Friday, September 18, 2015

Finally...a blog entry

I have no good reasons for not having blogged in such a long time but at least I have been stitching.

Here is my progress on Father Winter. It is slow going but totally worth the time and effort.

And here is my Dear Jane progress. I now have 1.5 pages complete (of 20). So you can see the things aren't moving very fast on this project either. I am enjoying it. Working with one colour and no fractional  stitches and no back stitching is a pleasant change from the TW. The size of the fabric is a bit unwieldy  though.

Friday, August 14, 2015


It is time to get back at my Teresa Wentzler piece. I did some work on it yesterday and since today is World Cross Stitch Day, it is only fitting I spend the rest of the day stitching on it. 

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Blogger cut my picture off!


After 2 and 1/2 years of on and off stitching on Magpie, it is finally finished. Let's face it I had to have something for show and tell on Stitching  Day here at Knowledge and Needles on Saturday, August 22.
Claude Monet is one of my favourite painters and Mystic Stitch did a masterful job translating his work into into something I could actually do since I cannot paint. 
My friend Betty made up Ella's stocking for me so I have two major finishes for 2015.

I suspect I will be spending the next little while working on one colour, no back stitch, no confetti, quickly finished, Christmas ornaments!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A great big Ta Da

Unironed but finished at last!
I have always wanted to stitch this stocking and I have always wanted a grand  I have both...the stocking will go to Elła on her first birthday  just before Christmas. I have to admit that part way through I found myself wondering why I wanted to stitch this complicated pattern riddled with quarter stitches and back stitching and frequent colour changes...but then I realized that the reasons I questioned myself were also the reasons I wanted to stitch it..
We stitchers are strange people aren't we?
I will now call my friend Betty and have her work her magic with her sewing machine, as she transforms this into a real Christmas stocking.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Stitching updates

My stitching got interrupted this past week when Lily chewed my glasses.
Fortunately I had a pair of prescription sunglasses that I could use. They are Okay for driving but not much good for anything else, except headaches for 3 or 4 days. I now have new glasses... 2 pairs as a matter of fact and no headaches and I hope I can get back to work on some of these projects.
This is Ella's stocking. I was working on the tea party scene at the bottom in sunglasses when I realized it was not a good idea to continue. Now I can though and there is an end in sight for this piece....lots of back stitching but sometimes that goes pretty fast when it starts to bring out the pieces of the picture.

Here are two sets of Christmas ornaments. The initials are for my little great nieces. There are 3 more but their photo did not turn out.
I don't know who the little Flowers are for but I will find recipients somewhere.

My Mystic stitch "Magpie" by Monet is really taking shape with only 4 pages remaining.
Carolien and Sylvia...I am so glad to hear from both of you. Yes Sylvia I still hold the Stitching day in August...on the 22nd this year. I would love it if you could come. You are welcome too Carolien  but it is a little far to come from The Netherlands!

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Overdue blog

I don't seem to have taken any photos of my stitching lately so here is a shot of me, taken by Beatrice at the recent Trent Valley Quilt guild Quilt show, where I had a booth. I met a lot of people and gave out many cards but quilters aren't interested in the same stuff stitchers are interested in. I did however make a great contact when a few days later I was invited to the Northumberland Hills Stitchery Guild fair, which will be held in September. 

Macy and Lily having fun

Our friend Jonathon likes to kick and throw the ball for Macy to chase but he thinks Lily is more his size!