My Cross Stitch

My intention is to have a record of things I have cross-stitched over the years.  As this is one of my passions that seems to go through stages.  Mad for 2 or 3 years then nothing for 2 or 3 years:-)  So I will post some photos and why (if any reason) they were stitched.

It seems for now that I have come to the end (2012).  There are lots of other projects that I have done over the years, that I'm afraid I neglected to take photos of and were gifts. I also made lots of little teachers gifts of coasters and things.  I am currently doing a cross stitch picture that is oriental but involves butterflies.  Its beautiful and I will get round to posting a "work in progress picture".  I am about 1/2 way through.

I am finally getting round to posting my current work in progress.  It is a Dimension Gold Collection Kit, its called Brilliant Butterfly Celebration. (posted this 30 May 2012).


I loved seeing this one come together it was so nice to stitch.  Its currently on the back of my sofa in the living room. Its called "The Three Bird Watchers".


Made this for my next door neighbours new born little girl Kayla, in June 2007.


My friends little dog Mango (Maltese Terrier) passed away whilst they were on holiday, so I cross stitched this in 2007 for her in memory.


This is hanging in my kitchen now - I do dabble in a bit of gardening but I really enjoyed stitching this.  The little cottage and the white picket fence in the middle are just so adorable.


This one I designed in a cross stitch program for a friends son who was an Ottawa Senators fan, this is the old style logo from back in 2006.


Another one for Shannon - I just love poppies and loved the colours in this one.


This one I fell in love with because it so represents my two girls, even down to the hair colour.  There is a 2 1/4 year difference between them but they get on so well.


We emigrated to Canada in September 2005.  And for a few months it was just I and the girls, before my hubby rejoined us from the UK at the end of Nov 2005.  I found myself cross stitching like mad and I really  enjoyed doing this "Tiger and Cub" and my first cross stitch on black.


These poppies were stitched for a good friend before we left the UK for good in 2005.


This was for a friends little new born Christopher, in 2003.


Tooth Fairy pillow for Emily - I had also already made one for Shannon (think tooth fairy finished for her), Emily still has use out of it at the moment :-)


This fairy pillow was made for my daughter Shannon - its the first cross stitch she ever asked me to do for her specifically.


When we came out to Canada in 2003 for our look see trip to see if we wanted to emigrate, we met a lovely lady called Lucy on the plane.  By the time we landed, we had agreed to go see her and she arranged for us to visit her sons school and we kept in touch for a while.  I sent her a cross stitch of bluebells in a field (she loves bluebells) as a thank you.  In return she sent me this lovely kit to stitch of Humming Birds. (not sure what happened to the photo of the bluebells can't seem to find it anywhere in my files)


This beautiful lady is called "Elegance of the Orient".  My Mum actually chose this for me to stitch her as a Christmas gift in 2003.  Unfortunately, she never got to see it completed as she passed in the October of that year.  I finally built up the courage and finished her in Feb 2004.  She would have adored it.  But it hangs proudly in my dining room and has many wonderful comments from visitors.


This "Eagles in Flight" actually took me 3 years to complete - it was one of those times when I didn't touch cross stitch for around 3 years after my second daughter Emily was born. So although I started it in 2000, I didn't actually finish it until 2003.


This Spitfire was cross stitched for my father-in-laws 60th Birthday, I do believe that this has passed to my brother-in-law Peter.


These two, Peter Rabbit and Noah's Arc, again made for my daughters.



This was "Victorian Lady" and was my first venture into using evenweave (instead of aida) to cross stitch.  Although not clear on the picture there are lots of beads around the skirt and bodice.


This was "The Mayflower", it was given to me (for me to stitch) as an anniversary present one year by my good friends Alan and Sally.


This is called "My Ladies Chateau", it was originally made as a Christmas Gift that has made its way back to me - currently hanging in my hall way.


These four were for my daughters bedrooms - they are Serephina mouse: Go fly a kite, Bedtime, Skipping in the rain and Up the Wooden Hill.





This is a Dimensions Cross stitch called "Wild cats"  it was only my second venture into cross stitch and got me into the bug:-)




24 comments:

  1. Wow...so impressive!
    Beautiful.
    tfs

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    1. Thanks, once again, Cheri. TFL and becoming a follower:-)

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  2. You are multi-craft super talenetd. I came here to look at your cards and saw the topic of cross stitch. WOW - Before my eyes started getting bad, I did some cross stitch too but it would take me months and months and months to finish a project. But I really did enjoy it. I'm a little encouraged to get out my old stuff and try another "go" at it. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you so much for taking the time to look and to comment, its much appreciated.

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  3. I've only just looked at your cross stitch, wow! I used to do a lot myself but had to give up due to neck/shoulder but I never took photos. I still have most of them so perhaps i should.

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    1. We give so much away P, that I had to take photos, but most of these are all over my house:-) Can't wait to see some of yours. TFL

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  4. I love the three cats watching the birds. Beautifully done.

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    1. Thanks Grace - aren't they just so cute:-)

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  5. Karon,these are all so beautiful!! I wish I was as crafty in this area. Looking forward to seeing your current project when it's done. :) You are one talented lady!! ;)

    TFS!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Sherry. I still do a little now and again so the butterflies will get finished :-)

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  6. Karon, I am very impressed. Your work is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks so much - cross-stitch was my first love:-) but since my Cricut arrived in Jan its taken second place, but I still do some now and again:-)

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  7. Beautiful cross stitch. I did it once finished, bought another started it and never finished. It definitely takes a lot of time. The patience I have-- I just never had enough time. Yours all look so beautiful and nice that you can display them.

    DIANA L.
    http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Diana - as much as I love cross stitch, I find it quite relaxing, I have now been back to crafting and I've not done any for sometime - well May:-)

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  8. Love your cross stitch... I find it relaxing too... I haven't done any since 1996 though... I wish I have more time... :) HUGS..SK :)

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    1. Thanks Sonia - I still pick it up, but now my blog and crafting seems to have taken over :-)

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  9. Hi, I had a copy of the Noah's ark pattern that you used, but now I can't find it, and I can't remember where I found it online. Could you please post the link on this page if you remember where you got it? Thanks so much

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    1. I believe I got that pattern as a freebie at The World of Cross Stitching site http://www.cross-stitching.com/ . However, it was a long time ago and looking on their site (which used to have an ABC method of searching) I can't find it. Sorry :-(

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  10. Amazing! Do you buy all of your patterns? I love the tigers! I ask about patterns because I would LOVE to stitch some of these! -Meg

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    1. Hi Meg, yes they are all cross stitched from patterns. I particularly love using Dimensions patterns!

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  11. Hi Karon,
    Just discovered your blog, so inspiring! I googled Seraphina Mouse 'Up the Woiden Hill' and it lead me to you! My friend makes beautiful cross stitch pictures and I've been trying to find this for her...found on Pinterest but it's too blurry and symbols unclear.

    Do you still have the chart? I was wondering if you could kindly send me a copy to my email : stewsuze@aol.com. I'd be so so grateful.

    Keep up the crafting, you are very clever! :))
    Many thanks, best wishes Susie x

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  12. Wow. You do amazing work. I am like that with crochet. I will go through a phase where I need to have a hook in my hand whenever I sit down and then I will ignore my yarn & hooks for years.

    I don't know if you are working on anything currently, but there is going to be a brand new challenge starting in April. It is called "2 Crafty Critter Crazies" and the theme is "Always Anything Goes with a Critter". We will accept any kind of craft as long as has some kind of critter as the focus. Wings, fur, scales, or insects - they are all God's critters. I hope you will join us.
    hugs,
    Teresa

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