Tuesday, 16 February 2016

The year of the needle

Well, today has been a total loss!  It is now 2.15 in the afternoon as I start to write this, I haven't done any of the things that I planned for today and I have a whole list of things I need to do, that I MUST do, and none of them have happened.

The reason?

I thought that I would try and make a video to share with you today instead of reading my ramblings, I thought that perhaps you could listen to them instead.

I have now made three videos.  All of which have now been safely deleted!  The first two were awful.  The first one was totally out of focus and I spent the whole time umming.  Then I did another one and that wasn't so bad but was still terrible and I couldn't get the camera to focus properly.  The third was done on my laptop, and the actual video wasn't so bad, and apart from telling you thcroat I wasn't going to say and, so and ummmmm a lot which I then kept on doing I could have lived with sharing it with you.

Why am I not sharing it?  Because I couldn't get it to upload, I couldn't chop the end and start off where I was reaching for the camera and sitting down and so on and a whole host of other issues.  So I have given it up as a bad job and instead I have taken some photos and will quickly give you a write up of what I wanted to say without excessive ands, umms or so's!  I could have done this in about a minute in comparison to what I have spent the day so far doing!!  I will give it another try, perhaps, sometime.  We will see!!!

What I wanted to share with you was a bit about my year of the needle.  Yesterday I showed you my finished tapestry cushion front and the start of my next project.  What the year of the needle means is doing all of my sewing and in particular tapestry and embroidery projects which I have had sitting around for ages and ages and, well you get the idea.

Then I also have a box full of fabric to work my way through by making the fabric into the things that I bought it to be instead of leaving it languishing in a box!

It isn't going to be the year of the knitting needle.  At least not for now.  I have enough other things to do.

First up is this, this is the brother - or sister! - to the piece that I am working on at the moment, this is the Kiss cushion by Emily Peacock, the one that I am working on is the Hug cushion, also by Emily.  The Hug cushion is very similar in design and style.


I am loving working on this, it is beautiful, beautiful to work with and I adore it!!  This is some of the thread that you use, it is crewel thread, rather than tapestry thread, so is much finer yarn, but still wool.


After I have finished the Hug and the Kiss I will move on to these projects.


Lanhydrock and Chatsworth are both beautiful historic houses that I have visited and I cannot wait to make these up.  They are traditional cross stitch worked on aida fabric.



From our 2014 travels to America I have two pieces to work.  Again they are traditional cross stitch worked onto aida fabric. 



The scary piece is the one above of Little Moreton Hall which is worked on to linen fabric.  I have never worked on to linen before.  I am terrified, but I will do it - in the summer when it is lighter!

Finally a sampler which is another travel souvenir - in fact all of these cross stitches are travel souvenirs.  This again is a traditional cross stich worked onto aida.


Sorry to be brief about these projects, it has now been 20 minutes since I started writing this!!  I hope that you will forgive me.  Hopefully better service will resume tomorrow!

Amy

p.s. it is sunny here today, I hope that you are having good weather today too!

44 comments:

  1. Those are wonderful samplers Amy! Your needle will be red hot by the time you stitch them!
    Have fun!

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  2. Your projects look so interesting. I keep telling myself that I'm going to try a cross-stitch project, but I never get around to it. I like the building ones and love the traditional one with the alphabet--I think that's where I'd start.
    Sorry about the video not working out, I'm a ummer too.

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  3. You've got some really lovely projects to work on, I particularly like the last sampler and the Orchard House one. I've just started working on some linen and I'm finding it very different to aida.

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  4. Wow, you a lot to be going on with! I've just put my needle down due to cold hands!

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  5. You do do some lovely things. I am guessing that the Louisa May Alcott project will have pride of place when it's finished? :o) XX

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  6. What lovely kits. The one of Little Moreton Hall looks gorgeous but I bet it will require a lot of concentration. I like the theme of historic buildings. A great way to spend your year and I look forward to seeing them finished.

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  7. Oh please try again with the video, I would love to put a voice to your words. All beautiful projects Amy xx

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  8. Gosh Amy you are going to be very busy with all this sewing all are beautiful. :) xx

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  9. I love the look of all those tapestries. I dread to think how many man hours. I can see why this is the year of the needle for you. I look forward to seeing their progress. B x

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  10. I haven't crossstitched in a really long time but I did enjoy it back in the day. Don't you hate to be frustrated with technology? It gets me every time...

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  11. Oh, Amy, such beautiful projects are waiting for you. (Lanhydrock is perhaps my favourite.) But oh my, they look so difficult, you must have a lot of skills and patience!
    Have fun! xx

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  12. I love samplers, and have done several for my grandchildren, using the Told in a Garden designs. I can't do linen now. You have some lovely designs to work on.

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  13. How the hell did I miss the cushion post yesterday?? it is totally amazing Amy and I bet you are so proud. You have loads of samplers, I couldn't go from one to another, you know me, like to keep my variety of crafting plates spinning! Jo x

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  14. Amy you have a lot of stitchery going on this year for sure. They all look lovely. I used to do cross stitching for years but now my thumbs don't work well and I have difficulty holding a needle so have not done any for years. I even have some unfinished projects in the bag. Oh well. I wish you well in getting these ones completed. Enjoy.

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  15. I love all your projects - and you have reminded me that I have counted cross stitch UFOs lurking in the studio!!

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  16. Well "Hugs" to you for trying so hard to get that video to work ;) That would have been fun to watch you in real life! Love all these samplers. I have always admired samplers, especially the really, really old ones done by 5 year olds with better stitching than I could ever do. You have a lovely sample of samplers too! I have never done one myself. Mostly I don't like doing cross-stitch, but I love the finished work. That Chatsworth sampler is my favourite because it has so many little details to enjoy ... like stag heads etc. You'll be getting callouses on your fingers by the end of all these samplers! Best of luck in working through them. Did you already finish the "kiss" cushion then? The patterns are so striking! Enjoy your week Amy. We're getting a huge dumping of snow today, and it hasn't stopped yet!
    Wendy

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  17. Heavens! That's a lot of stitching, I'm not surprised you're not thinking knitting. Little More ton Hall looks brilliant. Good luck with the videoing x

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  18. Hi Amy! You are so funny! I can just imagine you watching your videos and saying, "Argh!" When I watch videos on Youtube (knitters or whatever) I always wonder why they say UM so much. It's nerve wracking, right? Thank you for trying. Keep trying so we can hear you. I'm sure I'll love the way you talk.
    I think your samplers and your hugs and kisses are SO COOL! I love the year of the needle so far!

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  19. What an ambitious group of projects! I love cross-stitch...I find stitching to be very meditative. But I'm a lazy sort so have only ever done the ones with the pattern printed on the cloth! So I'm always in awe of people who can do the 'real' thing.

    I'm giggling a bit over the video because I know very well the frustrations of trying such things...it seems such a simple undertaking...until you undertake it. I've had many *head-desk* moments over video. I hope you'll try again. xo

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  20. How frustrating you couldn't get your video to load but I enjoyed reading about your stitching projects. I think you have almost as many as me to do but at the moment I am sidetracked by my crochet but one day soon ....

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  21. Goodness, you've got some fabulous projects to keep you busy this year! Looking forward to seeing how they all turn out! xx

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  22. Wow, you've lots to work on this year Amy! I love the sampler and the Hug & Kiss cushions. Good for you for having a go at making a video :-) xx

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  23. I do love Emily Peacock's tapestries. Looks like you have a busy summer ahead of you Amy, but they will be lovely souvenirs from your travels.
    Caz xx

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  24. Good luck with your cross stitching! You have some nice samplers there to work on. My current Cocoa Sampler is worked over two threads and I find it quite slow going making sure I count the right number of threads, and every step of the way I have needed my magnifying glass.

    With regard to the video I fully understand what you mean. I wouldn't dare do one, and even if I did I'm sure I wouldn't be happy enough to post it online.

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  25. Goodness gracious, you are certainly going to be one busy lady. What lovely memories they will bring as you stitch. Take care.

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  26. You're going to be busy, Amy! :o)

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  27. Those kits will keep you going for a while! You're going to guilt me into finishing an Elizabeth Bradley kit my husband bought me as a birthday present about 15 years ago!

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  28. Such lovely projects to keep you busy. I can't wait to see your progress. Technology can be so frustrating. I hope you get your videos posted. We started the day gray and icy and ended sunny and windy.

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  29. The traditional sampler is my very favourite and I would be terrified of working on linen too - 14 count is now my limit.
    Like everyone says - You are going to be extremely busy

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  30. Wow! I can't imagine such talent! I can't even sew on a button. I mean, I do, but it will unravel in a few days.

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  31. Wow Amy you are going to be so busy crafting! I hope you are having a nice week!
    Julie

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  32. Oh do them while you are young and able to see! I used to spend a lot of time on such projects. I grinned to see Strawbery Banke as we are not so far from Portsmouth, New Hampshire...an hour and a half I would say.

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  33. I've had days like that! You have enough projects to keep you busy for a while. I love them!

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  34. I've had days like that! You have enough projects to keep you busy for a while. I love them!

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  35. Beautiful projects, Amy. I scrolled down to see your tapestry - it is amazing! You are so talented. Too bad about the video. I can barely edit my photos, never mind attempting a video. I'm sure you will get the hang of it soon. Looks like you have enough needlework to keep you busy for a long time! xx Karen

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  36. Lots of lovely kits to make, you will be busy this year & I'm sure you will enjoy every minute xx

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  37. Love those samplers and house cross stitches. Use an embroidery hoop for the linen it may help. The Kiss cushion is wonderful
    Julie xxxxxxxx

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  38. I thought I had a lot of unfinished or unstarted stuff... But you win! Actually, if I include all stitching and knitting that might not be true 😉

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  39. Definitely looks like the year of the needle, Amy:)

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  40. You are going to be very busy. I haven't tried working on linen either but a friend of mine does lots of cross-stitch (some extremely intricate) on linen and it certainly gives a lovely result.

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  41. I haven't figured out how to crop a video either, so have had some I would have liked to post but didn't. I don't want them to be too long for the blog, and they won't upload anyway. Your needlework challenges are wonderful, so good luck with these. You do such lovely work!

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  42. Some lovely projects there -love the colours in the hug and kiss pillows.

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  43. I love the samplers for the historic houses, for housemaid ring once is a wonderful line!
    Lisa x

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  44. Oh my you are going to be so busy, we might never see you with all that stitching to do. I love the pictures of the older, historic places, what a great way to commemorate them.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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