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Sunday, 10 June 2012

Cross stitch and proper embroidery


Hope all is well with you.  I've been a busy buzzy bee lately, lots of WI things going on which you can see over at the WOW WI blog.  It may be apparent to you from the style of the posts that I have taken on responsibility for maintaining it!

At the end of April I went down to the Creative Stitches show at Shepton Mallet.  I tried to convince various people to go with me, but it was a bit short notice so eventually I went on my own.  In the end I was glad I did go on my own as I didn't feel lonely at all and could just please myself without having to think about anyone else's interests!  Quel selfishness.

There were lots of brilliant things there and I spent a FORTUNE on future projects, as if I need any new things to add to my list.  I picked up cross stitch kits, a tapestry cushion kit, a machine sewing picture kit etc etc.

I also did two embroidery workshops with Katie Pirson - one on whitework and one on silk shading.  I've done cross stitch for years but never really done any "proper" fine embroidery.  Katie is an excellent teacher and the workshops only cost £5.50 each.  The whitework in particular is the kind of thing I never imagined would be achievable for mere mortals such as me, but after seeing how it is done I think it is something I could really get into.

I'd like to say this is what I made on the day, but that would be a big fat lie, it's the example we had to follow - this is what I made on the day:

There was lots of lovely cross stitch stuff; it seems that cross stitch has undergone a revolution recently whilst I wasn't looking and whilst there are still lots of naff designs around, there are also some gorgeous new ones.  I particularly liked the ones from Little House

I've bought Cross Stitcher magazine a few times recently as well.  I've had to stop myself though as there were at least three things in each issue which I wanted to make and I haven't saved up enough money to completely give up work yet, and that's the only way I could have time to do all the craft I want to do!!

From there I did this for my sister's birthday.  I didn't quite finish it in time, by which I mean I didn't give it to her until my birthday which is over a month later, but she loved it anyway and it looks great on her bedroom wall.

I've started Emma Bridgewater's Diamond Jubilee cross stitch as well which is progressing quite quickly so hopefully there will be another cross stitch ta-dah to share with you soon.

I'm still crotcheting away;  I've assembled one baby blanket, but need to decide on an edging for it.  The pattern just says to use a plain double crochet but I fancy doing something a bit extra.  Can you do bobble edging with crochet?  You must be able to.  If anyone knows how, please share!


  1. Hello and thanks for your lovely comment over at mine!
    I give you Bobble Shell Edging...http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/bobbleshell-edging.html courtesy of the very clever Lucy at Attic 24. I think I may have used this on something.
    Liking all your cross stich kits. It's ages since I did any, but last week I bought the Cath Kidston book, Stitch, (my sister made me) with the 'free' purse inside and thought I might give it a go again. (Yeah right.)I have a couple of finished things from when Noah were a lad that I never had framed so I don't suppose I will be using the purse any time soon. Book looks nice on the bookcase mind.
    I think buying this stuff is better than not buying it though because at least it proves the intention and the enthusiasm were there even if the exection wasn't!
    Did you watch Chatsworth? The Dowager must be the least Mitfordy of all the sisters I reckon.
    I think I might read her book actually. One day.

  2. The link doesn't look as if it will work but if you go to Lucy's blog she has a list of tutorials on the left hand side. All very smashing indeed!

  3. Beautiful work as always Mrs D! If I'm not careful I could get back into cross stitching quite easily, even though I haven't done it for years! I'm also scared of starting crochet in case I get addicted! xx

  4. I used to do cross stitch and have thought about picking it up and doing some more, however my eyes don't like the fine work anymore :( I adore the 'Love' you made for your sister!
    I know what you mean regarding going on your own, sometimes its lovely to just amble where you want.
    xx Sandi

  5. Helen I'm so glad you enjoyed the workshops, I hope you've had plenty of stitching time since.

    I'm setting up and album of students/kit users work from my designs and would love to use these. If your happy for me to could you email me the images to katie@katiepirson.co.uk
    Thanks and keep stitching!