Friday, 31 August 2007

Angel of Harmony

The angel is going quite well. I have finally made my way right down to the palest colours. Progress has been slow as "The Chicken" has been unwell recently and quite clingy. Carrying a one year old around and cross stitching are not two things that go together very well. I had to try!!!

I think after the Angel of Harmony is completed, I will try Teresa Wentzler's beginner whitework project. I have purchased the linen, which I will tea stain first to give it a slightly different look. I think this project will be good as it will give me a chance to practice a few more stitches. Finally I will be able to start using some of my wonderful stash that I received for my birthday. My hand sewing skills are a little on the ordinary side, so this will also be a chance to practice these skills and make this whitework project into something useful. Not sure what yet, I will have to think on that one for a while.

Tuesday, 28 August 2007

The Wishlist

Today is my birthday and what better way to start the day than by creating a wishlist. I have decided that I would love to complete all the following designs at some point in time and perhaps give hubby an idea for mother's days and future birthdays. So here goes...

1. Knotgarden by Chatelaine
2. Peaceful Paradise by Midsummer Night Design
3. Plight Of Fancy by Long Dog Samplers
4. The Sanctuary by The Drawn Thread
5. The Village of Hawks Run Hollow by Carriage House Samplings

Sunday, 26 August 2007

The New Stash

My lovely husband took me to Katoomba yesterday to visit Dragonfly Dreams. What a place! It's one of those places with just so much to choose from that you really don't know where to start, and when you do, you come back with bag loads of stuff. Thankfully, I had prepared a list and I was very well behaved and stuck to that list. My husband kindly purchased all the items below as a gift for my birthday. What a nice man!! Karen at Dragonfly Dreams was very helpful and knew all her products very well. Her shop is so well stocked and the walls are full of her beautiful work. An inspiration to try heaps more work.

I have been working really hard on my Angel of Harmony and have almost finished the entire cape. I think I should have her dress well and truly started by this evening. This week has not seen too much cross-stitching completed as The Chicken has been feeling unwell with a cold. She has just been happy laying in mummy's arms. Thankfully she is feeling much better today, so it's back to the needle and thread with me......

Tuesday, 21 August 2007

The ANZAC Mat Is Finished, Yeah!!!

After a very, very long time, the ANZAC mat is finally finished!

I finished the border around the mat, soaked it in Napisan and then tea-stained the mat. The worst part was trying to pin the mat out on a cork board and square the whole thing up. I spent so long trying, the mat was almost dry by the time I finished. Also I had lost a significant amount of skin on my thumb pressing the pins into the board. I think maybe I need a foam board next time.

Well that's one outstanding job done and not so many more to go. I think my resolution is actually working. Incidentally, I looked up a little more information about our ANZACS. If you would like more information here is a great link.

Monday, 20 August 2007

It's Party Time

On Wednesday, Aurelia aka 'The Chicken', celebrated her 1st birthday and yesterday we had the party. I think she was a little overwhelmed by it all, but had a thoroughly enjoyable day. It was unfortunate that the day was very cold and rainy. Which is just our luck, as we had not had any rain for nearly two months and the weather had been quite pleasant for some time until Sunday.(But I don't complain about the rain.) My husband had the brazier burning outside, but even with that going it was still too cold outside, about 12C. We somehow managed to squeeze everyone (about 20 people) into our kitchen, but it all went well and everyone seemed happy.

This morning, the lounge room floor looks like Toys R Us, but it was after all, the 1st birthday. Aurelia was so excited with her new toys she didn't want to go to sleep and had to have the toys extricated from her little hands once she succumbed to the fatigue.

As a consequence to all this partying and preparation, I have not lifted a needle and thread till late this morning. I am starting Dimension's Angel of Harmony. I have decided to try and use a little embellishment on it, maybe some metallic threads and seed beads.

My husband has kindly agreed to take me to Dragonfly Dreams for my birthday, which is not too far from home, and go and buy whatever I like for my cross-stitch. I found that they have an excellent range of charts including Long Dog Samplers and Châtelaine, which I would love to try. They also stock a great range of threads and other embellishments. I will let you know what I come back with!!!

Wednesday, 8 August 2007

The Birthday Present

This is a birthday present that I completed this morning. It is a very very belated birthday present for my future sister-in-law. It has been worked on 14 count rustica aida cloth in DMC threads. It is from a book called "A Cross Stitcher's Oriental Odyssey ". It was meant to be worked on 18 count aida, but with an 11month old who wakes at 3am and a distinct lack of sleep, the concentration skills are just not up to the task.

I love oriental cross-stitches and on our last trip to Melbourne I found this book. I have lots of oriental cross-stitch kits at home and thought it would be nice to have more so that I can make my blank hallway walls an oriental gallery. Here is the kimono design I finished a few months ago. This is the first in a series of oriental designs I want to complete.

I have recently purchased a number of cross-stitch kits from eBay, well actually about 20 kits, which will make excellent birthday and Christmas gifts once completed. I think my next task will be a series of angels, which I will attempt to embellish with some beads and blending filaments.

But first, I have made a new resolution - "I will start new work, but will spend every second night on completing the outstanding work and unfinished projects" I am not sure how well this will go, but I will update the blog with my progress.

Sunday, 5 August 2007

Some Free Cross-Stitch Patterns

Here are a few cross-stitch patterns I have come up with on one of those days where you are completely bored. I found some old Burda magazines from 1974 and with their inspiration, this is what I came up with. Please feel free to use them. I think I might just make a sampler for a babies room using these and a selection from my new book "2001 Cross Stitch Designs : The Essential Reference Book (Better Homes & Gardens)"