And, in the morning When all is well All the little birds Shall come to me They shall come from near and far And, together We shall sing out loud “Spring is here Spring is here Oh how near Oh my dear Spring is here Spring is here Oh let it be Oh let us see” by Athey Thompson
Well, 2021 has been a wild ride, hasn’t it. In the UK at least it looks like there is light at the end of the tunnel, but let’s not go too crazy, too early!
I’ve had a couple of big finishes since we last spoke so, without further ado, here they are:
First up is Night With Her Train of Stars and Her Great Gift of Sleep, painted by Edward Robert Hughes in 1912 and gorgeously transformed into a pattern by Scarlet Quince:
I love her so much as she pretty much saved my sanity during the various lockdowns and it was so soothing working with all those gorgeous blues.
Next up was Dumbo, which was a pattern I made up from an image selected by my niece, with technical help from my dearest husband. I started out using Adobe Acrobat to work the pattern, but soon jumped over to Pattern Keeper as it was so much easier to mark off and complete the various stitches. Because it was a home made pattern, I still needed to hunt down each symbol, but the marking off was a much neater affair than with Acrobat. Now, PK is great if you have Android kit but, if you want to do something similar with Apple for your cross stitch, I recommend using Knit Companion. They have a facility for both Apple and Android, but there are many more useful features on the Apple software for cross stitch. Here’s a tutorial showing the features available.
So, here is Dumbo completed. I have obscured the birth date for data protection reasons as it is just not sensible to spread your details all over the net unnecessarily:
I was so pleased with the depth of field and softness of the finished item, and can’t wait to get him framed and sent up-country to her parents!
For my next project, I am going to do a series of 19 Nordic Santas as these are great when set in a frame. It also means I can use up lots of offcuts of material I have in my stash. I will embellish them with beads for the snow and other objects, and do the faces stitching one over one to get a fine skin tone. Here is where I am so far with the first four as I am waiting on a couple of threads (mostly red) coming in the mail:
After the Santa marathon, I will probably finish kitting up Bibliotheque by Gerald Murphy, which is another great pattern by Scarlet Quince. This piece is destined for my husband’s office.
See you at the next change of the seasons! Much love to you all – Christine