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I have been stitching since the late 80's I used to knit till it went out of fashion in the 80's,I enjoy many forms of stitching hardanger,blackwork, any counted stitches, cross-stitch, Quilting,stumpwork,beading and of course my first passion which was knitting.I love the colour purple, I like to stitch samplers I love alphabets, will design my own for special occasions.I like following designer lizzie kate, brent creek,prarie schooler, shepherds bush, little house needlework, Country Cottage Needle work and many more.

Friday, 21 May 2010

HOE Early Christmas Ornament from Amsterdam

I received this lovely Ornament from Lisette in the post this week, the candy cane are stitched in sparkly threads which does not show on the photo.

Here is a photo of Penny using my Hubby as a cushion watching TV while we were at the Caravan. We are off to Italy tomorrow for 9 days so should have some great photos to share when we are back.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

HOE Early Christmas Exchange

I have heard from Cindy that she has received my HOE Early Christmas Exchange, it is from Just Cross Stitch 2007 Christmas issue I stitched it on natural 32ct linen with recommended threads. I really enjoyed stitching this and may do a few more to give to friends at Christmas.

This is one of my Hubbies photo's he visited this Village on the North Coast of England when I was at my bead workshop a few weeks ago it is a tiny Village called Staiths you have to walk down a steep hill to get to it like so many of the Towns/Villages on the North Coast.

Here is my Nephew Thomas with his Parents outside the church on the day of his Christening, he was very good as the Christening was at the beginning of the service and we were in church for over an hour.

I had mentioned in an earlier post that I was doing a class in wire and bead work here is a finished piece, we usually make alot of samples in class so that we learn the technique, so I have managed to make a necklace from some of the techniques learnt. Wrapped loops, use of head pins, double jump rings and curly links, as you can see my beads are in my favorite colour purple.


Monday, 3 May 2010

Geoff the Giraffe

It has been a sad time these pass few weeks, my Father died on the 24/4/10 he had prostate cancer which had spread, he spent his last 2 weeks of life in a hospice with his family around him he received superb care and died peacefully. He had wanted to go to his grandsons christening which was yesterday but it was not to be.
I have found my cross-stitch a great help as I took it to the hospice and sat by his bedside and stitched for many hours.
I had already mentioned in an earlier post that I was going to knit a soft toy to go with the Birth Sampler I made for my Nephew Christening here he is Geoff the Giraffe he was taken from Knitted Wild Animals by Sarah Keen, I may have to knit a couple more of them as he was very popular once people saw him.

Here is the Birth sampler framed it was not easy choosing a mount to go with the stitching, I am very pleased by the end result.

I went to a workshop at Robinhoods Bay last week which was a welcome distraction, It had been arranged by Jenny we had requested a workshop on finishing Techniques so she had invited Julie from Spellbound Beads who worked us hard all day. She showed us how to make loops with wire and wrapped loops, how to open jumprings, Calotte crimps and beading threads, Alternative endings for multi-stranded designs, use of stranded beading wire and crimps how you hide the thread in beads and the use of lace ends.

When we arrived all the equipment needed had been provided for our use and she had brought loads of beads for us to uses, we had all been given a bag of findings we would need to use. We all came away with many finished items earrings, necklaces and bracelets, usually I came away with a bit of beadwork about 2-3 inches long and certainly not finished.