Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Garden Pleasures and a Sweet Fob

I have a couple of things to show you today. First of all is my completed Garden Pleasures. I started this back in May intending to stitch on it whilst on holiday, but didn't. I've been working on it on and off since then finally finishing it on Monday. I'm not sure though, that I like this linen very much, it's very stiff and although I'm used to working on 32ct the holes did seem rather small. Next time I plan to use it I think I'll wash it first to soften it up a bit.


Garden Pleasures by Little House Needleworks
32ct Lambswool Permin Linen
DMC, GAST, and Crescent Colour Threads as given


The second thing I'm showing you is the very lovely fob stitched for me by Cheryl. I was lucky enough to be drawn as one of Cheryl's winners in her Blogiversary draw. The design is taken from an LHN chart. Thank you so much Cheryl it's really sweet.


In exchange news, my needle roll for the HoE exchange is now finished and just needs packing up along with the extras that I'm sending and then it can go off to it's recipient. The Prairie Schooler exchange piece is complete too, and just needs finishing off, but I'm way ahead of the posting date with that. I have started off my personal exchange piece for Clare, which will be exchanged when we meet up again in The Dales while I'm on holiday there in October. The Fair and Square round 9 sign up has closed and I'll receive my partners details by the end of the week, but I'm going to start looking out some likely desings now. After all that is completed I'm going to cut down a bit on exchanges in order to concentrate a bit more on my own stitching. Yesterday I received some 36ct Edinburgh linen for my Derwentwater Yorkshire village. I bought it as a kit a few years ago and it came with 18ct Aida. I did make a small start on it but really do not enjoy working on this fabric any more. I've been promising myself the linen for it for ages, and now that I have it I can finally re-start it.

Thanks for reading my blog, and a special thank you to those of you who took the time to leave a comment.


24 comments:

KarenV said...

Garden Pleasures is beautiful Nicola, congratulations!

Love the little gift from Cheryl too :)

Ginnie said...

I am looking forward to seeing your Yorkshire Village, I have the Warwickshire one on my wishlist, I think they are lovely pictures. Garden Pleasures looks good - well done on the finish.

Erica said...

Hi Nicola!
Garden Pleasures is beautiful! The color combinations are gorgeous!

I have used the 32ct Permin Lambswool before. It washes up very well and tightens up the holes, although it certainly looks fine to me the way it is now.

staci said...

Garden Pleasures looks very sweet. I know what you mean about the Permin Linen, I think it's a little stiff too.

Lovely PIF from Cheryl :)

Teejay said...

Garden Pleasures is so lovely and the colors are so vibrant, your fob is really cute.

Stitchingranny said...

Oh shes lovely Nicola. I have Garden Girl which is very similar

Sally said...

Garden Pleasures is gorgeous Nicola.

Cute fob from Cheryl:)

Clare said...

Well done - your Garden Pleasures looks very pretty, the colours are really joyful.

Julie said...

Garden Pleasures looks lovely, a really nice finish.
Pretty fob you received too.

vEr0n!c@ said...

Congratz on finishing the pretty Garden Pleasures. Cute fob!

Sharon said...

Beautiful finish! Congrats. The fob is pretty!

Rowyn said...

Hi Nicola, Garden Pleasures and the fob from Cheryl are both very lovely.

Would you be interested in swapping the chart for 'Summer Garden' by Country Cottage Needleworks? I see you are quite a LHN/CCN fan. Let me know if you are interested. :-)

I'm looking forward to seeing your Derwentwater Yorkshire Village, they do some lovely kits. I bought my Mum one years ago, I think it was called Poppy Lane. She's lost her stitching mojo big time though, so don't know if she'll ever start/finish it.

Nic said...

Garden Pleasures looks lovely, and the fob is really sweet too!

Cheryl said...

Im glad you like it! I did get your email - thanks and sorry i never round to replying!
Love your finish, its a pretty piece.

Andrea said...

Congratulations on a wonderful finish. Great gift from Cheryl too.

Angela said...

Garden Pleasures looks lovely.

I love the fob as well

Itching To Stitch said...

Congratulations on finishing Garden Pleasures, it looks nice on that linen, sorry it was a pain to work with ;)

Karan said...

Hope the meds are working & you're feeeling much better now (((((hugs))))).
Lovely pieces sent & received Nicola. Will look forward to seeing your Village WIP, when you start it, too. :0)
BTW, you have an award - please see my blog for details. :0)

tammie said...

i lovethe stithing lady she is so cute how clever you are.. well done

Paula said...

Garden Pleasures is just beautiful.....sooo pretty. Congrats on your finish.

Love the fob....

Happy Stitching....

Olenka's Stitches said...

Nicola,
Garden Pleasures look fabulous.
Permin Linen is a little stiff but the picture looks so good on it. Congratulations on the finish.

Clare - Aimetu said...

Wow Nicola what a great finish, and lovely exchange gift too.

Carol R said...

Garden Pleasures is lovely and a cute fob too

Solstitches said...

Garden Pleasures is beautiful and I just love that little fob.