Thursday, January 26, 2012

I am a Cross Stitching Addict

I've known for a while that I enjoy cross stitching, but I didn't realize until last night that I'm probably a true addict. This happened when I was staying up, putting in the first stitches of my Greek Mandala, and I had to force myself to put it down. But I bet you're waiting for the new start picture, aren't you.

Greek Mandala by Chatelaine Designs
Stitching on 32-count antique white Belfast
2 over 2 with DMC, various silks, delica beads, and Swarovski crystals

This is just so much fun to stitch - and it's a completely different style of stitching than my HAEDs, which makes it a nice break from them. It's also very easy to break this pattern up into parts and tell myself where I want to stitch to that night and still have it be realistic. So there you go - my first large Chatelaine. I hope you're ready for plenty more where that came from!

I really love how Boyfriend is getting into my stitching. The other day when he was here and I was stitching Middle Earf, he asked if he could make a stitch. I let him, of course, and he seemed so pleased and excited. It was actually ridiculously adorable. Then last night I heard my mom on Skype with my grandma, talking about my stitching. She hi-jacked my scroll frame while I was threading another color to show her. And then my dad walks into my room and starts asking me about my stitching and such. It's a really nice feeling when other people can appreciate your hobby, even if they don't take part. It's really, really nice.

A note about my name. Not sure if I've ever explicitly mentioned this, but I was born in Poland and grew up there. My name, Ewa, is Polish. In case you were wondering, it's pronounced "eh-vuh." Like "Eva" but the "e" is more like the "e" in "bed." If that makes sense.

Now I'm off to shower and drive up to Boyfriend's for a few days with College in hand. The next page is mostly sky so we'll see how far I can get with it. Hope you like Greek and happy stitching!


cucki said...

it is a very sweet stitching..
i love it..
hugs xxx

Tamara said...

Great looking start! I love those colors.

Anonymous said...

Great start Ewa. I loved all the blue silks in part one - lush. Looking forward to watching your progess.

Heli said...

I'm an addict too, welcome to the club! :D It's such a delightful addiction that I'm not even going to try to get rid of it, just to try to remember to go to bed early enough to get enough sleep before morning. :)

A beautiful start, I'm so excited for you! Looking forward to more progress pics on this one. :)

Pauline said...

Love your name! :)
And your Greek Mandala is a beauty!
Have fun, i am also a addict to crossstitches....;)

nikkin said...

Ahh, the life of an addict, lol! Just think, we could be addicted to something far worse, at least our hobby is fun, keeps us busy, and makes beautiful things, like your Greek start! It is going to be amazing! Glad your family is supportive of your hobby, I love it when someone asks about my projects. Enjoy your stitchy time with BF!


Valentina said...

Great! Another Chatelaine to droll over!!! Can't wait to see more of it!!!

sharine said...

It look great and as you said a nice break from HAED's.

Joysze said...

Well... HELLLLLLLOOOOOOOOO gorgeous!!!!! Oh yes, I mean you too, Ewa, but really it was meant for Greek. HAHAHAHA..

That's so awesome how your family is into your stitching. Makes a world of difference when you can share it with them.

Have a safe drive!!!

P/S. Nice to know how your name is pronounced. In my head, in our email chats, I alway pronounce it Eva....

Sara said...

Nice start, hope you enjoy your first Chatelaine!

Melissa said...

Great start on your Greek Mandala. I am definitely looking forward to seeing more :)
Thanks for telling us how to say your name-I wasn't sure before.

Anne said...

Ooooh!! It's so lusciously divine!!! I would be like you too, adding in stitches as soon as I get the threads!! Truly addictive!! So sweet that your family is into your stitching. It's nice isn't it :D

I love how your bf wanted to make a stitch! So cute!!

As for your name, I figured it was Polish and pronounced as such in my head!! Good luck with the College!! Maybe BF will add a few more stitches in, hehehee!!

jcat0629 said...

Beautiful new start. This is one of my fave Chat's.

Dani - tkdchick said...

What a wonderful new start and the blues are just awesome. It's nice to have a project that's not your normal style of stitching.

Yup I'm an addict!!!

Mangogirl said...

Great start :D

Adrienne said...

Great start!! I love the Chatelaine you've chosen. I'm very much looking forward to seeing your progress!