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!