Sweet lavender

Bring the sights and scents of a summer garden into your home with my lavender wreath design. You will find this in the latest edition of Cross stitch Collection, issue 238
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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

Birds of a feather

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:

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For really easy designs to stitch, especially if you are a tea addict, then look no further than ‘Time for tea’

Tea time

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.

Two more birthday cards are also in this issue for August and September………….Birthday card for August 001Birthday card for September 001
These are designed especially for summer celebrations with tempting cocktails and beautiful kites…………

Japanese crane

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.

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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

If like me you enjoy this style of design, then you may like to look out for a design called Crane Wedding which is from my book, Oriental Cross Stitch.
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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.

Hydrangea hanging

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………
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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!
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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

Flower heart Foxgloves

Another chart in the Flower heart series. This time the foxglove (Cindy, I hope you especially like this one)………….poppies will come later.

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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

Herbal Essence

Hi everyone, as well as the previous design of the Michaelmas daisies I have a couple more in Cross Stitcher, issue 280. As many of you will know, this is quite a fun magazine with catchy, simple designs that are often colourful and cheery. I love working for it as it gives me the chance to try a different look at the design process.  The shapes and blocks of colours become the most important part of the design.Herb pots 001Herbal Essence 001

Here the poster and plant pot bands echo the retro designs of the 50’s which is SO popular now. I love the oranges, lime greens and blues with black, and this simple style is almost graphic in conception with the addition of the ‘drawn’ herbs. Stitched here on 14 count rustic aida that shows the style and colours to perfection ———–and———-green fingers not required.

Also in this edition is a simple summery vintage – style cuff. Folksy florals 001 I’m sure older children would be able to do this…….with a bit of help. Ideal for that long summer holiday? Simple instructions on how to make  the cuff are included, as well as a visual demonstration on how to blanket stitch.

 

Do, however take a peak at the front cover design by Jane Prutton……..yummy is my word for it! Ice Cream Van 001

NB: There are instructions on how to make a stretched canvas frame – good for this design and also the Michaelmas daisies from my previous blog! AND if that isn’t all, there is also a FREE hinged stitcher’s ruler and magnetic needlecase with the issue!

As usual, ‘Happy stitching’ Lx