Saturday, 13 November 2010

Blogger's cross stitch display

Inspired by the unbelievable display of cross stitch samplers by Jean of Linen and Raspberry, Chookyblue has coordinated a blogger's cross stitch display, starting today. She has brought together at least 20 bloggers to display their stitcheries. Check out Chooky's blog for a full list of participants.

My cross stitch days were limited to a very narrow window of my life, stitched between finishing university and having children. The idea of having extended periods of uninterrupted time to concentrate on cross stitch is but a memory now! Oh, but I did enjoy it.

Today I will show you what remain my two favourite cross stitch projects.
This is my very first cross stitch, a wildflower sampler, stitched on Aida. I am afraid the details of the pattern are long gone. If anyone recognises it, I'd love to hear from you!
I do remember that it was supposed to be stitched in one strand of Danish Flower Thread. This thread was certainly not readily available in Australia at the time, so I substituted 2 strands of DMC equivalent threads.
My second project was a collection of four stitchery samplers, predominantly cross stitch, but with some drawn thread work thrown in.
 
I remember really enjoying doing these. I loved conquering the different types of stitches.
Of course, they are 'bloom' inspired, depicting bluebells, violets, amaranth and buttercups. My love for flowers is as old as I am!
Hmmm, it is stretching my memory for the details of these too. I remember buying the graphs at a craft show at Rosehill Racecourse in Sydney. It was probably 20 years ago!
'Shepherd's Bush' is ringing a bell?
It is such a relief that 20 years after these were stitched, I still love them. They took an inordinately long time to complete! They have pride of place in our living room.

I'll be back next Saturday to show you the other half of what constitutes my short and sweet cross stitch phase!

36 comments:

  1. Those are all really lovely - the one at the top looks really delicate...
    Hugz

    ReplyDelete
  2. Ros

    As per usual your stitching is supurb. i think even though our tastes change, these pieces are timeless
    TFS

    ReplyDelete
  3. Beautiful stitching - they are Shepherds Bush designs - I have most of those wee cards to stitch 'one day' too. I love how you've framed them, so pretty. Lovely to see your x-stitching, I always enjoy reading your blog.

    ReplyDelete
  4. The top design looks like a Thea Gouverneur, to me. Thanks for showing your cross stitching.

    ReplyDelete
  5. would love to find out about the top one Ros........I love them all though........gorgeous........

    ReplyDelete
  6. thanks heaps for sharing too...........i'll be back next week to see more

    ReplyDelete
  7. Beautiful..so soft and pretty..
    Julia ♥

    ReplyDelete
  8. the wildflower one is by the danish handcraft guild and was stitched in danish flower thread usually on permin linen, it is probably still available, they are timeless! and the little samplers are by shepherds bush, all lovely!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Thanks for sharing your cross stitch with us all.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thanks for showing us your beautiful stitching. As it has already been suggested, the wildflower one is Danish possibly by Gerda Bengtsson, Danish Handcraft Guild. The little ones are definitely Shepherds Bush. All beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  11. They are just beautiful...I really abmire cross stitch

    ReplyDelete
  12. Just beautiful & I love the "Bloom" theme!

    ReplyDelete
  13. I can remember admiring these at the farm ....just beautiful....

    ReplyDelete
  14. They are all beautiful but I especially like the top one.
    Thank you for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  15. No wonder you still love those flower samplers -- they're gorgeous! Beautiful cross-stitch!

    ReplyDelete
  16. They are all so beautiful...I love the set of 4 especially!

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a coincidence! Just today my daughter brought up a half finished cross stitch for me to finish as she is going overseas! I used to do them for a few years and haven't for a while either. I think I may post some too. I love all of yours especially the wildflowers at the top!

    ReplyDelete
  18. beautiful cross stitches...love the set of 4, very soft and pretty.
    thanks for sharing your lovely work.
    cheers Julz

    ReplyDelete
  19. Gorgeous! It's so beautiful when they are close to your heart and special to you.

    ReplyDelete
  20. Beautiful stitching,Thanks for showing us your beautiful stitching

    ReplyDelete
  21. They are Beautiful I like the top one Because it reminds me of the flowers that grow in Scotland.
    Hugs Mary.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Really lovely stitcheries, nice to incorporate different techniques in one

    ReplyDelete
  23. These are just beautiful. I too love your first flower x-stitch, so delicate and lovely. xo

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love the top one i have seen another similar one which is more woodland done by a friend I will ask her the name as I think they were a series.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Those wild flowers look soooo pretty.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Beautiful pieces .... I am especially drawn to the wildflowers!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Roz, thank you for sharing your photos from your cross stitch "phase", and the link to the other blogs. It's always wonderful to see other stitchers' work. I really like that first one of yours, full of the flowers of the field, which I think suits you to a T!

    ReplyDelete
  28. How exciting to see your four Shepherds Bush cross-stich items. I too stitched those (around 16 years ago), and ironically recently re-stitched the "Amaranth" for a girlfriend's birthday. However - there must have been quite a few in the pattern set as I have five patterns. I do not have Bluebells, but I do have Whortleberry and Rowan Berry. Makes me want to do a search right now and find the rest and stitch them too :-) Aaah, just add another thing to my list!
    Kind regards

    ReplyDelete
  29. Beautiful work! I love the grouping of 4 - it really enhances each of them to be shown together.

    ReplyDelete
  30. The stitchings are really great and good. I especially like the top one.Thanks for this post.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Beautiful cross stithes. Seems like we all have similar stories. Cross stitching definitely seemed to be a craft before our families came along. Maybe something to look forward to picking up again in retirement!!!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Beautiful pieces! You chose pieces to do that are timeless in terms of decorating. Lovely work!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Lovely...i was a cross stitcher too and much later on I turned into quilter

    ReplyDelete
  34. I love Danish cross-stitch, so I was delighted to come across your beautiful sampler!
    The sampler you have stitched is kit no 20-4454, Weeds of the Garden, from Håndarbejdets Fremme(the Danich Handcraft Guild in English). It is still available on the market, just as many HF designs are thanks to their timelessness. As someone guessed above, Gerda Bengtsson was indeed the designer.

    ReplyDelete

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Blogging tips