Monday, 15 July 2013
Theme-a-licious July Update
Theme-a-licious is hosted by Heather of It's Geek to Me
Each month Heather thinks up a theme for us to stitch to, or in my case, a theme to somehow shoe-horn my existing stitching into, no matter how tenuous the link!
This is the theme for July:
It's time to celebrate! What are you celebrating this year? Stitch on your holiday-related projects, OR find some WIPs you know you'll never finish and set them free .
It's nearly the end of term here in England so both boys will be moving on. The Large Boy has been taught by his current duo before so they both have samplers already (see these posts). They will be getting a book each instead. The Smal Boy is leaving his Playgroup to start School, four days a week at the Special School he already attends and one day at his Big Brother's School. I have bought books for all the Playgroup Workers but his Keyworker deserves a stitched present too. Quite frankly, they all deserve a bottle of wine and some valium as well but she's getting something stitched!
The Small Boy loves numbers and counting rhymes, in fact you can track him round the Hall by the sound of his Keyworker's voice reciting 1,2,3,4 as she goes! I found this beautifully illustrated children's Nursery Rhyme book and knew I'd found the inspiration for the stitched present. Here is the illustration that inspired me:
And here is the stitched version:
I just sketched her onto graph paper then backstitched onto 28count linen. I added some little beads for the cherries and now I have to frame her.
That's it for themed stitching so far this month!
Finally, a mini-giveaway. I received my 4000th comment recently, wow! Yes they are all from real people, I don't get spam and I don't comment on my own blog in reply to comments, I do them by email. So 4000 comments is amazing. Predictably the Giveaway posts attract the most comments (60 on the Easter Treasure Hunt and 44 on my Blogaversary) but this post had 33 comments simply because I asked for your advice. Hint to new bloggers; people love to give their opinion on stitching decisions. Unfortunately, if there are three options votes will be split over them plus someone will throw in a fourth option so you're not really any better off but at least you have comments LOL.
Anyway I have this lovely John Clayton chart to send to a friend. It is the cover gift from World of Cross Stitching magazine this month, although it is not my style I'm sure someone will love her. All you need to do is leave a comment saying why you'd like to receive her and I will choose one person on the 22nd July.
Finished size - 5x5 inches on 28 count over 2 (or 14 aida)