Progress Report – Birds in the Bower

Hello Stitching Friends

I do hope you all enjoyed the Easter break as much as I did. I adore this time of year, after the long hot summer it’s such a relief to enjoy the abated heat and the cooler evenings. I’ve been making slow but steady progress on with the Birds. Lots of colourful plumage! A bit fiddly with the constant colour changes, but a really interesting piece.

Birds in the Bower, The Goode Huswife 1/4/13

Birds in the Bower, The Goode Huswife 1/4/13

Birds in the Bower - close up of the birds in full plumage

Birds in the Bower – close up of the birds in full plumage

 

Not far to go now. Just a few more birds to stitch, and the poem. Can’t say I’m looking forward to the over one on 32 count.

Happy Stitchng (:smile:)
Pokua

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Finished Fair Squares

A couple of weeks ago I finished the Fair Squares received from my partner Daniela M for the Valentine Round into a pincushion.

Finished Fair Square Valentine Round

Finished Fair Square Valentine Round

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Close up charms and chenille trim

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Heart scissor fob from Daniela M

Daniela so generously included an exquisite scissor fob she stitched

Thank you so much, Daniela. I really appreciate your exchange and gift.

Happy Stitching :smile:
Pokua

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Stitching in 2013

It’s Autumn in Australia and I’m so looking forward to the cooler weather it promises. Statisticians have confirmed that it’s been the hottest summer on record. It’s a long weekend in Perth (Bank Holiday) and March already (how did that happen?!) so it’s time to update this blog and journal my stitching plans and progress for 2013.  The grand plan is to select four to six design at a time and stitch them on a rotation system of two weeks max per design. Hopefully, this plan will help me maintain focus, which was an issue in 2012.  Simple enough? Let’s see how I go.

Here’s progress on the first four designs I’ve chosen to work on:

Project 1: Birds in the Bower, The Goode Huswife

Project 2: Three Things, Moira Blackburn

Project 3: Butterfly Garden, Drawn Thread

Project 4: Sampler 1663, Permin of Copenhagen

Project 5: A Red Cottage, Plum Street Samplers

A Red Cottage, Plum Street Samplers

A Red Cottage, Plum Street Samplers

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Travels Abroad

Hello Stitching Friends!

It’s been a while. Already mid-February and I’m only just getting into the swing of 2013. Doesn’t sound like a good start, does it? But I’m not letting that worry me one bit.  For most of 2012, I felt like my life was a race to catch up.  So I decided that 2013 is the year of ‘at my own pace’.  Anyway, the year ended well, with a fantastic overseas trip with my whole family. We went to Accra, Ghana (where I was born) to visit family and attend a wedding. Apparently the New York Times has rated Accra one of the top places to visit in 2013.  We also did a stopover in Dubai, UAR. Here are some photos from the trip – Warning, image heavy post!

Stopover in Dubai

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Dinner Cruise in this Dhow on the Dubai Creek

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Yours truly sampling the smorgasbord

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Oh, the choices!

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At the Dubai Museum

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Lining up to get to The Top – Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world

and on to Ghana

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My family home where I grew up in Accra

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At the Movenpick Hotel, Accra

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DS – Coconut Grove Beach Resort

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Doing the Tree Top Walk at Kakum National Park

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We had to negotiate six of these – quite daunting!

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On the way to the Owurobong waterfall, Kwahu

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Cooling off in the water at the falls

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a few of the fabric purchases

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Auntie Tina’s Fabric kiosk

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Such beautiful Ghanaian fabrics!

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An evening at the +233 Jazz Club

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DD’s BF at Elmina Castle, which used to be a slave fort

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DD – Coconut Grove Beach Resort

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Coconut Grove Beach

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View from our villa at Coconut Grove Beach Resort

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All done up for the wedding – L to R: DS, DD, My Mum and Myself

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Countdown to Christmas

It’s two weeks to Christmas – need I remind anyone?

The whole family (myself, DH, DS, DD and her BF) is going to Ghana to visit the rellies for Christmas. We leave on the 21st of December, chill out two days in Dubai and get to Accra on he 24th. We’ll be there two weeks and hope to be able to slip in a bit of tourism in between spending time with relatives. I’m really looking forward to the trip, as it’s been four years since my  last visit.

I haven’t done a lot of Christmas stitching this year, but I do have a few to share with you and to help you get into the Christmas spirit.

Merry Primitive Christmas - The Primitive Hare (freebie)

Merry Primitive Christmas – The Primitive Hare (freebie)

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Close up of Primitve Christmas

Merry Christmas - Log Cabin Needleworks (freebie)

Merry Christmas – Log Cabin Needleworks (freebie)
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Be Merry, Be Jolly – Lizzie Kate
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Freebie – can’t remember which blogger gave this one

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Fair & Square Exchange stitching from Susan Piluc 2010

Jenny Bean's Christmas  Ornament 2009 - Shakespeare's Peddler

Jenny Bean’s Christmas Ornament 2009 – Shakespeare’s Peddler

Hope all your Christmas preparations are going well, especially those last minute stitching projects!

Happy Stitching :wink:
Pokua

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Another happy Dance!

This is a wee one that I thoroughly enjoyed stitching. It’s a Carriage House Samplings design – Mr & Mrs Abbott & Daughters.

I made a few changes  – a blue/grey fabric and a couple of changes to the thread shades for the sky to match the background fabric.

Mrs Abbott & Daughters – CHS

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Close up 2

Design: Mr & Mrs Abbott & Daughters
Fabric; 32 count Belfast (Smokey Pearl, I think)
Threads: DMC – changed as follows: 927 – 800; 928 – 775; 3820 – 832

A bit of trivia with this design: our current Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott has three daughters!

Watch out for the other half of this design, showing Mr Abbott and another daughter :smile:

Happy Stitching :wink:
Pokua

 

 

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A Finish! Happy Dancing!

Hi Stitching Friends :smile:

2012 has been a very patchy year in terms of my stitching plans, so I am really really pleased to present a major stitching finish, Pear Orchard Farm by Carriage House Samplings. I thoroughly enjoyed stitching this design, though it happened in bits and pieces.

Pear Orchard Farm, Carriage House Samplings

Pear Orchard Farm, top left

Pear Orchard Farm, bottom left

Pear Orchard Farm, middle section

Pear Orchard Farm, top right

Pear Orchard Farm, bottom right

Design: Pear Orchard Farm
Designer: Carriage House Samplings
Fabric: 32 count cream Belfast linen
Threads: DMC threads as charted
Finishing: steeped and dyed in Australian organic black tea

Whew! For a while there, thought I’d lost my ability to pull off a finish. I’m one Happy Stitcher right now :smile:

Happy Stitching :wink:
Pokua

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2012 Stitching Plans

1. WIPs - finish 4:
- DT Sampler Game Board
- Workbasket's Trellis (done)
- DT Morning Glory
- LK ABC Lessons

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Plymouth Sampler - TSC (started)
Wonderful Village 1 - MaggiCo (done)
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Pear Orchard Farm - CHS (done)
Mermaid's Song - CHS
Dutch Strawberries - TGH
Birds in the Bower - TGH
Persian Proverb - MB
Peaceful Garden - MB
Sampler 1663 - PoC

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