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!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Back stitching

I have had about as much fun back stitching as I can handle this week. It is time to move on to a project the that has none at all!
Of course the back stitching does make the picture come alive.

Thank you to all who were able to come out to the Knowledge and Needles Open House last weekend.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Progress and a visitor

This little guy came for visit a couple of evenings ago. Dan was coming home at dusk and noticed something by the front door. Thinking it wand a parcel from UPS  he walked up to the door and was surprised to find this  young, one foot or so alligator  on the mat. It caused quite the excitement in the neighbourhood, as we were all gathered around taking pictures and marvelling at his appearance. Dan shooed him to the driveway with a broom and our neighbour picked him up, very carefully in a t shirt and took him across the road and the vacant lot to release him into the canal. We are much more vigilant now when letting Macy out at night!

I have reached the heel on Ella's stocking but it will go away now until we get back home. Ella, herself and parents will be arriving tomorrow and I do not want anyone of them seeing it before it is finished.
Dear Jane is coming along slowly

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A gardenia bush

After some asking around I discovered that this beautiful flower is a gardenia. There are many more buds on the bush and I will take a photo when the bush is in all its glory.
Today I go back to my Mystic Stitch piece. I have finally broken down and  am trying "parking" my needle as a new technique for me. I will decide if I like it or not. Thòse are just water spots on the fabric, nothing serious... Not dirt.
Dear Jane is progressing. It is enjoyable because each motif represents a little finish and, let's face it working with only one colour is easy. My little fortune cookie waxer gets a good workout when I am working on this design. Did I mention in my last post that I have ordered 3 dozen of these little waxers for the shop. They come in a wide variety of cool shapes.
I just finished my 4 days on Ella's stocking. This time  I did neglect the back stitching so  I will have to hope I am in the mood for it the next time this piece comes up in my rotation. I do feel that I have been quarter stitched into oblivion though.

Thursday, March 12, 2015


The title of the previous post should be WAXERS!