I haven’t been able to get up the incentive (nor find the time) to work on any of my larger projects this week but I did need to sit down and unwind a little . . . so I decided to work on some more small projects.
I showed you the little pony I did last week, designed by Aliolka.
Well I decided to stitch it a second time, but with a slightly different colour scheme. So the second pony looks like this
and the two of them so you can compare
I think I prefer the one with a blue mane and tail. What about you?
March, also meant I needed to stitch the cupcake for March. I’m going to be stitching all 12 of Lorraine Clarke’s cupcakes over the year. You can find the charts on CyberStitchers.
Even though green is one of my favourite colours, I thought this cake looked a little TOO green, even for me lol, so I changed colours a little.
Lovely Lionel has been dropping off more lovely mail from lovely blogging friends – and (you guessed) I’m loving it ^^
First up – a big thank you to Cathdragon who sent me a gorgeous hand-made bookmark and other goodies as a belated birthday gift.
and thank you to Christine, la Dame Sauterelle, who also sent me some bookmarks for my collection
A lovely variety and I thought it quite amusing that I received a ‘’macaroon” card from Cathdragon and a maracoon bookmark from Christine ^^
Family life has been a little hectic here recently, with lots happening (both good and bad) . . . I won’t go into it, as I prefer to keep this blog for crafting rather than my personal life. However, crafting has been very slow over recent days/weeks and some of the projects I was planning on attacking will have to be put on hold (for the moment, at least). However, I did have another quick start and finish . . . after the cute reindeer, by Aliolka, I printed out, and stitched a just as cute pony.
Design by Aliolka.
No idea how I will finish this – I just needed something small to keep my hands busy.
I needed something small to stitch, just to keep my hands busy these past few evenings, so I went looking for a small free design on the internet and found this cute reindeer on Aliolka’s blog.
Design by Aliolka
I stitched on moss green 16 count aida and will pop him in a drawer for finishings closer to Christmas. There are several other designs on Aliolka’s blog that have caught my eye, so I expect I will be stitching more of her designs over the coming months.
You will remember I posted photos recently in an article “Fractal Folly” where I mentioned that I had given into insanity and treated myself to this for my birthday
A design with 101 symbols that will require 141 skeins of thread ^^ . . . well yesterday I had a good rummage though my thread stash and discovered I have 68 of the skeins
Yep, it might not look like it, but there are 68 different skeins in the pile (some unused, some not quite full 8m) . . . so I’ve just been and ordered the 73 remaining lol. Now I know that friends and fellow bloggers did offer to sort through their stashes and send me any colours they could – but I didn’t want to give people extra work, nor the cost of posting to me . . . so I’ve done a bulk order on sewandso. If I’m mad enough to begin such a project, then I think I should assume the full cost ^^
Anyway – this is to tell you that the start on “DreamCatcher” will be for very soon. I didn’t order fabric since I have lots in my stash. It doesn’t matter what colour I work on because the entire design will be filled in. I will probably choose a 16 count aida to make it more comfortable for my eyes . . . and will grid that up before I begin. Will also need to organise myself with thread sorters – I get the feeling this project will call for patience and good organisational skills. So best to make sure all threads are sorted by symbols before I begin.
Stay tuned, and prepare to encourage me in what is going to be a mammouth stitching project. One that will probably keep me stitching for the coming 5-10 years lol. It will be my “opus” ^^
Izz, Avis and myself have been busy little bees, working on our SAL. And we all managed to stitch our stage 2 on time – so a pat on the back for the three of us ^^
Avis of Sewing Beside the Sea and myself are working on “Cirque des Cercles” by Ink Circles – our stitching for this stage – the large motif on the left and to stitch a second large circle outline.
Here is mine – stitched on dark green 25 count lugana using 2 strands of Threadworx “Wild Poppies”.
Izz, of Isabel’s Needleworks has made excellent progress with “The Lord’s Prayer” design she is stitching. The three of us are now raring to go for stage 3. Next post updates on 16th March, all being well.
Birthday gifts are still arriving here for me ^^ and I have been well and truly spoiled again.
A thank you to Joce, who made a lovely patchwork mat in purples & greens. I think this is a basket weave technique? but I could be mistaken. It’s very pretty, so many thanks Joce.
Yvonne had a very clever idea for a birthday gift . . . she knows I love kokeshi dolls, and she also knows (as a stitcher) that it’s always a good idea to have somewhere to pop needles or pins.
Three little kokeshi dolls, finished off as pin/needle keepers with a magnet on the back!
Isn’t that a great idea? I’m jotting that down in my “ideas” book ^^ Thank you Yvonne.
And a surprise parcel from “ma petite mercerie” . . . I hadn’t ordered anything, so was very intrigued when I opened it. First of all – everything all prettily wrapped
And inside . . .
lots of lovely surprises, from eldest son and ‘Titia. Four fabrics for patchworking . . .
two little fabric labels to sew to my works of art
a big hug and thank you to eldest son and ‘Titia ^^ and some extra little gifts from the shop: a little note book, pencil, magnet (I definitely won’t lose my needles) and a “Carambar” (a French toffee ^^)
Do you remember this teaser photo the other day?
Well I can now show you what I was making because today is my sister’s birthday and she has received and opened her pressie ^^
It was another set of place mats (my third set since December).
Four place mats in black, red and white. Each one “unique” as I decided to have a different band layout on each.
On the back – a larger polka dot fabric on all four.
They measure 13” x 15” so they’re a nice size. And my sister thought they were lovely, so that’s the main thing!