Saturday, 30 March 2013

Miniature Schnauser Snouts, they are so cute.







One of the best things about owning Miniature Schnauzers are their noses. They remind me of the ones that go on teddy bears and if you are lucky enough to see one in real life they don't look at all real. I love how they are plonked in the middle of their fur, so very cute. xx. Progress on the Emily Peacock Cushion is coming on well. I'm really enjoying doing this project and the colour combinations she uses are such a delight to stitch with. Even doing the filling stitches are fun. Its given me the idea to do one for Lulu's bedroom, but to stitch her name using the same alphabet. I think/hope you can buy the complete alphabet, so must check her website for that.  Mam has just completed a beautiful knitted cardigan for Lulu. I hope the pictures do it justice as she knits with such an exquisite tension, making her work so neat but springy at the same time. I have some vintage crochet cottons to use in my embroidery, some are from my grandma, others I have bought as a job lot from the internet. The colours are fresh and the cotton is of a very good quality. I have used some of these successfully on the borders on my miniature cross-stitch bookmarks and would like to experiment further with different colours/designs. Yesterday I got a freebie kit to stitch from this months Cross Stitcher Magazine. I'm really interested in stitching on different media so I'm looking forward to trying this one out as its on wood. I've been compiling a Pin Board on some examples which range from camper van doors to frying pans! I know it sounds crackers, but if something is beautifully stitched then it will always look incredible. How cool are jigsaws?? sometimes I forget about childhood activities and how much I used to enjoy them.

Thursday, 21 March 2013

Threads From The Past - Antique/Vintage tapestry pieces and wools/silks











Finished this Victorian cross-stitch minature, just needs to be pressed and i think I will frame it. I was going to originally use it as a front for a needle case but think it will work better as a tiny picture. I have been sourcing some vintage/antique tapestries that are part complete. This panel is quite large (over 1 metre) and has some beautiful stitching on the main flower part, however the infill is badly done and I'm in the process of unpicking the brown and blue stitches. It is going to be a cushion and I've bought pom pom edging to finish this. Also bought bundles of coloured threads from the internet. I think they must come from house clearances and all seem to come with there own histories. Notes are made on card holders and some are sorted into colour bundles for roses or leaves from past projects. So I'm sorting through them at the moment and its nice that they are being put to use once more. The weather is changeable. Bitterly cold one day, sunny the next. Ned and Archie however, like to go out in all weathers and socialise on the beach.


Sunday, 10 March 2013

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