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Anuradha Jain, New Delhi, India Namaste, dear readers.
June is scorching in Delhi, a dry relentless heat, during which the only sensible thing to do is to stay inside and stitch! But this month we can enjoy frangipani flowers, whose fragrance perfumes the long, sultry nights.
Both my nan and my mum were skilled needlewomen, and I learnt most of what I know from them. Recently, my daughter has been trying her hand at stitching too, so we’ve an embroidery wall in our living room, which has work done by all four of us. Some of the pieces are very old, like a windmill embroidered by my nan more than 50 years ago.
There is hardly any room any more in the house for pictures, especially since my daughter also paints, so I often tweak the designs for use in other ways, like this cushion I made for my sister-in-law from issue 239 of Cross Stitcher. I just couldn’t resist the adorable teapots! My cute teapot cushion 1 Our embroidery wall 2 Anu is a happily married mum of two, and lives with her family in New Delhi. She completed her PhD in Geography after her daughter was born. She is a stay-at-home mum who, besides her freelance work, loves to indulge in her passion for all things creative. Charlotte McFall, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, UK “June is busting out all over. All over the meadow and the hill.” Sorry I really need to stop watching my favourite musical when I’m meant to be writing. But who can resist the gorgeous Gordon MacRae?
June is a little hectic for us with both mine and my hubby’s birthday and then Father’s Day. Most people, like us, are looking forward to the summer holidays, which is why I chose to share ‘Voyage at Sea’, a Dimensions petite kit stitched by my good friend Cari Cook.
Ships and those lovely seaside pictures remind me of places I have been and places I want to see. As I write this it is a mere 10 days until we go to Rome, I can’t wait to see the Colosseum and the Parthenon. If I get some really good pictures I will turn them into a cross stitch pattern using one of those postage cross stitch kits.
So far my stitching has been going slow after having flu and doing my Master’s assignment and project proposal it feels like I haven’t had two minutes to myself. I’m looking forward to stitching more in the summer.
By the way, I love these cute little owls stitched by my friend Angela Baker, but she’s forgotten who did the kit so would appreciate it if someone knows they could tell me as I’d like to do them myself! Voyage At Sea, stitched by Cari 3 Anyone know where I can get this kit of cute owls? 4 Charlotte writes as Misty Shaw, and pens romance for My Weekly Pocket Novels and Mills and Boon. She was the winner of the Carina Mills and Boon Christmas in July Competition.
Rachel Dove, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, UK
Here in Yorkshire, we have had some very unseasonal weather this year so far. Snow days, and lots of them! Schools were closed, roads deemed unsafe, and milk and bread stockpiled in huge amounts, leaving nothing on the shelves of supermarkets and local shops. I swear, if us Yorkshire folk can’t have our tea and toast, we are not happy!
So with people snowed in and work and school cancelled, I have had a lot of lovely stitching time making Christmas cards, and also quality time with my children, which has been fun.
That got me thinking, what is your favourite type of card to stitch? Are you already stitching Christmas cards, like me, or are you already making cards for next year? If you were snowed in, would your card stack see you through the bad weather, or do you make them unique to each person? Whatever you are doing, I hope you are having as much fun making them as I am. A snow day was the perfect excuse to stitch my free CrossStitcher card! 5 Rachel is married with two boys, writes for Mills & Boon, and is the winner of the Prima Flirty Fiction Competition. Lisa Thomas, Lake Michigan, USA As I am writing this, we are receiving a whole lot of snow. Mother Nature is not cooperating. On the stitching front, I’m really having a hard time with motivation to work on any of my projects. I find it is very hard for me to stitch when it is so dreary outside. I am longing for some sunlight.
I have been working on an anniversary gift for my husband. I have decided to work on a wedding sampler that I never seem to have time to do. The theme of our relationship has been snowmen. A snowman and snow woman was the first card I ever gave him. I finally found a larger design and have modified it to fit my needs. It was actually a picture of a mother and daughter snowmen. The size difference was a perfect difference for my husband and me. He is over a foot taller than I am so the combination worked. This project is moving along slowly since I’m trying to make this a surprise! Do you want to stitch a snowman? 6 Lisa is married to a dairy farmer and has three children. She lives close to the beaches of Lake Michigan, USA. Joy Snouffer, Hagerstown, Maryland, USA Happy Father’s Day to all my friends here in the US!
I’d also like to wish a very Happy 51st birthday to my handsome hubby, Todd! Instead of stitching a gift this year, I plan to finally frame a clipper ship that I cross stitched for him about 20 years ago. I guess it’s about time!
June is a lovely month for cross stitching in western Maryland. The sun is shining, birds singing, flowers blooming, and warm breezes through the trees make my fingers itch to stitch
something filled with blossoms and lovely colours. I might stitch up an Independence Day door-hanging, or maybe a little something with a seaside theme. On second thought, I might start on Christmas ornaments! You never know what might strike my fancy!
My favourite stitching spot is in a corner of the living room. I’ve set up a cozy little desk and chair, my OttLite floor lamp, and supplies for my current stitchy project. I’ll stitch away while sipping iced tea and watching Law & Order re-runs.
Another fun spot for stitching is beside the pool. Although I’m not much of a swimmer, I look forward to stitching while my family frolics. As soon as the water warms up a bit, my grandson (10 months) will take his first-ever dip in the pool (alongside Momma and Daddy, of course)! His big sister (age 2) has her little swimsuit and life jacket ready and can’t wait to jump in!
Whatever and wherever you choose to stitch, I wish you fun, sunny days, and many wonderful summer memories! My Jeep and Jam stitching 7 & 8 The finished clipper – finally years later – it is ready to be framed! 9 Joy is married, a homemaker with two grandchildren. She lives at the foot of mountains west of Baltimore. Giordana Grossi, Parma, Italy All of my friends know that I love handmade stuff. Besides cross stitch, my other hobbies are jewellery, sewing and polymer clay. Obviously when one of my colleagues asked me to go to an exhibition of agricultural modelling, I was very curious. It was the first time for me, even if this kind of fair is usual here because the link between the city and the countryside is very strong, in fact Parma is famous all over the world for its food products, for example Parmesan ham and cheese.
The fair was very interesting. There were many dioramas showing rural scenes, models of tractor in the fields, country houses and farmyards. My friend presented a stable with lights and moving parts. The interesting fact is that his diorama is made with everyday objects, so the elastic of underwear became a conveyer belt in the stable. If you cut a straw in pieces you have many roof tiles and the leaves of the wisteria are made of embroidery threads. It was very funny trying to guess every hidden object he used, and I learned many of his secrets. His work was very realistic and he won the first prize for the best diorama. The dioramas on display 10 11 & 12 Giordana is a 39-year-old bus driver, and lives with her husband and her cat Murphy in Parma, Italy. She learned to stitch from her mother when she was a little girl. You can follow her online at www.instagram. com/giordana_grossi.