Friday, 14 June 2013

some swan lake stitching

This week I got  stuck into stitching my swan lake hexies onto their border.
This is the part I have been busting to do.
I managed to get half stitched on and the other half are all pinned to go.
It will be even more exciting when I can sew the dolly border onto this one.
Can you tell we are hard up for excitement here?


 A lovely parcel arrived this week too with a surprise gift from the wonderful Fiona 
It contained a gorgeous pincushion that has been on my 'to do' list for ages and a thread holder and needlebook. The thread holder has come in very handy when removing the basting threads from my hexies.

 Ironically I had offered to do the hexies for Fiona when she mentioned that she was doing some small hexies and wasn't looking forward to it, not knowing that they were for my pincushion. I think I am converting her slowly though...
 check out these gorgeous tiny bird buttons on the cushion and thread catcher...

I love them to bits, thanks Fiona.

There has also been a little bit of cross stitch progress...
Sorry for the wrinkly photo.

And seeing as it is winter here and the weather has been so cold and miserable I thought I would bring out this mini to try to hang. Now when I first bought my mini hanger I didn't have any minis to hang on it, I only had this one and when I put it on my husband remarked how ugly it was. this is the first felted wool applique I tried to do from a pattern won in a giveaway so I did have some affection for it. Well feelings hurt it went back into the cupboard. It has found a little place to hang and I can enjoy it without criticism.
I think I will hang other minis from here too in the future.
I like it regardless of what the critic said, what does he know about crafting anyway?

Craft group tomorrow so there should be some more crafting time coming up, just what to take?
Have a great weekend

Marina



23 comments:

Susan said...

I think your border progress is very exciting. I love watching it all come together. Isn't Fiona a sweetie. That pincushion is one of my all time favourite projects....and her little bird buttons are perfect for it.

shez said...

lovely post Marina ,love all your projects and i think your mini looks great hanging fro there and wow love the parcel that Fiona sent you,enjoy your day my friend.xx

Bev C said...

Hello Marina,

Such a lovely parcel from Fiona. Love the progress on the cross stitch. You Winter hanging looks great there. I bet your husband does something silly like cut up pieces of wood to make something!!! Seriously, I think you need to give him a small project to see how he goes. At least this way you get another project finished (maybe!!!)
Enjoy stitching on the rest of the border.
Have a good weekend.
Bev.

Briar Rose said...

Marina your swan Lake is looking fabulous, and those little bird buttons are just gorgeous.
I didn't catch up with Blogs over the long weekend, so missed your post, your flowers are beautiful.
Many Happy Returns.
Hugs R.

Anthea said...

Great progress Marina, not 'hard up' at all, LOL!
I am not at all surprised with Fiona's generosity in sending you that darling parcel of goodies - great idea with the M on the pincushion.
Perhaps hubby was surprised with the mini, maybe he is not used to that look as your style may have evolved since making it? not ugly to me... x

Mistea said...

How lucky are you to receive that cute little set in the mail. The birds are very sweet and that pincushion is gorgeous.
Your SL border is looking lovely and I like the pretty red cross stitch you are working on.
Enjoy crafting with friends tomorrow.

Grit said...

Wonderful work.
Greetings Grit

Karen said...

That border is looking wonderful. I am more than happy with that sort of excitement.
Lovely gifts from Fiona, too.
And your Winter mini is perfect!

Shirley said...

Ignore the armchair critic. The mini looks great. Great show and tell and I love your pincushion. Fiona did a great job. Swan Lake is going to be so beautiful.

kiwikid said...

The border looks really great Marina - and I love your mini quilt - what would a husband know anyway?? Love the gifts too
XX

Sheila said...

Great progress Marina and I love the gifts from Fiona , that pincushion is amazing . Lovely cross stitch , hope you enjoy your day crafting.

Melody said...

Everything you have sewn is delightful and I think your snowman mini is delightful. Fiona is such a wonderful person.

katherine said...

Lovely projects and what a beautiful gift from FIona too.

Fiona said...

our border is taking shape so nicely... thats a LOT of stitching to get to there....
glad you like the giftie..
... and tiny stitches for the cross stitch too!!!
How our hubz know how to stab us deep too! haha ..... it's a cute hanging...
Hugz

elliek said...

Love the progress on Swan Lake and your present from Fiona is lovely. With regards hubby's comment... what does he know? Your mini is fine.

Elyte said...

Congratulations on making such good progress on the Swan Lake quilt. It is going to be beautiful.
What a fabulous surprise from Fiona, such a pretty pin cushion and those birds are very cute.
I would ignore your resident critic, I don't think that he has any idea at all about your lovely work.

Lib said...

What a lot of work in your border. Can't wait to see the finished product.

Anita said...

Lovely work on your Swan Lake. Lovely little pincushions too.
Cheers, Anita.

Maria said...

Enjoy watching the progress of your border.
How nice is Fiona.. Lucky girl and the birdies are so cute...

Love your felt mini and don't listen to your DH. As you say "what does you know about crafting".

Narelle said...

Sweet mail from one lovely lady to another :o)
Keep up the progress, I love watching projects grow.
Cute snowman too!

Cheryl said...

Your hexie border is gorgeous Marina. What a fabulous gift from Fiona

Charlie and Wendy said...

Your quilt is looking amazing Marina, and your gift from Fiona is lovely. Love your cross stitch and snowman too.

Lin said...

What a lovely gift from Fiona - the pincushion is gorgeous