Thursday, January 2, 2014


 A new year is unfolding--like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within. -Unknown
The new year unfolded here with a day that presented all weathers from sunshine to rain and thunder, and so with a good day to be inside it gave me time to think about stitching in 2014.
Any one wishing to know how to cover a retractable tape measure will find the here's how on my other blog Other side of the mountain link here 
This little one with violets is the newest addition to my needle work accessories set. Quite some years ago I was asked to write the cross stitch section for the book  Exploring Embroidery that was publish in 1995, how long ago that seems. I was asked to design a set of needlework accessories and chose violets as they come in several shades adding to the versatility of the design, the one problem that arose with this project was the limited space for the layout, charts  and instructions  The photo below is what finally made up the set and this photo was taken before the set was sent off to the editor.
For many years I kept the set as new in a box now I have decided to use it and add to it the items I was unable to do at the time because of lack of space. The original tape measure was not a retractable on as these it was considered at the time not plentiful enough for others to find and so the little bag above holds the tape measure, I have now filled this with lavender to give fragrance to my stitching.
I cannot share the charts for this set because of copyright but I will add the charts for the newer piece that I plan to add.
Threads used  for the purple violets were DMC 550.552.742.3346,3347.                                   alternate colours Blue violets 333/340   Pink violets3687/3688 and yellow violets.743/744
The eyes of violets are filled with dreams
 More about my dreams and plans for 2014 later meanwhile I wish all readers of my blog a happy new year may your dreams come true in 2014.


Cindy's Stitching said...

How pretty. Happy new year.

Emma/Itzy said...

So pretty!

Annette-California said...

Your violet set is beautiful Lee.
Thank you for the pretty violet chart too. Off to read your other blog.
love Annette

Chris said...

Happy New Year Lee! That tape measure is lovely. I am looking forward to seeing all of your beautiful work in 2014.

Kate said...

beautiful set!

Kate said...

So lovely!

Vickie said...

What a wonderful post! And beautiful work.

Anne said...

What a gorgeous set of trinkets Lee that you created!! Violets are so sweet! Thank you for the chart! Happy New Years!!

Laurie said...

The violets are pretty ... they remind me of my grandmother she grew them and always gave the girls a bunch when we visited her.. you have also inspired me to try the Toblerone needle case ... starting today by gathering the requirements. Happy New Year.

Karoline said...

Your violet set is gorgeous

Lynn B said...

Oooo this is so pretty Lee, I have always wondered how to do this, I will have a go at naking these.
Thanks for the instructions.

Mollymaja said...

Thank You Lee!
Such beautiful violet´s set you have created and the tape measure is so victorian, love it!

Thank You kindly for the sweet violet chart, will use with great thankfulness in my Victorian Spot Roll-Up Sampler.

Evelyne said...

Thank you Lee for this lovely violets chart!

I wish you a good and creative 2014 and a good health!

Hugs, Evelyne

Fiona Vincent said...

The violets are lovely - if anyone is interested there is a copy of Exploring Embroidery on Trade Me at the moment.