Thursday, 21 January 2010

A New Start and a Sneak Preview

It's a new year and I wanted a change from Christmas or winter designs, so my new start is LHN's Lavender Hill. This design uses my favourite lavender DMC thread colours and I'm stitching it on 32ct Summer Khaki Belfast linen, although the photo doesn't do the colour justice and it looks a bit on the grey side.


I mentioned in my last post that I was stitching an exchange for the HoE. I don't think my partner reads my blog, but just in case she does I won't show you the whole piece, just a sneaky peak. You'll have to wait until next month to see the whole thing.




Something that I didn't mention in my last post was that last Saturday afternoon Mr. L. and I had a rare outing to see a show. For our Christmas presents my son had bought us tickets to see Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag in their Steppin' Out tour at Birmingham's Symphony Hall. Anton and Erin are two of the fabulous professional dancers from T.V.'s Strictly Come Dancing. The show was great, the dresses wonderful and sparkly, and the music was just up my street. The London Concert Orchestra played numbers by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and George Gershwin. Incidentally, the vocalist was Graham Bickley who, not only has a great voice and been in many West End productions, but was also the second actor to play Joey Boswell in T.V.'s comedy series "Bread".


Many thanks to those of you who still read my blog and to those who left me a comment. I fear I may have lost some readers due to my lack of posting and also of commenting. Please bear with me as I am trying to get back into blogging properly. Unfortunately, I am not a prolific stitcher and don't always have much to show you or talk about.


Nicola

19 comments:

Becky K in OK said...

Love the LHN start and your sneak peek. Enjoy finishing them!

Nic said...

Your new starts are very pretty. I can't wait to see the HOE exchange piece revealed in full - it's certainly not the pattern I've chosen for my partner ;o)

KarenV said...

I'm jealous that you got to see Anton and Erin's show ;) They are my favourite SCD professionals and the music is right up my street too. Maybe I'll get to go another time - I'd really love to see them in person!

Nice start too, very pretty colours.

Julianne said...

Nicola,

Your outing sounds wonderful. I'm glad that you and your husband both enjoyed it.

I stitched that LHN piece for a RR and it gave me fits. I hope it goes smoothly for you. I think it will be lovely on that color fabric.

Von said...

Ooo, you're new start looks just lovely! Can't wait to see more of it as you progress. :)

Mylene said...

Very good start with your new project!

Kathy A. said...

What a great sneak peek! Love your new LHN start.
Sounds like you and your DH had a wonderful evening out.

jane said...

Lovely start Nicola. I would love to see Anton and Erin's show - bet you had a great time!

Brigitte said...

A great new start. It should help to et your mind off of winter and snow and cold, lol. I'm also searching through my spring designs to find the one to start some spring stitching with.
You have stitched and received some wonderful exchanges lately.

Andrea said...

Looks like 2 great new starts. Anton is a favourite of mine too, he's just so funny!

Rowyn said...

Hi Nicola

I have you in my Google Reader so I don't miss any of your posts.

Lavendar Hill is a sweet pattern.

Anne S said...

Lovely new start - I really like that LHN design, and can't wait to see more :) I also can't wait to see more than a sneak peek of the red one :P

Don't worry about not post/commenting regularly - life is what life is, and you should just be posting when you feel like it - otherwise blogging starts feeling like a chore and the enjoyment disappears ... better to keep the joy alive :P

Sally said...

Love your new start Nicola. This was the first LHN I stitched and I still love it the most.

Dani - tkdchick said...

I bet the colours are just stunning! You're right this pic doesn't do the piece justice.

Michelle said...

Lovely sneak peek - can't wait to see it. Saw your blog on another friends blog - I'm in Staffordshire too! Michelle x

Barb said...

Love your Wip. Great colors in it and I look forward to seeing more of it.

Karan said...

Sounds like you both had a lovely time. Very pretty new start & the sneal peek is intriguing: I love the thread colour. :0)

Erica said...

I love Lavender Hill! It is so lovely and delicate. Lavender is one of my favorite flowers. I keep buying them every year but unfortunately they don't seem to thrive in my garden!
I look forward to seeing it finished!

Lei B. said...

What a wonderful picture. I must be living in a hole because I have not heard of Lavender Hill by LHN. It looks great on the fabric that you chose. Can't wait to see more. Take care.

Lei