Wednesday 18 September 2019

Time for a catch up!

Where did the time go since my last post?!  All I can say is that is has been an exceptionally busy Summer for me this year.  It started with two beautiful family weddings in June, followed by my youngest daughter's graduation from Medical School in July as well as a second graduation for her intercalated MSc.  As well as these very happy events July was also the month that my Mum was diagnosed with cancer for the second time, so there was anxiety too.  I am pleased to say that she has had surgery and is now starting to regain her strength.  In August we did some travelling, ending at a Folk Festival near Thame and the last celebration of this Summer was this last weekend when we had a party for my Father-in-Law's 90th Birthday. Phew!!

So, bearing all that in mind, it will not surprise you to know that I didn't get enormous amounts of stitching completed!!  I did manage to take a few portable projects with me here are there and I thought you might like to see them.

To make things easy, I decided to treat myself to a couple of pre-printed embroidery pieces to stitch.  These were designed by the very talented Anne Brooke of H-Anne-MADE and are great fun to stitch. 

I have now finished the embroidery on both of these panels and have managed to frame the first. 

I decided not to frame it using an embroidery hoop but to make a fabric panel with a circular aperture in the middle which highlights the embroidery instead.  I am really pleased with the outcome and I am hoping to get the second one framed this week.

Before I was away in July, I had also started work on a small machine embroidery project of my own design - a seascape. 

I was able to add the hand details to this while I was travelling too and I have now finished and framed it and I really love it!!

Finally, while I was in the UK this past weekend, I managed to talk my husband into entertaining himself for the day (luckily we have a niece and her husband who lives in Lincoln who looked after him!) so that I could attend a workshop at the fabulous Needle and Thread Workshops run by Sally.

The workshop was taught by one of my favourite textile artists, Cathy of Dear Emma Designs and I had great fun there making a sweet little free machine embroidered lantern.

The whole day was superb and if I can, I would like to go to another workshop there!

Well, I think that has just about covered everything that I have been doing.  I hope you have all had time to be creative over the last few months.  Look forward to catching up with you all again soon! 😊 


  1. Beautiful, all of them. Who would have thought printed panels could turn out so beautiful? My embroidery life started on printed panels, and they always looked very dull and lumpy (that was probably my stitching technique!). I'm very impressed by your subtly variegated thread.

  2. Those printed panels look fabulous. You have stitched them beautifully. I particularly like the one with the birdie in it, and the way you framed it. The Lantern is beautiful - no wonder you want to go to another workshop if you can make things like that! What lovely family celebrations you have had over the past few months.

  3. Your seascape is magnificent! Sounds like your summer has been a lot of fun for you, and I'm so glad your Mom is feeling better. So nice to read what you've been up to Christine. :)

  4. Wow--you did have a busy summer! All of your embroidery projects are beautiful, but I especially love your framed bird. Glad to hear your mother is doing better. Take care! Karen

  5. So sorry to hear that your mum has been dealing with cancer again and I hooe she is well on the mend now. Your embroideries are gorgeous! Love them! And, wow, your seascape design is awesome.