Wednesday, March 1, 2017

MY NEXT CHALLENGE PIECE


My challenge piece for February was Perugian Embroidery, I have stitched in silk in the closest shade I could get to saffron yellow, I have done counted satin stitch before but not in rows to form the design.

Fun stitching during the month has been some small hearts for Valentine's Day, these three went to the friends in my stitching friends group, a few others have found homes elsewhere.


I have not shared with you Caitlin and my January holiday project, we both fell for Lilipopo  little girls and have bought the pattern and enjoyed stitching some. Mine will later be lavender bags, I have had a great crop this year and it is now drying ready for stripping.


Wednesday, February 15, 2017

MY ITALIAN LOVE AFFAIR

My Italian love affair started many many years ago,  that is my love of the different Italian Embroidery techniques,  although over the years I have stitch several there are many I have not had the opportunity to stitch. So I have made it my personal challenge this year to each month stitch a small coaster size mat in a different Italian technique.
January's mat is in Assisi embroidery, I love the fresh look of voided work, and I have stitched it many different times, this time I wanted to achieve a perfect rolled hem. I have stitched on 40 count permit linen, stitching over three fabric threads with one strand of DMC 502 sage green, outlined in black and edged with Italian four sided stitch ( which is reversible)  As a mat is not mounted I wanted to have a back view which I would be proud of. The small mat is 10 centimeters square.


I am now trying to Blog from my iPad , at this stag I find it very limiting hence the short post.
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

DANCING SHOES for a FAIRY

here are my latest creations......... these I think would be worn to a Fairy Ball with a golden gown.



Thank you to all who have left comments  recently on my blog Its nice to get feed back on the postings and this year I thought I would make a real effort to reply but sadly in a lot of cases this is not possible.I have replied where I can  but don't know if its my computer or not but most have come with noreply-comment.

Monday, January 9, 2017

MORE TINY SHOES

here are my latest tiny shoes.... ready for some elf to go dancing with the tiny bells ringing as he moves his feet..  oh what fun I had making them. Don't you love the turned up toes The are 6cm in length.grey felt lined with dark red silk.



This fairy cobbler has more to come

Monday, January 2, 2017

A NEW YEAR BEGINS




 After reading on Gracie's blog Needles Pins and Dragonflies about her plans for a journal jar,  that sent me off to find out more, and opened up a big new world of ideas.  I found journal jars, memory jars,  gratitude jars, blessing jars oh! the list goes on. The nearest thing to writing up a Journal which by the way I have thought of many time, has been my blog,  Now inspired by the idea of writing a short note occasionally appeals to me.                                                                                                  


 

 I found many ideas for decorated jars and have started collecting items to decorate the jar  I planned to use. I have found some butterfly stickers they are blue butterflies and remind me of my first ball gown, white with tiny blue and white butterflies on the fabric. I have ribbon and a posy of blue rosebuds, these bring memories of times at the Great Escape Retreats  as one year Stephen of the "Ribbon Rose " had a roll of coloured canvas for everyone tied with a ribbon and a posy of flowers, these blue rose buds  were on my canvas roll.  I have decided on a quote for the label  tied to the jar and have hung some hearts beside it ( borrowed of my small Christmas tree)
Thank you Gracie I will enjoy filling my jar with special moments and memories.




 Do you make resolutions each year, I don’t although  I am a list maker, specially a list of what I would like to stitch      My list looks like this at the moment-  

*Earth Sea and Sky( exhibition piece for regional exhibit, includes Daisy chain project)                                                                                                                                      * Black work challenge with Caitlin we have chosen a small design which she should manage along with her studies and to be completed by the end of the year.                      *My personal Challenge this year is to complete each month one small coaster size mat  of Italian embroidery, there are so many different techniques to explore, some I will revisit and others will be new to me.                               
 * Hussif Sampler (stitching monthly with the New Plymouth Ladies on their sampler stitch day)                                                                                                                                           * Whitework  finish a piece started long long ago.( stitching on the Traditional Embroidery Stitch Day with the NP Ladies) 
I must finish Noah's Ark for Finn and the Jardin Prive piece I am currently stitching I am sure too as the year goes on I will add to my list, promise an occasional  update on progress.

 And I want to make more of these fairy slippers.... these ones went to Annette in her Christmas parcel. I loved making them

May this year for you all be blessed with many happy stitching hours.