I have been stitching quite a bit this week, but as I am really close to finishing one of my pieces, I thought I might just wait until it's completed to show it to everyone. I have also been stitching on my exchange piece, so I can't show that until it is received.
Today, the most beautiful squares arrived from Margit in Germany. We had both agreed that we would stitch some LHN or CCN designs for each other. Margit has chosen a design from LHN called 'Ladybug Ladybug'. I have been admiring this design for some time, so I am very lucky she stitched it for me. I am not sure what I plan to do with these squares yet, but it will have to be something special. Thank you Margit for these beautifully stitched squares.
I had a lovely day in Sydney the previous weekend, even though it was cold and wet. I didn't end up spoiling myself like I planned, but I did spoil my daughter and husband with gifts. I also was able to purchase some gifts ready for Christmas. The only things I did get myself were some pyjamas for the hospital stay when the baby is born and I used up my gift voucher at the bookstore and bought myself 'Cross Stitch Antique Style Samplers' by Jane Greenoff. I thought that this book might come in handy for filling in the gaps on my Me, Myself and I Round Robin.
This weekend I was able to visit 'The Stitching Post', my LNS. I was very pleased, because Karen, the owner of the store was there so we had a nice long chat. I bought myself the Just Nan chart 'When Barbabee Met Bella' and Karen threw in the pre-cut fabric squares. I also purchased two charm packs. The fabrics are such lovely colours and will make excellent backings for pillows and Christmas ornaments.
Finally, I have drawn up some preliminary plans for the Me, Myself and I Round Robin. I have chosen an antique type of design and plan to give the design some perspective by putting the larger homes at the bottom and have them get progressively smaller towards the top. The charts I have chosen for this design are as follows:
- Pear Orchard Farm - Barrick Samplers
- Where My Heart Blooms - Blackbird Designs
- Their Song - Blackbird Designs
- Hopeful - Carriage House Samplings
- Fruit of the Spirit - Plum Street Samplers
- Friendship Sampler - Hillside Samplings
- Peace - Birds Of A Feather
- The Good Neighbour - The Drawn Thread
Now all I need to do is draw up the engineer's drawings with all the stitch counts and specifications. I have already chosen to use a plain 32ct linen that I am going to tea dye and have decided for simplicities sake that I will be using DMC threads. They are the easiest to purchase, easy to convert to and easy to wash if absolutely necessary.