Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Stitching, Watching and Reading

Hello, my dear friends! Once again, it has been a while - three months since I posted last... Thank you for not giving up on me.
What has happened in those months? First of all - lots of stitching (of course)... Since January, I have been working on a Christmas Stocking - yes, another one - and yesterday night, late - very late - I put in the last stitch! To celebrate the completion, I had a glass of champagne  cup of sparkling cider...

"Toys and Games" Stocking
Here it is - all ready and made.... I enjoyed working on it - so many details, so many French Knots! 

Jack in the Box and Teddy
I have never in my life seen a real Jack in the Box. The closest thing to it might be the one in the episode of "Twilight Zone", when the monster boy turns his neighbor into a Jack in the Box toy and sends him into the corn field. Hmmm, I am getting a bit morbid here, aren't I? 

While working on this project, I have seen a couple of shows, and I also discovered for myself books on tape. Well, to be precise, I discovered them a while ago - on the shelves of a local Barnes and Noble store... Then I also discovered their prices - and realized I would have to take out a loan to have an audio library I would want. But where is a will, there is a way... Long story short, our local library happened to have quite a few audio books on CDs. I checked out "Kiss Me Like a Stranger" by Gene Wilder - best... listen I have ever had in a long time - while also stitching. Now my goal is to listen to "Notes on a Scandal" by Zoe Heller.... 

What was I talking about? Ah, yes, shows... One of the shows I watched this year was "American Horror Story". Amazing actors (Kathy Bates as a Southern slave owner, Jessica Lange - evil power hungry woman), good script... The only down side - for me - was that I often ended up staring at the screen with my mouth open - instead of stitching.
Another good show I discovered was "Once Upon a Time" - fairy tale characters "stuck" in our world by the enchantment of the evil queen... Only, with time we learn that the queen is not so evil - just miserable... Little Red Riding Hood - not so little any more, and required to wear the red cape to avoid turning into a blood thirsty monster.. And in the middle of all - Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin. Could it get any better?

In conclusion, I want to share the results of my experiment. I have got the idea from Laura - my long distance friend and a talented stitcher - when she published a video/slide show of her stitching progress on a project, from beginning to end. So, that got me interested. I asked my DH to help with the Movie Maker program, he obliged - and... voila!

Now that this project is finished, I will have to find a new one... I think I will work on a family sampler, it has been calling my name for a while now...
Thank you for reading my ramblings! 


  1. Great mini video, and very professional with the soundtrack! Congrats on finishing the stocking, this surely has been an epic journey - but so worth it, it looks stunning! Thanks for the mention and hope you find Notes soon, I know you`ll love it. :)

    1. Thank you for your kind words, I was pretty much following DH's instructions.
      Thank you for turning me on to the audio books - I feel more productive stitching and listening.

  2. Wow! What a great finish--so many little details and color changes in this stocking... Congratulations on a beautiful finish :)

  3. WOW, WOW, WOW!! I am blown away by your stitching as the detail in your Christmas stocking is crazy! You have stitched loads and it does look really good to.
    I am sad as I cannot see your mini clip video as I am on my iPad and it's not recognised it...there is just an empty space where your clip should be.
    Happy stitching
    Smiles :)

    1. Thank you, Jacquie! My mini clip is now on FB if you want to see it. Take care!

  4. Rich color and depth:-)

    Yes, aren't audio books great? I've listened to everything from Einstein to King on them.


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