Cross Stitch Ramblings


Lavender Fairy

When I was hunting for a piece of fabric for Lavender Fairy, I came across this small piece of hand dyed fabric. Its a silkweaver solo. I then remembered I bought a number of these, and these little flower fairies are the only suitable patterns I have to use them for. I did give this one a little bit of thought before deciding if it was suitable, rather than my usual course of just launching into it and worrying about it later. I think it works, although. I know hand dyed fabrics are much revered in the cross stitching world, and they are lovely, but with my lack of creativity I'm probably better off using plain fabric for the most part, after all, its the design that's important. This fabric is more blotchy than most of the pieces I have, and I think I've got away with it for this one, but if I go for hand dyed fabrics in the future I'm more likely to chose subtly blotchy ones, a bit like the fabric I'm using for Moon Fairy Spirit.

My current project is Snowdrop Fairy which is almost finished but has taken me over a week, I should hopefully get it finished later today and it is the last of my little flower fairies for now.



Sleeping Beauty

After I put Rhinestone aside I picked up Mirablia's Sleeping Beauty again and worked on it for a few weeks. I feel I have been working on this for so long, its a few years now, and still my first Mirabilia. It is so huge, but remains my favourite. It is the most beautiful project I am working on. Unfortunately the fabric is a bit on the small side - it does fit, but only just.

I have 3 other WIPs from way-back-when, Teresa Wentzler's Fantasy Triptych, the HAED Waiting for Neptune and the large flower Fairy, Rose Fairy. I don't think any of these have moved since I last posted photos of them.
At this moment I'm working on another little flower fairy, Lavender Fairy. Picture to follow tomorrow I hope!



This is the project I was writing about in my last entry. I got quite a bit of it done, but I did have a week off work and spent a lot of it sitting in front of the TV watching the Olympics (sort of) and stitching this. The reason it's cut off so awkwardly at the bottom is because the chart's on 2 separate sheets and this was the top sheet. The top half of it is nearly there, I stopped at this point because I was using a large hoop which it had just about got too big for, it will have to go in Q-snaps next time I pick it up. I do prefer using a hoop but as I also like to stitch large pieces a hoop is not really ideal.


Moon Fairy Spirit

This is Moon Fairy spirit by Passione Ricamo. I think it was the last thing I was stitching before I packed away my needles and threads last year. It's quite close to being finished, but hasn't been worked on for about a year. It is my plan to get this one finished once I'm done with my current spate of flower fairies.


Forget Me Not Fairy

My daughter said this fairy was prettier than Daisy Fairy so I decided to stitch her as well. I didn't have one of the main colours so took a bit longer to get going. also, I kept going wrong so had to do a lot of pulling out. So much for quick and easy! I've done a much better job of the french knots with this one, most of them are pretty good, am quite pleased with myself for that. Yes, I know it needs an iron to get rid of the hoop marks.


Daisy Fairy

I've got some pictures at last. I'm going to post them all in separate entries as my computer is very slow and might crash again.

Because its so long since I had a cross stitch finish, I decided to stitch something little so I could have a finish and also slightly reduce the very long list of charts & kits I have stored in my stash. I don't have many charts that are little but I do have a few flower fairies. I like daisy fairy, I got it finished in one day although it did take several hours. It involves french knots which I haven't tried for quite a few years and couldn't quite remember how, and mine in this fairy are pretty bad. Fortunately there are only a few so they don't notice too much.