Saturday, January 4, 2020

A New Year

I didn't write a 'Christmas' post, or a 'New Years' post..  but I do hope you all had a lovely festive season and have entered 2020 safely.

It has been very busy in our house during the last few weeks. Not with anything remotely embroidery related. My brother and his family, and my dad arrived a few days before Christmas and are staying with us, for the best part of three weeks. This is the first time my dad has ever been with all of his four grand children at the same time. Ranging in age from 13 to nearly 30, it is needless to say it is a very special time for him especially.
My brother and his family have taken off on a road trip on their own for a few days, and our two boys have taken their granddad out for the day - so the house feels very quiet today after so much activity.

You may recall, I had a deadline before Christmas. 
I made it!! 

This is the smaller, class version of a new stumpwork kit. I have named it MOTHER HEN. I will be making it into a needlebook, so I have deliberately not included any wired shapes or elements which the larger version will have.
I did take photos as I went and will share more about the various elements in this project in a later post. It is designed as a reasonably easy project - an Introduction to Raised Embroidery (or Stumpwork). For that reason, I have embroidered it using mostly common embroidery stitches, like chain, satin and stem stitch. One of the things I do love about embroidery, is that you really don't need to be accomplished in an endless amount of different stitches. Once you get to know a few, there are so many ways to use them.

As I write (and stitch, and go about my everyday 'doings') my thoughts are with everyone who are affected by the terrible bushfires burning out of control in New South Wales and Victoria. We are safe where we are, but are acutely aware of what is happening and that it could easily happen here also.

Stay safe
Anna X