Hi there, I got so much reaction when I post this one above on my FB. It doesn’t mean anything really 🙂 just something small and cute to pass off time when there is nothing good on TV. Meanwhile my dales is getting prettier and prettier despite not so clear shot. Just a few more holes to fill in plus the waves of clouds and its gonna be on the way to the frame shop. I love this, even if I stitch it with a cheaper stuff. Its the very first time I used #cxc from China and I thought I should keep this one and hang it on my wall to remember how I struggle to thread my needles while doing this. I should stick to the best stuff all the time, I suppose.
Talking about Dales gives me inspiration because in my home country (where I came from) not in Belgium. I live in a place surrounded by dales. Although I have neighbors left and right, our small community is situated in a hole like foot of a valley facing fields of rice and lakes. It is a very peaceful and charming community where people live side by side with each other. The beauty of the nature and the kindness of the people is the main reason why we love to stay there for a couple of months every year. Escaping the coldness of Belgium, (literally speaking) for quite sometime is very much needed. I don’t mean the temperature 🙂 but I neither complain nor show dissapointment because I still believe to feel warmth we have to create the fire ourselves 🙂 Its actually too warm where we are going. Sometime its suffocating and too much, that’s why I am so lucky to be able to escape both when its necessary. I would love to share next time how is it to live in Both worlds. How do we live? what we eat? what keep us busy? and why we like it the way it is. Thus, I am going to set aside my crafty basket from time to time and talk about places soon. I like it if anyone pays me a visit. Welcome
Hi there I’m a bit on a lighter mood today after binge watching about the 100 year celebration of WWI yesterday. I’m totally distracted after watching some footage’s of the real bombing and the aftermath of the war. I have visited Ieper and Zonnebeke a year ago and had seen thousands of white cross in a mass of grave. It doesn’t make any sense then. I was petrified knowing there is actually someone buried underneath those graves. I got to go back there some other time or die unhappy.
Anyway, what is the best way to recover from a heavy and tormenting facts reminding us of sad non- fiction stories of our our fore fathers.
I stitched the day away 🙂
I experimented with some made in China embroidery threads. Its not a big yay nor a nay but I couldn’t recommend it yet. DMC or whatever it is that we always use is the best choice. A friend of mine uses anchor and she is also satisfied with it.
I was just curious because I have never ever used any other threads but DMC before. Not even anchor which is also available in the Philippines since I can remember. Just last year when I was there for six months, I discovered that China is now producing threads bearing the same code number, slightly different tint but almost the same. They are of course a lot cheaper with somewhat a ratio of 1 dmc = 3 CXC, that is what they called it. I thought I should try it but then I forgot to buy any and went back here in Belgium. These threads which I bought at a local hobby shop around town is apparently not CXC. It doesn’t have any code and packed per 8 pcs for 72 euro cents. One DMC threads cost me 1 euro 60 cents. Imagine if it is good. But no, I love this hobby too much I have to be Picky.
It is of course an embroidery threads and not as good as the original 6 strands DMC skeins. It is a bit woolly and its not easy to thread needle no. 26 which I customary used. Nevertheless it is strong and when I dip one whole skeins in a glass of water it didn’t show any sign of discoloration whatsoever.
It looks rather lovely when the design doesn’t require a specific color combinations. But then I have yet to compare it to what they called CXC and of course I can only see the durability after some thorough washing. I plan to make a cushion cover with this owl sweethearts when its done. And I got to make another pair of them with DMC to compare later on. Another mission to accomplish alongside my never full UFO basket. Don’t ever let this stitch bug bites you, when it hits you seriously. It is incurable 🙂
Hi friends I’m back to stitching this week, got to catch up a lot on my pending works. I can never wait long enough to begin with a new FREEBIES finds which is so pretty it will look lovely on my cushion cover.
I should have started a big projects last week but I was too busy to notice it is November already. I’ve been running around for days; doing shopping and packing things and when I sit for awhile my focus is on doing crafty things; or at least searching for something crafty to do. Voila! such a beautiful scenery which reminds me of my youth as I play with the kids in our neighborhood. Although sometimes the feeling was not always good at that time, me being a few inches taller than the rest of the kids with the same age. Tall, thin, talkative, that’s what I was, and that makes me the odd one out. Its another story to tell some other time. I’ll be happy to finish this before I go back to work next week. Check outDMC websitefor more lovely ideas, I’m pretty sure you’ll find one that will caught your eyes. success! 🙂
Hi there, take a peek on my first CS work in progress since I moved home: Welcome dog by Dimensions with 67w x 99h Stitches. It looks too little and too easy to make, though for beginners it is a little bit tricky because of the back and straight stitches. This is my progress after approximately 6 hours of intermittent stitching for 3 days. Its crazy but its my before bed time activity. Sit in front of my computer with a tv monitor where I can view my patterns either in pdf format or scanned copies while stitching and watching television (which is on my right side) at the same time. Two birds in one bullet or whatever you can call it. 🙂 If there is nothing nice on tv I listen to music while I stitch. I hope my next update will be the last for this one. Something bigger is waiting for the right time. 🙂
Aside from Spring Autumn is my favorite time of the year and collecting patterns and making them is literally rejuvenating to me. Knowing there will come new leaves and new life when the spring comes brings hope to all living things. To be honest I just love the scenery and the colors. This bright and beautiful dog will keep me company this autumn and I’m getting ready to prepare him a Welcome party in my stitching table 🙂
I have created this blog to share my interest in all forms of stitching, quilting, sewing, knitting, medieval re-enactment and costume making - particularly my love of historical embroidery. I also love travelling,especially when it also involves any of my other interests.