Thursday, 23 July 2009

I'm Here Again

I am still in the land of the living and I do keep popping in from time to time. With the start of the school holidays though this could be even less over the next few weeks so please bear with me.

Not a lot to tell, though I do have some update pictures for you. The first of course is Water Tiger and I am really pleased with the progress I am making on this one.

I am working him 1 over 2 on 32 count but decided to try the eye in 2 over 2 to give it more intensity and I am really pleased with the results. I had intended trying to do the eye with a rayon thread to make it shine but there was just too many colours in it for me to try altering them, but maybe it would not have turned out right and it does look so life like as it is.

Rose Sampler is also progressing nicely. There is another alphabet to go in where I have left the gap but I do not like the one on the chart so need to sort out something else to go in its place.

The other thing I have been working on spasmodically is a hardanger set. The needlecase and scissor fob have been designed by my dear friend Colly of Col's Creations, and the new top for my work box I have designed using Colly's idea and extending it. I just loved this design and I have been looking for something for my workbox for ages. This just fit the bill as it was in the traditional hardanger which I love yet seemed to have a modern feel to it which appealed to me, so I decided to play. I was a little worried that Colly might be cross but bless her she was full of approval and didnt mind me borrowing her brain power at all. Thanks Colly. If you like hardanger then go and have a look at Colly's site she has some really beautiful designs. My favourite is The Lace Garden but I have three or four of her designs now.
The first picture is the needle case (sorry not brilliant pictures),

Then the scissor fob.

and lastly the workbox top.
and silly me has just noticed that i missed the centre kloister blocks from the top left hand box centre lol. How many times have you noticed an error when you put a photograph up, I know I have on several occassions.
Well I think that is all I have to tell you for this time. I have been making some more cards but I cannot show them to you yet, so thats a treat you will have to wait for lol.
Thank you all for taking the time to read my blog and thank you agian to those precious readers who take the time to leave me comments they are so much appreciated.
One last comment and that is to all those who said they wished they could come and stitch with me in my garden, my little haven of peace. I so wish you could all come and it would be quite some party with people from Canada, the USA, Australia, Germany, Holland and Spain to name just a few. Who of us thought when we started blogging that we would make so many friends from so many parts of the globe. Oh how I wish you could all come, and all my UK friends too of course.

May your frogs stay in their ponds.


Sheila said...

Your tiger is getting more and more lifelife with each photo - he is going to be one handsome beast when finished.
And your hardanger is looking great - look forward to seeing it all finished on the box :)

Bergdatter said...

Some great pieces there honey!!

Christine said...

Tiger is looking magnificent, and I love the Hardanger set

Julie said...

Lots of nice progress.
Enjoy the summer hols with Oscar

Andrea said...

Wonderful WIPs. The tiger is coming along beautifully.

Colette said...

Your Tiger is coming along beautifully Helen, well done.
Lets hope the needlecase and scissir fob are finished by our next hardanger day lol
Enjoy the school holidays with Oscar and feel free to bring him along for a drink and chat one day if you want a change of scene.
Hugs Colly

Angela said...

Great progress. The eye of the tiger really does look good.

CritterLady62 said...

I love your little hardanger pieces. I'm anxious to see them finished off. The tiger piece is looking grand. I like the effect of the eye.

Maxine said...

The tigers is looking more and more majestic as he grows, great work on the EMS Rose Sampler. I love the hardanger design you are doing especially the teeny tiny scissor fob. I need to look for s beginners hardanger design now that I've bought the VS Stitchers Heirloom Sampler!!

stitcherw said...

Your tiger looks wonderful, and I think his eye looks very lifelike. Rose is looking so pretty too, I'll enjoy seeing what you do in the one area instead of the alphabet. Beautiful hardanger as well, you have so many great WIP's to look at.

Doris said...

the tiger look great, wonderful, and the hardanger is beautiful.

Karan said...

Yay, he's got an eye - & very lifelike it is too. EMS is so very pretty - look forward top seeing your adaptations. Love the new needlework set, such pretty colours - can't wait to see pics of everything when they're completed. :0)
That would be some party. :0)

Dani - tkdchick said...

Helen, all of your projects look great! That tiger will be amazing!!!

Have you thought of putting in a quote or a line from a poem about roses in place of the alphabet you don't like? I did that for Teresa Wentzler's Tradewinds, put instead "All I ask for is a tall ship and a star to steer her by"

vEr0n!c@ said...

Lovely stitching as usual. Everything is so pretty. Except for your tiger that is. Majestic is the word that comes to mind for it. Look forward to seeing your hardanger set finished.