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Playing with paint
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18 December 2013

Another Year Almost Over

Merry Christmas to all my followers who have become my friends.  I hope you all have a lovely day and enjoy the company of family and friends on Dec 25.

 Is it because I am getting older that the years are going faster.....or has the world gained speed all over. This year just seems to sped by.  I have barely had time to tidy up from xmas last year and here it is time to put up the tree again.

Even though I have not been here much this year, there has been some stitching.
happening. i finally finished my butterfly cushion front.    I removed all my terrible attempt at long and short stitch on the flowers and just replaced them with outlines.
Now all I have to do is make up the cushion itself and find an owner for it.

Because I am so hopeless at long and short stitch I decided to have another look at Mary Corbetts Tutorial.  That and with the help of instructions from the above  book showing a clear picture of the stitch I was able to complete this attempt.
What I achieved is shown on the top left above  worked  in wool thread, and I think if I keep practising I might get the hang of it. The other two  pictures are also part of  the  band sampler I have started.  Yes I am definitely one of those people who  starts something new before finishing the previous projects.

There has also been more finishing off of pages for the fabric book as well.
buttonhole stitches

Workshop sampler

Fly stitch sampler I did when I first started embroidery
Lily  sumptuous stitches workshop top is a sampler of Mountmellic work. The tatting flower was a gift from my friend Suztats
 Which now brings me to my shopping spree....well only a tiny spree, but guess what I bought... another book!....yes another one.   But this one I have yearned for for so long so when I saw it, I could not resist so dragged out the credit card and took a big breath and bought it online
 It was wonderful recently to see my Day Lillies flowering.  They are such a bright happy colour and are growing just outside my window.

see you in 2014


  1. Lovely post Shirley. Your long and short stitch is amazing. I think you have 'nailed it'. Pages are coming along beautifully, and it is going to be a wondrous book and one of which you can be very proud. Beautiful day lillies and I am now coveting another book.

  2. Have a wonderful Christmas and a fabulous 2014.

    Happy Stitching ~ FlowerLady

  3. Christmas blessings to you, too, Shirley. My mother told me that once one hits 21, the years seem to disappear more quickly. Now at 61, I too can attest that this is true! Your embroidery work -- and sampling -- is lovely. I have a hankering to do more, but am caught up in knitting for Christmas at the moment. Must make more time for embroidery in 2014. May your New Year be joyful, healthy and full of creativity, too.

  4. Hi Shirley, and Merry Christmas!!! Lovely stitching as usual! Love what you did to the butterfly cushion! Your new book looks like it should keep you busy for a LONG time! Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, Shirley!
    XOXO- Julie

  5. you have been busy Shirley and lots of things to share with us today. Long and short stitch I think is one of the hardest to get right, you have mastered it now.
    Have a lovely time at Christmas, funny to think it is warm and sunny for you whilst we are in the middle of winter which so far had not been bad. Dar not share the list of books I have bought this year, must be at least 25! Blame it on starting patchwork and quilting, they are hard to resist.

  6. Dear Shirley, lovely to see all your creations together. And you are very well in long and short stitch - I did not even twry it once - I am still in my baby shoes. And lovely that you bought such a useful book. Guess what I bought: A Knitting
    book!!! I have in mind a project which will last for months into summer. You see you are not the only one to start projects hoping to finish them during life. Your little tree is so Christmassy.

  7. Hello Shirley My Friend. Your fabric creative stitched pages are all glorious.. Your stitching is second to none.. I wish you the most wonderful New Year. Hugs Judy