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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.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

I had to work today, we delivered 3 Christmas babies. Off to my Brother's tomorrow so will celebrate Christmas tomorrow.

I made a tug toy for Penny which she has played with and it has not been ripped to sherds yet.

These are the parcels which where in Joys Christmas Exchange which I kept to open on Christmas Day.

They where full of useful bits and pieces, it is amazing what you can fit in a litre container, thank-you Joy the note book and tissues are already in the handbag.

This is what I made my Mother-in-law it is Lizzie Kate's Do your Best it is made into a little cushion, which now resides in her basket of Biscornu.


Wednesday, 24 December 2014

What did I make with these?

I saw this in a magazine can you guess what kind of Christmas present I made with these?

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Birthday Girl

Today was my Birthday, just hate it been this close to Christmas, if you go out everywhere is geared up for Christmas. I got some nice presents.

Hubby signed me up Lizzie Kate's mystery stitching so that is on auto-ship here is the 1st part with threads, buttons and fabric.

I received some money as well may sign up for a quilting workshop at the Viking loom in April. My Mother-in-law stitched me this lovely card.

I have also been working on my Advent stitching I have spend more time frogging than stitching, I seem unable to count at the moment!

On my lap

I just looked down and this is what I saw !

This is common occurrence she always wants to sit on my knee while stitching, she is tired from her walk this afternoon.

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Christmas Ornament arrived

I received this wonderful ornament all the way from Australia, I took part in the HOE Christmas Ornament exchange Brendon stitched it for me, it is designed by Prairie Schooler.

Friday, 19 December 2014

Christmas exchange

I took part in a Christmas exchange, we had to fill a litre container then send it off, usually I just swap a x-stitch item I have maded so I enjoyed this, I was partnered with Joy of Daisy Row we have both received our exchanges Joy has opened hers I am waiting till Christmas Day to open mine, this is what I sent Joy I did find out what her favourite colour was I sounder what it was?

We had to include a Christmas ornament I didn't realise till I had started stitching it that this was Joys name.

Then all wrapped up

All the above fit in a litre container.

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Busy in York!

Bad idea to go shopping on Saturday before Christmas everywhere you go there are queues and loads off people.

Treating ourselves to a sit down and a coffee,

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Advent Sal 1

This is my stitching so far on the Advent Sal with Istitch, day 1 is complete and I have started day 2.

I went to my Mothers flower club Christmas demonstration on Monday night, she runs the raffle so had to sell and fold raffle tickets so that we could win the above displays after the demonstration, of course I didn't win anything but an enjoyable evening, the demonstrates are quite funny with the stories they tell while doing the flower arrangements.

Monday, 1 December 2014

December is here.

Every year seems to be going faster, I doesn't seem long since last December, I have signed up to do the Istitch mystery advent sal the first part arrived in my inbox this morning, will not have time today to start already not off to a good start.
I posted Justine her thread catcher which she won in my give away.

I have also posted an exchange this morning for HOE, it was going over sea's so with the Christmas posting it has gone early, this is what I made

It is from Country Cottages Needlework in this years Just Cross-Stitch Christmas Ornaments issue, I stitched it on 28ct cream linen the back has the background fabric on, I loved the colours they are a bit different to the usual Christmas colours.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Thread catcher winner

My Hubby did me the honor to pick the name out of the draw, the lucky winner of the thread catcher was Justine. 

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Blog birthday and give away.

My blog is 6 years old this week, I have decided to do a blog give away, if you would like to win a thread catcher please leave your name on here and I will do the draw next Tuesday.

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Out again

Here we are again, hubby still cannot drive so I am sat in the car watching the above somewhere near selby. There are 27 people metal detecting all trying to find the treasure below!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Thread catchers

I was having a tidy up I came across scraps of fabric so I decided to do something with them, I saw these thread catchers a couple of years ago on a stitching weekend another lady had one, I had found them on the internet and had it saved so I decided to make one!
The first problem was finding paper big enough to draw my triangle as A4 paper not big enough then I remembered I had some pattern cutting paper,

Then I cut the fabric out with my rotary cutter,

I put stiff vilene on the back of one triangle, then stitched them together leaving a space to turn them.

The small one was my 1st attempt but it felt too small so I increased the size which is a lot better, they also fold flat so slip into your stitching on the go.

I got a bit carried away once I started, you can use buttons to hold the flaps down, they will make loverly stocking fillers, I gave 3 away straight away as I went with my mothering law to another ladies house to stitch and bitch!
You can find this patern at Tipnut it is free, the link is in my side bar.
I have also been to a concert this week went to see Kylie  at Sheffield arena, we where right at the back thank goodness for the big screens as she is tiny it was a raunchy show but enjoyed it.

Too far away to get any pictures but the lighting was fantastic.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

New starts

Just finished this Angels by Country Cottage Needleworks this is part of monthly ornament auto ship,  this was stitched on lambswool linen which is quite stiff a very harsh on you theat mine frayed and broke a couple of times, short lengths only could be used, here is the next one ready to start this one is Dear Santa.

I have also started this Just Nan's Cardinal Tweet. This is stitched on an opalescent 32ct raw linen it is very small only about 2" by 2".

This is something I stitched a while ago but I have only just finished this is from Little House Needle Works ornament collection a few years ago.

Monday, 3 November 2014

Roman York class 4

Looking good feeling great was the title for this class we were going to look at the jewellery which I was interested in.
Personal adornments express identity by the following:- Gender, religion, social status free or slave,
social  class plebeians, eques or patricians and wealth.
Portable antiquities scheme show 240,000 items where found around York over 50% of the finds were worn on the body a lot of these found by metal detectorists.
Bracelets are made of copper alloys the designs started out very simple, twisted wire then casted.
They were able to mass produce bracelets by casting them.
Indicators of wealth depending on the metals useded to make jewellery such as iron, cooper, silver or gold.
Finger rings can be associated with status, Intaglios rings had a stone setting many showed figures on them quite often gods.

Stones were glued in with animal glues, they would degrade due to heat or cold, a lot found in sewers by the bath houses.
Brooches did change a lot some designs only lasted 30 yrs others lasted longer. Usually used in pairs to possibly attach a cloak.

A Dragoness broach inlaid with enamel.
Soldiers seems to wear broaches, from statues you can see them pined on their chests to signify rank.

Part of a jet bracelet.
Jet was very popular, pendants, bracelets, rings, hair pins and beads were made the Jet came from Whithby, the jewerlly has been found across the Roman Emipire.
The roman coins that depicted the Emporors wife's could be compared to today's celebrity magazines such as Hello, you could see the trends of hair styles over the centuries.
Elephant ivory made into rings beads, pendants

Earrings usually only single ones found.

Millefiori mount inlaid with  mosaic glass. When you look closely you can see all the tiny pieces of glass I do not know how they managed to cut the pieces so small.

Friday, 31 October 2014

Halloween Exchange

 I took part in a Halloween Exchange  on wisdomwithneedleandthread , my partner was Jo from Australia I sent her this it is a Lizzie Kate pattern.

Kimberly from the states sent me this I do not know who the designer is.

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Metal detecting

Well I was up early today I promised to take Hubby metal detecting as he still cannot drive. We ended up in Fangfoss the other side of York, parked our car on the farm and waited for everyone to arrive.
I have brought the dogs with me so that we could go for a walk. At the moment I am watching them detecting.

Well I have spent the morning walking the dog's and reading I have even had my crochet out it has kept my knee's warm while I was doing it. 
It is now lunch time all the metal detectors are lined up!

There are about 22 cars here but more people than that.

Hubby has found a couple of buttons and a cap badge, some others have found a couple of roman coins and a spindle whorle.

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Roman York class 3

This week was all about funeral rites and cemeteries in Roman York. 
When the Romans first came they where into cremation quite often the ashes where put in previously used pots  could be cookery pots with no inscription so unknown.  Then within a couple of centuries they started to bury people call inhumation this was due to the rise of Christianity. This is when we started to see more memorials which where painted so they stood out, the pain fragments can still be seen on them today.
Sarcophagus where seen in high status burials, the bodies were in a lead lined coffin placed into the stone sarcophagus covered in gypsum, which goes solid like plaster so it has over time preserved an impression of the body as the bones have gone because the gypsum is alkaline so the bones dissolve it has also kept impressions of the clothes
A lot of information has been found out from the bones, age, any injures, sex, social status from grave goods and any memorials, religious practices regarding buried rights and many other things not listed here.
At the end of class out came the artifacts he bought some bones but I didn't photograph them then came some grave goods.

Coffin hinge

Amber bead from necklace/bracelet

Pipe Clay Venus Central Gaul(France) good luck trinket

Green bottle original glass ? Egypt/Germany ? Perfume/oils