Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Not much to report today on stitching I have done as I don’t have my camera with me.

Winter is setting in here in Cape Town and we had our first cold spells with rain. Well, we have to light the fire place and source some good red wine to keep the winter chills away. Maybe soup for dinner tonight…….Mmmm

Edgar from Blacksheep's bit of the Web is having a Give Away for "Lo Rose" sampler pattern. Please visit his blog to see a pick of his lovely finished "Lo Rose" Sampler. If you are keen on the pattern and would like to enter the draw be sure to leave a comment on his post of 27 April.

Till next time. Happy stitching!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Update on some stitching - Natures Circle Stumpwork

I have started a stump work design I had on my list to do for some time. The design is called ‘Natures Circle’ and is designed by Petra Pullen form South Africa. The design consist of various fruits, leaves and insects with al the components get stitched on the main fabric and several of the leaves, berries and insects is stitched separately and later attached to the fabric to give a 3d effect.

I started at the top of the design and will work my way down as the thread often get caught on the raised areas - how frustrating! The grapes were fun to do and I still need to attach some tendrils. I have stitched the leaves using long and short stitch in shades of green (DMC) and the berries of the grapes is done in various shades of petite Mill Hill beads. I just love the tiny little bees aren’t they gorgeous?

I have also completed the cherries, using and interesting technique of covering wooden beads with thread and then attach them to the main fabric. I have finished them off with a single Mill Hill bead. The leaves and stems were stitched in satin stitch and stem stitch.

After the cherries I stitched the Raspberries. The berries is embroidered in clusters of french knots on a separate piece of fabric using 2 to 3 strands in various variations of red, pinks and greens, again using mill hill beads to add color and dimension. To secure the berries the shapes are cut out with a 4mm allowance and gathered just inside the raw edge (like you will do a covered button) and secured it to the main fabric with tiny tack stitches.

Here is the total progress to date..
And here is Miss Paisley insisting that her photo is also taken :-)

What fun! I have started on the oranges and strawberries so will do some more posting on my progress. Happy stitching till next time! Bye.

Sunday, April 19, 2009


I arrived home today to a beautiful bunch of roses from my Darling Hubby! This is a new rose in South Africa called Cherry Brandy aren’t they gorgeous? (Thank you Greg, I love you too!)

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

My scissors

Here is some of my scissors from my collection.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Nina from Between Crosses

Nina from Between Crosses is running an exciting scissor give away. Visit her blog here to enter this draw. Have fun!

Friday, April 3, 2009

Biscornu for Lesley B (TTE)

Here is my biscornu I stitched for Lesley B for the Tiny Treasure Exchange. I have used an Ink Circle black work design and adapted it slightly, stitched on 28ct linen and have used DMC threads. This was my first attempt and think it came out quite nice.