December 23, 2012

Cy - CQJP & TAST catch-up


Would you believe I have just this week started my October block.
My trip to UK helped me to get a bit behind with this project, but I hope to play 'catch-up' over the next couple of weeks. 
Later today all my kids will be home for Christmas, staying here on the farm for as long as they are able to.
They pretty much fend for themselves and enjoy each other's company, and have a great laugh. I'm looking forward to it too.
We have declared that this Christmas will be a 'home-made' Christmas. No bought presents.
It will be so much fun to see what they have all created for each other.
I'm expecting a few surprises along the way from the 'not-so-creative' son. I'm sure we will all be laughing till our jaws ache by the end of Christmas day.
It will be an interesting Day.

So, on to the CQJP and TAST.

My naked block for October

TAST stitches follow:

The first is a variation of the Portuguese Border Stitch
I threaded a bead onto the 'ladder' part before stitching the wrapped bits up each side.
I'm not sure I got the side bits right for a Portuguese border, but hey, I'm in experimental mode.

 Next is the  Knotted Cable Stitch.

And then I added the Arrowhead Stitch in a combined lime green and blue metallic thread.

Next is the Berry Stitch, or I think I might call mine the 'Triple Berry', as my variation has 3 chains stacked together. I like this effect but wish I'd used a better contrast for the centre chain as it doesn't show up very much on the grey fabric.

And..... just in case you are missing my crochet, haha...... here is a piece I made yesterday as part of a 'home-made' Christmas present. The flowers aren't attached yet as I need to make some leaves and arrange them before I stitch them all in their final places on this vintage looking wrist-band.
I love the coffee & cream colour scheme. It needs blocking yet.

  Seasons Greetings   
to all my friends, followers, and co-stitchers here.

I wish you all a very 
  Happy Christmas  

Happy Stitching


Debra Spincic said...

Can I get on your Christmas list?

October, December. . .oh what are a few months in the creative hands of a genius? Carry on!

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Me too, please, as I do have a Christmas Day birthday so something special would be nice! Fabulous.

Cy said...

Lol, you two will have to give me your address's and I might get something home-made to you by Christmas 2020, lol. xx

Debra Spincic said...

I don't want to be greedy but I certainly want to beat Carol to the question: Can you just send me this wallhanging when it is done? (LOL! Ha! Ha!!)

Debra Spincic said...

P.S. I can wait until 2020.

Carol Neale-Broughton said...

Guess I'll just have to exercise a little patience and wait until 2021 then!

Cy said...

I'm hoping this wallhanging will be completed LONG before 2020 Debra! But you'll have to fight my daughter for it though, she 'claims' all my big pieces even before they are finished (and sometimes even before they are started).

Debra Spincic said...

A devoted fan or two! Clearly.

cq4fun said...

Cy, I love the stitch experimentation. The bead looks great in the Portuguese Border Stitch, what a super idea. Everything looks so neatly done. Love the wrist band, too. Definitely worth waiting to see your post today!

ladyhawthorne said...

You do some great experimentations! Love the wrist band, someone will be very happy.

Judy S. said...

Good to see you back stitching, Cy! Have a lovely Christmas with your family; someone's going to be very happy with your crocheted piece!