Saturday, 16 July 2011

Fractal Bookmark: Update Four, Holiday Stash, Travelling Projects: Update One (Blackwork Journey), Hermit and Stitch Weekend

I haven't been able to update all week for two reasons:

  1. I have lent my camera lead to my sister so I could not transfer my pictures to my computer but I have gotten it back today
  2. I have been on holiday!!! I have spent the last few days on the Exmouth coast and have had a wonderful time.
My holiday was fantastic.  I was lucky with the weather, each day was perfect weather for what I wanted to do.  I managed to have a beach day and a couple of days of walking where I didn't want it too hot.  I managed to get some stitching done whilst on holiday as I was laying on the beach.  This is a blackwork freebie from Elizabeth Almond.  It was perfect to stitch  on the beach because it wasn't too complicated as my mind doesn't work properly in the heat!!!:

Details (Blackwork Journey):

Material:  28 count hand-dyed evenweave fabric from Polstitches grab bag
Threads:  Recommended DMC six-stranded cotton
Designer:  Elizabeth Almond (available from this link)

I also wanted to write about one of the walks I did which turned up a surprise.  On Tuesday my mother and myself took ourselves off to do a hike along the Jurassic coastline.  After six miles we came across this quaint little village called Budleigh Salterton.  While we were walking around there was a shop selling vintage items and they had a basket full of linen outside.  I just HAD to rifle through a little and it was SOO worth it.  I came across some linen, hand edged in lace, that was just screaming for some embroidery or cross stitch on it.  Even better when I got to the till I was informed that the linen was from the Victorian period.  I am so excited about it and my mind is racing over what to stitch on it.  I am not going to rush a decision because I want it to be special.  Not only that but the price was only TWO pounds, I couldn't believe it.  It was fifty pence for  the smaller and one pound fifty for the larger piece.  Isn't it lovely !!!?!?!?!?!?:

Before I went on holiday I finished the fourth page of my Fractal bookmark.  I just fall deeper in love with this picture the more it develops.  It is looking so fantastic in real life:

I also have corrected the error I talked about in a previous post on my HAED Christmas Tree and Animals Design.  This took less time than I thought.  There were not so many stitches that needed to be frogged.  Unfortunately however, whilst unpicking some of the stitches on the bluey bird I accidently ripped some of the threads.  I was upset as it meant that I needed to frog the whole bird but luckly it didn't take too long to restitch.  It is therefore now all fixed and I am happy to be continuing with the next page.  I think this page will take a long time to finish because it is quite a full page and contains a lot of confetti.  I hope to make a large dent in it this weekend because I am taking part in the International  Hermit and Stitch weekend (and intend to make this my project to work on).  If interested take a look at the link and all of the blogs of people taking part.

Happy Stitching Everybody!!!


  1. The bookmark is looking fantastic!

  2. Here's hoping you're getting a lot done from another hermiter. I got good progress yesterday, and am gonna sit down with my needle and thread very soon here. I'm glad you enjoyed your vacation. It sounds lovely. And grats on the acquisitions. I can't wait to see what you stitch on them. Your fractal is looking good too.

  3. Wow the blackwork is lovely and the fractal is amazing, I love it! Glad you had a great holiday it sounded very relaxing.

  4. Oh, the colours of the blackwork piece is beautiful!
    I love fractals! yours looks fantastic. Looking forward to seeing more :)

  5. Your vacation sounds heavenly and those linen pieces are gorgeous!! Can't wait to see what you'll stitch on them.

    WIPs look great, I really love the blackwork piece.

    Sorry to hear you had to frog more than necessary on the HAED. Glad to hear it wasn't too painful.

  6. You have some fantastic and beautiful WIPs in progress!! Love the bookmark!