After finishing a project I am always at a loss what to do next, even though I always have some work in progress (WIP) still lying around or a new kit waiting for me. After finishing my ribbon work last Tuesday I decided to pick a a cross stitch WIP that has been on the go since last August. It is a 3d miniature church to match the village shop, the Castle inn and Foxglove cottage I have stitched previously. All of these kits are by the Nutmeg company. They are a lot of fun to stitch, but I have been getting a bit impatient with them as cross stitch kits are so much slower to complete than other types of surface embroidery! On the other hand I really enjoy the final result as it so different than any 2d design. In addition, having completed several miniatures it has already created a lovely group and with the church it will start to look like a proper village!
The church actually has not got a name but when I am stitching I am thinking about the church from the Vicar of Dibley TV-series (don’t ask me why!), so once mine is finished it will be St Barnabus church! Hopefully its large window won’t smash in the great storm!
Since Tuesday I have completed the stitching on the tower and I am currently busy stitching the nave.
Since the weather has been horrible this weekend with snow, sleet and black ice, I have had plenty of time for crafting this weekend. I have even started to teach myself crochet! Well, I suppose that is not entirely correct, because I have crocheted in the past but my technique is rather rusty and especially the counting needed some practise. So I got out my Little Course in Crochet book, a clover crochet hook and some practise yarn and started to get to grips with some of the stitches again. I have mastered slip stitches, double, half treble, treble and double treble crochet by now. I will try some finer yarn next and then try to master increases, decreases and working in the round during the next few weeks.
My goal? The Sheepjes CAL 2017! I just spotted this new CAL (crochet-along) last Friday and it looks lovely. From the pictures I have seen, it seems a straight scarf with some embroidered designs on it, so definitely my thing! The design is called Hygge and there are three colour-themes; rainbow, jewel & pastel. I will be stitching the latter. I am hoping I can manage it, maybe not as quickly as the CAL, but I am sure I will be learning a few new skills and hopefully create a lovely scarf in the process!
I will of course keep you posted on the progress of the church and of the CAL once it has started! Do let me know if you are stitching along too!