Another regular progress update without any SALs to cater to...I'm so proad of myself! Joke aside, I have a few things to share, including a finish, a start and a planned start, so I hope you are as excited as I am :)
But first, for the regular progress - I continued working on the grandchildren project, and have now finished the first page (aside from a few motifs that overlap with the upper page which is actually only a half page). So I am about 2/3 done now - at least with the cross stitch, there will be a ton of backstitch and the costomization to go after that!
Now to the starts and finish. On friday I was feeling a bit down, so I allowed myself a new start to pick myself up - the Strawberry Sampler I won from Jo's GGG (Gifted Gorgeousness Giveaway) a while back. I'm planning to finish this as my entry in the Stitching Pirates Ye Olde Sampler contest, so I have until the end of August to get it done. I'm stitching this on a bit of linen I got from a grab back, I think it's a 36ct, and I'm doing another experiment with a (small) rotating frame. This time I'm using masking tape and now the tension is just perfect - I'm going to experiment with a larger frame again soon, maybe I can get that to work as well.
The finish I want to show you I actually finished a few weeks back already - but it was a birthday present for a friend and she only got it this week. It's my first Mill Hill kit, Kiwi the owl. Certainly not my last, I really loved stitching this - the perforated paper, the coverage of 3 over 1, and of course so tons of beads! So much fun, and such a cute owl. I backed it with green felt.
And lastly, what I am most excited about - Jody from Unceonventional XStitch is holding a SAL with the very pretty Fire and Ember design. The startdate is on July 2nd, so it's not to late to join in - I certainly could not resist and I am fully prepared, just waiting for the matching needle minder to arrive. I can't wait to get started, just one more week! You can find the details here if you are interested.