Carole pointed out earlier on today that I hadn't updated my progress on Coffee Menu for a while and shouldn't I do so before I'd gone and finished it altogether! After a few days rest for the arm, I set off on the words last night and this lunchtime I started on the green borders and finished off Dark Roast. Just as I was crowing to Carole that I'd got this far I had the misfortune of noticing a mistake :sigh: I'm not pointing it out yet as I'm in two minds whether to remove it or not. It all depends upon how much it bugs me and whether or not I can live it. Eventually though – I will probably remove it, lol!
I wasn't really in the market for making any new starts just now until Carole came along with a temptation the other day. Over the past year I've made a tentative start at learning different counted stitches and when Carole showed me the Tree of Life design by Abi Gurden I was a lost cause! Abi runs a Yahoo group called the Stitch Specialists and the design is available for members only. Without further ado I joined the group and found a lovely warm welcome and knowledge a plenty. Most of my cross stitching is done on some shade of cream/brown fabric so I decided to go out on a limb and use a green background for the tree project and a shade of Threadworx called limestone – that way I don't have to worry about choosing colours and I can concentrate on learning the stitches. My fabric arrived this morning and I've made a small start this afternoon.
The design begins at the roots of the tree with cross stitch. The next part is comrpised of either French or Colonial knots. As I can do French knots I'm going to try the Colonial on this design. I did say it was a small start, the picture is really so that Carole can see the colour of my fabric!
There is a second stitch a long available to the group called The Great Escape. It features an owl – how could I resist! I've bought some fabric for that in a shade of blue but at the moment I'm not convinced that it's the right shade of blue – it's lovely but maybe not quite the right thing, we'll see.
I've not achieved much on the sewing machine at all this week so nothing to show there I'm sorry to say – hopefully next week 🙂