Tuesday, September 16, 2014

JUST TO SAY...............






Just to say I am still here and all is well  not able to share my stitch at present - one piece is  stitching friend's challenge,  another is a birthday gift and there is also RAK along with the blackwork piece that needs to be finished next month

will be back soon and hopefully with good news to share

Sunday, August 31, 2014

REPORTING BACK

Where have I been and what have I been stitching ? first up I did achieve some planned  stitching for IHSW, as shown here-
I like the way it is coming along although I do not enjoy stitching on such coarse linen however  I will hopefully not have to wait to long till I can enjoy stitching with no sight problems. I have a date all going well for Cataract surgery later in September. The blackwork pattern here will form the background with more stitching on top. will share the progress of this as I get on.

 Following Hermits weekend I worked on a hussif for Caitlin's birthday, her choice of colour would always be purple and I found the lovely rich cotton I used for the outside on my trip to Napier earlier in the year, The lining is a soft mauve silk, almost a grey mauve Annette had sent this to me and there was just enough, some help from Maree who did the quilting and then a very enjoyable time stitching lots of bullion stitch roses. Pink Roses and gold butterflies was the theme. look closely and you will see lots of tiny gold butterfly charms, Ann found these for me at the Trader's mall at conference.

The bottom pocket has an extra small pocket on the front to hold a small ruler and inside that pocket I out the pin keep and the covered tape measure.  the middle pocket has the scissor case and needle book on the outside of it. and the top one is a flap  that open with the thread holders there.
It was here birthday on Friday, how the years have gone by she is now 17 and the hussif was delivered to her in person so I could see her reaction when she opened her parcel  

A new month starts tomorrow and first up will be finished some more Gold butterflies to send away, the blackwork Heart and Stitcher's challenge this time is a needleroll ( the type that looks like a cracker) I have found a chart I like now to sort out fabric and threads so I can get started.

 Thank you for visiting I will try and not leave it so long before I post again. 



PS for new followers of my blog below is the hussif made about 3 years ago for Rachel the oldest of my granddaughters. The theme for this one was  Roses for Rachel



Friday, August 15, 2014

TIME FOR IHSW AGAIN




How quickly the months go round and this weekend will be IHSW, I hope this time to make a better effort, last month's was disaster  although I had great plans not a stitch was done. I have been working on some blackwork which will form the background for a design, here it is with my progress to date.

Hopefully over the weekend  would like to complete the left side., the unusual shape is because when finished it will cover a heart shaped piece of cardboard... more about this later. Yes I have finally got round to stitching on sacking that is 28 count linen and I am using white coton a broder 35 for the stitching with petite white beads in the centres of the chain stitches. I am also working on another piece that also calls for no colour decisions. Started some years ago and put aside when more interesting things came along, it is intended as a cushion cover

I am at present working on the motifs that are filled with four sided stitch over 2 threads, there are 49 of these motifs and starting at the beginning of this month my plan was to stitch one motif a day however I am a little behind on my intentions, so I better stop typing and head off to a comfortable chair by the fire and start stitching
Will be back after the weekend to report my progress.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

THE HIGHS AND LOWS OFJULY




Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.”   Edith Sitwell



Its the middle of winter here and the mountain looks just like my photo header, regal and white, we have been bless with some sunshine while other parts of the country have suffered with rain, floods and snow.
For me this has been a muddily month, the highlight being Ann's visit, she arrived just before the Embroiderer's Guild Conference (which she attended) and for the rest of her week here we sat and stitched and chatted went to New Plymouth and went out to lunch a couple of times a real treat not something you do on your own , shopping at my favourite garden centre, visited the Embroidery exhibitions was delighted in Maree's winning the best traditional with her piece St Michael  and specially delighted for Jan's school as the children's quilt was placed second. 


 For two school terms last year I went out to Rawhitiroa School once a week to work with the children on the blocks for a wall quilt. The theme chosen was Lake Rotokare a wild life sanctuary near the school that the pupils visit several times in a year  for anyone interested I have put a link here to  the lake  . The School is divided into 4 houses each named for a native tree found in the lake area and on the quilt there four trees  form the corners of the quilt, for this part I was fortunate to work with children that had a little embroidery knowledge and so each of these blocks have a small spray of foliage and berries worked by the children, each house has two bird found in the lake area in their corner and the centre is a photograph taken by a parent, printed in 4 parts on fabric and stitched over to highlight the picture by the children. the children's ages range from 5 -13 years and every child in the school put a few stitches on the quilt, most of which is applique.
In brief the lows of the months was car trouble... now sorted and a WOF passed this week,  no internet connection on the computer, now that was a major disruption in my life and a major cost to fix seems I had collected a virus that was taking over!!!! And the frustration of not being able to stitch to the standard I expect of my self and not ready yet to stitch on sacking, I need to learn to be patient as my eye problems- cataracts will not be with me forever. I will share with you the one piece Idid finish in the past month that is after several starts and much reverse stitching.

Stitching Friends Challenge was to stitch Papillon Creation's Byzantine Gem it is a freebie to subscribers of her newsletter. Lyn, Joan and I are all stitching her Round the World although mine has been put aside for the moment. For the Challenge we were to stitch the Gem and make it up into any item we wish I made mine into a clasp on a book cover. here is the one I received from Lyn complete with its own easel to display it on.


Thank you for the emails because of my absence from blogging asking if I am OK   I have taken up one suggestion of having a message prepared ready, to post to say I am around but busy at the moment.




Saturday, July 12, 2014

GIFT FOR ANN

 
Friendship dwells in the heart where time and distance are unknown boundries.
 
 
 
I have just finished stitching Blackbird designs Topiary in Bloom on a small gift for Ann's birthday, Annette of California Stitcher had sent me the chart with all the needed threads, solving my problem of sorting out the correct colours, I stitched on 40 count Permin lambs wool and am so grateful that although my eyes struggle to recognise some colours I can still see to use my favourite fine linen I used the main part of the design for the front of the notebook cover I made, 
 
 
Stitched the two birds on the inside of the front cover, changing their position and  for the back cover I found a letter A that I could sit a small bird on top, this bird was taken from another Blackbird designs as was ( not shown) a border pattern stitched on the spine of the note book. Constuction for the cover it was stitched on one long piece of linen and back stitched down the edges were it was to turn in.I wrapped it round the book cover before whipping the edges together, this proved to be easier and neater than joining the cover up and then trying to put it on the notebook.
 
 
The gift was waiting for her when she arrived down to stay with me, Ann has come down to attend the Embroiderers Guild Conference which is in New Plymouth this weekend and then will spend some time here with me in the following week. Can you imagine all the embroidery talk that will go on while we sit by the fire and stitch. It is certainly sit by the fire weather, up north has been hit by a big storm and heavy rain , we had gale force wind yesterday and early this morning and rain but not to the extreme. I will brave the weather and go up to see the traders mall and guild displays at Conference this afternoon.


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

WEEK FIVE

 




 


I have had a lot of fun this month trying to decide what to stitch for each of the first four mystery parcels, it has also been hard limiting it to just four people and so for  WEEK FIVE  I have decided to make it a gift for everyone who reads my blog.

To do this I am sharing a new design with you. Going through  some old designs I came across some bird drawings I had made on graph paper I stitch the little bird adding a bullion stitch red rose in its beak. 
 
 
 
Then I played with the design and this was the result, the second one is stitch like Assisi embroidery the background filled with cross stitches. I will use these two piece for a pin keep and mount them on slightly smaller circles of card. I have stitched with an oddment of silk that I can not match with another thread so I will so I will add red roses to one and then I can use dark red perle thread for cords and tassels.
 
 

 I will show them again when mounted and I have plans to add to the set, meanwhile I must get stitching on a very special gift, for Caitlin's birthday next month I plan to make her a hussif. The hussif I made for Rachel won an award, so the challenge will be to make this one different but just as special.  Meanwhile here are the charts for my little birds I hope someone might enjoy the gift and stitch them.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Monday, June 23, 2014

WEEK FOUR


When I was one, I had just begun,
When I was two, I was nearly new.
When I was three, I was hardly me.
When I was four, I was not much more.....
A.A. Milne


 As some of my followers are aware, my morning starts with breakfast at the computer, as I eat my cereal I am catching up on everyone's news, you all make my day start on a good note. Yes I have adapted to waking up to face the day with just the cat to say good morning too,



 and so to sit and read all the new postings is like starting the day in the  company of friends.
 This week I thought I would like to send the mystery parcel to some one whose blog postings I enjoy every morning. Oh how I wish I could send something to  you all but that's not possible so one it is,
Most of the blogs I follow belong to embroiderers, our stitching is an interest we share, I love seeing photos of your gardens, flowers having always been part of my life and as is my interest in birds.

 
 So its most appropriate that the blog I have chosen is Garden Grumbles,  Cross stitch Fumbles and Birding Bumbles. Have you visited Beth's blog she posts everyday the most wonderful  photos of birds and other visitor's to her garden along with flowers she sees on her walks and yes she has her stitching as well  here is a link if you have not found her blog yet. I am off now to visit her blog and tell her a small mystery gift will be on its way to her.
 
Happy stitching everyone.
 
 
 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

WEEK THREE

 
First my thanks to everyone for their messages and good wishes, my health is much improved and the sun is shining at present so I must venture forth soon and stock the pantry once again. Also off to the post office to post week two's mystery gift to Jo. Stitching took a little longer as I did not get anything done for a while  I was battling the cold. I have no photos to share at present as no stitching has been done for the past couple of weeks, but my mind is going round with ideas so I look forward to getting back to my needle and thread.
Well the first weeks mystery gift went off to Bea who had put the first ever comment on my blog, the second going off now to my newest blog follower and THE THIRD GOES TO...................................
I put all the names of my regular followers in a basket and the name I drew out was Vickie of A Stitcher's story.. Congratulations Vickie please sent me your mailing address and I will go and finish stitching my mystery parcel.
 
 Check back again next week to see where the next mystery parcel will go too
 

Monday, June 9, 2014

WEEK TWO

 
The past week did not turn out to be  very good I am battling a heavy chest cold and would like to think I am winning as there is so much I want to get done. However to the important matters in hand. It is the 2nd Monday of the month and time to announce to who the small mystery gift will go to this week
I have decided to make it my newest follower, so congratulations Jo who can't think of a clever nickname.
Jo if you would send to me groatieburn@xtra.co.nz  your full name and address I will have the parcel away to you as soon as I am out and about.

 For now I am  giving in and going back to bed

Monday, June 2, 2014

THE YEARS GO BY

 
 
True friendship is a knot tied by Angels.

Here we are with May gone and now its June. June will bring my fifth bloganniversary...  I have just been looking back over my all past postings, lots of memories there mostly good ones but a few sad ones when I come to something Paul and I did together. I am ever grateful for the friendship and support of my many blogging friends. You continue to leave messages for me even when I don't get to reply to them all, your blogs are my morning reading first up each day as .I eat my bowl of cereal sitting at the computer catching up with everyone's news. 
 
 To celebrate ...five years are certainly worth celebrating, No I am not having a give away I have decided instead to send out five mystery parcels each will be a small embroidered item  there are five Mondays in June so watch my blog each Monday I will announce  to whom I am sent a mystery parcel to. And to make it only five is very hard so I am coming up with some different reasons for each gift. Looking at my list of those who share with me  20 would be a better number, however to be practical I must keep it to five

 
Week one and today is Monday..( drum roll please) the first mystery parcel is to be  sent to the person who left the first comment ever on my blog, way back 5 years ago and that was  Beaj in Canada.  Your little parcel will be on its way to you when the post office opens tomorrow, it is a holiday Monday here in NZ and. I hope your little parcel does not take too long to travel across the seas to you.
 
I have no stitching to share at the moment I have had a busy few weeks as we prepared to celebrate our Church's 150 Years Anniversary, we had a wonderful day yesterday bright and sunny which added to the welcome, the service started with the bagpipes together the pipe organ in the tune Amazing Grace, and following the service we sat down to  share together a meal and time to recall the past. I now look forward to a quiet week with lots of stitching.
 
Back in a weeks time, to share my stitching and to tell of the next mystery parcel.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

ANOTHER MONTH GONE BY-


You will never find time for anything. If you want time,                    you must make it.”
Charles Buxton


Yes it IHSW again, how quickly the month has gone by. It is time for me to pull out the Wool Gatherer and see how much stitching I can add over these couple of days. The sun is shining  right into the room onto my stitching corner.
 First I want to share with you news I received last night, a group of about 25 ladies today will be stitching my Little flowers ort box. Quite a thrill to know so many were interested. This piece was designed two years ago for my Stitching Friends group. One of the Stitching friends will be taking the class Lyn is an embroidery tutor and specialises in Wessex stitchery I have shown some of her work on my blog in the past.

 
This is the little folding orts box they are making, starting today with their fabric tacked up ready and then meeting again in three weeks to learn the construction. I will put a Here's How on my other blog
after the weekend so if you are interested in making one watch over there for the instructions.
 
Now it is time for me to be away and start stitching, reporting back after the weekend.
Happy Stitching everyone.

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

STRAWBERRIES

Curly-locks! Curly-locks! Wilt thou be mine?
Thou shalt not wash dishes, nor yet feed the swine;
But sit on a cushion, and sew a fine seam,
and feed upon strawberries, sugar and cream! 
 
 did you sing this as a child ?  I have had a lovely time sewing strawberries not eating them with sugar and cream. Stitching friends challenge this time was to make an embroidered strawberry, just one but as you can see I got carried away and I still have a couple to finish. Some of these ones have been made in toning's to suit the person who received them, hence the black and silver one. Mine is the soft mauve so I can tuck it in with my violet needlework accessories. The challenge on is on the bottom left picture and bottom right is the one I sent to Annette in America.  These are very easy to make and rather delightful to use as a small pin cushion.    
                                                            
   I have shared with you  how to make them on my other blog Other side of the mountain here