Thursday, 5 March 2015

Catch Up

I've been so busy stitching gifts that I had fallen behind with Needlecraft Haven's Monthly Christmas Challenge. NH member Christine chooses a freebie online design for us each month which we stitch and finish but keep secret. All photos are sent to Christine who opens a Gallery at the end of each month. Because I'm late I can reveal mine, although I have sent Christine the photos for the galleries too.
Challenge 1 from Gazette 94
Challenge 2 from Luli
And being as it's only 5th of March I may get this month's challenge stitched in time.

I have also finished a little freebie kit I was given - my memory is not good but I think it was in one of the goody bags at a Needlecraft Haven Meet Up - and I think the goody bag was from Angi.

It's a lovely design by Rainbow Gallery called Victorian Posy Blackwork. I used the 14ct ecru that was in the kit and DMC 122 which is a lovely variegated green. Although the chart said one strand because I used a colour instead of black I used two - I'm really pleased with it.

Victorian Posy by Rainbow Gallery
I've been working on my November The Drawn Thread and Santa's Village but more on those next time. I have been baking again - I made a batch of Welsh Cakes. It was so easy with my new mixer, so much so I'm going to try scones next :)

Welsh Cakes
Thanks for calling by, and for the lovely comments that have been left on my posts :)

12 comments:

  1. Your challenge ornaments are lovely!

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  2. Great stitching Clare. Getting your finishes into the galleries is next on my to do list :)

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  3. These challenge pieces are all very beautiful. and certainly a fun stitch, too.

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  4. Great stitching, the challenge ornaments look lovely!

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  5. Those Welsh cakes (my Dad called them "Pica Currents" (pee'ka coo'rents) are my absolute favorite cookies in the whole world!!! I could hardly believe it when I saw the picture of them on your blog today. My grandpa lived in Wales for awhile & I suppose that's how we got the recipe . . . I love it that our recipe says "a handful of lard".

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  6. Beautiful ornaments and a welsh cake with a cup of tea would go down well at the moment :)

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  7. Two lovely challenge finishes, I need to make a start on this months.

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  8. Two lovely challenge finishes, I need to make a start on this months.

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  9. Your challenge pieces are both great. I have stitched the Bonne Annee myself a few years back and now I really want to sttich that stag!

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  10. Your stitching is lovely as usual Clare !! The cakes look delicious !!

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  11. Ooooh i love welsh cakes :-) Trouble is If I made them I would eat them all, lol I used the recipe you posted on NH last time and they were lovely, even Mark liked them and he is not a cake lover.

    Lovely ornaments :-)

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