Archive for August 2007
Market was a bit of a washout. It rained and rained, so that bode ill for all the vendors who had stalls outdoors. Thankfully I had chosen a table inside the building! There weren’t all that many people because of the weather, but I did meet some of my customers in person for the first time, so that was good. And, I met Diane Jourdan of Sampler Cove! She was in Singapore with her husband and daughter to watch The King and I and paid me a visit. It was awesome chatting with her and learning about her current designs in progress. Very exciting.
I did manage to work on Nature’s Beauty quite a bit. It helped me cope with my table neighbour, a nice enough man who unfortunately sold highly annoying customisable music, which he put on repeat from morning till night (literally) for both days of the market. Sigh. Anyway, here’s my progress. I jumped around a lot to prevent myself from becoming bored of any one colour. I also surprised myself by stitching the tree on the right without the aid of the chart – I’d left it at home and had to use the tree on the left as a guide until K went home and brought it for me. As far as I can see, there are no mistakes, which is interesting as I’m mathematically challenged and things like copying mirror images don’t come easily to me.
This week, I have to finish my SBEBB Quaker alphabet exchange piece and get cracking on my redwork exchange. And then hopefully I’ll get to finishing Nature’s Beauty and start making dents in my other WIPs.
Zoe says, “Get the Prairie Schooler 2007 Santa!”
Sorry, no other updates right now – I’m supposed to be in bed resting up for market tomorrow. It’s going to be a long, long day and I’m taking Nature’s Beauty along so hopefully I’ll have an update when I get back!
This is where I left off with Nature’s Beauty. I had to put it aside to work on an exchange piece, and then halfway through that realised that it would be far, far too big to finish off elegantly so I stopped and started on a new piece. The big one I’m going to finish and keep for myself. It’s actually the pinkeep design from the Victoria’s Quaker chartpack – if I had stitched it over-one it would have been fine, but over-two on 28 count is only good for finishing as a cushion, which I can’t do, or just framed up, which I can. Jackye of AMAP seems to like designing big smalls!
Yippee! My sister in Canada has just ordered these two books for me and will be bringing them with her when she comes back for a visit! Can’t wait to get my hands on them, especially 100 Enfants which I so want to start after seeing Minako’s lovely finish! It’s a huge project though, at 990 x 351 so it’s definitely something to start only after I’ve cleared a significant number of my WIPs. It helps that my sis is only planning to come back in February. I’m also excited about Isabelle Vautier’s Le Samplers Et Rouge En Blanc since I love anything red!
Andrea emailed to say she had received her exchange package so now I can show you my second-ever needleroll made! And stuffed with a bit of lavender too!
And this is the complete package with stuff in Andrea’s favourite colours plus two Country Cottage Needleworks charts off her wishlist and tea sachets (every exchange from now on will have tea in it because I bought several boxes of tea for one exchange and need to give it all away because we’re not big tea-drinkers!):
I’m getting a bit better at hemstitching but I’m still not completely satisfied with it. I suppose practice really does make perfect. Oh before I forget, the beautiful needleroll design is Grandmother’s Wallpaper by Periphaeria Designs, stitched on a 32count evenweave from Sugar Maple Fabrics with GAST Peach Ice Cream. I just love all of Outi’s designs; hurry up and design more needlerolls Outi!
This is Little House Needleworks’ Nature’s Beauty, on a 28 count evenweave Solo from Silkweaver with DMC. I’ve been collecting LHN patterns for quite some time now but this is the first one I’ve actually started stitching! Yes, I’m ashamed to say that my startitis has flared up again. Wonder if our family doctor has some kind of antibiotic that will prevent future outbreaks?
For 24 hours only on 9 August, everything except magazines (and autos of course) at Needle Little Love will be on sale at 20% off to celebrate Singapore’s 42nd year of independence. If you’re in Singapore and Malaysia, you’ll enjoy an extra 5% off, making 25%. The sale starts at 12.01am (GMT +8) and ends at 11.59pm on 9 August. There will be a second sale on 31 August, which is Malaysia’s National Day, so you’ll have another chance to do some mad stashing then!
And yes, that is Alison in the picture with a Singapore flag tattoo on her cheek. The schools hold celebrations today so the students wear red and white, sing patriotic songs, wave flags and generally have a grand old time since they have no lessons and the next two days are school holidays.