Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Tuesday, 30 August 2011
At just shy of 42 hours worth of work I have completed a wing! Hurrah!!!
The head and body are next on the agenda but I’m not entirely sure when I’ll get around to that. We’re approaching the time at which I tire of the back and finger ache as well as the constant concentration required. I’m beginning to feel the urge to do some more smaller projects. I offered to do some curve stitching for our Maths classrooms over the holiday. With just three actual holiday days left I’ve done exactly none so I’d better get cracking…
Saturday, 27 August 2011
Today I’ve completed my longest kiting session yet. 5 hours and 15 minutes later David returned home from a day birding in Norfolk and suggested that I’d done just 2 hours. I think the final hour count may come as a bit of a surprise to him if I ever manage to finish it!
Anyway, I’ve now been working at it for 33 hours and 40 minutes. This is the current state of play…
It wouldn’t be quite so bad if it was just the kite that needed stitching but there is a HUGE background to go with it. That was one of the reasons that we chose the design but I’m slightly regretting it right now!
Friday, 26 August 2011
Unfortunately, I’d got Arthur’s birthday wrong (big fat whoops) so I had to bring it home and redo it. Now that I’ve completely redone the sampler, this time adding a googly eye, I can share them…
Thursday, 18 August 2011
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Mum and I took a little visit to Lake Vyrnwy yesterday (9th August, still struggling to get internet access) and although I didn’t know that it was there I quite enjoyed our stroll around their Sculpture Park. It was started by a local artist, Andy Hancock and contains dozens of wooden carved sculptures. The sculptures are all created by individual sculptors from as far afield as Australia. We were surprised how many sculptures were created by people from Latvia and Estonia. In addition to the Park itself there are other sculptures around the lake. We really liked the the enormous picnic benches in the shape of leaves and trees on the west side of the lake.
Following a little more research I found out that near the Old Village on the beach is a sculpture of dolphins, which when the lake rises in a flood, give the impression that they are jumping out of the water. Several totems can also be seen carved into standing trees, many others have been carved from fallen trunks and re-erected.
In addition to visiting all of these sculptures I really enjoyed a mooch around the craft shop at Lake Vyrnwy. It gave me some more ideas for things that I could do myself…
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Actually, strictly speaking it’s both the first and last wedding of the year. Guru and Lihua actually tied the knot in Shanghai in May but are having another reception over here in a few weeks. I really wish I could have been there to share in their special day and see Lihua in her three dresses. After all, it would have been my only chance to experience a real Chinese wedding. Unfortunately, the curse of the teacher struck as their chosen date lay in term time so there was no chance of me making the trip.
I’m very excited about the reception up North in a few weeks’ time though. They are having it in the Centre for Baltic Art in Gateshead and we are having a private viewing of the gallery in between the drinks reception and dinner. A wonderful idea…
To commemorate their marriage I’ve made them one of my stitched wedding samplers. This time I opted to use Stitching Cards dandelion design (slightly enlarged). It’s one of my favourites I think.
I also put together a couple of birth samplers to stitch for the wonderful Arthur Anderson and Megan Thomas who were both born earlier this year. I’m really looking forward to meeting them and getting lots of cuddles later in August. Right now (Friday 29th July – had no decent internet access to upload this post since then) I’m on the train up to North Wales to get away from the big smoke and enjoy some overdue family time. I’ve got my cross-stitch with me so I’ll post an update at some stage to keep my husband happy. He keeps moaning that I’ve been neglecting it (which I really have) and says that he wants to see it hanging on the wall. That’s a long way off but his bribe of an offer of a present when I finish may motivate me just a little!