Some of you may have noticed that I'm taking part in Liz's sew along at her blog liz-moments.blogspot. I joined a little late so this tote bag is my first project but I'm really pleased with it and it's already earning its keep. Don't you just love those rose fabrics?
I also completed a blackwork kit which my good friend Vi gave me.
Sorry about that crease. I photographed it before it was pressed. It will be framed and hung in my bedroom where there's already a bit of Japanese theme going on with the seven existing cross stitch photos that are in there.
I also started two more projects. Yes, I know ... what about completing one project before you begin another, but there is a reason - honest! This crewel work sampler is the piece I shall take to work on at the next Embroiderers Guild meeting next Monday. This piece uses some of the traditional 17th century crewel work stitches within a much more modern flower design and I'm practising the techniques for the 17th century embroidery project we're embarking on at the Guild.
and I'm working on this miniature carpet at home in the evenings. This is a Berlin work design taken from the Janet Granger carpet book I showed you a couple of posts ago. Berlin wool work is a type of needlepoint which typically uses a great many colours in quite intricate designs which became very popular in England during the 19th century, probably due to the availability of better dyeing methods and the Victorian love of colour and pattern. Anyhow it will look just perfect in the living room above the tea rooms.
I told you a couple of weeks ago that my friend Vi and I now get together each Monday to work on our needle lace and I'm working on some sycamore seed designs which I'm planning to stitch onto the lid of a silk covered box. I've completed two seed heads but now I have a little dilemma I'd like your help with if you can. Today I went into town and bought two pieces of silk dupion - one of which will cover the box. My problem is that I can't really decide which colour the lace looks better on ...
this sea green/blue piece?
... or this brown piece?