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Thursday, 26 February 2009
A thimblecase to die for!

I received a incredible package in the mail today - my exchange from the lovely Su! She had told me to watch for my mail this morning so I was ready and waiting for that knock on the door. Inside the package I discovered the above. At first I thought it was an ornament but no it kind of 'rattled' - no, not a jingle bell but a thimble - you squeeze both ends and one of the sides opens to reveal a tiny hidey-hole wherein nestled a thimble! I love it!

The mosaic picture shows each of the three sides - one with two tiny little bluebirds and Su's initials - maybe this represent Su and I? A second side has a little squirrel and my initials and as you all know I adore squirrels so this was a great choice! The third side has a gorgeous pattern with a tiny rhodes heart and the date. Those of you who have received anything made by Su will know exactly how beautiful this thimblecase is. Her stitching and finishing are superb! 

Not only did Su send me that beautiful thimblecase, she enclosed some cuts of pretty finishing fabric, a tube of pastel coloured beads and a pair of stork scissors - now a girl can never have too many pairs of scissors can she? Thank you Su for such a wonderful exchange!

And, lastly, for those of you waiting to see my miniature red stitching, here it is. When I picked it up yesterday I could see a mistake - oh no - 1*1 on 40ct - I had left off one tiny cross on the bottom of the l so I had to unpick m, n and o! I thought about leaving it but being ever the perfectionist, and of course the p and q would not have fitted into the spaces between those tiny hearts, out those letters had to come! The Vikki Clayton silk floss is ideal for stitching 1*1 on high count fabrics as it's thinner than AVAS or NPI silks. I am enjoying this miniature stitching and I know that Beatrix Potter will seem enormous after this! 

My cough/cold bug is worse; when I lay down I cough; I've tried extra pillows but they don't help. I will leave it until after the weekend and if it's still bad, I will make an appointment with the doctor.

Thanks for visiting
Take care

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  • On 26 February 2009 at 13:23, Blogger Anita

    Wow, the thimblecase is so cute. I am impressed you are stitching one over one on 40 ct. I am only good at one over one on 28 counts on evenweave.Great progress.

  • On 26 February 2009 at 14:48, Blogger Stephanie

    Wow - that thimblecase. Wow. Words fail me. It's simply gorgeous. Su is amazing isn't she?!

    Awed as well with your 1/1 40ct miniature stitching - it is perfect as is everything you do Carol :)

  • On 26 February 2009 at 14:51, Blogger doris

    Unbelievable gift from Su! I'd really like to try making one of those. Your miniature stitching is beautiful.

  • On 26 February 2009 at 15:00, Blogger Kim B

    Wow! That is amazing!!! Lucky you!

    Your miniature is looking great! And I hope you feel better soon!

  • On 26 February 2009 at 15:09, Blogger VALIE

    Now, this thimblecase is a perfect gift ! Su - congratulations on such deft & nimble work. Not that your own miniature work leaves anything to desire, Carol : I would never stitch 1*1 on 40-count... I se you have chosen the same pattern as I did for your first diminutive sampler.
    Hope you feel better soon. I have had a sore throat for 3 days and I don't like it !

  • On 26 February 2009 at 15:10, Blogger hohla


  • On 26 February 2009 at 15:10, Blogger BeckySC


  • On 26 February 2009 at 15:24, Blogger Анна - Зонт

    O! It is so beutiful! incredibly!!!

  • On 26 February 2009 at 16:06, Blogger Susimac

    I'm happy you loved it. Your pics are brilliant, much clearer than mine.

    Love your miniature stitching, 1/1 on 40ct is such fun isn't it, until you make a mistake then its very time consuming to unpick, I love that book, good job we don't live near each other otherwise ...... LOL!!

  • On 26 February 2009 at 17:06, Blogger Karoline

    The thimblecase is gorgeous, congratulations to Su

  • On 26 February 2009 at 17:44, Blogger Dovilė

    this is gorgeous and so interesting finish! Su did great job:)

  • On 26 February 2009 at 17:48, Blogger Karan

    Stunning exchange pieces sent & received. Gorgeous 1over1 piece too. :0) Hope the lergy improves soon.

  • On 26 February 2009 at 17:48, Blogger Sheila

    Oh my goodness - - that thimblecase is exquisite!!! Absolutely beautiful. And your 1 over 40ct is incredible.

  • On 26 February 2009 at 18:55, Blogger Yuko

    uhmmmm, what a high class exchange!! :D
    You have done wonderful work, and also su has done, too!!
    I know her works are perfect, so I can imagine how gorgeous this thimblecase is!!!
    It's gorgeous, and it's the first time to see this shape!
    Amazing job as always!

    Your redwork is looking beautiful!
    40ct 1 over 1 isn't tough???

  • On 26 February 2009 at 19:21, Blogger valerie

    Wow, I've never seen such a thimblecase. Gorgeous and quite unique I'd say. Awesome finishing. Your miniature is coming along great!I love the OMG Red!

  • On 26 February 2009 at 20:27, Blogger Theresa

    WOW!!!! Su did a wonderful job!!!!!! Both of you are just amazing!!!!!

  • On 26 February 2009 at 21:31, Blogger Rowyn

    Wow, you lucky thing - the thimble case is amazing! I really like the white pincushion you made her too. You are a couple of very talented finishers.

  • On 26 February 2009 at 22:17, Blogger Candace

    What a wonderful gift. That thimblecase is beautiful!

  • On 26 February 2009 at 23:14, Blogger Annemarie

    Sorry to hear you're still not well, Carol. We Dutchies love our liquorice, but I must say it really (really) helps to suck on a piece of liquorice when you have to cough all the time [I have recent experience :o)]

    Oh. My. Goodness. I can't believe what Su has come up with now! You are one lucky lady. It's SO beautiful.

  • On 26 February 2009 at 23:18, Blogger acereta

    beautiful thing!

  • On 27 February 2009 at 00:30, Blogger Daffycat

    Carol, you lucky stitcher you! What a gorgeous gift! Enjoy!

    Don't put off going to the doctor too long. You could have pneumonia. Feel better soon, sweetie!

  • On 27 February 2009 at 01:45, Blogger Denise

    Love Su's gift - how original!

    As for your cough ~ have you tried
    gargling with warm salt water? It should help take the soreness away,
    also. Good luck!

  • On 27 February 2009 at 02:41, Blogger Susan

    I'm sorry that your cold is still bugging you.

    What a beautiful thimblecase Su has stitched for you. It's gorgeous!

  • On 27 February 2009 at 03:07, OpenID linenstitcher2

    That is one fantastically incredible exchange!! I can't imagine how long I'd stare at it if it had arrived at my house!! It's so fabulous! Lucky you!!

  • On 27 February 2009 at 03:15, Blogger Rachel

    Su's stitching is amazing! A very cute case for a thimble.

    Your miniature stitching is beautiful.

    I hope you feel better soon ^__^

  • On 27 February 2009 at 10:07, Blogger Brigitte

    This is really breathtaking! Lucky you. Su's stitching and finishing is amazing, isn't it?
    I love your miniature stitching very much. What a dainty and delicate look.

  • On 27 February 2009 at 12:44, Blogger Katrina

    Carol, it's gorgeous! I absolutely love it. I am taking a class with Betsy Morgan this spring.

    Love your redwork too!

  • On 27 February 2009 at 14:57, Blogger staci

    You lucky girl! That thimblecase is just the most stunning piece of ART! I'm sure you'll enjoy it immensely!!!

    Sorry to hear that you still aren't feeling well. Sounds like it might definitely be time to see the Dr. {{hugs}}

  • On 27 February 2009 at 15:14, Blogger WendyJo

    What an incredible thimblecase...that is so amazing! It took my breath away for a moment. it is stunning Carol.

    Your stitching on that 40 ct is absolutely lovely as always.

    I am sorry you are still feeling so ill...please feel better soon.

    Sending you hugs,
    Wendy Jo

  • On 27 February 2009 at 18:50, Blogger angelasweby

    What a beautiful little thimble case from SU. Her work is so delicate and it has a real Elizabethan feel to it.
    I love your gorgeous tiny redwork with the little hearts. it's just amazing.
    I hope your cough feels better soon. Mine lasted weeks and weeks and weeeeeks!!!
    Hugs, Angela

  • On 28 February 2009 at 01:52, Blogger Meari

    What a neat thimble case. You're a lucky girl. Your mini stitching looks great - love the color.

  • On 28 February 2009 at 05:59, Blogger Cindy F.

    Sorry to hear you're feeling worse!
    I hope you feel better soon.

    Su's exchange package is absolutely breath-taking! I've never seen anything like it!! So beautiful!

    Get well Carol!

  • On 28 February 2009 at 20:21, Blogger Akila

    You have an award on my last post :).

    One over one on 40ct!!!

  • On 1 March 2009 at 19:17, Blogger Patti

    I don't know how I missed this post but the Thimble Case from Su is just exquisite and I want one. Indeed I need one and by golly I shall stitch myself one, one of these days. Love it. Patti xxx

  • On 10 March 2009 at 14:58, Blogger All things beautiful

    How I envy you! That is truly a most beautiful thimble case.