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Itch to stitch

Last night was the turn of itch to stitch to have my money, I appear to have missed the sale, I had been looking at some of the patterns for a little while, we can just hope that left hand starts doing what it should do we have the Bonn shirt and dress, chai shirt and dress, mila shirt, Idyllwild top and dress and the Vienna Tank I had been eyeing up the chai dress and Idyllwild dress for sometime.

I am now researching into large format pdf printing, I have a couple of local places to contact.

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Update post

Hi, there hasn’t been much stitching done though there is a Doris dress to show off, which I made for my Dads funeral.

I have been taken back into hospital this time I am in Queens Hospital Romford which is the place to be for brain surgery in the south east, I have had an awake craniotomy, which mean that although they take you into the theatre strap your head in, cut it open then bring you round, luckily the breathing tube was out before I come round properly, the surgeon appears to be happy with how i reacted in the surgery then they asked me some questions, because I was having trouble with my left hand, they didn’t get all of the tumour/cyst/lesion/mass. Hopefully there is a chance we get the results of what it is tuesday so that we can then be given a treatment plan, if we need radiotherapy, this can be done at Southend Hospital, my consultant is very nice, he sat down with us for about 45 mins on Tuesday before the operation on Wednesday, I went down for the operation 13:30 and was back in recovery by 17:50 because I was already awake in recovery I just had to wait for a bed to become available, they have shaved a tiny bit of my head from ear to ear they scar cannot get we wet wfor 7-10 days, which appears to be a magic set of numbers.

There what’s has not been a lot of pain mainly kept under control by paracetamol,  I am back on Dexamethasone but they are already weaning me off it, the swelling on the right side has already started to go down. My left foot has started to work properly but I am still having a problem with my left hand.

CrossStitching Post

I thought you might want to see the other contenders for finishing, then all the. Dress making people can see it isn’t just dressmaking I suck at finishing.

I am surprised at how much stitching has actually been completed, The Wizard and Garden look over half finished.

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The Unicorn, I think the fabric was 25ct Laguna, too dark to be a contender

 

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Firefly fairies, some sort of linen, i did the bleach thing with it, I really wanted to do this one but the fabric would have been a nightmare in bad light

 

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This one had 1,2 and 3 strand stitching, just too much for my poor brain

 

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Fairy idyll Because this one was landscape instead of portrait it was too big for the frame i had available

 

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Love Humphrey’s corner, but I do have a problem with keeping count with half stitch

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Victim of it’s fabric and not really big enough

 

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Black fabric, so out


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This is also beautiful but 1 and 2 strand stitching took it out of contention


This is just a selection of what I can find I know that there is at least one if not two more Teresa Wentzler

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Even if i could have found it, everyone who has attempted a Teresa Wentzler would realise that it would have been far too complicated

 

and a Mirabilia

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Depending on the fabric this one would have been alright, if I could have found all the bits for it

Back in hospital more shopping will be done…

I have bought some patterns from deer and doe, I have had so much use out of the free Plantain pattern I recommend you rushing over and downloading it, to be honest I’m not too keen on the styling on the website too much eyeliner and silly poses but I have been eyeing up the azalea skirt

, bleuet dress and the givire dress ad I just realised I missed fumeterre skirt, which I love, of course I can’t do this pose without falling over at the moment, i can dream 🙂

 I have also been over to love notions for trendy tunic, candence top and dress and tidal dress and top.

I also suggest that Michael Powell, cross stitch copyright division get their arses over to Pinterest, up and down the garden path and a couple of others are available to down load which brings me to my other purchase, as you may have realised I have gone back to my other love, counted cross stitch and have picked, Michael Powell secret garden 1 

to finish, I had it in the evenweave version  purchased from the designer himself at a long ago knitting and stitching show, I picked this one of the many started as I thought it would be easy enough because of the fabric and blocks of colour but enough of a challenge because of the back stitching, so went over to amazon to buy the companion kit the secret garden 2

Window shopping

Hi, I’m back in hospital, and looking for a bit of advice regards sewing machines,

I always buy singer, at the moment i have a quantum stylistic 9960
and a 9836c 

which is about 20 years old brilliant workhorse of a machine, in someways a lot better than the newer one, the clip on feet are a nightmare especially the zip foot, the 9960 doesn’t have the power for jeans making. The only time I strayed from Singer, I went to Toyota, now I love my little car, but the sewing machine was alway un threading its self. I also have a brother overlocker.


So is it time to branch out into Pfaff or benina or another make, or am I just trying retail therapy to make me feel better? 

Cover stitch machine yes or no? I am using a lot more stretch fabrics, what do you get with a cover stitch machine rather than overlocker.

Any helpful tips on other makes of sewing machines will be great fully received.

back in the hospital:-(

hi, yesterday was a bad day, lots of water leaking from eyes and stuff, today will be more positive.although the doctors don’t fill me with too much confidence, we do appear to have a plan of attack, to paraphrase Iron Man the plan of attack is ‘attack’on a good note they might have discovered what caused the original stroke a space invading lesion so all the doctors need to do is get hold of one of the white birthday cake looking  things and I’m cured I hope it is one of the lower levels I’m not very good at computer games if it is any higher, my brother Richard will need to blast the retro devil.

looking at this post so far it doesnt look like much sense will be made.:-)

Sitting in hospital gives you a lot of time to think, and I have a new respect for Denise, whom I realised we lost year ago beginning of last week i understand why she spent so much time on social media, and wish I had put more effort into finding the photos, it is amazing the difference between the younger (technology embracing )patients and the older no technology patients. My Dad is upstairs in the same hospital being bored where with a tablet or iPad you can have so much variety and keep in video contact I can play cards jigsaw puzzles read magazines watch iTunes, amazon prime not Netflix for some reason, catching up on Outlander, just watched the Wedding bet you are jealous Liz, I was reading Outlander when it was cross stitch in the UK. I do find it hard to concentrate for any amount of time hence the rambling post. Southend hospital has obviously put some of their immense car parking revenue into the wireless networking, once every one is ‘online’ the media streaming might be not as good.:-) but i am the no waiting generation.

Lizzie Kate flipit charm cross stitch

hi, I do have a finish to share with you, I finally finished my cross stitch – Lizzie Kate double Flip, the last couple of words were quite inspirational. Create and Live! I must admit I wasn’t really struck on the LIVE! I wasn’t keen on the font or the underlining.

The last update on this project was 3rd July when I had just started CARE since then we have had encourage

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Laugh and Create, this was taken a couple of days before I went into hospital

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The next photo was taken about a week after getting out

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 unforunately I havent taken a full finish photo of it, and I’m back in the hospital 😦 I will admit I am not overly gone on the ‘charms aspect of the pattern. I don’t know if any of you are interested in the fabric but it is overdyed, when I was at the cross stitching height  there were two overdyed fabric places that i dribbled over sugar maple fabrics and silkweaver, I think this is sugar maple fabrics in tropical it is probably 32 count. I have another peice this is a half size, cut down the middle and zigzagged.The previous picture is quite close to the actual colours, on my iPad. Expect more cross stitching less dressmaking.

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I had started making this dress before ‘the event’ I’d changed my mind about which dress I was going to make for the 1st august wedding, I’d run out of time for the pattern I felt that there could be some fitting issues so I decided to go with this dress instead.


It was all cut out and I’d even put a test muslin together checking the install of the under arm gussset and whether or not I would need to do a Small Bust Adjustment, which I did need to do, the underarm gusset went in faultlessly, which either means that it goes in a lot easier if the fabric is quite stiff, or I didn’t put the marks in the correct position after doing the SBA.


I had put the two back and two front skirt peices together and started attaching the pockets, it was while attaching the third pocket piece that I had realised something was wrong.


Now out of the hospital I have attempted to complete the dress, here is the front the shoulder seams are pinned the under arm gusset is installed.


You can see the slight pucker in the corner that means it won’t lay properly

The side seam point has gone in perfectly

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This is the basting of the pleat over the zip

zip installed wth basteing

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With the gathers on the skirt. Because I need to unpick at least half of the gusset I’m going to put this dress to one side now until I feel better able to manipulate the fabric into the correct position, as you can see from the photos above the gusset went in perfectly on the muslin.

I am going to look for something easier to do as my first make after coming out of hospital.

What does one do, while stuck in hospital with an internet connection?

One goes shopping of course 🙂

I bought a craftsy class – One Pattern many looks PANTS I started watching it while in hospital and while there were quite a few ah-ha moments, the instructor did keep sending me to sleep, this may of course not be her fault. I haven’t looked at it since I got home, because we have been redecorating the house this year I have a ‘new’ sewing room, but that will be a different post.

I have also brought some more fabric, just in case there is a world shortage (for 15-20 years or more)

It all has viscose/rayon in it, what can I say it was cheap and I had just finished reading some posts raving about how cool/drapey it is, so I completely blocked out how much of an arse it was to sew with the last time I used it.

We have:-

Printed Georgette might be nice as a Rhapsody Blouse

Looking at these photos (which aren’t my best work) it appears that I bought the same pattern in two colourways without realising it. These might have a sewoverit pattern in their near future. The fabric is lovely and drapey, hopefully not too frayey.

stroke update 4

Hi, good news, they sent me home on monday 21st August, three weeks and 5 days after being admitted to hospital with left side weakness in my arm and leg. Bad news I have the attention span of a goldfish 🙂 I actually wrote this about 5 days ago then forgot to post it.

Monday morning the physios had me walking on a treadmill, and decided that I could walk unsupervised, by 4 pm the early release team had an opening for me, by 7.30 the pharmacy had produced my pills and Simon had arrived to take me home.

Part of me would rather have stayed in an extra day, to be going from being ok to walk unsupervised but with medical staff on hand to home with Simon in 10 hours was a bit daunting. I would have liked to have been given the opportunity to say goodbye to some of the Paglesham Ward staff who had supported me and the Physio staff who made learning to walk again more fun than it probably should have been (Artie I would like my £100 note now).

I am home now, still getting tired in the afternoon, and having a slight headache, I need to go back to the hospital 6 weeks from the stroke to have another MRI, the swelling and residual bruising will have gone down by then. The Doctors are hoping that this will show why it happened.

The early release team is in place to give me support for up to 6 weeks after leaving hospital, they have been to see me and given me a set of exercises formulated to strengthen my left side, I can walk up and down stairs easier every day and even cooked dinner Friday, even though it was only Chilli.