Friday, 5 December 2014

Is it December already?

Goodness me!  Have I really neglected my blog for a whole month?  Wow!  That must be a record.  Well, here I am in the usual one piece.

My main reason for not posting was lack of anything interesting stitch-wise to report.  There have been other things - illness, being busy with day-to-day stuff, stress etc, but plain lack of productivity (related to the other reasons!!!) is the main cause.


I made it to the Harrogate K&S Show this year after being afraid I couldn't go.  In fact, I had a better, longer day there this time than I had for a while.  I also realised how dehydrating the place is and made a mental note to pack twice as much liquid next year so as to avoid the feeling of being very achey and tired most of the day.

I also got some great new stuff.  The first picture is the threads and the lovely, fine-point scissors.  I bought my first Stef Francis threads (the gold one) and also my first Japanese thread (the multi-metallic one).

The second shot is of the contents of a bargain pack of light evenweaves I picked up for only £8.  There are 8 pieces in there, all good project sizes, some larger, and some even seem to be linen or linen-look fabrics.

I also got a couple of packs of small pieces from a different stall.  I enjoyed looking at Jane Greenoff's little fabric sampler books and thought these smalls would work well to make up one of my own. =)

The next photo, and the last from the Show, is of the four pieces of silk I got from The Silk Route, one of my favourite stands.  I'm still interested in making miniature textiles for doll's houses and I thought the one on the far right especially would be great for 'the gentleman's room' stuff.  The piece on the far left is actually lemon, not cream, and I just bought that for the sheer pleasure of it. =D

As I'd recently made a fair bit of pocket money on e-bay and Amazon, I still had a decent amount left after the show and so put in a big thread order with good old  I more or less completed the Anchor Coton à Broder #25 collection (just omitted 2 shades I couldn't see myself using) and then plugged some gaps with some DMC ones.  Sadly, their skeins are a completely different shape, so I wasn't able to store them together.  Other than that I grabbed some more Pearl Cotton #12 balls and discovered that I still have room for about another 15.  The beads are Mill Hill Pony Beads in sizes #6 and #8.

So, just a quick stash posting for now as I still have nothing to show you and hope that the stitch-itch might strike again soon.  It always does, never fear. =)  No 'mojo' comments though, please!  I'm quite passionately against magic and related things, so that expression doesn't sit well with me, although I appreciate the thought behind it. =)

Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2014


Arlene Delloro said...

those threads are yummy

Bits of Stitching! said...

Hoping things improve soon!
Your new stash is beautiful, and how exciting (at least to me) that you still have a bit of room for a few others balls of perle cotton... have fun with your new goodies!
PS: (need to check on the "particular expression", didn't really like how it sounds, but I may have used it before.)

D1-D2 said...

I love those scissors! I can't wait to see what you do with all of it :)

Rachel said...

Don't even know what a mojo is, never mind why you should want one - but I am quite sure that the itch to stitch will return - as you say, it always does!

jackiescrafts said...

Your new threads and fabrics look great and I'm pleased to see you post again and look forward to seeing a stitching update soon
Jackie x

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Yummy fabrics and even yummier threads! All that joyful stuff should spark something creative soon.

Queeniepatch said...

I envy you having the opportunity to visit the K&S show; I wish I will have the chance one day.
You found a lot of lovely stuff; the silk is very beautiful.
I hope you will soon find your energy again.

Caroline B said...

Nothing wrong with showing us your haul - love to see other people's shopping! Hope you get the urge to stitch soon - I usually find if I attempt something very boring, my brain tells me what I really want to be doing!

Glenis Pickering said...

Glad you had a good day @ Harrogate. I love that place, and hope to get back there one day. Good haul; I'd be jealous, but I need to sort the storage before I splash out :-)

Mosaic Magpie said...

Lots of yummy new things to stitch with!

crazyQstitcher said...

How good to hear you had a wonderful day at the craft show and scored such treasures.
I look forward to seeing what happens with them.

I'll take the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas as the time can quickly pass from now on.

zenuwpees said...

Des beau tissues et fil bonne soiree Marie-Claire