My kind of diversion

I presumed a lot of people was hooked up on television lately, especially those who are forced to stay at home due to lockdowns here and there. Me too actually, I only watch circus on TV. Luckily there is also other important news than the American elections.

Life happens as it is…. but facing the uncertainties is not easy. I am thankful to my kind of diversion. It keeps me sane and inspired. Contrary to those beliefs that its an old woman’s hobby. It is something that we learned at a young age and continue doing through our lifetime. I can’t imagined an old lady starting to do such things as this. Some put it aside when they have so little time but somehow when they pick it up, they continue doing it.

I was searching over hobbies of people centuries ago and I found out that elite women in the past had embroidery and tapestry alongside reading poetry as main past time.

Nowadays, I believed that technology drastically changed a lot of our traditional values. I wonder what it would look like if we can have a glimpse of the future 20 years from now. I hope I’m still stitching..

This is my latest work in progress:

Kokeshi friends, designed by Joan Elliot

I wish you all better if not the best days !

Busy Hands are happy hands

Killing time modus : This Sew lovely sampler is just in time for my few days off.

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design by Emma Congdon for September issue of Cross Stitcher magazine. I have enough of bad news lately, keeping me busy with things I love doing will surely help me get through this rough time. I hope everyone finds time to take new challenges on doing creative things. Believe me sometimes, the act of doing is even good as the result. Keep safe 🙂

 

Preparing to escape the winter

It is a bit chaotic here with us for the moment and it seems our time is running down. Rounding up cleaning and storing things away while getting ready for a long sojourn down there in the southern hemisphere takes a lot of energy. Not to mention the excitement and anticipation for a long journey. Amids’t packing, sorting and last minute shopping is making sure my CS projects is secure in my baggage. For the first time we are going to have a 10 hours layover flight, so it is expected to be such a long wait since we didn’t book for a hotel. We can only hope for a bit rest during the flight and at least a fine lounge to sit and take a short nap, though I doubt it is possible. I’d better be prepared for the worst case scenario so a little CS project and a good old book is a necessity.

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Something sodalicious and sweet for a wedding present will definitely bring my mood to the best. But then a week or two is probably much needed to recover later on so to start with this little one is a good idea. I’ll keep it posted……………

Recovery day

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 🙂

In love with Autumn

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 🙂

welcome dog