Friday, January 08, 2016

A Cross Stitch Shout Out!

Hello Dear Readers,

Imagine my surprise!  On opening up my Blogger Dashboard the other day and paying a visit to Serendipitous Stitching, hosted by Jo who can't think of a clever nickname, and seeing my blog name in her alphabetical blog call!  Thank you so much for the shout out, Jo!

As the lovely Jo has encouraged her readers to visit my blog, I thought it only right and proper to introduce myself to any new readers today!

I've been a cross stitch fan for many years, but more recently after joining a local handicraft group I became hooked on embroidery, and that was when my "Cocoa Sampler" found its way into the dreaded store cupboard! However earlier this year when I aired the Sampler here I was inspired by some of the kind comments I received to start working on it again!

Cocoa Sampler
Cocoa Sampler

I finished the "house" square in the middle of the picture, by deciding to stitch 10 stitches a day - which meant if I picked it up to stitch ten I would generally stitch more than that!

Close up of Cocoa Sampler
Cocoa Sampler - close up!

But then, a couple of months ago, my handicraft group started a project involving Crewel Work. I found this most absorbing and the poor old cross stitch sampler again found its way back into the store cupboard!

You can see a larger cross stitch project posted here, and a more recent update about my Crewel Work and some smaller cross stitch projects here.

Having finished the Crewel Work picture I will now be returning to my "Cocoa Sampler" stitchwork (and other recent projects, of course!).

Crewel Work
Crewel Work

I thank you for taking the time to visit me today, and hope you've found a little to interest you!

Do visit again, some time soon! I have a few posts lined up ... I just need to pretty them up a little!


Barbara xx


Brigitte said...

It's always other crafts that keep us from cross stitching, isn't it? And your crewel work looks fantastic. Looking forward to seeing more of the Cocoa Sampler.

Christine B said...

Hello Barbara! I hope you have lots of new readers.... I always enjoy visiting you here! I just love your finished crewel work piece and the Cocoa Sampler looks beautiful... hope you find the time to get it finished now it is out of the cupboard! Have a lovely weekend! Christine x

Amy at love made my home said...

Both pieces are beautiful, and don't worry about the sampler, I am working on a needlepoint that I started about 5 or 6 years ago! xx

Lilly's Mom said...

Hi Barbara it's always a joy to see what you are stitching as I so admire your skills! I love the sampler and the crewel work too!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I always have several projects on the go and end up working on what makes me happy at any given time. That way I never have a chance to get bored.

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

Glad you appreciated the shout out!
I really love the little house block on the sampler, it would make a lovely small ornie on its own.
Your crewel work is lovely too.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I'll have to go see Jo!! I bounce between sewing, embroidery and crochet. I'm not very good at leaving projects unfinished though. Or maybe it's just out of sight out of mind...probably!

Kaisievic said...

Hi Barbara, nice to meet you - I came across from the lovely Jo's shout out. Cocoa Sampler is gorgeous, can't wait to see more progress pics on it.

Justine said...

Hello Barbara, I too have hopped over from Jo's blog. I only cross stitch myself so will be cheering you on to finish that lovely sampler!

handmade by amalia said...

Barbara, the crewel work is gorgeous! And so is the cocoa sampler, it deserves to be finished (or at least taken out of the dreaded cupboard :-)

Sheryl said...

Hi Barbara, you really must get that lovely Cocoa sampler done. All your work is pretty and I love the crewel embroidery.

Deepa said...

Love both the pieces!! I think 2016 will see the end of Cocoa sampler project :) Happy new year to you and yours!!