Monday, 30 July 2018

A big finish

I've neglected my blog again but it's because I have been busy stitching!

In September of this year my Mum turns 70.  My parents have several of my earlier framed finishes on their walls but I haven't stitched anything for them for a while, since my Dad's 70th birthday 4 years ago in fact.  I asked Mum if she would like a stitched piece and she asked for a Lowry.  She left the choice up to me as she still wanted a "surprise". 

So here's my big finish!

Market Scene - Northern Town
by Bothy Threads

I'm so proud of it. I started off quite slowly and ended up having to stitch it virtually every spare minute.  Though I thoroughly enjoyed it, it became hard work at the end.  A valuable lesson to start in plenty of time! It's now at the framers, due back at the end of August so just in time for the big birthday.

I also have a couple of little finishes which I haven't shown here yet.

Bee Happy by Stitcher's Anon
Stitched on 16 count Cloud Blue aida from Sew it All
using recommended DMC threads

I stitched this one as part of a SAL in the Facebook group All Things Stitcher's Anon, to show Gaynor we are thinking of her while she is in hospital.

I also finished up my last of these Lizzie*Kate monthlies which were kindly given to me by Julie of Julie's Stitchyknitter Journal.

It was quite funny to stitch November in July!

Since I finished the Lowry I have been at a bit of a loss with my stitching, so I'm sure there will be a few new starts to get me back into the swing of things again. Or maybe I will become a One at a Time stitcher like I used to be before I discovered blogging? Time will tell.

One more thing - if you haven't already please check out the Mii to You blog which belongs to my friend Ingrid (who used to blog as Mii Stitch).  She is making the most adorable ornaments and sending them out as RAK gifts to her followers!

Hope you are all having a lovely summer wherever you are!



butterfly said...

Justine your stitching is lovely , your parents must be so happy ,it's beautiful.

I hope you stay stitching you have so much talent to stop.

Have a lovely week .

Mii Stitch said...

So happy you've finished the Lowry! I can't wait to see it framed, it will look even better and I'm sure your mum is going to love your beautiful work.
Nice small finishes too. Bee Happy is so sweet.
Thanks for the link to my wee little blog too x

Linda said...

Congrats on the stunning finishes Justine. Your Lowry is amazing. I have several of those kits but haven't started any yet.


Vickie said...

Market Scene is so awesome!! I just love it. It is so unique and wonderful.
Hooray for you on stitching ALL the LK monthlies!! Wow! I just love them. They are adorable and fun to display, aren't they?

Unknown said...

Well done on your Lowry finish for your mums birthday present, it will be greatly loved and admired I am sure. Cute little finishes too.

FlashinScissors said...

Congratulations on your Lowry finish, Justine.
You know, before I started blogging, I just couldn’t imagine anyone stitching such intricate scenes, and certainly not actual paintings!
It’s absolutely fabulous! Well done! Such a lovely “surprise” for your mum. Love both the other finishes too!
Looking forward to seeing what you will stitch next!
Barbara xx

Unknown said...

Congrats on all your finished projects, I can't wait to see what you stitch next. Happy Stitching!

Shelly said...

Nice to see a post from you! Your little finishes are cute and that bigger piece I thought was a painting until I saw the close-ups! Very nice. Hope you find something great to stitch:)

Barb said...

What a wonderful gift for your mom. It is beautiful!!

Katie said...

Glad to hear you a having a lot of stitching time at least. Your finish is beautiful and I'm glad you were able to get it finished in time. Love your little finishes too. The LK monthlies are too cute. Good luck finding a new piece to fall in love with.

RJ said...

Justine, I truly love your Lowry. It came out so beautiful and your Mum is going to love it so much. I can't wait to see it framed. What a wonderful gift for such an important birthday. Your other stitches are fantastic too but I'm in awe of the Lowry. LOVE it!!! RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

Mini said...

Many congrats on finishing the special birthday gift for your Mum. I'm sure she will like it.
I think you and I started the birthday gifts together(I'm making one for my mom's 60th birthday in Sept). I have lost in interest in stitching and I'm not sure I can complete it in time now :(

Your other finishes are cute.

The Knitting Cross Stitcher said...

What a wonderful finish,Justine.So special for your mum's birthday.

Manuela said...

A wonderful finish. A great gift for your mum. Can't wait to see it in a frame.
The little bunny is very cute.
Best wishes Manuela

Maggie said...

Congratulations on finishing the Lowry, i'm sure your mum with be over the moon with her birthday gift :-)

Mary said...

Congratulations on your beautiful finishes. The Lowery is wonderful.

Faith... said...

Your Mom is going to love it! It looks great!! Bee Happy and November are looking good too!

Sometimes after I finish a big project I am at a loss for what to do next also. Hope you find your stitchy bug soon so you can start stitching again!

Bethan said...

Such a wonderful finish - the husband is a big fan of Lowry and was peering over my shoulder as I read your blog; he says it is amazing! A cute rabbit finish too x

OhSewCrafty said...

Congratulations on your big finish, it looks like a lot of stitching and not suprising it was hard work at the end. Sometimes I get little stitchy "hangover" after finishing a bit piece like that. Just give it a bit of time.

Beth said...

Love the Lowry - I am a fan of his style of painting and subject matter. You'll be able to present a highly personalized gift to your mother. Congrats on that and all your other finishes.

Heather said...

What a beautiful gift!!! I am sure your mom will be thrilled! I really like your other stitching too. I have that November pattern somewhere! :o) I must find it and stitch it!

Claudette497 said...

What a great finish! I'm happy dancing with you!

Kaelyn Angelfoot said...

Such wonderful finishes! I'm sure your mother will be over the moon. You could always number your current WIPS and randomly draw a number to help you choose what to stitch on. I've always wanted to do that but I've never taken the time be that organized.

Preeti said...

Congrats on the beautiful finish, Justine!:)You completed in right time. Your mom will be very happy to receive it. My mother's 70th Bday is this month. I have plans but not sure I will be able to execute those, life is busy, but I recently gave her a cross stitch card. Your little finishes are cute!

Deb said...

What a wonderful piece for your parents! Cute finishes!

Barbara said...

Absolutely love the one for your parents. I just know they will love it.


Astrids dragon said...

That looks fantastic, she'll be thrilled! I can't wait to see it framed.
Awe, sweet Bee Happy and November looks good too!

Leonore Winterer said...

Oh wow, you really have been busy! Great work on the Lowry. I have to admit, with your slow start, I wasn't sure you'd make it in time, but you put me to shame for ever doubting you! Cute small finishes too.

beadgirl said...

The Market Town scene is wonderful! It looks like it could be based on a painting; do you know if it is?

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Awesome work on your Lowry masterpiece! Great gift for your Mum.

Nice work on the Smalls too, a great way to cleanse the stitching palate before another big piece!

Carol said...

Oh, your lucky mom!! She will be thrilled with her birthday gift, Justine--a very special 70th birthday it will be for her :) I love this Lowry piece--it looks like a painting. And your small bee and bunny piece and November piece are darling, too.

I know just what you mean about feeling like you're at a bit of a loss after finishing up a large project :) I'm sure you'll find another beauty to work on very soon :) I am a one-at-a-time stitcher because once I move on to something new, I find it very hard to go back and finish the old things.

Enjoy your day, Justine :)

rosey175 said...

Hooray, you finished it! On time even! I love the effect of the random backstitching, like the dog's little legs and the roof lines. After finishing a big task it does feel weird to get back into things. Like something is missing (I know, more stash will help! :D). Your little pieces are very cute too.

I will skip summer, please and thank you...!

Brigitte said...

Oh my, Justine, this is a real masterpiece. A perfect gift for your mom, she will be thrilled when she sees it the first time.
I know that feeling when you have finished a large project and then have to decide what to stitch next. I usually start one of my kitted projects although I already have far too many WIPs. But it's just for the fun of starting something.
The two smalls are adorable, particularly Bee Happy. I didn't know that Gaynor is in hospital so thanks for the info. I will be thinking of her and wishing her all the best in my thoughts.

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

I hope you show the Lowry when it is framed, Justine. Well done on getting it completing in time. Your two smalls are cute.

Marie said...

What a wonderful gift for your mother. I too am hoping that you post a picture once the framing is complete.
Bee Happy and November are both cute.

Ariadne said...

That was a really nice piece for your mum!AriadnefromGreece!

The Crafty Princess said...

Wow that looks amazing! Your mum is going to be over the moon. Congrats on finishing such a stunning gift!
xo Alicia

Sally said...

What a stunning gift for your Mum. She is going to love it!

Love both your other finishes too.

Tiffstitch said...

I hope your gift was loved, it's so great! I've been there with stitching every single spare moment for special gifts as well. :) Sad to read about your finish now months later with Gaynor's passing. It's lovely work.

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A nice insight,i wish to learn from you. thanks buddy.Really a wonderful post.It’ll help in decison making.

Kaisievic said...

Gorgeous finish on the Lowry, are you still stitching, Justine? I see that this post is a couple of year's old now.

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