Friday, September 12, 2008

More presents

Via Stitching Bloggers Birthday club I got this wonderful gift from Julianne ( ).
A pretty bag and inside it... two pieces of Silkweaver fabric, three skeins of silk (I don't have any Belle Soie from before), a self stick note-book (or what ever you call it in English: ) and a wooden thread keep! AND on top of that she said she will send me later something self stitched...and ON TOP OF THAT she's ordered me a chart from my wishlist together with the fabric, thread and embellishments!!!!Thank you so much, I'm truly grateful, this really is a wonderful gift!!
I like birthdays:))

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Here, this is what I got for my birthday from Marika (, fabric (I don't have any fabric with squares from before, just plain aida and linen), ribbons, thread and a lovely notebook, she had sown(sewn? it's getting too late to think about verb conjugations...) a cover and stitched over it. I really like it, ISO KIITOS!!!

And here below are a few almost finished pieces that I thought I would make into Christmas tree ornaments.
And finally, a new start, it will be a birthday gift for a friend of mine, it's a design by Just Nan, that's all I'm gonna say:) Originally I had planned to stitch her a sampler by Gigi (picture full of her first names first letters) but then I realized it would be really big and take for ever. So I found this among my stash. I like the colours of the thread and the fabric, it's a piece of 28 count Silkweavers Stirling silver that I got in trade from (I love her work and also her choice of fabrics for her stitching).
pikku korjaus...kuvat synttärilahjasta laitankin sivulle vasta illalla sillä kamerani muistikortti ei käy työpaikan koneeseen/kortinlukijaan...

Sunday, September 07, 2008

It's been - once again - ages since my last post but here are a few pics of a few of my works. I've finished Mary Queen of Scots and I've managed to do a bit more for Opus II.

I've also done a few Christmas tree ornaments and finally received my order from Stitching bits and bobs, they had a sale several months ago. Some Bent Creek charts, small ones, one Little house Needlework, some thread and a few cheap pieces of linen.

Then it's my birthday on Tuesday!:) This year I'm with one Finnish and one international birthday exchange so I should receive a total of 4 stitching related gifts (and I'm also responsible for sending four to others). And one of them has arrived already! This parcel from Marika in Oulu arrived on Thursday and I've managed NOT to open it yet, I have no idea how:) Two more nights.... the picture in the parcel is a painting by a Finnish artist Albert Edefelt. Thank you!!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

The past few weeks I've had some days that I really haven't felt like stitching at all but then on some days, luckily I have:)
I've mainly done my wonderful Chatelaine, I'm still in love with the design:) Although I can't continue it as much as I would like to, it seems that when I ordered the thread, I didn't get one Needlepoint silk and also instead of one pale blue/turquoise dinky dyes silk I got a completely wrong one, a light pink one...Why didn't I check the colours before?.... I've placed an order at the Stitching bits and bobs but as the order once again has something they are out of stock, it will take a while to get here...

Then I've also done one small childish thing, a "Nintje", it was a kit I got from the fleamarket. A cutie!
The third pic is a new Wip, it's a double Dutch sampler by Sampler Cove designs featured in the the Gift of Cross Stitching magazine last summer. I've had the fabric (36 count) and the thread (Gloriana silks) for a long time. AS it's 36 count, it's going really slowly.

That's it for now:)
(While writing this I'm listening the new cd "Terra" by the portuguese fado singer Mariza, it has some beautiful songs on it...)

Friday, July 04, 2008


The past few days I've concentrated on my Chatelaine, my lovely lovely Chatelaine...I really love the design and I love stitching it... I'm doing parts two and three, I've done most of the parts one and two, just the special stitches and the beads are missing.
And I love the flowers, after I stitched them I even thought I should just stop and frame it as it is:)

Monday, June 30, 2008

Last day of June

A short update before going to sleep.

The past weeks I haven't touched Mary Queen of Scots. Instead I have finished the first part of Chatelaines Holland sampler (except for the beads), the pic doesn't show the sparkly threads but at least gives some idea. My only worry is that piece of fabric that I've got isn't big enough...

Then I finished a second Cat apron for my aunt but forgot to take a picture before I gave it to her.

Then I've done a Christmas ornament by Little House needlework, just need to make it into a pin cushion now. I stitched it on aida called "Pewter" and I think if I would ever do another one, I would use a darker fabric.

I've also done a bit more of House of a needleworker too. But now I've lost the key or the instructions telling which sign corresponds which thread so I can't finish it before I find the key...

Also I've started two new pieces, one of them is Long Dogs Bois le Duc which is now my travel piece on the train. I'm stitching it with DMC 221 but I've forgotten the name of the fabric, I think it was 28 count.. Or maybe 32...Anyway I started on the upper left corner.

The other one is a childish thing, DMC's Felicity Wishes "Reach for the Stars"

Now to sleep, I was just watching the Spanish tv, los campeones (Winners of the Euro Cup) returned to Madrid. What a huge amount of people welcoming them...I don't care for sports but I've been in love with Spain for about 15 years so obviously I wanted to see their return.

Monday, May 19, 2008

I forgot!!!!

I’ve also started Cowboy dreams by Country cottage kids (the third and the fourth row of the riddle were supposed to be blue but I didn't noticed the symbol changed in the chart...)

I've got some more thread too and I bought some fabric from (sent her thread and chocolate as an exchange ) but pics of those things later, now I need to go to sleep:)
Once again) It’s been ages since my last update but I have been stitching!

Here’s what I’ve done:

-I’ve finished Saint George and the dragon and I’m very happy with itJ

-I’ve finished Home sweet home and made it into my very first pillow! A slightly asymmetrical pillow but a pillow nevertheless.
-I’ve started Home of a needleworker too by Little House needleworks. I really like it, at the end of the week I should get a few colours of Crescent colours that I’m still missing. The linen is 28 count hand-dyed jobelan "Sand castle", I first thought it might be a bit reddish but now I like it.

-I’ve started Winter welcome, Holly&Ivy sampler, Blueberries and Strawberries, all either by Little house needleworks or Country Cottage needleworks

(I know, a lot of new Wips but small ones and “almost finished”…)


-I’ve signed up for my very first Chatelaine!!!!! Holland Springtime landscape, I really like the look of it. And I’ve started it, the NPI silks should arrive this week so I can continue the first part. So far I’m lovin’ it!! I just hope the piece of fabric that I got is wide enough. The fabric is called Mercedes and is by Picture this, it’s the first time that I’m using their fabrics.

What else, what else….

I’ve also started a new cat apron, it’s for my aunt and compared with the first one I did, this is a much better work, much more carefully done, I would almost like to take the first one back from my boyfriends mother and re-stitch it...

Yesterday I stitched a bit of Mary Queen of Scots, I finished the hawk/eagle and the castle on the left corner and did the letter “M”.

Now my priorities are to finish the Cat apron, Mary QofS, Home of a needleworker too, continue my wonderful beautiful Chatelaine and then I want to start Bois le Duc by Long Dog Samplers and their new blue design, Words alone.
Then I've also promised to stitch some Christmas tree ornaments for a magazine that my aunt is editing. I haven't done any yet and I'll see her in June so I better hurry...

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Long time no see

First, here is something I finished a couple of weeks ago. It's from de Fil en aiguille magazine. Last year my boyfriends mother asked me to stitch something for her, something cat or flower related. When I saw this model, I thought it was perfect for her as she's a very good cook. I decided to give it to her as a Christmas present and make another one for one of my aunts as that aunt has a white cat and has published a cooking book. Well, deadlines come and go, but a few weeks ago I saw the mother so I had to finish it (I haven't even started the one for my aunt yet). Stitchingwise, it's not among my best work, but I think it's cute. Only that a few days after I gave it away, I realized I had forgotten to stitch the cats whiskers!!....Still, it's cute:) I think...

This past week my train project has been DHC Dessins Saint George and the dragon, I needed a break from Opus 2. An online shop had a sale and they had 6 skeins of Needlepoint inc silk 226 left so I bought it all. It's the same one that I used for Mouline Rouge last year. I'll probably need only 3 skeins for the George.This should be quite quick to finish.

I made some progress with Opus2 before I started Saint George.
And also some progress with Bo beep, I haven't touched it for about three weeks now.

Stitching bits and bobs had a sale a few weeks back so I went and bought a few pieces from the Little house of needlework/Country cottage needlework: Winter welcome, Holly and Ivy sampler, a Stichers home too and a cowboy picture + all the thread needed for those charts. I'm hoping to receive it all next week.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Tuesday, January 29, 2008


Time goes on, January has almost come to an end... Here's one finished piece for January, I really like it! I think it was called Daisy Lane Cottage by Little House needleworks. I'd like to start Home sweet home by Country Cottage needleworks soon but I need Crescent colours and Gentle art for that and my LNS didn't have them (the biggest shop in Brussels doesn't have that good selection I think, mostly DMC fabric, kits and threads, then some specialty threads like Atalie, Soie d'Alger and Gloriana. But not my fav, Vikki Clayton...

And here's what I've managed to stitch so far with Opus 2. I stitched it last week mostly on the train, I didn't get to do much stitching during on the evenings.It's also my first work where the backside will look fairly decent (I hope...), I try not to use any knots.

And here are two closeups of the Vikki Clayton silk I'm using. I ordered some more from Bricolart (luckily they have a sale...), I ordered only 5 skeins a few weeks ago because that's all they had. Now I ordered 6 and thanks to my order, they are again out of stock with Dragon Claw:)

Then finally another start, La~D~Das Bo Beep, I like it cause it's a bit different from anything I've done before. And it progresses very swiftly, only the tree is still missing. I'm using DMC threads and the linen is bought from the flea market in Finland, I think its 28 count.

On Thursday a few more pics of my last finishes for January, at least two pieces, hopefully three!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

a few (very dark) photos

First, Opus 2, so far. The colour of the silk isn't as dark as in the photo.

Then even a darker picture, Papillons Mary queen of Scots, I haven't done this for a few weeks now. then 2 pictures done in half stitching that I bought over the holidays in Finland. They are not that beautiful, but they are very Nordic. And I wanted them because of the subject: the other one has a woman and a landscape from Lapland and the other one has birch trees and a violin player.

Then finally long overdue: three skeins of thread that my Secret cross stitching pal sent me for Christmas, Dinky dyes, Crescent coulours and Gentle Art, thanks! I've only tried Dinky Dyes before, never the other two brands. In the picture are also the two books I bought right before Christmas.The other one has 4oo different kind of stitches, I think it will be quite useful as I've never really done any specialty stitches.The other one has some nice designs for linen, I mostly like the monogram-designs.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Hi, this time without pictures, I promise promise promise pictures tomorrow... Here's a short update:
+I have a second finish for 2008, DHC's Red Monogram, done with DMC 815 and a bit of gold
+ I have completed (almost...) the outer border for the Wayward garden
+ no progress with the supposed-to-be-Christmas presents...
+ I've been a very bad girl... I've started yet another piece despite of all the WIPS around my house: Long Dog Samplers Opus 2... I started it a few days ago and it's going quite well. I'm using a variegated blue/green Vikki Clayton silk called Dragon Claw, I love VC silks:) Originally I thought I would start Long dogs Bois le Duc before Opus but I'm not yet sure about which thread to use for the BlD. I ordered some Clayton silks a few days ago from to try a few (and at the same time the DMC thread needed for La D Da's Bo Beep), though I promise I won't start Bois le duc before I have at least two big finishes/atleast two of last years Christmas presents done.
(PS Last evening was a nice evening for stitching, outside it was really windy and raining, so I made myself a cup of hot chocolate, some pan cakes and stitched:)) )

Monday, January 07, 2008

Happy New Year!

The holidays are over but I think I got a lot of stitching done:)
Let me proudly present to you: the first work of 2008, "My angel", a Finnish design done in half stitch. I got it from a friend of mine (Kiitos Satu! ) just before the New Year and it was quite quick to make. I like it and sent the finished piece already back to her (note: in my case a "finished" work always means finished stitching, not framed or anything...). I added a little bit of gold thread though it doesn't show very well in the picture.

And here is my last finished piece of 2007, by Little House Needleworks if I remember correctly. I've wanted to make it for a long time and it was very quick to stitch, I'll probably make it into a pin cushion or some sort of an ornament (Sorry for the bad picture quality)

And all of this below I bought over the holidays, Daisy Lane Cottage by Little House Needleworks (which I've almost finished already) and Home sweet home by Country Cottage Needleworks, some frames and a lot of fabric. The big pile of white linen I bought at the fleamarket, 5 rolls of it, one really big piece and the others were something like 40cm x 80cm, the price was11€.
I also bought the 2007 Christmas Ornaments magazine and the latest World of Cross stitching. I think the latter didn't have very interesting charts in it , but with it came All of our Yesterdays Alphabets. I used to dislike AoY immensily, but now I've kind of grown accostumed to it... The Christmas Ornaments magazine I bought because I fell in love with the Christmas Lace Snowflake by Rosewood Manor that I saw on Leena's page ( It's utterly gorgeous!

I spent a lot of time during my holidays stitching Mary Queen of Scots and almost finished DHC's Red Monogram. In fact, my father asked me on one occasion "don't you have any other hobbies?"....I guess I don't:)

And then a few old pics.
This one, Cote Coeur Ouest, I gave to my mother for Mothers Day last May, she had it framed and I think it looks nice! Though it bothers me I didn't do a very good job with the backside: you can see lots of loose threads through the white aida...

This one I stitched a few years back, it was a pre-stamped table cloth that I bouth from Linea Broderier

And this last one I also got from Linea broderier, I gave it to my father a year or two ago (he loves fishing, has a beard and occasionally smokes a cigar).

For Christmas I got 3 shades of brown thread from my Secret Stitch friend (Gentle Art, Crescent colours, Dinky Dyes) so I'll try to get a photo of them tomorrow, as well as a picture of the two charts she sent me last year.

PS I think the January issue of the Gift of Stitching wasn't very interesting...I have to read it again, maybe I missed something.