Stocking Teddy Bear Tree completed

!! YAY !!

Stocking Teddy Bear Tree

(click link to be taken to Heaven and Earth Designs, where you can buy the chart)

Stocking Teddy Bear Tree(click image to enlarge)

Started 12 January 2012 – Finished 16 sept 2012
Using HDF silks
on 28ct pale yellow lugana

Time to put the silks away and pull out Turandot for a little while.

To finish, or not to finish

This question was asked by friend on Facebook recently and it made me think.
I have Turandot close to completion and Ted Stocking close too.

I have decided that after stitching Turandot for so many years that it would be a shame to just rush it just to get a finish. I have therefore decided to work on Ted until it’s done. I started it back at the beginning of the year while in the motel, and I am now only a week or so away from the end.

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I hope you enjoyed the last post. I felt I had to share the video. It was only a snippet to show what we, here in Christchurch, have been through for two years now. Thankfully we haven’t felt any large ones in a while now and even the small ones are just like a shunting. We know that there will be more to come for years and that the land is still shifting/settling,  but as long as they stay below 4mag I will be happy.

Here are some stats that I’ve just found:

• Almost 12,000 earthquakes and aftershocks have been felt since the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit early on September 4, 2010

• 58 quakes in excess of magniture 5.0, GNS Science predicts the probability of a 5.5 to 5.9 shake has fallen to 32 per cent in the next year.

• The new city is predicted to cost $30 billion

• Fonterra is building a $500 million plant at the epicentre of the September 4 quake in Darfield

• Nearly $1b worth of building consents were approved in Canterbury in the first half of 2012,
• The amount of ready mixed concrete produced in the Christchurch metropolitan area has more than doubled since March 2011, to 112,000 cubic metres
• 97 per cent of Christchurch businesspeople plan to keep living in the city, and three-quarters of them believe this is a good time to invest
• The Earthquake Commission has received 414,148 building claims and 93,337 land claims. It has paid out more than $3.3b
• 1600 buildings needed to be partially or completely demolished and more than 80 per cent of that job is done
• 190,000 houses have been rezoned with 7779 properties have been zoned red
• A crown offer to buy red-zoned properties has cost over $915m to date. Three-quarters, or 5834, have signed a sale and purchase agreement and nearly 60 per cent, or 4545, have settled.
• Around 21,500 homes have been repaired.

Ted update

I finally got around to doing a scan, rather than a photo, for this update.

The colours are a little closer to real life now. You can actually see the fabric is slightly coloured, although it’s still not showing the colours quite right.

I think it has something to do with the light bouncing off the silk threads, or something…. I dunno.

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Next update will be? Actually, I haven’t decided whether I’ll continue on this, or work on Turandot for a week or two.

Both are close to completion, and although I have other pieces I want to work on, I do think I need a finish.

Teddy Update and more

I finally managed to take a photo of my stocking without the flash, although it is another grey overcast day. What’s up with that?

I think one day I will stick it in the scanner so you can see the actual colours, as you can’t even tell that the fabric IS slightly yellow. sigh

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I only have three pages of chart left on this now and I’m sure it will be as slow going as the rest of it, so no quick finish on this one.

I had mail arrive the other day from America. Brigid mail to be exact.

These prints are available to purchase from her Etsy shop

and they are (from left, up, then down): Facing Change, Saved by Love, the long piece is Steampunk Fairy Raven Crow (large print), it is also available in a smaller size too, and finally Unfair Things.

Look like it checking out frames again.

Another piece of exciting news is that the Nene Thomas and Steven Plagman bo0k 2 is now available.


Next update will be Turandot, hopefully with another page completed.

And the Winner is…..

Before we get to that.

Thank you to all who entered. I had a wonderful time reading everyone’s experiences. Some of those memories are ones that you will last a lifetime.

And a special thank you to Petrina for her memory. It reminded me to find this picture.

Yup, that’s me that Christmas. I don’t think my hair looked that bad at all. LOL!!!

Love the 70’s decor.

Where were we? That’s right. We had 27 separate entries for the draw and the… winner… is…

• Sarah Greiner •


Congratulations Sarah! Please let me know the two QS or equivalently price pieces that you would like and I will organise them to get to you.

Sorry to all those that didn’t win, you can however enjoy this latest update of the Teds.
I’m starting to think that these Ted’s are Twilight vampires. Every time I take a photo it’s overcast and I have to use the flash which makes them sparkle.

(as always, click images to enlarge)

Next update will be Turandot.

Giveaway Time…. with a bonus update

!! GIVEAWAY Time !!

To celebrate mid-winter Christmas here in NZ,  I’ve got a  couple of HAED QS or SK to give away to one lucky person.

All you need to do is just leave a comment with your best Christmas memory.

You can also get another entry if you mention this giveaway on my blog or Facebook page, just let me know the link. All entries will go into the randomizer and it will choose the lucky winner.

I can’t wait to hear all your comments. I’m sure they will take my mind of the cold gloomy overcast and wet days.

Entries close next Friday, Friday the 13th of July, so you have plenty of time to get your thinking caps on and good luck.

And to prove how yuck it is here, here is another picture of my Ted Stocking taken with the flash. sigh

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Teddy Stocking update

I had to move the frame last night so I thought I’d grab a quick pic while it was off the frame. I thought this was a good photo to share as it shows off the extent of the sparklies.

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I have done some more on the top corner since this shot and should be have that part done in the next day or so. YAY

Full size teddy

I’ve had to move the frame, so while it’s off I had to share the full size shot.

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I’m trying to get a few pieces completed this year and this is one that I would like to get done before Christmas, for obvious reasons. Another one I want to gone is Turandot, so please forgive me if I don’t make any progress on most of my other WIPs. The  three I want to get done this year are this stocking, Turandot and the Freebie SAL.