Saturday, May 28, 2011

Crystal Christmas....Not Much...

Progress so far....

There is another part being stitched, but I didn't unscroll the right part for photo shoot. Will reveal it in my next post.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Crystal Christmas

Some of you may have noticed that I have been collecting stash on different floss secretly. Here and here.Yes, those are for one of my favorite design, Crystal Christmas by Mirabilia. This chart has been with me since last 6 years, can you imagine that? :>

I faced some difficulties on stitching Arctic Ray floss, I still feel that the floss is too thick to stitch on 32ct fabric. Perhaps you would share your experience with me. I would like to complete it seriously, hopefully by Christmas this year. Will keep you updated!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Hillside Travelers

I'm working on Hillside Travelers that started 2 days ago. It is fun and relaxing to stitch. However, I guess I would have very little progress this week, as I'm having lower back sprains and strains :( Gotta see doctor after DH get back home from work today.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Rose Quaker Sampler Framed!

I decided to frame this with gold painted frame, maroon soft board with non-reflective glass. 

And yes, the maroon soft board with gold lining, so that the red or brown color motifs stand out perfectly!

Monday, April 25, 2011

Rosey Finished!

I just finished up Rosey. I'm so happy to have this finished earlier than my scheduled. I replaced the suggested DMC 3777 with DMC Color Variations 115. The dress turns out so nice, do does the flower!

Design: Rosey © LHN
Fabric: 40ct Permin Linen -  Lambswool

Thread: DMC
Now I have to find something else to stitch! Anyway, thank you for stopping by, enjoy your stitching :)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Stitch Ideas Vol 13

Japanese magazine of stitching and embroidery, aka Sutichi Idées in Japanese. This amazing craft book presents readers with inspiring stitching projects.

This issue includes technical features and clear step-by-step instructions for stitchers of all abilities. 

You can also see the life style of popular designers.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


Another Rose design?!?!?! Yes, I decided to start Rosey after the huge(at least for me!) Rose Quaker Sampler. Not only stitching the same rose series of project, I have been stitching on the same fabric too. Guess I'm addicted to 40ct fabric. 

Happy stitching!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Rose Quaker Sampler Finished!

The Rose Quaker Sampler is finished! I'm so glad it has to be done! ::phew:: It is a real Ta-Dah moment! What a gorgeous piece.

Design: Rose Quaker Sampler  © Stickideen von der Wiehenburg
Fabric: 40ct Permin Linen -  Lambswool

Thread: DMC

Now I'm going to start a new one. Will share with you soon!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Rose Quaker Sampler Part 3

I have made some major progress on this piece and I hopefully finish it up in the next couple of days. Looking at the BIG FROG in the middle of it makes me feel sick. I have to work harder, to clear this frog out of my view!

Write soon!

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

1-Blanket 4-Japan

Things have been very quiet here I know, but very busy behind the scenes. I have been participating in a worthy project "1-Blanket 4-Japan" to help the Japanese earthquake & tsunami victims to overcome a shortage of blankets there. Our club, Rotary Club of Kuala Kangsar is supporting this humanitarian drive, to collect and dispatch  blankets to disaster-hit relief centres in Japan. The 1-Blanket 4-Japan projects end last Sunday, and the item items will be delivered to Japan by the first week of April. We are proud to be a part of the grassroots life-saving effort!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Prayer For Japan Earthquake And Tsunami Victims

An 8.9 earthquake struck Japan on March 11th, triggering tsunami tidal waves on the northeast part of Japan. I greatly sympathies with  their plight and share the sorrow of the victims. My prayers for all the victims of Japan earthquake and tsunami waves.

Yuu, your reply relieve my worries. Your name appeared right after I was being told about this disaster last Friday. Thanks God!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Rose Quaker Sampler Part 2

I worked on Rose Quaker Sampler quite a little bit over the weekend.....I have been frogging quite a lot, that's slow down my progress. However, I would like to re-stitch my main mistake at the end. 

Sorry for the wrinkles, I don't want to keep ironing the fabric before taking photo. The bottle that placed on top of the fabric is my Totally Useless. Somehow I feel satisfied seeing the bottle is filled. 

A token of love....

Monday, February 28, 2011

Autumn Row

I'm so glad that finished the Autumn Row, Bent Creek last night. I think it turned out very cute.

This photo taken in my garden. The pearl grass is just planted by DH last week. Thanks so much!
Design: Autumn Row by Bent Creek #BC1078
Fabric: 32ct Permin Linen -  Amber
Thread: DMC

I picked up few new patterns by LHN that I just received. Guess which pattern I am going to get started :)

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Rose Quaker Sampler

I couldn't resist stitching Rose Quaker from Stickideen von der Wiehenburg after reading from Hearty Tones. This is my first time stitching on 40ct linen, it is uneasy since I have been stitching on 32ct for so long. But it is fun and the outcome is so gorgeous. I'm stitching this over 2 on 40ct Lambswool Linen from Wichelt using 1 strand of the DMC listed on the chart.

Oh well.....I did not have a good start. I did not differentiate between symbol Celtic and Cross clearly, hence I stitched it wrongly :(  No wonder the design did not stand out as it should.

Beside Rose Quaker, I also stitched another simpler design by Bent Creek, Autumn Row. The pumpkins look very cute. However, I ran out of DMC 310 Black, will try to finish it up after getting 310 today.

Happy stitching!

Monday, February 21, 2011


As promised, I gotta show you some of the framed finishes.

One of my recent finish, Dog Lessons for People by Lizzie Kate. I like this antique-looking frame so much! I got this from JD Arts & Frame, they carry wide range of imported frame.

Guess most of you think this frame looks very familiar. Yes, its from Ikea. I bought this frame last 2 years ago, but yet to confirm what to be framed that time. Oh well....isn't this finish match this frame nicely?

This is a pre-made photo frame that used to frame other documents. I recycled it with helps from JD Arts & Frame. It turned out gorgeous, just nice to place at my bookshelf.

If you have followed my blog lately, most probably you have seen it in my previous post. Yes, but I would like to take a better shot to show how nice of this frame when sitting on my Ikea Billy bookshelf :)

This is another frame by D Arts & Frame too. I personally like dark solid frame.

Opsss....Where is the frame? Hehehe....I did not frame this, but stick on door instead. My little prince, Chatwin keep pointing it when seeing this, as if asking me "Mom, who is the boy?"

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Alphabet Tree Sampler Too!

Sorry for the late late late blogging. I have to apologize for the inactive blog as of late, been feeling so ill since the beginning of Bunny Year 2011 and facing bad luck on my cameras, both of my mobile and Canon camera went wrong.

I finished up Alphabet Tree Sampler last couple of weeks, I think it turned out pretty cute. 

Design: Japaneses Magazine Book Stitch Idées - Alphabet Tree Sampler
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Linen -  White
Thread: DMC

This cute toy corner is created by hubby for my son, Chatwin.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Alphabet Tree Sampler

After finished the a l'abordage, I feel like stitching another design for my son's room again. I went over my stashes with a fine-tooth comb last week, I found this lovely design.

This design  found in a  Japaneses Magazine Book Stitch Idées or Sutichi Idées Vol.10 that I bought last few months ago. This craft book  is chalked full of cross stitch and embroidery project inspiration and beautiful pictures, you will definitely like it.

I have to finish the top half of bunny portion, before move on to the upper part. The design is stitched in DMC 347, whereas the alphabets and apples are stitched in DMC Ecru. I guess this turns out to be a beautiful combination. Let's see if I can finish it by this week!

Here is my Totally Useless so far. I should look for a bigger jar, since I have already filled up a quarter of this container, and it's only the first month of the year! I did not buy this container, it's actually my Rose 4 Reines Pearlescent Body Cream from L'occitane. I like the design of the glass, so I keep it for my craft works, rather than send it to recycle bin.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Blue Birds Nested Back Home

The blue birds have nested in my house with a nice frame, finally!As some of you may know, I stitched wrongly when I first started. So this end up took me about 3 weeks to finish. But, I think it is so much worthy of stitching.
Design: Welcome Blue Birds (The Cross Stitcher August 2002)
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Linen - Antique White

Thread: DMC

Yes, I have completed a l'abordage too! It is so fun to stitch. I like the combination of red colors, somehow it make me stitch it aggressively.
Design: a l'abordage by Anne Sohier-Fournel

Fabric: 32ct Linen - Permin Natural Light
Thread: DMC

Friday, January 07, 2011

Happy Belated New Year!

A late New Year greeting to all.

I have been busy stitching lately, as well as drooling over my new stashes. I just found out that the job of translating is kinda tiring :> Please do not misunderstand, I'm not into freelance job, I actually get tired of translating Exercice de Style to English. I think I should have set my New Year Resolution as learning French, since I'm so much into French cross stitch designs.

At first, I did not understand from the chart itself, and so did the instruction :P
Luckily with Google Translate's help, then only I found out the design is so much different from what I have been stitched before. Almost all of the designs practice mix stitching style, with combination of stitching method, like 1 over 1 and 2 over 2. Let alone daisy and chain stitching. Isn't fun to be stitched?

Some of my friends complained about the pictures that I post for this book. Yes, I know. I was being lazy, instead of taking photo, I was just copied from other website legally :) So, here you go!

It's turn to show my finishes that have been stitched over the holidays. Perhaps I have opt the wrong technique in stitching a metallic gold treads, I found it uneasy to be stitched. Please share with me if you have experienced before or you have a little secret on how to stitch it easily. I will get it framed and place on top of my bookshelf!
Design: The Bookshelf by LHN #17
Fabric: 32ct Linen - Permin Natural Light
Thread: DMC

I'm a big fan of a french cross stitch designer, Anne Sohier-Fournel. I keep few of her books in my collection, included Esprit d'Atelier that I have bought last month. One of my favorite books of her is Mots doux au point de croix. As some of you may recall, the Salon de lecture that I stitched last year, is designed by her too! I'm looking out a matching fabric to be sew as door hanger. If you have any in mind, please share with me.
Design: Silence, une princess endormie by Anne Sohier-Fournel
Fabric: 32ct Belfast Linen - White
Thread: DMC

Beside this, I'm stitching on another design from this book too, a l'abordage. I would like to hang this on my son's room.

Happy stitching!