Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Home Sweet Home 2 finished

back panel finished

Well this is the back Panel completed all except the charms. I am having a real problem sourcing the charms for this project as the recommended outlet is in Australia & with shipping costs the price to buy becomes quite prohibitive.

Anyway this is the Orange tree, with mill hill beads in the basket amongst the many wild flowers & grasses.

Stitches used in this section are Stem Stitch / Outline Stitch / Long armed Cross Stitch / Portuguese Knotted Stem Stitch / Straight Stitch / Back Stitch / Trellis Stitch.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Home Sweet Home 2

Continuing on to the 2nd section, today I have been filling in the leaves & the oranges on the tree. As you can see I have already transferred the design, I am using Calico which is a cloth I’ve not stitched on before & am quite enjoying.

Stitches used today are stem stitch, Long armed x stitch & satin stitch. I have a few charms & some padding to add to this too. Next update of HSH at completion of this section.

Home Sweet Home 1

Home sweet Home is the name of my on going embroidery project. I shan’t reveal the final make up until I’ve completed it. You may guess what it will turn out to be along the way but until then.

This is the 1st piece completed.

There are quite a few stitches here, from cloud filling stitch, Cretan, twisted stem, satin, granitos & colonial knots.

Country Bumpkin

Country Bumpkin is an Australian company that does needlework mags, Inspirations Mag & Smocking which is something I’ve never tried.

I love the Inspirations Mag, as I am delving back in to surface Embroidery after cross stitching for over 20 years, but my only gripe is these beautiful projects are all done with speciality threads.

Now these are gorjuss don’t get me wrong but not only are these threads but some of the material Inspirations uses just too difficult to get hold of here in the UK.

After spending over 20 years building a complete set of DMC, I am a bit loathed to start rebuilding new thread collections to incorporate silks & yarns from Au Ver Soir, Rajmahal, Carron Collection, Gumnut yarns and so on, as the cost of shipping from Australia which is where these threads seem to be widely used is extortionate.

To this end, my last project & the one I’m working on now have all been converted to DMC. I have had to do this by eye & am slowly building up my own conversion chart which I’m keep on an excel sheet for further reference. I don’t think so far I have made a bad job of the conversions.

The Wedding is Over!.

Its official, I am a monster in law, The flowers & the ring cushion were greatly received. The photographer pounced on me as soon I got in with my daughter to tell me how fantastic it was and how he had got some great shots of it.

The bride & bridesmaids looked stunning even if I say so myself, I was very proud of my girls & when my daughter walked down the aisle all the men in both sides of the families started crying, it was only us ladies that held it together.

My new son in law thanked me in his speech & I got a bunch of flowers. He was entranced by my daughter which is as it should be.

P.s We were all freezing.