Wednesday, 23 April 2014

18. Maria's Wedding Sampler

Stitched on 32 count white evenweave
This is the sampler I stitched for my friend's wedding last weekend.

The motifs come from various places.  
The hearts are from Carton-Marie (I stitched the whole piece for my cousin's wedding last year).  
"Love" is from Happiness is Cross Stitching.  
M and D (their initials) are from iStitch's Mystery SAL 
and the butterfly is from a random download I've had in the file for ages (sadly no originating website on it).

Tuesday, 22 April 2014

17. With Thy Needle & Thread April Wordplay

April Wordplay by With Thy Needle & Thread's Brenda Gervais.
Stitched on 32 count lemon yellow fabric, stitched over one.  
I converted the charted GAST to DMC but the colours were rather muddy (unlike the original GAST) so I just made my own colours up instead!  I used some nice 3000 greens for the lettering and a brighter red for the little trailer.  I also changed the word peeps to cheep because we don't have peeps here (I understand they are a type of sweet?).

The fabric isn't striped, they show through from the mount, but it's a good effect I am pleased with.

This is how I mounted the picture for my scrapbook using a nice piece of (recycled) Easter Egg ribbon round the edge:

Friday, 11 April 2014

16. Just Nan Band Sampler Round Robin

 Broader bands from Sweet Rememberance and the narrow bands from Cynthia's Sampler.  
The charted colours from Sweet Rememberance worked well with a couple of tweaks.

These are my bands

And a diagonal shot: 

And this is the whole piece, taken in a different light.  It is very hard to get the colours quite accurate.
The fabric is Garden Princess by Sugar Maple Fabrics (in case you were wondering!)

Sunday, 6 April 2014

15. The Little Stitcher Alice in Wonderland

Stitched on 19 count Ariosa Antique Rose
using Jodyri Threads ChaChaCha and DMC B5200

This is a freebie available on The Little Stitcher's FB page to promote her new Alice in Wonderland chart.

Friday, 4 April 2014

14. Parrots Bookmark

Close up of the bookmark, I used the leftover threads to make the tassel.

Gwen of Guava Gems left the 5000th comment on my blog.  I wanted to send something suitable so I read through her blog and saw she was taking part in the Snooty Parrots SAL.  I had this little parrot bookmark in my stash, a cover kit from Cross Stitcher magazine.  I used their colours but changed the parrots around a little to make them more colourful.  In the parcel I included a piece of this fabric, I couldn't find any with parrots on but this is very colourful.  I also included a skein of Jodyri's Over The Rainbow thread which includes the same colours as the parrots and a Lucie Heaton booklet of Summer Stitching.