Sunday, 28 July 2013

The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady (1)

Summertime is this time of year when we all appreciate surrounding us Mother nature more than usual - trips to parks, forests, meadows, walking in valleys, we all have done it... I missed some summery floral themes in my crafting so when a magazine subscription came through with this poppy cross stitch kit I wished to stitch it straight away. This is a freebie stitch kit from the World of Cross Stitching (issue: 206, 2013). The redness of the poppy is so striking and tempting that I couldn't resist making this eclectic floral card. 


There were a few shades of red to use for this poppy. It took me about 3 or 4 stitching sessions to complete it. How I managed to avoid a mistake with this frequent colour changes, I don't know but as I was backstitching all shades agreed perfectly well with the chart. Proud of myself! :) So, dear reader, if you cross stitch yourself, you will know what I mean ;)


I'm really pleased with this stitch and the mounting. The redness of the flower contrasts nicely with the pastel aqua background sprinkled with butterflies. Very eclectic, romantic and feminine at the same time :)


This little cross stitch kit belongs to a product line called The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady - inspired by a book of Edith Holden with the same title. I had a good look in my craft boxes and it turned out that over time I've collected quite a few of such kits. I just put them away hoping I'll stitch them in the future. Perhaps now it's time to bring them out :) They all remind me of old botanical books and herbaria.


I even found a set of card making papers and tags with this theme :) (My goodness! How much stuff I've got squirrelled away!)


Sounds like I'll be making some botanical stuff in the near future! 
In the meantime I'm working on a tropical bookmark from Cross Stitcher. This one is quick and easy to stitch. 


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11 comments:

  1. I love your poppy - and I like the aqua mount with the red of the poppy. Just lovely.

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  2. I do love the poppy. Your description is very accurate. You have to make the others now to make a set. :)

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  3. how nice is the cross stitch kit :)
    The poppy came out really great (and it's one of my fav flowers, it has a special significance where I come from)
    Well done!

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  4. Hi Martha,
    your Poppy card is wonderful ! Like the cross stiched Poppy!
    Those magazines are nice, with the free gifts, the card making one looks nice too!
    Happy new week to you!
    Love and hugs
    Claudia

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  5. Your poppy is gorgeous, I think they are such beautiful flowers. Hope you have a good week.

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  6. It looks beautiful, and I love the contrast with the butterfly background.

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  7. Very pretty poppy :) Mine is yet to be done :D

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  8. The poppies gorgeous and contrasts really well with the butterfly paper. I did have the Edwardian Lady book somewhere, it was very popular in the 80's.
    Ali x

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  9. How beautiful! Looking forward to seeing how the others look when finished. What a special collection that will be.

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  10. Great colours on both these pieces. I'm considering having a go at some cross stitch today so will let you know how I get on! x

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  11. Love your poppy cross stitch. All those lovely kits waiting to be stitched! They will look lovely together when you finally get around to making them.

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