Friday, December 26, 2008

Some More Christmas Finishes

Hope everyone had a safe and happy Christmas filled with moments to treasure...
Well, I have a number of finishes to show to you tonight. It's hard to decide what to begin with, maybe with my favorite designer, Just Nan.
I finished stitching "Peace" by Just Nan and already had it framed. I only forgot to take some pictures of the sampler before framing.
Another design which is called "Christmas Rose" was finished a little while ago but if you look at the pictures attentively, you will notice that these two designs have the same roses and snowflakes - they are good companions. So now they are together:
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And I also want to show you some of my new designs which I finished a couple of days ago. I continued working on "Christmas Ornaments"and created two more designs which were made into a box top and an Icicle ornament.
"Love" Box Top:
"LOVE" Icicle ornament -it's a little too hard to take good pictures of these Icicles because of their shape. Here is best of what I could do:
And a picture of the whole "Christmas Ornaments" theme:
And two more ornaments to show. I made these "Snowflake" ornaments using the same design for them but stitched them on different colors of the fabric. If you remember I did the same with one of my autumn designs and everybody noted how the background color change the look of the design. Here is the Blue Snowflake ornament:
And here is the White Snowflake ornament :
Both Snowflake ornaments:
Which of the snowflakes looks better? I really do not know, they are like kids for me - I love them both. :-))
If you are interested in buying any of my designs, send me an e-mail please. My e-mail address is in my Profile. Thank you.
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I was asked if biscornus are my favorite smalls.
- Well, I like them but they are not my favorites. I will, probably, make my next post about my favorite smalls. :-)
Stay tuned!

Thank you everyone for interesting comments, special thank you for the new readers who commented on my works. I really appreciate this.
Happy stitching to everyone!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Biscornus and more

Thank you so much for those who stopped by and left comments on my "NOEL Ornaments" and sent me e-mails. It is so interesting to read your messages, they are so inspiring! I did not have much time for visiting blogs - sorry. But I will keep up with reading your blogs and visiting blogs of my new visitors during the next two days.
A special thank you for those who bought my designs. I do hope you enjoy stitching them.
* * * * * * Today I will show you some more Christmas projects which I designed and have been working on for the last two weeks. My husbands wants me to write that he has been helping me very hard :-). He sure has :-). My dear husband is my first and very strict critic, he also has a title of my personal artistic adviser.
Here is the picture of some projects which I stitched up:
The projects belong to two themes: "Love" and "Hearts & Snowflakes". These designs differ in style from "NOEL Ornaments". Besides, there are a few specialty stitches in the new designs, and I used DMC Precious Metal Effects and some Mill Hill beads to add some sparkle to the projects.
Here are some pictures of "Love" Biscornu:
I also made this pattern into an ornament and I have already sent it off to one of my friends:I also made a design for an Icicle ornament in this theme but did not have enough time to stitch it. I will do it later because I think these icicles look great on a Christmas tree.
And here are pictures of "Hearts & Snowflakes" Biscornu:

"Hearts & Snowflakes" Icicle ornament, its top and bottom views:I enjoyed working on these themes: these vibrant colors do create a Christmas spirit, don't they?

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My address is in my profile.

Happy & Merry stitching to everyone!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

My "NOEL"Ornaments

I want to thank everyone who commented on my last work. I was afraid it would be boring to see the second almost identical work - I was wrong. :-) There were many new names among those who left comments, I tried to visit their blogs and found so many interesting blogs and which is more important - so many talented stitchers.

Today I want to show you my new designs which I called "NOEL" Ornaments. There are 4 ornaments of different shape in the collection. I "aged" a little the fabric and stichted the ornaments with only two or three colors of DMC floss. Some parts in the designs are highlighted with DMC Jewel Effects. Here is the picture of the whole collection: A "big" ornament:

A biscornu: :-) A star ornament:
And another ornament, I called it 'an icicle':

I enjoyed working on this collection and I think (rather hope ) they look nice, very soon they will be presented to our family members and friends.

If you are interested in buying any of my designs, please send me an e-mail. My e-mail address is in my profile.
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A few days ago I got an e-mail from Claire - Gazette 94. Claire sent me some pictures of the "Autumn Colors" Scissor Fob which she stitched using my design. It's a great pleasure to see 'my baby" finished by a wonderfiul stitcher and a talented designer. Claire, thank you for your pretty work!

To see more picture of the fob - go to Claire's blog ! There you can also find lots of lovely designs by Claire.
Happy stitching to everyone!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"Crystalline Grapes"

Today I want to show to you another little finish. It is a The Sweetheart Tree design called "Crystalline Grapes". The pattern has much similarity with "Tranquil Moments" which I stitched and showed to you a little earlier. When I was buying these two patterns I already had an idea of their finishing and bought identical frames and mats for them.
I made a little modification in the second pattern: substituted one variegated floss to a white one in order to emphasize similarity of the two patterns and to get rid of a motley color effect. Here are some pictures of my "Crystalline Grapes":

I used the central part of the pattern and made another star ornament (front).

Fot the back of the ornament I stitched the same design, only instead of beads I stitched a grape cluster from the border. This design has a lot of over one stitching which I liked a lot.
And here are the pictures of what I made using two The Sweetheart Tree designs.
You probably want to know if I am satisfied with the result. Yes, very much! But it was a little irritating stitching the designs. If you remember after the first design I told you that the picture on the cover page is of very poor quality, you can barely see the design there. I can understand that this is kind of protection from piracy. OK, but why is the print of the designs so poor? There are so many places in the designs where you can't tell if it is a grid line or back stitch! Is this also kind of protection? from customers?
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I also wanted to thank Adriana r. , Donna, Yana (Яна) for passing me Blogger awards. Dear ladies, thank you very much for your appreciation of my work.
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And I 'd like to ask everyone to visit this Donna's blog where she has organized ornament stitching for an auction, November 2009, to raise money to help cancer patients. On Donna's blog you will find all necessary detail. I do hope every stitcher can find some time and make a couple of ornaments ( or more!) and this way help other people in their fight against this terrible disease.
Happy Stitching to everyone!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tranquil Moments or 2 Olgas' SAL

My friend Olga in UK and I have had SAL this week.
For the SAL project we took "Tranquil Moments" by The Sweetheart Tree. We got interested in this design on different reasons but probably the main idea was to see what the design looks like in real life. If you saw the picture of the design in the ST booklet, you would understand what I mean: the ST picture is dark, you can hardly see the design in it.
I decided to trust the designer and used the colors of the fabric, floss and beads what the design calls for. Olga was experimenting with her own fabric and some other stuff, you can see the results of her SAL on her blog.
Here is the picture of "Tranquil Moments":

I liked these intricate stitches of the design, there are only a few full crosses there! That's the type of stitching I enjoy. In the picture you can see my framed piece.

The second stage of our SAL was to stitch the central part of the design, the star. I made this part into an ornament. A fragment from the outer border was stitchedon the back side of the ornament. Here is my ..."twinkle, twinkle little star" (гори, гори, моя звезда...-ru):

And here is the picture of my whole SAL:

I am satisfied with the results of our SAL. It was a great pleasure to stitch with Olga: we shared ideas and supported each other a lot. Thank you Olga for this wonderful experience.

I am a little sad because our 2 Olgas' SAL came to an end.

But! I am going to stitch another design by ST which is very similar to this one, everything is already ready to start on it.

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I also wanted to show you some pictures of another visitor we had yesterday: it is a tiny turtle which is as "huge" as two small acorns.

Isn't it cute? And I do not have to stitch Quaker turtles, I have real turtles in the yard.
Thank you for stopping by and special thank you for those who leave comments - I love to read them!
Happy stitching to everybody!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Ready For The Halloween!

What I know for sure is that I did not choose this design - it chose me the moment I saw it. I've never stitched fairies before but this one is so charming and captvating I could not resist. I am speaking about Halloween Fairy by Nora Corbett. Here she is :

I stitched it on 32 Natural Linen. Before stitching I painted the fabric to enhance the Moon light on the fairy's face and shoulders and to show the intricate shadows the Moon light casts around the fairy.

I enjoyed stitching my first ever fairy so much and, of course, there will be another one! I already know which but the material list for the pattern is sooo long with some "exotic" ribbons which I have never heard of. . . Well, I do not think I will start the other fairy very soon. Now a happy dance and we are ready to go to the framing shop!

Thank you for stopping by and leaving comments, they are always inspiring. Happy stitching to everyone!

! P.S. ! Pumpkin is organizing Breast Cancer Fighters' RR. Please visit her blog for more detail !