I've found great comfort in slow and methodical hand embroidery this last week. It's so natural to my fingers that I can lose myself in thoughts and prayers, whilst still bringing needle and thread to life.
Mostly I have worked on this sampler, and as it's not my design, a whole part of my brain has been left to rest and simply enjoy the stitching of something lovely...
Only five and half letters left and it will be ready to frame.
Do you find hand stitching soothing to your soul?
A project for the next issue of my magazine has all the embroidery done...
...and other projects are traced or appliqued, and ready for my waiting fingers to stitch.
These will be so pretty, and I know you love pretty things as much as I do!
I've also made some projects for other magazines that will be published later this year, but I'll only show you sneak peeks of them.
This one is for Patchwork & Stitching...
...and this one for Australian Country Craft & Decorating.
On our ride to Cooktown last year we got to know a really lovely couple, Anthony and Helene. They are Kiwis, living here in Australia for a few years, and members of our local Ulysses Club - in fact Anthony was our Club President until last month.
Sadly, they are leaving us to move to Cairns. Boo hoo. :-(
Last weekend they came for dinner, and though Helene is not a stitcher, she took great delight in looking over my sewing room and some of the things I've made...
Helene told me that Anthony's twin sister Vickie is a quilter in NZ, so I want to send a big hello to Vicki and her friend Sue.
Helene wasn't sure you'd believe she was here with me, so we took a photo with my Elefantz banner.
Now if you're ever over my way, please drop by for a visit and some stitching time. :-)
Helene bought me a bouquet of Australian natives, which Miss Sophie thought she's guard.
She's also decided that my "Things We Love" quilt is her property too!
What have you been stitching lately??