Thursday, June 14, 2012

Some Stitching

Hello dear stitching friends!  Well, Winter has truly set in here in Cape Town, but we are fortunate to have a bright, sunshine day today and it is wonderful outside.

Here are some updates on my stitching of the past few months:

I have made some progress on the Reticella lace course that I am doing with Lee Albrecht.  I just love all the delicate patterns and the variety in the lacy designs.

Here is a little Christmas ornament that I stitched a few months ago.  I still need to do the finishing and might go with a flat finish, using the fabric pictured for the backing.

It is stitched in Madeira silks on 28 count self dyed fabric.  It was such a treat to work with silk for a change!  I also love the slightly more antique tones - especially the 'Old Gold' colour.

And now - a little bit of stash!  I came across these lovely ribbons at an outdoor craft market a few months ago.  They were sold by weight - what a great find!

Here is a better look - I have so many ideas of how to use them for finishing :)

Here is a picture of my 'baby'.  Lexi, our Bullmastiff puppy turned one year old in April!  I must say, I can see that she has grown a bit since then :)  She is so extremely spoiled and such a loving young lady (and sometimes very naughty!)

That's it for now - I will share some more stitching progress in my next post - I have been spending a lot of time on my Heaven and Earth Designs stitching, but at the moment I'm working on a few smalls.

Until next time - Happy Stitching!



twinpeakprimitives said...

Lexi looks so charming!Both Christmas ornaments are just beautiful!!!

Vickie said...

Oh my! Your Reticella Lace is wonderful. What a beautiful dog!

Cole said...

Your stitching looks lovely :) And Happy Birthday to Lexi!

Terri said...

I love your Reticello piece! It is stunning!!

Lexi is a gorgeous dog! Happy belated birthday to her!!

Anonymous said...

Lexi is lovely!
Your Reticello piece is beautiful, so delicate!

Those ribbons are great!

Erna said...

Wow Michelle, your Reticella is gorgeous, and I just love your Christmas ornamnent...Your little baby looks a wee bit dangerous but I think he's ever so friendly :)

Annie said...

Oooh.. your lace piece is so beautiful. Very demanding work there.

Love your fabric choice for the little ornament.

Fun ribbons.. great find. All sorts of possibilities for using them.

Lee Albrecht said...

Fico muito contente com os seus avanços no Reticello.
Um grande abraço

Siobhán said...

Great new stash! Lovely stitching on the ornament, and the lace--oh my gosh! What a masterpiece. Your pup is adorable! :)

Michelle said...

Beautiful stash - you must let me know where the outdoor craft market was for when I visit! x

Vinniey said...

Happy belated birthday to Lexi! She is such a lovely dog. Your Christmas ornament is gorgeous and beautifully stitched. Your lace piece is beautiful too.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Hi, returning the following.
I stitched the Noel design last Christmas, it's a sweet finish.
Love your ribbons.

Maggitle said...

Hello Michelle,

thank you very much for your sweet comment in my blog.

OMG, those lacy designs look so delicate and I admire you for doing it. It looks very difficult to do.

Your ornie is very lovely and stitching with silk is so much fun.

Have a nice Sunday,

Edit said...

I like your lace stitching very much, so beautiful!
also your finishes are so great and those ribbons look fantastic!!!

Carol said...

Oh, Michelle, I'm always so impressed with your beautiful lace work--it is just breathtaking!

The ornament will look perfect with that backing fabric. I've never stitched with silks, unfortunately...

Wow, Lexi must be a huge dog by now--I'm sure you love spoiling your baby :)

Enjoy your week!!

Dani - tkdchick said...

Your Lace piece is going to be amazing! Great ornament, I've stitched that one as well!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful stitching. Lexi is lovely.

Mii Stitch said...

Xmas items & ribbons are lovely!

Anonymous said...


just found your lovely blog.
Your lace stitching is beautiful and your ornament is lovely.
Great ribbons too and your doggy is gorgeous!