Thursday, March 31, 2011

Whoa, I'm not the one

I have been wretchedly, I say wretchedly, sick.  I'm supposed to be the designated well one and here I am violently vomiting up the last of my stomach bile with aching ribs from the last million times I heaved.  What is going on?  Am I so crazy I'm now suffering chemo sympathy symptoms?  My husband, the one with the real chemo, is doing just fine and is taking care of me.  I wouldn't even admit I had a problem until it was obvious and unavoidable.  I'm so, so much better now and simply feeling okay is heavenly.  Life is strange.   

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Long Live the King!

I started my Olde World Map because I was curious.  I just intended to do a little and then return to my ongoing projects, but it was so much fun I kept on going.

Here's what the completed project will look like:

Here is the king perched on the top left corner of the world:


The flash washed out the colors; they're rich and gorgeous in real life.  That's my damask ironing board cover showing through the thick, rich and creamy 32 count Belfast linen.  I'm using DMC threads and Kreinik blending filament in the crown.  I wish you could see the gold shimmering in the crown.

I'll be adding french knots to the flowers in the cornucopia, the tops of the flags, the blue ruff around the mighty stead's neck, and the top of the scepter.  The border will be beaded.  But I'll do all the bumpy bits last so that I don't catch my thread.

This project is fun, interesting, and a great contributor to my mental health.  I even have the perfect frame waiting for it because it turned out to be the not perfect frame for a previous project.

Sunday, March 6, 2011


It feels so good to finish something!  This little beauty took longer than I expected because even though it's a bookmark, those are a lot of little stitches.  The design is based on stained glass windows built in the 12th to 14th centuries.

The kit came all the way from Scotland and this time I did my shopping via the internet but one of these days, I'll have to go to Great Britain in person to get more stash.

I took a picture to remember it by because this isn't for me; I made it for a friend.  I've got it posed on my beloved, gorgeous, deluxe, leather bound, scrumptious copy of Pride and Prejudice.  I'll pop the bookmark in the mail tomorrow and hope the recipient knows how much I love her.

Gothic Window Bookmark Kit
Textile Heritage, Scotland