Friday, 16 May 2008

Finished the bluetits - AT LAST!

Just when you thought I was never going to stitch anything again, I finished the bluetits piece! I just need to wash it now as there are a couple of marks on it, one of which would definitely show.

After laundering it can join the Chaffinches, awaiting completion of the Goldfinches and they can all be framed together. The remains of the kit is now in my 'For Sale or Trade' album on my Webshots

I hope to get the backing fabric for the CoS cushion/pillow this coming week and get that finished up and finally done too. Look out for that by the end of this month, all being well.

Back to stitching. It's now time to begin on the first of the 4 big annivesary pressies that I plan to stitch for this July - Sept. I'm thinking of doing this Helen M Stevens design on either black or v dark blue poly-cotton and stitching it in stranded cottons etc and not silks, then making it up as a cushion/pillow cover for DH's mum and step-father for their 20th this July. I could do it as a picture, in which case the sky's the limit with thread types, but they have so many up already that, every time I go to their place, I just can't imagine where they'd fit anything new in!! So, I think an item of soft-furnishing would be best. What do you all think of it? It's from 'Embroidered Gardens' and probably wouldn't take as long it looks like it would. Freestyle is often much faster than cross stitch anyway.=)


Mylene said...

It's beautiful!! Congrats on the finish.
The embroidered Gardens looks wonderful. I am sure it will be a great gift.

vEr0n!c@ said...

Beautiful! Lovely work as usual.

The embroidered piece looks stunning. Can't wait to see some WIP pics on it.

Margaret said...

It looks great, and I love the Queen Anne's Lace. It will look spectacular when all three bird pieces are together.
I'm sure everything will fall in place for you. As you say, you have unique skills - never mind the embroidery, violin, etc., although as I've discovered, that doesn't pay much:-)
I agree with your pillow idea for the Helen Stevens piece. I discovered about 10 years ago that you can have too much needlework for the walls, so I went on to pillows and now I'm trying to figure out other things entirely. Be sure to post lots of photos.

Love to Stitch 99 said...

Elisabeth, your bluetits are looking great as well as the others from the same series.

I love everything or almost that Helen M. Stevens does and your choice of the Ornamental Pool is a great one. Of course I had to run and check it in her book. She is such a great designer and stitcher. I need one of these days to do some projects of hers.

Put lots of photos when you start working on it and perhaps I will get the nerve to start something of hers :-)

Happy to see you back in action!

Pierrette =^..^=

Nic said...

What a lovely finish!

Emily said...

Congratulations on the finish! Cannot wait to see it framed!

Chiasmata said...

Congrats on the finish! The bluetits are just beautiful, and I can't wait to see your birdy tryptic all finished. :D

Good luck with the job hunt. Giving up a salary to go back to being a student can really burn. I'm working my arse off this year to get a scholarship for my doctorate next year. I just don't have $30,000 lying around for a postgrad degree!

Stitchingranny said...

Elizabeth, I would be very interested in trading the blue tits. I am at the moment in the progress of sorting my trade album and hope to have it up and running within the next week if you would be willing to hang on to them until then.

Anonymous said...

Hi Elisabeth:
A very lovely work! Congratulations on your finish. Also beautiful project !!

Maria del Valle