"It takes ages to finish a quilt you're not working on!"

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

More eye candy...

Once I'd finished the kitten doiley that I'd been carrying around in my shoulder bag, I hunted through my collection of UFOs to find another small item to take on my travels. I pulled out half a dozen, found the floss required to work on them, and put everything in my stitching bag along with scissors and needles. They are doilies that I have bought in opshops, garage sales or on eBay, which were started by some unknown stitcher a long time ago, but never finished. This is the first one out of my bag to be completed. The branches overhanging the lady, the lady's shadow, and part of her dress had already been neatly stitched. As the material is a very fine cotton, I needed an equally fine needle to do the work, as well as using a magnifier!
This centrepiece arrived today from the same lady who sold me the centrepieces I posted below. This photo doesn't do the doiley justice; the colours are more vibrant than the pic, and the stitching is beautifully done. I can see myself lashing out on more of this eBay Seller's auctions - she obviously collected the better quality items like I do, so I can't let them go to someone who might not appreciate them like I will! (I should get a second job to subsidise this addiction...). Oh, and you will find two matching peacock doilies here.


Gerry said...

The shadow of the lady is wonderful!

Crazee4books said...

Hi Gina,

It's great to hear from you on my blog. I've been browsing through your most recent posts here, and admiring all the lovely doilies, tablecloths etc that you've collected. The workmanship is extraordinary.

Re: your post of March the third, with the cross stitched pieces that you rescued from the Op Shop. The Goose designs are from Leisure Arts charts, and the main Goose is named Gertrude. I have three charts with these geese featured, although none with the exact same patterns as the ones that you've got there. The designer is Frankie Buckley. These charts probably came out around the mid 80s.

I stitched a sheep/goose combo many years ago from my first chart by this designer, but have yet to get it framed.

Re: Our wonderful (??) snow. We don't hear of any occasions where the heavy snow causes a roof to collapse down here, but further north, in cottage country, where they get a lot more snow then we do some absentee owners, who only go up in the warmer weather, hire locals to check their cottages and shovel the roofs if the snow gets too deep.

Given the huge piles of snow we've got now you'd think it'd be around 'till August. But given the right circumstances the white stuff can disappear pretty quickly. But then parents and dog owners have to watch their charges because rivers and streams can get pretty dangerous during a heavy melt.

Not to mention those of questionable intelligence who insist on taking their ski-doos out on local lakes when the ice is in danger of cracking and breaking up during a thaw.

If we can figure out a way to ship our bounty of snow over....um...what's your address again??? (and you're most welcome to it!!)


stitching aussie style said...

Hi Gina,
Your lady is wonderful and certainly does justice to the person who started out with the best of intentions....

meggie said...

I have just spent a really interesting time looking at your wonderful posts! So nice to meet you!

Chelle said...

I love the lady with the shadow. The flowers are lovely, too. The centerpiece is just stunning.