The Reader Update

This beautiful cross stitch was designed by the wonderfully talented Joan Elliott, one of my very favourite designers. This is one of three castle princess designs that were featured in The Ultimate Joan Elliott Cross Stitch Collection bookazine (which is unfortunately now out of print, but you can occasionally get lucky and find a copy on eBay, but they usually go for over $50 each)

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I am really enjoying working on this castle princess. As soon as I saw her with her book I knew I had to stitch her for myself. The colours are so vibrant and the metallic adds a magical sparkle. When she’s eventually finished I plan to hang her in our home library, surrounded by books.

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I did recently unpick all the green in the top of her dress (as you can see, the holes in the aida are a bit bigger than the unstitched parts because of this, but once I restitch the are you won’t be able to tell). I thought I had chosen the right shades from my stash but they were too similar to each other and blended together too much, and they were much to bright, didn’t fit with the rest of the colours. The new greens are much better. I did think about changing her hair colour to brunette but in the end decided to just keep her blonde.

I haven’t been able to work on her as much as I’ve been wanting to as I’m now a few days overdue with our first baby and am feeling quite uncomfortable and tired all the time. And once she arrives I’ll have even less time for myself, but I will make sure to make time for myself to sit and relax with my stitching when I can.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching everyone!

A Cross Stitch Christmas

Hello everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! I had a long week of Christmas celebrations, starting on the 18th with preparations for dinner on the 19th, and continuing all the way through to Christmas Day. I was meant to go to a Boxing Day celebration, but I was just too tired. Being pregnant really takes it out of me. But, only 11 weeks to go.

What with all the Christmas celebrations, it’s been hard to find time to stitch. I’m hoping to get some done today. In the meantime, here’s a photo of me and my grandmama with the Rose Fairy I finally finished and framed for her.

Completed with Mama

My grandmama and me with the Rose Fairy I completed for her

Needless to say, my grandmama was very pleased with her present. I started this beautiful project last August, with plans to have her finished for my grandmama’s birthday in October. I severally overestimated my skills lol and tried for that Christmas instead, but still could not get her finished. The next goal was more realistic, have her ready for my grandmama’s birthday this year, but that was also an unreachable goal. I almost managed it, but not quite. I did get her finished before this Christmas, and it was so hard not to gift her early, but I wanted to save her for Christmas, and I did. My grandmama is so pleased with her present, and says that she’s going to hang it in a place of honour.

My current projects are both also Joan Elliott designs. I’ve been working on The Reader, also known as Castle Princess, which I’d love to hang in our bedroom/library, and Fairies in the Garden, which will hopefully be finished in time to hang in the nursery before our little baby girl arrives. But if not, I can always hang it later.

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My current projects. Above, The Reader. Below, Fairies in the Garden.

While I have another three scroll frames, these are the two that I use. One of the frames was my great grandmother’s, and it’s all split and broken, but it means a lot to me knowing that we shared this craft in common. Another was made for me by my wonderful hubby, but it needs better material or even velcro to attach projects to. Denim just isn’t strong enough. And the third I bought at an op-shop and haven’t had an opportunity to use yet.

I think I’ll leave it here for now, hopefully I’ll be posting again soon with more stitchy updates. Please let me know what y’all are working on, I love to see other people’s stitching.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

A Small Finish Just Because

After my last post, I said that I wanted to do a small stitch, and so I did!

Meet Fizzy Moon!

This adorable character was fun to stitch, until it came time for the back stitching…I don’t usually mind back stitching, it makes your work pop and actually look like something, but all that confetti back stitch around the bear and his hat? That drove me crazy! I had to use a sharper non-tapestry needle in order to pierce the fabric, and I freely admit, I got myself plenty of times too.

I think that if this had of been a full size project and not one of the small kits from a magazine that it would been easier, but after this experience with Fizzy Moon I doubt I’ll stitch this cute little bear again, despite hubby telling me he’s adorable and to do more…

On to my next project! I know I said I’d just started Iris Fairy by Joan Elliott, but silly me went flipping through a magazine and came across this in Ultimate Cross Stitch Fantasy…

This is also by Joan Elliott (she’s my favourite designer, if you can’t tell) and is called Behind The Garden Wall. I’ve decided to put aside Iris Fairy, as I have only just started her and have barely done anything, and instead work on this. I’d love to get it completed before our baby arrives so it can hang on the nursery wall, but if not then I can just keep working on it when I can.

In the mean time, we’re set to cop a massive amount of rain here in the Yarra Valley, starting about now, so I’m off.

Until next time,

Happy stitching!

A Finish! Rose Fairy is Complete!

So, it’s been a long while since my last post. I apologise for that. Being pregnant has really taken a swing at me. The morning sickness is gone, and heart burn has taken its place. But I can now feel our little bundle of joy kicking away inside me. I’m 25 weeks today and it’s just amazing.

On to the stitching, which is why we’re all here, isn’t it?

Rose Fairy, by the wonderfully talented Joan Elliott, is finally complete!

Here she is, completed and spread out on the floor so that we can see just how close to the edge of the fabric I came…hopefully there’s enough left over for framing. I hope to find that out today at the framers.

And here is what she will hopefully look like when framed. No fabric edges.

Here’s some close up details of the beading. I’m still trying to sort my beads back into their respective baggies. Should never have mixed them up…oh well. Live and learn. You can also see some of the Kreinik detailing here, the shiny pink thread. I was meant to use Cat’s Eye, but I couldn’t source that one so instead I opted for Rose Quartz, which in my opinion worked better.

I’m not sure if you can tell, but I used plain baby pink Aida to stitch her on. I wanted the stitching itself to pop, not the background. One day I would love to try out one of those beautiful hand dyed fabrics, but for now I’m happy enough with plain Aidas.

As for my next project, well, I’m working on a few more of Joan’s designs. I’m making great progress with The Reader, and just started Iris Fairy, which will also be a gift when eventually completed. But for now, I think I need some little projects to work on. I like the feeling of completing a project, and I have quite a few small free kits from magazines stashed away. Maybe I’ll send some out as Christmas presents if I get them completed in time.

I’d love to know what you’re all working on if you have time to drop me a message or comment.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Almost There

Hello everyone. Been a while since my last post. I’m now 17 weeks pregnant, so my hormones have mostly settled and the morning sickness is almost completely gone, which means the stitching is go, and so is my appetite!

Rose Fairy is so close, I’m currently working on the last colour for the cross stitches, then I’ll do the backstitching and beading. I’m so excited. I can’t wait to frame and gift her. Before she’s gifted I’ll post a photo, but not right now. I don’t want to undo the whole frame just to do it up again.

Time for a favourite movie to stitch to I think. Today it’ll be Burlesque. I love the music in it.

Happy Stitching!

Morning Sickness and Rose Fairy

First of all, I’d like to say welcome to my new followers. Thank you for following me, I hope I can inspire you. Please feel free to leave me comments and ask questions, I love to connect with fellow stitchers.

As you can see, Rose Fairy is coming along beautifully. She’s almost complete. I picked her up again last night for the first time in a long while. I haven’t been in a stitchy mood for the last few weeks because of my morning sickness. But thankfully, that is now fading and I am able to get back into the things I love to do.

A few days ago I went to a Lincraft store to take advantage of their 40% off storewide sale. I bought around sixty new thread skeins for $0.75 each, a real bargain. I’ve now got the threads for two new projects, Iris Fairy, and The Maiden and the Dragon, both Joan Elliott designs of course. The plan is to stitch Iris for my aunt who taught me to cross stitch, and I’d love to do Maiden for my baby’s room maybe. Make up a story about her and her dragon friend to tell to my baby.

I’m hoping to get some more stitching in today, but I do have a few things to do around the house too. I’ll do as much as I can, but I do get tired very easily since getting pregnant. I’m only 14 weeks, but I’ve been I emergency twice with bleeding and I currently have a severe UTI, which apparently pregnant women are prone to, which I did not know.

Better get to it, until next time,

Happy Stitching!

This entry was posted on September 12, 2017. 5 Comments

The Ultimate Joan Elliott Collection, and The Reader

I thought I'd mix things up and work on something different for a change. This is another Joan Elliott design (she's my favourite designer, can you tell?) called The Reader.

This chart was featured in The Ultimate Joan Elliott Collection, a truly wonderful bookazine by the creators of the now sadly discontinued Cross Stitch Collection magazine. This bookazine is out of print now, but if you're lucky you can pick up a copy on eBay. Here it is below.

As you can, The Reader is featured in the top left corner, she's one of three medieval lady designs. There are also four seasonal fairies, two elemental goddesses, the beautiful Green Goddess, a heap of beautiful Christmas angels and other designs. It is worth it if you can find a copy.

And now on to my progress of The Reader. Ta da!

As you can see, I'm all over the place with her. I love working with the sparkly metallic gold thread by DMC. I'm trying to decide if I'll keep her original blonde hair or change it to brunette, like my own.

I haven't done as much stitching as I'd like to lately, because (big announcement time!) I'm pregnant! And morning sickness is a lie that lasts all day and much of the night. Hubby and I are very happy and excited. Hopefully the nausea will soon fade away so I can get on with the things I want to do, like stitch and shop for baby goods! If anyone has any cute baby stitches you'd like to share with me, please do, I'm always looking for cute new things to stitch.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Rose Fairy, Nearly Finished

I had to move my frame a bit, so I figured why not take a photo? So here she is, Rose, in all her glory.

Since my last update I’ve done more cross stitching and some more backstitching. This photo isn’t the best, but it shows her off pretty well I think..

I just finished another thread colour off, so goodbye DMC 470! It was a pleasure stitching with you. I think that I’ll finish off the Kreinik thread now; I just love that sparkle!

With the end in sight, I’m already thinking about what to stitch next. I know I have a few projects on the go, so I’ll continue with one or more of those. Probably The Reader, I’d love to have her done next. 
Happy Stitching!

Another One Bites the Dust

I’ve finished another thread colour on Rose Fairy. DMC 987, it was a pleasure working with you. There are now only ten more DMC stranded cottons left, and the Kreinik of course. Then I can move on to finding and applying the beads. I’m very excited to bead the piece, as that will be the final step before framing. I can’t wait to see the sparkle!

In other news, I have made a small start on Joan Elliott’s Summer Fairy. I wanted to play around with my new Q-Snap frame, and it looks like it will be a good match for my stitching style, although I do love my scroll frames very much.

Oh, and before I go, my very good friend Joan sent me a gift certificate to Joan Elliott’s online chart store for my birthday last month. After much careful consideration and asking hubby his opinion, I purchased two designs; The Maiden and the Dragon, and Rose Goddess.

The Maiden and the Dragon looks Welsh to me, with the red dragon, the hawk, and the daffodils. I can’t wait to get started on her, she’s going to be another huge undertaking.

Rose Goddess, although she sounds similar to Rose Fairy, is actually quite different. She is a companion piece to Joan’s Green Goddess, whom was featured in The Ultimate Joan Elliott Collection (my most prized cross stitch treasure). Joan Elliott has done several other Goddess, and one day I would love to stitch them all as a set. There are the four seasons, and Mother Moon and her companion Father Sun.

Until next time,

Happy Stitching!

Rose Fairy Update

Okay, I know I haven’t posted a photo update in a while, so here is where I’m at with Joan Elliott’s Rose Fairy.

18th June 2017

I finally managed to source another spool of the Kreinik Very Fine #4 Braid I’ve been using, so I can now finish the backstitching on the skirt and the wings. I only have a few more roses and leaves to finish cross stitching, then finish the dark backstitching, then she’ll be reading for beading and finally framing. It’s all very exciting.

Today I attended my final class at uni, so once I submit my final assignment I am free and clear. It’s bittersweet because I’m going to miss my friends and all the learning, but at the same time I’m going to have more time for my stitching. I’m hoping to have Rose Fairy finished really soon; I can’t wait to give her to my grandmama!

In other news, I couldn’t help myself and started to kit up a couple more projects, both Joan Elliott designs; Father Frost will be my first Christmas stitch, and Summer Fairy will be a lovely present for myself. Does anyone else love Joan Elliott’s designs? Please leave me a comment, I’m always happy to chat to fellow stitchers.

For now though I’m going to retire to my armchair, put on some Castle, and stitch the night away.

Happy Stitching!