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Sunday, 5 December 2010

Muddling my way back ...

...to Stitching, that is.  After my last post, I took a week off stitching and did some very gentle stretches for my neck, shoulders and back. That seemed to help so I thought I could get back to stitching. Within the first half hour, my neck was complaining again! So, it's been  a see-sawing of ease off, ease back on. 

I decided to take a break from Elizabeth Easton and stitch some smalls for gifts. At the same time, I finally stitched this freebie for myself which I have wanted to do for over two years. I love this design and wish I could attribute this to someone but I had printed this off ages ago and I don't have the link. So, if anyone can help out as to who made this I will publish this here. (Edited to add link - Thanks to the ever talented KarenV, you can find this freebie and many more wonderful designs here.  Look under "Other". Many thanks to the wonderful designer, Isabel Grancedo!)



As you can see, I only did the Reindeer part. I think the top part of the design would make a nice skinny pincushion, don't you? I used the Belle Soie silks left over from stitching Isabella Johnstone. I really love the colours! They are Teddy Bear for the reindeer, Tortoise Shell for the bottom border, Attic Tea for the leaves and Poison Apple for the flowers.

Not sure how I will finish my smalls but I'd better get going if they are going to be Christmas gifts!

I've seen on many blogs the crazy winter weather that's already hitting the northern parts of Europe, and the US.  We had a week recently with two snowfalls, which was unusually too for our area. Fortunately the snow is gone now. 

I took some pieces in for framing so I will show them on my next post. It's true, isn't it, that we stitchers can measure our days by our stitching? Somehow the break in my stitching has made me a bit muddled as to what I should be doing with my time! I read more, I suppose, but I missed my stitching. Hopefully I will get back into it when the Holidays arrive and get a good long break.

Well, that's it for me.  For those enveloped by the snow, keep warm and cozy! Thank you for visiting and your greetings!  Have a great week!

41 comments:

Le blog de marylin said...

very lovely,
marylin France

~ Stitchin Sweet Sue ~ said...

Love your new finish!

Julianne said...

Very Nice! I hope your neck is feeling better.

Laurie in Iowa said...

Sorry you're still plagued with neck pain. Your new finish is sweet.

Glenna said...

Oh, I hope your neck, shoulder and back are better very soon! I feel for you--my stitching not only fills my time and thoughts, but I wonder what I can do with myself when I'm not stitching! That's a very cute freebie--and I don't recognize it.

KarenV said...

Lovely finish! I think the design is from My Aunt's Attic - I had it printed off to do but changed my mind. Seeing yours now though, I think I shall have to reconsider!

Hope your neck/shoulders are better soon.

Joy said...

So sorry that your neck is so bothersome. Your stitching is lovely! Feel better and stay warm.

Theresa said...

Sorry to hear about your neck!! I know I that feels!!! My left shoulder is giving me problems after our move as well.... Hope we would both get back to our old-selves soon!!!!

I love that Reindeer freebie!!! It is gorgeous and the colors are perfect!!! It would make a great small~

Catherine said...

So sorry to hear you are still have neck problems. I've been there and know how uncomfortable they can be. I do hope you feel better soon!

I love that pattern!! If you happen to find out from anyone where it came from - please pass the info on! I see someone already made a suggestion and I'm off to see if I can find it.

DebbieSFL said...

Melissa, I love the reindeer stitching and tracked down the pattern (thank you KarenV!!) Would you be willing to share the threads that you used?

Vonna said...

A most lovely finish with delightfully gorgeous colors :)

Catherine said...

Found the pattern - thank you Karen V.! Here is a link: http://www.gancedo.eu/ look in the sidebar for the "Attic Patterns" - wow, what a collection!

Carol said...

I just love your reindeer finish, Melissa, and the colors you chose are perfect. I have a feeling we'll be seeing a lot of these out there in stitching blogland. Here is the direct link for anyone interested:
http://www.gancedo.eu/sites/default/files/20070315_02_alex.jpg

Hope your neck/shoulder pain clears up very soon!

Anna van Schurman said...

Cute reindeer!

staci said...

I think I have this printed off somewhere too. I love the way yours turned out...the colors you used are so soft and pretty!

WoolenSails said...

I love how yours came out.
You always choose the perfect colors for your pieces.

Debbie

valerie said...

Sorry to hear about your neck and shoulder pain. I'm right there with you. So frustrating! I find that holding the qsnap aggravates my shoulder if I am stitching a long time so I've been trying to either use a stand for big projects or stitch in hand. Ice/heat helps too.

Love the reindeer small...so cute! The colors you picked are perfect!

Hope you can get back into stitching all you'd like.

Irene said...

The pattern is from http://myauntsattic.web-log.nl/
Yours looks really nice and yes the top portion would make a nice pin cushion. Hope your neck is better soon.

Chris said...

Hi Melissa,
I hope that you are back to full stitching ability soon :0 )feel better. I love the reindeer.

Chris

Deb said...

I love your finish and would love to see how you finish it up.

Jan said...

Love it, Melissa!! Also love your color choices, they are perfect!

I surely hope that your neck gets back to normal soon, and you can enjoy your stitching, pain free!

Have the happiest of Christmas's!

Moonpie primitives said...

Hi Melissa:
I love your reindeer and the colors you used....Thanks so much for letting blog land know where we can find this wonderful pattern...
Take care, Nancy

Jane said...

Your little finish looks terrific, Melissa. It's terrible how your neck is giving you trouble. Sounds like you're missing quality stitching time. I hope you keep up with those exercises and your neck feels more comfortable soon. Warm blessings from Oz!

Margaret said...

I love your finish! So gorgeous -- love the colors! Sorry to hear about your neck. I have the same problem. I think it's arthritis in my case, believe it or not. Not fun -- I know how you feel and suffer with you! As for the snow -- ugh! We just drove home through tons of it! Not fun!

The Scarlett House said...

You poor thing, Melissa. A day without stitching would be like a day without air for me. I hope you get all better soon, my friend. Your reindeer is really, really perfect stitched in those colors. I loved them for Isabella, too. Great idea to use them.

Katrina said...

Very pretty!!!! Love the reindeer. Hope your neck and shoulder start feeling better soon :-).

Ann in Scotland. said...

You're lucky your snow has gone - we had yet another eight inches today on top of the two and a half feet already lying. I hope your neck eases up soon - it's very frustrating when a problem keeps niggling.

Vaida said...

Very cute little reindeer - and thanks for sharing a link

Nicole said...

I'm so sorry you haven't been feeling well Melissa! Your Christmas stitching is beautiful! I love the colors you chose!! Hope you feel better soon!

Blu said...

Lovely finish! The colours you picked are great.

Brigitte said...

The best sentence in your post is "could get back to stitching". Great that you could get rid of your pain. Sometimes we sit and stitch and don't realze that our posture is bad for the muscles.
That little freebie you chose during your break from Elizabeth Easton is a little treasure. And I love the thread colours you stitched it with. Looking forward to seeing that little pincushion.
The second best sentence in your post is "the snow is gone now". I'd like to be able to say that about our region as well. But although it has been raining since yesterday there's still much too much snow for my taste. And coming more tomorrow ...

Karoline said...

It's lovely, congratulations

I hope your neck pain is better soon

natalie said...

What a beautiful finish! Thank you so much for the link to the chart. Hope you get to feeling better soon. :) Merry Christmas!

Julie said...

What a great finish!

Анна - Зонт said...

He is so nice :) Beautiful finish!

Yuko said...

Hi dear Melissa,
What a lovely and beautiful reindeer this is!
I just have downloaded and will stitch this for Christmas!!
I will use overdyed threads as yours is so beautiful!!

Thanks for the link!

Yuko ((hugs))

Lois said...

Good to see you posting again, sorry to hear that your neck and shoulders and back aren't feeling so good. What a lovely finish! I haven't seen this one before so I'm off to click on the link.

Looking forward to seeing your framed pieces next time round.

Siobhan said...

Great finish! I love the colors that you used. Thanks for sharing the link!

Pointed Stitcher said...

I love the reindeer and I hope your neck will feel better soon.

And This Little Pig said...

Thank you found your lovely blog while looking for reindeer patterns, so thank you for the link. So lovely. Hope you neck improves. Merry Christmas.
LiBBiE in Oz

max said...

Very lovely ornament. I love the designs from My Aunt's Attic. :D

I hope your neck and shoulders will ease up soon!!