Saturday, 28 January 2017

Barbara from The Flashing Scissors 2017 #1


Hello everyone,

I hope you haven't forgotten me, it's been so long since I posted here!


Last year I bought myself one of those magnifiers, with a light, that you hang round your neck. After the initial problems working out how to put batteries in, the light and magnifier has been a great help with my stitching. At first I couldn't get on with the weight of the magnifier balanced round my neck, but now I wouldn't want to stitch without it!

Unfortunately DH found its light distracting when we were watching TV ..... he could see it out the corner of his eye, however I now know to sit slightly facing away from him, and I think the problem is solved!

I'm so pleased I bought this little gadget! After purchasing I read on line that people were very unhappy with theirs, (mainly because of the problem putting the batteries in) but I've found mine has really helped me to keep my threads neatly aligned, and given me more of an inclination to cross stitch.


A week ago on Friday night I prep'd this Jane Greenoff UFO that has been lurking in our bookcase for  years.
Rosebud
Pattern from Jane Greenoff's book:
"55 Country Cross Stitch Charts" 
I found my stitching hoop, printed a copy of the pattern and stuck it onto card, punched holes for the threads and transferred them from the old scrap of card I'd used before.
UFO
I started working on these little flowers.
After all the prepping I only managed a few stitches, but that was good 'cos I was able to frolic along with the rest of you again this Friday night ..... although I haven't had a chance to take any more photos yet!

There are a number of  other cross stitch UFO's lurking in our Dreaded Cupboard, and this year I'm aiming  to go all out on completing some of them ..... making space for some new ones, of course!


I hope you were stitching last night too, and I look forward to reading what you are working on!


Hugs,
Barbara xxx

17 comments:

  1. Barbara, so lovely to see you back Frolicking again with this and with such a pretty design, too. Can't wait to see it progress over the year. Good on you for persevering with the magnifier.

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    1. Thank you Kaye!
      I'm approximately halfway through this pattern and enjoying stitching more than when I first started,probably back in 1992..... oooh, maybe too much information! It has been hard to work on as some of the colours are very similar and it has been almost impossible to differentiate between them. However, since buying my brilliant magnifier I can see the colours much better, even in electric lighting.
      Can't wait to see what everyone has stitched tonight!
      Barbara x

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    2. Fantastic, Barbara - don't worry, I am actually working on a WIP that I started in 1986!

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  2. That is a very pretty chart. I will enjoy watching it grow.

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  3. Such a lovely design that you chose for your Fridays. And now I am very curious to see the other UFOs, too, lol.

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    1. Thank you, Brigitte, I think I need to make a list before I forget which ones I'm aiming to finish! Tee, hee!
      Barbara x

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  4. Very pretty Barbara! Isn't it wonderful that there are so many gadgets out there to help us stitchers :)

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    1. It is! Next time I can show you another "new to me" gadget!
      Barbara x

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  5. Sometimes I enjoy prepping as much as stitching! Very pretty chart, looking forward to seeing your progress!

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    1. Thank you Rachel!
      I tried to comment on your blog, but the blogging system wouldn't let me, not sure what I was doing wrong!
      You are very clever working out such a wonderful design .... I especially like the picture of your sweet doggy!
      Barbara x

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  6. Like you I also posted only once last year...so welcome back. This is a lovely design.

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    1. I've really slowed down on blogging ... not intentionally! Lots of ideas, just a matter of time.
      Thank you for your warm welcome!
      Barbara x

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  7. Great start.... can't wait to see more over the coming weeks :o)

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    1. Thank you, Noni!
      Looking forward to seeing more of your fairy too!
      Barbara x

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  8. That's a great way to keep your threads organized with your pattern!

    Good luck with your stitching and the Dreaded Cupboard.

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    1. Thank you Rachel!
      Ohhh! Not much stitching at the moment! I've been blogging/commenting ..... must get stitching tomorrow!
      Barbara x

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