Saturday, March 31, 2012

Whimsy Thoughts Christmas ornaments

I stitched these ornaments I believe in 2008. I have not yet done the finishing on them (I will sew them into a Christmas banner for my "holiday" wall.)

This is Hope, Love, Joy and Snow by Helga Mandl, Issue 22, November 2007. They are stitched on white 14 count Aida, using the listed DMC floss.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Elizabeth Almond's "Fountain Mandala"

"Fountain Mandala" was published in "The Gift of Stitching" issues 53 and 54. I started it in the week of January 7, 2011 and completed it January 16, 2011. I entered it, and won First prize, in "Needlework Specialities - counted thread" category at Wood County (Ohio) Fair, 2011.

Here is a close-up of a corner detail:

And here is a closeup of the central motif:

I really enjoy stitching blackwork, even if I don't always do it correctly, with double running stitch, and thought this would be a great project to get me back into large blackwork projects. I made one change from the chart --- I used seed beads in place of French knots in the centers of the square stitches because I was afraid that embroidery floss would show through the very transparent linen I was using.

I have at least two more TGOS charts kitted up but need to clear the decks of other WIPS before taking them out to work on.

Apologies for the weird spacing and color changes in text. I don't know how to make blogger do what I want it to do...

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Lovely Sewing Tools

Here are my progress pics for this beautiful sampler designed by Marie Suarez.

It is/was released in 6 parts commencing in issue 66 (Aug 2011) then continuing in issues 67, 68, 70 and 71.  The 6th and final part will be in the final magazine issue 72.

I'm stitching on 40count Newcastle linen using the DMC conversion plus 1 hand dyed thread for the dark red.  I'm varying between one and two strands of DMC depending on the effect I want.  The sampler is mostly stitched over 2 with some over 1 for the fine details in some motifs.

I'm planning on using petite beads for the flower centres and the border.  The design also calls for some tiny buttons and charms which I will add when the stitching is complete.

Spot the difference using the camera rather than the scanner!

I'll post more pics as I progress. 
To see more of my stitching and join in with my Easter Treasure Hunt pop along to Serendipitous Stitching

A finish and a first post

Last night I finished stitching Lavender Garden by Martina of Chatelaine published in issue 9 of TGOSM .
I really enjoyed this piece as the speciality stitches kept me on my toes. I am hoping to finish this as a box top.
Lavender Garden Mandala
Chatelaine Designs
Issue 9
August 2007

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A new blog and sad news.....

..........that Kirsten Edwards has decided it is no longer viable to publish her online magazine, The Gift of Stitching, because of a lack of new subscribers and piracy issues. I have begun this blog to display all the stitching I have done from the magazine over the years that I have been a subscriber.   I would like to invite any of the subscribers to join and display their treasures too!

The Gift of Stitching was my first venture into subscribing to an online magazine.  I kept seeing the icon in the sidebar of many blogs, on several occasions I got as far as clicking on the link then drawing back.  When I finally succumbed subscribed I was blown away by the quality of the magazine.  Was every chart to my liking?  Absolutely not.  And that is how it should be.  This crazy world of stitching that I have been a part of for quite a few years would be SO boring if we all stitched the same type of chart!

This was the first piece that I stitched and gave away and that reminds me......I need to stitch it for me, to keep!

Designed by Maryse Dupont
Issue 30
July 2008
This was one of the first of many exchanges for Friendly_Stitchers and I sent it to Michelle in Wales.  The chart gave me a few fits as the picture had the words "I love Stitching" just as you see here, but it was charted as I (heart) stitching.  I am not a fan of using a noun as a verb, even pictorially, so a bit of revamping had to happen and I was quite new to all that!  I can't remember what thread I used but it was an over dyed one, not sure I was into silks back then.  Happy days when I had a respectable bank balance, lol!

Well, dears, looking forward to you joining me in showing off our lovely pieces from The Gift of Stitching, the last issue will be published at the beginning of May.