My stitched bits

Saturday, January 30, 2010

My boyfriend's father died tonight.
I'm not in the mood to write. I'm not in the mood to do anything.
Will be back later.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Isn't it wonderful what stitchers make??!!

I received these beautiful pictures from two Dutch girls and they are so lovely I wanted to put them on my blog for others to see too!
The two on the left are from Miek. She used my "Alaaf" ornament and turned it into a great valentine pendant!
She told me she had a hard time with the confetti stitches. I did forget to mention it when I put mine up. It does have these stitches in and it made me squint at times. But when you see the result you forget about it!
Well done Miek!
The two right ones are from Ort. She really is into valentine!!! She made a whole bunch of them and she made her own freebie.
You can find it on her website:

When you click on "Freebie Valentijn 2010" which you can find in the left column on her site, you will be able to download a .pdf file with her design.
Congrats Ort!

I do hope all this nifty stuff will keep everybody stitching, that's the general idea anyway!
Thanks for the piccies and the visits!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Tissue Holders are fun to make!!!!

They are so useful!!! Especially these days, cold weather and runny noses!
I made this one for myself but I also made one for my colleague at work and I'm going to make more of these as they are really neat presents!!!

I got the idea from Anita (stitch-creations): Click and the workshop which explains how to make them is from Hetti's blog: Click

Thank you both for this great idea!!!

I can give you the chart for the one with the cats on as I made that design myself. The design for my colleague's tissue holder is a mix from freebies I found on the web.

So, this is my chart:

You don't have to stitch the red lines I put in. They are just guidelines as to folding the finished piece!

The link to the chart and key are here:

I stitched it on 14 count pewter Aïda and I really like the result!
I hope you like it too and if you stitch it, be sure to send me piccies!

Enjoy and have a nice day!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Sooo pretty!!!!

Received another piccie today! This time from Hetti. She made my little cat ornament and hung it on her phone! Isn't it neat!!!

You can find her blog here: hetti

It's really cheers me up to see people like what I make!!!

Stitch till you Itch!!!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Isn't this just gorgeous????

Ort sent me a piccie of the "thank you" pendant she made with my freebie and I really find it very, very cute indeed! Congrats girl! I love the beads she hung underneath! I'm almost jealous now... lol.

I will get back later as I have some other stuff to put up here but I don't feel like doing it right now.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

I'm not feeling 100% at the moment. I have been fretting about some stuff lately and it just became too much. The saddest part is that my boyfriend's father is on his deathbed.
I'm trying to take my mind of things and cross stitching helps me a bit, thank gawd!

I know a lot of you are stitching things for Valentine. But in february you don't only have Valentine.... there's also The Carnival. I don't celebrate that and I haven't found many cross stitch designs that have a carnival feeling. So I decided to make a small festive ornament for those that are in a Carnival mood.
It has a German/Dutch text on "Alaaf", which is an expression that is traditionally used as a carnival greeting. It orgininated from a dialect spoken in Cologne (Germany). It means "elf" = 11 which is known as the fool's number.

Anyways, enough about the etymology, onwards with the cross stitches!

This is the ornament I concocted:

The chart looks like this:

If you want to make it, you can find the link to the chart and the key right underneath:


As always, it would be nice to receive some feedback from you all and it would be great to get pictures of your stitched masterpieces!

Thanks for the visit. See you all later!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

I don't have a lot of time these days, but I really, really, really wanted to put pictures up showing off my cat ornament made by some readers of my blog!
Indeed, I have been very happy to receive pictures of some off you and it's only natural I want to show these off as well!
They look really smashing and it really is weird to see things I designed stitched by others! It doesn't only feel weird but wonderful too!


The first one I received is from Miek! She made it on cloth that she dyes herself (isn't that neat???!!!) and she put some cute fish buttons on the back too!

Ort sent me hers and it's looking swell too!

And here's another one from Miek!

Don't they look adorable? Miek even put some -blue garden pants- on the small cats... LOLOLOL!!!
And she's going to make some more of my cutties! She is definitively hooked... lololol! But I'm looking forward to seeing those too and I'll put them up as well!

I just had to ask her how she attached the beads as I'm a complete morron! She explained it rather clearly and thanks to her I can now finish these ornaments with beads as well! Thanks for that too!

You can well imagine I was (and still am!) happy when I got these piccies in my mailbox!
I feel spoiled rotten now! LOL

Please feel free to send me more piccies!!! They are really cute to look at and it's nice to see your masterpieces and they deserve a place on my blog!

Thanks a million and have a nice evening now!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Good afternoon all,

I did mention I got a nice bird feeder as a Xmas present.... Well, it's in my garden now! And I'm glad it's there as we are having a snowy winter this year. The birds found their way to it and they are happy it's there too!

The first and second square of the 15-sided biscornu SAL are stitched and here's a picture of what they look like. You will notice I am using the same cloth as I use for my first SAL. I must say I rather like that denim colour and as I have some left, I'm using it again. For the stitches I choose DMC 746 and 747.

I've been having a look on the internet to kill the time a bit and stumbled upon a great site with silly cat pictures with even sillier captions.
Go take a look, it's a blast!
silly cats

That's it for now. In 45 minutes I'll be home, cuddling my moggies, baking a bread and, most importantly, STITCH!!!

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Afternoon there,

First of all I want to thank everybody who gave me nice comments about my little cat ornament. Not only through blogs but on forums too.
It's really nice to hear you like the design. THANK YOU!!!!

I'm still creating some new stuff, but in the meantime I also want to keep on stitching other things I like.
The fifth part of the SAL of The Pied Piper of Hamelen is finished and here is what it looks like:

Too bad the next part will also be the last.
I really enjoyed stitching it. Being my first ever SAL I am glad it went well. Only problem was when I started it, I found out it starts on the right side. Being a lefty, I start all my projects on the left. Starting right is a bit weird for me, but that didn't create too big a problem!

As this SAL is almost finished, I joined a new one (yep, seems I'm hooked). This one is for making a 15-sided biscornu. I love biscornu's, always wanted to make a 15-sided one but never got round to it. So now I will. Every monday there's a small chart to be found on this blog:
Le blog de l'Association de Fil en Aiguille
As the designs for this biscornu are small, they don't take too much time to stitch and I can still get on with my own projects and designs.
I will keep you posted about new stuff on this site!

Thanks again for your nice comments and thanks for the visit!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Did I ever mention I like cats????

Well, if you like them too, you might like to make this cutie:

I stitched it on a little piece of Aïda gold lurex. It was a left-over and the borders were a bit too small to fold and finish it easily... my fingers are still a bit achy from wriggling with it, but I'm glad I had enough patience to keep on going. And when I see the final result, I am very happy indeed!

This is what it looks like at the beginning (you can clearly see what I mean about the borders being rather small:

I'm almost sure you are eager to see what the chart looks like, so... here goes...

As you can see it's not that difficult. And to finish it you just have to fold it and stitch the hems.
You make a nice tassel to attach underneath, a cord to hang it up with et voilà you have some cute cat's eyes to watch over you!

And this is the link for the chart and the key:


I'm sure you will enjoy stitching this design. You can easily make it in one day, even if you work full-time (like I do).
I would really appreciate it loads if you could tell me what you think of this purrring design and it would even be better if you would show me a picture of your finished cutie pie.
To contact me you can do so via dani26362 at gmail dot com.
Enyoy, thanks for the visit and happy stitching!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

It's Biscornu time!!!
As you might know, I simply adore biscornu's! I have found loads of them on sites all over the place. I have downloaded them to my good ol' computer and they are waiting to be made.... Only problem is I simply don't have enough time to make them!
But.... I did manage to design one myself and I even found the time to stitch it!!!

Take 2 pieces of Aïda, stitch a bit...

... and this is the result

I baptized it the: Zig Zag Biscornu.

It's a bit biggish but that's partially due to the fact I stitched it on 14 count Aïda.

As I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves biscornu's, you can find the link to the chart and key right here!


I'm rather proud of this one! It's my first and it will not be my last!
I hope you enjoy stitching it! And please show me your finished masterpieces!
Thanks for the visit!

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Good morning all,

Happy New Year!!! I hope it will be a good one and that all your wishes may come true!!!
I am up rather early today as the sales start here in Belgium and I'd like to go and look for some stuff.
I made some coffee to ease the but I'm still very whoozy in my head and my boyfriend is still in bed. I don't know how I'm going to get him out of there... lol.
In the meantime, here's a little present for whoever likes it:

I hung it up in the top of my Xmas tree!
This is what the chart looks like:

And here's the link for the chart and the key:


Thanks for the visit and I hope it's not the last one!
Going to get dressed now, drag my friend out of bed and go to town. Hopefully we will survive them