Bitten By The Stitching Bug – Again

threads for my new project

threads for my new project

No more cross stitch this year. That’s what I said in my comments recently. But one special project kept nagging me. Especially now that Avis and Claire have chosen a new project for a SAL.

OK, I give in. ;)

My new project will be a joy for the entomologists and insect lovers among you. Here’s a little teaser pic – I don’t want to give too much away for now. But I can tell you won’t be disappointed. :)


Currently we are nine ladies stitching along. We will all post about our progress on October 12. I’ll link to all of  their blogs in my post then.

Butterflies – Stage 8 & Finish

Pararge aegeria tircis (male)

Pararge aegeria tircis (male)

You may have noticed it was a little quiet around here and my other blogs lately. I was engaged in a serious battle against everything paper in my humble dwellings (not finished yet, but way better than before), went for a couple of photo walks on the weekends (got soaked last weekend – why does it always rain on weekends?), had some health issues getting in the way (hoping to get a satisfying answer tomorrow from my doc) and there was a death in the family (finally, after months of struggling), but I still managed to finish my Butterflies.

But before I show you how it turned out, here are the last five beauties.

Speckled Wood (Pararge aegeria tircis)

Gatekeeper, Hedge Brown (Pyronia tithonus)

White Admiral (Limenitis camilla)

Clouded Yellow (Colias croceus)

Purple Emperor (Apatura iris)

For the backing and binding I used some fabric from my stash. Not the one I was looking for and obviously didn’t have – a red one with butterflies. But I found another one I had totally forgotten about – a blue one with butterflies’ wings. At first I was a little reluctant to cut this one, but Hey! That’s what it’s made for!

backing and binding fabric

backing and binding fabric

Washing and ironing out the dust and creases of at least 15 years, adding a leftover piece of thin batting/wadding and a thin border from the backing fabric – et voilá!

Butterflies, finished

Butterflies, finished

Butterflies, panel

Butterflies, panel

Erm – some of you who have a sharp eye may have noticed I miscounted my own pattern (top row, right). I only noticed after I had finished the Gatekeeper but neither had time nor did I feel like taking out the stitches and start again. Better luck next time. ;)

This was the last stage of my project in a SAL. I think Avis in England and Claire in France both have finished Cirque des Cercles, Gun from Sweden should have found a solution for her blue flowers while Kate from Australia has already completed her wedding sampler and has started a new project. Feel free to pop over!

My wonky little Tardis

My wonky little Tardis

I will now try to finish some of the projects from my list on the left before the end of the year and there are still some WIPs waiting at the UFO Garage. This means my other cross stitch projects will have to wait until 2015. After all, I don’t own a Tardis. At least not a real one. :)

The Reef – September

Welcome to the next issue of  The Reef, introducing one specimen from my secret reef located on the western shore of the Baltic Sea each month – as quantities last and new species are detected. :) Another one from the archives – still trying to get rid of tons of paper stuff I have collected over the years.

Lanavirginia rubra julii
Red stony coral

Lanavirginia rubra julii

Lanavirginia rubra julii

A fast growing species that reaches its adult size of 14 x 9 cm in about 45 minutes. The Red stony coral builds small calcite crystals into its surface layer.

Butterflies – Stage 7

Red Admiral - Vanessa atalanta

Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta

Here are the next five completed butterflies – only five more to go. :) The pattern didn’t tell which colours to use for the outlines, it just said ‘browns and greys’. From the picture it was hard to tell what actual colours they had used in the project. So I chose colours that were already in the individual butterfly except for the Brimstone for which I picked a greenish grey.

Comma – Polygonia c-album

Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta

Common Brimstone – Gonepterix rhamni

Green Hairstreak – Callophris rubi

Old World or Common Yellow Swallowtail – Papilio machaon

If you what to know what the other ladies in this SAL are stitching, visit Avis in England and Claire in France, who are both working on Cirque des Cercles. Gun from Sweden is completing her blue flowers while Kate from Australia is finishing her wedding sampler. Enjoy their work!

How Do You Store Your Inspiration?

One of my recent finds

One of my recent finds

I’ve currently taken a break in crafting because I suddenly felt that I had to do what I should have done years ago. Go through the tons of everything in my place that’s made of paper – my personal papers, my collection of press clippings (which I already halved two years ago) and most of all, loads of little scraps of inspiration.

Getting my inspiration from everywhere and everything, the question is how to store this ‘everything’.

I admire people who are able to put everything away in scrapbooks. I love scrapbooks. The only problem is I’m afraid of keeping one (or more) myself. Sticking these little scraps onto the pages with a dab of glue feels so final. They will remain there while I love to rearrange things. It’s hard for me not to think about it and just do it.

How do keep your inspiration? Do you have a scrapbook, a project folder or do you prefer a shoebox?

Butterflies – Stage 6

Inachis io - (European) peacock

Inachis io – (European) peacock

Some of you have been eagerly waiting for this moment – the completed butterflies. Well, here they are – the first five of them. On the left I put the basic butterflies, on the right there are the completed ones. The stitched outlines, antennae and legs make quite a difference and seem to bring them to life.

European Peacock – Inachis io

Common/Chalkhill Blue – Polyommatus coridon

Camberwell Beauty/Mourning Cloak – Nymphalis antiopa

Holly Blue – Celastrina argiolus

Marbled White – Melanargia galathea

This is my project in a SAL. Avis in England and Claire in France are both working on Cirque des Cercles, and Gun from Sweden is working on her blue flowers while Kate from Australia is completing her wedding sampler. Take a look at their beautiful projects!

The Reef – August

Welcome to the next issue of The Reef, introducing one specimen from my secret reef located on the western shore of the Baltic Sea each month – as quantities last and new species are detected. :) Sorry, one day late, but real life got in the way.

Fibrae-minutae viridis-diversus julii
Green Tube Sponge

Fibrae-minutae viridis-diversus

Fibrae-minutae viridis-diversus julii

This small group of two tube sponges is between 15 and 19 cms high. Green tube sponges grow quickly once the larvae have found a place to settle and reach their adult size in less than an hour.