Monday, July 17, 2017' finished!

I have unpicked the Tea and cakes SAL so many times that even when I started to stitch with the wrong colour, I decided just to live with the mistake!

Last time, you may remember that block three looked like this...

.... I was unhappy with the lettering, so frogged it, re-stitched it and then it looked like this...

....I then decided that the rose was too big, so frogged it and decided to do a different rose and stitch it in tired brain didn't so-operate and I picked up some pink thread and stitched.....

....the size of the rose is fine, but I think it might have been better if it had been stitched in yellow! I'm not sure if the fabric would have survived yet another round of I'm sticking with the pink rose.

Block four was also altered form Durene's original design and this time I picked the correct size of rose and only had to stitch it the once....yayyy!

So a little happy dance was performed at the completion of this  SAL. Details of the free charts can be found here.

Only a few stitches were added to Etudes aux Fraises this week.....but every stitch done means it's nearer to being completed.....

And summer sundae designs in this months World of Cross Stitching magazine...

....if only I had a real sundae in front of me now!!!!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, July 10, 2017

Bits 'n' pieces!

It's been a bits and pieces kind of week......I've been working on a few different things...some have gone well....others, not so well!

First of all I decided to pull out Etudes aux Fraises before it had too much dust on it! 

Now that I'm back working on this I'm glad it didn't become a UFO....

...sometimes smaller projects have a habit of creeping in and then taking over!

And speaking of smaller projects...

...another free kit that I decided to stitch as I have a few birthdays coming up in the next few months and have used all my stash of stitched cards....

I just need to get out the double sided tape and this was can be called finished! Yayyy.

The Tea and Cakes free SAL has been driving me crazy.....and it has nothing to do with Durene Jones, the designer, or  Lakeside Needlecrafts who are very kindly providing the's me! I wasn't too keen on the 3rd and 4th block because of the lettering so I decided to go through some old cross stitch magazines to find some other Durene Jones designs that would fit into the hard would it be to find something? Ha....let me tell you....nearly impossible! I did find one design by Durene that with a little bit of manipulation would have fitted, but once I had started stitching it, I decided that I didn't really like it with the rest of the I had to frog ...grrr.

So after more unsuccessful searching I decided to just stitch the design as Durene had intended.....

....I'm still not too happy with the lettering....

....I think I can hear the frog croaking somewhere....think he might be visiting me again tonight! Sigh.

And finally another little finish....but not cross stitch...

My daughter's friend is expecting a baby girl next month, so this cute little sea critter was just begging to be crocheted! There are some other little sea creature friends to make a little set so I have the feeling the crochet hook will be quite busy over the next few weeks.

Since the frog seems to be having an extended stay at my house, I hope that your stitching is going well!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Saturday, July 1, 2017

July stitching log

As promised, I have the monthly stitching log completed and ready for you to print off to log all your stitching for this month!

I have made two logs, one in colour and the other in black and white....I'm one of these people who never has colour ink in their printer, and I'm guessing that I'm not the only one like this! So choose whatever one works for you, print it off and start logging the hours or number of stitches done for each day....or however else you want to use it!

No pictures of it at the moment, but I'll have them for my normal Monday post.

Here are the links for the July log...

Please note that these are for personal use only and are not to be sold, shared or reproduced. By all means share the info about the log on your blog or social media, but please link back to this post....thank you!

And since it's July, I'm starting to work on a way to record my Christmas stitching so that I always know what design I've stitched for family and friends so they don't get the same one twice...or even three times!!!  I'll share the Christmas one as soon as it's completed.

Happy stitching!


Monday, June 26, 2017

Sunshine and stitching.

With the glorious summer sunshine and long evenings, I haven't been stitching as much as I usually would do. I have been enjoying the company of number one son who is home for a while, so we have been enjoying the time together sitting outside on the patio and just talking.... it's wonderful. Once the mosquitoes begin to descend then we head indoors and I pick up my needle! Here's what I have been working on this past week...

....a free card kit form the world of Cross Stitching magazine...

.....which came with a printed card, and looks really pretty....

....a perfect card for so many different occasions. 

This was another design that I used my Stitching Log to record the thread colours that were in the kit....of course, I forgot to pick it up and put it in the picture! For anyone that would like a free copy of the Stitching Log, click here to read about it and download your very own copy.

The Lakeside Needlecrafts free SAL....

....I still haven't decided what to do with blocks three and four....block six is a stack of teacups.....

I'm planning to get out some old cross stitch magazines to find some Durene Jones designs that would fit into the blocks instead of the lettering designs that are on the chart, but I may end up  doing the design as Durene has intended :) This was a fun SAL, and the details can be found here

I seem to be having some trouble with the emails from my blog. I try to respond to everyone who leaves a comment unless you are a 'no reply' blogger, but many of the emails seem to come back as un-deliverable. So if you haven't had a reply from me, I do apologize and just want everyone to know that I do appreciate that you spend a few minutes to leave me a comment. Hopefully I can get this sorted out.

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, June 19, 2017


It's amazing what you can do when you have a deadline to work to! I finished and framed the MS kitties in time for my friends leaving party.....

......a simple black frame and a double mat in black and white made the colours of the design really pop.....

....and best of all, my friend loved it!

So once the kitties were completed, I went back to the Lakeside Needlecraft's Tea and Cakes SAL...

Blocks 3 and 4 are lettering designs and I wasn't sure how I felt about them so I might see if I can find some other Durene Jones designs that are suitable to stitch in the empty blocks.

If you'd like to join in with this adorable SAL, you can find the free charts by clicking here. (go know you want to!)

Hee hee, it's lovely to be an enabler!!! :)

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, June 12, 2017

Sooooo close to having a finish!

I would have had a finish to show you today, but I was bit distracted by the ice-hockey final last night and didn't get an awful lot of stitching done, but you can see just how close I am to doing a little happy dance......

 ....just a bit more of the mug outline to stitch....

...and some back stitching on the stripes and dots on the mug...

...and the outlining of the hearts!

It really shouldn't take too long to do, so I have my dancing shoes on, all ready for the happy dance to take place later today :)

Until next time...happy stitching! (and dancing, if you're at that point with your stitching!)


Monday, June 5, 2017

Cats and cake!

Cats and cake ....what a wonderful combination! The cats I'm talking about are the cute Margaret Sherry kitties...

I've managed to get a bit more of them done, although not as much as I would have liked but it's all my fault! I normally watch tv while I stitch and tend to 'listen' to a film or show.....I'm sure many of you do the same thing.  But at the moment I have been watching the ice hockey and you really can't just listen to that on the's something you have to watch....especially when your team is in the finals :) So my stitching has been confined to the short breaks between periods.

The back stitching is bringing these delightful kitties to life.....

And since the kitties have to be completed before the end of this month, the Tea and cakes SAL has been put to the side, but I did manage to add part of the next cake as I just couldn't know how it is!  :)

This stitch along is such fun and you can find the free SAL design here, the designer is Durene Jones who has an etsy store where you can find lots of her wonderful designs and Lakeside Needlecraft's web page can be found here.  My apologies if your credit card gets used after looking at these links :)

So here's to more cats and cake....and ice hockey!

Until next time .....happy stitching!


Monday, May 29, 2017

A naughty new start!

As you can tell by the title of this post, I have been a bit naughty and started stitching on a new design. The saving grace is that I didn't have to buy the design....Tea and Cakes is a free stitch along designed by the wonderful Durene Jones and provided by Lakeside Needlecraft......

...the only thing I had to buy for the this SAL was some fabric, because although I have, cough, or two (ha ha) pieces of fabric in my stash, I didn't have any 14 count white aida...go figure! 

The border was released first and then the cake motif the following week. Since I was already a week behind, I decided to stitch the border and cake together. I'll just continue each border part as and when the cake motifs are released.

Some back stitching to do and then the first motif will be completed. For any of you that would like to join in with this free stitch along, just check out Lakeside Needlework's Facebook page. They also have several other SAL's which are very tempting! Don't say I didn't warn you.....I don't want to be classed as an enabler :)

I also managed to finish the adorable Fizzy Moon card design from the World of Cross Stitching magazine....

Since all my stock of stitched cards was used, it's great to have a card already finished for when I need one. Hopefully I can start building up my stock of cards again. The first part of the Tea and Cakes SAL would also make a nice little motif to stitch for a card....guess I might be stitching this design again!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Late....but with a good excuse!

I'm a day late in posting and not an awful lot of stitching to show either, but I do have a good reason! Hubby and I decided on the spur of the moment to have a quick trip to Canada. So Wednesday evening we packed our bags so we were all set for an early Thursday morning start and we drove up to Ottawa....what a beautiful city! The weather saw fabulous....we even got a bit of a tan...and we walked for miles! By the time we got back to our hotel room in the evening I was too tired to even think about doing any stitching.

So here are some 'snaps' from our trip.... just scroll down if you want to see the stitching pics

The parliament building which is beautiful inside too. The building will be closing for ten years for renovations!

One of the main halls inside the Parliament...

 The art gallery...

 War memorial...

And to prove that I haven't just used some random pics off the internet, here's a picture of me with the Parliament clock in the background :)

And since it was Tulip Fest while we were there, here's the obligatory tulip picture! 

And then a tour of the Canadian Mint....who knew they bolted down their gold bars....would still have been hard to run off with a 28lb gold bar in my pocket :)

What a great trip!

So here's the extent of my stitching for last week. Some more of the Fizzy Moon free kit. Just a bit more of the body and then all the white for the daisies. White is not my favourite colour to's kind of hard on the eyes unless you have the right light! (For anyone who wants to download the stitching log, please see the previous post)

 ....and some more of the adorable Margaret Sherry kitties...

And for anyone who wonders why I named my blog Tangled Threads, you can just see a bit of the reason in the top right hand corner of the picture here's a closer view!!!

No matter how organized I seem to be, I always end up with a tangle of threads!

Hope your threads end up less tangled than mine!

Until next time...happy stitching!


Monday, May 15, 2017

Stitching logs

So today I have something exciting to share with you! 

After my last post about changing the colours on chart and not making a note of the changes, I did a search online for something that we stitchers could use to log either our daily/weekly progress or something to note the changes we have made....and came up with.....nothing! Zero, zilch, nada......not a single thing - how sad. Sooo, what's a girl to do but design her own! Well, in my case, it was design her own and get the technology savvy daughter to help out :)  (Thanks Sweetheart, you're the best!)

So what started out as a single idea has spawned into several projects as there was so many different things I wanted to do. So this log I'm sharing with you today, is the first of a few different logs that I'll be producing to make our stitchy lives easier and a bit more organized

Since I was working on a design that already had the colours picked out and all I wanted to do was make a note of the conversions I had made, I designed a log specifically for that purpose.....

Now I can stitch the Margaret Sherry cats again and know exactly what thread colours I used and not have to waste time fiddling about trying to decide what colours look good together since I don't have all the anchor threads listed in the key. Now I just open up my DMC threads and select the ones I have listed on my handy-dandy log!

I can record who I stitched it for and how I finished it (well in my case that area would probably be left blank, as you all know how bad I am for actually getting round to doing any finishing!)

This log is great  for using if , like me, you love the free kits that come with some magazines and want to stitch the chart more than once. Since the thread numbers aren't given on the key all you need to do is check the threads that are in the free kit and decide what DMC or Anchor threads match the threads supplied, mark them on your log and start stitching the kit, knowing that you can now stitch it again, and again!

Even if you don't have a thread chart like the one pictured above, you can always see what threads you have in your stash and note the numbers from there.

So how do you get your stitching log? It's easy....just click here! 

Please note that this is for personal use only and is not to be sold, shared or reproduced. By all means share the info about the log on your blog or social media, but please link back to this post so that I can get an idea how popular (hopefully!) the log is....thank you!

If you do download the log, please can you leave a comment (even if it's only a few words!) so that I can tell how many people are interested in using it. 

My next project will be to produce a monthly stitching log so that you can log the number of stitches that you accomplish every stitching session etc. I have had some wonderful feedback on what stitchers like to record, so I'm hoping to be able to do a few different types of stitching check back for more updates.

Phew! That was a lot for one little log. So how's the actual stitching coming along? Here's where I am now on the adorable Margaret Sherry kitties....

I'm still enjoying stitching this design....and I'll have all the info at hand for doing it again a third time!

Until next time....happy stitching!


Monday, May 8, 2017

Do what makes you happy!

I want to thank everyone for all the suggestion on how to keep working on kitty design with the awful chart. The suggestions were really helpful, but in the end I decided that there was no point in spending time on something that wasn't making me happy. Stitching is something that we do for pleasure and I can honestly say that I was getting no pleasure whatsoever from working on this design. In fact, I spent two evening just looking at the chart and trying to decide which part would be the least painful to work on.....even my hubby asked why I wasn't stitching it! Sooooo, I started on something else.....something that I know I would enjoy stitching (and that my friend would like too!).....a Margaret Sherry design.....'s called Coffee and Cuddles...

I changed the colours a bit as it's charted using Anchor threads and I don't have a complete set of anchor threads. I converted the colours to DMC and still changed them to what I liked better.....I'm a bit weird like that :) I used a softer shade of red, mine is more a pinky red rather than the very bright red that the chart called for.  It's stitching up quite quickly.....and I'm enjoying it, which is what it's all about! 

Some of you may remember that I have previously stitched this design.....and changed the colours then too!  This is the colour scheme I went with then.....and I so wish that I had written down the thread numbers that I had used, it would have made life so much easier this time! I really should invest in a stitching diary, or something of that ilk.....does anyone record their stitching in a diary or notebook? What sort of info do you it the number of hours you work on each design, or thread info etc....please let me know as I'm quite curious.

I also had great success in the craft store this weekend....the missing thread for Etudes aux Fraises was in stock....finally! I picked up some other threads that I was running low on.......and nothing else! Wow....that's probably a first :)

Now I'm back to being a happy stitcher once again!

Until next time....happy stitching!