Monday, January 23, 2017

Stash diving!

Last week I finished the second Nora Corbett model, so today they will wing their way back to Wichelt; fingers crossed that they will be good enough that I can do more of them in the future!

After that finish, I spent a couple of days getting caught up with the two SALs I'm really enjoying. This is Tempting Tangles Welcome SAL, parts 1-10:

And The Beautiful Sea SAL by Ship's Manor, halfway finished at eight parts:

For the past several months I've been a member of the Chatelaine Support Group on FB, and seeing all the pictures of these gorgeous, blingy designs has made me want to work on one again. Back in 2007 (wow, 10 years ago!!) I started the big Mystery X, Secret Victorian Garden, and kept up with it for the first four parts. Then the parts got larger, and I got distracted, and into the WIP bin it disappeared!

This past weekend they had a SAL in the group, where you post before and after pictures of your weekend stitching, so I pulled this old lovely out and worked on it again. Here it is on Friday (just as it was when it went in the bin 10 years ago!):

And last night:

These really are amazing designs, so intricate and full of sparkle. Perhaps if I keep this one out and just work on it a bit here and there I could finally have my first "big" Chatelaine finish this year.

Back when I was first introduced to Chatelaine designs, I bought three of the big ones and kitted them up, as well as a couple of smaller designs. All of the supplies have been in a bag in my craft room closet for 10 years, and when I pulled it out last Friday I found that I hadn't labelled the floss rings; this is what it looked like:

I was able to get everything sorted (and labelled!), and during this process I found a floss ring for Mini Mandala Mystery 1, with some of the floss already used. I honestly have no recollection of kitting this one, let alone starting it, but I went diving into my WIP bin again and came up with this:

It makes me wonder what other treasures are hiding in there that I've completely forgotten!

I've received a model from Karen at Rosewood Manor, though I'm still waiting for the floss to show up from WDW, so my own stitching will have to take a back seat again. The two SALs will be releasing parts this Friday, so I will at least keep up with those--don't want to fall behind now!

Hope everyone has a great stitchy week!


  1. Well done, you, for stash-diving instead of new-starting! Mind you, after so long in your WIP bin they must have seemed like new projects anyway! :)

  2. Talk about blasts from the past! These are such beautiful designs it's nice to see them out of the bin and being stitched on.

  3. Your SAL pieces are looking great. What lovely WIPs you pulled out of bin. I bet they seem like new starts though. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Beautiful choices and how fun to find one you'd forgotten about and is so pretty! Nice work on everything!

  5. I've always wanted to do a Chatelaine, but I'm always afraid it will get set aside as I get bored stitching the same thing over and over.

  6. Your SAL's are looking great.
    Good progress on the Chatelaine.
    It's amazing what we can find in our stash. :)

  7. I am also going through my stash. It is amazing what I find and what I have already kitted up. And I still want to buy more!

  8. Congrats on keeping up with the SALs, they both look fantastic! And I love that first finish. I think I need to add that leaflet to my wish list.

  9. i really likes your blog and You have shared the whole concept really well. and Very beautifully soulful read! thanks for sharing.