Monday, March 4, 2013


“Enjoy the little things, for one day you make look back and realize they were the big things.”
~Robert Brault -

Here is my page for March, as it is Easter later in the month I thought Bunnies  fitted well although I have always wondered how the Easter Bunny got into the Easter scene. Now I have caught up with my journal, I intend as first planned to use something out of my  collection of items stitched at workshops or something stitched as a teaching aid along with something that is new stitching.

The little rabbits at the top are needle painting, I enjoy this form of stitching working with a single thread and carefully blending lots of shades. This piece was stitched many years ago ( 1988 and was my first ever piece of needle painting.) It was looking a little sad in it's frame I have not dare wash it, as the background silk was dyed with coffee and even after all this time could not risk it tinting the stitching which in their selves self had darkened a little with age, so as you can see..... it has now been recycle for this page.
The inspiration came from this illustration from a Marjolein Bastin Journal
The new stitching for the page is some Assisi embroidery The traditional design which I showed in my last posting is from the book  ASSISI EMBROIDERY by Eva Maria Leszner, and this old design is in fact Hares not Rabbits. The contempory piece is one of my own designs and I have used a soft shade for the background both are stitched on 35 count linen. And yes I have added another beetle unfortunatly the camera has picked up the light reflection on the metal threads and the gold looks brighter than it is.

Today I had a visit from four ladies from New Plymouth who use to come down to master classes with me before Paul took ill, there was a lovely sharing of what we had all been stitch and  and lots of embroidery talk, a very enjoyable time, and I will share again shortly with all my blogging friends the other pieces I have been stitching.
 Happy stitching to you all


cucki said...

awwwwwwwwwww so cute..i love it so much..
hugs x

Annie said...

Super bunny collection. So many different styles!

Kate said...

Love all the bunnies and the beetle is awesome! Rabbits came to be a sign for Easter due to old pagan beliefs that they were a sign of fertility. Mad as a March Hare, came from how active and crazy rabbits got at the onset of thier mating season. And the Easter Bunny bringing eggs came from Lenten customs of not being allowed to eat meat or eggs during then, so people saved them to enjoy when lent was over and decorated them to celebrate. So it all got rolled into one holiday's traditions :)

Vickie said...

Absolutely gorgeous Lee. I could just pet your little rabbits. ♥
So glad for your needlework fellowship.

Carol said...

I love bunnies so much, Lee, and your needlepainted ones are so realistic... Just beautiful work you always do :)

brandy1 said...

Wonderful needlepainting Lee,another lovely page for your "stitching journal".look forward to your show and tell stitcheries. Shirley

geeky Heather said...

The bunnies are all so sweet...I can't decide which I like best! The arrangement on the page is great.

Annette-California said...

LOVE your precious bunnies. Your needlepainting is gorgeous Lee! Beautiful March page you created for your book. I love it.
love Annette

Evelyne said...

I love the needle painting bunnies.
The beetle is gorgeous.
Beautiful work Lee!

Have a nice week, Evelyne

Karoline said...

You rabbits are gorgeous, especially the needle painted ones

Anne said...

Stunning finishes Lee!! I adore your work. You are very talented and creative!!

EvalinaMaria said...

I would love to learn needle painting. Your bunnies look lovely!