Tuesday, August 24, 2010


I've been feeling melancholy for the past 1 week. I don't like to whine and I don't want to bore you with the details; suffice to say that my bum knee hurts. When it gets like that, I withdraw into myself. When it gets like that, I can muster up neither inspiration nor enthusiasm to craft. Which means my August Project gets delayed. *sigh* Mom asked me just yesterday why she hadn't seen me working on it. *double sigh*


I've been looking at the ongoing cross-stitch projects which I've abandoned for a good long while. ("A good long while" translates to a couple of years. Bad stitcher, I know.) I've been thinking of cross-stitching again. Oh, nothing ambitious - just a couple of pin cushions. I'm still at the "thinking" stage. Might be a while before I get to the "making" stage.

Thought I'd show you my unfinished, ongoing, mega-ambitious cross-stitch projects.

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This is the Lilliput Lane Village scene. View the entire scene here.
This is a majorly intricate project. The colour changes! The minute details!
The backstitching! But you know, sometimes I get mad ambitious
enough to attempt a project like this.

I adore these little English cottages and have many of their cross-stitch charts.
Someday, I hope to sew all of them and form a collection for my wall. Someday.

This is the beginnings of a Rose Bouquet. Another huge project. Look at
the frame. It's 36 inches wide. When it's done, the bouquet will cover about
80% of the width of the material. What was I thinking?!


zarina said...

You are not the only one. When I want to do any item, it usually is large. Look at what is my current favourite craft - quilting.

WhimsyLoft.com said...

hey there jace, i hope you will feel better soon :-) i'm sure you will.


Brandy said...

Sorry to hear your knee is bothering you. I understand the withdrawing thing, but I'm glad you posted something, I was starting to get worried.
I stopped cross-stitching several years ago when my hands started bothering me and have a couple of unfinished projects as well. But, don't feel bad. When Son was small I was going to make him a quilted wall hanging. I printed out the pattern, I bought all the fabric and everything needed to make the hanging and then? I packed everything in a box and haven't started it.
Sending good and healing wishes for your knee! HUGS!

azteclady said...



What fabric are you using, woman? It looks like very fine linen, not the aida I use, at all!

Mind you, I love complicated cross-stitching projects, but not BIG ones (does that even make sense?)

I like the counting, the color changes, figuring out how to make the back as neat as the front (yes, I'm obsessive, so what?), but past a certain area I become... well, distracted. :grin:

Jace said...

Zarina: Yes, they don't come bigger than a quilted blanket or bedspread. :)

Grace: Thanks! I'm feeling better already, emotion-wise. :)

Brandy: Thanks for your concern! I'm starting to get interested in crafting again ... time to tackle that tote bag. :) Any chance of you continuing with your cross-stitching and quilting? Taking it very slowly may help?

Azteclady: The fabrics are indeed Aida. :D Lilliput Lane is worked on 18-count, while Rose Bouquet on 16-count. I've stitched on Belfast Linen before, but not in a million years would I dare to attempt a huge project (such as these) on linen!

I understand what you mean by complicated but not big projects. :) I once stitched a pretty small Stoney Creek scenery (about 6" x 6") - was almost floored by the complicated colour changes! Since then, I had to think thrice before attempting a Stoney Creek design. :)

Taja said...

Jace, I'm sorry to hear that your knee is bothering you again. I hope you'll feel better really soon! :)

Cross-stitching, eh? Why am I not surprised that I hear about another creative side of you? ;) I know nothing about cross-stitching (LOL, not surprising) so I'm looking forward to reading more about it here. :)

WhimsyLoft.com said...



Brandy said...

Ha! Knew we had too much in common for it to be a coincidence! Happy BIrthday dear friend. I hope your day is special and full of beautiful Blessings! Just like you!

Jace said...

Taja: My knee is much better, thanks! :D I didn't have to take any painkillers this week. :D

I've been cross-stitching since I was 18. :) I totally sucked in the beginning since I didn't have anyone to guide me. Learnt from Japanese books! Didn't understand what they said, just followed the colour keys and charts. All my early stitchings were totally wrong! Then I discovered English cross-stitch magazines and books. Oh my ... they opened up my world! I've learnt so much since then. :)

No matter what other (new) crafts I learn, I'll never give up cross-stitching and crochet. :)

Jace said...

Grace: Thank you so much! :D It warms my heart that you remember. :)

Brandy: Thanks so much, my dear. :D I'm having a quiet day at home, but we'll be eating out tonight. :) You're so sweet with your kind words.

Taja said...

I'm glad to hear your knee is better already.

I'm sorry I didn't realize when I posted yesterday that it already would be the 26th in your time zone. Now I hope that it still is:

Happy Birthday, Jace! :D

Jace said...

Thank you, my dear Taja. :) Anytime is a good time to wish me happy birthday. :D

Deborah Raymond said...

Wow. this looks like a gigantic project! I could never even finish those little tiny cross stitch patterns from a kit for children. I get lost and frustrated. I can't wait to see this one finished. I love roses and all things feminine, like your lacy shawl you posted about earlier.

Jace said...

Hi Deborah,

Welcome to my blog! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :) I'll be sure to post progress pics of these projects to share with all of you. Thanks - I'm glad you like the lacy shawl. :)

Christine said...

Dearest Jace,
I'm sorry to hear your knee was hurting and you were feeling down. I hope this week is better. xo

Your cross-stitch projects are so beautiful. I can imagine how beautiful the rose one will look! You're inspiring me to dig mine out!

Jace said...

Yes, my knee is better this week. :) I'm glad you're inspired to dig your cross-stitch project(s) out! :D Can't wait to see what you're working on. :)

Christine said...

Glad your knee is better.

Oh, Jace. I'm going to make you laugh here. You want to see what I'm working on? Okay, you asked for it....

You can see the status of my latest cross-stitch project HERE in a post on my blog dated... are you ready? August 21, 2008. The two projects there look just like they do today. *head desk*

You can laugh if you want. Laughing is good. =)