25 May 2015

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

Wow, is it really 8 months since I last updated my stitching blog!

Just because I’ve not been here, it doesn’t mean I’ve not been keeping busy with my stitching and knitting though.  My fingers have been very busy!

Back in September last year I cross stitched a few more squares to send to Nicki, to incorporate into quilts, and the theme I chose to do was Carousel Horses. 
 
 
 
 

In October I went to the Stitch Show at Alexandra palace with my cousin and came home with four kits to stitch……… mind you, 3 out of the 4 are still untouched.

The one that I have made a start on is this one, Summer Days (Anchor PCE559)

 For some time I’ve been meaning to stitch a panel to go in my Heritage Album, something to mount my dad’s medals on.

Ideally, I was thinking of some sort of frame of Poppies, but not being able to find exactly what I was looking for, I decided to go with this and adapt it.
As you can see, I’ve stitched on Black rather than the White in the kit and left off the little houses in the background.  Now I need to flip the chart and stitch it again in the other bottom corner, so this is still a work in progress. 

By now we were into 2015 and what better way to start the New Year, than with a spot of knitting.

While at the Stitch Show back in October, I also brought some wool and this book.
 
and knitted these for my God Daughter’s little girl Ava. 
 
 
 
 I was so impressed with her because she was just 17 months when I gave them to her and she already knew most of the animals and the some of the sounds they make.

I enjoyed knitting the animals so much and I had loads of wool left, so I then brought this book
and proceeded to knit this little lot.
 Puss In Boots
 
The Little Mermaid

 Goldilocks & The Three Bears
 

 Pinocchio
 
Cinderella in Rags ( I designed the pumpkin myself)
Fairy Godmother
Cinderella in Ball Gown


Prince


Courtier


 

And finally, my favourite

 

Sleeping Beauty


 here she is in her nightgown


and here she is in her day dress


but there's a secret..........
 
she a topsy-turvy doll
I even knitted her bed!
 
 

After my knit-athon it was back to the old cross stitch and a birth sampler, as my God daughter was expecting for 2nd child.

 When she had Ava back in 2013 I stitched The Historical Sampler Company’s ‘The Toy Shop’.

Because Nichola and her sister had the same birth samplers when they were little, I suggested that she might like the same for Ava and her sister when she arrived. 
So this one is finished with the same frame and stitched on the same colour background, but I changed up the colour pallet and switched the pictures around,  so it’s the same…….but different!
 
I’ve just started on another of their family traditions, a Bucilla Felt Christmas Stocking for the new baby,  Freya, who arrived at the end of April.

I stitched my  first two stockings for Nichola and her sister Kelly back in 1981. 

Then one for Nichola’s husband Paul in 2010. 

One for their first child Ava in 2013

And now one for Freya.

 
 

I’m hoping she’s not planning on a large family, Lol!

That just about brings me up to date I think. 

I’ll try not to leave it so long before I blog again, but in the meantime……… 

Happy Stitching! 

Sue

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4 Sep 2014

Framing


I’m sure you’ll agree with me when I say that the finishing of a project is almost as important as stitching itself.   Pick the wrong frame and it can completely ruin the look, but I’m very lucky in that I have a framers in our High Road,  Frames of London.   
They have been looking after my finished pieces for many  years now and I can honestly say that I’ve never been disappointed with the finished results. 

When I’m about to take something in to be framed I usually have the discussion with myself about the pros and cons of non-reflective glass, but I’m not a fan of the mat finish it has and always go with standard glass.
Alas, it’s not good if you’re trying to photograph your work though, as you will see in my pictures.

So, here are the latest two projects they have framed for me.

Celtic Autumn.
I already knew the frame I wanted for this one.  It’s the same as the one I have on Celtic Spring but in the Gold option as opposed to the Silver.  

 The photo doesn’t really do it justice because it looks so opulent and I love it!

The second one is the Wedding Sampler, United in Love.

Now, when I took this in I had in my mind that I wanted a White ornate frame but when I was laying them against the project it really wasn’t working.
 
 With the help of staff in the shop we finally settle for a Greyish/Pink plain frame, which picks up the colour of the fabric perfectly.
 I just hope that Lee and Manna like it as much as I do! 

Happy Stitching!
Sue
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5 Aug 2014

Wedding Sampler

Just five days into August and I have my first finish of the month stitched but not framed.  

OK I own up, I didn’t stitch it in just five days. 
I started stitching on the 19th June  and finished adding the beads on Friday 1st August, so it still only took me fourteen days to complete, which wasn’t bad going.

 This beautiful Blackwork Wedding Sampler is Called ‘United in Love’,  and is from a company called X-Calibre Designs.

 

 
I’ve used a bit of artistic licence and added a few more Blackwork motifs and extra beading to mine.




 
Now all I have to do is get it framed and then next up I'm going to stitch some panels for a charity group I stitch for.    

Happy Stitching!
Sue
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Just spotted a deliberate mistake.
Last motif next to the date has no feet.....how did I manage that.
At least I noticed before it was framed!

22 Jul 2014

Celtic Winter


Last month I finally finished my fifth Celtic Lady, Celtic winter.


Right from the very start I had misgivings about the colours used in this project, but wanted to stay true to Marilyn Leavitt-Imblum’s original design and stuck with it. In fact, I stayed true to all five designs, with one exception and that was the addition of the falling leaves on Celtic Autumn.  
My first pet hate on this design was the use of Gold thread. 
I know that Gold threads were used in all five pieces, so they all tie in together but the Gold really wasn’t shouting Winter to me.
 

 
This was  closely followed by the colour of the fabric which was Smokey Pearl Linen and the fact that the Grey shading on the dress was too dark in my opinion, but despite all that I still enjoyed stitching her.

 As soon as I finished her, I started work on a piece of Blackwork and strange as it may seem, my piece of Blackwork is actually White! 

It’s going to be a Wedding Sampler for my Nephew and his new Wife, who got married in Greece back in June.

Here’s a few sneak peeks.



And I have another project all lined up (well sort of)  for when the Sampler if finished.

With all five Celtic ladies under my belt,  I plan to stitch Celtic Winter again, but this time using Thalie’s  conversion with the cloak and hood. 

I’ve not settled on the colours yet but it will definitely have Silver in this one and I was thinking along the lines of  a deep rich Purple or Blue for the cloak and White dress with shading of pale lavender or Blue.   I’ve not decided yet but am leaning more towards the Mauve shades because all the other designs have those colours in too.

Happy Stitching!

Sue

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