Monday, January 18, 2010

The Girls Are Framed

I didn't get much stitching done over the weekend as I finally sat down and framed both Betsy and Beatrix.

I tried a new method of doing it. Vonna has this really good tutorial on how to frame a sampler and I tried that. I bought some acid free board with foam in the middle a heap of pins and I was off. So much easier than the lacing method. It is not perfect, but I am quite happy with the out come that is the main thing.

I haven't hung them as yet as I have to get some stronger hooks before I put them on the wall. Especially Betsy. Don't want her crashing down on my head lol. Even worse if it happened to land on my DH's. The thought of that makes me shudder lol.

On the stitching front, here is my update on Hannah Lancaster. I really didn't get that much done but I am really enjoying stitching her along with my friend Tawny. I'm looking forward to seeing Tawny's progress, but really at the stage where we both are, there isn't much to show.
On the Grazing Sheep front is is definitely nothing to report. I haven't done anything on her since last week and she has even less than Hannah.
Well, until next time, I hope you all have a lovely long weekend to my friends in the States. If you aren't in the States I hope you all have a lovely week.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Beatrix is Now Finished

I have finally finished Beatrix. She was my problem child who I had a love/hate relationship. I love her, but I for some reason hated working on her. Maybe it was because she was stitched on 32ct linen over 1 or it was the continual use of just one thread. I don't know, but I am so glad that she is finished and that she can leave my work basket and be framed.

I started working on Scarlet Letters Grazing Sheep last night, but I haven't done very much. No enough to show anyway.

I am also doing something that I don't normally do. I am doing something with my friend who doesn't have a blog called a SHS which means - Stitching Hannah on Sundays. Both my Friend and I have wanted to stitch Hannah Lancaster for a long while, so we decided to dedicate Sundays stitching this amazing sampler and we both started last Sunday. This is my progress. It isn't much to show at the moment, but that is ok. I hope this Sunday is better weather wise than last Sunday. Last Sunday was one of those really hot sticky days. Not good for sewing.

I feel quite sad today. I live in one of the most beautiful places in Australia and also one of the most dangerous. For the past couple of days the Police Rescue and emergency people have been looking for 6 people who failed to come back after a few days canyoning in the Blue Mountains. Late yesterday afternoon, the Police Helicopter found them, but unfortunately one of 2 teenagers that were in the party had been killed from a rock fall. He was 15 years old. I have a 15 year old son as well and I feel so sad for his parents.

For the past 2 days after all the heat we have had we have misty, raining conditions. Yesterday there was a break in the weather and the helicopter was able to get the other 5 people out and take them to hospital. They have all been released this morning. But they couldn't get the body out. Police, Paramedics and Emergency Crews stayed and guarded the boy's body.

Today is another really misty day and I am listening to my DH's RFS scanner about all the problems they are having getting the body out. They have to carry it out as it is to treacherous for the helicopter. It is going to take them a long time to do this.

I find this all so very sad. I think the other teenager in the party was his brother.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

She is all Finished

She is finished. Yipee. I think she is so beautiful and I am looking forward to hanging her with Betsy Davis.

I finished most of her on New Years Eve while waiting for the Sydney Fire Works and only had a little bit more to do on New Years Day.

I decided to make a New Years Resolution to try and finish Beatrix Potter before I start something else. She is coming along nicely and I only have a few more motifs to go. She has been in my workbasket for quite a while and it will be good to have her finished. So I will have 2 samplers to frame.

Well it looks as if Grazing Sheep will be my project and I am looking forward to starting her. Hopefully Bea will be finished by the weekend all going well.
I hope that you all have a wonderful New Year this year.