Written with a Phoenix quill

Stitch and serve – juggling motherhood, work and needlework obsession on my own with a (somewhat forced) smile on my face.

Starting point

This is where we begin. Some colours that plant an idea in one’s mind. Time and tending makes sure it blooms into a project.

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Tree of Stitches 2.0

I have finally managed to hand over the last of the xmas presents last week! 馃檪 One of my best friends was very busy and then she had a holiday. She never knew what I stitched for her! She fell in love with my first version of Tree of Stitches by Abi Gurden when she saw me stitching it, and I immediately decided to stitch it a second time for her. This time I added more warm colours because I know her to like those, and experimented with the hand dyed threads on the double layer stitches. I stitched the bottom layers completely before going on to the top layer, to add colour variation to the individual stitches. I also added more beads instead of some x stitches. I made her owl brown and left the bunny because I wasn't sure she liked it. I'm very satisfied with the way it turned out. And yes, I am getting ready to stitch it again, this time for my parents. 馃槈
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Look back at Xmas

These two boxes are gifts I have made for stitchy friends because I knew they would appreciate them. Now that they have their presents, I can show you all! The chart for the fall leaves is a downloadable freebie from the DMC site, the other one with the blackwork, or in this case, bluework, is a chart from an old World of Cross Stitching magazine. Sorry for the bad quality, these are cell phone pictures.


2013: The Year of the Frog, apparently

So, as we have previously promised to each other on a drunken night of cross stitch admiring, on the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, some friends and I have all started to stitch a new Mirabilia project, as we agreed. And although I have only been working on it for three days, I already had to frog at least five times, which is annoying, but it will not put me off! I am stitching Stargazer on Stephanie’s beautiful opal fabric called Midnight Tryst and this scan was taken after the first day. I promise to finish this one before the year ends.
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Temporary silence

When I am not stitching like a maniac to make sure every x-stitched present will be done before the end of next week, I am working, working out and/or preparing for the holidays. So excuse me for not blogging, I will probably post pictures after Xmas, but no promises. Who knows, the world may as (Mayas?) well end by then. 馃槈

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Minor project reveal

This is the scan I have made of the two bookmarks I stitched for my beloved sister and her lovely hubby. Their birthdays are just a week apart. I stitched it during the summer and kept quiet about it, and wanted to post as soon as they get it, it just took longer for their mail to arrive than I thought. Anyway, I just remembered to post the picture. The charts are from a 2009 Cross Stitch Crazy magazine.

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