Just a very quick update to tell you that my new website will be available shortly with all the latest design news and of course, my new chart SHOP!
I’ll look forward to catching up with you all ASAP,
The design is easy to stitch but be careful with the range of colours as some are quite close in tone. Although the chart shows French knots as part of the design I think I would change these for beads in a very pale mauve or even pearl.
There is also details for making a small sachet which will be ideal for those dried lavender flowers to scent a drawer or hang in a wardrobe.
David and I have been redesigning our garden over the past year and lavender is an essential plant for us. We have just been up to the north Norfolk coast for a week’s holiday and whilst there visited the Norfolk Lavender plants. It is a lovely place to see all of the varieties of lavenders and all can be bought on site………just an added note, they also have a wonderful restaurant and shop.
This should have ben posted yesterday……….obviously not up to working mode yet!!
Happy stitching, Lesley x
In CARD magazine, issue 97, there are some simple designs to stitch. Birds of a feather are full of colour and together with traditional blackwork create a bright, summery look. They require a bit more patience, but with whole stitches, a few fractionals and straightforward back stitch nothing too difficult. Here are four of the six designs available:
For really easy designs to stitch, especially if you are a tea addict, then look no further than ‘Time for tea’
They look really decorative, yet each design is stiched in one main colour with just a few black cross stitches for the lid and the base of the pot.
I adore oriental imagery, whether it is in paintings, decorative pottery or needlework. Here is my picture of a crane that reminds me of Japanese designs found on fine bone china plates and vases.
Oriental legend holds that the crane lives for a 1,000 years and in Japanese, Chinese and Korean tradition the bird represents peace and long life. Throughout Asia it is the symbol for peace, happiness, purity and fidelity and its image is used for happy occasions such as weddings and births.
This simple but impressive design of a majestic crane is brought to life in stunning summery shades of corals and mint greens; find it in the latest GOLD magazine, issue 112
I have used the design to personalize a ready – made album by stitching the design on a length of linen band ,but it can be stitched on 14 count Aida just as easily. Red is an auspicious colour in the Far East, associated with warmth and denoting good fortune and the gold thread adds an attractive sparkle. The design for the ring cushion echoes the gold and red theme of the album. Both pieces are finished off with a stylish carved red heart and simple white tassel.
Along with the lavender wreath comes another design for a flower, this time the hydrangea. I’m never quite certain how fond I am of this one. They can look brilliant in tubs and I’m always amazed at the sight of a large plant with a profusion of blooms in quite a small pot! We have though, planted a couple in the garden which I think during the next couple of months should look good; time will tell. The heads can look quite spectacular during the colder months, especially when coated with frost………
As usual in Cross Stitch collection all the instructions are included for making this mini hanging. Wire hangers come in all shapes and sizes and can be found on the Craft Department website: http://www.thecraftdepartment.com
If like me you are interested in Craft in general, then do have a look at Rebecca Bradshaw’s “Crafty ideas” for inspiration. Rebecca is the editor of this magazine and is brilliant at sewing and all things to do with Craft. Last month’s issue had how to make your own beautiful box frame and this month it’s her secret love of aprons!
I thought this article was wonderful. I can see it ‘catching on’ and we will all be apron mad!
Just to let you know that Cross Stitch Collection has also brought out a book with 56 gorgeous projects based on flowers, which as you know is a subject that I love. It is very good value with cards, samplers, cushions and pictures and plenty of fantastic quick-stitch gift ideas. Plus a giant chart featuring a sumptuous bouquet to stitch, as well as one of the fabulous flower fairies. Go to: http://www.my favouritemagazines.co.uk
Another chart in the Flower heart series. This time the foxglove (Cindy, I hope you especially like this one)………….poppies will come later.
Although it doesn’t really matter to the design, I have just noticed a mistake; one square of 959 and backstitched with 3812 needs placing at the centre top to the left of a leaf…..up to you stitchers, but it’s not really that important in this picture.
Happy stitching, Lx