Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Needlework days

Needlework Days I used to be an avid cross-stitcher. I started cross-stitching back in the middle ages (also known as the early eighties), that doesn't make me early eighties by the way, it makes me late thirties (don't let the cross-stitch part fool you).

I grew up in a country where needlework was encouraged at school (run by catholic nuns) and a nation where in fact it became fashionable when I was a teen and highly recommended by psychologists as a relaxation technique. The latter is what affected me the most about cross-stitching: the escapism it imbues.

The other day I had the chance to go through my needlework "column" (two boxes, two sewing boxes and a couple of other items all piled up high away from toddler in the Tapas' master bedroom) and I was surprised by the amount of finished and not even started projects I have. I don't get as much time for it nowadays. The finished projects haven't been framed, turned into cushions or anything of the sort, they're waiting for their fate.

This got me thinking, how about we share those needlework projects we love and make us proud? Finished, semi-finished, not at all started or even just found online or in-store just a couple of hours ago. A quick post with a photo, details of the piece such as designer, company, type of threads used, where to buy (if you have them) to inspire other needlework fans. Perhaps you designed it yourself? Show it off here.

I'd like to start today by sharing this one, finished but not turned into anything exciting yet. I love the quirkiness of it. It's a Jennifer Pudney tapestry kit, I even love the name An overdose of Devonshire tea. It's quite small 100x150 mm (6x4 inches) so I have no idea what to do with it now. Tips are welcome!

An overdose of Devonshire tea by Jennifer Pudney

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