Sunday, December 30, 2012

Lots of Stuff–Post Christmas

This is a real catch up post!  It is lovely to be spending some time just relaxing at home over the Christmas New Year break.  The best part is catching up on some stitching and watching a few movies while doing it Open-mouthed smile
Christmas Day Snaps.
Bec and BonnieSanta's helper Bonnie
Rebecca (Lilian’s mummy)  ( L ) & Bonnie                  Santa’s gorgeous helper – Bonnie
The Girls
All the girls on Christmas Day ( L – R) Rebecca, Gabrielle, my sister, Lyndelle, Bonnie, Angela and Moi.
Lyndelle in sexy apronLybndelle & Nicholas
Lyndelle in her sexy apron and with son, Nicholas.
It was a lovely day with heaps of scrumptious food.
My dear friend Shirley gave me this embroidery book – I am so lucky!  It has a lot of unusual stitches in it which I am keen to try.  Thank you, my friend.
Emb book from Shirley                  Inside book from Shirley 2012
Marleen had gifted me and Joan one of these very cute aprons each.  Thank you Marleen – it was very handy indeed.
Joan Xmas Apron             032
I made Marleen and Joan one of these pencil rolls each.  The pattern was from ‘You Go Girl’ – HERE- and was very easy to put together with easy to understand instructions. 
My Little owls 11.12
And I made them each a little owl too such as I had received earlier from Vicki at the retreat.
Finally, I have done some more TAST stitching.
This one is Week 21 – Butterfly Chain.  I have called this little one ‘Butterfly Love’ and designed it when we were out in the outback in August.  This stitch was very interesting and I like it done in the chain like I have used around the hearts.  I have worked it on duponi silk.
Wk 21 Butterfly Chain
Yesterday I watched movies and stitched Week 22 – Knotted Cretan Stitch.  This one is called ‘Fish Skeleton’ and evolved from just ‘freestyling’  with the stitch.  On the border I have done it in a very controlled manner in a knotted open cretan and I love the texture this stitch creates.
Wk 22 Knotted Cretan Stitch
The background is hand painted (by me) in acrylic paint mixed with textile medium and then rubbed with a copper coloured shiva stik over a textured surface. 
All the TAST stitches for 2012 may be viewed HERE and in the comments sections of each stitch you can view what other people have done over the year.  There are some very creative ideas for using all the various stitches.
Thank you to Sharon Boggon from “Pintangle for organizing the TAST challenge. 
Now to get on with the next 24 stitches  I AM HALFWAY THERE!!!!!


Sue said...

Looks like you had a lovely Christmas Di - Happy New Year!

Anneliese said...

Your catch-up blog is very informative and nice. Nice to see all those wonderful aprons. I simply had to copy into my computer the Christmasbear. Your pencil case is looking practical - I guess it is! The owls are so cool.

Marilyn said...

Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas. Gorgeous gifts, and great to see more of your TAST.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Hello Di,
I would like to wish you and your family a Very Happy and Health New Year.

Shirley was very kind and generous to gift you with that fantastic A-Z Embroidery book. I have it too and love it.

Lovely photos of your family. I see your home was decorated very festive for the holidays.

I see you have also found some goodies to play with it. I look forward to seeing what you use them on. Love all the wee Owls you have made.

Take care and have a lovely trip. Hugs Judy

Linda said...

Such a lovely post Dianne, and everyone looks so very happy. Love all the goodies of course, especially those owls. I have just about had enough of old westerns at the moment, so it seems we are all doing the same thing........LOL... At least the weather has cooled down a little. Happy New Year to all. Cheers.

Debbie said...

Good job on working on catching up with the TAST. If I fell behind, I'd never be able to catch up like you are! Happy New Year.

margaret said...

lovely pics of your family and friends, happy days were had by all. You will love Shirley`s book, the A to Z series are all wonderful and some of the later tast stitches are in that book, very clear instructions. Like you I am behind but plan to catch up sometime!!Happy new year Dianne to you and yours.