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Monday, 18 October 2010

AUTUMNAL TRIO

After almost 4 weeks since my last post I'm finally back into full swing again and the troublesome tooth is behaving itself and the rotten cold long gone.
My stitching mojo has waivered a little recently and no large projects have seen light of day but a trio of Autumnal stitches, all quick and easy are now complete . . . .
The two owls, both the same, are the 'Little Owl' Blackwork design which I had in kit form.  I didn't fancy stitching them in the black thread provided or on the 14ct Aida so the top one is stitched in DMC chocolate brown on cream 28-ct linen and the bottom one in DMC autumn tones on natural 28-ct linen with wooden buttons for his eyes.
Both are pillow finishes with decorative braiding to match the thread/fabrics used.
This was my first attempt at blackwork stitching and I really enjoyed it which is why I stitched the same design twice, I'm tempted to stitch a third owl with White Whisper thread and give it a Snowy Owl effect, maybe save that idea for a Christmas finish!
If anyone fancies having a go at stitching this cute little owl then I have the unused kit to pass on, I always work from a photocopy (just in case of 'coffee' spillages ~ yep! it has happened!) so the kit is complete ~ just leave a comment on this post and I will draw a winner next Monday, 25th.

This little fellow is a Quaker Hedgehog freebie and I stitched him with Gentle Art Sampler 'Sable' on a piece of 14ct mottled AIDA fabric.  Again he is a pillow finish with a caramel wavy striped fabric which reminds me of woodgrain and has 4 little buttons to complete (pictures do enlarge if you click on them!)


Temperatures here in England now definitely tell us Autumn is here and I've finally given in and the central heating is on and doing its job!  The past few days have been lovely and bright and are perfect for stitching but the nights are really, really chilly and next weekend on Halloween night will see the clocks go back 1 hour and the evenings dark by 6pm.

Halloween already?  I have 4 completed stitches and none of them finished to hang up or display so guess that's my next job or they'll be sitting in 'that' draw until next year.

Thank you for stopping by, I'm well behind with reading your blogs but it's Half-Term next week so I hope to catch up with you all then.

HAPPY STITCHING . . . .



17 comments:

Crystal said...

Both your owls turned out adorable, I love you hedgehog finish as well. Looking forward to seeing your halloween stitches. Please enter me into your draw for your owl kit thanks.

Lesleyanne said...

Glad to hear you are feeling better. Your owls are adorable as is your hedgehog. Can't wait to see your halloween stitching.

Annette said...

Love the two owls you stitching and so lovely finished up... great work, I so love ric-rac...
The sweet little Hedgehog is so cute and also a very beautifull finished pillow, You are great with the sewing machine....
Enjoy the autumn and stitching...

Deb said...

Love, love those two owls. I'm glad that you're feeling better. I'd love to be entered to win the owl. I know someone that it would make a wonderful gift for.

Colorado Stitcher said...

I like your color choices for the owls and the way you fisnished them is nice (and different) too. Please add by name to the drawing.

Elaine said...

Adorable Owls and cute little hedgehog!
Glad you are feeling much better. Look forward to your Halloween pieces.

Karen said...

Love your finishes!

Myra said...

Lovely finishes Jane! Those owls are just too cute. I have been delaying turning our heat on as long as I can. I came close Sunday morning as it was very chilly here.

Michelle May said...

Hi Jane! So glad that naughty tooth is behaving itself! Lovely finishes my friend. So cute!
It really is hard to believe it is almost Halloween.
xx to you and Tilly bunny,
shell

Pumpkin said...

Jane, your owls are adorable! I like how you did them in different ways :o) I would love to try some blackwork so please enter my name. Thanks!

Love your hedgehog as well. Who wouldn't? ;o)

Lois said...

The owls are both lovely as is the hedgehog. Glad you're feeling better.

Parsley said...

I just adore these owls!!!! Very 'retro'.
Glad to meet another stitcher!

Lindsay-ann said...

Your owls are beautiful and I love the hedgehog too. Glad you are back. I am looking forward to half term too. Can't wait.
Lindsay
x

Sally said...

Both your owls and your hedgehog are so cute!

So glad you are feeling better.

Carin said...

Those owls looks lovely !! And your hedgehog cushion looks great too. Love how you put those buttons on it.

Barb said...

Hello there Jane , those owls are just lovely I specially like the way you finished them. The hedgehog is finished so perfectly too. Hope Tilly is well and growing into her winter coat or is she an indoor rabbit like lettuce our grandbunny!
So pleased to hear you are feeling better, enjoy your half term I expect my daughter will be busy with her 4 this week.
Take care btw having a giveaway myself

Denise said...

Hi Jane - glad to hear your tooth and cold are better!

Your owls are adorable! Love the way you finished them.

No need to enter me in your give away. Just wanted you to know I'm glad to see you back!

Smiles - Denise