“That’s a funny song title by Enya” you say. I know it is, but is it very apt for the present in the UK, what with the Brexit elections and all the reactions to it. My only hope is that, out of the current mess, something wonderful happens. Here is the Brothers Grimm short story if you want to remind yourself: The Frog Prince. I was in the Remain camp, although it took me a while to get there. The EU does some wonderful things (not least blocking the planting of GMOs) but I just wish the UK government would stop gold plating the regulations and making life difficult for everyone (which is where you get the straight bananas myth. For those interested, here is relevant regulation.)
On to the stitching: I have a finish! Well, almost a finish as all the cross stitch of Poppy’s Owl Family Tree is complete. Here is what the last row looked like, with the amendment of an outline for the body of the pink owl:
Then, this is what she looks like in all her glory:
2016-06-07 – Finished!
If you go here, you can see a much bigger picture. Poppy’s parents just now need to decide what to do about names. I believe the options are:
- Stitch the names on the fabric above or next to owls, then frame.
- Leave the names off the fabric but have a PDF on the back of the frame with names on.
- Leave the names off altogether.
Over to you now, guys!
Now, having been missing in action since November 2014, Flora has made a welcome re-appearance. This is where I left her:
And this is where I finished her last night:
I think that was about 1.5 pages of pattern (approximately 5,250 stitches) – not bad for three weeks’ work🙂 . Oh, by the way, I got to see Flora in person at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London via the Botticelli Revisited exhibition, the last day of which is Sunday 3 July 2016. I wasn’t too impressed with the modern reimagined part of the exhibition but, go into the Pre-Raphaelite room, and Flora just leaps out at you:
© Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Here is a bigger copy where you can see darling Flora better. You can see from the stitched pattern above the flowers on her dress are quite soft focussed; however, in the flesh she pin-sharp and oh-so-gorgeous! This is understandable given the size of my cross stitch and the size of the painting! At the back of the room is the Orchard tapestry which John Henry Dearle designed based on a poem by William Morris and manufactured by Morris & Co in 1890. Given the relative size of Flora and the Orchard I am stumped as to how the lovely Meredith at Scarlet Quince would be able to turn the latter into a do-able pattern! I live in hope that she will see fit to create such a masterpiece.
Next up are the pieces I am doing for my nieces in the USA. On this I have two bits of news. One is that the newest addition will be changing her name once the adoption goes through. I therefore need to go on bended knee to Assad to get him to de-kit M’s Nordic Santa so I can change the M on his bobble to an N. And then get him to re-frame it🙂 .
The other is that we have a potential pattern for my new niece who is a super basketball player and fan of Miami Heat. I have put forward the following for consideration and will add her name in the same font once I have received feedback.
© NBA Media Ventures, LLC
I am looking forward to doing this one in the graduated colours and imagine N’s name will be at the top above the basketball hoop in the same font.
Anyway, it’s now 5.30pm and I really need to stitch so, have a great day, do what you enjoy and enjoy what you do!