Wednesday, June 5, 2013


“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
And I add- stitching by the fire.

Firstly thank you all for your comments on the beetles I wish I had made more... next time I stitch some I will remember some of those who missed out this time.
Here are the lucky draws for each beetle

1. is going to Annette of California Stitcher  next up
2 is Cucki of Cucki Stitching Cove.
3. Anne of Doll's Musings
 and 4 to Donna of Brynwood Needleworks.

Birthday Bunny chart came to me from Gracie a while back, with a lovely surprise parcel that I lost the photo of. just found filed by the Camera under Jan 2010!!!  but for some reason the computer will not up load it. very frustrating and a lot of time wasted trying. I have stitched the bunny and it is yet to be mounted but will go on a tape measure To make him fit I left off the balloon and will stitch a tiny dragonfly charm above his nose.

 Would anyone else like to stitch  this cute bunny .. please let me know as I am happy to send him on to be enjoyed.

Our Guild has a yearly challenge and this year it was to stitch this design in any technique you wished. It was judged by popular vote at the meeting at the end of May. Here are Caitlin and my entries she chose to do blackwork her favourite technique at present in shades of purple, and I did my piece in pulled thread work. we both used DMC memory thread for outlining. I had not seen it before till Annette of California Stitcher sent me some and to Caitlin's delight  there was a lovely lavender one that matched her chosen threads. And it matches to DMC floss for couching.

Tthe big thrill was that Caitlin won,  not bad at 15 beating your Grandmother!!! And because she won she gets to set the next years challenge. Now that could be fun I will let you know what she sets up as the challenge.
 And this is the lovely piece I received from Heather in the latest Stitching Friends challenge a perfectly stitch small white work cushion.

My plan for this month is to sort through all the embroidery books and charts collected over the years and list them so my family in the future will know what is here and what is a must to be kept for the younger generation on stitchers. There will however be a few charts to go so watch this space.


Mouse said...

ooooo congratulations to those who have won those beautiful beetles and and a huge congrats to your Granddaughter she is such a wonderful needleworker ... taught by the best mouse xxxxx

cucki said...

Wow congrats to your grand daughter ..she is so wonderful ...
Thank you for the sweet beetle ..
Big hugs x

Chris said...

Congratulations to your winners Lee! Those beetles are treasures!
Great job Caitlin! Both pieces are gorgeous.
The bunny and the exchange piece that you received are both wonderful.
Don't you love going through your stash? So many wonderful things to rediscover.

gracie said...

Lovely beetles...congratulations to the winners. Love the stitching and wonderful for Caitlin.

Vickie said...

I am sitting here a little numb Lee. I mean, wow!! Such beauty! Your Caitlin must feel so proud. I couldn't imagine beating YOU!!!! You both did extraordinary work.
What a fabulous gift you received also.

Vickie said...

Oh my goodness! In all my blathering on about your talents, I forgot. If no one else would like to stitch that little, sweet bunny, I would. =)

Annie said...

Beetle-mania... too funny! Congrats to the lucky winners of these treasures.

Lovely contest entries and more congrats to Caitlin! Her grandma trained her well!

Catherine said...

Congrats to everyone that has won one of your beautiful beetles!! And huge congratulations to your granddaughter!! How proud you must be!!
Sweet bunny and fabulous gift!

Karoline said...

Congratulations to Caitlin on winning the contest, both your entries are lovely.

The little bunny is very cute

Carol said...

Caitlin has obviously inherited her grandmother's talent with needle and thread! Congratulations to her and to all the lucky beetle winners!

Annette-California said...

Each stitched piece from Caitlin and you are stunning. Beautiful how you both used the memory thread. And Thank you so much Lee, I will treasure one of your gorgeous beetles. And congrats to the other winner's. I would live to stitch the darling bunny (quickly) and mail him off to whoever you have on a list. He will look soo cute framed with the other travel bunny that had stitched & framed. love Annette

Brynwood Needleworks said...

Dear Lee:
I'm beside-myself-excited to have won one of your beautiful beetles. I'm constantly in awe of your talent with a needle, and can't wait to do something with your beetle that will help preserve it forever. Thank you so much for picking me!

Beaj said...

Congratulations to all the Lucky beetle winners.
Lee how proud is a Grandmother who's Granddaughter learnt to stitch so well from her Grandmother . You must be thrilled.
I'd stitch the cute birthday bunny and be glad to pass him on.

Your stitching is perfection..:)