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Friday, 13 February 2009
An English country cottage

I came across a roll of stitched pieces yesterday and among them was this pretty Derbyshire cottage. I have no idea when I stitched this piece although a couple of the other pieces with it were dated 1995, so I assume it was around that time. It is stitched on what looks like a 28ct evenweave linen in DMC threads using petit-point stitch. It measures 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" so I think it would finish nicely into a pinkeep or does anyone have any other ideas? Not only did I find this but I also found the original pattern! So ... if anyone is interested in having this pattern, please leave me a comment and, if more than one person is interested I will have a draw, say Friday, February 20.  

I finished the last of my exchange pieces yesterday so I am well ahead for the end of the month deadlines. I am going to put together the goodie packages now and hopefully get them in the mail sometime soon. 

Also yesterday, whilst blog surfing, I went to visit with Valie and saw her miniature stitching and it blew me away. Such tiny stitches, such precision; I fell in love! So, I decided that I just had to have the book that she showed in the picture - Miniature Petit Croix by Francoise Prax. Off to ebay I went and then to Amazon.co.uk without any success on either, so I then went to Amazon.fr and there was 'The Book'. Mmmm now this website is obviously written entirely in French and my French, apart from please, thank you, hello and goodbye is non-existent - I really should have paid more attention in my French classes! But with a little help I managed to buy my book - at least I received a confirmation email so I assuming that I did something correctly and, hopefully, the book will be with me shortly. 

Thank you for visiting and a Happy Valentines Day to you all.
Take care


Photobucket posted by Carol R at 10:44 | Permalink | Photobucket


  • On 13 February 2009 at 14:47, Blogger WendyJo

    I think finishing the Derbyshire Cottage into a pinkeep would be a lovely idea Carol. It is absolutely gorgeous stitching.

    Valie's blog is wonderful too. Thank you for sharing.

    Wishing you a happy Valentine's Day as well.

    Wendy Jo

  • On 13 February 2009 at 15:09, Blogger aeljot

    Lovely cottage, it looks really nice.
    And also gratulations that you manage to buy book. I know what you are writing about because sometimes I have the same problems with my English ;)

  • On 13 February 2009 at 15:50, Blogger Laura

    The cottage is so lovely. I can't imagine it being so small. I also think it would make a very nice pinkeep.

  • On 13 February 2009 at 19:08, Blogger doris

    I love the cottage. I'd probably frame it because I lack imagination. Thanks for the link to Valie's pretty miniatures!

  • On 13 February 2009 at 19:35, Blogger Patti

    Carol I love the little cottage it is gorgeous. But because of YOU I went and looked at Valie's blog and have fallen in love with her stitching and went to look for the book too - but there were none on eBay - I wonder why - but I looked on Amazon France and they had them but I'm not getting one - I did out my downstairs stash collection (which is small compared to my upstairs stash) and it took me all afternoon SO NO MORE until I have stitched loads of it. Lots of Love Patti xxx

  • On 13 February 2009 at 20:24, Blogger Daffycat

    Darling cottage, Carol.

  • On 14 February 2009 at 01:21, Blogger Ellen

    Love that cottage, would sure like to have the chart to stitch it. Thanks for sharing.


  • On 14 February 2009 at 02:27, Blogger Donna

    Beautiful work. I think it would make a lovely pinkeep also.
    By the way, I did my contest drawing a few hours early because I am going to be out all day tomorrow. Please e-mail me your addy and if you want evenweave or aida to do the Peace, Love & a Cure on.
    Congratulations. I will post your name on Sunday on my http://stitchingforacure.blogspot.com blog!

  • On 14 February 2009 at 02:28, Blogger Donna

    My e-mail addy is stitchingforacure@yahoo.com
    Sorry I left that off!

  • On 14 February 2009 at 04:21, Blogger Rowyn

    I would love to live in a cottage like that, it's beautiful! I think it would make a nice pinkeep, or even simply framed would be nice.

    I remember when my friend and I went to Paris, the only French word we knew was 'Sortie' which means 'Exit'. It was amazing how helpful it turned out to be.

  • On 14 February 2009 at 09:39, Blogger RS

    Nice resourceful blog
    Make Blog

  • On 15 February 2009 at 00:48, Blogger angelasweby

    What an amazing find coming across these old stitched pieces. The little cottage is beautiful and looks so real nestling comfortably there with it's gate invitingly open.
    I certainly wasn't experienced enough to have stitched anything so tiny back in 1995. it's really gorgeous.
    I think it would look so preety as a little flatfold. It would be like displaying it on it's own little easel on a shelf or window ledge/mantlepiece. I wonder whether it would disappear if displayed in a basket with other pinkeeps. Just a thought...!
    Hugs Angela

  • On 15 February 2009 at 18:42, Blogger Solstitches

    Seeing the little cottage took me back to the happy days when I used to visit the UK stitching shows and would see this series stitched and on display. I probably did one or two of them myself although mine would have been cross stitch and not petit point.
    I shall look forward to seeing how you decide to finish the cottage. Whatever you decide I'm sure it will be perfect.


  • On 21 February 2009 at 09:20, Blogger Brigitte

    I love this little picture of the cottage. It looks so lovely and I'd like to live there very romantically. I'm looking forward to seeing the finishing.