December 7, 2013

Some roof work

Here is my latest on Chinese Dragon Gate - I worked on the top of the roof this week.

October 29, 2013

Polar Mandala - part 5

Well after no stitching all summer, my bug finally returned and half of this part was stitched over just 1 weekend! so finally this part is now completed minus the beads for the moment and the next part is now under way, though I have jumped to part 7 to save me having to unscroll the frame & move the fabric.

September 28, 2013

Queen's Farmhouse

Hello! My name is Katie and I am a new contributor to your wonderful and inspiring blog! I started stitching Chatelaines a few months ago and am working on Queen's Farmhouse and Egypt Garden currently. The Farmhouse is my favorite project so far, particularly because of the silks. They are so lovely.

More photos of QF and my other projects can be found at my blog.

Here is my progress on Queen's Farmhouse:
This was a few weeks ago

Photo taken today

A close up of the palace Versailles
I am not 100% comfortable with the Jessica stitches - this is something I'll have to research with videos, diagrams, How to Do Jessica Stitches - For Dummies, etc.

Thanks for looking!

August 26, 2013

polar done

part 11 and 12 ready, the Polar Mandala is done,
I love it !
thanks for looking

August 18, 2013

Butterfly Lace Mandala

It is finally finished and it's yet another masterpiece from Martina!! :D

(More close ups to be found on BLOG and ALBUM)

The Particulars:
Butterfly Lace Mandala by Chatelaine (Martina Rosenberg)
Fabric: Ray of Light, Belfast by Wichelt
Kit from

July 30, 2013

Summer Knotgarden

I almost forgot to post my happy dance here!!  After almost three years, I finished Summer Knotgarden.

July 28, 2013

Autumn (Pear Tree) Fairy Happy Dance!

Finished today - first is a photo of part 6 (the tree section), and then a shot of the entire design.

I just love my two fairies! Thanks for looking!

polar part 10

We have in the Netherlands a real heat wave is making you more inside than outside.
It was time for me to sew the beads and then was part 10 of this gorgeous design again ready.
(Next time first iron)
photo close up on my blog

note: according to the material list we have 4 x swarovski 3700 8mm needed (F)
2 are placed in each corner so the total is 8

thanks for looking

July 12, 2013

Autumn Fairy, part 5

Seeing Spring Fairy recently finished made me want to work on Autumn Fairy again. Over the past couple of evenings I worked on and finished part 5. Here are closeups of part 5 (though a little fuzzy, sorry!).  Click each to view larger versions.

Once I finished part 5, I decided to go ahead and correct the crystals. I had previously put the heart in the top, and it just looked out of place there to me. Once I stitched part 4, I realized that it would look much better there.

Of course, then I had to decide what to put in the top part where I took the heart off. I found this crystal teardrop (and Spring Fairy has a crystal teardrop in the same location, so it seems like a no-brainer). Martina may have updated the instructions since she released the design, but I can't find anything in my chart about this, so I'm just going with what I think looks good. I'm not sure what color this is, but it's kind of a dark topaz.

Here is the entire design so far.

Being so close to the finish line on this one, I'm going to continue working on it - all I have left is the tree.

Thanks for looking!

July 1, 2013

Spring Appleblossom Fairy Finished!

I put the final stitches in part 6 today, finishing Spring Fairy after just over 2 years in progress.  Happy Dancing!!!!!

In part 6 (the tree), I used the wrong color in thee lower right part of the tree by mistake. It was supposed to be Waterlilies Alpine Moss, but I used Dinky Dyes Blue Mountains. I liked it so much that I used it a little more in the design, and I like the subtle effect.

June 23, 2013

Hello from Holland

Part 9 of the Polar mandala I would like to show :
I am not exaggerating when I say that I'm addicted to Chatelaine.
I have already made ​​quite a few.
I have a blog in Dutch but with google translate, you can choose your own language
And since a few months I sell Chatelaine patterns and beadspackets and my own designs

Thanks for looking,

June 10, 2013

My first ever Chatelaine

Lookee!!!! I came across a picture of my very first Chatelaine! It was back in 2003 and I had just found Martina's things on the web. She didn't have very many things out at that time, but everything she had was sooooo beautiful. I was so in awe. Gosh, did I get an education when I stumbled across that master. I never knew about variegated threads. Or anything about fancy stitches, like Algerian Eyes or Smyrnas mixed into cross stitch. I never heard of Rainbow Gallery, not the beautiful sparkly braids. I never knew about the Delica beads. Ohhhhhhhhhh wow. My mouth just hung open. lol Oh, and "oh wow" was also my thought when I bought that first kit. $65. REALLY???!!! (LOL, I wish they were all that price) I had no idea the kit would be so expensive when I came across the European Cross Stitch booth at the CATS stitching festival, back in 2003) As you might see, I did not spend the extra money on the specified basket, but found one at the local import store. Because the top of my picnic basket was so much bigger, I mirror imaged the top design. I also stitched all the other pieces, I was so excited about my new kit!

June 7, 2013

Mini Finishes

Hi everyone

Just thought I would drop in and show you my latest Chatelaine finish... Mini Mandala II "A".

I started this at the beginning of April 2013 and finished it mid May 2013. It really was a quick stitch and so enjoyable to stitch.

The colours that appeared while I was stitching this design are so gorgeous...  so much prettier than the photo on the chart pack!  Unless of course I have stitched it with the wrong colours!

Mini Mandala II
Finished May 2013
This design was the first time I had stitched a "Jessica" stitch... and it took me a wee while to get them done... even now I am not sure if they're right....

I haven't as yet started the second one in the series but I am hoping to start the next one very soon.

Mini Mandala II is my second Chatelaine finish.  I thought that I had already shown you my first finish but it appears that maybe I didn't...

My first ever Chatelaine finish was the Tiny Rose Garden Freebie in May 2012.

Tiny Rose Garden
Finished May 2012
I love looking at all the wonderful designs that you are all stitching and I am hoping very soon to tackle one of the larger designs.  I love the designs that Martina creates and reading all about your progress via this blog is wonderful.

May 30, 2013

Freebies into Biscornus

Here are pictures of the freebies Martina has for us. I made them into biscornus. I just love how Martina adds so many pretty sparkles to her designs!

May 26, 2013

new poster, three designs to share :)

Hi!  I'm Rahenna and I've been a member here for a long time, but I've never posted before.  I love looking at all the progress pictures and while reading back, there was a post asking for more pics to be posted.  It made me realize that just reading and not posting to share is kind of silly, so I hope you don't mind a bunch of pictures. :)

My first and only finish so far is Octopus Treasure Cave.  The fabric is PTP Phantom and there are some color changes to use things I had in my stash instead of buying the kit. I did try to match the original materials where I could, so the only major change is that the top/bottom blackwork is purple instead of green.

 Spring Knotgarden was actually the first I started, but... I didn't get too far. :)

And right now I'm working on Beaded Dragonfly Tile.  It may be small, but it's very detailed!  The flower buds in the center contain 20 colors - I counted!  I'm hoping the buds on the border don't have quite so many, but so far it feels just as complex... :)

I hope that's not too many pictures for one post!

May 16, 2013

Polar mandala - Part 4 completed

Not had much stitching time lately as I have been away a lot showing my Golden Retrievers, but I have managed to get part 4 of this one completed now. Roll on part 5!

May 6, 2013

Summer Knotgarden

I've been working on this off and on since the beginning when it was a class.  But I really want to see it finished this year so its been one of my more active WIPs.  Just two more corners to go with parts 3-6

April 27, 2013

Chinese Garden Mandala

I decided for colour changes in this project.
Also water elements I stitched with Treasuee Braid for better results :D

enjoy :)

top gate

right gate

bottom gate

left gate

summer pond



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