Christmas Ornaments, Cross Stitch, Exchanges, Finishes, Jane Nicholas, Stumpwork, Works in Progress

Back from a mini blog break

Thanks to those of you (including Mum) who have enquired as to my whereabouts, and wondering why I’ve been absent for an entire week – and also where the photo posts have disappeared to.  To be honest I’ve just felt a bit burnt out computer-wise (and therefore blog-wise), and haven’t felt like sitting in front of the PC much over the last week or three … the Photo Hunt themes haven’t really inspired me much over the last couple of weeks, and I usually sit and post all my photo posts for the week at the same time as doing my Saturday Photo Hunt post … so therefore no other photo posts either.

Anyway, other than that life is OK – just very hectic at work, and there hasn’t been much energy left over at the end of the day to do much at all.  I can’t even say there has been screeds and screeds of stitching done … although I do have two small finishes – one that I can share, and one that I can’t … and one new start.

So, first up, here’s the one I can share:

Whispered by the Wind-Snow freebie
“Snow” freebie by Whispered by the Wind
(freebie is still available here)
stitched on 32ct hand-dyed opalescent lugana
with DMC B5200

Just love the sparkly blue fabric – the photo in no way does this one justice … although the opalescent fabric is a total b*tch to stitch on, and I’m not in a hurry to repeat the experience …

And here’s the one I can’t share:

Scissor Pocket Exchange
Mystery design by Mystery designer on Mystery fabric with Mystery thread … to a Mystery recipient …

Then I started a new project, trying to stitch up some of the projects that I’ve entirely kitted up with DMC, just so I can return all my skeins to my master collection … meaning I won’t be forever “losing” the colours I need to kit up a new start.  Here’s my very VERY minimal start on Mirabilia’s Trick or Treat Fairy (magazine version) … currently also known as “The Blob”.  I managed to add another three whole rows tonight, but didn’t think it would make much difference to the photo!

And lucky last, here is a very very VERY old UFO that hasn’t seen the light of day since, well quite frankly I can’t remember when … all of a sudden I started getting the urge to finish off one of my oldest UFOs, and choose a project to challenge myself, and this is probably the closest to an actual finish of any of my ‘big’ stumpwork pieces … so I’m thinking perhaps I should bite the bullet and finish this little baby off.  It will mean, though, getting my Jane Nicholas reference books out and jogging my memory on how to do all the stitches, but that’s what challenges are for right?  Here are how all the various components look at this stage … with many more little petals and insects yet to be stitched up and finished!  (Unfortunately the fluffed up bee body is looking a bit worse for wear after being in storage for months and in and out of boxes … but it should hopefully all work out once it gets trimmed back into the little bee body shape … fingers crossed anyway!)

So, be warned, and don’t expect too much progress too quickly … the one thing I find with stumpwork is that for me it seems to take an absolute aeon to finish one teeny tiny little piece of stitching, so this is one project that you won’t be seeing finished any time soon!

And on that note I think it’s time to bid you farewell again for the night – no guarantees when I’ll be back online again … but at least you know I’m still alive 🙂

11 thoughts on “Back from a mini blog break”

  1. Good to see you emerge, Anne. The ornament is very pretty, and your stumpwork is fantastic – I’ve never had the courage to tackle something like that, it looks hugely challenging and I’m absolutely in awe.

  2. I love your ‘Snow’ and the fabric is perfect for it. I love opalescent fabric – that’s what I stitched Celtic Autumn on and have some again for Mermaids of the Deep Blue. Looking forward to seeing more of Trick or Treat. That one is in my to-do pile as well.

    Stump work looks very complicated. Very effective and extremely pretty, but soo complicated.

  3. I really enjoy seeing your latest work. All of what you do is lovely. And always inspiring. We ALL need a big break from the computer at times. Good for you.

  4. I was worried about you, but I understand the burnt-out feeling. I love the snow freebie, the sparkly fabric must look wonderful in real life.

  5. Apparently I haven’t read much for the past week – it just sort of slipped by me! Glad to hear you’re doing okay. Take care!

  6. Glad you are back! The sparkly winter piece is so fun!

    I’m totally afraid of stumpwork, so I’m in awe of that piece 🙂

  7. Glad to see everything is ok A… And… I love your stumpwork – I am a bit like Cindy – totally intimidated… Take care… Sharon – Melbourne

  8. I am glad that everything is going well for you Anne. Your stump work piece is looking great, more updates in the future please ;).

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