Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Some progress..

Alas my meet up with Tracy didn't end up happening last week as she got some very bad news on the morning of the day she was all set to travel. Hopefully she can re-arrange and we'll have a meet up before Christmas.

I have been working on some wips over on the Let's Stitch blog and have made a bit of progress. Here is my Wiehenburg Mystery quaker:


I love working on this! It is such an easy stitch and I just love this colour.

Also I worked on Polar Santa. I realise now why I hide this one away in the cupboard for moths on end:
1. It is on aida.
2. It is on NAVY aida.
3. There are loads of fractionals on it.
4. After I finish the stitching, I will have a truck load of french knots to do on it.
However, after plodding away on the Friday, here is what he looks like now:

October update

Just working on his big sack of toys on his back.

Yesterday I got some post through that I'd ordered. It was some stuff for advent. Every year I have been saying to my dh that we need a more Christ centered Christmas as I hate it when it all gets so materialistic esp when I have a young dd who gets saturated by it all. Anyway I ended up with this book:

It is great! It is filled with so many heartwarming ideas. Things like decorating your home with images associated with the birth of Jesus and holding christmas brunches where family and friends can share in a time of fellowship and prayer over the advent season. There are several things I'd like to put into place and as I thought about it, I began hunting for a pattern of the name of Jesus that I could stitch and place in a central area. I came across this freebie:

His Name is Jesus

which I thought was amazing! So I am intending to stitch this in probably reds or greens for advent. I have also been rummaging through old magazines for a nice nativity scene that won't take too long to do.

I have signed up for another exchange; winter house and I am very tempted to sign up for the ABC one and the Blackbird Designs one too. So I may be very very busy over the next few months!! I also have dd's birthday end November to think about and ds' birthday is early Jan so a very busy time all round.

Hope you're having a good week,



Becky K in OK said...

Your progress is beautiful.

On PSanta, you could always sustitute beads or the colonial knot for the french knots.

Thanks for the link to the chart. I have it saved.

Unknown said...

Great progress...


staci said...

The Quaker mystery is really gorgeous! And your santa looks wondeful too, great progress on him!!!

Sally said...

Lovely progress on your Quaker mystery and the Santa. Sounds like you're definitely going to be very busy over the next month or so.

Shari said...

the quaker is beautiful!!!!! I love it!!!
Also, that book sounds like a wonderful addition. I commend you for wanting to 'unmaterialize' Christmas in your daughter's eyes. It is so commercial! Good for you! Jesus is the Reason for the Season. I too have printed the pattern you mentioned. I was thinking of pinks & purples, to match the advent candle colors!

Julie said...

Shame about your visitor, hope she can make another date soon.
Quaker mystery is lovely.
We have a very traditional and handmade type of christmas, i dont like all the hype and materialism either.

mainely stitching said...

Great progress. And I too lament the commercialization (I know I spelled it wrong, sorry) of Christmas.

Lisa V said...

Love your quaker progress, its going to be a beauty when its finished.

Olga said...

Great progress on both Samplers. Your Wiehenburg Mystery quaker is so pretty!

Chris said...

Hi, I found your blog through a link on Elisa's and have spend a very happy half an hour reading it.

And the freebie of Jesus is just what I am looking for as some one in my church is going through chemo for stomach cancer and I am going to stitch it for her. So thank you so much for the link.
Happy Stitching
Every Blessing
Chris x

Mylene said...

Your quaker mystery is looking beautiful, great progress!!

Elisa said...

Congratulations Hazel you are one of my PIF members, please email me with your snail mail address.
Thanks for joining in

Hearty Bakes said...

Hi Hazel, your Quaker is beautifully stitch, Love the colour of floss you have chosen and it looks great on that fabric too!

Anita said...

Your mystery piece is very pretty. What is the thread that you are using to stitch the piece. Curious mind wants to know.

Angela said...

Your stitching looks as beautiful as ever Hazel.

Louise said...

just wanted to pop in and say hello!
love all your stitching as always.
I can just "hear" your english accent in your posts. (I have a heavy New York Accent) ;)
...I Love to stop in and read your blog, it's the best!
keep up the beautiful work,
Louise in NC

Gill - That British Woman said...

lovely work.......popped over from Gaynor's blog.

Gill in Canada

Chris said...

This is lovely stitching on your Quaker Mystery..
And thank you for the comment on biscornu on my blog.

Every Blessing


stitcherw said...

Oooohhh your quaker piece is looking so pretty. Your polar santa is very cute as well. I can see why it would be a bit rough to work on to long though with the navy aida and fractionals and such. However, it will get done as you give it a bit of time now and then, each stitch is another step forward.

Cheryl said...

I love that freebie chart. That book sounds great..ive been thinking the same recently, obviously with a wee one on the way ive started to think more recently about the kinda influences around

Aussie Stitcher said...

Your wips are looking great Hazel. Thanks for sharing the link to the chart, I love it and have also saved it.

Lennu said...

Your WIPs look pretty, great work! Thanks for the link!