Wednesday, 3 April 2013

silhouette cross stitch

Good morning ladies!  I've shown you the beginnings of this project before, but I got it finished so quick, I didn't really have time to post more updates.  This is #33 on my enormous list - Silhouettes cross stitch.  I bought this kit, which is by Heritage Crafts last November thinking it would be a nice present (completed of course!) for my dad.  He's not really a tram fan, but I don't think he hates them and I think he'll love the sepia, old-fashioned look to it.

Here's how it looked when I first showed you, it's in a 6" square Qsnap frame.

I thought it might be interesting to take a photo after each evening's work to see how it progresses.  Unfortunately, I didn't think of this until I'd got this far:

By this point, I'd sewn some of Mr CA's old shirt fabric round the edges and put it in a 10" frame as the 6" was far too small.  The ruler at the bottom of the picture shows the scale, it's 5" square finished.

I often get asked how I manage to get so much done - craft wise I mean, my family has never asked how I manage to do so much cleaning!  I don't think I do.  I work full-time, often more, and commute 45 minutes each way to work.  I go to bed pretty early - at 10pm usually, as I have to get up at 6am and I need about 10 hours sleep!  (I know that doesn't add up, but I can't go to bed at 8pm, I make up for it at the weekends)  In the space between work and bed, I have random housework to do, cooking dinner on alternate days, cleaning the kitchen, feeding the bunnies... it leaves me with about 1 - 2 hours, occasionally more if I've left work early and Mr CA is cooking. 

Me and Mr CA watch TV in the evenings (I know that sentence is grammatically incorrect, I can never bring myself to say "Mr CA and I", even though I know it's right - it just sounds too posh) but I can't watch TV without something in my hands.  Crochet, embroidery, beadweaving, all are pretty good projects as I can half watch TV as I work.

Each of these photos shows the progression after an evening's work.  Cross stitch is slow, but so satisfying and perfect if I'm really tired.  I do all my sewing, quilting, jewellery making etc at the weekends when I have lots of free time.  Of course I have chores to do and there is some family time in there too, but it does leave me time to get a sewing project or two done.

Anyway, ta-dah!  That back-stitching was a bitch.  I got some of it wrong, but I don't think you can tell if you don't look at the cover of the pattern next to it.  Now I just have to frame it... Looks like that never-never list has been revised!


Pam @Threading My Way said...

LOVE this cross stitch, Wendy!!! I don't think I've seen one in sepia colours before. Totally suits the old tram.

Anna said...

Love it !

Celtic Thistle said...

It looks lovely. I spend as much time unpicking as I do sewing when I attempt to follow a chart and watch TV at the same time!

Shirley said...

Well done with your latest finish, I think I would of liked going on trams. I stitch a lot when I am watching tv or should I say listening to it

JoJo said...

I love that cross stitch. The sepia tone is wicked nice. When I watch TV I prefer to be playing online rather than beading/stitching. For one I have lousy light in my livingroom at night; it's pretty dark. For another I'd have to wear my reading glasses which means the TV is blurry. Sometimes I will put the computer down in the afternoons when Russell is home and stitch or work in a colouring books.

SuperMomNoCape said...

This is really looks great. I'm sure your father will love it. I admire anyone who has the skill and patience to do cross-stitch. It's one of the crafts I tried a few times and discovered I just didn't have the patience for.

Sandra :) said...

I like the sepia colouring - it's quite cool! I don't think I could cross-stitch and watch tv at the same time, though - I can barely walk and chew gum ... HA!!!

Jane Galley said...

that looks lovely. I had an urge to cross stitch this week, it's quite therapeutic

Samantha said...


Love it!

p.s. don't feel you should reply to this comment, it's not reply worthy and I know you're busy, just wanted to tell you you're amazing :)