Saturday, January 12, 2013


 Each day is God's gift to you.
What you do with it is your gift to Him.”

Well the new Year has started and for me there are new beginings as I start another stage in my life, being on my own without Paul, not much stitching has been done as I found it hard to settle in my chair and pick up the needle,  I needed something to get me going again and I found it in a posting for January 2nd  on Barbara's blog I am sure I read some time ago about the SAL that was being planned but I guess at that time I had other things on my mind. Reading it again I got sudden inspiration this could be fun, I could combined something I have already done ( plenty of teaching samples around) along with the challenge of something new... without being burdened down with a lot of stitching. It also looked like scrap booking ones embroidery, another thought that appealed to me. So I have joined the Needlework Masters Monthly Stitch A Long visit here if you want to see more of what other stitchers are doing.

 First part was to make a a book and then each month add embroidery pieces to it.
here is my book cover-
the fabric I have used is the  William Morris design "Daisy"
 I have matched it up with some light green silk and  added Gold work embroidery.
Since the photo was taken I have found some brass corners and now  need to work out
how to fit them on firmly as they look great

........this is the beetle on the front........
......and this little one is on the spine......
the back cover
I plan to make my pages using pelment vilene with a variety of fabrics mounted on them to show off the added embroideries
 I have enjoyed visiting other blogs  and seeing what everyone has been stitching  I am trying
 to allow myself more time so that I can leave comments and let you know what I have enjoyed.
 Welcome to my newest followers hope you will find some inspiration when you visit.
Happy stitching everyone.


Mouse said...

ohhh that is gorgeous ... love those wee beetles , glad you have found something that you want to do ... off to go and have a peek at that link :) love mouse xxxxx

Annette-California said...

So beautiful Lee. Love your beetles and fabrics. Your talent always amazes me:)
love Annette

cucki said...

wow so beautiful..the beetles is so cute..
hugs x

Vickie said...

WOW!! So very, very stunning Lee. Excellent work. I love William Morris' work. The whole effect is just wonderful.
I am praying for you Lee.♥

gracie said...

Oh my Lee, that is so beautiful...the beetles are magnificent. I can hardly wait to see what the pages will be like. You are in my thoughts always....

Evelyne said...

Beautiful beetles! I love the William Morris fabric also.
I'm looking forward to see the pages!

Love, Evelyne

Rowyn said...

Love your beetle - it is stunning!

Annie said...

This will be so much fun to follow if the beginnings are any indication! Love that goldwork -- it's amazing!

Wishing all the best in the New Year!

Anne said...

Happy New Year to you! Love your beetles, they're gorgeous, and what a great idea to scrapbook some special stitching! Your book is very pretty and I'm sure with your talent will hold the same!! Happy Stitching!! :)

Carol said...

Just stunning work as always, Lee!! The beetle is definitely the prettiest one I've ever seen :)

Patches said...

Love the beetle

Lynn B said...

Absolutely amazing, I just love this!