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
Christmas Day Snaps.
Rebecca (Lilian’s mummy) ( L ) & Bonnie Santa’s gorgeous helper – Bonnie
All the girls on Christmas Day ( L – R) Rebecca, Gabrielle, my sister, Lyndelle, Bonnie, Angela and Moi.
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.
Marleen had gifted me and Joan one of these very cute aprons each. Thank you Marleen – it was very handy indeed.
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.
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.
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.
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!!!!!