Thursday, 4 October 2012

Homes of Needleworkers

How much fun was it reading all about the Homes of the Needleworkers who follow my blog?

Answer - huge amounts!!

There were a number of recurring themes, finished items on the walls being an obvious one.  Also, piles of WIPS, special chairs/areas of the home for stitching, large amounts of dust, the odd needle in unexpected places (ouch!).  I really think you all deserve a copy of this chart.

But there is only one to go out!  So, who is the lucky winner?

(How cool is that font? LOL).  I loved Sharon's answer, she started off telling me all about her framed pieces around the house (Sharon stitches for the whole family, not just herself) then this part which really made me ROFL, especially the poor little cats.

"Moving away from the obvious there are the less obvious clues.
For example, I have tried testing the theory that once the dust hits 3" high it stops accumulating. This is wrong - my dust is at least 5" and is still growing.
If you can conquer the Mount Everest of washing scattered down the hallway trying to walk to the washing machine to get clean you may fall over my WIP/UFO box under the stairs.
The poor cats have taken to sitting outside Pets at Home in the hope someone will take pity and feed them.
Of course the biggest clues are the fact that my homepage is when the laptop is turned on and the stack of final demands from the mortgage company who apparently don't appreciate that stash is more important than their monthly payments.
I do of course take care of the children's nutritional needs -I couldn't let that slip. Domino's pizza deliver a large pepperoni every night at 6pm prompt.
Of course I am joking about the dust - it's only 4"."

Congratulations to Shebafudge, drop me an email with your address please and the chart will be on it's way to your lovely home.

There is another lucky commenter for this competition.  I didn't intend to have more than one winner (only one chart, see?) but this person touched my heart with the sad story of their picture-less home.  So if the following person can get in touch with me, choose a design she really wants framed and we'll arrange for me to make a US$10 contribution for the framing, either a store-bought frame to DIY, or towards a custom-made one, heck - push the boat out and get a Jill Rensel special!  US$10 should pay for a couple of painted decorations on the mount at least.

The person who stitches and never frames is:


Time for a stitchy pic or two.  
Here's my progress on Puntini Puntini Spooky Hallowe'en.  
Have I mentioned how much I love stitching this design?  It's totally addictive.
I scanned it on the huh, it is straight really!

The moon is stitched in a GAST called Harvest Moon - how totally appropriate is that?  I only have 4 skeins of GAST which I've won so it was quite serendipitous that this one was perfect.  The thread is a subtle colour changing mix of pale orange and yellow and is a dream to stitch with.  I spent most of Sunday stitching  the moon (it's over 1 remember!).

The other piece is a Birthday card for my dear friend Karen aka Stitchy Woman.  The design "Guardians of the Sea" was chosen by Christine for the Needlecraft Haven September Challenge and as soon as I saw it I thought "Karen's Birthday".  I used my own colours and threads, added metallics, beads, variegated threads all on a piece of Crafty Kitten's hand-dyed fabric.  How much more could I have squeezed into a 40 x 50 design?!!  (I know, french knots for Shirlee!)

Chart available from Little Stitcher blog.

The blonde mermaid is Karen and the dark haired is me LOL.

Finally, I'll be having a Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop on here on the 31st October.   It'll be similar to the Easter Treasure Hunt with people signing up to post a picture and a letter on the 31st and also a chance for people to just try find the mystery phrase on the day if they can't commit to posting a picture (or don't have a blog yet, Calamity Jr!).  Obviously the picture must be stitched and Hallowe'en themed.  If you're interested in signing up to post a picture please drop me an email and I'll add you to my list.

At some point I'll add a logo and page when I get a Round Tuit.  I had one once but I can't find it now!


Joysze said...

Congrats to both winners and what a sweet thing to do for Rosey, Jo. :D

Spooky looks great. Yeah, I can tell you're loving it. You're flying on this one. :D

Beautiful card. Karen must be overjoyed!

CalamityJr said...

Oh, that was sneaky! I'm sitting here lol so my husband had to read what tickled me so, and now he's laughing, too. One of these days, one of these days...
Calamity Jr

Katy said...

Congrats to the winners, and great job on your progress and the card!

Christine said...

Congratulations to the winners. Your monthly challenge finish is lovely, and the spooky design is coming along a (trick or) treat.

Mii Stitch said...

Lovely progress & beautiful card ☺

Giovanna said...

Love your stitching - great choice of threads for the mermaids.

cucki said...

Congrats to the winners,..
and great progress on your project and the card is so cute..
hugs xxx

Heather said...

Congratulations to the winners!

I love that Puntini Putini design. Fabulous!

Kathy A. said...

Congrats to the winners. Love the birthday card you made for Karen. Mine is now on display in my stitching room.

Anonymous said...

wow! congrats to the winners!!
I'm loving the Puntini Puntini chart too.. can't wait to see the rest!

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a neat giveaway!

I love the Halloween piece you're working on

Julie said...

Congratulations to your winners, Shebafudge's reply did make me smile...too funny.

Love your challenge piece, great choice of colours. The Halloween piece is great, i love it when cats arch thur backs like that.