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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!

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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!

Springtime Geisha

I don’t know the rest of you, but where I am, the weather is miserable. It’s cold and wet, and I love it. Perfect to sit under the heater and stitch while watching Stargate SG1. This weather is also the perfect excuse to gaze at my first ever completed piece of stitching, Springtime Geisha, by Lesley Teare.

I completed this wonderful piece back in 2015 when I first started stitching. Because she was my first piece, she’s full of mistakes, but thankfully, I seem to be only one who can spot them. I missed a couple of rows in her left kimono sleeve, and messed up the backstitching on one of her hands. At the time I was stitching this, I didn’t know how to do French knots, so I replaced them all with beads. But I think my biggest mistake was the orientation of the aida. I cut the aida to the right size, and started stitching. It was weeks before I realised that I was stitching on the fabric landscape, instead of portrait. As a result, I had maybe a centimetre of fabric at the top and bottom left to frame with…if you look at the back of the frame I chose you can tell I messed it up, but not from the front thankfully.

One day I’d like to go back and stitch this piece again, but despite all the bother, I’m really glad at how she worked out.

For those who are wondering, I got this chart in the Oriental issue of Ultimate Cross Stitch magazine, and she is also featured in the October 2014 issue of Cross Stitch Crazy.
Happy Stitching