Monday, 24 October 2011

Slow crafting

Happy Handmade Monday everyone!

It has been a few weeks since I last contributed something crafty to Wendy’s blog…I blame the looming house move (D-8) and my general lack of energy coming home after work and 4 hours of commute. But, behold…I have at last managed to put the finishing touches to my latest cross-stich creations!
For my new readers here at Made in Suisse, you can read here about how I conquered my fear of cross-stitching thanks to a present from my friend Vic back in April. Since then, I have stitched 2 postcards in September and I have just finished another lot. The giraffe was cross-stitched. The little pack from Hobbycraft contained the pattern, needle, canvas and threads. This is my third cross-stitch pack from Hobbycraft and I am seriously addicted. They are very fun to make.

The pack for the second postcard was also a present but came from Boundary Mills in Yorkshire (England) and also contained everything needed to make the card, including the envelope and frame for the card. This wasn't done using cross-stitching but rather a single diagonal stitch in each square (technical term anyone??) and I did not find it quite as easy as cross-stitching. Because the desgn is rather full as well, I fear that my irregular tension  may have distorted the picture a bit. I am also convinced that the frame for the card was bigger than it should have been hence the not-so-perfect fit in the picture below. Still, I was pleased with the end-product considering it had taken me hours to get there!


I know, this isn’t much in terms of crafty achievement in the last few weeks but it will have to do for now! If you need a bigger fix of crafty goodness, go and visit the Handmade Monday page!

Until next time ;-)

10 comments:

Ros Made Me said...

Don't you just love the look on a giraffe's face and you have captured it perfectly.

As to the single diagonal stitch, it is called tent stitch and often see in tapestry work.

Both cards are a real delight.

Wendy said...

The cards are both lovely. Good luck with that house move - it's a tiring time, but hopefully won't take too much out of you! x

Caroline Lovis (Redneedle) said...

Your work is lovely, very neat I esp like the second card

Susie said...

I think that's a lot! And beautiful. Needle work is such an exacting art, but so impressive. Love what you've done.

Planet Penny said...

Yes, that giraffe has got such a 'who are you looking at' expression! Great to conquer a crafty mountain, onwards and upwards!

mcrafts said...

The cards are gorgeous - especially the giraffe. Good luck with the house move - and all the unpacking at the other end too! :)

Handbags by Helen said...

Love, love the giraffe!

Mrs A. said...

The giraffe is so cute. Hope your move goes okay. Youll be able to look back and wonder how you fitted it all in.

Pretty Shabby UK said...

I don't envy you on the house move, we moved at beginning of May, and the first day of the move I went to a roller skating party for my nieces birthday. Can you guess the punchline.... Yip I fell and broke my arm...Just about getting sorted now :)

Picto said...

Your giraffe is brilliant, it's great when we conquer our 'fears'
so well done on all fronts.
I had a table at a market today and an English lady who now lives in Switzerland bought a bathroom plaque to take home with her. :o)
Good luck on the move.

Jan x

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