Wednesday, 15 June 2011

WOYWW 106.....I think...

As I type this it's Tuesday evening and I'm wondering where in the heck the week went.  Aside from into the past, that is.  I know what happened to Sunday - I think most of you that live in the UK had the same Sunday as me - cold, wet and miserable.  Go on, hands up, who succumbed and put the heating on?  I know we did, but then not only did we have a child in the house, but we had washing to dry.  Ho hum.

Well, we're here today for another round of WOYWW, and if you're a newbie at it, head over to Dunnit Dimensions to buy your ticket for the blog hop.... metaphorically speaking that is!.

My desk this week is less interesting than last week, if that is at all possible.  I have to confess that it's this tidy because it had an attack of the killer kid - Lil' Miss B needed to make a birthday card for her big half-sister, and of course a Fathers' Day card.  I have one yet to make, but desperately need some gloss paper to print onto first, and I keep forgetting to seek it out. 


I have done a little bit to my hardanger, but I've actually stitched twice as much as you see - having unpicked and restitched the whole of the bottom right hand corner.  God bless adding in one too many stitches, and not noticing for ages, eh...?  That'll teach me to try and watch a film at the same time!


Now, remember back at the start I mentioned last Sunday being wet?  Well, as I was housebound for the day, I managed to accomplish something that has been waiting about 7 years to happen.  Back along in '01, when I got married, my then 70 yr old mother made all the bridesmaids' dresses, and my wedding dress.  Oh, and the cake.  Ah yes, she also did some of the bridesmaids' flowers.  And head-dresses.....  Anyway, the point is that she made herself very busy for 7 months, and the dresses in question had a LOT of beadwork on them.  The wedding over and done with, she found herself at a loss for what to do.  In effect, she was bored (!), so she found herself something to keep her brain and fingers occupied, and took up cross-stitch.  She'd done a little bit here and there, the occasional card, but had left the big projects to my sister and I, up till that point.  Well, she found a book with five small patterns in, and leapt right in.  No small measures for her, no siree!  Mum took those five designs and made them into one big one, adding in-fill around them to tie them together. 

Upshot was the picture below.


I can't quite recall how long it took Mum to do it, about a year I think, and then she handed it over.  The house we were in at the time was an ex-showhome, and came complete with some awful botanical prints in very expensive frames and mounts, so Mum had deliberately made her work to fit one of them.  I've trawled around the country (and indeed continent) transporting said frame and the finished needlework from house to house ever since. 

So what was so great about Sunday?  I finally framed the piece.........  better late than never Ma!

Catch you all on the hop!

25 comments:

alexa said...

That's a lovely piece of Hardanger, and well done on the framing - even the sideways peek is lovely. My Mum is a great embroiderer too (I am not, to my shame) and I have some Hardanger pieces of hers on the wall too. :) Good luck with finishing it! Oh and yes, we had the heating on AND lit the fire!

Sue said...

Hi hun
lovely tidy desk, ya stitsch work is looking good, luv your mums cross stitch, very clever to merge 5 design, i use to do a lot of it, it is very time consuming,thanks for the mooch, happy WOYWW, sue,x

Kate said...

Nice and tidy ...bet with all those lovely bits close to hand it doesnt take long to un organised lol....or is it just me that does that lol.

Helen said...

everything comes to he who waits!

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Wow what awesome embroidery there Morti the frame really does compliment the work and impressed you have done it at all I normally take it o a framer! and re. unpulling hardanger that really drives you nuts doesn't it!! ah well it would have been worse if you had left it would have looked ant it and it would have driven you mad..happy WOYWW!
love Shaz in Oz.x

Bubbles said...

I have no idea what Hardanger is (trip to google methinks)... but it is totally beautiful! Your mum is one talented lady - such a beuatiful piece of work to hang pride of place in the home.
Have a wonderful WOYWW #106!

Doone said...

Yes I blame my Parents too,

for the art craft bug, for the madness, for the procrastination, and the ability to forgive for waiting years to frame precious pieces...

I have an embroidered lemon tree that has been waiting ten years...

Do you think we might be somehow related? or is the ability to be easily distracted and the doings being as valuable than the product,

I dread losing my sight or dexterity as I age....hope I'm still painting at 90...

Dx

NatashaMay said...

Oh my! 7 years? :) You're lucky you didn't lose it between moves. :) Love it though! You're mom is quite an expert. Happy WOYWW!

Cardarian said...

Very tidy desk I must say - your moms painting is lovely and your stitching is lovely too!
Hugs,
Cardarian

Twiglet said...

Lovely embroideries. Hope your pic arrived safely. Thanks for comments in your letter - will pass to M with the enclosed - thanks lots. Jo

Kathleen said...

Oh my! What lovely work I envy you being able to do Hardanger I lack the concentration to attempt it.
Love the Calligraphy Shaz is creating for you it looks beautiful.
Kathleen x

Stamping 4 Pleasure said...

Fab neat desk you have there!

. . . and OH! You've pricked my conscience as I have a couple of gorgeous cross stitch pictures my sister stitched years ago and they have NEVER been framed! Yikes!

HAPPY WOYWW.

Hugs, Sandra Take a peek at MY DESK here

jodpea said...

Wow that was fairly ambitious of ur mum, the result is fantastic tho

Cauliflower Cupcake said...

What would we do without Mum's heh? She's obviously a real expert in many things, and you have obviously inherited those traits!
Happy WOYWW
Rebecca x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Your mother is a gem, making all those dresses and the cake for your wedding. Glad you finally got that lovely needlework and frame together after only seven years. I've known marriages that didn't last that long (grin). Lovely needlework, both your mom's and yours. Happy WOYWW.

MvM-design said...

Lovely clean desk, thanks for sharing :)
Happy woyww!!

Hugs Marleen ;-)

Sarpreet said...

Yes i am glad you did not loose it, and it looks beautiful framed, gorgeous desk, Thank you for sharing your workspace, Happy WOYWW 106, # 25

okienurse said...

Very neat and creative workspace! Love that gorgeous framed picture! Makes me think I should get some of mine framed. Thanks for sharing! Vickie #46

Spyder said...

lovely stitch work and sooo worth framing it's lovely, fabulous crafty space you have too! Happy WOYWW!!
((Lyn))

JoZart said...

Your desk is a well stocked tidy treat! lovely.
How well your Mum linked the subjects together to make such a beautiful treasure. you'd better get cracking on with your Hardanger as she is putting you to shame! heh heh!
JoZarty x

angelfish said...

Beautiful stitchwork by both of you:)

butlersabroad said...

That embroidery is amazing, both yours and your mums.

Hugs
Brenda 73

Maggie's Crafts said...

LOVE your organised desk and what a great pics you've got here.:)

Thank you for sharing and happy WOYWW!

Maggie #115
xx

sandra de said...

Congrats on getting that beautiful cross stitch framed. 7 years is a good wholesome number. I still have to finish the second cross stitch I started in the 1980??? It's all these other distractions that get in the way.

peggy aplSEEDS said...

your embroidery is beautiful and your mom is amazing!
thanks for sharing!
hugs,
peggy aplSEEDS

Related Posts with Thumbnails