the slow stitcher


My CCN mail art for Mari
Photo © Mari V

Mari posted on the MAF group to say that my CCN mail art for her had arrived safely. I used motifs from Garden Girl for this mail art, and am quite pleased with how it looks on the flax linen. Unfortunately I stupidly forgot to stitch my return address on the back of the envelope, so I had to put it inside a paper envelope and mail it like that. I did get the postman to hand-cancel the stamps on the MA so that it would look more authentic. He was a little confused by my request, but kindly complied.

CCN MA for Mari - back

I also received lots of wonderful stuff in the mail recently, one of which is the SBEBB Frosty Friends exchange from Gaby! Thank you so much, Gaby, I simply love the two pincushions you made, and all the lovelies you inluded as well.

SBEBB Frosty Friends exchange from GabySBEBB Frosty Friends exchange from Gaby

SBEBB Frosty Friends exchange from Gaby

I said in my last post that I’ve been having a mad time stashing. Some of it has already arrived. My latest acquisitions are:

1) Thread drops x 2 packets
2) Fairy Sisters by HAED artist Julie Fain (all kitted!)
3) Angry Ballerina by HAED artist Annie Rodrigue (almost fully kitted)
4) Winter Wingding by Blue Ribbon Designs plus fabric
5) Halloween Double-Flips by Lizzie*Kate plus threads
6) Flip-it Blessings by Lizzie*Kate plus threads and banding
7) Christmas Double-Flips by Lizzie*Kate plus threads and fabric
8) It’s Cold Outside by Blue Ribbon Designs plus fabric and threads
9) Christmas is Forever by Lizzie*Kate kit
10) ABC Lessons by Lizzie*Kate
11) The Big Zipper by Bent Creek (full series)
12) Threads by Carrie’s Creations for Permin Adam and Eve
13) Literary Littles #4: My Everything by The Sampler Girl
14) Winter Lineup by The Trilogy

Phew! Looking at all this, I won’t be buying any new stash for a long, long, long time to come. Since I need to be realistic about how much I can actually stitch (given that I only have about 1.5 hours each night after the kids have gone to bed), my plan for this year’s stitching goes something like this:

To Laugh Often by Twisted Threads (I’m about 1/3 done)
Eightsome Reel by Papillon Creations (10% done)
Gameboard Sampler by Drawn Thread (10% done)
Grace Building Block by My Big Toe (need to start in order to finish!)

Fairy Sisters by Julie Fain
LK Halloween Double-Flips
LK Christmas Double-Flips
Bent Creek Summer Snapperland
Beatrix Potter’s Quaker Sampler (actually a restart)
Permin Adam and Eve
Over the Hills sampler by Brenda Keyes

Does that seem like biting off more than I can chew? LOL. We’ll see how it goes. I really want to start ALL the designs listed above, but I’ll just have to prioritise.

Given that my stash boxes are now overflowing, I will be offloading some charts and fabrics in my clearance page. Do pop by and see if anything catches your fancy!

In other news, this is such a nifty and fun idea! I love biscornu; they were the first smalls I attemped to finish and making them well gave me the confidence to try other finishing techniques. I have two biscornu exchanges coming up soon, and too little time to commit to this, but thought I’d share the link here.

In case anyone thinks I’ve not been stitching (they might be half right about that since I’ve been feeling like the gods are conspiring to keep me away from my needle these days), here’s part of a small design I’ve been working on for your viewing pleasure:

Dream tomorrow.

I’m stitching this as a gift and will probably just frame it when it’s done because the recipient is not a stitcher and so would appreciate a straightforward framed piece more than a finished item. Can anyone tell me the name and designer of this pattern? ;)

I hope you have been busily stitching, and if you’re in Australia, that you’re staying safe and not suffering too much at the hands of Mother Nature.


Written by Jean

February 14, 2009 at 10:09 am

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