Monday, November 3, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop and Finish!

Hi everyone,

The lovely Sarah in Stitches nominated me to write do the Around the World blog hop.  I met Sarah online about 2 years ago. She is the first person I have ever known who lives in Dubai.  I love that our cultures, landscapes and weather can be so different but we can still connect through our hobby - cross stitch. We are not so different after all. 

I live in Hobart Tasmania, a small island off the mainland of Australia. It has a harbour and is overlooked by a beautiful mountain covered in snow (even though we are only a month off Summer)! 

The view from my home of the River Derwent with the Tasman Bridge.

What am I working on?
If you have been following my blog and YouTube channel  (Thread Garden") for a while, I know you are going to all immediately say the Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Castle. It seems to be my signature piece. I cannot say I am working on it anymore, as I proudly put the final back stitch in it yesterday. I have to now wash it and then sew on  three gold stars before getting it framed.

Bothy Threads Cut Thru' Castle stitched on 16ct light blue Aida
So now I am going to madly work on other WIPs before the HAED SAL (Heaven and Earth Designs Stitch Along) and Mirabilia SAL starts in December and January respectively. The  projects that will receive focus are a fairy WIP called Touch of Gold by Bucilla - see below. 

Bucilla "A Touch of Gold" stitched on 28ct "mushroom" even weave

My new signature piece for my blog and channel will be the Prairie Schooler alphabet.

Prairie Schooler alphabet stitched on natural linen 36ct using DMC threads

How does my stitching differ from others?
There are so many different designers and styles of cross stitch out there that my work differs because of the designs I choose. I think I have eclectic tastes loving samplers to fantasy designs, fairies to traditional. I also love typographical designs.  I sometimes change a few colours when I stitch a design or don't follow the instructions 100% so that makes my work unique. Also I might finish them in a different way than the designer might have suggested.  

Why do I create what I do?
Like other women in my family we cannot keep still. I always like to be busy and keeping my hands busy allows my mind to escape and relax. I would find life very boring without cross stitch.. 

How does my stitching  process work?
I stitch for about 2 - 2 1/2 hours per evening. As I am a mum of three children I can only occasionally stitch time during the day (mostly weekends or school holidays). I am a member of two delightful stitching groups so have local stitching friends which is an asset. When I am not working I am often thinking of cross stitching, looking at it online or daydreaming about it. 

Unfortunately I could not find any recipients to pass the banner onto so to speak. If you haven't done this tag consider yourself nominated. If you do it, tell me and I will come over and check it out. 

Happy stitching...
                     Jan x 


Sarah in Stitches said...

It's so nice to read more about why and how you stitch! You know how much I love that Prairie Schooler alphabet you're working on. Gorgeous picture of where you live, too! :D

Karen K said...

Wow, it's beautiful, well done you. I have done a cut thru lighthouse and a cut thru camper and enjoyed both, but no more for me, I am sewing instead now and cross stitch has gone out the window. I am not sure if it will come back or now but hey ho for the moment I am loving the sewing.

k x

Kevin said...

CONGRATS on finishing Cut Thru Castle!! It looks amazing! You must be so happy to have this great project finished. And you are zipping along through the PS Alphabet - also looking terrific!! Oh, I'm hanging my head in shame here - my poor ABC project is still stalled on the B square. Maybe it's time I pull that project out of the pile and get moving on it here!! Love the pic of your gorgeous island, too.

Beth said...

A thoughtful post - it is interesting to read what attracts others to cross stitch and the creative process.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Congratulations on the Happy Dance for Castle. Is it funny that I feel a little sad now that it is finished?

I am glad that the PS alphabet will be taking its place. I could watch that one grow all year, and probably will!

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zenuwpees said...

Very nice embroidery Marie-Claire

Brigitte said...

Oh my, it's finished! And how beautiful it is. i was following your progress on your blog and it was so interesting to see this great piece grow and to see how it came to life through all the backstitches. Great job!
So nice to read about your stitching and creative process.