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Biscornu for Pokua.

I saw on Pokua’s blog that she had received the biscornu I made for her for the Tiny Treasures biscornu exchange.

I used a freebie biscornu design from Kissy Cross (scroll down the page and don’t forget to look at all her lovely designs as you go) and stitched it on opalescent Belfast using my choice of DMC threads because I realised while looking through my thread boxes that I once again did not have any of the colours needed for the design! Isn’t it always the case….

Anyway, on to the pictures!

Biscornu for Pokua

Little garden biscornu. No, my hand is not gigantic, I made this biscornu really small!

 I will have another finish to share tomorrow, after it goes to its new owner. In the meantime, I hope you find my little biscornu for Pokua charming. :)

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March 30, 2009 at 9:45 am

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Comme Thé.

 

Comme Thé on 28ct Wedgewood lugana with GAST threads.

Comme Thé on 28ct Wedgewood lugana with GAST threads.

I finished this little freebie using GAST Holly Berry and Porcelain on 28ct Wedgewood blue lugana. I’ll try to take a better photo on the weekend, hopefully after I have finished it so you can have a better idea of the colours.

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March 27, 2009 at 1:05 am

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Reve Hindou start.

 

Reve Hindou start

Stitched with Victorian Motto "Purple A" on 32ct antique white Belfast linen.

I pulled out Isa Vautier’s Reve Hindou to start over this weekend. I’m stitching it for an old friend as a gift – actually I’ve had the chart in my stash for oh, about three years, always planning to start on it but never actually getting round to doing so till now. I’m pretty certain my friend doesn’t read this blog so I’ll post pictures of my progress on this. I chose purple because it’s one of her favourite colours. When finished, it will look like this:

Reve Hindou by Isa Vautier

Reve Hindou by Isa Vautier. The model is stitched with DMC 3865 on red Aida.

My friend is expecting a baby, and I toyed with the idea of making this a birth sampler by personalising it with the baby’s name, but that’s pretty hard to do since she and her husband have yet to agree on a name even though the baby is due pretty soon! She came over to my place for dinner a few weeks ago and we had a fun time mulling over Indian girls’ names. Since it doesn’t look like there’ll be a decision in the near future I thought I’d spare myself the agony of waiting for the birth announcement and stitch the design as charted. It’s a lovely one, isn’t it?

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March 23, 2009 at 2:04 am

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Beaded beauties at the Peranakan Museum.

I visited the Peranakan Museum yesterday and took some photos of the gorgeous exhibits. Peranakans are well known for their love of intricate beading and embroidery, so the museum had many lovely displays of beaded items. Here are some pictures:

Part of a large wall hanging. It must have taken hours to bead the geometric background without the benefit of a printed pattern.

Part of a large wall hanging. It must have taken hours to bead the geometric background without the benefit of a printed pattern.

A print showing a Peranakan nonya (lady) at her beading.

A print showing a Peranakan nonya (lady) at her beading.

Finished beading for a pair of kasut manek (beaded slippers).

Finished beading for a pair of "kasut manek" (beaded slippers).

A tiny beaded pouch. The beads are smaller than your normal Mill Hill bead size. Wonder if the beader used a loupe?

A tiny beaded pouch. The beads are smaller than your normal Mill Hill bead size. Wonder if the beader used a loupe?

Beaded spectacle case.

Beaded spectacle case.

If you’re in Singapore, do pay a visit to the museum. There are many more lovely exhibits than the ones I’ve shown here. You could spend an afternoon just looking at all the artefacts. More photos can be found in my Flickr set.

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March 19, 2009 at 10:52 am

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Not meant to be.

I just received an email from the lady who was supposed to send me A Present for Sewing Well. It turns out that she had A Present for Sewing Well Fold, not the sampler itself. I’m so disappointed! Now to resume the search for this elusive chart.

Ohhhhhh welllllll……….

 

ETA: Saved by another stitcher! Yay!!!!!!

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March 18, 2009 at 9:36 am

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OOPs.

Mary Garrys A Present for Sewing Well

Mary Garry's A Present for Sewing Well

I finally got my hands on this extremely hard to find chart! A stitcher contacted me on the 123MB after I said I would be willing to pay quite a bit for this. After some sorting out re payment (she doesn’t do Paypal and wanted a check or money order which are both rather difficult to orchestrate from across the oceans), it will be going in the mail in the next couple of days. I can’t wait for it to arrive in my mailbox!

I also managed to get my hands on Sheepish Designs’ Alpha series – Bird, Sheep, Menagerie. They too, are hard to find but are winging their way to me as I write.

Somebody has to help me curb my madness!!!

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March 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm

UFO turned WIP, and an exchange.

I dug out my Quaker Friendship Sampler and stitched two motifs – one large, one small – this past week. I love this design, but it somehow got relegated to the ranks of UFO-dom for the last two years. This is where I left off, and this is my progress. I’ve posted the before picture for easy viewing.

Before.

Before, taken May 2007.

After

After. Stitched on Lakeside Linens 36ct Basketweave with DMC 115. The colour of the Basketweave is more accurate here. It's a wonderful fabric, so warm and rich!

I complained before about the poor quality of the chart, which is hand- and not computer-drawn. Well, there are also errors in it. The motif right next to that flower one you see, for example, has half of the triangles missing from its lower part. I’ve had to go back and forth between the chart and the colour photo on the cover just to make sure that what I’m stitching is what’s on the model. You have been warned! Having said that, I will be making an effort to stitch on this more regularly. The chart has space for five initials plus initials in the centre motif, but I will be putting our family name initial in the centre and the year of our marriage, and then the initials of me, DH and the girls in the spaces given around the chart. We are short of one, so I am planning to fill in that space with a heart, which I’ll have to dig up from somewhere. I thought of including the initials of our dogs, but then I’d need to find space for one extra initial, so I’m going to take the path of less resistance.

Margaret W. dropped a note on the NNC group to say that my package to her for the pincushion exchange arrived safely. This exchange called for a floral-themed pincushion plus three floral stash items. Here’s what I sent.

Carre Fleuri freebie from Tournicoton, stitched on 32ct flax Belfast with my choice of DMC colours.

Carré Fleuri freebie from Tournicoton. Stitched on 32ct natural Belfast with my choice of DMC colours.

Im happy that I could use our timber deck to take these photos. DH has been storing all his vintage BMX bikes on the deck, but he moved them for an exhibition so I managed to use the space while the bikes were gone!

I'm happy that I could use our timber deck to take these photos. DH has been storing his vintage BMX bikes on the deck (he's a collector), but he moved them for an exhibition so I managed to use the space while the bikes were gone!

Pincushion plus stash.

Pincushion plus stash.

Thanks for being a part of my stitching and life through this blog, dear friends. I appreciate all of your visits and kind comments on my entries. :)

Edited to add: You can find the freebie here. Lots of other lovely free designs there too!

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March 14, 2009 at 10:55 pm