love Jackie x
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Thursday, September 04, 2008
Monday, August 04, 2008
Nominating people is the really tricky bit, isn't it? I read lots of blogs and it is hard to choose just five... so many of the blogs that I visit regularly already have this award. Here goes..... these ladies do such beautiful stitching and have lots of lovely photos for me to drool over. This list could have been much longer, but here are just five of the splendid blogs I visit regularly. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
I am off to put the first coat of paint on my sewing room walls now - wish me luck! :-)
Sunday, August 03, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
My list of WIPs is as follows (in no particular order):
My Son by Indigo Rose
In the Forest by La D Da
Nantucket Sampler by Drawn Thread
A Heart Sampler by Shepherds Bush - can't remember the name, but I know which one I mean, LOL
Toy Gatherer by Shepherds Bush
Game Board Sampler by Drawn Thread - not a single stitch in this for a year or so :-(
Beekeepers Cottage by Shepherds Bush
Hmm, looking at this list, I think this needs a rotation - any suggestions anybody? ;-)
I also received a lovely parcel of stash from Drema at Needlcarft Corner this week, which includes one large piece of fabric (30ct Irish Cream) and the threads to stitch the new Loose Threads mystery sampler. I just love it!
Carol and I also have plans to stitch the BBD Sarah Tobias needlecase just as soon as we finish DT Nantucket..... oh dear, temptation is so strong - there are just not enough stitching hours in one lifetime are there?
I am off to try and get a little stitching done on MY Son now...... wish me luck!
Thanks for visiting.........
Then we come to SB Toy Gatherer. Goodness, I just love this piece and just need to get the backstitch (ugh) on the vine done and then I could just skip along with it. My favourite part of this piece is the moon and the rooftops, they just look so magical.......
Last photo, but by no means least, is of My Son by Indigo Rose. This is another piece that has not been picked up in well over a year. Part of the problem with this is that I have skipped around all over the place with it - the top backstitch is not finished and this continues all the way down the sampler. When I looked at it this morning I was a bit overwhelmed by the amount of work left to do...... However, I really do love it and want to finish it. I am going to take my inspiration from Terri at http://zoomcity.wordpress.com/ who has recently finished IR Desiderata by stitching on it every Monday for around a year. She gave me the most fabulous pep talk recently which made me think that I really could finish some of these big projects and that I could even start and finish Desiderata myself one day. Her work is superb, go and have a look at her Desiderata. She has posted lovely close up photos of each band as she completed them. Tell her that I sent you!! LOL
So, if anybody else out there is stitching My Son or you just feel that you could offer me some encouragement to get going (and keep going) on it, I would love to hear from you!!
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
This is a little BBD pincushion, from an old Loose Feathers pattern - isn't it sweet? More finishing to do on this one...... oh dear, I hate finishing!! LOL
This is a Lizzie Kate pattern which I stitched using some of the threads left over from my recent SB etui finish. I got this idea after seeing the version that Su had stitched a while back at Contemplating my Needle and Thread - I hope she doesn't mind! I like these colours, although it was still a little brighter than I thought it would be.
Monday, June 16, 2008
2008 was the summer that I had planned to try and get on top of the end border in the garden but, due to me having an operation, it seemed as though it might not happen...... until our oldest daughter, Claire, stepped up to the plate :-)
Claire is a very keen gardener and wanted to transform my garden almost as much as I did and what a magnificent job she has done. With some one-handed help from me, the garden now looks just as I had hoped...what a star!! :-) Thankyou Claire!!
Here, at long last, are the little pieces in their finished state! I am pleased with them -I hope you like them! This week I have been stitching on a small Lizzie Kate piece, called 'Bless Our Home'. I'll take a photograph and post it later.........
Monday, May 19, 2008
The final photos for today are an urn of flowers (can't remember the name of the chart offhand) by Ewe and Eye and Friends and Daisy Cottage from Little House Needleworks. I subscribed to all the cottages in the cottage Garden series last year, but this is the first one which I have stitched up. I decided to leave off the border and the wording. I think this may also become a little pinkeep........... The LHN design uses all Crescent Colour thread, which is very nice to use.
Thank you very much to all those who took the time to leave a comment about the SB etui, I really appreciate it! Thanks also to all those, on the boards that I frequent, who told me that they liked it. I have been looking in my stitching basket and realised that I had several small pieces which were either finished or almost finished. I am in the mood to 'clear the decks' a bit, so here are a few of the things which I am hoping to have made up by the end of this week. I hope you like them!
The first lot of photos are of Marys Pin Pillow by Indigo Rose. The colours on this are just gorgeous, particularly the overdyed silk which is called 'rainforest'............
Friday, May 16, 2008
My friend Carol and I have finished the Shepherds Bush etuis and here are a selction of photos of the work 'in progress'. Blogger does not seem to be showing the photos in the order that I uploaded them, but not to worry........ All motifs for this etui were taken from a Shepherds Bush leaflet called 'Wandering Vine'. Here is the SB website, (in the unlikely event that you don't already know them): www.shepherdsbush.net/
The design was stitched on flax linen, using recommended DMC thread. We lined the etuis with silk in an eau de nil colour and used gloriana silk ribbon in Bluegrass. I think that covers everything. I will be back with more photos of the finished item shortly. We are thrilled with the end result and we hope you like them too!