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follow up from previous blog, http://conniekonnykards.blogspot.com/ I am retired here in UK, well into my seventies, and I have crafted as long as I can remember. OH John and I have been happily married for 54 years. We have a lovely family and a cat with attitude ...... Lots of work from my hobbies is on Flickr.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Sketchbook Challenge 2012 March

'Flowers' Theme
As the month is coming to an end I added these pics to my sketchbook today .....
but as I'm always doodling , drawing, and stitching flowers there will be plenty more to come ...


Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Embroidery Journal 2012 - March

Today I stitched a small piece, 6x9cm., for this month's Journal page..
The main flower and background is a Jet Ink print, on Moire Silk, from a Watercolour Pencil painting done some time ago.

As this week is a catch up  in the TAST Challenge, with a Mini Challenge to use 3-6 stitches done so far, I decided to use six of the stitches ....
so there are basic versions of,
Lazy Daisy
and Whipped Wheel stitches here.
Also a few French knots as flower centres.

It's a Naive piece, different from  the previous pages, and I enjoyed stitching it.
Links to projects:

Sunday, 11 March 2012

Birds and TAST 10

I've struggled to keep up with challenges recently but this week I stitched these simple felt birds for two challenges.
The one at the bottom became a tag for TAG TUESDAY theme 'Birds' and the upper one is now on my TAST Sampler  for Week 10.
I missed two TAG TUESDAY WEEKS and as I had several examples of TAST Week 9 Couching I didn't stitch anything new.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Catching up ...

Tast 2012 Weeks 7 & 8

7. Detached Chain Stitch - or as I always think of it, Lazy Daisy Stitch.
In recent weeks I have not been well, lots of pain, bad nights, and getting quite depressed - adding to this PC crashed and has been away for two weeks being repaired ...

but it's back so I begin to cheer up!

 I kept busy though and enjoyed the TAST stitches for these two weeks.
I have done lots of chain stitch family stitching over the years and added small samplers from previous TAST projects to this year's narrow Sampler.

And, inspired by others who cover buttons, I added my first - the small white button with a Lazy Daisy, to Week 7.
 8. Chain Stitch 
 I particularly enjoyed the challenge of Chain Stitch Braid at the bottom of week 8 block - something I didn't manage to stitch previously. I think I'll be using it again.

I went on to make more covered buttons, picture below.  
The one with four pink ribbon roses is made from a lovely piece of fabric, and the centre one is from brown lace, both fabrics sent from Australia by a very good crafting friend,
                                   Maureen, http://www.flickr.com/people/crazyqstitcher/
Three others are from printed cotton and three with hand stitching in Perle cotton.
I don't know when I'll use them but I'm hooked on making them.                                                           
 TAST challenge link is:http://www.pintangle.com/journal/category/take-a-stitch-tuesday