Thursday, 13 December 2012


Wow, how time flies when you’re having fun………….!! I have had so much going on in the last few weeks and really don’t know where the time has gone.

The Christmas cake is made and the mince pies in the freezer along with a number of casseroles so I can have a ‘rest’. The cards are written and the majority of the pressies are ready to wrap. And I have finally made the decision to leave the weekly pay cheque of the supermarket job and concentrate on my embroidery wherever that takes me. People say you should follow your dream, well, better late than never. I’ve been dreaming so long I feel like Sleeping Beauty!

There is so much buzzing round in my head and I need to concentrate on my ideas and develop my design skills and practice, practice, practice!

The angel is finished.

Completed piece
Pearl purl to give movement to design 
Angel Head
Couched upper wing
Compass or Wheel of life or the Earth? - my doughnut.

 My, we have had a tortuous journey me and my angel – don’t know who is guarding who!!! The doughnut went on – and off and on again. The feet were like applying small dots. I ran out of places to anchor my couching thread. And then there was the cutwork.

I have had to use rough and smooth purls as per the brief – yes very fragile! Two lines of cutwork angled into each other and then s-ing next to that. I lost count of how many cut purls cracked and were taken out when knocked with the needle. What is that saying about more haste less speed?

Anyway, I ran out of rough and smooth purls, so I had to stop fiddling with it. When I got up to Tracy’s yesterday we agreed that one line of s-ing looked a bit squashed as you see in the photot, so I redid that and then yeah……………….it finally came off the frame. Hip hooray! It was getting like the blackwork and I never wanted to see it again. It is now partially mounted, just the backing sateen to put on when I go back in January, so will be ready for the New Year assessment.

When she sat on her board, yes I did feel a bit chuffed. This is different to my normal work and I am so grateful that the Beryl Dean Trustees allowed me to use one of her designs. Having worked on it over the autumn makes you fully appreciate her skill as an artist and wow did it challenge me.

Now I'll have to practice applique.


  1. Oh, she is stunning! I do hope that you have time to really enjoy her at this very busy time of the year and for many years to come. Congratulations. All the best for your assessment.

  2. Thank you so much, Erica. I've learnt a lot from my litle angel. Best wishes :)

  3. Congratulations on the finish! I'm sure your assessment will go well as she looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing your stitching journey.

  4. Thank you for the lovely comment, Monica. I've more roads to travel yet! Best wishes :)