus the fact that they are trying to push through GST on packages valued more than $20, which sucks, I have done a big cross stitch order.


Raven Queen! Isn’t she fabulous. I also orderd the Bewitching Pixies. I think, when theya re all stitched up, they will look fabulous together.

I want to buy the Nora Corbett La Petite Mermaid collection as well. I will get around to stitching them eventually…

But in the meantime, I am thinking about a new house and new job…. Fantasy land is fun!


I have been feeling somewhat ambivalent about my stitching projects the last month or so,.. I started a new project while on holidays but have only been stitching sporadically since then.

Last night was the first night I felt like doing any stitching… But it was low going because I was playing catch up with season 3 or Orphan Black. It was a case of next episode please and OMG what’s going to happen next??? Oh yes… I was stitching…

So, a spot here:


And the start of Fall Fairy which was one of my holiday projects.


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