As ever, comments are most welcome particularly as I know some of you had problems with the size of the text and where the blog actually sat on the screen. I hope it's now readable for everyone. Let me know if it isn't.
While I'm sending you surfing the net to see Helena's lovely ideas, I should also introduce you to my latest blog find. Meet Kelly from Off The Beaded Path. Kelly is an enthusiastic beader with her own etsy and bricks-and-mortar shops with the same name. She also does the most wonderful YouTube demonstrations of beading techniques. The MOTH should be frightened because she emailed me earlier in the week to say that she posts to Australia. If you are into beading, go check out the blog.
Bent Creek Big Zipper - Part 3
Stitching progress on the Bent Creek Big Zipper is coming along nicely. I'm pacing myself with a few other crafty things at the moment so perhaps the updates are not quite as regular as you would like to see. Working on this as my 'off project' for the dinosaur alphabet can only be described as a stitching disaster - LOL. I'm enjoying it so much that I don't want to go back to the dinosaurs, just yet.
This is NOT my Hardanger effort but what I'm aiming for with my Hardanger classes. Stitch by stitch, I'm getting the hang of it and hope to tackle my Nordic Needle project some time before I leave Perth!
New Sewing Machine
You know me as a needleworker. The new look Bliss-X-stitches is going to introduce the Felicity who knows how to operate a sewing machine. I was one of the lucky people who learned how to draft patterns and sew at the same time she learned how to read and write. With the Princesse Royale and the Rock Doctor's wedding coming up on the 29th September, I need some practice before I tackle whatever dresses might need to be made or altered.
Hence, the Living Doll & the Stethopscope Dutchess (my two younger daughters) are each getting a dress like this for their respective birthdays. The dresses look fancy enough but they are quite simple to make. I chose the style because it has features which I want to practise on (rolled hems, invisible zip, fancy stitching, spaghetti strap turning, beaded trims to attach and, of course, precision fitting). Wish me luck!
These were my craft fair splurge two weeks ago. I like beading so have decided to do it for the fun of it and not worry about what Tiffany (The MOTH's DIL) thinks of it.
Lucy & Harry's puppies have left home. Er, let me re-state that. All the puppies which were sold have left home. Liz & Murray fell in love with little Sophie, so she is staying for a wonderful life at Brookton Hounds. She reminds me so much of a little Lucy at the same age yet she also has an air of Harry about her.
Stop Press!Gosh, I almost forgot the good news. Remember my A Quaker Christmas sampler which had the laundry disaster?
The good news is that I found a product in my local supermarket that removed the dye which ran where it shouldn't have. The sampler is now ready for framing. I'm so pleased about this! I nearly gave up cross stitch when my four years of work bit the dust!
That's about it for me, this week. It's a long post but there are lots of nice things happening which are worth sharing. My apologies that I haven't been doing any commenting on blogs. To be honest, I haven't been online much in recent weeks. I'll get back to surfing soon.
Time to get on my broom and fly. I'm off to vist Jo at Colours Down Under for a morning of stitching.
Happiness & laughter to one and all,