Archive for November 2006
I participated in the Cross Stitch Exchange community international biscornu exchange and the person I stitched for received her biscornu so I can finally post a picture of it! I stitched it on 18ct Aida using free patterns I found online. Would have liked to have added more garnish like beads and tassels but I didn’t have time. You can see a picture of the back of the biscornu here.
I started stitching My Paper Doll on Nov 10 and here is the doll’s torso after 4 days. She’s the centrepiece of the pattern. It’s turning out to be very easy to stitch and I’m so glad I chose to do it on evenweave instead of Aida because there are a fair number of quarter stitches and evenweave just makes the stitching go so much faster and smoother. This is also my first Janlynn pattern and I’m pretty impressed at how realistic the doll is turning out. It looked funny to me at first (a lot darker than the picture that came with the chart) but now I think it looks very nice.
I managed to finish Alison’s “name cushion” a short while ago despite myriad distractions. I used a ballet-themed alphabet from a Leisure Arts alphabet book. Decided to turn it into a hanging ornament using some thin ribbon, so she can hang it from her cupboard or door knob. She’s pleased with it, of course. Now I can get started on My Paper Doll.
There was plenty of stash goodness in the mailbox for me today. Joanna of Cross Stitch Joy sent me the fabric for My Paper Doll as well as Rosewood Manor’s And A Forest Grew, while Carrie of Carrie’s Creation Threads sent me the Sea Stars conversion pack as well as two packs of limited edition threads which I ordered during her recent sale. I love these two stores to bits because every order I’ve had from them has been a pleasant experience.
However, I’m highly annoyed with Em-Li’s. I ordered some stuff from this store about three weeks ago and it still has not arrived even though the person I was dealing with told me she’d sent the parcel off on October 16th via air mail. She doesn’t have a receipt or anything to prove the parcel was posted, though. I think it’s gotten lost in the mail because there’s no way it would take that long to reach me unless something’s gone seriously wrong with the post offices here or in the US. I’ve emailed her to ask her to suggest a mutually agreeable resolution to this because I don’t want to reverse the credit card charge on her and I do want what I have ordered, and am waiting for her response.
Looks like it’s a good idea to stick to ordering only from stores which I know will deliver. But if I didn’t try, I’d never know, right? When it comes to online shopping, there are always some bad apples in the barrel. I’m glad I’ve found some really great online stores to buy from though.
ETA: The lady from Em-Li’s finally clarified that she sent the package by surface mail which she refers to as “regular mail”. Who in the world uses surface mail anymore these days??? Now I have to wait up to 3 months for those charts and book to arrive. GAH.
And this is the next project I have lined up. It’s My Paper Doll by Sandy Orton for Janlynn. I was going to do it on 16ct although I’m sick of working with Aida, but then I looked at the chart closely and there are quarter stitches and French knots (yuck!) so I think I’m going to have to buy some evenweave for it, which means I can’t start on it today. Which means I’m probably going to use the time between now and when the fabric arrives to make Alison that “name cushion” she’s been pestering me for.
I put in the last stitch at around 3am this morning, and all that’s left for me to do is sign my name before I take it to the framers. I can’t post the picture of the project in its entirety because it hasn’t been gifted yet, so here’s just a tiny section to titillate you:
I’m particularly happy with it because I chose alphabets from a Leisure Arts book with some input from K and stitched the whole thing from scratch instead of following the pattern because the only thing I liked about it was the words. Typography was a bit iffy at first (I should have charted the whole thing out but I was too lazy) but once I got used to the spacing, it went quite smoothly. I hope the recipient likes it!