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Monday, 7 July 2014

blackwork birds - Card Shop 97

Another publication in the shops, yay! It`s Cross Stitch Card Shop 97, and in it are the gorgeous Lesley Teare cards I stitched back in January. I think they`re fab - a stunning combination of vibrant colours and the timeless elegance of blackwork (a great favourite of mine). I enjoyed working on these immensely and I`m happy that, after all these months, the magazine is finally in the shops.
Since I`m going on holiday in a few short days, I`ll write another post and time its publication so as not to miss issue 113 of Gold that`s coming out while I`m away. Hope you all will have a lovely summer, see you in August! :)


8 comments:

  1. Those are so pretty! I have been eyeballing blackwork and embroidery for a while now....I think I'm closer to dipping my needle in and trying them. LOL Great job on them.

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  2. Thanks, Michele :) I`ve always had this weird aversion to embroidery, ever since I gave it a few attempts and decided that there was no way I could fill that petal or leaf without the fabric showing through between my not-so-parallel satin stitches. But I love blackwork - the same maths (counting and geometry) and therapeutically rhythmic motion as cross stitch, except that you don`t have to change colours (unless you want to). ;) It might be just glorified backstitch, as some say, but I think that`s the best bit: something so simple and basic can create such intricate and complicated-looking patterns - be warned, once you try it, you might just get hooked! :)

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  3. They are so pretty ...
    Big hugs x

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  4. The birds are just beautiful! Have a wonderful vacation!!!!

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  5. They are fantastic! How long did it take you to stitch the whole set?
    Have a good, eventful and relaxing(?) vacation... I wonder if "eventful" and "relaxing" can be together here. :)

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  6. Thank you, Cucki and Barb, tomorrow`s the big day so today`s for packing and getting more and more excited, lol. Katya, I`m hoping that the sheer variety of `events` will make it a relaxing holiday (as opposed to having this `relaxing hobby` overtaking my uneventful life at home, rofl). Anyhoo, this set of 6 took me 41 hours (let me not go into detailing the pain this number caused me - I mean, why not 36 or 42? Or at least 40 for a nice round number?). *sigh* So in the mag it says "6-7 hours each" - by the way, I`d be curious to know: does anybody ever check these time-estimates for projects in the magazines?

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  7. I'm glad I found your blog - you show amazing embroidery! I always conscientiously and accurately counts the time spent on embroidering. At the end count up and I give it the majority of my work on the blog. Only that there are often patterns of newspapers. But still invite me :)

    Cieszę się, że znalazłam Twój blog - pokazujesz niesamowite hafty! Ja zawsze sumiennie i dokładnie zliczam czas poświęcony na haftowanie. Na końcu podliczam i podaję to pod większością moich prac na blogu. Tylko, że nie często są to wzory z gazetek. Ale mimo to zapraszam do mnie :)

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  8. Thanks, Violka - I`m glad you like them and also thanks for following my blog! :) Your egg cosies in the same issue look lovely, I remembered them from the Letters page. As for the hours, I think I have to `time myself` so much on these magazine projects that if - very rarely, lol! - I stitch something for myself, I enjoy the sheer indulgence of NOT having to look at the clock at all while I`m working! :)

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