The first piece is a very old cover kit from Cross Stitcher magazine issue 39, January 1996. It was a lovely peacock bookmark which has lived in a box ever since. When Calamity Jr made the 1000th comment on my blog I decided it would make the ideal gift for her. I used a piece of the fabric samples I acquired last year to cover a bit of board, then stuck the peacock on with double sided tape. I bought these lovely peacock cards from the local craft shop, they're for card-making and have lots of gold on them. The piece of braid was the handle from the fabric sample book. Waste not, want not! I glued a piece of card on the back to finish it off, Voila!
Calamity was absolutely over the moon with her gift which made me very happy too.
The second elderly lady in need of some attention (the peacock being the first, not Calamity!) is this one:
I stitched all four of these at the turn of the century (21st not 20th!) and they have languished in a box every since. I got four frames for my birthday and fully intended to get them all up last Autumn. One down, three to go!
This is the most beautiful piece in real life, probably my favourite of the four and the first of them that I stitched. The colours are more vibrant now it's been backed and mounted. I have fallen in love with it all over again.
I'm on a Just Nan roll now, I charted my part for Kathy's Band Sampler this afternoon and started a small last night - Spring Peepers. These are both part of Fan Girl February on Theme-a-licious.
The third old lady is Madame Muriel, the Travelling Granny. She's been a little quiet just lately I'm afraid. I did have a couple of plans for her but real life has the annoying tendency to get in the way! So my current plan is to try take her somewhere vaguely interesting during Half Term week and then make plans for her to be on her merry way. Do not ask to host her yet - wait until you see her rider!
Finally, here is the current state of play on A Dark Alphabet. It is now too big to fit on my scanner so you only get the bottom half. There are four more blocks completed since I last showed you. Phantom is based on the Lon Chaney phantom rather than the Andrew Lloyd-Webber one that I am more familiar with. Maybe that's why it's not my favourite block. The Queen of the Night is amazing, the tiny witch is so cute and the skeleton is just crazy.
I did attempt some tiny Queen Stitches for Q but did 4 sided diamonds with one vertical stitch. That is the only drawback to stitching over 1, the speciality stitches either don't work or are just too fiddly and don't show. On the plus side it's a manageable size (A3) and I love the delicate look of over 1. It's a 28count evenweave.