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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

"Plant LOVE" (C) Lizzie Kate FOR Friend

Thanks for stopping by, and thank you so much for your lovely comments to my last post!

I found the post that I was forgetting to update!
Here is a framed piece of Lizzie * Kate "Plant Love".
I presented this to my friend's second baby.


Love the result and I want to stitch this again for myself oneday!







Design : "Plant LOVE" © Lizzie Kate (The Gift Of stitching, Issue 28, May, 2008)
Fabric : 32ct Lambswool

Thread : DMC



Tuesday, January 27, 2015

2015 First Work! La Nuit des Songes... RV157

Hi there, it's been so long time since the last time I've updated my blog...
I'm still here!
I've quit my job Nov. for some reasons and have been working at home now, that's why I can have my own time a bit longer than before so I've started to stitch again only a little by little.
Although I have no enough time to stitch complicated designs, so I chose this Isabelle Vautier's single color design.


I had been wanting to stitch this design for ages and it took me to start eight years!
I'm so happy that I've done and am so satisfied of this finished piece!


Owl is one of symbol of happiness in Japan, so I love owls very much but it's quite hard to find lovely owl designs in stitching field but when I've saw this I've felt in love at first sight!
Isn't this design simply beautiful, is it?!


The chart called for the thread color DMC #946, but I used #815.
After I finished all the cross stitch parts, I started to back stitch that I don't like much and used one strand (I can't read French, so...) but it didn't show it nicely like a chart photo, so I tried to use two strands and as I don't like back stitch, I've done straight stitch instead.
Two strands straight stitch made it look very good, I think!


The chart was designed with "Isa V." a designer's name and also asked to add a charm, but I was going to frame this so didn't add a charm and instead of it I added my initial and added 2015 for the name part.

I'm very satisfied how this tuned out!
Isn't this beautiful?!
I'm planning to frame this soon and will stitch another her design!

Until next time, see you!





Design : La Nuit des Songes... RV 157
Fabric : 32ct County Mocha
Thread : DMC #815




Sunday, July 06, 2014

Birds of Killingworth Framed!!

Hi, the other day I re-framed "Birds of Killingworth" after a long long time.
Actually I've done framing this sampler about two years ago, but I've done it by myself, I couldn't frame nicely and haven't been satisfied with it at all, so I've never taken photos of this.

2年少し前に完成していた、"Birds of Killingworth"。
実際はすぐにフレームをオーダーして額装していたのですが、余り上手く出来ていなかった為、写真も撮らずに今日まできました。
先日その事をふと思い出し、珍しいことに裏の糸を解いてまで額装をやり直しました。



Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Pretty Pleasures 1759 Framed

Hi, thanks for stopping by, and thank you for your lovely comments!
I've framed the "Pretty Pleasures 1759" © Plum Street Samplers the other day, and handed it to my co-worker who will get marry and will quit job the end of this month (today).


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Flowers From Sweetie! *Edited*

Hi, The other day, my son Tass was a bit late home from his school and I was worried about and then I was waiting for him outside.
When I saw him walking down to me I just felt relief, and I saw him having something on his back.


He came to me and said to me, "Here you are, mum! I know you've been ill (it's an incurable disease) for a long time so I wanted to give them to you!"

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Biscornu - Small Token Of My Gratitude

Today, I've finished to make a biscornu!
This is a small token of my gratitude for a lady who has helped me a lot these for three years.
But we have to say good bye as she will move back to her home town, and as she knows that my hobby is embroidery so wanted to show what kind of things I have been making and working on, and also to show my appreciation.




Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Pretty Pleasures 1759 -1

Hello, how have you been?
Thank you so much for your comments on the last post, and sorry that I haven't been replying you yet.

Now what I working on is this "Pretty Pleasures 1759" © Plum Street Samplers.
When I saw this design, I felt in love and wanted to stitch for a long time and the right time just has come!




Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Finally with photos! Isn't she lovely?

Hello, long long time no see!
As I wrote on the last post, I couldn't update my blog with photos, but finally today!
I've been using iPad at work, but I prefer PC!

And here are some photos of my sweet Cocoa (chihuahua).
She was a baby a year ago when she came to us, but now she looks became real chihuahua, doesn't she?




Thursday, March 13, 2014

I can't update my blog with photos...

Hi, friends! Long time no see, how have you been?
I have been trying to update my blog, though I can't!
I just can write texts, but can't add photos that I've taken...
I'll search what the problem is and will find spare time to update again with so many photos!
Until then, have lovely days!
See you,

Yuko

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Biscornu - Atalie "Avril 2007"

Hello, how are you doing?
Thank you so much for your lovely comments for my last post.
And some friends who sent me e-mails in last few months, please forgive me not to be able to reply you yet, will find time to reply you soon.

Here are some photos to share my completed pieces Biscornu and scissor fob © Atalie.
I love Atalie's Biscornus so much, and had been wanting to make them for a long time!
This design was stitched by Atalie over dyed threads, but I didn't have them nor similar over dyed threads, so used DMC instead.

長年の憧れであった Atalie の Biscornu を作りました。
ずっと以前に違うデザインは作ったことがあったのですが、なかなか高度な見た目に手が出ずにいました。



Sunday, September 08, 2013

Sew Buttons © iStitch finished as Tote Bag!

Hi friends, it's been so long since I posted the last time!
Thanks for your lovely comments and also e-mails although I'm not blogging much nor haven't been having no chance to reply you... I'm sorry about this!

Today finally I can share some photos of my work.
I had finished this Sew Buttons © iStitch which is designed by my dear friend Carol R. for a long time ago, but had no chance to finish this.
Since when I saw this design I was thinking to make a tote bag for myself.

今回遂にステッチ(手仕事)の写真をシェア出来ることに・・・
ずっとずっと前に完成していた、お友達 Carol R. のSew Buttons © iStitch 。
彼女の図案のサンプル写真を見た時から、これをトートバッグにしたいなぁ、と漠然と考えていました。




Monday, July 22, 2013

I'm still here!

Hello everyone, it's been so long time!
Since I've started my new job, I have been very busy and have no time to stitch nor blogging.
But, wanted to let you know that I'm still here and will update some of my works that I have just started recently!


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

After a long Silence

Hi, it's been so long!
Since I've been to USJ (Universal Studio JAPAN) on 3rd of January, a very cold day with my brother's family, I'd been ill in bed for a month after that as it was very tiring (for waiting) and I think I've done overwork for children.
But the end of last month, I've found a help-wanted ad which might be good for me and so I tried to have an interview three times for a company.

お久しぶりです!
お正月の1月3日に、兄家族に誘ってもらって初めてUSJへ行ってきました。
物凄く寒い中、朝から晩まで屋外に居たので(殆どは待ち時間)体が芯から冷えてしまい、そのせいか次の日から体調不良。
ただでさえ疲れやすいのに、無理をしたせいで1月は寝込んでしまいました。
そんな中、先月末日に自分が好きそうな仕事を求人紙で見付け、応募。
私にしては珍しい即断即決でした。


Tuesday, January 01, 2013

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013

Happy New Year everyone!
This year I had experienced FIRST actions, one is to went to temple near by to the tolling of temple bells 108 times beginning a little before midnight on New Year's Eve.
And after that I went to shrine to pay the first visit of this year.
Temple? Shrine? We celebrated Christmas just a week ago, then Temple? Shrine?
Exact a mixed culture we have!

あけましておめでとうございます。
今年は、今までに出来なかったことに年始からチャレンジできました。
といっても、除夜の鐘つき、午前0時の初詣です。寒いのは昔から大の苦手・・・
これが今まで三十数年生きてきて初めてのこととは。
お寺に鐘をつきに行って、その足で神社に初詣?って、考えると何だかよく分からなくなってきましたが、これが日本の文化ですものね、クリスマスも楽しんだし。


I didn't like to take photos at shrine at night, so I took this photo this morning.
Midnight of today we had to let my son sleep soon, so didn't do anything, but there were free Japanese noodles at shrine and also was sold lucky charms, etc...

ちょっと夜中の神社は写真に撮りたくなかったので(何となく怖いものが写りそうで・・・)、今朝もう一度息子と行った時に撮りました。

Monday, December 31, 2012

New Year's Eve 2012

New Years coming in a few hours!
Only the New Years eve, Tass can stay up late so he is excited and now he is playing with Origami...

On 23th of Dec. a parcel has arrived from Nina in Hungary!
She sent me her original dyed stuffs (Silk, Cotton threads, and also ribbon and lace)!
They all are so beautifully dyed by her hands!
How talented lady Nina is. Thank you so much dear Nina!

あと、何時間かで新年です!大晦日だけ夜更かしを許されている息子は大喜びで、この時間も折り紙で遊んでいます。
23日、ハンガリーからプレゼントが届きました。素敵な彼女の段染めの作品たち。
才能のある人は凄いな、と彼女の作品を見る度に思います。 


And she also enclosed this lovely ornament. Thank you, dear Nina always for your warm heart.
Since Tass's holiday has started, I can't play with PC as he hates to see me in front of PC...

そして、こんな素敵なオーナメントも入っていました!
私の今年のテーマの、赤とゴールドにぴったりです。

Monday, December 24, 2012

Saturday, December 22, 2012

PS Blackwork Angels - 6th Angel And...

I finally could make the 6th Angel for the wreath!
How gorgeous she is, it's like a Japanese singer's costume, lol
Anyway, it was quite hard to stitch with gold thread on this design, so when I finished this I breathed a sigh of relief...

Prairie Shcooler "Blackwork Angels" の6番目の天使が完成しました!
この方だけド派手に金の服を身に纏っていて、まるで美川憲一(さん)の衣装の様・・・
最後にこの金糸の多いデザインを残してしまって、かなり頭を抱えました。
終わった時には、久々に味わう達成感と安堵が。


I'm thinking to stitch only 6 Angels to make a wreath, and finished all of them as ornaments like below.
It was quite tough to make 6 pieces into ornaments, but after I finished them I felt so happy!

デザインの中には横長の物が二つあるのですが、私は縦長の6つだけにしようと思っています。
リースに・・・と考えていたので、取り敢えず全てをオーナメント状(紐なし)に仕上げました。

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

PS "Blackwork Angels" Again

Hi, I'm working on Blackwork Angels © Prairie Schooler again!
The last post was updated Feb. 2008, it's almost been 4 years!!
I don't know why I had been letting these beautiful Angles alone, it's fun to stitch them again.
Here is my 4th Angel, blowing a bugle.

Prairie Schooler の Blackwork Angels を再開しました!
最後にブログに載せたのは、2008年2月。およそ4年ぶりに復活です!
何故あんなに嫌になって途中で止めてしまったのか、今では不思議なくらい楽しく刺しています。


And here is 5th Angel with doves.
Aren't they beautiful?!
I saw this Blackwork Angels at some peoples' blog and it reminded me that I have them in my UFO.
Thanks!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Baby Cocoa and Ham 1217

Baby Cocoa is getting be very naughty these few days!!
I don't know why, but she straighten her legs and stretch herself out on the carpet every time when she gets out from the circle.
It's so lovely, but she whines then nestles close to me, so I think she misses her mummy...

ベビー・ココアはここ数日で段々とヤンチャになってきました。
何故か分からないけれど、サークルから出ると同時に足までビヨ~ンと伸ばして寝転んでしまうココア。
でも、その時必ず私に擦り寄ってきて、キュンキュンと小さく鼻を鳴らしているので、きっと早くにお母さんから離れて寂しいんだろうなぁ、と思います。


She is only three months and a week old, so no doubt she misses her mummy...
When I told about this to my son Tass, he showed a bit sad face and he said "I can be Cocoa's daddy!".
Since then he is quite strict to her, lol.

Early Christmas Present 2

On 15th Saturday, I've found a parcel in the post, I knew from who and wanted to open then, but had to go out for seeing my brother's family at Toys'R'us (grandma Santa had to buy so many toys for her grand children, lol).
So soon after I came home, I couldn't resist to open it and found beautiful ornament and also lovely message card with neat writing.

15日土曜日の夕方、出掛ける際にポストにお荷物を発見。
「送ったよ~」と連絡を頂いていたので、ウキウキしつつも、出掛ける時間が迫っていたので我慢し、帰って来てから早速封を開けました!

中には・・・
こんなに素敵な天使さんが。段染めで綺麗に刺してあって、オーナメントにして下さっていました!
天使のカードには、優しい綺麗な字で素敵なメッセージが書かれてあり、感動しました。(;_;)


She was noticed what I haven't been able to start Quaker Christmas © By Gone Stitches although I have already gathered all materials for it on my comment at someones blog.
So she motivated me to try to start QC with her next year!
I know she has a little girl to look after, so I really appreciate for her taking her time for me...


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Early Christmas Present

Hi, thank you for stopping by, and thanks for your comment.
I appreciate you taking your time to write down.

Here is my 2012 Christmas ornament hanging on the tree.
This year we have new tree thgroughout a period of seven years, we had a very small tree with  fibre lights, but it wasn't lovely either wasn't good to hang on ornaments as it was small.
So I wanted to show the tree with many of ornaments and lights to my son and I took the plunge and bought them this year!


2012年作のクリスマスオーナメントをツリーに飾りました。
今までは小さなファイバーライトのツリーしか持っていなくて、ずっと大きなクリスマスツリーに憧れていました。
いつか、いつか、と思っていましたが、子供も小学生になったし思い切って7年越しで念願のクリスマスツリーを購入。
オーナメントも沢山買いました。今年のテーマはレッド&ゴールド。
リボンは、昔デパートのウィンドウに飾られていた、憧れの縦リボンにしました!


Tass my son was so happy to hang on ornaments with me and actually this photo was taken by him, he was taking Cocoa's photos and has taken this photo for me, too!
He knows what I want and he is quite good at composing, I think. :D 

息子も大喜びで、毎日帰って来たらライトを点けています。
念願だったオーナメント付けも一緒に出来たし、大きなツリーを見ているだけで毎日楽しい気分になってきます。7年越しだもんね・・・
この写真は、Cocoa の写真を撮っていた息子が何やら知らない間に撮ってくれていました。
私が何を撮りたいか、よく分かっていること・・・(笑)


Monday, December 10, 2012

Nikolaus Finish (Stitch) + Cocoa Update

Hi, thank you for your lovely comment for the last post.
Since lovely Cocoa has came here, my blog will be updated more than before as I want to share her lovely photos!

ココアちゃんが家に来てくれてから、また写真を撮るのが楽しくなってきました。
ハムちゃんはジッとしていないので、写真もなかなか撮れないのが残念です。
写真を撮る機会が増えたので、ブログの更新も増えそうです!


And here it is...
Finally "Nicolaus" © acufactum piece has finished to stitch all.
There were french knots and back stitch left, and I couldn't stitch french knots well, so hesitated to keep stitching them...

そして遂に、© acufactum "Nicolaus" のステッチが完成しました。
フレンチノットとバックステッチが残っていたのですが、どうもフレンチノットが全く上手く刺せなくて、少し時間をおいてしまいました。



Saturday, December 08, 2012

Welcome To Our Home!

Yesterday, after my son's school, we welcomed our new family.
Here she is!
My name is Cocoa, baby Chihuahua (Chocolate & Cream),  I was born on 10th of September, 2012.

昨日、息子の下校後、待ちに待った仔犬を引取りに行ってきました。
名前は、「Cocoa」、ロングコート・チワワの赤ちゃん(チョコレート&クリーム)です。


We've met on 28th of the last month, and we had been waiting for her for a week to let her take 2nd vaccination.
How long this one week was!! It was tiring to wait for her to come here.



Friday, November 30, 2012

Nikolaus 1130 Progress

Hi, thank you so much for your comments and e-mails for my last post.
I appreciate for your thoughtfulness!  Friends who didn't include e-mail address, I replied comment to you back on the last post.

Since I've been diagnosed, I can have medicine for saliva, tears and muscular pain, I have been quite well than before!
I hope I can stay healthy for my son!  

前回の記事にコメントやメールを頂き、ありがとうございます。
診断を受けてからというもの、対症療法ですが薬を頂き、長年の不快感がかなり軽減されてきました!
この病気と診断されたのは多少なりともショックではありますが、原因が分かったので頑張れそうな気がします!


These few days I didn't stitch at all, wasn't in stitching mood, somehow...
But I re-started Nikolaus today and it forwarded well!
Finally Nikolaus shows his face.

ここ数日、全然ステッチモードになれず、ボーッと過ごしていました。
ステッチだけじゃなく、何もする気になれなくて・・・ どうしてだろう。
でも、今日思い直して Nikolaus を再開しました。
今日の数時間でかなり進めて、やっとサンタの顔が出現。


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Regarding my disease... 病気のこと

Hi, thank you always for your visit.
Today I confess that I have been suffering from disease named "Sjögren syndrome (Sjogrne Syndrome)" - incurable disease.
As you may know that I have been suffering from many symptoms for these few years, and it was found by many of tests the other day.

I remember that so many people worried about me and my health, gave me e-mails, comments, and messages through facebook, thank you so much for your words of encouragement and thoughtfulness.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

First Ornament FOR 2012 Tree

Hi, I have just finished the first ornament for 2012 Christmas tree last night!
When I first saw this ornament on this last year's Just Cross Stitch Special Christmas Issue,  I couldn't resist to buy the magazine, and the other day I found and bought tiny buttons, I decided to stitch this design!

こんにちは。昨夜、今年初めてのオーナメントが完成しました。
ここ何年かはクリスマスオーナメントを作っていなかった気がしますが、今年は時間があれば何個か作ってみたいなぁ、と思っています。



I was sure this would be more lovelier if I stitched this with over dyed threads, but once I stitched, I couldn't bear to see my messy stitch, so changed over dyed threads to DMC and stitched piece is here. 


Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Couldn't Be In Time, New WIP, And My Life

Hi, it's a lovely sunny day today, but it's getting be cold here, too in Western Japan.
How have you been doing?
I've just started this "Nikolous" from this month, although I've been keep stitching Boo! Club 2009 © Lizze Kate as I couldn't be in time.

今日は意外にも暖かかったのですが、段々と西日本も寒さが本格的になってきました。
Lizze Kate の Boo!Club 2009 は案の定ハロウィンには間に合わず、放置。
そして、クリスマスに向けて早々に acufactum の "Nikolous" を始めました。



This design has three red colours for Santa's body, can you see the colour difference?
The right side colour is like orange (DMC #606), and I thought it wouldn't be match for his body colour, but once I stitched, it matches so well!


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

WIP Since 1st Of October - "Boo! Club 2009" Lizzie*Kate [Photos Edited]

Since 1st of this month, I have been working on THIS!
I always wanted to stitch this series since these charts were released in 2009, but I never thought that I can complete whole designs, so till now I had been keeping them in my closet.
But this year I decided to stitch some things for Halloween, and tried to start this.

10月に入ってすぐ、ハロウィンに向けて Lizzie*Kate 2009 Boo! Club シリーズを刺し始めました!
ハロウィンのデザインや色は大好きなのに、いつも気づいたら何も刺せずに終わっている気がして、今年こそは!と決めていました。
でも、こういう続き物や色変えの多い物は苦手なので、完成出来るか不安でしたが、初めてみると、何よりデザインが可愛くて、どんどん進みました!


I was thinking that I don't like to change colours (threads) often, but this project is so fun to stitch along!
I aimed to complete one block a day, and it went well as I planned.
See, I have to stitch border all around this design, but most of them are completed! Yeah!


Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Merci (C) Danybrod AND Little Destroyer

Hi, thank you always for your visit and your comments!
I appreciate for them all.

As you saw before, I stitched and finished "merci" © Danybrod as pincushion.
When I saw this design, I thought of my friends who may love this design, and sent them for them.

以前の日記に載せた、merci をやっとピンクッションに仕上げました。
このデザインと色合いを見たと同時に、二人のお友達の顔が浮かびました。

きっと好きそう~!と思ったので、仕上がりと同時にプレゼントしました。
タイミングを逃したら、いつになってしまうか分からないので・・・


I heard that they received my pincushion safely and so update my blog today!
I'm happy to hear that they loved them!
I didn't have the colour that chart called for, so used two colours of DMC for flowers.



Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Ewe & Eye & Friends "Tulip Scissors Companion" - Pinkeep

Hi, it's the end of September, but I just heard chirrup of cicada...
Beetle was living till a day before yesterday, Isn't it strange? It's still hot here today.

Today I show you my latest work that I sent to my friends!
It's been so long time since the last time I made pinkeep, so I realised that I was forgetting how to make pinkeep when I was working on it...

もう9月も下旬なのに、まだツクツク法師の鳴き声が聞こえています。
息子の飼っていたカブトムシも先日まで生きてくれていたし、かと思えば、夜になると秋の虫の声が響き渡り、この間は立て続けに マツムシやコオロギが室内に・・・
虫は苦手なので、外へ逃がすのに悪戦苦闘でした >_<;;


Here they are, my latest pinkeep(s), "Tulip Scissors Companion" © Ewe & Eye & Friends.
I have received same pinkeep from dear Angela before, and she stitched this design on pink linen, and it was so lovely, so I decided to stitch this on pink fabric, too!