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A new release!
11/8/2016 9:47:03 PM
It's been an embarrassingly long time since I logged in here (so long that I'd forgotten my password, ahem!) but the wait has been because I've been working on a new novel and a new cross stitch design.
A new release!
6/29/2016 10:58:25 AM
She's taken ages to come to fruition - I got the idea for the design back in 2014 - but today I've finally managed to release Moondust.
Update on next design
5/17/2016 11:31:40 AM
The trouble with attempting to write a regular blog is that you do tend to feel guilty when you don't get round to updating it as often as you should. I've got really good reasons for not having updated it, so shouldn't be feeling guilty but I guess that's modern life for you.
Two new releases!
2/26/2016 4:55:56 PM
I've been promising them for ages and now they're finally here: a new Lady Elinor and a new character, Lady Maude. And what would you know, as I uploaded Lady Maude I spotted an error in the chart. Grrr...
3D Saturday Share
2/13/2016 5:35:02 PM
This week's Saturday Share is one of those designs that I looked at and wished I'd thought of doing myself. .
Saturday Share
1/30/2016 4:13:12 PM
Monochrome designs can be exquisite and they're extremely easy to personalise by using your favourite shades. Unfortunately for me, I find it more interesting to stitch with lots of colours but that doesn't mean I don't admire those designers who have the dedication to work away in one or two shades.
Saturday Share on a Sunday
1/17/2016 1:21:32 PM
Here's the first Saturday Share of 2016 and I'm late. You would think with it being the first that I'd manage to sort myself out but even though it's less than three weeks old, 2016 is already looking like one of 'those' years.
Finally at the framer's
12/10/2015 4:50:15 PM
It's taken ages because I really did think ALB Cross Stitch would be no more when the VAT changes hit - but TWO new designs are now at the framer's.
Saturday Share on a Sunday
11/29/2015 12:42:56 PM
Well, it's another grey November day, perfect for stitching something that reminds you of summer - this is, of course, another benefit of any hobby that involves using colour - you can pick something bright and cheerful.
Saturday Share on a Sunday
11/22/2015 12:53:35 PM
Once again I'm late with the Saturday Share - I've been doing some paid-for work, which has thrown my schedule out - still, at least I have got as far as doing it this week..
Saturday Share
11/7/2015 5:58:40 PM
Not unusually, it was difficult picking a Saturday Share this week - there are so many great designs out there - if you're on Facebook join Cross Stitch Showcase to see them all.
Update from ALB
11/5/2015 2:42:21 PM
One VATMESS, two books, another crafty venture and it's little wonder things have been very quiet on the ALB Cross Stitch front, although there are some new and different designs on their way.
Saturday Share
10/17/2015 4:21:22 PM
This week's Saturday Share is a return to one of my favourite themes - and one that I really wish I could draw (mine never come out quite right, although I do keep trying) - dragons!
Saturday Share
10/11/2015 11:42:14 AM
Time is really flying at the moment - not helped by having discovered Pinterest. All the Saturday shares will now be on one of my Tree Jewels boards on Pinterest and I'm fixing any broken links as I go. As autumn is now really setting in, I've picked something really colourful for this week's Saturday Share.
Saturday Share
9/26/2015 4:45:45 PM
It's been a while, for which I apologise - I've been busy, hopefully I'll be able to reveal more in the next few days - but it's time to get back to sharing others' work.
Back soon!
9/25/2015 1:26:56 PM
Yes, really, after months of enforced absence - I'll be spending the weekend uploading all of my designs to a new shop that will take care of the VATmess for me..
Don't get mad, get stitching!
6/29/2015 1:15:15 PM
According to media reports cross stitching is now 'experiencing a revival' or a sure way of creating 'granny chic'. First there was Tom Katsumi's live stitching of the election results - hats off to him, in the early hours of the morning I'd be lucky to tell red from blue, let alone yellow from orange.
Saturday Share
5/9/2015 5:49:01 PM
For this week's Saturday Share I'm going to share a design that features something I really don't like - yes, I know, this sounds incredibly weird but bear with me.
Saturday Share
5/2/2015 6:34:08 PM
I often used to hear people say they didn't like cross stitch because it was 'just flowers and old-fashioned stuff' - I'm guessing they meant samplers. This week's shares appeared under the theme 'floral fancy' and perhaps fancy is the operative word!
Saturday Share
4/11/2015 7:54:35 PM
A design all the way from Australia this week - as soon as I saw it, I knew I would be posting it on here.
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