It took a long time unpacking all that 'stuff' and, even more time to decide where to put it all!!
Anyway, I haven't been completely idle on the stitching front, I have managed to complete the last two TAST stitches published by Sharon Boggon at Pintangle. The first one was stitch 53 which was 'Turkman stitch'. I had never heard of this stitch before but I followed Sharon's excellent tutorial and really enjoyed stitching a new circle onto my sampler using variegated silk thread.
The next stitch was stitch 54 and is called a 'knotted buttonhole band' which is exactly what it is. I stitched my sample of this stitch using a variegated perle cotton (8) as I tried it with my favourite variegated silk thread but I wasn't happy with the results. It really needed a heavier weight thread. I am really happy with the band on my sampler now and you can find Sharon's tutorial for it here.
I am hoping to get back to some of my other projects soon and, I have a new project to complete too.... can you spy the fabric pieces cut out ready on my ironing board? I'll show you more of that another time! Until then.....