Thursday, 23 December 2010
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Thursday, 14 October 2010
Friday, 17 September 2010
My order for my birthday arrived this week. How fun to open the package and find all this. I received some excellent service from the ONS that I ordered from. They were able to get a number of items for me that were not on their website.
Thursday, 9 September 2010
Designer: Blackbird Designs
Fabric: 30ct R&R Reproductions - Irish Cream
I have been really getting into some crochet and knitting lately. Too much time on my hand with my DH gone. By the way he is back and he bought back some lovely things for me and the girls. I will post again this coming week with lots more to show.
Tuesday, 31 August 2010
Designer: Heart In Hand
Fabric: 36ct Sew-It-All linen - Brown Cloud
Designer: Meg Shinall (The Gift Of Stitching Magazine Issues, 51 April 2010, 52 May 2010 & 53 June 2010)
Fabric: 20ct linen - cream
Thread: Ginnie Thompson Flower Thread
Here is a cute little pillow that my MIL stitched for me on my birthday.
My DH gave me some money to make a purchase of some items from my favourite ONS. I made this order and I am now just waiting for items to come in. I have picked up some threads, Blackbird designs charts and a few JCS issues, including the ornament issue. Can't wait till it all arrives! On a sad note, my DH had to leave for Japan for work on my birthday. He will only be gone for 10 days, but I must say that I have been a little on the lonely side and the girls and I are missing him. On the upside, the house is spotlessly clean and I am super up to date with all my household chores.
Thursday, 19 August 2010
Monday, 16 August 2010
Here is the pillow Gwen sent me. It's a design called Pumpkin Blossom by Blackbird Designs. Gwen sewed some beads on to it and filled it with crushed walnut shells (that's why quarantine held it). It's such a beautiful pillow and I love it. Thank you Gwen. I also have to thank the quarantine officer whom I spoke to. She very carefully unpicked the stitching of the pillow so that she could examine it's contents and then taped it back up. When the pillow arrived it took me five minutes to sew the pillow closed and you would never know that anyone had touched it.
Yesterday was Aurelia's 4th birthday and we had a lovely big party for her. I cooked a mountain of food over two days and I must say that I am now exhausted today. She had a wonderful time and was the perfect child, with lots of thankyou's, please's and making sure that everyone was fed and happy. I can see her being the perfect party hostess one day. My DH hasn't downloaded the photos yet, so I will post them in the next day or so.
In between all this work for the party, in the evenings I made some time to sit, relax and sew. I finally finished Aurelia's Christmas ornament. I am mostly pleased with how it turned out, although I had a really hard time turning this piece out once I had sewn around it. I had to unpick and restitch some of the inside corners, so I don't quite know what I did wrong. Does anyone have any advice on how to sew this odd-shaped pillow ornaments?
Designer: Prairie Moon (JCS Ornament Issue 2008)
Fabric: 28ct Cashel Linen - Platinum
Threads: Belle Soie Silk
Finish: Christmas ornament
My Emblem Of Love RR made it's way home on Friday and I am so excited. The piece looks beautiful. Sorry it looks so wrinkled, but I want to finish stitching the date and then I am going to give it a good iron. I would like to thank Carol, Margaret, Edgar, Wendy Jo and Deb for stitching on my piece, you all did a fabulous job.
Design: An Emblem Of Love
Designer: With My Needle
Fabric: 36ct Edinburgh Linen - Cream
Threads: DMC, The Gentle Art, Olde Willow Stitchery
Thursday, 5 August 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
I have made up for lost time with my stitching. I have started the kit by Midsummer Nights Designs that I purchased at the craft show. The design is from the Gift Of Stitching magazine and the kit included everything required to finish the project.
I have almost completed the first part of the hardanger course, also from the Gift Of Stitching magazine. I have found the hardanger is quite enjoyable and not as difficult as I first thought, although the cutting of the linen did make my heart race a little faster.
I have some more progress on my Blackbird Designs Mystery Sampler. There are quite a lot of colour changes in this portion, so it's taking a while. The circle is another thing that takes a long time. Lots of counting going on as I really do want the circle to join eventually.
I made a new start the other day as I found the most amazing Babushka fabric and Aurelia would love me to stitch a pillow using the fabric. Gazette94 has some beautiful patterns, so I am using three of these and going to stitch her a long pillow.
While I was sick, concentrating on stitching gave me an enormous headache, so I did a little crocheting. I made the girls a pair of slippers each using leftover yarn. Amelie's are quite plain, but Aurelia wanted fairy slippers and chose this amazing textured hand-dyed yarn. The only problem the colour of the yarn changed as I went along, so one slipper is quite purple and the other more pink. I also had a hard time getting the strap across the top to line up. I measured and measured and measured and still I got it wrong. The girls loved their slippers until Grandma bought them pink fairy slippers and now these are considered yucky.
I made a start on The Scarlet Letter's 1800 Gift Pincushion. I haven't got very far because it's all over one. Believe it or not, this is one nights work, pretty lame!
Aurelia thankfully changed her mind about her Christmas ornament for this year and has decided on an angel, the original one was the Snow Globe from last years JCS ornament issue. So here is the progress on Noel by Prairie Moon from the 2008 JCS ornament issue.
Here is the progress on my Folk Art Pincushion by Carriage House Samplings. I have stitched it over two using DMC on 40ct linen. I basically only have the background filling to finish, but it's taking so long.
I have made a pitiful restart on Margaret Pence by The Goode Huswife, but as you can see from the photo, there is very little done. I was quite annoyed that I had to frog this design out three times before I got it right. Serves me right for stitching when I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open.
I have also made a little more progress on Hannah Lancaster. I have stopped working on her though, as I wait for Sandra, Deb and Sandra's friend Tawny to catch up. She is really hard to just let go and not touch. Despite the fact that I hate stitching borders, this one is not too bad and I am actually enjoying it.
Apart from all that I have two exchanges that I am working on, but can't share for a while. I also have two PIF's that have to be mailed, one just needs the final finishing and I will share those once they have been received.
All in all, I think I have way too much going on and I need to get some of these pieces finished and out of the way. Perhaps starting so many projects was not such a great idea.