the slow stitcher

Archive for April 2009

Breaking the radio silence.

Well, last week was a crazy week in the Wee household. DH came down with what was first suspected as a bacterial infection, which was subsequently rediagnosed as viral fever, which was subbsequently termed “mild dengue fever”. He’s on the mend, but it’ll be some time yet before he’s back to his normal active self.

Of course, DH being sick meant that I had to be a bit more hands-on with the kids since he couldn’t do much because dengue fever is really debilitating. That left little time for stitching. I’m happy to report, though, that I did manage to get some work done. I dug out Still Waters on Saturday night to catch up on my SAL with Melissa and here’s how far I got:

I like the peacock!

I like the peacock! He's missing his neck, though.

I also put a few more words into To Laugh Often. I’d not picked it up since January so it was high time to get it out again. DH asked me when I was planning to give this to my Dad, and I said November this year for his birthday. ‘Course, he was supposed to have received it LAST year for his birthday, but I’m not called The Slow Stitcher for nothing!

I made some headway last night while watching Prison Break Season 4.

I made some headway last night while watching Prison Break Season 4.

Some stash arrived, which made me happy. I think I will stop now, since my stash boxes are overflowing and I think I’ve achieved S.A.B.L.E.

Goodies from Drema.

More goodies from Drema at Needlecraft Corner.

Lovely fabrics from Lakeside Linens, Picture this Plus and Countrystitch!

Lovely fabrics from Lakeside Linens, Picture this Plus and Countrystitch!

That’s all, folks! Be stitchy!

Written by Jean

April 28, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Still Waters first WIP pic.

Still Waters. 32ct Countrystitch Cappuccino linen with DMC.

Still Waters. 32ct Countrystitch Cappuccino linen with DMC.

Here’s where I stopped on Still Waters. I am loving the fabric I chose – at first I thought I would use a piece of Lakeside Linens’ Peddler’s Moon, but then I realised that it was too close to some of the floss colours.

After rummaging through my fabric box (during which I discovered that a giant piece of white Belfast had fungus growing on it, followed subsequently by the equally shocking discovery that one of my beloved Botkier bags has also become a mould farm – ACK!) I found a fat quarter of Cappuccino which I had ordered sight unseen from Catherine at Countrystitch last month. It’s a lot more cappuccino-ish than you see in the photo; maybe I’ll be able to capture the colour more accurately next time. In the meantime, if you have suggestions about what to do with fungusy linen, please share them with me.

Anyway, Still Waters has been a pretty easy stitch so far. The star is not complete because I was too lazy to bobbin my floss and I didn’t get more of the border done because, honestly, I hate stitching borders. Boringggg.

Melissa, I’m looking forward to seeing your WIP pic!

Written by Jean

April 20, 2009 at 10:18 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with , , ,

Christmas is Forever.

Here’s how far I got with Christmas is Forever before I put it aside to start on Still Waters, which I’m SALing with Melissa late last night. DH has a friend visiting from Australia so I joined them for dinner last night and got home near midnight, which didn’t leave much time for Still Waters. I’m going to cheat a bit and play catch-up this weekend though. In the meantime, here’s Christmas is Forever. 

Taken at night, so the colour is not as accurate as the next picture.


Taken this morning, but I was too lazy to adjust the levels much. Pardon the creases!

Taken this morning, but I was too lazy to adjust the levels much. Pardon the creases!

I have been browsing the Needlework Show but nothing screams “buy me!” so I don’t think I will be ordering anything. I do like some of the reproduction samplers, but not enough to get them. What are your favourites from the show?

Written by Jean

April 18, 2009 at 9:39 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with ,

Um, where’s the wagon?

I have a few stashy photos to share, but this gorgeous biscornu that I received from Nita for the Tiny Treasures biscornu exchanges deserves pride of place in this entry. Behold the biggest biscornu I’ve ever seen.

This beauty measures 6 inches across!

This beauty measures 6 inches across! Design is A Spring Garden by Jodi Larson, which was a freebie on

 Nita also included several thoughtful goodies – a pack of notecards with my initial in floral alphabet, a magnet from her state and a thimble too. Thank you so much, Nita, I love everything you sent, especially the biscornu! It is sitting next to me now and approving of everything I’m writing. Now, on to what little stitching I’ve been doing in the last few days. I pulled out Lizzie Kate’s Christmas is Forever kit and started on it, but haven’t gotten very far. Here’s Zoe admiring the border and the little bit of white in the top left corner:

Shes supposed to be in bed but who can ever tell a 2.5-year old what to do, eh.

She's supposed to be in bed but who can ever tell a 2.5-year old what to do.

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for, pictures of STASH. I’ve been a bit mad lately (when am I not, really), and have been sending Drema at Needlecraft Corner a few too many email orders. Here’s the latest batch.

The Trilogys Halloween Lineup, Christmas Lineup and Zoo Lineup

The Trilogy's Halloween Lineup, Christmas Lineup and Zoo Lineup

Free Bird and Quaker Seasons of Friendship. I know I said Id never be able to finish stitching Quaker Seasons of Friendship, but one can always buy the chart in hope!

Free Bird and Quaker Seasons of Friendship. I know I said I'd never be able to finish stitching Quaker Seasons of Friendship, but one can always buy the chart in hope!

CCN Beach Cottage and She Sells Seashells.

CCN Beach Cottage and She Sells Seashells.


And finally, threads. Can you make a guess as to what the Carrie's Creations threads are for? Take a wild one. The Silk 'n' Colors are just for fun - I haven't tried them before so decided to get a couple of skeins to see what they're like.

Well, that’s all folks. I am hoping to get more stitches into Christmas is Forever tomorrow, because Friday Melissa and I start our Plum Street Samplers Still Waters SAL, which I’m excited about since I’ve loved that design for ages. I’m actually a little under the weather today, so I think I’ll go to bed early. Till the next entry, which just might be about my spoils from the Needlework Show.

Written by Jean

April 15, 2009 at 10:20 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Giveaway winner!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand, the winner of Simply Live is Lynda!! Congratulations, Lynda, I’ll be emailing you for your mailing address shortly.

Written by Jean

April 12, 2009 at 9:00 pm

Posted in Crafting


I finished Simply Live last night, along with Season 2 of The Tudors. Now I’m feeling a little bereft since it will be some time before I can get my hands on Season 3! I thought Anne’s execution scene was really well done, certainly more memorable than many other execution scenes that I’ve seen in Tudor-era movies and series. Can’t wait for more. Okay, I’ll stop blathering now and let the pictures do the talking:






I’m going to do a giveaway of the chart. If you would like to stitch this, please leave your name and email address in a comment and I will do a drawing on Easter Sunday, 6pm my time (GMT+8). I will mail anywhere. 

I’m working on a gift for someone right now, so I won’t show pictures of that. Actually the next few weeks are going to be occupied with exchange and gift stitching so I may not have much to share. I do, however, want to get some work done on To Laugh Often, which has been sadly neglected since the beginning of the year. And since I’m so close to finishing Summer Snapperland, I should get some work done on that too. But there are a couple of designs that are just crying out to be started, so we’ll see whether I succumb to temptation.

Speaking of that, it’s Good Friday today, the day we remember Jesus’ ultimate sacrifice. I hope you have had a blessed Holy Week so far. May you also have a peace-filled Easter, secure in the assurance that we have eternal life through the one who died for our sins and sicknesses.

Written by Jean

April 10, 2009 at 9:13 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Sampler acquisitions.

I used to spend a lot of time browsing sampler websites like The Essamplaire and The Scarlet Letter but always thought that while the samplers they sold were stunning, I’d never be able to complete them if I started. Seeing this finish of the Ruth Bacheler 1717 sampler, which every other stitcher on the blogosphere seems to be stitching currently, pushed me from “browse” to “buy”.  Apart from “Ruthie” as this sampler is now affectionately known, here are pictures of two other reproduction samplers, whose charts I have purchased very recently:

Elizabeth Simon reproduction sampler

Elizabeth Simon reproduction sampler from The Scarlet Letter. The verse is Psalm 23. I just love the pastel colours of this one.

Charlotte Clayton reproduction sampler

Charlotte Clayton reproduction sampler, charted by the Northwest Sampler Guild.

Aren’t they both very special? Can’t wait for the charts to arrive so that I can pore over them!
In other news, I am very close to finishing Simply Live. Like Karen, I’ve decided to omit the alphabet and numbers since I’m planning on finishing it as a flatfold and so don’t want it to be too big. I have the day off work tomorrow, so I’m going to be up late tonight stitching and hopefully catching up on The Tudors.

Written by Jean

April 8, 2009 at 11:51 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Simply Live.

I started The Primitive Needle’s Simply Live on Friday after going back and forth about which project to start next. I figured since it was the latest project that I had kitted out, that I should just make a go of it. I’m quite surprised by how quickly it’s stitching up. Here’s my progress as of a few minutes ago. Click on the individual photos in the mosaic to see the whole picture.

The Primitive Needle, Simply Live

I’m stitching this with a mix of GAST and WDW on 32ct Belfast linen in a lovely pale pink colour called New Dawn by Countrystitch. At the rate I’m going, I might even be able to finish it in the next few days. Certainly it would be one of my fastest finishes ever! I’m very pleased, and I hope your weekend has been equally productive, stitching-wise!

Written by Jean

April 6, 2009 at 1:16 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with , ,

Progress on Reve Hindou.

Close-up of flowers.

Close-up of flowers.

I made a little progress on Reve Hindou in the last week. I’ve not been stitching much as I was busy with the kids, and reading (I’m reading some really great novels right now!) and doing everything else in between. DH and I also celebrated our ninth wedding anniversary by taking the afternoon off work on Tuesday and vegging out at a beach resort.

Also, I’ve been trying to fight off an attack of startitis, but since I had to take Reve Hindou off my Q-snaps and lap frame to photograph it, I just might give in to the temptation and start something new for the weekend. My threads for The Primitive Needle’s Simply Live finally came, so maybe it’s a sign that I should start it. But there are so many other designs I want to start too! Oh, the indecision.

Anyhoo, here’s a picture of how far I’ve gotten. Not all that far, really.

Reve Hindou progress

About one-third done with the ginormous flower motif.

I have to say, stitching flowers really isn’t my thing and I’ve been dreading having to stitch all those leaves on the right! Can’t wait till I get round to the elephant. He’s really cute and I think he’s the best part of the entire design.

The weekend is nigh, hope you have plenty of wonderful plans for it!

Written by Jean

April 3, 2009 at 1:12 am

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with , ,

A bourse!

This is what I made out of my Comme Thé  finish – my first bourse! I made it for a friend whom I know from online, who is in Singapore for a visit. She’s a tea lover and so I thought I would make her a little stitched gift with a tea theme, since she’s a stitcher herself.

I used the tutorial at Focus on Finishing and am quite pleased at how it turned out, except for two things. One, I should have given a bigger allowance all round so that the bourse would be deeper; two, I should have used interfacing on my fabric so that it would stand up more. I’ll keep these two things in mind when I make my next one. Now, on to the pictures!

I simply love the little teapot charms. Initially, there were only two since they were all I’d bought, but I liked them so much I went back to the shop and hunted through the racks of charms for them and found the last packet!

PS: If you’re in Singapore and love charms, do check out Lai Guan Beads Mart. They sell all sorts of charms at a “buy one get one free” offer, and plenty of other beading items too!

Lai Guan Beads Mart
101 Upper Cross St #01-43 People’s Park Centre
Tel: 6536 7838

Written by Jean

April 1, 2009 at 3:53 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

Tagged with ,