Somewhere I can let out my inner crafter without being labeled as even more insane.

So, this week has been a veritable hive of cross stitch activity!

But I imagine that first of all you want to know about September’s block: yes, it was indeed Rapunzel. Well done everyone who guessed that (and really, how anyone thought The Brave is a little beyond me!). Ahh, the delights of hindsight!

But that isn’t all I’ve got to tell you, I’ve been busy cross stitching all week! First of all, I finished the Stained Glass SAL, which I’m very chuffed about, as I’m going to be too busy entertaining my friend this week to work on it

pic7That’s the entire width done now, so the next page is back over on the left. 🙂 I really enjoy stitching on this, which is a bit strange because I’m not really sure that I want it when it’s finished… maybe when I’ve coloured it in I’ll enjoy it more!

Then this week I started my aunt’s Christmas present of some coasters, and they’re reminding me how much of a difference that backstitching makes!

christmasaunt1 christmasaunt2

On the left is a brown blob, and on the right…voila, a baby owl! I didn’t take before pics of any of the other small cross stitched pieces, but it’s pretty much the same thing!

The other pieces which I have finished are

a kingfisher (I do so love these birds, although typically I’ve only seen flashes of blue!)

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and a butterfly (there weren’t enough different bird designs, so I had to settle for ‘flying things”!)

christmasaunt3I still have a blue tit and a penguin to go, so they’ll probably be finished next week! These are going much quicker than planned, I am loving this idea of finishing Christmas presents early! I’ll be able to go back to my cardigan (and dare I say it? The Cthulhu mittens???)

Woohoo! Gotta love being organised! Anyway, I’ll be back next week with the first clues for October’s block!

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Comments on: "September’s Block, and why backstitching is good!" (5)

  1. I just gasped when I saw your outline for the stained glass panel. That is so intricate and delicate and, well, BEAUTIFUL! More pictures please!!

  2. have to said that after all these back stitching it does added some prettiness to the stitched work.. I love the kingfisher.. 😉 great job

  3. Oh my goodness, that first image, that’s sewn on? Holy talented, and patient!

  4. Those coasters are beautiful, your Aunt is a lucky lady! I have done an owl similar to the one you have and I found the back stitching worked a dream too. I never think it will until it’s done and then go oh yeah, I was wrong again… hehe 🙂

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