Gingerbread House Cross Stitch

The bottom and back of my Gingerbread House

I started working on this house late last year to use as a model for my girls, but soon realised it was going to take a long time and that they wouldn’t have the patience to finish it. I wondered if even I had the patience (dedication) to finish it, but when I added the back stitch the design popped and now I feel quite motivated (I doubt it will be finished this year).

The design is from the 2016 Family Circle Christmas Special – you might still be able to find the pattern here.

I bought the plastic canvas from Spotlight and I am using 6 strands of DMC floss, 2 for the backstitching.

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Christmas Socks Finished

My christmas socks are finished

I finished my Christmas socks. The yarn is the Christmas yarn from WYS. I just did a plain sock – twisted rib cuff, eye of partridge heel flap and I used Kate Atherley’s wedge toe instructions (I like how the toe is rounded rather than pointy).

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The Bayeux Tapestry – Carola Hicks

Cover of Bayeux Tapestry by Carola Hicks

Bayeux Tapestry by Carola Hicks

I have always been fascinated by the Bayeux Tapestry and one day I will get to see it in person. I find it fascinating, but also I want to know about the people who made it. What were there lives like?

Here is the blurb …

The vivid scenes on the Bayeux Tapestry depict the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. It is one of Europe’s greatest treasures and its own story is full of drama and surprise.

Who commissioned the tapestry? Was it Bishop Odo, William’s ruthless half-brother? Or Harold’s dynamic sister Edith, juggling for a place in the new court? Hicks shows us this world and the miracle of the tapestry’s making: the stitches, dyes and strange details in the margins. For centuries it lay ignored in Bayeux cathedral until its ‘discovery’ in the eighteenth century. It became a symbol of power as well as art: townsfolk saved it during the French Revolution; Napoleon displayed it to promote his own conquest; the Nazis strove to make it their own; and its influence endures today.

This marvelous book, packed with thrilling stories, shows how we remake history in every age and how a great work of art has a life of its own.

It took me a while to read this book – not because it is difficult (It has a chatty accessible style), but there is a lot of information. It is split into 6 sections:

  • Embroidering History
  • Lost and Found
  • Revolutions and Romantics
  • The Gentle Touch
  • The Great Escape
  • Global Image

There is information on the possible patrons, lucky escapes (Napoleon and Himmler), various people who drew it and studied and some even made replicas!

If you are at all interested in textiles and social history, you will find this fascinating.

Another review



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So many mistakes

My Lady’s Quaker

I kept making mistakes on this quaker motif…

Finished version from Jardin Prive

The one in the top right corner.

I have put in some tacking lines – I hope this fixes my counting issues.

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More on the Socks

Christmas Socks

I am still working on my Christmas socks – although I might have to move onto some secret squirrel things before I get finished.

I went to Knit Purl – it is a beautiful store. Definitely worth a visit.

And then on the way back to the come I passed Laneway Quilts – so I had to pop in and bought more sock yarn (of course). I am so amazed that two stores can co-exist so close to each other in a relatively small community.

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Christmas Socks 2018

Christmas Sock Progress

I have turned the heel, but still to pick up the stitches for the gusset.

Yarn: Fairy Lights from WYS, I am making the pattern up as I go along (very vanilla though).

Check out the knitted and crocheted poppies at the War Memorial in Kings Park.

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My Lady’s Quaker

My Lady’s Quaker

As someone who prides themselves, on my ability to do maths – this cross stitch has humbled me. The motif in the top right I must have stitched at least twice.

The pattern is My Lady’s Quaker from Jardin Prive – 32 count Belfast linen, DMC threads (Black and a Variegated Red)

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Christmas Socks – 2018

Fairy Lights Swatch

A new start. This is Fairy Lights from West Yorkshire Spinners (it’s the limited edition christmas one). I bought it directly from them and it arrived within a week.

I am using my Addi Crasy Trio needles (size 2.25mm) and my gauge is  8 stitches/inch.

My original plan was to knit something with a bit of texture – maybe a cable, but the colour pattern is interesting, so I am just going to knit a plain vanilla top-down sock.

I am going to cast on 66 stitches and knit a 1 by 1 rib for 2 inches (although I might do a twisted rib).


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Samplers from the V&A Museum – Clare Brown and Jennifer Wearden

I have wanted to buy a copy of this book for ages, but could never find one.

And then I came across this one at Australian Needle Arts

I think it’s the same – just a reprint (this one was published in 2003).

I have long had an interest in textiles and I find samplers particularly fascinating. I wish there was more information on the girls who stitched the samplers – where they lived, their economic situation, did they get married, did they recent making a sampler?

These girls were so young – Mary Ann Body (it’s her sampler on the cover) was only 9!

I particularly like this one – dated 1792 where a word is clearly inserted.

Here you seen the ‘away has been added later – or they miscalculated how wide the text would be.


There is a great article here on these samplers.

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My Lady’s Quaker

Progress on My Lady’s Quaker

I have been looking at various different ways of cross stitching. I stitch in hand one stitch at a time. I have tried Q-Snaps, but they hurt my hands getting them on and off, and I do have hoops (this one  and while I do like this hoop – it is a bit of a pain to carry it around and set it up each time). I wanted to have less fuss and effort so I went with stitching in hand.

I do what I think is called the stab method (terrible name), but I thought I should try the sewing method however my tension was a bit crap, so I fallen back to the tried and tested method.

I was hoping to progress a bit quicker, but I will just have to make more of the process.

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