Tuesday, 2 May 2006

Stash'n'dog

Here are the goodies I got from Stitch Direct the other day. They are reliable, Shell, I've never had anything go astray, but they are nothing like as quick as the likes of SewandSo, (I use Tandem Cottage - cheaper and free P&P over £20, but take a day or two). This order took around 10 days. So, order well ahead of the time you need the stuff. Using the website gets you free P&P too....=)

These are the kits that I've bought of late. I'm going to do the 3 musical cats separately rather than all together, but it was cheaper to get it this 'chart only' version from a US on-line store as and I have more than enough fabric and thread!!!) The birds one is one of 5 things I plan to do for our bedroom to frame and hang when it's redecorated after our imminent complete re-wire! Dunno who's gonna get the blackwork design, but I couldn't resist bagging the bargain on E-bay. The bookmarks are already designated for friends. It's the 'Victorian Pansies' (bottom one on the pic) that is to be done in the next couple of weeks. There's rather a lot of stitching on both of them though.

Lili, here are the Anchor patterns I was referring to, for ring cushion designs. The bookmarks aren't by Anchor, they're from Donna M Olsen's Satin Stitches range, which really aren't suitable unless a stitcher has a fair amount of experience with hardanger. Even then I needed to find out how to do the complex filling stitch on the white one from The Anchor Book of Hardanger. I've never seen the Olsen patterns anywhere either, they were sent from the US in exchange games. Anchor ones from SewandSo.

The dog. Yes, it's rather a colourless piece and, I'm a child, I love bright, colourful things. Also, it's a tricky project, esp. as I'm about to do the eyes...... If I mess this up, (I've already stitched and un-picked them once), then I lose the whole thing. The eyes are always the main focus with an animal or person. It's thread painting/silk shading, so no comfortable chart to refer to, just the photo in The Royal School of Needlework's Embroidery Techniques. So, those are the reasons why this one has been avoided so long. Need to get it done and off my conscience though as it's long been promised and is already more than 2 years over-due. Eeek! Disgraceful!

6 comments:

Mylene said...

WOW! Wonderful stash, Elisabeth. Looking forward to see pics when you started any of them.

Von said...

Love your new stuff, Elisabeth, especially the hardanger sampler!

Shell said...

thanks for the info Elisabeth.The hardanger designs look nice.A good mixture of new kits too,plenty to keep you busy,enjoy your new stash.

Lili said...

Great stash! Thanks for showing me the cushions! The one with the flowers and the ribbon holding both the flowers and the rings is a good idea, that I had with a bunch of hearts. But I think I need some ready-made design. I'm not enough self-confident to create my own design right now... I am trying something different again... Will try to post soon about that...
Take care!

Heather said...

Ooooh I love the blackwork one.

Barb said...

Ha! When I first looked at that I thought it was a fur. Now that I see what it is (the dog), I love it.

 
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