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Monday, 11 September 2017

Look here, Edward

This has gone far enough.  You say you're sending me nine ladies dancing; all I can say is that judging from the way they dance, they're certainly not ladies.  The village just isn't accustomed to seeing a regiment of shameless hussies with nothing on but their lipstick cavorting round the green - and it's Mummy and I who get blamed.  If you value our friendship - which I do less and less - kindly stop this ridiculous behaviour at once.

Emily

12 Days of Christmas (Correspondence) - John Julius Norwich


The picture that accompanies this chapter is wonderful.  I do recommend that you buy the book (ISBN 9780385410281) for the illustrations.   Thankfully Joan Elliott's Lady Dancing is rather more sedate than Quentin Blake's drawings.


The gaps are for beads to be added at the end.  In the evenings I've been working on the lettering at the top:


Here is where the piece was last month:


And here we are now:


I have completed another Just Nan ornie as part of my 30-a-day stitching challenge.  This was a quick one, a mere 18 days for the stitching.  I will finish it as an ornie next weekend:


Just Nan - Lacy Diamond
stitched on 32 count Twilight Blue linen


Of course, a finish means picking up the next ornie in turn.  This one is called Holly Knot and is stitched on 32 count lavender evenweave:


I stitched 60 stitches on it when I started it back in March so I have a head start with 90 stitches already on Day 2.  It's a pretty one, all in greens and pinks.

Finally, the competition on the Blogger of the Week is finished and I have published all the comments.  I will announce the winner on Friday.  So stay tuned for that!





23 comments:

  1. Haha! What images are "dancing" through my head now! ;)

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  2. Twelve days is looking wonderful. I love Just Nan designs.

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  3. Your 12 Days piece is looking great. You are moving along on it. Congrats on your Just Nan finish. Great start with the new one. Good luck with your finished and your new start.

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  4. Jo: I love the intro to this post, Just Nan designs are so pretty, you have lots of progress going on here.
    12 Days is looking wonderful.

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  5. Nothing but their lipstick! Oh my! I'm sure if they're as hippie-sounding as that description makes them out to be, that lipstick surely must be crushed berries or something equally earth-friendly. This piece is fun to watch grow.

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  6. 12 Days is coming along nicely! Love your Just Nan finish :o)

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  7. What a lovely stitch your 12 days is beautiful.
    Also love your Just Nan so pretty.
    Have a good week .

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  8. Emily's views about Edward's gifts make me laugh. Great progress on 12 days. The font for the words is lovely. congrats on another ornament finish.

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  9. Now I have to go look up the book and buy it, great writing. Your progress on 12 days is very impressive. I have got to try my hand at beading, your Just Nan stitch is lovely. MARY

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  10. 12 days is looking fabulous. Great JN finish too

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  11. The new block is so pretty! Such a beautiful progress, love the green variegated thread.
    Lacy Diamond is beautiful, love the colour of the beads!

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  12. Very nice progress! And I love that Just Nan Diamond.

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  13. Un plaisir pour les yeux,très joli ,c'est merveilleux!

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  14. Lovely finish and you made a great progress on 12 days.

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  15. Poor Emily! Great progress on this. Don't forget to show off your Just Nan ornie when it's all finished up.

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  16. The 12 Days of Christmas is coming along so well. It is beautiful!!!!

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  17. You are the wicked enabler. Last week it was the colorful Virgo and now you have me headed to the bookstore. Emily sounds like she's at wit's end. Love the Just Nan - it reminds me that I have a few of her designs in stash.

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  18. This piece is looking so great already. I love the dancing lady very much, she might be my favorite motif so far. And I'm looking forward to seeing the ornament finishing of your latest JN stitch.

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  19. Nine Ladies Dancing looks great Jo! I do feel bad for Emily though and she sounds as though she is about to give Edward the boot. Your Lacy Diamond looks amazing.

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  20. I'm kinf od sad now JE's lady is so well dressed! I will have to pick up that book eventually. Great progress on the ornies!

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  21. What amazing progress to 12 days. And I think I will have to pick up the book - I am enjoying the quotes you are using x

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