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Chatelaine - Vienna Ball - Part 7

Part 7

What with working yesterday, I completely forgot to post this …

Our insane attack kitteh currently has cabin fever.  At aged 4/5 months she has come on heat.  The vets wont neuter her while she is on heat or at the moment anyway because she is too small.  The only answer has been to lock her inside the house for two weeks or risk her getting pregnant.  Every entrance to our home (doors and windows) have all been sprayed by multiple male cats …. we are under siege!  (without Steven Segal!)

So for the latter part of last week and I suspect the next 10 days I wont get any stitching done.  The kitten simply goes feral when I pick it up and she has actually stripped the needle from the floss and carried the needle off, (while I’m trying to catch her) too many times already.

Pause while I clean up and change clothes.  Eating coco pops, blogging and fending off bored attack kitty at the same time is a dangerous occupation.

Anyway, in the earlier part of last week I did manage to finish off Part 7 of Vienna Ball.  The peacock.

Album here.
Peacock here.


Part 3 Closeup

Vienna Ball Part 3

Well Abby has now joined the family.  She is totally fearless and as you can see, Trubs is keeping her distance but there’s no outright hostility.  As soon as they agree on their boundaries and personal spots I think it should all work out fine.

Personally I think Abby should have been renamed Polly.  She loves sitting on my shoulder while I type or stitch.

Speaking of which, this weekend I also finished Part 3 of Vienna Ball.  I haven’t included the beads or treasures.  I learned from Mystery IX and will leave them to the very last.

And that’s the update 🙂  Off to open Mariann’s RR and start it.


Well I think I’ve finally managed to get my camera connected to Mr NTB’s computer.  I can’t edit or “clean up” the pics in any way so these are just raw photos.  Sorry.

First up is an update to Black Bloomers. 
Apologies for the amount of cat hair.  I don’t have my lint brushes with me.  I’m loving the way this one is turning out.

Also update to Vienna Ball.
Yes I have the whole border finished. Finally.  Apparently the amount of teeth gritting and golem like behaviour has been increasing as this part of the project seemed never-ending :yes I will finish my precioussssss”.

So – now do I go back to Black Bloomers, start on part 2 of Vienna Ball or start something else I have with me?  Or read a book?

Today’s picture is one of the last ones I took of Trubs in the old house.  As you can see there are a number of strategically placed baskets around the room and she sleeps directly on the floor right in the middle of them all.  She’s a cat.


OK so its Monday and this is actually the first one I’ve put up for the year – I’m a slacker 🙂

Well I’ve only had one finish so far this year and an almost finish. BoInk is finished a scant couple of weeks ahead of the pack and Moscow I’m waiting on replacement threads from Vervaco in Belgium.

Round Robins:
Well the International Round Robin is off to a good start this year.  Mine is now with Laura and I’ve just finished my part on Kay’s.  Kay’s was quite fun because its all speciality stitches. Not a standard cross stitch in sight!  Of course I shouldn’t have tried to stitch it with a head cold …..

Well thanks to the vagaries of International mail (and an incompetent nincompoop who actually delivers the mail)  I’ve only received one of my Christmas presents this week.  So Chatelaine Workshop 1 will start at some point in the future even though the actual group is now closed.

I have however started Vienna Ball.  I’m still not 100% happy with my fabric.  But I’m using it anyway.  Part One is the border and I’m less than half way through – but I’ve got a while to catch up, we’re only on Part 4 in the group ….

Black Bloomers:

You’ve all seen Tracy’s pastel masterpiece Bloomers?  Well Tracy has sent me a variation to stitch called Black Bloomers.  I hope to be starting this tonight.

Speaking of International mail, a gift Kay sent back in September 2008 arrived this week!  I had been sent here, never delivered, never found by local postal staff, eventually sent back to the UK, repackaged by Kay and posted to my new Post Box and ta da! it is here.

I adore the stitched dragon in the frame!  This sits next to my monitor every day!  Surprisingly the chocolate was still edible (urp).  The Socks look so kewl and I adore the Devil keyring 🙂 The cat toy squeaks as well as being filled with catnip and on an extra long elastic.  I can’t wait for Trubs to wake up to try this!

After Tracy showed a computer mock-up of Black Bloomers I decided I had to stitch it.  I begged Tracy for the conversion and put in an order for the chart (and the Celtic Ice ornament kit also fell into my basket),

Tracy added the fabric, all the threads and a copy of the Twisted Heart chart to my package.  Isn’t she the sweetest!

Stitching wise that’s about it from me so far this year – I know I’m a slow stitcher 🙂  The picture at the top of the screen is a type of pigeon that I’m now getting to my feeder station.  Sorry for the blurriness of the picture its taken through a screen door and a glass door.  The little things are still fearful and fly off as soon as I poke the camera out the door.

OK time for dinner and then to prepare my clothes, resume etc for an agency interview tomorrow morning.

Vervaco Kit Moscow

1 Jan 2009

If all bits and bobs arrived in time I planned on starting Vienna Ball on New Years Day.

I collected most of the DMC.
The specialty kit arrived from Debbie.
On New Years Eve the fabric arrived.

It was hideous.  OK not hideous – it was in fact quite a pretty pastel sky blue.  For something that called “Evening Shadows” and supposed to be dark purples and greys ????

Pictures for comparison here.

I was quite depressed about the whole thing.  I have emailed Catherine at Country Stitch and sending the fabric back.  She is dyeing a different colour for me once I decide between Twilight and Thundercloud.

So instead on New Years Day I continued stitching on Moscow.

I was sitting it down late last night (ahem early hours of the morning) and viewing the work from a distance – as you do.  I admit I was still a bit rankled that I was working on it instead of Vienna Ball.

Mr S was just finishing up his stuff when I made the comment “I always seem to be working on boring pieces when you are around”/

I received a distracted “I don’t think any of your stitching projects look boring”.

Its the little things …..

Happy 2009 to all!

Not much stitching at all done this week I’m afraid.  Busy at work, Christmas things, power outage and migraines all conspired against me 🙂

The only stitching I did this week was this cute little small.  After all of the gift stitching I thought I’d add one tiny piece in for myself.  I actually stitched just about all of this on Thursday afternoon/evening sitting in my front garden waiting for the electricity to come back on.

Good?  Is in my 2008 Finished Album.

Also in there are the framed versions of Coffin Buzz and Verdi.

Zoom in on Coffin Buzz – I am quite pleased how this monster came out.  It is huge by the way – 20″ x 24″.  I had no idea this little piece would frame up so big.

The framer was fast – he framed all four pieces within a week – but I left the other two pieces there until next payday so I can finish paying for them:)

Only other news is I’m now subscribed to this and Debbie so very kindly RAKed me with the kit minus the fabric.  Mariann – want to SAL with us on this one?

This week I’m back to BoInk trying to stay ahead of the pack while getting through a full workweek, preparing the house for visitors and doing the last of the Christmas shopping …. arrrrgh!

Now back to your regularly scheduled serenity ….

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