Mirabilia · WIP

Update on Santa

The last time I posted about Santa I didn’t have much done.



I now have a little over half of the stitching done.



Chicken Scratch Embroidery · Cross-Stitch · embroidery · WIP

Chicken Scratch Embroidery

I hadn’t been posting a lot lately but now I’m in the mood.  I have been curious about Chicken Scratch Embroidery/Gingham Embroidery since I saw a mention of it on Mary Corbet’s site Needle n’ Thread.  I got a kit to make a table cloth and am currently working on the centre portion of the fabric.  The pattern uses double sided cross stitch.  I love the shade of green…it makes me think of spring.  Next I want to try the Christmas tree ornament.


Cross-Stitch · Mirabilia · WIP

Dress Makers Daughter Progress

I started stitching DMD on August 2nd.  I took the time to organize my floss and made larger sized working copies of each dress to mark up as I stitch.  I started with Winter.  The background seemed took a few days and it’s kind of boring but worth it.

Dress Makers Daughter – Mirabilia
Dress Makers Daughter – Mirabilia – August 2012



Canvas Work · Cross-Stitch · Needle Delights Originals · needlepoint · Uncategorized · Victoria Sampler · WIP

My current projects

Wow I have not been doing any posting.  Work is such a drag that I rarely want to get on the computer to do anything but look at stuff.  I also found having to hook my camera up via a cord rather discouraging.  I got a mackbook when my pc laptop screen crapped out on me and the memory card slot wasn’t compatible.  A couple of weeks ago I finally got a new camera that does have a compatible memory card for the slot in the mac.  So all I have to do is pop out the card and stick it in the computer.  No cord!!  I was forever forgetting where I put the cord.

I haven’t really finished anything since Christmas.  I am working on a few things though.  Two things are for friends at work to show my appreciation for their being them.  In the spring there was a 6 week bus strike in Halifax.  I do not have a car so I asked my friend/co-worker if I could get a drive with her every day.  She was happy to help out.  Her husband drops her off and picks her up everyday anyway and they live on my side of the bridge (Dartmouth).  The big thing with her being that she would not take money for the car pooling.  So in return for their generosity I am stitching Ann-Marie Sweet Pea Gazebo by Victoria Sampler.  I have done stitching for her before, so I know she likes needlework.  Here is a recent picture:

Sweet Pea Gazebo - Victoria Sampler
Sweet Pea Gazebo – Victoria Sampler

I was reading Giovanna’s stitches blog and saw her finished  Mystery Summer Sampler offered by By the Bay Needleart .  I immediately thought it would make the perfect gift for my friend/co-worker Beth.  Our “department” is now just the two of us and we have been pulling together to get the work done.  I’ve gotten a little more done since I took the picture.

Mystery Summer Sampler – By the Bay Needleart

My other piece is Amazing Colour by Needle Delights Originals.  It is just for me and there is so much colour in it that it perks my mood up just to work on it.  Each square is a different stitch and I don’t get bored with the piece at all.

Amazing Color – Needle Delights
single block from Amazing Color – Needle Delights
Canvas Work · WIP

Tuscan Midnight & Gentle Waves

I am working on another afghan.  The pattern is from “Around the Seasons” from Bernat and is called “Gentle Waves”.  It will be a Christmas present for my cousin Erica.  Her fave colour is pink so I chose three shades of pink and white (Flamingo, Sea Shell, Antique Rose and Snow: Bernat Satin).

Gentle Waves - Bernat










Now for the main event 🙂  I purchased two Needle Delights Originals patterns and the fibres for each.  Tuscan Midnight in the cool blues colour way and Amazing Color.  I started Tuscan Midnight first.  So far I am on the fifth round.

Caron Watercolours in Blue Colour Way for Tuscan Midnight
Tuscan Midnight by Needle Delights Originals

Outside the Queen’s Treasure Chest

Yesterday I went to Fabricville and got the pink satin fabric, pink satin ribbon, spray adhesive and matte board (from Michael’s) that I would need to construct the outside of the box.  I went by the list of things I would need that are on the inside cover of the instructions, but as I completed the outside and came to the details about the inside construction I realized that I needed Skirtex or Easy Felt, something along those lines.  So I finished the outside of the box and hopefully today I’ll get back out to Fabricville to pick up the stiffened felt.  Here are a few pictures.

This is the first time I have ever constructed a box covered in fabric.  Two of the lid edges and two of the main body edges are stitched together using invisible thread.  I also used more invisible thread to re-inforce the hinge on the lid and of the front flap.  Isn’t is just the cutest?  It’s small, only about 7″ wide and 4″ tall.  If I go to Fabricville today then I’ll probably have the inside finished in a couple of days, if I don’t go today then it could be a couple of weeks.  Either way, pictures will definitely follow of the final product.

Tanja Berlin · WIP

Wild Rose So Far

Last weekend I had a two day workshop with Tanja Berlin. She taught needlepainting. I was looking forward to learning and am pleased to say it was easier than I thought it would be. I really enjoy needlepainting and will probably do more in the future.

Here are progress pictures of my rose:

Progress: Saturday, April 11, 2010


Progress: Sunday, April 12, 2010


Progress: Tuesday, April 13, 2010