Sunday, January 23, 2011

Work In Progress

Give Me Work To Last Me All Of My Life

Today I thought I'd share my current project that I'm working on. Mostly on Sunday afternoons in front of movies I've seen a thousand times before (today's offerings: Muriel's Wedding and, er, The Wedding Singer. Wow, if we could just ignore the subtext there. I'm sure it means nothing)

This is a cross-stitch tapestry, a set that I got for Christmas from my super housemate and even more amazing friend, Holly.

Hanging by a thread

The set comes with everything you need to get started: pattern, backing fabric, tapestry thread and needle - which meant that I picked it up a couple of days after Christmas and could just get cracking.

It's also huge. You can't really tell from these pictures but this is shaping up to be a substantial piece of work. I have no idea where I'm going to put it, but I know it's going to look beautiful. I've always loved cross-stitch since I was little. There's something about the rhythmic back and forth motions, and the neatness of the tiny little crosses all lined up in a row that appeals to me. I haven't done any for ages as it kinda got superceded by knitting in my craft repertoire but I'm really glad that I have this mammoth project to get me back into it for a little bit.

Rob Ryan and Emily Peacock. Match made in craft heaven. 

As you can see, it's a set that's a collaboration between Rob Ryan and Emily Peacock. Which made it the perfect gift for me. I've been aware of Rob Ryan's work for a long time now. He usually works with paper, and has the most intracate, delicate, touching of designs. If you ever get the opportunity, please check out some of his work. Or better yet, buy it.

Needle your way out of this one

Emily Peacock, I hadn't heard of until just before Christmas when some of her tapestry cushion designs were featured on Kirstie's Homemade Home. Or it might have been Kirstie's Homemade Christmas. Or Relocation Relocation. Who knows, but Kirstie Allsopp was definitely involved. Holly and I both were watching that programme and commented on how we loved the cushions featured. Apparently, she originally tried to get the kit to make those cushions but they had all sold out, so picked up this one instead. I'm actually happy about that because that means that a) I get to make my very own Rob Ryan and b) I actually prefer this design.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I must get back to it. This tapestry won't work itself you know. I hope to show you the finished article soon.

Plus also, Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore are totally about to get. it. on. Woop woop!


littledollface said...

Nice, looking forward to seeing the finished article.

Little Lj said...

Thanks Helennnn! xx

Liz Stanley said...

How cool! I've always wanted to learn how to cross stitch.

Little Lj said...

It's reeeallly easy, you should give it ago, the easiest craft I know!

the crafty currant said...

this is fab. You have just reminded me that I was going to start cross stitching yesterday but got distracted. Think ill pop out and buy some stuff. Super nice blog, thanks for yur comments on mine and letting me know you are here xxx

Little Lj said...

No problem, thanks for your comment back! Yes start cross stitching - soo relaxing!

Claire said...

Oh I'm sold - you've put sewing things on a wooden table and taken beautiful photos. It's not even finished and I'm already in love with it.

Little Lj said...

Claire: Aw shucks! Thanks, promise I'll show it on here when its finally done!

Origami said...

Oooo I'm just about to buy this kit- I saw the finished version in Rob Ryan's gallery on Colombia rd... could we have an update on progress?? I'd love to hear how you're getting on and see where you're up to!