03 June 2013

Treasures from Turkey

Life... Happened. That's the best I could come up with to explain my disappearance for the past months.
Within the course of a few short months, on top of the numerous personal emotional issues I had to deal with, I also had the chance to visit Melbourne, Australia and Bangkok, Thailand. In the blink of an eye, it's already June.
Anyway, it's long past time I showed you what Nurdan, my talented friend from Turkey, made for me.
Aren't these handmade crochet drawstring pouches gorgeous? My initial favourite was the glittery blue one with surprising accents like these flower bells (for lack of suitable term to call them)...
But now I've since fallen in love with the blue and brown one not to mention that elegant golden one with lace. Luckily, I don't need to decide which is my favourite as Nurdan has generously given all three to me. Thank you again, Nurdan.
Along with the pouches, she has also included these treasures:
First, the lace... So delicate and pretty. It's made by Nurdan's mum and I'm honored that she deemed me worthy enough to receive them. Did you know they're fifty two years old? Then, there's the lovely blue yarn and adorable babushka dolls.
As to what I've been up to, I've not gotten a lot of stitching done lately. I did finish this piece a while ago however.
Design: Singing the Blues
Designer: Little House Needleworks
Fabric: 28 count Zweigart Cashel
Fibers: Hand Dyed Fibers silk
As usual, I've made my own conversion from Crescent Colours Belle Soie to HDF silk
CC Icing - HDF Examplar White Chocolate
CC Tulip - HDF Dragon Blood
CC Ocean Tide - HDF Old Blue Eyes
I couldn't remember the colour of the linen I used other than the fact that it's a Zweigart stock linen.
It was quite a quick stitch.
As usual, I love the subtle colour variations of hand-dyed floss.
And as an apology for being away so long. Or an incentive for visiting my blog. Or a bribe to leave a comment whichever way you choose to see it. Mostly a bribe :P I've put together a kit for Singing the Blues.
If you like how my Singing the Blues turned out and would like to stitch one like it, please leave a comment that you'll like to be included in the giveaway in this post only. I'll draw a name on 20 June 2013.
Until then, happy stitching!


Lisa V said...

Your Bluebird conversion is lovely. I have never stitched with those silks before so I would love the chance to win your giveway to give them a try.
Thanks for the opportunity.

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Lovely little stitched piece, the little flash of red really makes the design. Good to see you back.

Ellen said...

Glad to see you posting again. Your blue birdie is gorgeous, love your conversions to silk. Would love a chance to try the silks, thank you.


Mylene said...

WOW! What great gifts you've received from your friend, Nurdan. Such treasures!!

Hope you've had fun with your visit to the other countries.

A lovely finish. i'd love to join in draw...thanks!

Jan said...

Lovely treasures and bluebird

Starry-eyed stitcher said...

Lovely conversion to HDF. Nice to be able to catch up with you again. I would love to be entered in your draw. Irene xxx

Catherine said...

Good to hear from you! I know how busy life can be and how it gets in the way. What lovely gifts you received ~ just beautiful! No need to out my name in for the goodies, as I have stitched that already!

Mii Stitch said...

It's nice to read you back! I never notice when someone goes missing but when they are back I think: Oh yes, it has been a long time since I read this blog!! :D Welcome back & hope everything is ok for you. Lovely little pouches you've received from Nurdan & that lace is just priceless!! I love your version of the bluebird, it really looks pretyt. I have never stitched this one & never used silk so please feel free to count me in for your generous giveaway! x

Chris said...

So glad that you are back and ok. Those purses are gorgeous. I hope that you will tell us about some of your travels later on.
I love your bluebird finish. Please put my name in the hat for this giveaway.

♥ Nia said...

I'm happy to have you back!! :D
Gorgeous gifts! :) and the stitching looks lovely!
hugs to you

Anonymous said...

Your Back!!! Awesome! I Am really happy that you are posting again and the new stitches are really beautiful.

Margaret said...

It's so good to see a post from you! Hope all is well. Love those bags your friend gave you -- so pretty! Lovely finish too! I don't need to be entered in the draw -- just wanted to say hi!

Lynn said...

Welcome back! The gifts from your friend are so unique and extremely pretty. I can't believe her mother made that lace! It's gorgeous!

Your silk conversion on Bluebird is really lovely. I love working with HDF. I'm stitching a piece with them now. I would love to be included in your giveaway for Bluebird. I have yet to stitch this one and it's such a pretty little design.

Sally said...

It's lovely to see you back Veronica. Your gifts from your friend are beautiful.

Love your LHN finish. It is so pretty. I stitched it for someone a few years ago and gave the chart away before stitching it for myself so would love to enter your very generous giveaway please.

Cole said...

Life gets so crazy sometimes!! But I bet you had some amazing adventures in your travels! And lovely gifts from your friend too, especially that lace, wow!

I would love for you to add my name - I've never stitched with silks before... Your finish looks amazing!

Edgar said...

So happy to see you back again and blogging, but, I would have dropped everything is a NY minute to travel around, so I can certainly understand!!

I love your conversion so throw my name in the mix for you great drawing!!

Giovanna said...

Lovely finish, congratulations! I'd love to be entered in the draw, please - thanks for the opportunity.

Fiona said...

Lovely finish. I would love to be included in your giveaway. The vintage lace is beautiful as are all the other goodies your received. Glad to see you back.

Anne said...

Veronica! Titus and I have missed you and actually was thinking about you yesterday! So glad you're back! Those are such lovely little purses Nurdan made for you and that lace, WOW! Your finish is beautiful and I would love to be included in your giveaway!


Penny said...

Glad you are back! :) The pouches are so pretty and that lace is amazing! Lovely finish, too!

Brenda said...

Wow! What a wonderful friend to have crocheted you so many pouches!!! Please post a link to how they are made if she can share the pattern.

Love LOVE love the Singing Bluebirds xstitch project!!! I love your conversion colors as I too love HDF silks!!! Great job!!!

I know all about life getting in the way. Glad to hear that you are back! Hugs hon!!!

Aurelia Eglantine said...

Welcome back to blogging! Your giveaway is lovely, but please leave me out - I just wanted to say hi :) The little crocheted purses your friend made are gorgeous, they remind me strongly of the little drawstring bags Victorian ladies wore called "reticules"!

Vicky L said...

You received some beautiful gifts from your friend. Your LHN is gorgeous. I would love to be in your giveaway. Thank you

Tatkis said...

Welcome back:)
The presents from your friend are wonderful!!
And I'd love to win the bluebird kit ;)


Melanie said...

So sorry things have been rough for you of late. :(
The crocheted pouches are beautiful. What a wonderful gift all around - the handmade lace is amazing! The patience you must need for that.
I like the colors you put together for that chart. They really pop on that linen. (What a great name for the red too - DRAGON BLOOD.)

Tazzy said...

Glad your back and that things are going fine again!

Love the conversion you did on the sampler. It's so beautiful and makes the red berries really pop!

Kate said...

Your work is lovely. The tension and lay of the threads fantastic. Please enter me in your drawing for the Singing the Blues.

Miamina said...

Great to see you back, I've missed your wonderful posts! Sounds like you've have an amazing time!

I love the finish, HDF silks are amazing to work with and your conversion looks great :)

Hope to see you a little more often now :)

Usha Murugesu said...

Lovely to hear from you again my dearest. We have missed hearing from least now we know that you have been busy enriching your mind and feasting your eyes with all the travelling. Thanks for the giveaway.


Carol said...

We've missed you, Veronica! So good to read a new post from you--your little bluebird is adorable. (No need to include me in your drawing as I already own this chart). And what delightful gifts from Nurdan...

Julie said...

Welcome back Veronica. Such a pretty bluebird finish, it's beautiful.
Great gifts from your friends, they are very talented ladies.
Goid luck to all who enter your little giveaway.

Kellie said...

Your Turkish treasures are beautiful! What a sweet friend! I love your conversion and would love to be in your drawing!

Carol R said...

Beautiful Blue bird!