Thursday, 21 January 2010

Taken the Plunge

Well, finally I have taken the plunge, so to speak, and started a blog. Over the last few years I have taken a lot of stitching inspiration from many of the beautiful blogs out there. There are so many talented stitchers out there who are kind enough to share their stitching and creativity with everyone. At the moment I keep a written journal of my work, but thought that a blog might be a fun way to keep a better photographic record of everything as well.

Anyway - a little about me - I am 33 years old, married with 2 lovely daughters. We have a sheep and beef farm in Southland, New Zealand, where we run about 2900 ewes, and 70 cattle. This keeps us pretty busy, and I also work part time in an administration position in our nearest small town.

I have enjoyed stitching since I was around eight years old, when an aunt gave me a cross stitch kit of a little Amish girl as a gift, and I have been hooked ever since. Another aunt is a wonderful patchworker, and so I have also developed a bit of a passion for quilting as well! One of my favourite designers is Leanne Beasley of Leanne's House. I just love her combination of quilting with stitchery. I have completed about half of her Leanne's House Block of the Month Quilt, and am collecting fabrics for Butterfly Garden, which I absolutely can't wait to get started on.

Through the internet I have discovered so many wonderful Cross Stitch designers, among my favourites are Little House Needleworks, Country Cottage Needleworks, and Lizzie Kate. Shepherds Bush patterns were some of my early favourites, and I have managed to gather a lot of these over the last fifteen years or so(though I think I have more than I could actually stitch in about three lifetimes!) In my spare time I love to be with my family, reading, gardening, am also a keen sports fan, but don't play as much as I used to.

I've got a long way to go to becoming a good photographer, but hopefully i will pick up a few tips along the way from others. Here is a photo of a little Country Cottage Needleworks ornament I started this week - Winters Eve, from 2006 JCS Christmas Ornament Issue. I hope to have the stitching finished soon, and maybe have it "finished" for the tree by next Christmas??
Will be back again soon.

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