March 31, 2011

Chinese Mandala Part 1

.... is out!!!!! Martina just posted the password.... A DAY EARLY!!!! THANK YOU, MARTINA!!!! :D

I'm soooooooo excited right now... I think I'm going to sleep with it tonight. LOL!!! I'm sad cos I won't be able to start this till the kit arrives at the end of the month... are any of you starting soon? I can't wait to see your WIPs. :D

Baroque Part 10

Hi, here is my part 10, finished just after Martina posted Part 11!
I loved the little gardens this month, they were lovely to stitch.

The right side little garden is below

And more little gardens this month

March 30, 2011

Blackwork Beauties 03 - Spring...

 Hi everyone!
 I finished embroidering  Blackwork Beauties 03 - Spring
I have thoroughly enjoyed every stitch of this design! Hope you like it!

March 26, 2011

Japanese Garden update

This is nothing like the gorgeous recent picture of the JG finish someone had (sorry I can't recall who), but here is my update. I have the 3 O'clock rock garden done. Complete with a mistake that I chose to not frog.

March 24, 2011

Konstantinople Part 4

Here's my Part 4 of Konstantinople!!

March 23, 2011

A little house for Alpine

I finished the house of my Alpine, and almost done with the bush and the flowers under the house. I'm doing tent stitch with 2 threads, instead the 1x1, because with some subs, I'm using 2 DMC colors together, and also, I prefer tent stitches :)

Editing to add:
The fabric is a Silkweaver solo Lugana opal 28ct, here's the floss toss:

Hugs from Mexico!!

March 22, 2011

2011 Easter Freebie HD

I just finished Martina's Easter freebie. I stitched it on SMF Butterflies 28c linen. I did change the black on the frame to the dark pink on the flowers.

I am going to finish it into a jewelry box for my daughter for Easter.

More WIP pictures

I've been steadily working on Japanese Garden and I'm making great progress but I haven't taken a new picture yet. I am hoping to do so soon, but in the meantime here are some more of my older Chatelaine WIPs.

Waterlilly Pond (started when it was Mystery Quilt 1) parts 1-4 done, and part 5 in progress:






I also started Mermaid Treasure Box when the group was new...haven't gotten very far yet:


And, finally, I have Hawaiian Garden in progress (not nearly as "old" as the others I just posted!):


In terms of newer starts, I have Venice and Medieval Town in progress, but I haven't even finished part 1 of either of those. Here is my very paltry progress on those so far; there is so little completed on either project that it seems silly to have taken pictures already:



These projects, and Japanese Garden, round out all of my Chatelaine WIPs (including Taj and MMV that I posted previously). Hopefully I will get a new picture of Japanese Garden soon and continue to make some progress on the others eventually!

Japanese Garden ....

Here it an update of my Japanese Garden : the stitching is finished but I have to put now all the beads and crystals :-)

Have a nice day,


March 21, 2011

Winter Watergarden Part 3 Done

Just finished part 3 of Winter Watergarden. I'm so glad to finally be done with the trees!


Just have to share my excitement over the material list for chinese mandala is out.  I'll be working on my conversion while Troy naps.

March 20, 2011

Konstantinople Part 4

I wish I could take a picture that shows all the small delicate details and the wonderful colours.....
Thank you, Martina! Another BIG one! But to die for!

Happy stitching


March 17, 2011

Debi's Roses (w/link)

I want to show you what a lovely needlebook I received in an exchange this week. Debi's Roses is stitched on a black fabric, and it is soooo gorgeous.

As I didn't stitch it, I don't feel comfortable adding a picture here, but it can be seen in my blog (direct link to the post).

PS: I'll try to post photos of my wips soon; it's just a lot of work as there are so many photos I need to find... ;-)

March 11, 2011

Peacock Garden Mandala progress

It's taken a while but I finally finished part four. Bring on more pairs of peacocks!

St. Pete got a frame!

Back from the framer! It spent so long time in the drawer. Now it's above my sofa! I'm pleased with the result and wanted to share my joy!


New Mini Mystery 1 finished

My first finish of 2011. I like the 'mini mysteries and hope Martina will design some more of them!

Happy stitching


March 9, 2011

Taj Mahal Garden - 2/3 Done

More than halfway there!!!! I was telling my friend this morning that I'd have never dreamed how amazing this would look IRL. I'm so in love with it!!! (seems to be a constant thing I say about Martina's designs, LOL!)

March 8, 2011

Some of my Chatelaine WIPs

I haven't been stitching as much lately as I would like; life just has a way of getting busy this time of year for me! I do have some older Chatelaine WIP pics that I hadn't posted yet so that I'd have something to share during my "lean" stitching time. Since frequent stitching will continue to elude me for awhile, I will spread these posts out too so that I'm still "around" sometimes!

I'll start with two of my oldest Chatelaine WIPs: Misty Morning Vineyard which I started when it was still a mystery:


Another of my older WIPs is Taj Mahal Garden, started when it was still an online class:


I'll add a couple more next time! I have 8 in progress, so saving them until later will give me a little more to write about in the next couple months. Hopefully by then we'll be done with little league season and the other things that make life so busy for me between now and June!

March 7, 2011


Here an update of "Swan Lake", the first part of my pattern is not ready yet but ....... slowly but surely I'll do;)!
You all make beautiful things and it's always enjoy to see your progress!
Hugs Ingrid

March 6, 2011

Some CHAT updates

I've been stitching away on Cuba all weekend and I really hope to finish it this month!
Also I've started Part 4 of Konstantinople, beautiful and extremely intricate. If you click on the picture you can see the beautiful new stitches Martina has invented : the "stone stitch".

Sarah's finishes

Sorry it's taken me so long to finally getting my finished Chatelaines posted here. WIPs will have to wait till another day.

Here's my very first Chatelaine. Celtic Maze Garden. This one is stitched using all the charted colors and is the piece that introduced me to all the variety of silk and overdyed colors that are out there. It's stitched on 32 ct Belfast Melinnium Blue. Sorry about the quality of the pics here, I pulled them from my weshots albulm. Better pics are on the Chatelaine BB.

Here's MM5 which seems to be the mini version of Celtic. It's stitched in the charted colors on 28 ct Monaco that I dyed a light blue.

Here's MM6 the Moonstone Garden. I converted the silks to HDF and it is stitched on 28 ct Black Monaco.

Autumn Watergarden. Stitched on 28 ct White Monaco in the charted colors.

The only other finish I've had is Caribbean and that has been posted here so I won't post that one again.

First half of Baroque Part 10

Part 10 of Baroque is 2 small gardens.  This is the left hand garden and I have just not been able to stop stitching - had to finish it!

The other side is same layout with different colours.


March 5, 2011

Taj Mahal - Top Paisleys Added!

With my Terrace Arch obligation piece finished, I'm back on stitching Taj. Over the last few nights, I've added the bigger trees, borders, and top left and right paisleys to the sides of the North Taj Mahal. The plan is to see how much of the flower border I can get done over the weekend.

March 4, 2011

First corner complete!

This design seems very popular and I can see why, I'm hope its other stitchers are having as much fun as me!  These winter trees look lovely but required a lot of counting to stitch.  I had to evict at least two small frogs from the branches.  Hopefully the remaining 6 will be frog free!   I have used Sierra Haze rather than Sierra Haze Light for the 'scrolls' because I used Martinas DMC conversion instead of Heirloom Blue silk for the big snow flake and I thought that the slightly darker scrolls worked better with my darker centre, otherwise its exactly as charted.

March 3, 2011

Sarah's Winter Watergarden

Here's my version of Winter Watergarden. I'm very pleased with these little ponds and my conversion.

Starting Alpine!!

I just started Alpine last night, and you can see now, the "spirit" of the little house LOL.

I'm using a Silkweaver's Solo, Lugana 28ct opal, with my DMC conversion (still working on it)

After stitching on St Pete, with Belfast, I feel the crosses here so big!!! LOL

Hugs and kisses!!
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