Saturday, June 27, 2009

Horrid photo, but...

Mary Wigham is officially underway...

Monday, June 22, 2009

Thank you Yuko

I recently won a giveaway from Yuko. It arrived today and it is absolutely beautiful! Thank you again Yuko!

Here is a picture of the back and sides, just as pretty as the stitching itself. I feel very lucky!

I haven't started stitching Mary Wigham yet, but I have decided on my colours. I was going to go with the recommended colours, but then decided maybe they were not to my liking afterall. The colours I have chosen are taken from another Quaker design (is that naughty? lol), and are a little more muted than they appear in the photo. The fabric is 32 count Antique Ivory Belfast. I have an exchange to get out before I get started on Mary Wigham.

Thanks for your comments on my organised threads. Of course, they aren't always that organised - I had a tidy up recently. I went out and bought two further thread boxes so I could get my DMC threads organised. I soon discovered organised threads don't actually take up much room at all, and they fitted into the three boxes I already had!

A funny story for cat lovers. We found a black and white cat on our spare bed last week. I mentioned it to my Mum who works at Animal Rescue, it turns out they had an escapee and somehow it found its way to my house! Perhaps Petal left instructions with the other cats when she left? lol Needless to say he has been returned to Animal Rescue (sadly, my house is full!). Hopefully he'll find a loving home soon.

I thought I would finish off with a photo of my niece which I took on Friday. I am very smitten with her, and it really melts my heart when she gets a smile on her face.

Have a lovely week!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mary Wigham

Yay, my fabric for Mary Wigham arrived today. I am looking forward to getting started on it.

I am pleased with my new Kelmscott needle minder, I think my DH will be too. No more whines of 'Ronnie, I've lost my needle'.

Zeb - congrats you are the winner of the Comfort House freebie chart. If you email me your snail mail address I will get it into the post for you asap. And in answer to your question, I got Mrs Darcy directly from Tanya at The Sampler Girl.

I am away to pull the threads for Mary Wigham, I hope to be back soon with my first progress pic.

Have a wonderful week.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Comfort House

As mentioned in my last post, I had another small design in the pipeline.

When I ordered Mrs Darcy I was sent this sweet freebie chart. It is called Comfort House by The Sampler Girl. It was a quick, fun stitch.

If anyone is interested in this chart, please leave a comment on this post - and if there is more than one person interested I will pick a name at random. Just the usual giveaway spiel :-)

I have ordered my fabric for Mary Wigham (32 count Belfast in Antique Ivory) from the Silver Needle. I was a litle ticked off with a short, unhelpful response to my query from a Kiwi ONS that I decided I'd shop internationally.

It was a blessing in disguise really, as something else fell into my cart while I was ordering the fabric (the Kelmscott Pink Lady needleminder which I have had my eye on for ages). I am sure you all know how that goes!

I got to cuddle with my niece this afternoon. She was the most alert I have seen her yet. She was lying on her playmat kicking her legs and making the cutest noises. She is 7 weeks old already... time flies!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Kiwi sampler lovers...

I found a website we should keep an eye on
New Zealand Sampler. I would love to see this website grow!

It's still cold here, but one nice thing about this time of year is the beautiful cloudless evenings where the hills turn a nice pinky-purple colour just before the light disappears for the day. Here's a pic of the Tararua mountain range I took from our dining room window this evening.

I will probably be back tomorrow with a stitching update. I have another little design just about finished.

Thank you for your fabric advice for Mary Wigham. I am chomping at the bit to get started! I will let you know what fabric I choose, but I think I will probably go with the Belfast - since I have used it before and it's the easiest to source.

Yay, one more day until the weekend. Hang in there folks (assuming that you live for the weekends, like I do... lol).

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

If you haven't seen this beautiful sampler

appearing all over blogland I'd be very surprised.

My question is - have you ever stitched on the recommended fabric - Permin Lambswool? Is it a nice fabric to use?

After my flopsy linen experience the other day, I want to be sure if I start this huge sampler that I at least am not going to get annoyed at the fabric.

Thanks in advance for your help!

And seriously, if you really haven't seen this sampler anywhere in blogland yet you can check it out over here at Needleprint.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Itty bitty...

Here is Mrs Darcy stitched up. I know how I want to finish her (a tuck pillow idea), but I need to find some instructions online and get my sewing machine out!

And here is Frost on the Pumpkins by Just Nan. I didn't like the flopsy linen - it made the stitches different sizes and they didn't lie nicely at all. I need to fix those eyes before I iron it and attach the beads. What I did love about this design was the amazing colours (the photo doesn't do them justice) they are really vibrant.

We had snow here yesterday. That happens only very, very occasionally. Even Wellington (near the sea) had a snow flurry - the first in 14 years.

We decided to heck with the horrible weather and went to the zoo (with the nephew and my sister). While we were there we had sunshine, rain, hail and even some of that snow Wellington hadn't seen in 14 years. The animals still come out in bad weather, so we saw most of them. :-) At one stage we huddled near some kangaroos under a tree while we all avoided the hail. It was a fun and memorable day!

Today is a public holiday, so I am going to do some more stitching and tidy up my basket of threads. I bought some new bobbin boxes so need to get them all back into order to make them easy to find. That should be fun! lol

Have a great week!

P.S. Hi Tanya - yes, I am 100% Kiwi. My Dad was born in England though, so I have a British passport too.