Thursday, 3 June 2010

New works in progress

Made a start on both new pieces. Here's what I did on Tuesday on the cross stitch, i.e. part of the tree bit in the upper centre. Doesn't look much thus far, but new cross stitches rarely look anything to shout about. It'll look much nicer once I get some more done, I'm sure.


The hardanger doily's shaping up nicely and I've got to the border part. Actually, I hate buttonhole stitch edging as it's relatively slow going and it's really hard to make my stitches as neat and even as I'd like them to be and turning corners and fastening on new threads is a bit of a pain. Thankfully, I found a good tutorial page here and printed off the relevant bits to use.


I haven't done any more on either of them since I put my needles down 2 days ago, but I think I might just have a go at putting in a stitch or two when I've finished here. But I doubt it, I'm pooped!

Rachel has been kind enough to give me one of her home grown 'Blog Inspiration' awards. She's come up with several categories and what I like about this logo in particular is that she's created it herself and the hardanger piece you see in the background is her own first forays into the world of counted thread work with a very pretty hardanger kit I look forward to seeing her complete.=) So, many thanks to you, Rachel and I'm glad to have been of use to you in getting you started in stitchery. It's not anything like as hard as it looks (as indeed most things aren't), but we Brits do tend to be scared of our own shadows and will more easily believe that we can't do something than that we just might be able to, if we can only persuade ourselves to try!

10 comments:

Estrella said...

What a lovely doily...... I love hardanger..... I´m crazy about it... and your mice are beautiful..... Hugs, Estrella

Real Life Reslers said...

Wow...you have been productive since I last came to your blog!!! The mice are finished and you have started 2 other projects! You go girl!

Jules said...

Great stuff, and well done on your award from Rachel - well deserved. She is a clever girl isn't she. x

kerrykatiecakeskeb43 said...

I look forward to seeing the cross stitch again as it progresses! I love hardanger and I too hate the buttonhole edging. In my case it is because I often get to where I should meet myself and am one stitch off! lol
Hugs,
Kerry

Katherine said...

The hardanger is looking great. I am sure that your friend will love to receive it.

Radka said...

Your hardanger is looking very nice and neat. Thanks for the link to the tutorial, it will be useful!

JulietteCherry said...

Hello Elisabeth, first time I have visited your blog, although I know you from the Country Bumpkin forum. I was drawn by the new piece of cross-stitch, which I still do a lot of.

Just started on the first of two Christmas stockings,for my grandsons in Australia from Vermillion in the USA. Very intricate and takes a lot of concentration. Don't know about you, but I HATE fractional stitches.

Linda said...

Elizabeth, this is the first time I've commented on your blog, although I do visit. I am sure when you pick up the needles again, you'll not be wanting to put them down. Stitching is infectious, just one more line, just one more leaf!!!
Thank you so much for taking the time to comment on my recent fabric postcard using Shiva sticks and stitching. It was so much fun, and I kept wondering if a wine made from 'my grapes' would be suitable to drink......LOL....
Cheers.

karen said...

the hardanger is beautiful, I love that technique although I haven't actually done any for a while.

Radka said...

I have started a piece of hardanger, with a centre very similar, have a look at my blog.
But there is something about a white hardanger, it always looks so crisp.

 
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