When I was young, I used to like collecting caterpillars and mullion leaves and keeping them in old ice cream tubs with netting over the top until they turned into butterflies (cabbage whites, I think most of them were). I think I was trying to watch for the exact moment when the butterfly hatched from the chrysalis,… Continue reading Previous Projects: Butterflies and Rosebuds
Stitch by Stitch: Where In The World Am I?
Back in – July, was it? – I packed away my big cross-stich project of a world map because of a move. I’ve only just unpacked it. I’d done so well in the first half of 2021, doing some each month, feeling like it was possible to finish. Like it might be finished by now.… Continue reading Stitch by Stitch: Where In The World Am I?
Stitch By Stitch: Sailing By
Ten to one in the morning used to be a good time for falling asleep. Radio 4 had Sailing By followed by the Shipping Forecast. I’d normally be asleep by the time the Shipping Forecast was relevant for me, not that it really made much sense. It just has a soporific sort of rhythm to… Continue reading Stitch By Stitch: Sailing By
Stitch By Stitch: Round the Corner
Having done not much stitching last month, I’ve done considerably better this time. Even taking into account having to unpick a lot of gold and restitching it because I’d miscounted and couldn’t easily fudge a cover-up. I also changed my mind about what I was stitching. At present, I’m focusing on the outer border. I… Continue reading Stitch By Stitch: Round the Corner
Stitch By Stitch: All the Sea-Creatures
After the success of February, and completing the Old World part of the map, I took a breather to do some smaller kits. And then had to do the whole “Just this sea-creature” thing all over again. It’s mostly worked, again. Sadly, there was no Ring Cycle on Radio 3 this time. Instead, I’ve been… Continue reading Stitch By Stitch: All the Sea-Creatures
TWIC: One More Chapter
Sometimes, when in the midst of a large cross-stitch project (or, indeed, any project), it’s good to take a break and complete smaller projects. To remind oneself that they do finish. It is possible to complete a project. I’ve been trying to organise some “stock images” for those of my blog-posts which don’t normally have… Continue reading TWIC: One More Chapter
Crafting: Behind the Picture
The thing about cross-stitch as a form of embroidery is that it is very simple to do, ignoring, if you will for the moment, all the counting involved. Not only is it uncomplicated, but it is generally done on fabrics with holes already clearly marked. So simple, in fact, that even a child can do… Continue reading Crafting: Behind the Picture