November 9, 2008

Hanazume

First Japanese Embroidery finish :-D

October 14, 2008

Penelope and the Suitors/Heart of the World

Since I've just joined the group, and have a lot of catching up to do, I'll add finishes over the next few weeks, starting with the ones from 2008.

This first one is adapted from a painting by John Waterhouse, entitled Penelope and the Suitors. It was charted by Fine Art Cross Stitch and stitched over 1 on 28 count Monaco fabric.





The second finish of the year is from art adapted by Ruth Sanderson, entitled Heart of the World. It's stitched over 1 again, on 28 count Joblean.

August 2, 2008

The Orange Tree



The details:



July 1, 2008

Cirques des Cercles


Stitched on SMF Snowflake Belfast with Waterlilies Bittersweet floss

June 10, 2008

Wedding Day

Tatty Teddy by Anchor
Cross stitch and half cross 2 over 1 on 16ct aida
DMC conversion from Anchor threads, with added beads
Finished: June 10th, 2008

I really love how this turned out. It took me 4 days to do this, and I opted to switch out the french knots in her veil for beads.

May 16, 2008

Courage

My first HAED finish. Done on 25ct Solo from Silkweaver.
Still hate the blury face :-(

Le Potager du Roi

Second Chatelaine finish (I count Chatelaine only.. coz it's expensive lol)

Done on 32ct Evenweave from Sugar Maple Fabric. I think the colour is retired.



I changed the center design and added a Swarovki filigree

Japanese Garden

Sorry, took sooo loooong to post ;-)

DH took my PC away, so I have to download my picture from Picture Trail.

My first Chatelaine finish.

Done on 28ct linen and I painted the fabby myself.

May 15, 2008

DMC Early Spring II




Took me about two years... and it wasn't even that difficult... EEEK!
Early Spring II, charted by DMC Malaysia. Done on #^#$%$ Regency 14ct aida.

p/s - but I'm glad it's finally done.

May 13, 2008

Twinkle Twilights

Hi all, I'm new in this blog, the first male member.

This is Twinkle Twilight Patrick by Maria Van Scharrenburg. I finished it back when my daughter Vivienne was about 4 weeks old, Now she's nearly 3. I changed the design slightly, added more stars and personalised it to Vivienne. I also tossed the original aida out of the kit. Now I'm thinking of getting the other for the new baby.

April 24, 2008

"Damask Roses" by Mirabilia

Stitched in 2003 as a present for my MIL, this piece opened the door to linens for me.



April 20, 2008

Lavendar & Lace Finishes

humm, I rotated the view on this in Photobucket but it doesn't show up here! This is Angel of Grace by Lavendar & Lace and is the first cross-stitch piece I stitched for myself. It was finished in 1987 or 1988.

This is Angel of Light and I started her when my daughter was a baby so 1990/91 and I finished her when she was maybe 4? Every time she would see this one she would tell me that it was hers cause the angel has golden hair. My Father-In-Law always told my daughter that she had hair like spun gold, so she really liked this piece. Some day when she has her first home I'll give it to her.

This is Angel of Mercy and I'm not sure when it was stitched. There were so many years in there where work and family took up all of my time. The colors don't show up very well in this photo, I stitched this one on a light piece of eggplant linen and I changed her wings too; from a gold braid to I think 2 strands of gold blending filament and 2 strands of an iridescent BF.

April 16, 2008

Truth Storykeep

This is Truth Storykeep by Sara Butcher. It's stitched 1x1 on 28 ct. Lugana. I just pulled the thread closest to my stitching on all 4 sides, pulled another thread (on all 4 sides) 5 threads from the edges. This let me fold it back for a nice edge all the way around and creates a nice seamless way to whip-stitch the piece closed.

I really need to upload all my other finishes..............

March 27, 2008

Marquoir Story

Marquoir Story by Isabelle Vautier
28ct annabelle
DMC variegated threads

One of my first samplers, done in 3 different variegated DMCs. I was working on them while everyone was ga-ga over the the overdyes, and finished it in early 2006.

note Shortly after, a famous modern sampler model was stitched in the same variegated yellow-gold in the pic (not by me, hehehe) and the rest is history.


Kimono Row

Kimono Row by Joan Elliott

I stitched this for Ken, one of the best people in the world, because of his love for Japanese art, and because, well, I adore the bloke. The four kimonos depict the 4 seasons and their flowers as seen in Japan.

Wisteria Window

Wisteria Window by Stitchworld
14ct aida

This was a project I really enjoyed. It's still unframed! I love all kinds of stained glass hues because of their jewel-like colours, and this particular piece can be tracked to a stained glass piece by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Wish there were more stained glass patterns out there, cos I'd do them in a heartbeat!


Hardanger squares

Hardanger squares made in random then stuck together
I didn't have a source for the pattern as it was taught to me

Oriental Phoenix and Dragon


Serendipity Designs' Imperial Phoenix and Imperial Dragon
by Carolyn Meacham
on (you guessed it) 14ct aida

Companion pieces by Serendipity. I really do like Carolyn Meacham's stuff (have 3 more charts to stitch heh heh). I do apologise regarding the dragon's pic -- it was overexposed with the camera's flash.

Flame of the Forest

A small table top thing aka Flame of the Forest
Nordic Needle (I think Rosalyn Watnemo)
25ct evenweave in cream, with DMC and Anchor variegated threads

I sincerely think this is my favourite hardanger project, mainly because I chose my own colours. (I can't do white all the time!) and it reminded me of tropical trees with huge amounts of shade and bright coloured flowers, called Flame of the Forest, in Penang island where I was born.

Goddess of Mercy

Goddess of Mercy by DMC
on white 14ct Aida

This was also one of my early projects, done for my grandmother. It's actually quite large, almost about 3 feet in length, with some gold threads. Her house is a little dark where she hung it (next to the Buddha altar), and this is the best picture that I can get of it.

Dutch Sampler

Dutch sampler designed by Jane Greenhoff

My first introduction to aida alternatives. And there was, thus, no turning back.


Eightsome Reel

Eightsome Reel by Papillon Creations
on 28ct lugana

I love motifs and the colours blue, green and purple, so added them together. The pattern calls for a monochrome piece or a selection from DMC or GAST (Gentler Art Sampler Threads) floss, but then again, following the rules can be a tad boring... so...

The Knight

The Knight by Brenda Keyes
28ct annabelle in ivory

This was my second piece on something other than aida (in my early stitching days). This is one of four pieces by Brenda Keyes inspired by Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. The others include the Wife of Bath, and umm ... umm .. I forgot. Doh!

Big Purple Monster

Hardanger table runner aka Big Purple Monster
Pattern from the Nordic Needle on purple 25ct evenweave

A household project for my parents' table. The cutting wasn't so bad, but the counting and the flowers... phew, I was glad when this is over!


Sea Stars


Sea Stars by Ink Circles
I absolutely love this sampler to death. I stitched it for the DH, who also likes it (Well, he said he would put it into his boat!) and it really cements my opinion that Tracy Horner is the best modern sampler designer at this time of writing. I've had that opinion for a couple of years and it hasn't changed.

A Secret Garden

Patricia Ann Design's A Secret Garden

I stitched this one (a long skinny piece) in record time, and gave it to my mother. It's also about the fastest project I ever did, making me a fan of band samplers.

March 16, 2008

Cirque des Cercles

Fabric: 36ct opalescent linen specially hand-dyed
by Stab and Stash.
Floss: Caron Waterlilies Cocoa
Finished: February 19th, 2008

We were going for a look that is reminiscent of burnt velvet where the design is subtle and the fabric and the design are both showcased. Getting the fabric to go with the floss we had picked was a challenge, so I sent my floss to Tammy of Stab and Stash who dyed me THE most perfect color.

Floral Retreat

Dimensions Gold Collection
Stitched over 2 on 28ct cream linen
Cross-stitch and half crossed with a varied number of strands
Finished: June 13th, 2007

I stitched this under severe time constraints for mommy, as I needed to get it done before going home for a visit. Fortunately, there are quite a bit of half-crossed involved which sped up the stitching process.

A Bouquet for Cheryl

by Marc Davis, Diane Jourdan, and Kat Zak
Cross-stitch 1 over 1
Fabric: 25ct Sudden Storm by Silkweaver Expressions
Floss: Sublime by Carrie's Creation
Finished: March 19th, 2007

This was supposed to be a gift for my mother-in-law, but at this moment in time, I have no idea where I stashed it!!!

Vis-à-vis



Per Segno Per Filo
Cross-stitch 1 over 1
Fabric: 25ct Sudden Storm by Silkweaver Expressions
Floss: Amethyst by Caron Waterlilies
Finished: 2011

My first venture into the world of hand-dye silk floss, this was a fun one to see take shape. I found a poem and added it with the initials of my friend's parents after her dad passed away.

Dragon Dreams

Stitched 2 over 2 on white 14ct aida
Finished: June 15, 2005

This is a love quilt square that Audrey and I round-robin'ed for the Crafty Coven.

Passione Ricamo

Hand-dyed floss, Dragonfly and Rummed Raisin, from Dye Is Cast
Stitched 2 over 1 on 18ct cream aida
Gold and peacock seed beads
Finished: Dec. 18th, 2006

The top part of the scroll is Passione Ricamo's free chart. I doctored the bottom so that the heart isn't repeated upside down. Stitched for Marina for Christmas 2007 with hers and Steve's initials.

Tiger Reflection

Dimensions Petite Gold
Stitched 2 over 1 on 18ct black aida
Finished: Dec. 18th, 2006

I LOVE this piece. There's something about the colors that draws me in every time I look at it. My first venture into stitchng on black fabric. A Christmas gift for Alex.

Fortune

Pronouced "Fu" in chinese
Tented 2 over 1
Fabric: 36ct opalescent hand-dyed from Stab and Stash
Finished: September 23rd, 2006



The chinese hang this symbol on the wall upside down because it is believed that this ensures that fortune will return back to you.

A gift for Frank for Christmas, it hangs in his office in just such a way.



Tented 2 over 1
Fabric: 32ct opalescent by Stab and Stash
Finished: May 27th, 2007

For Aunty Ivy.

Enchanting Butterfly

Dimensions Daydreams
Cross-stitch mutiple strands on 14ct cream aida
Finished: September 2nd, 2006

A simple stitch, I switched out the edges from cream to green. For Helen.

Mates

design by Sherrie Stepp-Aweau
Cross My Heart, Inc
Full and half cross-stitch 2 over 1 on 14ct aida
Finished: April 14th, 2006


Stitched for Satish, who loves wolves. It took a long time before we finally found a wolf cross stitch that we both liked. The simple gray mat and black frame shows off the stunning composition to perfection.

Paddington Bear

Permin of Copenhagen
Cross-stitch 2 over 1 on 14ct white aida
Finished: July 15th, 2006

This is another one of those charts I couldn't resist. Satish loves Paddington Bear, so I stitched this for his office. What should have been a quick 2-day stitch took me a few weeks because I would get so bored with doing the same color over and over again, I'd do 10 stitches and leave it for a week, until I gave myself a mental slapped to finish it.

Purr-turbed

design by Margaret Sherry
Heritage Stitchcraft
Cross-stitch 2 over 1 on 14ct cream aida
Finished: November 2005

I really love her designs. They are soooooooo cute!! Stitched for Peggy for her Christmas present.