ciao everybody! looks like I haven’t posted for a lifetime!!
and things haven’t improved much, cause I barely have time to write these words.. even so, here are some pics to prove you I’ve actually been doing something (mainly sleeping, eating, studying – sadly, in this order – taking pictures, cooking and eventually stitching)
have fun! hope you’re doing fine and enjoying these last bits of winter before that darn hot weather comes back
Taras is now 6 months old (and apparently prays for more food in his sleep)
pizza ai formaggi e funghi (pizza with 4 kinds of cheese and mushrooms)
the Victorian Purse kit arrived safe and sound within the two weeks time from the shipping, thank you Canada Post and Poste Italiane for not messing up with this! 😀
here you can see all the linens and threads carefully organized in a sturdy folder, loved all the care they put into this! it is such a treat!!
of course while I was unpacking, Baloo as I call him these days had to keep himself busy with the bin’s contents..
until he found peace in the box of course
now how could you tell anything to such a face! you see he knows he’ll get away with everything
from peeking into my storage boxes
to sleeping on the desk
and here is what a 1 euro app can do, amazing how it works! super easy, cheap and quite cool actually.. it’s called TangledFX
getting ready for a nap on the microwave oven
on the kitchen’s top
more cool effects from TangledFX, this one is called Swirls
and this one Cartoon
not much space left in this bowl, ain’t it?
the extreme nap: for hours with his face dug under the comforter
another effect, this one is Small Details
everything that is not nailed to the floor is a cat toy
dust! dust! I found dust!!
getting ready for the next level: the green bowl!!
or maybe I’ll just stick to all the boxes I can find
trying the silk ribbon work (Loop Stitch and Japanese Ribbon Stitch) on a doodle cloth
my final choice for the Victorian Purse: Nina’s silks and linens, a couple of Gloriana threads and white Wisper from the kit
finally some stitching! this is the front of the purse, I added an awful lot of backstitching to the house (around windows, walls, doorsteps, ..), the smoke coming out of the chimney, the doorknob
then I stitched the sheep in French knots using Wisper threads (2 plies!! :D), and for this witty idea I must thank a mysterious stitcher who did so during one of Thea’s classes for the Victorian Purse. three fluffy happy sheep! 😀 😀 😀
(you can see the one on the left is in a different colour.. well, let’s say I had to take out some of my own Wisper because I cat I know found the white one irresistible)
directly under the cross stitched scene, there’s the Leaf Stitch row, silk ribbon work and a good start on the Bargello. the front of the purse is almost over! (unless I decide to stitch that third flower that doesn’t stay put properly.. who knows! :D)
now I must thank Thea, Lisa and everybody at Victoria Sampler, they made an incredible leaflet with all instructions needed to accomplish these stitches in the most successful way, the webcast classes provided many good hints and suggestions, both from the gals at VS and the other participants.. what a nice way to stay connected and work a tricky project like this one 🙂
I also had a sneak peek at the next Stitcheramas and chart releases for this year.. well, Thea, Linda and Cathy worked on some incredible pieces, I’ll definitely join at least 3 more Stitcheramas (in addiction to the Victorian Pincushion I signed up for in June)
turn the lights off, let’s get some sleep!
ok kiddo, off to sleep we go
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