Sunday, November 21, 2010

X-Stitch Saturday...on Sunday!

Ok, so I was going to do a post for the Chookyblue Cross-Stich Display yesterday, but Saturday got on top of me! So here I am on Sunday. Not only that but I don't have any cross-stitches left to display....only a few tapestries. There have been so many wonderful Cross-stitches shown around the blogworld, you can find the links to them all here.

I simply cannot remember whether I began with cross-stitch or tapestry in my earlier life, though once I became a quilter, I did not give either cross-stitch or tapestry another glance! I wonder if I ever will in the future? (Though in the future I have planned to learn to ride a horse and ultimately to own one by the age of 50...about 7 years away, so we will see!! Possibly an even more expensive hobby than quilting?). 

Anyway, I'm getting off the point....here is my gum trees and horse (apt) tapestry...
Just had to photograph it with one of our iceberg roses that are going nuts around here after all the rain we have had!

Then there is my black cockatoos....
I love the frame around this one, such a gorgeous patterned timber.
My favourite would have to be my Shearing the Rams tapestry. This is based on a painting by the Australian (tho born in England) artist Tom Roberts (1856-1931).
I did this tapestry when my husband had a period of 5 months where he worked fulltime as well as finished off his degree fulltime. I knew I wouldn't see much of him for these 5 months, and the boys were young and went to bed early, so I chose to spend the evenings doing my tapestry. I got this finished by the time he had finished his degree. And of course, we now go to bed earlier than the boys!
Thank you for tolerating/enjoying a look into my past stitcheries! Thanks Chookyblue for organising the display.

I have done very little on the quilting front lately....I am SURE I slept through October, how can we be halfway through November already? I have started to cut out some lovely fabrics though (I know, I know, I wasn't going to start anything new, but hey, I have finished two UFO's so far!!!). And this is the kit I purchased from the wonderful Material Obsession when I was there back in July...so would you really say this is something new?
Mmm, it won't look quite like this though, I am making changes....! xo

12 comments:

Chookyblue...... said...

wow love the tapestries.......Shearing of the Rams is a favourite.........thanks for sharing once again........

BubzRugz said...

Those are all very beautiful tapestries..... a lot of work in them...
Hugz

Andi said...

Of course you are making changes ... otherwise it wouldn't be a Cabbage Quilt quilt!!

Nedra said...

The Shearing of the Rams is fabulous! I used to cross stitch a lot also, but it's been put away for years and years. Quilting took over my life too.

Cardygirl said...

Love the tapestries....hours of work! That kit looks scrumptious!

Miriam said...

Beautiful tapestries! I am another one who used to do cross stitch and tapestry before quilting took over my life! lol
Your roses are looking superb, Cathy!
Gorgeous fabrics! Love all those colours. I can't wait to watch your progress on this one! :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Amazing tapestries Cathy! That new kit looks like so much fun - yes go ahead and start it!!

mieke said...

To be honest, Cathy, love your quilts more than your tapestries. Your new project looks really exciting, can't wait to see more of it....

Jane Monk said...

The tapestries are wonderful ... it seems so long ago that I was interested in doing this type of thing ... funny how quilting takes over your life! Beautiful work thanks for sharing.
Jane

Bronwyn said...

I have a dream of owning and riding my own horse through the hills of Main Ridge - I would love to go riding together - can you imagine two old ladies 'pony mad'??

imquilternity said...

Stunning tapestries! You are so talented, and I know it, but I'm always still surprised when you show us all the lovely items you've made! I'll bet someday you'll want to work on tapestries again - it always seems to be that way, doesn't it? lol

kmcl said...

Gorgeous tapestries Cathy! funny how we gave up other crafts once the quilting comes along. I did the same too, still have those kits by the drawerfuls. One day ... Cheers, Kim McL