Tuesday, February 06, 2007

SALs and a near win!

First, anyone remember this? It was a birthday exchange I made last year. It's Little House Needlework's Miniature Home Gameboard on Silkweaver's Cocoa linen. I entered it in the Silkweaver Showcase and I was a finalist (well spotted Cathy!) No prize, but as it was the first and only thing I've ever entered I'm really pleased! I knew it worked well - I even bought a second piece of Cocoa to do it again myself. Congratulations to the other finalists and the winners!



On to the regular Tuesday posting - Toccata II with Tash. I did C and that gold square this week. I really struggled with the Japan thread and I'm not too happy about the end effect of the square. Hopefully I'll get more experienced using it as I go along.


Then yesterday was the start of my Winter's Eve SAL with Lina. This is where it was when I last stitched on it - way back in May last year. And I think I only worked on it once last year too! I finally got that metallic thread done and some of the satin stitching too.


I'm quite a long way along on this already but when I finish it I'll work on Mystery VIII as Lina's ahead of me on that one. Hopefully it'll balance out and we'll both have two finished Chatelaines at about the same time!

22 comments:

  1. Congrats on being a finalist! That is wonderful, and such a cute piece! Your Winter's Eve is looking pretty, glad to see it getting some stitching.

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  2. Congratulations on getting into the final stages of the Showcase!

    Love your WIPs - I found the Japan thread hard to use too, although it got easier the more I did. I also found using a frame and stand helped a lot.

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  3. Congrats on being a finalist! You did such a lovely job on it:)

    Your two WIPs look amazing as well. Good luck with the Japan thread!!

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  4. Good luck taming the Japan thread - if it's any consolation, it looks fantastic! :D Great going getting into the finals at Silkweaver too - that's just awesome! :D

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  5. Very cool that you were a finalist. I love that fabric.

    I think that your Tocatta looks great. The gold square is very pretty. I give you full credit for even attempting to use it because I think I would have found something else for that section.

    And your Winter's Eve is beautiful. It is very tempting to me, like I need another Chatelaine.

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  6. Your SAL pieces are coming along great. Congrats on being a finalist.

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  7. I really like the way you finished that gameboard. Congrats on being a finalist!

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  8. Congratulations on your near win - hey, it's a beauty!!

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  9. Nikki, your stitching is awesome! I LOVE your miniature gameboard. It's a winner in my book, for sure. I also love the way you finished it off. VERY nice! Thank you for sharing your wonderful stitching with us!

    Hugs,
    Carolyn :)

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  10. I know what you mean about the stupid Japan thread. The #7 is the worst, it's just so inflexible, it doesn't stay where you want it to!
    But yours looks lovely!

    Congrats on being a finalist!

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  11. Superior job on the LHN gameboard being a finalist in the showcase! I love it and you did a great job!
    :)

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  12. Silly me. I was quickly looking through the Silkweaver winners yesterday and saw that and thought "Hmm. That looks familiar!" But I didn't even pause to look at the name. Congratulations!

    You have so much done on Winter's Eve! I'm going to have to be really busy on Mondays :)

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  13. Congratulations on being a finalist! :-)

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  14. I didn't recognize it as being yours, but when I saw it I thought, "Wow".

    Great stitching!!

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  15. Congrats on being a finalist, that's great! Love your other WIPs, your stitching is lovely :)

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  16. what a clever girl you are.. but then we all know that.. i am so in love with Toccata, you and tash are doing a wonderful job, i nearly caved yesterday, i had it in a basket then had to close the browser to not succumb to temptation

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  17. I love it-it's a winner in my book :)

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  18. I think I am nearly caught up with your blog now ;-) You do so well getting to be a finalist , I would have let you win! I too love Toccata and would have bought it last time I was at Harrogate for the stitching show, but I had ran out of money and didn't dare set too with the credit card or there would have been no stopping me...lol!!

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  19. I saw your piece and it looked fabulous!

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  20. I saw your piece and thought it should have been the winner. I didn't realise it was you!

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  21. Congrats on being a finalist! This piece is gorgeous :)

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  22. Congratulations on being a finalist, your piece is gorgeous.

    Your other wips are looking gorgeous, great progress

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