Posts Tagged ‘Cross-stitch’
Thanks for all your suggestions about the fabric for Brassee de Fleurs – I ordered a half of flax so that’s settled! I also ordered a half of PTP Relic for the Charlotte Clayton reproduction sampler because the HDF silks for that have already arrived so I’m dying to start that as well. But in the meantime, I went and started A Present for Sewing Well sometime last week. Here’s a progress photo:
I just love Purely Primitive! Why did I not discover it sooner? Oh, and if you take a closer look you’ll notice that I omitted the three rows of specialty stitches that were supposed to be where the partially-stitched straight line is. I’m a wuss, I know, but I did try several times to get the rice stitch right and the thread just kept knotting so I gave up and decided to keep things simple. Because of Present, I was naughty and didn’t work on Still Waters on Friday/Saturday as I was supposed to. Sorry, Melissa!
I also received a wonderful exchange package from Caroline for the HoE bookmark exchange. Here are the snaps:
I’ve been at home on medical leave these past two days so this really cheered me up. Thanks, Caroline! Okay, I’m off to get Alison from the school bus now, so write soon!
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 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!
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.
That’s all, folks! Be stitchy!
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!
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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!
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