Sunday, November 20, 2011

EXCHANGE GIFTS RECEIVED

I cannot count my day complete
'Til needle, thread and fabric meet.
~Author Unknown



I have thought for many years that this summed up my day, my needle has given me much pleasure and stitching is a very relaxing pastime.... till just over a week ago when I found myself not able to do the simplest thing... it seems I must have put something out in my lower back. Enough said, I now have even more sympathy for those who suffer pain and hope by tomorrow to pick up my needle again.
No stitching of mine to share at the moment, but I wanted you to see and enjoy these lovely piece I have received in the last two Stitching Friends exchanges.



This delightful pincushion was made for me by my friend Ann in our Stitching Friends recent pin cushion exchange. It is quite petite only 4cm high, stitched on 40 count linen and the cross stitching of all the little animals is  over one thread.  Its  just too lovely to use .... a real treasure.

The pin keep exchange asked everyone to chose 1 shade of DMC Thread and the challenge was any form of stitching using just that one colour.( beads and extras allowed) I chose 3726 a lovely old world pink and here is what Heather produced for me. Its stump work and all so perfect and the suprise is how well the bronze butterfly blends in. The pinkeep is quite tiny only 6cm across. Her finishing method was different to what I have seen before, inside is layers of wool felt to keep pins from rusting and round the edge she has sewn on narrow ribbon using coral knot stitch.




Back again soon and hopefully stitching


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12 comments:

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Lynn B said...

Absolutely beautiful gifts!

Mouse said...

oooohhh adorable gifts and am envious of the beautiful stitching there ... one day *sigh .. hope you are feeling much better now and not in as much pain .. bio freeze is a good help :) love mouse xxxx

Lisa V said...

I'm sorry to hear about your pain. You visited my blog and commented about my kidney stone pain. For me the pain went from my lower side down towards the pubic bone area, it is generated by the stone coming out of the kidney into the urethra tract. I didnt have much back pain, just a dull ache. I have to say though that I hope I never experience it again.
Good luck.

Cindy said...

wow....your gifts are truly lovely..exquisite work!

I hope your back feels better soon.. i have experienced it before and alas, mine led to surgery...back am fine now....so rest lots and do lots of slow stretches :D!

Listochek said...

so lovely gift!!!

Nancy said...

Such beautiful gifts! Hope your back is better soon!

Anne said...

How beautiful the pin cushion and pin keep are! I love one over one stitching, even though I've only done a few. The designs are so stunning too. Take care and hopefully you may get back to stitching and crafts soon!

pam said...

Sorry to here about your back. What wonderful gifts to perk you up.

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Such gorgeous work, Lee. Beautiful pieces, all.
Blessings,
Donna

Annette said...

Hi Lee, Hope you are feeling better. The pin keep and pin cushion are works of art I have never before. Gorgeous work. Back pain is tricky. Doctors say Ice, heat, and muscle relaxers they all can help but mostly TIME. Let your self heal, of course its a pinched nerve, but it will get better. Thinking of you! Annette

Carol said...

So sorry to hear about your back, Lee--I know that can really be a slow healing injury... Hope you get some relief very soon...

Wonderful gifts you've received--I am so impressed with your friends designs!!