Author Archives: Elli Jenks

I’ve Been Busy

BrightSea Village now has it’s own needlecraft shop, The Nifty Needle. I so wish there was a real Nifty Needle handy to where I live. I’d love to shop there. Also de Malmanche Demesne is ready to be rolled out on a dollhouse floor (or framed and hung). And because I’m still as eager to stitch as ever I’m already over a quarter of the way through stitching the next addition to BrightSea Village, the Lido cinema. That’s the back that I’ve stitched so far. I try to save the most exciting side to stitch last.

Not Quite Enough

So close to finishing BrightSea Village’s Needlework shop when I ran out of one colour (just near needle in picture). (Doesn’t that always happen.) As soon as our lockdown restrictions loosened a little I ordered some online. Guess which colour was out of stock?

Good news. Put in another order last night and it appears to be available.

In the meantime I’ve started on the next mini carpet, de Malmanche Demesne. Loving these gorgeous colours.

Keep stitching and keep safe, people.

Productivity In Isolation

What a crazy time this is. I hope you and those you hold dear will come through the pandemic safely.

Like many parts of the world New Zealand is in lockdown. We stay in our homes with only the people we live with or, as we call it, “our bubbles” and only venture out for essential purposes. I’ve been making use of this time in isolation to work on my stitching. I have been distracted from stitching by my one year old grand-daughter (first grandchild). Anything dangerous seems to draw her like a magnet so scissors and needles get hidden well away while she is here and often get left hidden away. I dearly miss her visits while we are in lockdown but now that I can keep my stitching out I am progressing well on the BrightSea Village Needlecraft shop.

As well as getting back into my stitching again I’ve felt inspired to design again too. I had begun to think that the “Nifty Needle” would be the last building in the BrightSea Village collection but over the last few days I’ve been working on a new building and I’m so looking forward to stitching it now so I imagine I’ll be racing to get my current and next projects stitched so I can start it.

Wherever you are please keep safe and, as we Kiwis say, stay in your bubble.

Picking Up The Needle

The fabric of my life has frayed a bit over the past few months but now I’m gathering the threads together again. (See what I did there?) Even my stitching got put aside for a while and the longer I left it the less inclined I felt to resume stitching. Yesterday I made myself pick up the needle and stitch, just for fifteen minutes I thought. Boom! The joy of stitching surged back through my veins. Now I’m keen as ever to stitch so I’m back to work on the BrightSea Village Needlecraft Shop and having fun.

BrightSea Village Needlecraft Shop Progress

I’m going well on the back wall. Two of the villagers are sitting out in the sun stitching, knitting and having a good old chat.

I’m not that keen on back stitching (is anyone?) so I make myself do one strand of it every fourth needle threading.