Thank you for all your lovely comments about Wilfred the Winter Owl. I'll be replying to them shortly.
But for now, it's down to business.
My daughter, Heather, is a very talented 14 year old who can draw, paint, knit, sew, quilt, make her own clothes and do countless other creative things..... apart from cross stitch! She has tried a few times in the last five years but never managed more than about twenty stitches as she found it "boring".
So you can imagine my scepticism when she asked a couple of weeks ago to have another try. Naturally she didn't want to stitch anything from my stash so she browsed etsy and (following my recommendation that she try to keep it small and simple) finally chose this one:
(picture shapshot from front page of chart)
She then rummaged through my box of fabric, choosing this:
16ct Setting Sun Aida by Silkweavers (expressions range)
And within a few days had put the two together to create this:
Birds On A Wire (our title)
Started - 31st October 2015
Finished - 5th November 2015
With the exception of cutting the fabric and ironing the finished piece it's all her own work. Now it just needs a frame - a simple black one I think. She is very proud of her first finished cross stitch (as am I of course) so asked if I would post it on my blog. I said yes - I hope you don't mind!
Close-up she needs to work on keeping the tension consistent but it's absolutely brilliant for a first attempt. And, yes, all of her crosses do lie in the same direction!
The trouble now is that her second project is bigger so she keeps sitting in MY stitching space using MY daylight lamp, MY frames and MY floorstand! Oh, the sacrifices us mothers have to make!!! Looks like I might be asking Santa for another daylight lamp for Christmas!
I'll be back soon, probably with an Owls In Love progress report (if I'm allowed my space back for a while!)
Rachel and Heather xx