This is Abi Gurden's new web site, Bee's Needleworks, and she
is the designer/owner of The Stitch Specialists Yahoo Group I
co-moderate. You might see something of mine in the gallery too :-) http://www.beesneedleworks.co.uk/
My next project will be "Around the World in 80 Stitches" by Papillon Creations. This is a SAL and will be released in 24 monthly parts, the first part has just been released. I went out to my LNS today and chose the fabric and threads. The fabric I chose is 32 count Belfast/Toasted Almond and the threads are a selection of Rainbow Gallery Splendor silk. It called for two colors of beads but I couldn't make up my mind and so I'll choose those from the 4 I picked when the time comes to use them. There's also one skein of metallic braid from Kreinik. The instructions were to choose 3 greens (dark, medium and light), and 8 floral colors. There's also going to be some white in there somewhere, not sure if I'll use floss or Perle.
This is Day & Night by Long Dog Samplers. It has been a WIP/UFO for a LONG time and I finally made a commitment to finish it. The chart was a nightmare to work with because of the symbols not being clear, and some being very similar, but other than that it was an enjoyable stitch. Excuse the wrinkles! I didn't take time to iron it before taking the picture.
This is my second stitching of the Tree of Stitches by Abi Gurden. The first one I did in all greens and this one is my blossom tree. I left the beading off this one because I think it looks fine without it and I'm not wild about doing beads!
Just a small update because I actually finished something! This is Heart of My Heart by Abi Gurden which was a Valentine freebie on The Stitch Specialists Yahoo Group.
I've had virtually no time to stitch the last few months but hopefully that will change within a month or two. I quit a part-time volunteer position at the end of December and when I've finished the online computer class I'm taking I will have lots more time, that's the plan anyway.
I'm originally from England and my husband and I now live in Arkansas, we've been here in the USA since 1975, and in Arkansas since December 2000. I became an American citizen on June 9, 2008. I learned to do needlework as a young girl and have never lost interest. I always have something on the go; cross stitch, Hardanger, knitting, crochet, something to do with a needle!
I'm a mother to two grown sons, one living in the USA and the other in London, England. I'm also Nana to two girls.
I work full-time at our local community college as an Administrative Assistant and I'm a member of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), an organization I've been associated with for over 30 years.