Monday, June 24, 2013


Here is the result of my weekend's stitching. I hope all other Hermits had a good weekends stitching too

Sunday, June 23, 2013


I have a special project to stitch this weekend. I am designing a small mat for Caitlin to stitch. she is currently working on a piece for next years Embroiderers Guilds  National Exhibition, National exhibitions are held every two years and on the in between years we have a Regional one. Caitlin first exhibited nationally at the age of 6 years, (she is now 15) and has had something in every exhibition since. quite a record I think.

 We have a stitching session together most Friday afternoons after school and she planned and started her next major piece early as she was aware there would be more time needed for study this year with major exams looming and possibly less time for stitching hence her planned early start. Now that her big piece is underway she is hoping to manage a small piece for the regional exhibition later this year. the theme for this exhibition is Colour of the Seasons. Having discussed what she wanted to stitch it is now over to me to come up with a design something achievable in the time given and still leave plenty of time for her major work.
 so I started the weekend with a blank piece of fabric. and my progress so far is
I am stitching it on 32 count Belfast linen and just in one colour , Caitlin will choose her own linen and colours to stitch  her piece so the final result will look quite different
I will log in at the end of the weekend.
 happy stitching to all hermits.

Thursday, June 20, 2013


The colour of springtime is in the flowers
the colour of winter is in the imagination.
The fire is burning brightly and the room is warm so it does not matter what the weather is outside, shortly I will go and enjoy the fire and sit and stitch, but first I want to share with you my journal  page for June I used a piece of Turkish embroidery, which had been my planning piece for a piece I stitched later for an exhibition..............

.............a small example of Punto Antico Embroidery ( Italian) This is taken from one of  Bruna Gubbini's  books on Antico Punto  but I cannot remember which one. and this time a bronze beetle.

 And as the month is going by quite quickly I am off to plan my next page.
Happy stitching everyone.

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.