I'm new to blogging, so forgive the simplicity of my presentation. I wanted a place to post some of my finished cross-stitch pieces. I'm from the UK but have lived in Oregon for the last 3 decades. A lot of my pieces were chosen because I was feeling nostalgic for the old country. It seems that architecture features strongly in my feelings of homesickness. I am especially drawn to buildings with some history to them.
I started stitching pieces like this with a view to exorcising that strange sickness of the mind that pulls us back to times gone by and scenes filed away deep in the memory. The Silhouettes series evokes those sepia postcards of everyday scenes from the early part of the 20th century.
The 'Mermaid' is a Tudor building in Rye, Sussex. I've never been there but there is a pub in Sheffield (my old home-town) called the 'Old Queen's Head' of which it's reminiscent.
I've completed a set of these cottages from 'Cross my heart' This one is Swiss cottage and was the most difficult.
This is another one in the same series
This is a big design from a Cross my Heart booklet of several. It was hard to do and took ages! It's now on my footstool
This is one I'm currently working on. It's a Kinetic kit called Mermaid Inn, Rye. It's a monster and is approaching the half-way point
This is one of the Silhouettes by Heritage designs. I've done loads of these. This is a lock scene
Another Silhouettes design and my favorite. It's called 'tram stop'