Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Another Box and Some Finishes

**Edited** I have received an award. Thank you very much, Mbroider, for giving me this Sunshine Award. Rule of this Award is to pass on the award to 12 bloggers. I have a hard time as there are so many blogs that I read, love and admire. So, I am passing this Award to all beautiful and creative bloggers out there!
I am obsessed with boxes, here is another one on show. The stitching (LHN Chocolate Box) was done some time ago and I had just finished it as a box during my cartonage lessons. I love the fabrics used for this box. The box was lined with strip green fabric inside. It was tricky to get the fabric properly aligned.

Next, some finishes to share. Remember the BBD Loose Feathers Pattern I started in September last year? Happy dance, Autumn Song is done. I stitched it on 32ct Lambswool using Cosmo, DMC and Anchor varigated threads. This is going to be another box, lol, but a round one this time.

I am way behind in the LHN Monthly Ornament SAL. Got my charts late and only started stitching early this month. I decided to start with March's ornament - He's A Flake. It was stitched on 28ct Cashel Green Linen using DMC threads as charted except for the tree (DMC 4045). Pear Tree will be the next ornament.

Look at this cute pin pillow! I stitched it for my partner, Lillie, for the Pin Pillow Exchange hosted by Becky SC. The design is a freebie - Winter ABC - by Vavi. I used Cosmo Marble Thread. You can't see it in the picture but the pillow was lined with pretty white and turquoise trim which matched the color of the thread.

As promised in my last post, here is a picture of my new Quaker start - Eiffel Quaker. This design is the creation of Nathalie of Jardin Prive. She gives 3 colorways for this design. I chose the Bois de Rose : DMC 407, 632 and 950. Now, I have 4 Quaker projects in rotation.

Next, an update on my various SALs. I had finished stitching the second instalment of Joei's SAL - Her Flower Garden- Orchid. I am stitching the six instalments individually. They will be finished as stitching accessories at the end of the SAL. Just started on the third instalment - Lavender. This time, I am stitching one over one as I want the design to be small for a scissors fob.

A picture of Oakhaven Design's Months SAL 2010. March was a real quick stitch with only five alphabets. The design is looking very lovely, love all those red hearts.

I join another Hardanger SAL hosted by Mamen Arias. She is Spanish. Here is a picture of my wip, parts 1 and 2. It will be finished into a bag.

Thank you for visiting my blog. All comments are welcomed and appreciated.

Happy stitching and take care until the next update.



doris said...

Oh, it's been so long since I visited you! Your boxes (and other cartonage projects) are beautiful! All of the fabrics you've chosen are perfect. I may have to start looking for a class here.

Your Quaker projects are lovely. I'm especially wild for BP. The hardanger pieces and your biscornus are also beautiful. You have so many talents! I feel inspired.

Angela said...

I'm glad I came over to visit your blog :) I just LOVE that Chocolate Box finish, I love to finish this way too! Love all your WIP and I'll be watching for your BBD circle box finish :)

Lillie said...

Wonderful projects in hand. Loved the Eiffel Quaker and a nice choice on the fibers.

The box is fabulous. Do you teach box making?

Ellen said...

Hi Lillie,

I only teach hardanger. Currently, I am taking cartonage lessons from a Japanese teacher where I learn to make all those boxes. I love tins and boxes, all kinds.


Lillie said...

Thanks for your reply Ellen, appreciate a lot, can you please p.m privately? I couldn't locate your e-mail ID here. I tried p.m you earlier but wasn't sure if the mail gets thru. Tks!

Have a good weekend.

Sally said...

Your box is absolutely beautiful Ellen! I love all your WIP too. You have such pretty things on the go.

Mylene said...

I so love your box finishes, so neat and perfectly finished.

Your stitching finishes are lovely as well as the hardanger project you have started.

Quiltsmiles said...

Ellen, Hello, form Northern NY. I love all your boxes and stitches. You are a very talented stitcher. I especially love the Autumn Song from Black bird designs. I was wondering if you would be willing to sell that pattern? I absolutely Love that pattern and want to stitch it and finish it as a basket top and have been unable to find it anywhere. Back in 2008 I made a quilt that I happened to name Autumn song, since there were leaves and birds in one of the fabrics I used for the border and it pulled all the rest of my fabrics together to become a cherished quilt. It's pictured on my first posting on my blog in OCtober 2008.
I do understand if you are not willing to part with this, so please feel no pressure.
You are a fast stitcher and I am very impressed with all your works. Enjoyed visiting your blog. Jane