Easter Egg Exchange

On the same forum where I joined the ATC exchange they also had an Easter egg exchange. The idea is that everyone uses the same basic shape for the egg stitch, but they can ‘fill’ it however they want, there were predesigned eggs to stitch from or you could design your own. And once the egg is done you can make it into what ever you want as well, an ATC, a card, coaster, needle-keep, floss keep, there are no limitations.
I was originally going to use a black work design which was already made, but then suddenly (and unexpectedly) decided to make my own.
The idea for mine came from reading a thread where members were creating a band sampler together. Simply explained a band sampler is a long piece of fabric with a ‘band’ or row of stitches being worked, followed underneath with another row of different stitches. Sort of a practical how-to guide to different stitches. A more indept explanation can be found here.

In any case, after reading their thread I decided to try a band sampler like feel to my egg, I’m not sure I’ve succeeded, you’ll have to tell me that.

I stitched the egg on 11 count white aida, which I dyed to a light yellow using Dylon hand dyes. I used DMC cottons, the green is all from a varigate shade and there are a few different shades of yellow and orange. The egg has 5 ‘bands’ in different stitches or designs.

I have no idea what to make out of it yet, so any suggestions are welcome.

Here is a picture
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If you want to have a go yourself, here is the website the basic egg shape is from and here are the predesigned eggs. Enjoy

ATC exchange – Winter/Snow themed

I recently joined a xstitch forum, and once on there I just had to join their various exchanges. This one is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) exchange, with the theme Winter and/or Snow. ATC’s are restricted on size, they should always be 2.5 x 3.5 inches, so I chose to do it on 16 count aida so I could fit more on to it. The motif is from a Luxury chart book which I believe was a freebie with World Of Cross Stitching in September or October, I changed the colours, stitching the snowman with white DMC metallic thread. It was a pain but it looks much better than the charted pale blue. The stars and writing was made with Madeira metallic thread which were also freebies except I can’t remember from where, and the border was made with a mix of madeira metallic and DMC cotton.

And here is the picture
Front
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Back
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Cuddly Bears

There is nothing quite as cute and cuddly as a bear (not real ones of course, I wouldn’t advice anyone to cuddle them). World of Crossstitching (WOXS) as a series going with patriot bears and when Australia Day came around I just knew I had to stitch the Aussie Bear for her.

Here he is, in some nice yellow card.

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The newest WOXS has a Norwegian bear, so I’m off to stitch her next 🙂

2009 Christmas Cards

What was that? Do I know it’s February? Of course I do, it’s not like I’m showcasing next years cards (if I do that before August you may have me commited).

The reason I’m putting these up so late is that I sent them out late and I wanted to be sure everyone had theirs before i put the pictures up.

Here we go then

This was made for MIL and FIL. They used to have the cutest westie in the world, so this is in memory of her. The design is adapted from a Joan Elliott design ‘Santa’s Helpers’ which appeared in WOXS – World of Cross Stitching ( I think), The original had several cute puppies surrounded by pressies and x-mas decorations, but I just stitched two of the pups seperately. So here is the Westie
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The other pup was stitched for my mum, a Golden Lab I think it is. I was really looking for a rottweiler, but couldn’t find one. Maybe I’ll try and design one for next christmas
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The third card was a freebie design from Crossstitcher issue 220, I made it for my big brother, SIL and nephew. It’s just soooo cute and perfect for kids. I changed the original text to say Merry Christmas in Norwegian instead of in English.
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The next two cards are from the same design, from Crossstitch Collection if I remember correctly. I just love that cat, it’s so cheeky.
The one on the right is stitched in the colours given in the chart and was for my little brother and his girlfriend, and the one on the left is for my BIL and future SIL. The colours were changed to match their newest kitty Mogli.
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This next one was from a X-mas card chart book from WOXS, and was for my dad. It looks so much nicer in real life, the purple metallic card really suits the design, but taking pics of metallic card is a b***h
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I don’t have individual pic of the last three, and dad’s raindeer main it onto this card too 🙂 The two bird ones were from the same chartbook as the raindeer and were for DH’s Grandma and Nan, while the Happy Christmas one was from one of the magazines, Crossstitcher I think, and for DH’s aunt and uncle.
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Well that was it, next year I’m aiming to do more cards. There were so many designs i never to around to and I’m sure the mags will have plenty of great designs this year as well.

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