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Wednesday, 6 September 2006


Now back to stitching...This is what I stitched whilst on my holiday...it is a Shepherds Bush design called 'Sophies Roses'. I have yet to add the handmade clay buttons to the bouquet but I will leave that until I am getting it framed. This along with 'Peters Patch' are two designs I have had for a few years now but had never got round to stitching them...it is supposed to be this one for my daughter and the other for my son.

As usual with a Shepherds bush design it was lovely to stitch, maybe because they are my favourite designer, who knows, it was a pleasure anyway! My only gripe whilst stitching was...I had taken a new frame on holiday...a type I had not used before (big mistake) and it would not hold the tension at all and was slipping all the time and driving me bonkers!!

This was stitched on 32ct antique ivory with Soie D'Alger and Mori silks and has a lovely delicate look to it. I just stitched on a night and it took me ten nights to do which I thought was pretty fast for me. I'm thinking of ordering the Jill Rensel handpainted mounts/mats and maybe the frames as well for these designs (when I have done Peters Patch).

I had mentioned in my last posting that I also did some knitting...I saw this wool in a really tiny shop that was packed full of all sorts of nice things. It is a Rowan wool and is called 'Tapestry' and I love it as it reminds me so much of overdyed threads. They had various colours in this range but these muted shades of blues, greens, terracottas etc were my favourite. Now my knitting skills are by no mean as advanced as my stitching ones so I bought myself a pair of big 8mm wooden needles and decided I would knit a scarf in garter stitch (all knit) to keep it very simple. This wool goes really far I had 15 stitches as I didn't want it too wide and bulky and it is 43" (110cm) long and I have what you can see of the ball of wool left and I would say my tension for knitting is on the tighter side, so I was quite impressed by that. Needless to say a little person in my family wanted the scarf so badly it was making him ache...so what could I do but give up ownership...it has been worn with shorts and t-shirt as a certain person has decided he loves it!


Anonymous christel said...

another beautiful thing, i love it so much!!! these colors are wonderful!!!! thanks for coming on my blog. kisses

7:17 am  
Anonymous Sandra said...

Love Sophie's Roses Helen, what happened to Rose Wreath chatelaine that were going to stitch on holiday? Also think your scarf is fantastic, might have to give that a try.

7:26 am  
Blogger Barbara said...

Lena Lu, I just love this SB you've made for your daughter! She'll treasure it! And your scarf is so lovely I can well understand why the recipient has been sporting it with shorts & Tshirts! :)

8:31 am  
Blogger Isabelle said...

Wow, this is so beautiful!! What a great present for your daughter. Sylvie stitched Peter's Patch a while ago and is planning to stitch Sophie's Roses next... Your lovely finish is bound to inspire her!
That scarf is very pretty too!

10:04 am  
Blogger Annemarie said...

Don't you just love Shepherd's Bush? Your stitching looks lovely! I also really love that Rowan wool you're using for the scarf. Wow. Is it from the new collection? Because if so, I'm afraid I'm going to have to make a trip to the city centre today, and get some!

10:46 am  
Blogger Lili said...

This sheperd Bush is such a lovely achievement!
The scarf story made me smile: kids are our biggest rewarders...
Take care!

1:30 pm  
Blogger Susimac said...

Beautiful finish Helen, think I might have to do that one. Love the colours in the scarf, they are just my colours, might have to persuade my sweet nephew to 'lend' it to Aunty Su LOL!!! - Not much chance of that ay!

4:59 pm  
Blogger Karoline said...

Sophie's Roses and the scarf are both gorgeous. I hope you've all recovered from your morning

5:09 pm  
Blogger Leah said...

Sophie Rose's looks fabulous!!

6:08 pm  
Blogger Stitch Wizard said...

Sophie Rose is just beautiful!! It is so amazing to me that you find time to stitch while on holiday! That is wonderful and you have done a really supurb job on it as well!! I have taken a small time out on my needlecase and have been trying to do a bit more on my Watermelon from LHN. I will post when I get a little more done! Your Shepherd's Bush Sophie Rose is so nice!!! Debby

2:09 am  
Blogger Cathy said...

Your Shepherd's Bush finish is absolutely beautiful! The colors are so soft - what a nice gift for your daughter!

3:32 am  
Blogger Carol said...

Just stunning Helen! How did you get such a wonderful photo of it? Mine would have come out washed out...

4:43 am  
Blogger catandturtle said...

What a lovely finish. It is so delicate and pretty and you stitched it so well. I love SB too, they have the sweetest designs. Their stockings are some of my favorites and I have been toying with doing one for my Mom this year. Ann.

7:09 pm  
Blogger Meari said...

Beautiful SB project you completed! Thanks for sharing. :-)

10:19 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You did some lovely work there! Michelle

11:59 pm  
Blogger Von said...

More of the sweetest projects ever! You do take lovely photos of your work, Helen. :D

1:57 am  
Blogger KarenV said...

Lovely finishes Helen! Looks like you'll have to be making yourself another scarf ;)

Thanks for asking about the needleroll stand - I actually have a spare one that I discovered after I'd posted the list that I'm happy to sell. Please could you email me (my address is in my blog profile) and we'll sort out the details.

7:45 am  
Blogger Jules said...

Sophie's Roses is absolutely adorable. What a nice way to spend your holiday. Take care.

1:59 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Shepherd's Bush finish. Congrats!! It's lovely.

9:00 pm  
Blogger Sharon said...

congrats on the SB finish! It's lovely!

6:05 am  
Anonymous Myra Walsh said...

Hi,you don`t know me "from adam"[as my mom says],but i was wondering if you could do me a favor...I was reading the blog home sweet stitching and she is doing celtic autumn with a color conversion...i would like to know where she got the conversion, as i like it much better than the original colors...if you could ask her to maybe post it on her blog,i would be so grateful..she doesn`t allow anon. comments,i don`t have a blogger acct,and for some reason i can`t get her e mail link to work...I read your blog faithfully..[along with lots of others]and blogging looks like a lot of fun..after i get a dig.camera i`m going to start my own blog..anyway,sorry to take up so much space,thanks in advance..mj

2:43 am  
Blogger lena-lou said...

Hi Myra,
I have let the lady from Home Sweet Stitching know of your request. It will be nice to see you blogging soon!!

10:46 am  
Blogger lena-lou said...

Hi again Myra,

Could you leave a comment with your email addy please as we can't get in touch with you.

11:44 pm  

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