Monday, September 29, 2014

Christmas Dreams

 Hi everyone, thanks so much Louanne for allowing me to join in as a buddy! I live in Florida and I've been cross-stitching for over 30 years but only a couple weeks ago found HAED! Of course when I saw the beauty of the designs I just had to find out more! Ordered a pattern, loaded up on supplies, and I'm off to the races :-) 

I just fell in love with Christmas Dreams by Dona Gelsinger and while I know I'll never finish it by this Christmas, I have hopes for 2015 but we'll see how it goes. Then I found this group and started looking over the work of others here. Amazing! I only hope mine will turn out half as well. 

Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated.  I've typically done Dimensions Gold Collection kits in the past, I love the fullness of the designs, but starting an HAED is a whole different challenge! I've never worked on linen before, generally Aida 14 & 18 count, so the 25 count evenweave is definitely different for me. I'd also always just held my work in my hand, but decided for this a roll bar frame would probably be a good investment. The frame I got came with 20" dowels and the fabric is close to twice that in width so I had to do a little folding/rolling on the right side to fit it in the frame. That of course led to some looseness on the area where I was going to be stitching, to resolve this I took a linen dishcloth (I'd bought a bundle of 12 a while back and have only used a couple so had plenty of unused ones in a drawer), cut one in half and rolled it with the bottom to help take up the slack. I'm not sure I'd want to order longer dowels as I typically stitch on the couch while watching TV, anyone have any better suggestions?


I'm doing 1 over 1 on 25ct.

Thanks for letting me share my journey with you!


Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Key by Melissa Dawn

Hi everyone
I`ve started my new ( third ) project ....
by Melissa Dawn
stitched on 18ct Aida
full crosses 2 over 1
this is my update after 2 weeks
I will hope you like it .
XXX ... your Helvi   : )

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Frogs Kissing - Sept 15 update

Hello everyone!!

It's been a while since my last update, but the last couple of months have been pretty hectic - vacations and work have kept me busy :)

Anyways, here is my latest update on Frog's Kissing. I finished page 4 last night and have started on page 5. I'm starting to see more colour variations than just white and 3756 (which having gone through more than a skein of each makes me happy)!!

This has been stitched 2 over 1 on 22 ct.

There's still a long way to go (36 pages in total), and I have less than a year to finish it (it's for my cousin's wedding which is going to be Aug 22, 2015)

Tomorrow is a public holiday here which means that it's only a half day at work. I'm hoping to spend my spare time getting a good chunk of page 5 done. It's going to be hard to find time for stitching in the next little while as I was recently transferred, so as soon as my work visa comes through I'll be moving countries again (got to try and fit my life into 4 suitcases again!) :D

Have a great day,

Friday, September 12, 2014

Tea Party Treats .... finished !

Hi everyone ,..... I`m so happy . I`ve finished my second HAED .It takes me 25 weeks ( 875 hours ) . Here are the details
Tea Party Treats
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
Design Size  391 W by 484 H
87 Colours
Thanks for looking ...... your Helvi  : )

Periwinkle by Rachel Anderson

Newest update.  Just completed page 3 & a bit of page 4.  Being stitched on 28ct 1 over 1, full stitch.  I just love this one.  On page 3 was the first time I had any confetti & that was so small didn't even take any time.  Love, love, love the fabric.  Little gold specks dyed with light greens & a yellow.  Pictures can't even show how beautiful this fabric is.  It's just perfect for this beautiful design.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Phoenix Golledge

Hello everybody, 
Hope you are all enjoying your processes. 
Here is my update of the week. 

Best regards,
Tina Lapina

skype ID: to-all-cat-lovers

Friday, September 5, 2014

Tea Party Treats

Hi ,
this is my update for WEEK 24 ,...... I think next week it will be finished .
Tea Party Treats
J. Becket-Griffith
2 over 1 on 18 ct. Aida
full crosses
xxx your Helvi

Monday, September 1, 2014

The Witching Hour

I have been stitching on the Witching Hour so here is an update.
You can see on the right that is where the moon will be.  Happy Stitching!