Friday, 31 July 2015

World Embroidery Day 2015

I have been EXTREMELY busy recently with other things than embroidery. So I did not think I would have much time to stitch yesterday, July 30th, World Embroidery Day. However, I was fortunate!

I had prepared these items for a stumpwork portrait and I thought I would be able to get started on it at any rate, even if I did not finish until much later.

Then by sheer luck a  two-hour-assignment was cancelled and I found myself with enough time to finish the whole portrait. I even mounted it on a piece of cardboard and slipped it into a window card, ready to be sent off to someone's birthday!

I must admit, however, that there aren't a lot of true embroidery stitches on these stumpwork ladies! They are more appliqué than embroidery.

Did you have a good day of embroidery? Did you stitch with others? Will the world have more enthusiastic needleworkers next year?

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

WIPW - A Bit of Pink

It's time for Work In Progress Wednesday; how quickly the Wednesdays pop up!
I've only made a little progress since last week.

Fruity Cushion
I've worked the spiky triangles at the top and bottom of the fruit, and also started on a bit of pink.


Tomorrow, July 30th, is World Embroidery Day. Don't forget to thread your needle and enjoy a few stitches. If you have the chance, go public and stitch in the park, at the bus stop, in the café or somewhere else where you will be seen and given the opportunity to promote embroidery.
As for myself, I'll be housebound and the only person who will see me embroider has weak eyesight and a short memory, so no chance for me to spread the joy of stitching to strangers. I will blog on my work, though!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

WIPW - AC to the Rescue

It has been another week of sweltering heat in Tokyo, but the air conditioning system has come to the rescue. I have actually been able to find pockets of 'cool' time to work on the cushion.

Fruity Cushion

Spending time on the computer is very limited, so still no chance to visit blogs or answer comments. Sorry!

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

WIPW - Too Hot to Stitch

May I begin with a big THANK YOU for all the kind comments on my last post, and please accept my apologies for not having answered your comments, or visited your blogs.

It was my intention to have completed the Fruity Cushion by now, to have added a lot more canvas stitches to my Pile 'em On, to have finished the Music block for NHK's Partnership Quilt project and to have started a new piece of clothing with Swedish wool embroidery.

Alas, my days are filled with million other things, so the WIPW report this week is another  meagre one.

Pile 'em On

The newly added canvas stitches are:
Double Cross Stich in light blue, and a half finished block of Reversed Cross Stitch in light green. Another coloured thread will be worked on top of these stitches to complete them.

Fruity Cushion
Here I have added new stitches to a number of areas.

It is H O T in Tokyo and hard to stitch. I don't know when my next WIP report will be...