Back in September Paul and I had a wonderful 3 week break in the USA to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We started in Boston for a few days, before spending two weeks on Cape Cod – where we rented a cottage in Eastham overlooking Cape Cod bay. We finished off our holiday with a few days in New York.
As you can imagine I needed some stitching to take but was told I was not allowed to pack my Lowery floor frame!! I therefore needed to find something small that I could hold in my hands and that would not need threads to be laid!! Through one of the blogs I follow I had discovered Chatelaine Designs and decided to do “The Stitching Leporello”.
I changed the Needlepoint Inc Silk threads to DMC stranded cotton and the Delica beads to Mill Hill as I had both of these in stock. Whilst away I only completed the cross stitching of three of the outside panels – I found it difficult to hold the frame in my hand for long lengths of time after using a floor stand for many years.
We also got hooked on Jeopardy and baseball (although I’m still not sure that I understand the latter) which cut down the stitching time.
Since we have been back the other sections have been completed and the special stitches and beads have been added. Last week I spent making it up following the instructions from “Just A Thought” by Judy Odell. I really need to practise more with a curved needle as my fingers were sore by the end of the week.
I have also completed a new design in the Little Ones series – in two colourways. As soon as we get a sunny day I will take the photos.