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Thursday, 10 June 2010

DON'T BE SCARED . . . DEEP BREATH . . .


GO FOR IT . . .

and I did!  Following on from my last post and my find of old cross stitch magazines at a Charity/Thrift shop I found a chart that I couldn't resist, a completely different choice from my usual favourite American designers and a little scary for me with colour overload so

Firstly to soften the blow to you all, here are the threads:

Secondly, here's the chart:

and Thirdly here's the W.I.P. in full flow:

This is not a difficult stitch but there are only a few solid areas of one thread colour so it's fiddley more than anything with lots of colour changes.  The suggested finish in the magazine is to surface mount the design?  They have used a white mount and a white textured frame and it really does look stunning.  My plan is to hang the finished piece up on our landing so when everyone opens their bedroom doors in the morning yawning and very dozy they are greeted with a rainbow colour infusion and are instantly fully awake (how cruel am I?)

The weather last week was lovely ~ sunny and warm and we DID all have our day out at the Zoo. We chose Marwell Zoo in Hampshire which we had been to before when the kiddies were a lot younger and  is run by Marwell Preservation Trust and dedicated to the conservation of wildlife habitats both locally and internationally.  There's a great variety of animals at the Zoo and a lot of our favourites, the only trouble was the weather was sooooo hot that the animals were all being very lazy and there was a lot of daytime snoozing going on!  Here's a few pics, hope you like them:

A lovely mover but a bit fishy!


'Mum, is it safe to come out?'


'Whatever!  I will not look at the camera'

'I couldn't make up my mind today - Gazelle or Zebra?'


'Why's the queue for the Ladies always so long?'


Why have one horn when you can have two!


'I'm a Snow Leopard ~ what's with the Sun?'


This is what he should have looked like ~ Snow Leopard' from the Gold Collection stitched and framed in 2004


'Wake me up before you go-go!'


Another sleepy cat ~ 'Too Pooped' by Dimensions stitched and framed in 2008


AND FINALLY:
Three unknown species, not known to be dangerous, but beware known to have HUGE appetites!


HAPPY STITCHING . . .

16 comments:

Cath said...

Lovely pics ,and your WIP is great . I had to smile as the Snow Leopard and Too Pooped are both in my to-do box. XXX

Annette said...

Wow what a great WIP, you are stitching it fast... Love to other pictures

Deb said...

Sometimes going outside of our box is a good thing! Love all those colors and love the WIP too!

Lesleyanne said...

A lovely new start. You've stitched a lot already. I love your Zoo photos and the comments under each one. They made me laugh. Another lovely post.

Myra said...

That is going to be a stunning piece. I LOL'd when I read where you will hang it and why. :o) I enjoyed the zoo photos too.

Lois said...

What a fun piece to stitch! Love the zoo pics! Looks like you'd a great day.

Carol said...

I love your zoo pictures (especially that darling baby giraffe--so sweet!) and your WIP looks like such a fun, colorful piece to stitch... Enjoy!

Sally said...

Wow you've got loads done already and it looks fantastic!

love the pics from the zoo!

Justflo said...

Your WIP is going to wake everyone up. The colours are just great.

Angela P said...

What a great fun and colorful new project! Loved your Zoo pics sounds like you had fun :)

Barb said...

Wow eyes on stalks here that is mighty colourful hmmm I dont do mornings lol, so would definately not suit me in the morning . Now night time that is a stay awake piece.
Oh loved the little comments to go with the wildlife,esp the one about the ladies.
Great post and I am sorry I missed it earlier but been awol.
Hugs Barb

Jackie said...

The zoo is one of my favorite places to go but it's miserable when it's really hot!

Terri(TerriBoog) said...

I'm so glad you popped over to my blog! What a great bunch of colors for a project and the WIP is really coming along! Love the animal pics - especially those 3 unknown species - now they're CUTE! Awesome snow leopard and cat stitching - wow - I'd never have the patience.

natalie said...

Hi, Jane! Thanks for visiting my blog! I always like finding new stitchy friends. :) Your stitching projects are lovely- wow, wow. Those cats are incredible! I look forward to more of your work. :)

Pumpkin said...

I didn't know what to expect! LOL! I think it would be nice to see first thing in the morning ;o)

Love the zoo pictures (and your comments too)! Looks like you had a wonderful day despite the heat.

Le blog de marylin said...

That of magnificent souvenir photos your embroidery is going to be very beautiful!
Best regards marylin and poussy