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Archive for August 2007

Some progress.

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.

Nature's Beauty WIP update #3

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.

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August 20, 2007 at 11:55 pm

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Little promoter.

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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!

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August 18, 2007 at 1:30 am

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Slow. Construction ahead.

Nature's Beauty WIP pic #2

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!

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August 14, 2007 at 11:34 pm

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Book stashin’.

Le samplers et rouge en blanc100 Enfants

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!

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August 11, 2007 at 10:40 am

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FGBB needleroll exchange for Andrea.

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!

FGBB needleroll exchange for Andrea H.

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!):

FGBB needleroll exchange for Andrea H.

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!

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August 9, 2007 at 12:01 am

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Oh dear.

Nature's Beauty WIP

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?

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August 8, 2007 at 4:41 pm

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Sale.

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.

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August 8, 2007 at 10:32 am

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K’s felted dog.

Posed view
Felted labrador retriever

Side view
Felted labrador retriever

Isn’t this little labrador retriever just darling? K made him late last night using a felting kit. It took him about 2 hours to finish this puppy, which measures about 4″ by 4″. I just love the fact that his body is perfectly proportioned just like real live labs, and there’s toning and shading on his fur!

If anyone is interested to buy the kits to make dogs like this, please let me know. Other breeds available and the kits come with comprehensive instructions and everything you need to make your own little felted pooch.

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August 5, 2007 at 9:46 pm

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It’s ripe!

JBW French Country Pumpkin finish.

Ze pumpkin, it be done. Now mesah gotta figure out what to do with it. I’ve got some earth-toned paisley fabric that I think would go nicely, but have no idea how to finish it as yet. I so need to get a sewing machine and learn how to use it!

By the way, this scan is a more accurate representation of the 18th Century Clove linen. I love the colour of it, but hate its stiff crispiness. Does anyone like crunchy Wichelt linen? Raise hands please.

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August 4, 2007 at 11:56 pm

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Pumpkin.

I was in the mood for naughtiness last night and decided to start JBW Designs’ French Country Pumpkin. I looked through my thread stash and decided on GAST Fragrant Cloves, and then using some 30ct 18th Century Clove linen by R&R Reproductions seemed like a good idea too.

JBW French Country Pumpkin

It’s just past 1am here in Singapore and the light is way too poor to take a picture so I scanned my WIP instead and of course, the colours didn’t turn out right. 18th Century Clove is actually a lovely deep rust brown that’s a perfect complement to Fragrant Cloves, but it isn’t showing up properly in the picture at all. Oh well. I’ll probably finish this tomorrow in between running around (Zoe has a heart check-up in the afternoon) and maybe then I’ll get a better photo. In the meantime, g’night world!

PS: Thanks so much for the good thoughts yesterday. I finally caved and drank a sachet of Smecta (vile, let me tell you, vile), went to bed and am now all better.

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August 3, 2007 at 1:18 am

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