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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.

On Holiday

From Thursday my site will be temporarily closed for business until the end of April while I go on holiday. (Wheeee!) I’m off to Singapore and Melbourne.

Fingers crossed that soon after I’m back the Bee Happy Pyramajig will be released.

Festive Wishes

December. While most of the world revs up into a frenzy of activity, preparing to celebrate I freeze like a deer in the headlights and feel overwhelmed. Presents bought – nope. Decorations up – thinking about it. Cards sent – not going to happen. Stitching done – . . . you get the idea.

I’ve still been stitching every day but only for a short while. My wrists threaten to play up if I stitch for more than an hour. So, progress has been very slow but I’ll show you what I’m working on. I think I mentioned a while back that I manage to lose my scissors fairly often so I felt the need for a scissor fob. I’ve been working on a set of three in the form of birdcages. While I’m not keen on the idea of caging birds I do love fancy cages. They would look silly empty so I’ve compromised. There are birds in the cages but the doors are all open.


I’ll keep plodding along, stitching a little each day, and hopefully these will be released as patterns sometime – I’m going to be very vague here – next year.

Wherever you are and whatever you celebrate around this time of year, I wish you peace joy and laughter and the company of those you love.

The Band’s Tuning Up

BrightSea Village is preparing for a big celebration. There’ll be music, love, laughter and cake.

I’m now working on the last section of this project. I’m finding it so hard to put the needle down at the end of each stitching session as the picture gets more and more exciting. (If don’t I’ll pay for it in wrist pain though.) This is what I love about cross stitch; watching the picture come to life and then adding the back stitch and seeing it pop off the canvas.


Finger Work Out

This simple exercise has done wonders for the elbow and wrist pains I get when I’ve been stitching too long without a break. While I’m stitching I do it between cotton changes or whenever I think of it.

1. Touch your thumb to your forefinger.

P10104662. Touch your thumb to your middle finger.


3. Touch your thumb to your ring finger.


4. Touch your thumb to your pinkie. (This is not intended as a rude hand gesture.)


Repeat often.

If you suffer from stitchers’ aches and pains I hope this helps you.


Oh, and the stitching in the background? That’s my progress to date on the next Minute Matters carpet – Lower Whilborough. I’m almost finished working the border and am looking forward to starting on the juicy bit in the middle.

Happy stitching, all.