Tuesday, September 27, 2011


My latest little bag, is what I sent to the Regional Exhibition, the theme for the exhibition was Celebration and I called my piece "Birthday Gift for a Tudor Princess." The work is not really what would have been stitched in Tudor England, although small bags were popular gifts, I wanted to create something that suggested a very special gift with lovely beads, pearls and stones tucked in between the stitching. The shape is also different from what I have done in the past and I think could be improved on, however I love the way the edging at the top came out and what you cannot see is the petite bead that are stitch on the whipped bars. The M on the back with the gold crown is for Mary Tudor all part of the fun of designing, is planning it with someone in mind.

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Saturday, September 24, 2011


Here is Paul, the proud Grandad photographing Caitlin's piece,
he had just finished framing it.  Caitlin has called her piece "Bird Song"

 The Exhibition opened yesterday, so I feel I can now show off her completed piece.
 I will sort the photos and post the piece I sent later.

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Caitlin has another piece of blackwork in the planning stage,  she has really enjoyed this work, as has all the children in the Junior Embroiderers'group here.

Friday, September 16, 2011


Spring has finally arrived with first a lovely showing of crocuses in the garden followed by the miniature daffodils, if only...... the weather was kinder and I could get outside more to enjoy them.

Not much stitching that I can show at present, all the pieces have gone off to the Regional exhibition , I am very proud of what the children's group have achieved. The exhibition opens on the 23rd of this month and after that I will share with you, Caitlin's finished piece and my bag.

I have finally mounted the little bunny, another floss thread tag,  see my posting for May 6th, if you would like the chart. I have been unable to work out how to link back to previous postings, if anyone is able to share how to do this I would be most grateful. I can work out how to link to other web sites.

Stitching at the moment is items for exchanges and I have started stitching my P.I.Fs. These too, I can share with you later.I think part of the fun of exchanges is searching for a design to stitch, I always end up with not one but several things saying....stitch me.
If only there was more free time....................

here is the link http://notesfromunderthemountain.blogspot.com/2011/05/stash-or-stacks.html
 thank you Annie for your help

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Thursday, September 1, 2011


A new month and a new begining.

Some time ago when I made Rachel's hussif,( which I have shown here)
my daughter Jan, commented that someone else would like a hussif - meaning herself.  Jan had some years ago had made herself a hussif at one
of the workshops I had taught at Coromandel Guild, so I asked her what she wanted in a new hussif and her reply was one with all the tiny flowers I stitch on it.

The first piece I stitched with the tiny cross stitch flowers was in 1986, when I made a writing case for my mother when she moved into a rest home. After her death that piece came back to me and in 1991, I stitched for myself a hussif as a companion piece, this was followed in 1992 with my workbox that I have shown previously on my blog.

The hussif I use now was stitched much later again with the little flowers that I love.
The first flowers I stitched came mainly from the Danish designs, slowly I added to my collection from other sources and then added a few designs of my own, now I stitch often by memory making the flowers grow where I want them on the fabric.

The challenge will be to make this hussif my best one ever, I have the linen ready Permin 35 count Lambswool and today I started the planning, and I will share with you the making of this project- I have given myself 6 months to complete it.