As I stitched the brickwork around the window, I was reminded of a brick house I lived in many years ago. The house was built sometime in the late 1800’s, and though it had a lot of character, it was drafty and cold. It had been modernized with indoor plumbing, but there wasn’t any central heating. You could place your palm on the kitchen wall and push, and the entire brick wall would move because there was a crack through the mortar that ran from the top of the wall to the bottom. The best thing about the house was a gorgeous row of lilac trees all along the back fence; in the spring the air would fill with their sweet scent, and then I wouldn’t mind so much that the walls weren’t exactly solid.
One more window to stitch in this collection; I’ll be starting it soon. 🙂
I’ve joined another Stitch-Along, SAL Dentelles by Brodeuse Bressane. Dentelles translates to lace or lacework, and the very gifted designer, Esther, has created for us a lovely pattern combining cross-stitch and blackwork for a beautiful lacy effect.
I am stitching with a gorgeous variegated silk floss by Silks4u. Silk is so nice to stitch with, soft and shiny and it doesn’t seem to tangle as often as cotton.
It is a stitcher’s tradition to start a new project for the new year. For my New Year’s Day project, I chose this absolutely adorable pattern by Seba Designs. There are charts for three window scenes, and I’ve finished the first one so far:
These cute patterns are a mix of cross-stitch and blackwork. I especially love the lacy curtain, and the bicycle plant stand is charming.
I have used completely different colours than what the pattern calls for, of course! I had a bit of a lovely variegated gold silk floss, from Silks4U that I used for the window frame, and for the lace curtain I used a gorgeous pink and yellow cotton floss called Jaffa by Dinky Dyes, also from Silks4U. The plant pots were stitched in a variegated DMC floss, a blend of browns and rusts, and the leaves in variegated greens.
The Freedom stitch-along is finished and I love how it has turned out. It was so much fun to stitch this pattern, there is so much variety in the stitches and it was fun to decide how to place the squares for my own unique design 🙂
Freedom’s fabulous squares were fun to stitch, but the most fun in the stitch-along comes from seeing what the rest of the group is stitching. So much variety in the fabric and floss, and each design is very unique, especially with this design. There are some gorgeous colour schemes, including some very vibrant colours, an elegant variegated goldwork, and a traditional blackwork that has vivid pops of reds throughout the design.
I’m counting the empty spaces that are left on my fabric (eighteen) and thinking that the next installment of the SAL could be the final one.That makes me a bit sad, but It’s only a few short weeks until the next Stitch-along starts, this one hostessed by Esther of Brodeuse Bressane, another extremely talented designer, and a very fast stitcher!
I think you will want one of these on your tree this Christmas!
New from Seba Designs, these cute Christmas Bells are the most adorable ornaments I’ve seen. They stitch up very quickly, a nice week-end project, and it’s so easy to sew them up. The hardest part is deciding on which pattern to stitch, as there are ten to choose from.
I did finally make a decision and stitch a top and a bottom for my Christmas Bell.
I added an edging of beads, and threaded a ribbon through for a hanger. I think my next Christmas Bell will have beads hanging in the center. Definitely have to stitch more than one!
The bell could be a tree ornament, or if you are decorating your horse for a Christmas parade, several bells tied into his mane would look fabulously festive 🙂
This weeks squares for Seba Design’s Stitch-along, Freedom were large squares and long rectangles in a beautiful mix of blackwork, cross-stitch, and (my favorite) eyelet stitches. I love the texture that the mix of stitches gives this design.
The most challenging square for me was the one with many half stitches, but the result is beautiful and really pops:
I really like the big flower blossom
but my favorite square is the flowering tree
If you ‘d like to join the stitch-along, you could easily catch up with the group.
Snowy, cold days are perfect for staying inside where it’s warm and stitching blackwork, so I stitched this week’s squares for Seba Design’s Stitch-along, Freedom. The squares were actually rectangles and cute corner pieces.
I really like the squares with the eyelet stitches, but my favorite design so far is the little flower in a pot. So adorable!
I love the randomness of this design, it’s so much fun to stitch. Only a few days to wait for next week’s squares… waiting…waiting…waiting… 😉
We added colour to our fabric in Seba Design’s stitch-along, Freedom. We stitched all of the small squares this week, 31 cute little designs in blackwork with some cross-stitch and specialty stitches to add texture.
Stitching on aida cloth instead of even-weave was very challenging for a few of the squares, but not completely impossible.
I did change floss colours, but not to the silks, as they didn’t come in the mail before I started stitching. Claire is stitching Friendship Quilt V in another stitch-along, and I really like the orange and purple combination in her quilt blocks, it’s very pretty. So I started with purple and orange, and added gold and variegated pink and green.
I didn’t follow a plan when deciding which pattern to use, where and what colour. I started with one colour, and then randomly chose a box to fill and pattern to fill it with, though I did make sure that I wasn’t stitching the same colour in adjacent boxes.
It’s fun to stitch, I really like this design! I’m looking forward to next week’s patterns. I wonder if we get the little rectangles next?
Design your own Christmas ornament— choose from seven blackwork fill patterns to complete this 3-sided ornament.
This sparkly Christmas ornament features a trio of blackwork designs stitched in Christmas colours of red, green and blue with Kreinik metallic braid. The gleaming gold ribbon framing each ornament shimmers with glints of blue, green, red and yellow in the braid, for a very festive touch.
The finished ornament is small, measuring about 3 1/2 inches tall by 2 inches wide.
The ornament is quick to stitch – a nice weekend project – and it is as easy to finish as a biscornu, just whip-stitch the edges together.
You can find the pattern in my Etsy shop. Happy stitching!
We are stitching all of the borders first, and then each week we’ll be given designs to fill the boxes. We can use whichever designs we choose, and place them as we like. Should be lots of fun!
My outline is stitched in variegated gray and blue, but I’m dithering on the rest of the colours, so the ones shown here will probably change at least six more times. I have an order coming in soon, and there’s silk floss… need I say more?!
Although the designer has explained that there will be specialty stitches and recommends stitching on evenweave fabric, I am stitching on aida. This is a very loosely woven fabric though – it starts to fringe itself the moment you pick it up – and I’m hopeful that it will be fine.