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Saturday, 24 June 2017

Indian elephant and Van Gogh

I almost did something else again! But if I don`t post now, I never will. *puts on determined face*
I`m so busy having fun with my own stitching these days that I keep forgetting about other stuff I`m supposed to be doing. Not to mention the wee man`s school programs - and crocheting: have I mentioned I`ve learnt to crochet sunburst granny squares? I enjoy them so much I`ve started mass-producing them:

I`ve decided it goes faster if I do the same round on all of them - but when that gets too boring, I switch back to completing each square individually, it makes a change to swap between colours and stitch types. Hopefully, one day I`ll have enough squares to make a blanket.
So. There are some publications out there this week (last week?) that have my pieces in them, including this gorgeous Indian elephant in Gold 139, designed by Carol Thornton.

I love the vibrant colours and the straight lines that were especially soothing to stitch, as was all the filling in with that gorgeous pale yellow. Elephants are my favourite among favourite animals, so I was really pleased when this project came my way.

5,5 hours

11,5 hours

20 hours

32 hours

50 hours

67 hours - finished! 😊

I don`t always take pics of the back but I love how tidy those straight lines make this look

There`s also issue 257 of The World of Cross Stitching in the shops, and this month`s free gift is the beautiful butterflies card... that I think I`ve posted about already but here it is then, as a recap:

This week I was also excited to be able to pick up my parents` "Christmas" present from the framer - it looks just the way I pictured it in my head so I`m over the moon with it and I hope they`ll like it too. I`ll find out in about a fortnight - and when I come back from holiday, I can finally put some photos of it up here too.
What else? Finally, after 5 long years of owning the HAED chart of Van Gogh`s Starry Night, I managed to get round to having it re-printed in the library - I thought, why struggle when I can have the chart on A3 pages? So I had them done and last week I was ready to go:

I started from the bottom right corner and after 7 days I had my first page finish:

But then as I was showing it to folks on Facebook, I began to realise that I wasn`t happy with the colour scheme. 😩 I chose Starry Night not only because I love Van Gogh but also because blue is my favourite colour - as opposed to purple, the only colour I don`t like. I put my chart and a picture of the original painting side by side...

...and decided to abandon this project for the now. I think I`m going to chart it for myself, using blues instead of purples, and I`ll try to make it the right size so that I can still use this nice big piece of aida, which is still going to be quite large, even after I cut this stitched bit off (as there is no way I can unpick it). But so as not to be without Van Gogh in the meantime, last night I started his Sunflowers (I`ve had this Maria Diaz design for ages, it`s in the July 2009 issue (172) of Collection).

And while I was working on the bottom right corner of the purple Starry Night, I also realised that if I`m going to spend months and months stitching such a confetti-heavy piece, I`m going to need something (crafting-wise, I mean. At the same time, I`m also translating but that`s a different kind of challenge and satisfaction), so I`m going to need something that gives me instant gratification, i.e. a project that`s made up of blocks that can be finished in a day. So I had a look on the internet and found this amazing blackwork sampler (called `Save The Stitches`, free to download from Elizabeth Almond`s website), and I already have the fabric and threads - I`m going to use stranded cotton 301, 415 and 3821 instead of the metallics and no beads, either, I want to keep it simple and non-blingy. So in a few months/years/decades, I should end up with something like this:

How gorgeous is this?? 😍 I think I`m going to start this today 😉 Happy stitching!


  1. You do beautiful stitching. All of those projects you've got going or are going to start should keep you busy for a few least they would me. I have tended to go for the large projects myself lately, which does not exactly equate to a lot of finishes. But they make me happy. Enjoy your projects and have fun! (smiling) --Andrea

    1. Thank you, Andrea! 😊 I`m strictly (?) a one project at a time kinda girl - 1 cross stitch, 1 blackwork, 1 knitting and 1 crochet. 😉 And I just remembered: the other week I bought another BAP chart from HAED, called Museum Shelf - yep, I`ll definitely be busy till 2020, at least! 😁

  2. Gorgeous Elephant and butterflies :-) I would've been distraught at the Starry Night :0 Those colors are really different! I hope you get a chance to re color it and stitch it in all its blue glory soon! That blackwork sampler is something else - happy stitching!

    1. Thank you, Helen! 😊 The Starry Night is a tricky business, there are so many variations out there, I`ve seen charts from postcard size to something that`d cover a wall, some uses 20 colours, others 120... and a lot depends on one`s monitor settings too 😉 I think 5 years ago I was impressed by 1) the company name, 2) the size and number of shades, and 3) the sharpness of the image. But since then I`ve gained some experience in charting for myself and trusting my choices more, so I`ll just do that - and if I end up with something that looks more like the Mona Lisa, I can only blame myself, right? 😂 And I agree, that blackwork sampler IS something else - it`s so beautiful that it makes me happy just to look at an image of it, so I can`t wait to see the finished embroidered picture! 😀 Happy stitching!

  3. Have you contacted Haed about Starry Night? As I have seen a finish of it (I think) and if I recall correctly it was blue, so maybe Michele recharted it. And if she didn't, she should (and will) as of course it is not suppose to be purple!

    1. Yes, it looks like it`s been recharted, just had a look at the new floss usage chart and all the lovely blues are there from the 300s, 700s and 800s so I`m sure it`ll look stunning now! 😊