I seem to have skipped an update on Cut-Thru Cottage from working on it the week of 12th bu:t I did work on it and will take a picture today to do an update tomorrow.
Last week was Pure Nature's week and I did (or at least thought I did) a really good amount of progress. Then I saw a lady who finished a whole column in one day and that really hit home how slow I stitch.
I kind of did my own hermit weekend so other than basic cleaning and cooking I spent every free minute in front of my stand, and on average a really good day for me is 300 - 400 stitches. This week will be a lot less stitching time, as now I have to pay for my slack weekend in household work and it's also the week I need to wash all the windows and the curtains.
Anyway you didn't come here for all my rambling, but came for the pictures... so without further ado I present Pure Nature:
I realized that my stitching will never be tidy and I think I have to just get used to that. I work down in columns while parking, but I park both down and to the side if needed and also start and end my threads in such a way that I don't ever have to flip my frame. That means there are all the ended threads sitting there waiting to be stitched over and then only snipped off when I complete the square next to them. That means threads everywhere but it works for me and makes life easier with the stitching, but doesn't make for a pretty sight.
HAED is having a 50% off sale and in a day or two I plan on buying Midnight Vigil. It will be a start to kitting up, though I will only get it started near the end of the year due to the black threads will be bought as a birthday present to myself in August.
Thank you for the heads up about buying the cones, as I was not aware of it and have asked a shop to see if they can look into the cost and if they can buy some for me. I liked the idea of using anchor black because it gives better coverage, but I have never come across a place here that sells the anchor. If you are lucky to find a place that sells cross stitch threads it is always DMC. Not that I am complaining as most designs use DMC but it would be nice to be able to also use Madeira threads once in awhile, as I love some of their colours.
Next design to start kitting up will be QS Blue Butterfly as I plan on alternating that one with Pure Nature for page finishes, and as far as I can work out Pure Nature Page 1 should be finished in another 3 weeks of working on her and that leaves me just over a month to get all the threads together for QS Blue Butterfly.