Sunday, April 16, 2017

April 2017 Gifted Gorgeousness


What is Gifted Gorgeousness, you may ask? It's the brainchild of the lovely and talented Jo at Serendipitous Stitching, who invites us to celebrate gifts we've been given that we are stitching on (or gifts we're stitching for others). If you're up for seeing more eye candy, click on the graphic above and visit Jo's link up post!

As I'm posting this on Easter (a few days late as usual), the first gift I have to show you is very appropriate...a friend gave me these counting pins for my birthday:
Aren't they too cute? I used them to start Nora Corbet's letter "H", which I am stitching along with Tiffstitch on Wednesdays. Of course I completely forgot this past Wednesday, so I don't have any progress to show!

Next were a couple of kits I bought with birthday money (and, *ahem*, maybe a little extra)...I just subscribed digitally to Inspirations magazine. In the very first issue I got, there was a bird by Nicola Jarvis. The last time I was in England (2014 I think), we visited the William Morris Gallery, and there was an exhibition of many of these stitched birds. I was over the moon for them, but they were out of most of the kits, so I didn't get a chance to bring one home. When I saw the bird from Strawberry Thief was in Inspirations, I had to get the kit.
I love how the needles are on a big page with every other possible needle size so you can see which is which (on the right). The fabric this is stitched on is very interesting; it's a heavy woven fabric with almost a plastic/rubber backing.

Since I was ordering all the way from Australia, I had to order two kits to justify the shipping, right?
Actually, the shipping was not too bad. I considered kitting this one up myself, but the beads and crochet cotton were getting close to the cost of the kit, and I wasn't sure what kind of fabric they were talking about in the magazine directions. Of course, if I had kitted it, I would have bought full tubes of beads...but at this point I'm not unhappy at the prospect of not having leftover beads! This one will be a lot of fun, since there are many needlelace and darning patterns in it!

Well, that's it for this month's Gifted Gorgeousness...tune in next month, when I might have actually stitched something that was gifted to me!!

12 comments:

CalamityJr said...

What lovely kits. It will be fun to watch them grow. The Peeps pins are too cute!

Kerryp77 said...

Super cute pins and beautiful kits too

Christine said...

What gorgeous kits, and the counting pins are adorable

cucki said...

yes very sweet pins and beautiful kits.
love and smiles x

Sheryl S. said...

Gorgeous kits, how lucky to find one that you had wanted to stitch. and lovely useful pins.

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

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. Love the Peeps pins.
The Inspirations magazine is a gorgeous publication. I have one issue! I didn't know they did a digital subscription. That's tempting...
Love the Strawberry Thief design.

Mouse said...

ohhh my what cute pins and love the justification for the post ;) the strawberry thief is really lovely :) can't wait to see progress on this one :) love mouse xxxxx

woolwoman said...

Hey Heather - I am so jealous you got the Strawberry Thief from Inspirations - I certainly would have ordered it except that I got TWO Wm. Morris needlepoint ornaments from Whimsey and Grace for an embellishment class last month and you know how many threads and beads get picked up in that situation. (sigh) let me know how you do on the Strawberry Thief. I did sign up for the Alison Cole cyber class next month - another reason I had to forego the birdy! I'm loving my digital sub. to Inspirations, absolutely gorgeous stuff. Enjoy Mel

Julie said...

Wonderful kits you chose to purchase and pretty counting pins you were gifted.

Justine said...

Those counting pins are so pretty! I love the colours in your new stash.

Leonore Winterer said...

Those are some lovely new additions to your stash, especially the mandala!

Mini said...

The pins are lovely. Great additions to your stitching.

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