Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 4, 2017

A sketch a day- or more

You are old, Father William,” the young man said,
“And your hair has become very white;
And yet you incessantly stand on your head—
Do you think, at your age, it is right?”

“In my youth,” Father William replied to his son,
“I feared it might injure the brain;
But now that I’m perfectly sure I have none,
Why, I do it again and again.”……….








“You are old,” said the youth, “As I mentioned before,
And have grown most uncommonly fat;
Yet you turned a back-somersault in at the door—
Pray, what is the reason of that?”

“In my youth,” said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
“I kept all my limbs very supple
By the use of this ointment—one shilling a box—
Allow me to sell you a couple?”.









“You are old,” said the youth, “And your jaws are too weak
For anything tougher than suet;
Yet you finished the goose, with the bones and the beak—
Pray, how did you manage to do it?”

“In my youth,” said his father, “I took to the law,
And argued each case with my wife;
And the muscular strength which it gave to my jaw,
Has lasted the rest of my life.”…









“You are old,” said the youth, “one would hardly suppose
That your eye was as steady as ever;
Yet you balanced an eel on the end of your nose—
What made you so awfully clever?”

“I have answered three questions, and that is enough,”
Said his father; “don’t give yourself airs!
Do you think I can listen all day to such stuff?
Be off, or I’ll kick you down stairs!”.


The poem is by Lewis Carroll and included in Alice in wonderland, where she recites it to the Caterpillar.

I found after I managed to sketch the rabbit, I could stop being wimpy and tackle this lot.  I recommend daily sketching to anyone who thinks they can’t draw.  I’m proving it does work and know I still have miles to go, especially with faces, hands and feet.
…and the bonus?  my sleeping pattern has improved 100% since I began.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 3, 2017

A sketch a day- 2

I hope this is clear enough to see.  It was more difficult to make clear than to actually sketch it.    One of the drawings that was mislaid some weeks ago.  Meant to look like a vase or profiles.






One of my daughters gave this as a gift to her sister and before she received it I drew the tiny daffodils.  I’ll be adding water-paints to it soon.

Tomorrow I will post 4 as they need to be in sequence and I’m happy to say they are better than these two.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 3, 2017

Sunday Stitch School – Whipped Running stitch

Today I had fun quickly stitching this sample.  I was eager to reach the Sunday Stitch School to hand in my work.

Only three more alphabet letters to go.  X,Y and Z.  The tutorial for this stitch is here

Here I used  Edmar thick threads for the top line and also the base for the second row, which was whipped with a fine cotton.

Top row was stitched over 4, then 3 holes.  The lower row every 2 holes.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | June 1, 2017

A sketch a day

I  discovered one of the missing sketches.

Egrets.  I used masking fluid on the narrow sections of the birds – Bills, legs, long feathers and the snow dots.  Then I painted around the negative parts with black and grey watercolour paints.

The snow was easy to rub off but the legs were more difficult, seeing that they are so narrow.







This week I coloured a sketch of Pooh Bear and friends, playing “Pooh sticks”, which is a game where everyone tosses a stick into the river, then runs to the other side to see who’s stick is first to arrive.

Playing Pooh sticks

The books about Pooh were written by A.A. Milne and illustrated by Ernest H. Shepherd and were a great joy to my children.

The characters here are Eyeore, hiding his head, Christopher Robin, Tigger, Kanga, Winnie the Pooh, Piglet and Rabbit.

the drawing is 12″ x 10″ and I used Caran d’ Ache watercolour pencils.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 28, 2017

A sketch a day

I have to confess that  life has been a bit messy lately.
We’ve been away from home several days at a time
and I have mislaid a couple of my sketch books.  I think the gremlins have stolen them.

I’m unsure if I will continue numbering the days or just post as I finish them…  I have several that have taken more than a day or two to complete but everything has been a joy to me to realize I Can draw at last.

Here is Alice, originally drawn by Peter Newell in 1901.  Alice obviously ate or drank something to make her tall.

and here is something that I still find hard to believe that I did.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 28, 2017

Sunday Stitch School – Vault stitch

I thought using Aida for this stitch would be quick and easy but care had to be taken to make sure the right holes were used.  Wrong holes meant lots of undoing. :-((

I see that I managed to mis-hit some holes and the alignment of central stitches is not-quite-right .  Thankfully there are no Stitch Police at this school.

The original lesson can be found queeniepatch.blogspot  here

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 28, 2017

Sunday Stitch School -catch up, M to U

Problems with camera and computer had halted my posting examples for the teacher.  I had been obedient and did my homework though.

Here are my catch-ups  for the classes.

Mount Mellick stitch top row ..a bit blurry alas
and Norwich Stitch below.  I liked this stitch.


Open Chain top row and  Puncetto stitch below. I need more practise on the Puncetto.
This cute stitch is just a ‘Q’ shape.  it is a loosely laid Chain with the tail set to one side.   Looks good, is easy to do and has a lot of potential.

Rococo follows in lime green

Whipped Satin stitch.   A bit tricky to keep even.

Tete de Boeuf which has several is Bull’s head and each name seems to be a little different.

and lastly, Upright Cross.  I can’t recall using this stitch in an upright position..generally is is on an angle.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 25, 2017

A year of stitches

I’m now on my 4th hoop of stitches and a bonus for me is that I am using a UFO from years ago.  I must have had my DDs help to paint cloth and stitched a door and that’s as far as I got with the project.

So far I’ve made some flowers for the garden.

Daisies… Detached Chain stitches








Roses and a shrub.  not sure if flowers will be added or not.  Hand dyed variegated threads.
Colonial knots and Fly stitch







Iris and Woven Wheel flowers made with Edmar boucle and silk ribbon.  The Running stitched pavers were made with DMC.





Top left wall.  The yellow flowers were stitched when the door was worked on but I’ve forgotten what I was intending to do with them.  something will come to mind. The other French Knots will be wisteria.



Hydrangea in Colonial knots and leaves DMC Buttonhole

The gate.  I added the handle, loose French Knots on the border, Japanese stitch silk ribbon for tulips and the larger flowers are loosely made Oyster stitches.





and finally I used some mohair wool lace for the crown of the tree.  I had 3 yards of this fabric given to me over 40 years ago and it was passed back and forth between the family as no one knew what to do with it.  Finally it was used in modern craftwork and CQ.  Only scraps left now.

The stitch for the tree is Couching.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 25, 2017

A Sketch a day – Days 102-104

Day 102. I found a picture and used only the peacock.  I used the micron .03 pen.  It’s quite relaxing to draw the lines of a project.






Day 103.  Just couldn’t refuse to have a go at this scene from Alice in Wonderland.  I added some white acrylic gouache to the roses.  Fun to do.




Day 104.  Portrait of a Youth from the Betty Edwards book of Drawing with the right side of the brain.

I thought it was a woman.  2B pencil again.


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | May 20, 2017

A Sketch a day- Days 99 –

Day 99.  Today’s post covers 4 sketch days and all quickies as I’ve been busy stitching.   Not a good thing to do too much at one time, as something always suffers.

Quirky flowers 1.   Doodles really, where I could practise with the Faber-Castells.



Day 99b.   More of the same.








Day 100.  my Rogues gallery.  Definitely much more practise needed.  2B pencil work.








Day 101.  No comment other than the Question mark replaced a woeful sketch.

Tomorrow’s catch-up lot are better than these.




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