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Monday, September 21, 2015

Cross stitch mice! and an update.

Hello Dear Reader,

Today, I am again linking to Super Mom - No Cape's Stitchery Party.

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Years ago, before I started free hand embroidery, I stitched this picture from Cross Stitcher magazine.

I thought the little mice were cute and I loved the patchwork quilt.


Sleeping mice

It was sweet to work, with all those little patches.

Sleeping Mice

And I enjoyed stitching the words too:

"Ease your whiskers, rest your paws,
Pies and puddings fill the stores,
Sweetly dream the night away,
till sunrise brings another day."

Sleeping Mice

I was intending to make this into a nightdress bag, but somehow that hasn't happened yet!

Just a shame its been sitting in the cupboard ever since.

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And an update!

This was where I left my Cocoa Sampler last time you saw it:

Cocoa Sampler

and here it is now!  

Cocoa Sampler

I am keeping up my idea of stitching 10 stitches a day, and in doing that I find I generally stitch more.  I also thought that if I fill small areas of the pattern at a time, it might help to stop me feeling daunted by the number of stitches still remaining.

After reading Renee's blog, where she notes the number of stitches she has worked on her pictures, I calculated that my picture has approximately a total of 15,688 stitches, but I don't know how many I have stitched already!

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Do have a look at the other participants in Super Mom - No Cape's Stitchery Party to see what everybody else is making - there is a lot of beautiful work there!

Have a great week, and I hope you will visit me again soon!

Barbara xx






29 comments:

  1. awwww - I love that wee sleepy mouse!! He/she looks so peaceful under that wonderful quilt. I must admit that I can't do as Renee does and count the number of stitches - I'd overwhelm myself and crawl into a hole and never start anything!!!

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment, Mary Anne. I was interested to work out how many stitches I was making, but it does make it a little daunting!

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  2. The little mice asleep under their pretty quilt are just ADORABLE....I so love cutesy!! You really must do something with it. That is a terrific idea to commit to just 10 stitches a day. Might be just what I need to get my cross stitch finished! thanks for the tip.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments, Cath. I will do something with this picture and I'll let you know what I've done. I hope you finish your cross stitch soon. Thank you for visiting.

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  3. Your stitching is beautiful. Very neat!

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  4. That mice sampler is such a darling, Barbara, and I like the poem.
    Amalia
    xo

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    1. Thank you Amalia. Funny, it is right up your street really!

      Barbara xx

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  5. Hello Barbara! Your little mouse is so sweet and the words are lovely. Well done for keeping up with the 10 stitches a day on the Cocoa's Sampler.... I think it is looking lovely! Christine x

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    1. Hello Christine,
      Nice to have you on board, and thank you for your kind comments. Yes, stitching 10 a day it is progressing visibly.
      Barbara xx

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  6. Those mice are cute! Just keep going with your Cocoa Sampler. I had to finish a project like this years ago and I just stitched on my Gorse Fairies every Wednesday for at least an hour. It helped me to finish it on time.

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    1. Hi Annett, It really helps to have such encouraging and helpful comments from so many lovely bloggers, thank you. Barbara xx

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  7. Oh my goodness, those mice are just sew adorable. I love them!

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    1. Thank you Josie, very sweet of you!
      Barbara xx

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  8. Little mouse is so cute...thank goodness you found it again.xx

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    1. Hi Maria, Yes, it is a shame it has been hidden away for so long - now to do something with it. Lovely to hear from you, thank you for stopping by.
      Barbara xx

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  9. Both of your pieces are so pretty!!! I love the little mouse! Your house is coming along well too isn't it. xx

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    1. Thank you, Amy. Glad you like the little mice. I'm determined to finish the house shortly, as I'm looking forward to working some different colours. Barbara xx

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  10. You should frame the sleepy mice and hang it in a bedroom. Its so lovely.

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    1. You know what, Shaheen! I think I may well do that, and it can go on our wall as soon as we've got the decorating done!

      Nice to hear from you. Barbara xx

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  11. Your little mice are so sweet sleeping under the quilt.
    Nice progress on the Cocoa Sampler.

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    1. Thank you for dropping by, Brigitte, and for your very kind comments. Barbara xx

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  12. I absolutely love the cross-stitch with the darling mice. It is adorable! And I love seeing your Cocoa Sampler come together. Looking at the number of stitches can be overwhelming - especially when there are that many. I love your plan to tackle specific areas at a time. It sounds like it would be much easier to see and enjoy your progress that way!

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    1. Hi Renee,
      I'm hoping that if I do individual sections it will be more noticeable as I progress, and more encouraging to me, so that I don't get tired of the sampler, but time will tell! Have a great weekend! Barbara xx

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  13. Greetings Barbara, I thought I had commented but my computer had problems. I love the little quilt and mouse you stitched. How adorable! I do admire your needle skills. They're beautiful pieces you are making. Have a great day :)

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    1. Thank you, Pat. You are very kind! Glad your computer is working now. So nice to hear from you. Hope you are having a great weekend. Barbara xx

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  14. Oh my goodness those two little mice are adorable. I like the idea of just 10 stitches a day. I don't calculate the stitches in my projects because I think I might faint from the number.

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    1. Hi Cathie, It helps in theory, but I realise I've just had two days and no stitching! I must be more strict or the extra stitches will count for nothing! Thank you for stopping by.

      Have a great week! Barbara xx

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  15. I think you are going to have to finish that lovely design into the nightdress bag you mentioned. Just too cute.

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