Monday, February 2, 2015


I have been doing a little embroidery.  Hand embroidery.  At the moment, I seem to be obsessed with samplers!
One day when I couldn't get moving, I threaded all the embroidery threads in my box and added them to a piece of felt.  It really helps keep you going!
I am doing one with Sue Spargo on Craftsy, which I have showed before.  I am also doing two with rebecca ringquist on creativebug.  I am only just
starting on these.  The stitch combination up the top, I enjoyed, however the red and blue stitches are supposed to be tete de boef or the head of the bull.  Rebecca taught it differently to how I know it.  She used three sepearate stitches, on the right.   I was taught to do it as a fly stitch with a chain tail, at top left.  I also tried reversing the fly stitch and adding the chain below that.  The variations are interesting, and who's to say which is right.  Stitch names are not really that important to me so long as I don't get confused.
The third sampler, is a set of samplers from Christen Brown's book Embroidered and Embellished.  At present I am working on the first one with simple stitches.
I am also doing some crochet for charity for our local CWA (country Women's Association)  branch of which I am secretary.  We have decided that we will start the year with a drive to make hats scarves and blankets for the homeless as winter will be along soon.  This is something I have been wanting to do for so long.
I have been doing a little journaling.  This is this week's page for daily journaling.
Also The Tangled Textiles Group I belonged to has come to an end at challenge 15.  On the page, there is a grid for each of the challengers showing their work.
I thought I might show my grid here for you.
So, a quiet week for me.

Happy Creating!


  1. Not so quiet really...lots of beautiful stitching going on

  2. I'm so impressed with your embroidery - lovely!

  3. Lovely work. Love the piece on black.

  4. Doesn't seem quiet to me! Some very pretty embroidery happening!

  5. Sometimes when I don't feel like making art, I do prep work. I may not make a finished project, but I make things I can use later in projects. I adore your hand stitching, partly for the beauty of it, and partly because I know I'll never be able to do that type of art. You never cease to amaze me.

    I also like your February journal page, too. It is wonderful. Of course, the final montage you created of all your tangled threads blew me away. SO gorgeous. REALLY gorgeous.

  6. Your hand stitchery is wonderful. Like you the names of the stitches are not that important, but useful to keep me from getting confused. You have had a busy week; not quiet at all IMHO. Reminds me I need to start photographing my progress too!


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