Two weddings are happening within the next 3 months and so I'm already well on with the gifts for the first one (in mid-August). I've done the card and have got everything ready to start stitching for the gift.
<-This is the design I used for the card. As you can probably see, it's part of a long, narrow sampler design and is by Patricia Bage of Patricia Ann's Designs. It's from her 'Beginners Guide to Drawn Thread Embroidery'. I just used this central square and then added a line a silver cross stitches around the outside as it was really too small for the card blank. Yes, the fabric is lilac, but it hasn't shown up well here.
Here's the floss toss for the gift. The design is the 'ring of roses' you can see on the right, here finished up as a table centre, but I'm going to work it as a cushion/pillow cover as it's more practical and, frankly, I can't stand buttonhole edging. Caleb, I love ya, but not enough for all that edging!!! I'll probably also change the woven filling for wrapped bars as they're quicker and, by the time I get to that stage, I'll be ready to do something else, no doubt. The flowers are to be worked in these pretty yellows as I thought that would be easier to fit in with whatever colour scheme they chose for whichever room they want to use it in than the reds I'd originally planned to do with this design. Anyway, I expect to be starting on the satin stitching this evening.
This next bit is for Cynthia who, after the room re-organisation post, wanted to see whole room shots. That's quite a challenge as the room is so small! However, nothing loathe, here is the view of the (messy) desk area, which is wall to wall as you see, and was taken from as far back in the doorway as I could reasonably stand.
This second shot shows the bookshelves joining on to the new shelves and from that you can see how short that wall is.
So, I live in a rather tiny space, but I think I've got it about as close to optimised as one could hope for. There's no comfy chair in there for stitching, that's why that takes place in the roomier living room. And, if we do move closer into town as Sir wants (and part of me does too), then I will almost certainly lose my room and we'll end up sharing a second bedroom as a study. Not as good, but still far better than being restricted to the dining table, no?=)
Text and images © Elizabeth Braun 2012