Fun in my fabric world....

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Sampler parade Pt 2

It has been great to visit everyone's sites for the cross stitch tour. Chookyblue is listing what blogs are participating today....go here to find out.
First of all, here is the basket where my cross stitch lives...it has an embroidered lid...it was made in a class with my local embroidery group in 1998...I added little touches to make it my own...
I love the inside of the lid...some of the tools were gifts...pretty special!
My children both have samplers...they were not made until they were older so they are a little more adult.
DD's is a modified Shepherds Bush...
 DS' is a Cross Eyed cricket pattern I think.  He still likes it in his room. Sometimes he can be a nut.
This Shepherds Bush design was completed 31.12.1999...some furious stitching right at the end to complete it before the New Year rolled in!The whitework bands do not photograph well.
Someone commented that there was no stitching in their toilet....LOL...this hangs in the loo off the laundry! It had a previous life in my kitchen, but has been demoted.
This garden sampler was fun to make...the borders went on last as you would expect...only to find that on the final stretch I was one thread out!!!!!! A little creative tweaking & I find the imperfection hard to find!
And just so I don't seem like a goody two shoes who finishes everything...here is my walk of shame!
I commenced this sampler with obviously good intentions in 2002...it appears very briefly every year or so and has a few more stitches done, undone & then done properly! I love it but it is stronger than me & keeps me making mistakes...I will not give up...LOL!
This must be completed by years end...Blackbird Designs...but I am easily distracted by borders.
Liz sent me this lovely linen...you have seen this stocking in progress...I am enjoying the "bigness" of it all and the overdyed Perle5...like sewing rope on hessian. Have a look at Liz for some stunning X stitch!
Don't be fooled...if I peered further into the dim dark recesses of my cupboards there would be more WIP's! Hmmm...Prairie Schooler Santas...dragonfly...stop looking now!
Obviously patchwork has taken more of my time over the past few years, but I still find such calm when I stitch...time to sit quietly & think. Hope you have enjoyed it!
Cardygirl xx

13 comments:

BubzRugz said...

The sewing basket is so lovely.... much better than my plastic container!!! I think it is the nature of a crafter to have several WIP's/UFO's..... ..... isn't it?
Hugz

Janice said...

You have done some beautiful work over the years. I'm sure that your ongoing projects will be finished one day.

Chookyblue...... said...

beautiful........once again.........keep working on the UFO's.......you will get to the end eventually......
do Shepherd Bush still exist???

suzitee said...

Thanks for showing some WIPs Cardy...makes me feel better :) You have completed some beautiful cross stitches. I think we all have other interests that have taken over from the cross stitching a little...but luckily it is something we can come back to year after year (after year LOL).

SandyN said...

Wow some beautiful work...

Sandyn

Farmyard Crafts said...

Good to see that you've admitted to some unfinished projects! I Just knew there must be some in there somewhere!!! ;) They are all so beautiful!

loulee said...

I'm loving that basket. If you ever get tired of it.......

gracie said...

I love the sewing basket...and all your stitching

Rose Marie said...

Lovely basket and all your pieces are gorgeous!!

Siobhan said...

Your stitching is beautiful! I love that you did samplers for your kids. I haven't done birth samplers for mine, but did stitch their names into other samplers. I was confused at the concept you mentioned, though, about having to finish things you start...?!? ;)

Cathy said...

Absolutely adore your basket, and lid there Alison, how gorgeous. Beautiful work here as usual! xo

Amelia said...

I can't even begin to imagine how many countless hours have gone into these artworks! I agree, I find cross-stitch so calming too.

Farm Girl said...

Your stitching is gorgeous - especially those samplers - stunning. What is the one at the top of your WIP's?(the one that is stronger than you. lol) It's so pretty and looks like you're doing it on very fine linen!