Tropical Stitching


I’ve mentioned from time to time my new past-time of embroidery and I mentioned a few posts ago that I was working on a cross stitch that my sons had bought me for Christmas.  I thought I would share with you my progress to date.  I’m fairly pleased although I might re-do the outline of the bird’s tail again but then I could be being a little fussy as this is but a small part of the overall design.


It should keep me quiet for some time.  Whilst I was intent this time last year on learning new embroidery techniques I find that of a weekday evening tackling something challenging with thread is not the best recipe for relaxing whereas cross-stitch is fairly simple. Also the cross stitch is building my confidence and sewing is becoming a habit in the evenings which is very relaxing and I find better than faffing around on the internet which I have wasted far too much of my life doing in recent years. As sewing starts to become a norm in my life and horticulture is becoming a less all consuming passion I am starting to feel more balanced which I think must be a good thing!

The title of the post refers to a small seasonal cross stitch I did last year which took me ages as I needed to get my eye in.


10 Comments Add yours

  1. You’re right about gathering confidence – it’s amazing how much difference just being used to a needle makes!

  2. Yvonne Ryan says:

    The shading looks lovely and complicated. You must have good eyesight! I am a knitter but grand kids now too old. Used to love doing lacy old fashioned (now) fine babies knitting. I do have another great grandchild on the way and I think a lacy top would be appreciated by my grand daughter. Just finished a sleeveless jerkin with big roll collar and now doing fingerless arm thingies for daughter who feels cold. Can knit without looking so not so hard on eyes!

  3. Amazing! I cannot sew for toffee, so I am most impressed. Beautiful image.

  4. Cathy says:

    It’s a very beautiful design Helen – we’ll look forward to the finished article.

  5. That’s beautiful. I know what you mean about gaining confidence with the needle, hope you continue to enjoy it.

  6. Starr White says:

    I’m a stitcher too, but have yet to try cross-stitch. Pulling a needle and thread through fabric is one of the most satisfying and relaxing of all pastimes, in my opinion 🙂 this pattern is really lovely. what will you do with the finished piece?

  7. Do what makes you happy, it’s wonderful to have choices…You are working on a very beautiful project.

  8. Jacqui Tipping says:

    Your work is lovely. I need a magnifying lamp as my eyes are too old to do fine work on an evening! Do you use one that you could recommend?

  9. Cathy says:

    That’s coming along nicely, as long as you don’t think about all the sky… 😉

  10. Renee says:

    That is quite beautiful! I love sewing, especially during the colder times of the year… It’s so nice to sit and handle fabric and thread and create something beautiful.

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