Yay! Temari certificate is finally here

Guest who almost screamed her head offseveral days ago right at the post office? Yes, that was me!

And the reason for this was my wonderful, beautiful, and long-awaited temari certificate straight from JTA (remember, I told you about a temari exam in June?). Many thanks to Ginny Thompson, my inspiration and my mentor on the temari path.

And here is the certificate itself:
Сертификат JTA

My temari are up for charity!

Mitsubane Kikkou temari

Hi everybody, this is a quick post with some important news that I want to share! Four of my temari balls are up for auction held by a Pret-a-Kote charity boutique. All proceeds will be used to help stray and rescued cats.

Khokhloma temari

If you’re curious, you can take a peek at the auction itself here: https://vk.com/meow_boutique_pretakote

Miniature trees – finished!

Mini trees postcard stitching

OK, the project is not finished yet, because the idea is to make a postcard. But the stitching is complete, and looks like this:

Mini trees postcard stitching

Right now I understand that I should have placed something on the photos for size reference. The actual stitching is very small, about 9 cm in height (3.5 ”) and 8 in length (3.2 ”).

Mini trees postcard stitching

For my next step I have to find a postcard blank and mount the stitching in. Hopefully the result will be as pretty as I imagine it 🙂

Work in progress: mini trees postcard

Miniature trees cross stitching project

A little update on my progress with the trees project, that I started after returning from Singapore. I love miniature patterns! A day or two, maybe a week of work, and you already have something to show:

Miniature trees cross stitching project

Miniature trees cross stitching project

As you can see, I finished the oak part (top left), and moving fast onward with three other trees (top to bottom: apple, juniper, willow). The cross stitching here is no problem at all, but there also is a lot of back-stitching, which is much complex. Well, I designed this pattern and thus brought this onto myself 🙂

The next big idea I have is to make a postcard out of this project. But I have never tried making cross stitch postcards before. Do you know any good tutorials on how to do it?

One finish, one disappointment, and one wedding coming up

Fallout vault dwellers finished project

Today is the day when I can finally tell you, that I did it! The Fallout wedding project is finished, framed and ready to go to it’s new owners. And right now I have some very mixed feelings about it.

But first things first, here’s a photo:
Fallout vault dwellers finished project

As you probably remember, I stitched this for my half-sister, who’s wedding is coming up this Saturday. It is a custom project, I made the pattern, chose the canvas, stitched it and was oh-so-very proud of myself. But then I had to get it framed, and as it is a present, moreover – a wedding present – I decided that I would not do it myself and would rather pay professionals to do it properly.

I got my stitching back yesterday, and was even more happy right until I unpacked it. The first photo was tweaked a bit, and here is the original. Can you see the problem here? Continue reading “One finish, one disappointment, and one wedding coming up”

WIP and (almost) a finish

Miniature trees cross stitch

Good news at last! Last week I finally completed the Vault dwellers couple for my sister. And it would be a post of pride if I hadn’t forgotten to make a photo 🙂 But I did, and as for now the finished work is being framed (not in detective stories kind of way) – so no photos until next week. Anyway, the whole picture looks great and I really hope that Katie will like it as much as I did 🙂

So this week I started something new. This is a pattern with different types of trees that I designed for my Etsy shop. Somehow I decided to stitch it first and post on Etsy after – no idea why. It is very small and I hope to use it for a postcard.

Progress so far:

Miniature trees stitching Continue reading “WIP and (almost) a finish”

Back!

Hey everybody, I’m back from my little vacation to the beautiful city-state of Singapore! Last weekend I had a chance to see the Singapore National Day parade and witness all the festivities.
Happy Birthday, Singapore! 🙂

And if you have never been there, I strongly recommend to go book a flight to that amazing place right now 🙂

WIP: Just one line of text left

Fallout Vault boy and girl - a wedding present

At this point I feel almost like a marathon runner. I never actually ran a marathon, but I imagine that at the end all athletes feel like “Come on, myself, hang on just a little bit longer…” That’s exactly my point in this Fallout project 🙂 As for now it looks like this:

Fallout Vault boy and girl - a wedding present

As you can see, the boy and girl are fully stitched, as is the date and the names of bride (my half-sister, in case anybody forgot) and the groom. There is only one thing left to stitch, and that is the line “Love never changes” underneath the couple.