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August 31, 2017

New here. Nearly complete Marrakech Nights

Hello to all!   So glad to find this site. I have been looking at all of your posts for inspiration. I am a married forty something mother of 2 boys. We currently live in central Florida. I am Martina's first place raffle winner from last year so I have a lot of  her designs to keep me busy. I am currently working on Pomarium, and Hanging Gardens of Semiramis.  I will post photos as soon as I figure out how to.   Just completed Marrakech Nights last night. Tila beads in center gave me a very hard time. May end up redoing them.









March 1, 2017

Serendipitous Jo's Gardens of London 2

I've reached the end of the Chatelaine round of my rotation and have thoroughly enjoyed stitching this beautiful design.  Here is where I left the piece, having just finished the Queen Stitches:



Fabric - 32count Belfast in Cotton Clouds by Crafty Kitten
Threads - DMC conversion plus Dinky Dyes, Jodyri Threads, Gloriana and Rainbow Galleries. 

February 18, 2017

Serendipitous Jo's Gardens of London

Hello Chatelaine Stitchers, Joyzse added me to this blog a while ago in an attempt to get me to choose and start my first Chatelaine.   I made my choice when Gardens of London was first released and 2016 saw me take the second step of actually purchasing the chart!

Then the difficult task of choosing the fabric.  With the help of Dawn from Crafty Kitten I decided on Cotton Clouds in a 32count Belfast linen.  The true colour is a pale blue although it looks more grey-blue in some of the photos.
A very small start!

A little bit more: 

Circle meeting up: 

Adding more shades of blue: 

Where I am at the start of today:

My rotation consists of a number of SALs and then one focus piece for the rest of the month.  So I will stitch as much as I can this month and put it aside for a piece with a deadline next month.

If you are interested in following my main blog and maybe joining one of my SALs or Blog Hops then you can find me here:




September 3, 2016

Winter Watergarden moving along

I made some progress on Winter Watergarden and bought a huge amount of stock during the summer. Pomarium, Tinctorium and Herbularius is kitted up, and I reorganised my speciality threads.
The photo is a little bluish, actually I am stitching it on 32ct antique white Belfast

June 21, 2016

Old World Vinery Progress

I have been working on this project exclusively this month.

I have found that no matter how many times I read the instructions i ALWAYS make some kind of mistake.  I used two threads instead of one for the half stitches that are purple around the center.  Of course, I had done the whole thing before I realized it, so I am going to leave it.  Grrrrr.


I also discovered that I am terrible at backstitching.  I tried and tried and frogged and restitched, but I just cannot get the backstitching around the leaves just inside the orange border to look right.  So, I made the executive decision to just leave it off.  For the time being anyway.  It feels like I am cheating somehow!

I am also beading as I go even though it is hard to see in the photos.  I am using batting, thanks to recommendations from other Chatelaine stitcher, as I roll it up on the frame.  


I am enjoying this project so much, mistakes and all.  I never cease to be amazed at these incredible designs.  The use of variegated threads mades each stitcher's piece just a little bit different.  With all the errors I make, I think my pieces may be a little overly unique!  But I do love them.

June 20, 2016

Serengeti Mandala Finished!

It's finally finished!! Whoop, whoop!! This was two years in the making, no thanks to Diablo 3. LOL! Thanks for staying with me through this sporadic journey. ;) I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

The Particulars:
Serengeti Mandala by Chatelaine (Martina Rosenberg)
Fabric: 32ct Flax Belfast
Kit from Europeanxs.com
Started: June. 5th, 2014
Stopped: August 18th, 2014
Started again: May, 2015
Stopped: August 16th, 2015
Started yet again: May, 2016
Finished!! June 4th, 2016
































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