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Archive for June 2007

Just one day left!

The Needle Little Love Great Singapore Sale ends tomorrow. Have you taken advantage of the 20% discount yet? :)

Go shopping now!

Written by Jean

June 29, 2007 at 7:09 pm

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Not my work.

I have no pictures to show of my own work, but I do have crafty pictures…

The hub-unit is really good with his hands and artsy to boot. He made this little coronet for Alison, who will be a flower girl at my sister’s wedding in July. He took over after I complained about how difficult it was to wind floral tape around the wire, and this is the end result:

Floral coronet

Isn’t it pretty? We have to make another one for the other flower girl so I’ll be buying more of the supplies and leaving him to it. ;)

I also received mail art from Kita! It was a lovely surprise since the mail out date hasn’t even rolled around yet. She included many tea sachets as well as Mary Engelbreit teapot stickers, which I can’t show here because they are on my fridge.

Mail art from Kita M.

Mail art from Kita M.

The pictures aren’t great. I stubbed a toe this afternoon and it’s hurting something fierce so I couldn’t stand properly to get a good shot. Plus, I was too lazy to adjust my camera’s settings to compensate for the poor lighting and just used the flash. Sorry!

Written by Jean

June 26, 2007 at 11:13 pm

Posted in Crafting

Long Dog Samplers clearance sale.

There are just six days more to the Needle Little Love sale. Check it out!

I’m clearing my stock of Long Dog Samplers and have the following for sale:

4 of Wachet Auf
5 of The Token
5 of Jardin di Plaisir

Price is S$12.50 each and shipping is S$3 for Singapore and Malaysia, and S$8 for the rest of the world. Please email me if interested.

Written by Jean

June 24, 2007 at 10:48 am

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have a neck warmer.

Barbie seems to like her neck warmer

I’ve been wanting to revisit the ancient art of knitting since Christmas. My grandmother taught me the basics when I was a kid but I’d forgotten most of it. Grandma’s old and senile now but she can still knit with the best of them although she keeps forgetting what she’s making and how many stitches and how many rows. Muscle memory. It’s like riding a bike..I can remember vaguely how to cast on, knit, purl and bind off, but I need practice. This is what I came up with after starting and discarding about five other small test swatches – a neck warmer thingy for Barbie. LOL! It’s not perfect but she seems to like it at any rate. This knitting thing is much much more difficult than cross-stitch!

Written by Jean

June 19, 2007 at 7:17 pm

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Bourse WIP.

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You can’t see it now, but the brown blob will eventually become a very beautiful, flower letter “A” which will form the base of a bourse I’m making as a gift. You can see the complete alphabet (with both upper and lower case letters) at Le Petit Monde de Vavi. Just go to “Grilles gratuites” and surf around till you find it cos’ I can’t remember the exact URL. She’s got lots of other nice freebies up too.

Written by Jean

June 18, 2007 at 2:59 pm

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Can’t wait to see more!

Tracy of Ink Circles is designing what is shaping up to be a very funny sampler inspired by old Dutch motifs. I’m so amused by the first motif; I think this one’s going to be a winner and it’s definitely going on my wishlist. I hope it comes out soon!!

See Tracy’s progress on the Dutch Beast.

Written by Jean

June 16, 2007 at 11:42 pm

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The postman rings twice.

Kelmscott Designs Hillier scissors

The postman brought this beauty in the mail today, along with lots of other stuff from Kelmscott Designs. Check them out at Needle Little Love!

Also, if you’ve been hankering after French stitching magazines such as De Fil en Aiguille and Mains & Merveilles, keep checking the site for updates as I’ve ordered them and they should arrive soon.

Written by Jean

June 15, 2007 at 3:50 pm

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Silks and a beautiful biscornu.

Remember how I said before that I was afraid of trying silks? Well, I’ve bitten the bullet and started a small gift project with the Alyce Schroth silks I bought some months ago. Can I just say, these silks are gorgeous? They’re two-ply so you don’t have to be fussed with splitting them into strands or anything. Just cut off the length you want and go! Can you tell I’m lovin’ it? I’ll take pictures later; I’m actually making a bourse for a dear friend. Looking forward to giving it to her but not having to sew the thing by hand! Note to self: Buy sewing machine.

Also, a wonderful surprise was dropped off by the postman this afternoon. It was my biscornu exchange from Carissa! We had given it up for lost since the exchange ended quite some time back. Carissa had sent it by surface mail so it took two months to get here. But it’s totally worth the wait! Behold the bonanza:

Biscornu and goodies from Carissa.

And pictures of the beautiful, beautiful biscornu up close:

Biscornu and goodies from Carissa.

Biscornu and goodies from Carissa.

The back of the biscornu has my name and hers on it. Thank you so much, Carissa. You really made my day!

Written by Jean

June 14, 2007 at 2:52 pm

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Stashy stashy.

I’ve been buying a lot of fabric quarters lately. I blame my foray into smalls and exchanges. But really, you don’t need a reason to indulge in beautiful fabrics, if only to take them out and fondle once in a while.

I think quilters spend more money on their craft than stitchers…

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I also bought Mots Tendres au Point de Croix. I love all the pretty designs in it!

Written by Jean

June 11, 2007 at 11:58 pm

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Ooooh!

Bee Child by Bilha Golan

I love this! It’s Bee Child by Bilha Golan, and the chart is available from Heaven and Earth Designs. I have a couple of HAEDs in my stash but haven’t yet gotten up the guts to start them. Such beautiful, big projects. This one is 400 by 677 – far larger than anything I’ve ever attempted.

I can still put it on my wishlist though…

Written by Jean

June 8, 2007 at 8:17 pm

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