Scratching an Itch

About a year ago, I started work on a satin stitch project. It began very well: a striking palette (similar to the one pictured above) and a nice strong design that translates well into embroidery. I wrote a little about it in this post. Sadly, it was swiftly abandoned because it didn’t quite work out. … More Scratching an Itch

In Retrospect

After everything I said about social media recently, I came stumbled across another unexpected positive effect of all this tapping away at phones and tablets we seem to be engaged in. Scrolling through some old Instagram pictures, I came across the photo above. This was one of the very first cross stitch designs I worked … More In Retrospect

Completion

Today was one of those occasional days – a far too rare occurrence -where I Got Stuff Done. I managed to wrap up my two ongoing projects. First, I framed “Who Killed Pedro?”  Having taken the photos, I now want to tweak the slightly wonky mounting job but it is an easy fix. Completing a … More Completion

Brrr!

A funny thing happened on Sunday. We had spent the day feeling a little jealous of all of the pictures friends in the UK sent/posted of the snowfall there. Then, late in the evening we looked out of the window and saw this: Although there is usually plenty of snow on Mount Etna during the … More Brrr!

Weekend WIP Roundup

Goodness me, it has been a while since I’ve been here. I really didn’t mean to be gone for quite so long. Despite the blog silence, there has been much happening here on the creative front. A recent commission has enabled me to develop my ribbon monograms idea.  The brief was for the two monograms … More Weekend WIP Roundup

Weekend WIP Roundup

This new project is proving to be quite a challenge. I mean this in a good way! For some time I have wanted to try something that took me out of my stitching comfort zone. I think I can safely say “mission accomplished” to that part anyway! Faces and hands! I knew they would be … More Weekend WIP Roundup

Tying the Knot

On Saturday my little sister got married.  On Saturday morning I finally finished the project I had been working on to mark the occasion. Clearly I still continue to cultivate remarkable procrastination skills! I did enjoy working on these two hoops. When I work on these negative space pieces, I love how the shape emerges … More Tying the Knot

Stuff

Too much stuff! I have mentioned a number of times before that when we moved to Italy I managed to reduce all of my embroidery supplies down to one single basket. I was rather proud of that achievement! I have also enjoyed the challenge of realising projects with what I have to hand rather than … More Stuff