Wednesday, 25 January 2017


I haven’t been in the studio all week. I’ve had some busy days, and in between I haven’t felt too well with my M.E. so I have rested. I have done a bit more on my embroidery project, and this is the latest piece I have completed:

10 Blue Piece with Red Flower Shape

11 Blue Piece with Red Flower Shape Detail

12 Blue Piece with Red Flower Shape Close Detail

again using whipped spiderweb stitch which is fast becoming a favourite! I like the focal point with the shi-sha mirror, too, and of course, all the French knots that I really like doing! The red thread in this one is sparkly, but of course it doesn’t show up properly on the photo.

Remember this one from last time?

WOYWW 398a 18-1-17 Embroidery WIP

I have now completed it.

03 Purple Piece with Whipped Spiderweb Stitch

04 Purple Piece with Whipped Spiderweb Stitch Detail

05 Purple Piece with Whipped Spiderweb Stitch Close Detail

I’ve done a couple more, too, which you can read about in more detail here.

06 Yellow and Blue Pieces with Whipped Spiderweb Stitch

07 Yellow Piece with Whipped Spiderweb Stitch Detail

08 Blue Paisley Piece with Whipped Spiderweb Stitch Detail

I’ve now done 27 in total, and have only 17 more to go!!

Something else I finished this week… Remember this? It is a mandala I drew on my iPad Pro and have been colouring in at odd moments.

Lotus Mandala Colour WIP

I decided it had been a work in progress for too long, so I completed it.

Lotus Mandala Pink

I did some baking this week, for a couple of events (our monthly informal cancer cake-athon meeting, and a shared lunch at church). I wrote about this in my previous post, here.

Custard tarts, coconut macaroons filled with chocolate ganache and gingerbread biscuits:

Baking for Cancer Cakeathon

and sticky toffee pavlova (my favourite pudding in the whole world!).

Sticky Toffee Pavlova for St. Luke's Lunch

Not much else to report except the good news that my pesky wisdom tooth has now settled down completely – no more pain!! I think it’s emerged a tiny bit more than before. I shall probably die of old age before it makes a full appearance!

Here’s Beatrice sitting on my lap.

Beatrice on my Lap 24-1-17

I tried to get her to look at me, but she wouldn’t. A few minutes earlier, I had Phoebe too, but when I got the camera out, she jumped off. Why are kitties always so contrary?


  1. Happy WOYWW. Well, it certainly looks like you have been really busy. No wonder you have had to rest! Now I am not taking any prescription painkillers I have noticed how I am actually listening to my body and will rest more, rather than just popping some pills and then battling on. It means that even less gets completed around the house etc, but that is my life now. You like French Knots?! I hated doing them when I was cross stitching - your's are great. I now want to come and eat all of your baking. It must be nearly lunchtime. Ali x #30

  2. Hi shoshi, hope you are feeling a little better now. Lovely embroidery, such vibrant colours. Positively scream of warm spice colours. Gorgeous Kitty pic, the contrariness of cats will make you smile at my funny today!Have a lovely week, Hugs, Shaz #5 XxX

  3. Wow, both the mandala and the embroidery are absolutely stunning! Love those little dots - I assume they are the French knots you were talking about. I always have to take dozens of photos of Oreo for just one of them to be OK, and I can't tell you how many times I ran for my camera, only to find that he had changed his position in the meantime! Good to hear the tooth has settled - maybe it's just growing like you said. Let's hope it stays put now!

    Thanks so much for your encouraging comments on my blog. I take the classes because I want to learn from them, but I think I have to find the balance between trying to copy someone else's style and just sticking to what I already feel comfortable with. I think I need to use them more for inspiration and less for trying to achieve something, that may not be relevant to me. Hmm, so much to think about - or perhaps I'm just overthinking it, LOL! Happy WOYWW! Glad you were able to take part again this week!

  4. Oh my your blog is wonderful! Your embroidery is stunning as is your mandela. How did you draw that? Incredible! However, custard tarts, oh dear, I soooo miss my custard tarts.....I have never tried to bake them as hubby and son aren't too keen on them. I suppose eating a dozen would be considered piggish? Sticky toffee pavlova...never tried it but it looks elicious....will have to find the recipe! Happy WOYWW! Anne #7

  5. Sorry you haven't been feeling well; my asthma has been chronic these last two weeks and I have spent quite a few days resting in bed. That mandala is outstanding, I love the subtle tones and colours. You must be so patient to work on freestyle embroidery like that too. Happy WOYWW Sarah #37

  6. Afternoon Shoshi. Sorry you haven't felt so well this week. trust you soon start to feel much better - although you seem to have achieved an incredible amount!! Great work on the UFOs... well done.
    Take care. God bless.
    Margaret #3

  7. Hi Soshi, Love your embroidery! So talented. That Pavlova looks so yummy, bet iy didn't last long! Happy WOYWW! Sez x #24

  8. Hi Shoshi, love your stitch work, I am learning breton stitches from a local in the next village, starting to lose the plot as to what is lace making and what is tapestry and what is embroidery, I think I'll stick to mixed media textiles as a label!!!Dx #39

  9. my word, have you been busy!! gorgeous work! Helen #!

  10. Wow you've done a lot considering you haven't been feeling well! I hope you manage to rest up and feel better soon. Love the embroidery. I've been doing some cross stitch again but now that the floss is all sorted I'm being tempted to do some freehand embroidery. I've seen such lovely things on people's desks. Very inspiring.

    Sharon K #35

  11. Gosh Shoshi, you have been busy. Loving all the gorgeous stitchwork and scrummy looking baking too. Have a great woyww, Angela 19

  12. We love our cats Because they are so contrary!!
    Love that embroidery.And mandala!

  13. Hi Shoshi, to answer your question, favicon is that little picture you see next to your blog name on a tab in your browser. It's set to the Blogger logo by default, but you can change in Design/Layout/Favicon. You just have to upload a square photo and Blogger will automatically convert into into the right file.

  14. Love your new embroidery! Looking forward to seeing this project finished - it will be gorgeous!! Cats are certainly independent, just when you want them to do something they've been doing for the last 5 minutes, camera at the ready, they decide -nope. I'm done! Thanks for sharing, Lindart #46

  15. Your embroidery project is amazing - just what I needed to see considering what I got this week from a lady on Streetlife. LOL BJ#27

  16. Brilliant Favicon, Shoshi! I had to clear my cache to see it, but I can see it now. It's your platypus! I might play around with mine a bit more too.


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