Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Diamond Jubilee Stitching . . .

Finished ... Diamond Jubilee cross stitch.

I've never really thought of myself as particularly being a royalist. Although being a teenager in the era of Lady Di certainly piqued my interest in the royals. And how could you not be drawn in by William and Kate's wedding last year?

But I must say I've been captivated by the Queen's Diamond Jubilee. I mean, how many people celebrate 60 years in one job? So while browsing the internet on Diamond Jubilee-related matters I came across this pattern by Nia . . .


I knew I wanted to stitch it, but I wasn't sure what to do with it once it was done. Well, since I've accumulated a few magazines about the royal family, why not make a bag to keep them in? ("Another bag???" asks my husband with an air of disbelief!!! At least this one has a purpose . . .)


I've used some wonderful felted wool fabric for the outer bag. And a cute little spot for the lining and handle (goes nicely with the spots in the letters, I think).



This pattern used some silk threads which, while I didn't love using them, look really rich when they are done - they have a lovely sheen. And a few metallic threads too. After all, what else would you use for a crown? And I really like the cute bunting . . . and the little Union Jack . . .

I'm really pleased that this piece is stitched up and will be useful - not just another unfinished project languishing in the cupboard. Happy Jubilee QEII . . .


Pattern: Diamond Jubilee
Designer: Nia Rhind
Publication: http://www.nia-crossstitch.com/

3 comments:

Sylvia said...

Well done Sue. It looks beautiful!

Pip said...

Your bag has turned out well, it looks lovely. I agree with you about the silk thread, it looks lovely and rich but it is a bit temperamental, I try to use only small amounts to keep the frustration levels low :)

Sharmayne said...

Hello Sue! My goodness you'll never guess...... well I decided to go to the end of my emails (apparently that was page 54!!!) & start to delete old ones etc.... well I came across a couple of comments you & I shared back in 2010!!! Which led me to your old blog... which lead me here to catch up with you again! Lovely to see all you've been doing over the past couple of years. Hugs, sharm (www.countryfragrance.blogspot.com)

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