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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.

December 27

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!


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!

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!

Rose Fairy

This is one of my projects, Rose Fairy, by the wonderfully talented cross stitch designer Joan Elliott.

March 21 Update

As you can see, she’s not quite complete yet. I still have some more flowers and leaves to cross stitch, and I need to finish off the backstitching and then I can finally add the beads and start looking for a frame. When she’s complete, she’ll be going to my grandmama as a gift.

It’s been a real joy to work on this fairy. I love the colours, and while it’s been a challenge, it hasn’t been so challenging that I wanted to give up. This is the first time I’ve used Kreinik threads, and I have to say that they are worth the cost. The threads give off a sparkle to the piece that wouldn’t be quite the same if I had of used DMC metallic threads instead. I can’t wait to add the beads and see how they bring the whole piece together.

For this piece, I chose a baby pink pink aida to work on, as I thought it would bring out the pinks of her dress and the roses without distracting from the beauty of the piece itself. One day I’d love to work on one of those beautiful dyed fabrics from Polstitches, but for now I’m happy working on solid aida.


Happy Stitching!