Sunday, August 7, 2011
My First Finished Work for the Year
I just got back to stitching after a long time- in fact I can't remember exactly the last time I stitched. I'm pretty sure not for at least 6 years, and even then, sort of on a lackadaisical basis. Last year, however, we moved house and along with the move, I saw all the magazines, patterns, and kits I'd hoarded over the years - surprise! Then last March, on a visit to my brother in Canada, we stopped by a Michael's and I bought a little kit that was on sale for $2 - could not resist! My mom and my brother expressed their doubts as to whether I'd ever do it.
Less than a month ago, I started sewing.. not that kit from Canada, but a little ornament kit from who-knows-when -- a little creche, just the infant Jesus in a crib of straw. There's some metallic thread to his halo and the rays radiating from his halo. Viola! I finished it (woo hoo!) And now I'm back in the groove. My stash is kind of old now (heck, from the early 90s) but they are kits and patterns that I really love - among them the Dimensions pattern of Mary Engelbreit's "Believe" Santa. I panicked at the thought of losing them (did I mention that once we moved, I could not find them?) but anyway, thanks to my mom's help, I found most of them - except for my hardbound books, which I think may be permanently gone.
One pattern that we haven't found yet (and I really want to do for Christmas) is Whimsey and Wit's Christmas Alphabet Advent calendar. My best cousin Avey bought it for me on a trip to a cross stitch store in La Jolla - the pattern, the linen,the thread, some charms - back in 2005, I think. She bought 2 sets, one for her and one for me. Wasn't that sweet of her? I had only got round to a few stitches - not very far yet at the time of our move. I'm still looking for it, though I have found the photocopy I did so I could mark off what I'd finished. I hope I find the whole kit soon....
Anyway.. one down (finished). And I have a whole list to go:
1. Bowl of Nectarines, to match the Bowl of Plums that's been framed and is in our dining room. That's the pic above - as you can see I'm not an expert stitcher and have yet to graduate to linen - despite an unfinished 22 ct Mother and Child from the pattern in "Madonnas of the Old Masters".
2. A Dimensions pattern - Christmas angel ornaments - a set of 6
3. Another Dimensions pattern - a Tuscan Welcome (the one I bought from Michael's, Vancouver)
4. A DMC pattern - Baldemor's "Pahiyas Festival" - it's a huge painting and it will be more manageable on fabric of a higher count - so, no Aida! A portion of the pattern's cost goes to Unicef.
Posted by Beauty Bonnet at 1:02 AM