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Archive for July 2005

Strawberry Shortcake: Work in progress.

This is the pattern:

Nothing very complicated, just colourful and fun.

What I’ve done in the last 3 days:

Getting there slowly and surely, because I can only stitch after Ally goes to bed, which leaves me about an hour to stitch before I shut down for the night. Wagon handle done, now starting on the rest of the wagon. A is very interested in what I’m doing, and she says she wants to frame it up to hang on the wall, and that I will teach her how to sew pictures too when she’s older.

Written by Jean

July 14, 2005 at 11:58 pm

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In stitches.

Have I mentioned that I’ve picked up cross-stitch again after a 3-year break? I did stitching projects as part of Home Economics class in secondary school. Nothing major until three years ago while jobless and pregnant with Alison, I started on a Precious Moments growth chart. I never finished it, because she was born, I got depressed, and then I got a job and became so busy trying to juggle work and family life that cross-stitching went on the back-burner.

Now that she’s bigger, I have time to stitch again, and I’m trying to get into the groove of daily stitching. Not the growth chart though; I tried to continue where I’d left off but my interest in the projet had already died. It’s now with my sister who’s taken it back to London with her, kit and all. I kitted myself out again, and started on my current project, a Strawberry Shortcake pattern for Alison,which I think I will make into a little bag or simply frame it up when it’s done. It shouldn’t take me too long. I’ll post pictures of my WIP once I start to really get into it, because I still don’t have all the colours needed. I also have Elegant Kimono pattern and Three Yoruban Women in kits, but I’m going to order Christmas stocking patterns and kits from 123 Stitch and do those first, because I should finish at least two of them in time for Christmas in our new house.

I think I’ve been bitten by the crafty bug. Reading Loobylu’s blog and browsing Frecklewonder, amongst others, has made me want to learn/do stuff like bead, stitch, knit, crochet and sew because the end products look so nice, and their creators look like they’re having so much fun. Might take a knitting/crocheting class with June too; she found a teacher who’s willing to come to our home to teach, but his charges are a little on the steep side.

Learning new stuff is all well and good, but I must be prudent and finish the projects I start. So Strawberry Shortcake pattern, then Christmas stockings, then Three Yoruban Women or Elegant Kimono. And maybe cute Noah’s Ark softies if I do learn to knit.

Written by Jean

July 11, 2005 at 12:25 pm

Posted in Crafting