Friday, November 15, 2013

My new title...

You may address me as Nanna... Yesterday Brigitta Josephine Worthington was born. All well.. New nanna  still shaking... And may Grace be ever present in the World to witness a new born's first cry...

Until later, may blessings be counted

Sharon x

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Books and Bittersweet

Apart from stitching my other obsession is books if you haven't already guessed or don't know me well... From time to time I will drop in the latest book that has taken my eye. 

Working in a bookstore as I do it isn't hard to go into overwhelm with the number of titles that grace the shelves. In the last month we have been starting to receive some great titles - all in time for Christmas selling no doubt... 

Sometimes there isn't much that sparks my imagination but the last few weeks I have almost become comatose with choice - so much to read - so little time... I just loved the jacket on this one and couldn't help but peak inside...


The new book - 'Bittersweet' - written by Colleen McCullough has made its debut for October... It has been suggested that with this book Colleen has returned to the style which made her novel 'The Thorn Birds' so very popular. I must admit I am enjoying every word of 'Bittersweet' and I have fallen in love with each of its four main characters - Edda and Grace, Tufts and Kitty. Even conniving Maude holds her own fascination. I can already see that this will be my reading distraction and I can imagine I will be diving into it every chance I get... To sum it up in one word - delicious!!!!!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Changing Weather Brings Out..

...this 'visitor' which suggests of the promise of things to come... Our cat Matilda alerted us to 'her new toy' which was on the mat just inside the front door... I am unnaturally afraid of them - however I don't like killing them either... E who has had a couple of experiences of her own with them is much braver than me and she catches them and releases them outside - in her words "so they can grow TWICE the size before coming back inside".  I stood a respectful distance and offered helpful suggestions - most of which were ignored... Matilda was rightly indignant as she was shut up out of harm's way so E could do her spider-catching duty without her 'help'. All went well with the capture and before IT could flex any of it hairy legs it was out in the garden...

We seem to have more than our fair share of these mini beasts - the down side to the warm weather as it settles in...

Until later..

Sharon - who is now watchful for more  spidery surprises.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Granitos stitch

Of all the things I  should could be stitching I'm playing with this. This is my practice piece for the Granitos stitch. I used a part of the Browyn Hayes pattern as a guide and I am happy with this first attempt - some of my petals aren't as uniform and the threads aren't lying as neatly as they should but that would come with practice I imagine... I really enjoyed doing this stitch as the petals come to life as you stitch... I used a very pale variegated thread for the one flower and loose petals - as the stitch took position the pink in the variegation suggested relationship to the deeper pink flowers but also offered balance. I am not sure with the two unattached petals  - I might add another couple... The yellow centre is colonial knots but because I didn't use a hoop they are a little loose... I thought I might use this piece as a patch in one of my unfinished crazy blocks - I with then finish the centre of the flowers and stitch the bee on as he is  at the moment  flying free...

Until later

Sharon x


Sunday, September 1, 2013

Later ~ in the afternoon...

Well, I did look at some of my stash and then I had a try at the new - Granitos stitch over at Red Brolly ... It is a simple stitch but like all things that look simple it will need me to practice a little bit more before it looks like it is meant to... But I could see once you had a handle on it it would make a nice alternative to lazy daisy... If you want any more information on 'how to' I found this 'live' granitos stitch tutorial by Mary Corbet helpful or go across to Browyn Hayes at Red Brolly
http://www.red-brolly.com/red-brolly/2012/10/tutorial-ready-set-sew-how-to-embroider-granitos-stitch.html     for a step by step picture guide.

Image courtesy  of  Mary Corbet's  Needle 'n Thread
Then...

Over the last few months some blogs which I have visited have had a design - part stitchery, part quilt going called Betsy's Closet. The designer - Brenda Riddle based it on her childhood memories of paper dolls and their clothes I fell in loved with it but couldn't really justify buying another pattern - I don't know why - I haven't ever needed a 'good' reason before... But I digress..


This afternoon I discovered that you could pay for it as a download - somehow that seemed a better deal than sending overseas... Within minutes it was mine - I printed it off and quicker than a magician's trick it is ready and waiting for me to start... The download is professional and well set out with clear easy to follow instructions. Oh the wonders of modern technology!!!

I believe I have enough fabric for the sashing but will need the fabric for the stitched panels. It does use Cosmos threads and I do have some but of course NOT the right some... Not sure what I will do whether I will lash out and buy some Cosmos threads or just make do...  But I am very much looking forward to starting this one...

A friend of M's is having a baby soon and I am toying with the idea of using one of the panels as a miniature wall hanging... But I will need to decide quickly as bubs is due in a couple of weeks and I am not known to be the quickest stitcher...

So you can see I have been 'very busy' in a non productive way... :)

Sharon x

Snoozing...

... on a warm Spring day...

Her bed is behind my computer on the desk - this way she can keep watch on us or out the window on any passing birds which may land momentarily on the tree just outside...


The paw reaches out over her bed - notice the claw catching the light and any other poor unsuspecting thing which may be passing... But we love her all the same...

Take care this week... Off to look at my stash and wonder how it ever got so big...

Sharon x

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Wondoflex

Just one small section of temptation....
Yesterday M and I went to Wondoflex Yarn and Craft in Malvern.As you know I am not a yarn person but I can appreciate what knitters and crocheters  must feel as they walk through the door - this place would be the equivalent of their heaven.  Your spirits lift immediately surrounded by that delicious and vibrant rainbow of colours, hues and textures - and of course all those potential possibilities :)
M's proposed throw is the one on the far right of picture - crocheted in the aquas, browns and green. It will be wonderful and I can already see it thrown casually over their couch... That fire is warm and the chair inviting - it would be so tempting just to curl up and doze... Photo courtesy of Wondoflex
M and I are largely attracted to different colour palettes so it makes for some interesting discussions when we get together. She wanted to buy some wool for a throw she had seen there previously. I do admire her patience and skills with the crochet hook - I'm a 'one square wonder' with mine...

Did I buy something? Course I did... One lone ball of wool and one button...

Until later...

Take care on this cool, grey Sunday afternoon...

Sharon x