Anyway I have a decision to make about thread colour. I want to stitch this fairy for my great-niece who is due any time. I have a piece of raspberry aida to stitch her on but can't decide on thread colour - magenta? pink? purple? a total contrast? Any ideas? I want to do a plain colour not a hand-dyed but other than that I'm not sure.
I have finished a cute Japanese Beckoning Cat design by Joan Elliott this weekend and framed it in a bargain frame. The bric-a-brac people left a box of bric and brac in our Toddler Group hall and while I was moving it to a safe place I couldn't help but notice three picture frames. I was told everything was 10p so I generously gave them 50p for all 3!
招き猫 These are the Japanese characters for Maneki Neko which I might try stitching along the bottom of the picture. Alternatively I might find some oriental braid and fix that along the bottom. I found a great shop in town recently which sells lovely trimmings. The shop is at the grotty end of town and is a bit tatty on the outside. Inside it's a jumble sale but they do have some great finds if you don't mind rummaging.