Sunday, 17 July 2011

A finish and a new start

Today has been bright and sunny and relatively warm at a mere 15 degrees celsius!  The HDHBEM and I went out for a drive past the Royal New Zealand Naval Base and enjoyed both the sunny weather and the beautiful views of Rangitoto Island.   The view in this snapshot is actually taken from Mt Eden, near my home and the naval base is on the small peninsula in the mid-left of the shot.

This extinct volcano in the Auckland Harbour is quite an icon for us and on one memorable day a few years ago I climbed to the top!   While I'm not prepared to put that photo onto the internet, here's one taken at the volcanic caves just below the summit.

But now the sun has gone down, the curtains are drawn, the chores are all done and it is time for dinner in front of the TV news and a night of stitching.

I managed a small ornament finish - only to find that I had no extremely narrow red ribbon so had to improvise. White ribbon, silver pins and shiny red beads.   I can't make the computer rotate this photo tonight so here's the sideways shot!

It was Embroiderers Guild last Saturday and I made a start on a hardanger "hanging bell" which is proving fun to stitch. The main grid is now laid down and I need to do the back stitch and the beading before attempting the construction.

I decided to use only what I had in my stash so this is 28 count Cashel linen in a pale apricot shade with DMC perle number 8 and number 12 in shade 950.  My stash cupboard has some glittery icicle coloured beads so that will  create the glitter.
Have a look at this website and see if you'd like to make a "Winters Tale" too.

So that's it from me today.   Have a good evening everyone


  1. Lovely ornament Margaret.
    The hanging bell looks already lovely too. I tried to find a link for it, but didn't succeed.

  2. Enjoy stitching your little bell, I have tonight just finished one.

  3. Beautiful stitching and lovely photos of your part of the world.

  4. What a pretty view! Great job on the little ornament and such a cute little bell! Looking forwarded to seeing the bell constructed.

  5. Lovely ornament finish Margaret!