Friday, 4 January 2013

Finally my fried brain is working

Hi everyone,
Christmas and New Year came and went like greased lightening. Added to the fact the temperatures here are unbelievable. Bring on winter, please.............

Most of the stitching at this time is small things that I can hold in my hand and stitch while being pumelled by the gusts of cold air from the air conditioner. I found and fell in love with Country Cottage Needleworks, Santa's Village. The first installment of the 12 month series is "Santa's House". Now when I say small things I really mean small (2" x 2.5"). I decided I wanted them to be christmas tree ornaments when finished and this means to get the size I wanted they will have to be stitched over one thread on 35 count natural linen. Sheer madness as usual.

Here is Sants's House, nearly finished.
Country Cottage Needleworks, Santa's House
The next installment has been released called "Poinsetta House". So it is on my shopping wishlist.

The other 2 small pieces that were finished came from my bits and pieces stashbox.

Left: Jane Grenoff, Mini Band Sampler
Right: Textile Heritage Collection, Lilac Time
The Lilac Time piece is stitched on 18 Count Aida. I am not a great fan of Aida but this piece is stitched on a very pretty pale green so instead on changing it to linen it stayed on the Aida cloth supplied with the little kit. The gold flutterby is my addition. In the chart it is stitched but kind of looks like "a deer caught in headlights" so my option was the gold charm. Lilac's are special to me, my Dad has a Lilac bush in his backyard. It is not supposed to grow in a South Australian climate but each year it flowers and smells wonderful.

Over the years I have met some wonderful people. Now I would like to introduce you to a very special person who has encouraged many stitchers to branch out and explore their potential.
Christine has been my "mentor" and a great role model over many years. Her linen  designs are stunning and are oft times works of arts. January 2013 at the EGSA's Summer school I will be attending a class with Christine to stitch her "French Birdcage Workbox and Accessories". What can I say, Stunning............Take a peek at this and some of her other designs. Christine has 4 designs for sale at the moment with more on the way.
Christine P Bishop  Just click on underlined name and enjoy.

Happy stitching, bye for now, Carol


  1. Santa's Village is so pretty. It will be an amazing collection of ornaments at the end of the year.

    1. Hi Nicola, Thank you. Only 11 more to go. Happy New Year and all the very best in 2013

  2. Adorable finishes!

    Happy New Year!


    1. Hi, Thank you for your kind words. Do you have a blog? I would love to keep in touch. Happy 2013, bye for now.