Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 9, 2017

A year’s sketches.. with Alice original

This set of girls was from a sketch by Arthur Rackham.
My first try at this is on the left side and I was not happy with it, so the next day I tried again with the 2nd left – a bit better;  and again the third day for the next sketch.   My DH thought it was the same girl, progressively ageing.

Still not pleased I tried the fourth 2 days later and to my surprise I not only felt better about the picture but I used my memory only with no Alice anywhere nearby.  The legs are a bit thin and the sleeve long but that’s fine with me.  No. 4 was drawn on an old envelope that had part of my shopping list written down…hence the biro on her face.  I used a black Micron No.1 pen over the pencil sketches.


I should have added this original version earlier..

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 7, 2017

A sketch a day

I’m gathering drawings I had done months ago when the computer and camera ignored each other.  This was from June and done with watercolour pencils.







A blackbird for want of a more correct name.  It kindly sat still so I could get the outlines done.  I used a black pencil and also texta.







Tones were something I practised- I still am- to get shading.  The background paper was pink.  I used a 2B pencil.







Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 7, 2017

1 Year of stitches

Only the underside of the reindeer finished.  The sun went away and it was not so easy to make neat stitches.  I finished it this morning.  There are so many small and interesting parts that I doubt it will take long to complete.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 5, 2017

1 Year’s Stitches

I have had a pattern and materials to embroider this reindeer, which I had hoped to have completed by Christmas 2016.  Very little was stitched through this year but I began this 4 days ago and have managed a leg a day.

Though it does take time to complete the sections because of the fineness of the work, it is really enjoyable and is moving faster than first expected.

Legs 2 and 1 as depicted here.   Leg 1 looks to be a different shade of white but it must be because it’s the only part Split Back-stitched.

The work is done with single strands of DMC thread.

Leg 3                                                    and leg 4

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | October 5, 2017

Sunday Stitch School

Bosnian stitch…..Top patterning is worked from right to left in perle 8 thread.  The link to the method can be found at Queenie’s Needlework blog here
On the second pattern I stitched the angle upward on the return row.

The pink version I found online and it is worked from left to right.  I had to carry the thread across the back on the last stitch so I could continue the return trip with an angled thread.

and now the reverse side of the work.  When the pink example is viewed you can see both sides are the same.

Please ignore the green thread stretched across.  I knew I had just about enough to do the short work…and I did just make the distance :-))

Sorry, not a good photo.



Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | September 30, 2017

A Year’s sketches

Tonal work with a bottle using a 2B black pencil.

I saw a friends photo of a real butterfly and drew it.  Must have been flitting about a lot as the edges of the wings were tatty.   Watercolour pencils used.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | September 30, 2017

Sunday Stitch School

On the top line is Roumanian stitch with two versions.  The thread crosses the upright bar closer to the centre for the yellow version.  The lilac coloured one is stitched close to the top and bottom, giving it a different look.

The lower stitch is Hungarian and often used for tapestry and canvas work.

It can also be worked on the diagonal.

I have several books with this stitch and one – long name-Harmony Guide to Decorative Needlecraft, says if the work is on the diagonal it is called Mosaic stitch.

In another booklet- 100 Embroidery stitches- I found ‘Mosaic Filling’ and just for interest I did a sample.  It’s formed with the outside bars, then a central Four-sided  stitch and finally a Cross stitch.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | September 24, 2017

A year’s sketches

The cyclamen was from my potted plant; poor thing was not far from expiring, hence the different coloured damaged petal.

the Kingfisher..hmm..forgotten what weekly magazine that came from.

The original dog was by Megan Roberts in the Australian Artist magazine.   It’s name should be Bonnie, which I misread.

I used Caran D’Ache watercolour pencils for all.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | September 24, 2017


The Applemint is complete.  The only part to give me grief was the wired leaves. It has been many years since I did this and found it very fiddly at the beginning of the leaf tips.

I muddled the centre of the right leaf, whipped that part and now it’s ugly..  sometime I will replace it.
The rest of the project was a breeze.  DMC threads were used.  plain greens and variegated.

The 3 long flowers were embroidered on spare cloth, cut around a very fine border, tucked under and stitched down.




This is the pattern for the flower heads.  As it’s an inch high and that’s the largest one, you can imagine how narrow the seam is….   I tripled it.

My next embroidery will be the Olive..nothing hard there.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | September 14, 2017

Chives – finished

I finally finished the Chives. I put it aside in September ’16 as I was between cataract ops and found it difficult to see properly.  All good now.

The  chives were part of a set in Sachiko Morimoto’s stumpwork book.  The work is done with DMC threads and the stitches used were Straight, Detached Chain, Open base Woven Picot,Stem, French Knots and Corded Detached Buttonhole stitch.

I will be working on the rest of the flowers soon.

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