Under the sea SAL - Durene Jones (Part 6)

 
 
Hello Peeps!
 
 
This little blog has been far too quiet these past few weeks.
 
Unfortunately Life has been keeping me on my toes recently
and because of this my stitching priorities have changed.
 
Indeed, detached retinas & surgery, are certainly no joke
and I have now decided to work and focus on the projects
I like the most and really want to see finished.
 
 
oOo
 
 
Fear not, the beautiful and fun
Under the sea SAL
designed by Durene Jones
available at Lakeside Needlecraft

is one of the few projects I will be keeping up with!
 
 
Here is the June part finally finished.
I must admit that I have not enjoyed all the metallic.
No amount of Thread Heaven made my life any easier...
 

 
 
And here is the whole picture!
Although I have since started part 7.
 
Still stitched on 16 count Aida fabric from Sewitall - Ocean colour
Worked 2 over 1, using DMC threads
 
 
 
 
That's it for today!
 
Toodle,
Mii


Comments

  1. Oh Ingrid! I am so sorry to learn that you have suffered so. I hope you are fully recovered now? Your jelly fish are wonderful! Take care my friend.♥

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    1. Thank you Vickie.
      I am fully over my surgery and hope both my retinas will behave and stay put! :)

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  2. WOW, what a wonderful part. I love this sea world.

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    1. Thank you Andrea :)
      This is indeed a lovely and fun SAL.
      Now started working on the following part: a sweet little mermaid...

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  3. Wow, Mii, i love your "under the sea" It looks great.
    All the best to you, big hugs, Martina

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words Martina :)

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  4. Gorgeous! Glad to see you are still stitching despite your eye troubles.
    I stitch with only one strand of metallic which seems to make it easier and the coverage is OK.

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    1. Thanks! I usually do too... but not this time, d'oh!

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  5. I also read recently that if you put your metallic thread in the fridge before using this helps!

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    1. Thanks for the tip Justine, I might just do that for the mermaid.
      Let's hope it does the trick!

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  6. Wonderful progress on one of your WIPs. I like it.
    I hope you are feeling better,soon.

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    1. Thank you Manuela.
      I am fine now but having serious troubles with your eyesight is a really stressing time. I do have blind people in my family, and it is not fun to have to cope with this on a daily routine.

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  7. I am so sorry to hear tht, you had such difficult days. I hope you've recovered totally ♥♥♥As per your stitcher,it is wonderful as always ♥♥♥

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    1. Thank you sweetie, I am fine now.
      The surgery did the trick!
      Thank you for your lovely comment.

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  8. You're wise to choose to work on your favorite projects. Stitching is a hobby, not a chore! Hope your surgery went as well as possible and your vision won't be permanently affected.

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    1. Thank you for your kind words.
      This is my sight issue that has made me realise life is too short to stitch on projects that don't fully tempt you...
      Vision on one eye has been loss in one area but the surgery made it safe that it won't get worse.
      I'm just delighted I can stitch again :)

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  9. Sorry to hear about your eye problems, that is one of my big fears! Love the Under the Sea progress, especially the sparkling jellyfish.

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    1. Thanks Jo!
      Believe me, the "sparkly" jellyfish really drove me crazy some days!!!
      Glad it's all done though, now tackle the "sparkly" mermaid...

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  10. It looks great Ingrid. Sorry to hear about your eyes.

    Linda

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    1. Thank you Linda.
      Eyes are fixed for now. Fingers crossed nothing will go wrong with them ever again... so that I can stitch to my heart's content :)

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  11. I am very sorry that you have health problems, I wish you early recovery !!!!
    More grows and grows into beauty!
    Beautiful SAL!
    Greetings!

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    1. Thank you for your kind words Daniela.
      Glad you also like this Under the sea SAL.
      It is coming along so nicely!

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  12. I don't get the appeal of Thread Heaven either...does nothing for me and I'm glad you got to see it finished!

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    1. Thanks sweetie.
      I never ever use it but this time I was so desperate...
      I usually stitch metallic with one thread but I follow the instructions (as thought it would look better) and now really regret it.
      It is too late now to unpick all the sparkle and re do in one thread... that would be too much torture!

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  13. I hope your eyes stay well - your stitching looks great!

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    1. Thank you!
      Surgery I had done should help keep the retinas where they are supposed to be, so fingers crossed now everything will be fine.

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  14. I am very sorry to hear of your detached retina Mii.No wonder your blog has been quiet.
    Under the Sea is looking gorgeous.I was so tempted to join this SAL,unusual for me,but I have so much going on with my stitching and knitting,so I always look forward to see this SAL whenever there are updates.

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    1. Thanks Lesley.
      Both retinas have been going through laser surgery, so hopefully everything should be fine now. Experience was so scary and stressing, not good for my anxiety levels!
      I too have way to much to stitch but I must admit I am glad I have joined this SAL. Each month, it is fun to discover the new design and add it to the growing scene :)

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  15. Under the Sea looks wonderful! Sorry about the detached retina. My dad had two detached retinas and the hospital was 100 miles away so the trip back was risky. He was alright. Hope you recover quickly and get back to stitching soon.

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    1. Thanks Shelly. I too had both detached retinas (not fully blown, thankfully). It was a scary time but now I hope everything will be fine thanks to the surgery.
      Stitching back in full swing, while I still can ;)

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  16. Love your sea stitching, sorry to hear about your eyes, hope all is better soon.

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    1. All is better now, thank you!
      Stitching is part of my daily routine again (free time permitting, of course!)

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  17. Beautiful stitching !!:) I know the hardships of metallic thread. If not much glitter is needed in a project, then I replace it with pearl thread. Sorry to hear about your eye problem. I have been having painful eyes for the past two months and the eye drops aren't doing any good. Doctor asked me to go for full health check up, seems, if I have diabetes then that impacts eye too.

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    1. Thank you Preeti for your comment.
      My issue with the metallic is because I am using 2 threads and it is much worse than just 1. Oh well, I should have know better! I will keep up with it and hope not too much is used. The next part with the mermaid has quite a lot, sadly.
      I urge you to get your eyes looked at and if it is related to diabetes, please please change your eating habits if you can.
      I have bling people in my family and I can assure you Life is awful without the ability to rely on your sight.... Imagine? No more stitching!!

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  18. Sorry to hear about the eye troubles. Its a wise decision to stitch WIPs you love. Good for catching up with the SAL.

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    1. Thank you Mini.
      I think it best too to simply work on what I love!

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  19. J'espère que ta santé est mieux maintenant.
    Ton ouvrage s'étoffe joliment.
    Le fil métalisé DMC est horrible pour broder... Je le l'aime pas du tout.
    Biz
    Christel
    http://toilesetfils.blogspot.fr

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    1. Les yeux vont bien, après un petit coup de laser!
      Je peux enfin retourner a mes petites Croix sans trop m'inquieter.
      Oui le fil metalise est une vraie plaie. Cependant, je n'ai jamais eu autant de soucis en utilisant un fil. Cette fois ci j'en utilise 2 et c'est une horreur!

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  20. Ora stai meglio vero? Spero che guarirai. Il ricamo è sempre più bello!!

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    1. I am fine now Irene, thank you!
      Glad you like the latest addition to the UTS SAL :)

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  21. Oh no...having troubles with your eyes is scary, even more so when (at least) one of your hobby depends on them so much! I hope everything will be and stay well for you. Good decision to focus on doing stuff you really love! Under Sea looks gorgeous, even though the metal did give you trouble, it's sooo gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much Leonore.
      Everyone has been so kind and caring, it is a real comfort.
      Seems the laser surgery will be enough to keep those misbehaving retinas in order.
      Glad you like this UTS SAL too, it is coming along so nicely and each designs blend in perfectly with the others. Can't say the same about the horrible metallic thread ;)

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  22. I'm so sorry to hear of your eye problems....sounds awful. Hope you are well on the mend and have no more issues with your eyes. You under the sea stitching is beautiful. It's such a pretty design and I love the fabric you're using. I hear you about the metallic threads....I don't think I have ever heard anyone say they enjoy working with it :)

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    1. Thank you Rhona for your lovely kind words.
      The eyes issue was so scary but thankfully everything is now fine.
      Yes, metallics threads look so beautiful but can be a right pain to stitch with. I usually only use 1 thread, which is much easier. Somehow, for this project, I have decided to follow the designer's instructions to the letter and use 2 threads... bad idea :)

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  23. Voici donc ces charmantes méduses,oh ,je comprend les fils métalliques sont parfois grrrrrr!
    Toujours est - il que cela devient tous ce qu'il y a de plus charmant !
    Je te souhaite une bonne convalescence pour tes yeux Mii
    afin de poursuivre tes projets!
    Amicalement a toi

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    1. Merci pour les gentils petits mots!
      Maintenant c'est une sirene, toujours avec du metallique... je m'amuse!

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  24. Hi honey, sorry to read about your detached retina. I hope the surgery went well and that you are heading towards a full recovery.
    Under the Sea looks amazing. I absolutely agree with you about metallic threads they can be a difficult to work with but it is well worth it, makes UTS look even more beautiful. Take care of yourself stunner. XOXO

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    1. Hi Alicia,
      Both retinas are fine now, thank you.
      Laser surgery was just to make sure they wouldn't move anymore.
      I agree, metallic are pants to work with but they look fab when all done!
      I'll just keep stitching and stop being annoyed.

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  25. Beautiful progress! I'm sorry to hear about your detached retinas - I hope they behave for you!
    Get better soon x

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    1. Thanks sweetie, all seems to be back in order now :)
      So I have no excuse to fall behind on this SAL!!

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  26. Sorry to hear about the problems with your eye. I do hope that everything was successful and it will heal quickly. I love Under the Sea and am glad to see you are continuing on with it. Your piece looks awesome!!

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    1. Thank you Faith.
      Both eyes sorted and now trying to go back to my stitching routine.
      Now working on the following part, which is a cute mermaid.

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  27. So sorry to hear that you needed surgery on both your eyes. It sounds a bit scary indeed but as I have read in your answers your eyes are fine again. What a relief to know.
    Great to see the new addition to the Under the Sea SAL I love all the details that can be seen in this project. A wonderful project to concentrate on, Ingrid.

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    1. Thanks Brigitte. It was really scary but hopefully the laser has permanently fixed the problems. So glad I was out of it ;)
      Working hard on keeping up to date with this SAL, now stitching on the following part (July) which happens to be a cute mermaid!

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  28. Oh Ingrid I'm so sorry to hear of your eyesight problems! That must've been really scary :( I hope you recover speedily and thoroughly from the surgery. Your Under the Sea SAL is looking beautiful, well done for battling through the metallics! I don't know why some colors seem to behave worse than others? I've heard putting it in the fridge helps but haven't ever remembered to try it lol Hope you have a lovely week, take care,
    Helen

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    1. Thank you Helen!
      Eyes seem fine and back to normal with my stitching, yay :)
      I've started working on this month part. A little mermaid, using... metallic!! So far, so good!

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  29. Gorgeous stitching, Ingrid! Really hoping you're feeling better these days (detached retinas?! yikes!) Big hugs! :D

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    1. Lol, I know it sounds really scary!
      It is really because if the retinas are fully detached, you're blind... so no more stitching.
      Luckily mine were starting to go. So although I have lost some sight in some areas, it has been caught on time and should be fine now.
      Glad you like the latest addition to the UTS SAL :) Those jelly fish were a nightmare to stitch with the metallic!

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  30. Sorry to read about the trouble with your eyes, but I hope (and I wish you) that you will be fine.
    The metallic noises are badly embroidered, but the effect is excellent - as can be seen in your marine scenery.
    I send kisses.
    :)

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    1. Hi Violka,
      Thank you so much for your kind words.
      I am fine now.
      I agree with you, metallic thread is horrible to work with but the beautiful effect is guaranteed :)

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  31. Sorry to hear about your eyes Ingrid. Best wishes for your healing and future eye health👀 Yay! I was hoping for a starfish in your previous update!!! 🌠

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    1. Lol!! Yes, we have a starfish :) A small one, but there is one!!
      It was my favourite thing to stitch in the June section, mostly because there wasn't any metallic thread ;)
      Thanks for your kind words.

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  32. I hope you are fully healed and feeling much better.
    Super Under the Sea, that really is lovely.

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    1. Thank you Julie.
      Eyes are sorted for now and hope nothing else will be required.
      Glad you like UTS, it's coming along so nicely.
      Take care x

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  33. Beautiful, Suzi.
    http://suzi7.blogspot.nl

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  34. I am so sorry to hear about your eyes. Sending hugs and well wishes your way! Your work on this SAL is gorgeous! The metallics are not so fun to stitch with, but they certainly look amazing. Beautiful work!

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    1. Thank you for your kind wishes Renee.
      All fine and back to my old self now :)
      Thanks for stopping by & leaving a sweet comment.

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  35. I am sorry for all your troubles!Hope you are much better now.Your SAL is extremely gorgeous!I have to take a pic and show you the underwater scene I had stitched as a Round Robin as a tribute to my dad!I am sure you will like it.AriadnefromGreece!

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    1. Yes, I've already seen this, you've done a fabulous job!!
      Thanks for stopping by :)

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  36. I'm so sorry for your troubles ! I'm hope you are ok now ? beautiful

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  37. Oh my goodness! I hope you were able to recover all your vision and didn't lose any. That is a shocking event for sure. Your UTS looks amazing, and the metallic looks awesome, despite being so annoying to work with.

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