Saturday, 17 September 2011

Treasures SK as of 17.09.11

I've a few different updates this week as I've started a couple of new projects.

Since my last update on Treasures I've put in another 960 stitches and it is now 37.06% complete.

I've also started work on the Living with Charm Flip Its from Lizzie Kate.  I am stitching 2 over 1 full crosses (apart from the block backgrounds on individual letters which I am doing in tent stitch) on 20 count hand dyed aida in Dawn Blush from Crafty Kitten Fabrics.  I started stitching on 11.09.11 and have managed to complete 1 of the 12 parts so far.

I've also started work on a design from Cross Stitch Gold magazine which I have had for years and always wanted to stitch, it is called Elegant Trio and is a Mackintosh style design.  This is a link to a partial picture of the design from the magazine.

Here is my progress so far - it is quite difficult to see as I have only stitched some of the grey border so far.  I am sewing this on another piece of hand dyed fabric from Crafty Kitten, this was the August 2011 Limited Edition colour and is 28 count cashel linen.  I am stitching 2 over 1 tent stitch.  

I have never stitched on such a small count before and have never stitched on linen so this is quite a challenge but I am stitching it to go in the top of a box which I got free with a subscription to World of Cross Stitching so have to do it small to enable the whole design to fit.  Here is a picture of the box that it will go in.

The final thing I want to share this week is a picture of my son in a tank top that my Grandma knitted for him.  It was supposed to be for Christmas but unfortunately my Grandma passed away on Wednesday 17th September so he got his jumpers a little bit early.  She had been ill for quite some time, in fact 2 years ago around this time we were told she wouldn't make it until Christmas, but it was still very sudden.  So here's a picture of one of the jumpers she made for my son and a picture of him wearing it.

I owe my love of crafting to my Grandma as she passed her love on to my mum and she onto me.  I remember getting a long stitch kit for Christmas and sitting at the dining table on Christmas Day with my Grandma figuring out how to do it.  I used to go to stay with my Grandma and Grandad in Plymouth during the Summer Holidays and on a Monday my Grandma ran a craft club at her local church and I have memories of going there with her and learning how to make stuffed animals.  She spent years making stuffed toys to sell for charity and so many of my childhood toys were made by her.  She had a massive collection of china dolls and used to buy the head, arms and legs and make them up herself and make all their clothes.  She also loved to knit and up until the end she loved to knit, for her great grandchildren and others, as it kept her hands moving and her mind active.  She was a lovely lady and I will miss her everyday but I know she is happy now as she is back with my Grandad who passed away 9 years ago.  

Sorry to have gone off on a bit of a tangent but I felt this was such an appropriate place for me to write about my Grandma because as I said I truly believe she is the reason I and many of my cousins have such a love of crafting.

I love you so much Grandma and will miss you forever.


Jan said...

So sad to read about your Grandma passing away. Hugs to you. She truly evoked a crafting spirit. She reminds me of my Grandma who passed away in '07. Your new projects look so exciting.

Hannah - City Stitcher said...

sorry to hear about your Grandma, mine died when I was 3, and I still miss her. On another note, My first experience of crafting was through a long stitch kit too! It was a terrible effort, but definitely gave me the bug :-)

sharine said...

Sorry about your grandmother. Your son looks very cure in his vest.

Nic said...

Thank you all for your kind words feel like it's really hit me this morning :-(

Jennifer M. said...

Your grandma sounded like a wonderfully talented lady. I'm sure she is so proud of how creative are. I'm very sorry to hear that you lost her. The piece she made your son before passing looks adorable. I'm glad she was able to finish it for him.

My grandma taught me how to sew and cross-stitch when I was young. Not a day goes by that I don't think about her when I pick up a project to work on. I am forever grateful to her for teaching me.

Take Care,
Jen :)

Catherine said...

So sorry to read of your Grandma. Your son is adorable in his jumper!

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Joysze said...

*hugs* I'm so sorry to hear about your grandma. I can tell from your loving tribute that she was well loved and loved you guys very much in return.

The jumper she made for your son is so cute and he is ADORABLE. :D

Great WIPs. :)