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Saturday, 14 January 2012

cross stitch

First of all I would like to let you know that I seem to be having a problem with commenting on some of your blogs, not all, but enough to make me feel frustrated with the blogger the last couple of days.
So, it is not that I don't want to come and visit, I am not able to :(( I hope this will get sorted out soon.

I haven't done much stitching this week, at the moment I am preoccupied with our tax returns.
As most of you in UK would know, 31 January is the last day for submitting tax returns.
If you haven't done it by that date, a big bad wolf will come and eat you. Well, not quite, but he will impose a hefty fine !
At least I wanted to catch up with your blogs, but as I can't, I looked for a subject which would hopefully interest some of you -  cross stitch.

I am not really a crosstitcher myself. I get bored with repeating the same very small stitch over and over. And it is hard on eyes. But -

recently I came across this book.

Quote: "this book is perhaps the first to document all the different motifs by origin used on traditional costumes", meaning Palestinian embroidery.
It is very different from the normal cross stitch kits you buy in the shops.
The book is full of beautiful, colourful designs, enough to make you want to take up cross stitching.

Isn't it beautiful?
I would like to try to use some of the designs on a quilt sometime in the future.

My record on cross stitch embroidery to date is very poor, yet it was probably the first stitch we all learnt.
A few years ago, to try to remedy this fault, and to take a project on holiday, I bought 2 kits, one for me and one for my DD (she is so much better at cross stitch then I am).
This is my one.

I saw these particular kits at a craft show and immediately they caught my eye. Why? Because the designs were so different. They are taken from watercolour paintings of the artist Michael Powell and I just love them. I wish I could afford to buy one of his watercolour paintings. Do have a look at them here .
Sadly, my cross stitch became UFO, but now and then in the summer it sees the light of day and I manage few stitches. A long way to go yet....

Enjoy your weekend!


  1. It looks like a lovely book Radka with lots of inspirational designs. I used to cross stitch and then I discovered applique and the joy of hand piecing and now there is no time and I still have lots of cross stitch UFOs. Take care

  2. my mum does cross stitch, bur, I have never been able to see the attrsction..good luck wiyh all your projects xx

  3. The book looks very interesting and beautiful.What colours!!
    Good luck with the rest of the´s lovely.
    Kram Gudrun

  4. A wonderful book with some odd patterns Very interesting! Cross stitching are the only stich I can do. Your UFO look great so please get it done.

  5. Cross stitch is one of my favourite occupations, large and challenging designs only though. That book looks very interesting.

    BTW I am also having trouble leaving comments on one of the blogs I enjoy.

  6. Hi Radka! Blogger can have some funny blips at times. Love the cross stitch designs. I used to do cross stitch years ago, but it is hard on the eyes and I daren't start any new projects!! Jacky

  7. I love cross stitch. It makes a work look so genuine. For example initials or names and sentensis.
    Your pictures are inspiring!

  8. Hello Radka, I am not a cross stitcher but those books look lovely. Hugs Judy

  9. Hello Radka, and sorry I'm late out of the starting blocks this week. I think the book and the designs are great, and as you say, excellent starting points for quilt additions. I am sure you'll find a perfect way to explore them in time.

    I also love the bright and cheerful cross stitch you are working on. I have done it in the past, love it to pieces, but find I don't go back to it all that often, and I don't know why. My daughter is so much better at it than I am too........

    I have been trying to catch up on blogs this morning and haven't found a problem so far. Hope I don't!!

  10. Hejsan.

    Vilken fin blogg du har. Jag har valt att ge dig en award. Kolla min blogg.

    Mvh Gittan


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