Monday, 11 January 2010

Happy New Year

... to all my readers and friends in the blogging world.

Christmas for us was a peaceful and quiet time spent with family or stitching and the New Year too was spent with family.

On the 7th January 2010, almost a year from when I started, I eventually put the last stitches in Water Tiger, and here is a picture I took - unwashed and unpressed.
He has since been washed and pressed and given to my brother who was thrilled with him. When I get back from my holiday I will get him framed and let you see him one more time. I was so relieved to get him done in time and though I love the finished picture I am really, really glad to say goodbye to this one.

What next, well I have sorted out a few of my WIPs to take with me to Goa (in India), The Blackwork House, Friends of the Forest, and Cup of Tea. I am also taking a new stitch but as this is for a gift and I am not sure if the recipient reads my blog I cannot tell you much about that one. I would certainly hope to get at least a couple of these old WIPs finished within the month I will be away for so hopefully there will be more finishes to share with you when I get back.

It has been so cold and slippery under foot here for the last weeks that I cannot wait to get away to the sunshine and feel warm again.

Sherry asked about my Gracious Era (which incidentally is my UFO piece in the stitching group I belong to) and asked if she could see a picture of what it would look like when it was finished - lol I would add if it ever gets finished as I have been working on this for about 5 years now.

Anyway just for you Sherry this is what it should be like

I will try and put up a picture of my latest update before we leave, either on Thursday night or Friday morning.

For all of those in need of a hug - I send you lots. I hope Karan is now recovering well from her Op and that the rest of you are all well and busy stitching. Now that Water Tiger is done I am hoping to have more time for once again reading and writing in Blog Land. I feel like my life has been on hold for the last few months as every second I had to spare was stitching on him. I am not the fastest stitcher in the world at the best of times and when panic sets in - lol well just be glad you were not in my house.

Bye for now,

May your frogs stay in their ponds.


Rachael said...

Happy Dancing with you Helen!!!
Well done on getting him finished he looks great!
I look forward to seeing what you take to India and stitch on and hearing all about your Holiday when you get back. Have a safe trip!!

sarah said...

well done on your finish helen. it is stunning!

mollycaff said...

Happy New Year to you Helen, it's so nice to see you posting. Many congratulations on finishing Water Tiger, well worth the effort as he looks amazing!

Ginnie said...

The Tiger looks very impressive, well done.

Sheilasembroidery said...

Water Tiger looks fantastic, it has been so nice to him progress. Have a great time in India and send some of the warmth our way - we all need it.

Lainey said...

Helen you tiger is stunning!
Hope you have a wonderful trip.

Karan said...

Oh what a great way to start the year - he's fabulous! Enjoy that well deserved HD Helen. Nice stitchy plans for your holiday too - have a wonderful time. :0)
Am recovering well, thanks - just not liking the cold weather at all.

Christine said...

Wow Helen, he is gorgeous!

Pam said...

Oh, my!! Water Tiger is just stunning!! You did a beatiful job on it.

Andrea said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish.
Enjoy your the sun and warmth of another country. :(

Sally said...

Congratulations on a fantastic finish Helen! He is stunning!

Kathy A. said...

What a fabulous finish!!! And what a wonderful gift for your brother.
Glad to hear that you are off on a holiday. Have fun!!!
I picked up Fairies in the Garden again. I want to finish it by years end!

Terri said...

Water Tiger is beautiful. I hope you have a great trip and cannot wait to see more of your stitching.
Be Safe

Colette said...

Helen he is magnificent and worth all the hard work. You fully deserve your holiday now so have a wonderful time and I'll see you when you get back
hugs Colly

mbroider said...

Congrats on finishing Water Tiger. He looks great!!

Hope you have a great trip in Goa.

Angela said...

It might have been hard work but Water Tigers is really impressive.

Your UFO looks challenging. good luck with it.

Sherry aka Celtic Dream Weaver said...

Thank you for showing me the whole design of Graious Era cross stitch. What a really nice picture. I love your tiger in the water picture too. I did a crewel picture many years ago of a mother tiger and her baby. I never got it framed...but it is done. I could send you a picture of it if you are interested in seeing it.

Karen Siddiqi said...

WOW! That's really amazing!

Felicity said...

It's a gorgeous tiger!

Susan said...

Congratulations on your finish, Helen. I can only imagine how thrilled your brother was!

Brigitte said...

Congratulations on this wonderful finish. It's really stunning, the tiger looks like being alive.
I hope you are enjoying your stay in Goa.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Helen, Congrats he looks fantastic you must be pleased as punch to have him finished up!

Sherry aka Celtic Dream Weaver said...

How is that wintery Victorian cross stitch coming along. I would love that myself. It is such a beautiful picture. Where did you get the pattern from again for it? Love it!!!