Saturday, November 23, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness and Christmassy things

Hello my friends,

It's lovely to have you visiting me today!

This cold damp day it's nice to be indoors thinking about Christmassy things!

Again this year I'm going to join Jo of Serendipitous Stitching and some cross stitch friends for Jo's Advent Calendar post. This is one where we all write posts about our Christmas stitching and then share them via Jo's blog on a date that she allots. Pop over to Jo's to see exactly how the Advent Calendar Blog Post worked last year! (This is my post! HERE)

Anyhow, I'm getting ahead of myself, it's been a while since I joined in with Gifted Gorgeousness (GG) because I haven't had any cross stitch to share ..... but all that has changed now, and I have some new kits I'm threading up ready to start !

I'm joining GG today with these surprise gifts I received. Some lovely fat quarters and, in the background Osnaburg - one of my favourite fabrics. Osnaburg is not a long-lasting fabric but it's really nice for embroidery,

and the lovely magnetic needle keeper is from my friend, Grace.


Because this post would be soo short otherwise I'd like to mention a couple of other things while I am here ..... do you remember my lace, tee hee, HERE, how could you forget? Well, here are a few photos of my latest piece in progress ..... or should I say "when I had just finished and was about to pull all the pins out"!
I had finished before the bobbins
gathered together like this, tee hee!
I'm really excited how great this lace looks!
It was such fun pulling all those pins out!!
So, I've made two leaves and the red piece
will eventually be a flower.

(Oh, and since starting this post I was gifted a "new" lace making cushion which needed a cover before I could make more lace, so I made one yesterday, but that's a tale for next time.)

And here are my latest cross stitch purchases:

Three Christmassy kits ..... second hand, and a bargain!
I had to enlarge patterns and wash the folded fabric ready to use.
I have made a start, but no more pictures as yet!

Actually I started one of them a couple of days ago, and now its almost finished - this was meant to be my travel stitching ..... but it just took me over!!!!

Do pop over to Jo's blog to read more about Gifted Gorgeousness and to see what everyone else has stitched!

Keeping with the Christmas theme ..... I've just seen that Selma of Eclectic Home Life is returning to blogging once again this year with her latest Norwegian Christmas countdown!

HERE is a link to one of Selma's fabulous recipe posts - there are lots!!

Hugs and smiles,
Barbara xxx

Thank you for visiting, I love to hear from you!


Cathy said...

Your lace making is so fascinating! Looking forward to seeing the flower it will become.

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Your lace looks amazing! As I think I said before, I simply can't imagine trying to keep all those bobbins straight and in the correct order. Kudos to you! And I'm looking forward to seeing your Christmas stitcheries too.

vintagerose said...

Hi Barb your lace work is stunning,well done on your beautiful work,hope your day is a good one my friend xx

Pamela said...

Your lace is gorgeous!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

Your lacework is so amazing! Looking forward to seeing what you do with those sweet pieces!

Diana Moriel said...

Your lace looks beautiful! I wish I knew how to make lace!

Karen's Korner said...

Gorgeous lacework. Looking forward to seeing the flower grow.

Isabel para ALROMASAR said...

Your lace looks amazing! I just can't imagine trying to keep all those coils straight, Barbara
I am also with these Christmas embroidery.
Beautiful gift material that you have received from your friends .... you will surely use it well.
Greetings from Spain

Creando y Fofucheando said...

Unos regalos de 10! y un encaje precioooso Bárbara,que artista amiga
Me ha encantado
Muchos besos ! :)

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I can't imagine keeping all those bobbins straight, let alone creating something so beautiful with them as your LACE!! There are lots of fun things in the Blogworld going on for the holidays. Glad you are part of them. I usually sit back and watch and enjoy. I don't work well deadlines.
xx, Carol

Lin said...

Lots of gorgeousness going on here Barbara. Very impressed with your lace - I have not tried bobbin lace although I did some needlelace many years ago. Lovely fabrics and it sounds like your kits were bargains. xx

Christine B said...

Have lots of fun with the new projects Barbara! I love how your lace turned out, it is really lovely and will be nice to incorporate into a project!! Christine xx

Julies Knit Stitch Corner said...

Hi, Nice colours in those fabrics and your lace making is so beautiful.
Julie.C x

Anaisa said...

Son bellos tus tejidos, realmente es un arte el tuyo nena!! yo me hago nudos con ese montón de palitos!ja!ja!
Pero son lindos tus tejidos!!

Besotes y feliz semana!!

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month (and for adding your name to the Advent Calendar list - emails will go out soon).

The lace looks beautiful. I am very interested in seeing the finished flower.

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

The lace is gorgeous - I tried once but couldn’t get the hang of it! Well done you!

Faith... said...

Pretty fabric you received! LOoking forward to seeing your Christmas kits.

Christine said...

I made a couple of bits of lace a few years ago so i know how time consuming it is. Yours is gorgeous!

Irene said...

che brava Barbara, sai fare il pizzo! Hai un bellissimo blog

handmade by amalia said...

That is a gorgeous pile of fabrics, Barbara, I love the colors. And I really want a magnetic needle holder now :-) I'm heading to the craft store later anyway, so I'll look for one. Nice to see you still working on the lace, it is coming along beautifully. Winter is a wonderful time for crafting though I'd like to know how they did it before electricity. Candles are romantic but not enough light, especially for needlework.

Astrids dragon said...

Look at you go, your lace looks fantastic! I honestly don't think I could do that, I would get distracted and mess up for sure.
Bargin kits, lucky you! I'm looking forward to seeing what they are.

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

I'm very impressed with your lace. It looks amazing. I really like that you are using strong colours, rather than white or pastels :)

Ariadne said...

Bobbin lace looks so difficult. I have seen it made on Crete island and it was so gorgeous. AriadnefromGreece!

MARIELA Inspirada said...

Hi Barbara! How many projects you've been working on!!! You're always very entertained.
The bobbin lace is so beautiful, even more those green leaves. It will be an amazing flower when it get finished.
I imagine that it's not easy at all, You are amazing!!! besitos...