Saturday, June 12, 2010

My First Round Box and Two Finishes

It is a month since I last posted. I have two finishes and lots to share.

Here is my first round box. I started with a small one. It was hard work making a round box, it took me about 6 hours to make this one. I am pleased with it and this will not be the only one. The angel is a freebie, sorry I lost the link to the site where I found the design. It was stitched on 28ct evenweave hand-dyed by Joan of Sapphire Stitching.

I have two finishes to show, one cross stitch and one hardanger. The hardanger doily was a design taken from Hardanger Craft Journal. I stitched it on 28ct Bluish Grey Monoco. This doily showcased the lacy edge, a more delicate and prettier edging than the normal buttonhole edging.
I really love this cross stitched piece titled A Fleur De SAL. This design was a SAL hosted by Valerie of Talons Aiguilles in 2009. I missed the SAL last year. I wrote to Valerie because I really wanted to stitch it. She was so kind to send me the charts, thank you, Valerie. I have not decided on the finish yet, maybe another box?
Stitched on 32ct Belfast Linen using DMC 469, 470, 3687 and 3689

As promised in my last post, here is a picture of my wip - Spring Quaker SAL. I am way behind, still on page 3. The current SAL status is page 9. I am stitching this piece on 36ct Cream Edinburg linen. I have changed some of the colors, using various shades of green instead of one solid DMC 987 for the whole design. I am loving the progress of this SAL.

On the Exchange Front, I had sent and received my exchanges for the Summer Exchange hosted by Becky SC. Here is what I stitched for my partner, Conny. Pictures were taken by Conny, she is a better photographer than me. I stitched "Spot of Summer " by the The Drawn Thread and finished it into a pin pillow.

Sorry, Conny, I stole your pictures.
For the same Exchange, my partner Raffaella stitched this pillow for me. It is BBD's Summer Iris. I love it, it was 100% handmade and truly a labor of love by Raffaella. She also sent some goodies - a chart from my wish list, DMC threads for this chart and two spools of trims. I love them. Thank you, Raffaella, for a lovely exchange. Raffaella does not have a blog.

In the Early Christmas Exchange hosted by HoE, these ornaments were what I sent and received from the partners. I stitched this red ornament for Amy. The design is a freebie by Claire of Gazette94.

I received this BBD's ornament from Cindy, can't wait to hang it on my Christmas Tree. Thank you, Cindy, for this lovely ornament. BBD is one of my favorite designers.

Thank you, friends, for visiting my blog. All comments are welcomed and appreciated.
Happy stitching and take care until the next post!


Diana said...

Just found your blog.
Your Spring Quaker SAL is lovely. I also love the use of turquoise and chocolate in the Contest sampler.
Very inspiring work.

Lillie said...

Both finishes are lovely. The hardanger piece is fabulous and so are all the exchanges going and coming. Fabulous!

Sally said...

Your finishes and exchange pieces are absolutely beautiful Ellen:)

Mylene said...

Your Hardanger piece looks gorgeous. I sure have a similar pattern and hope to start one next year.

Great job on the round box, so neat and perfectly finish.

All exchange pieces are beautiuful.

Olga said...

Hi Ellen,
Thank you for following my blog.
You have a lot of pretty WIPs. Your Hardanger doily is gordeous!
Have a great week!

Susimac said...

Everything is wonderful, I adore your hardanger its something I just can't do, I find it so difficult.

I love your blog and have bookmarked it.

Thankyou too for my wonderful exchange that I received from you, I am so delighted and have updated my blog with pics of it.

Thankyou again

Hugs Su

Carpacar said...

Muchos trabajos y todos preciosos, Ellen, y el tapete en hardanger me ha encantado, es muy bonito.
Te deseo un feliz verano.
Besos, Mamen.