Saturday, 20 November 2010

Blogger's cross stitch display continued

Last week's cross stitches are by far the more impressive in my portfolio. This week, the wheels fall off! I went through a period when I was smitten by all things William Morris (I still admire his designs in fact). This little cushion was stitched in my William Morris phase. It has a Morris feel about it somehow.
I loved that this design incorporated tiny Mill House beads. It is a pattern called 'Among the Berries' by Homespun Elegance. I remember seeing these made up in a beautiful needlework shop called 'Stadia Handcrafts' in Sydney - not sure that it still exists.
The rabbit has a ducky little friend. Here is where the wheels fall off! Poor ducky is languishing in the box of 'things to finish', dusty and forlorn.
There is so little to do to finish this stitchery, although there is a bit of work in making the piped cushion. I think the arrival of children put an end to this project.
And continuing an animal theme, here is my cute sheep in plaid. The pattern is called 'Woolen Sheep' (!) by The Cricket Collection. I loved creating the effect of tweed with stitches with this one.
But I confess, there should be four sheep, all with different coats. I managed one legless houndstooth variation! You could say the legs fell off this one (groan)! And what brought this one to a screeching halt? I mucked up the border, and never got back to fix it.
There my illustrious cross stitch phase limps to a close. But if ever life slows down, and I still have my eyesight, I have this in the cupboard ready to go:
I have always been intrigued by blackwork, and this design has a modern twist which I love. It is called 'Three Black Back Lace Flowers' by DMC.


There are many other bloggers sharing their cross stitch works today. You can find a full list over at Chookyblue's blog. Thanks so much to Chooky for organising the cross stitch display. It has been fun!

15 comments:

  1. REally pretty work.... can't wait to see those others finished???
    Hugz

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  2. Love the blackwork flowers. Those sheep look familiar - I made that one for my dad a few years ago.

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  3. I think Stadia closed many years ago...it was a great shop. I love the sheep....I have that pattern too(!)....borders put me off too....that is where the wheel falls off! thanks for sharing!

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  4. The sheep are fantastic--even with one leg!

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  5. more beautiful cross stitch.......poor sheep does need some legs........then maybe you could stop at 2 sheep.......putting the post up shortly.....

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  6. I love the sheep and the blackwork is gorgeous, I hope you get to finish that one.

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  7. I love those blackwork sheep.

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  8. I hope you get to finish that one.Those sheep look familiar.This work is great and good.

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  9. Love the sheep...and the blackwork. I have never tried blackwork....

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  10. The William Morris work is lovely and especially love the beadwork! Those sheep are neat with the plaid stitches. So, your border is mucked up .... why not add another row of stitches all around to even it up? That piece is in its' frame and just begging to be finished.....

    In the new year, I'm going to start finishing up some of my needlework pieces....I can set aside one night a week.

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  11. What beautiful stitching! I love the beads incorporated into some of the designs.

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  12. Love the William Morris inspired pictures - such timeless, classic designs. Love how you have incorporated beads.

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  13. Love the rabbit and the duck, I hope he gets finished some day! Love that blackwork, beautiful xo

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  14. The plaid sheep are so divine! I can so relate to tossing a project to the back of the cupboard when I discover an error...but I'm getting better :) Thanks for sharing again this week...your WM designs are lovely.

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  15. The stitches are wonderful,i like especially in the sheep.

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