Friday, April 8, 2011

One Year Already!!

I realized late yesterday that my blog is now one year old.  Goodness, where did those 365 days go??  I won't make a big deal out of it, but will say a quick thank you to all those who have helped and supported me during this time, it's been fun.  I've learnt so much about my computer and camera, not to mention stitching, but most importantly, the friendships I've made because of my involvement in the blogging community are by far the most important aspect of this pastime.  I will share something with readers just for a laugh.  I have been a stitch addict for all of my adult life, and have never missed the opportunity to buy books on the subject, so the following photographs will show my collection of Stitch Dictionaries [some have a more varied content].  These are by no means the end to my obsession, I have many more 'stitch specific' publications, but I doubt Blogger, or you would want to see them all..............

These two were the earliest in my collection.  The smaller one is by Barbara Snook, the larger the Golden Hands Encyclopaedia of Embroidery, opened at the page which shows one of my favourite stitches, Sorbello Stitch.

I think these were the next addition to the bookshelf, both purchased from various 'sale tables' in the early days.  Both have been well used.

Some time later came this collection of Anchor books.  They are small and easy to take with to stitching days, and are all well written and illustrated.  The Judith Baker-Montano 'Elegant Stitches' is a great source of reference for stitch combinations used in crazy patchwork.

Somewhere in between I managed to source these Mary Thomas books, the older one scooped up for me by a very kind friend [an eBay purchase].  Again, these books are two of my favourites, and a go-to when in doubt.

I hope you enjoy seeing some of the books that have made my stitching journey so enjoyable.  Books are a part of my needlework life, and I have special memories associated with many of them. 


DIAN said...

Linda, I always look forward to your posts: they are always interesting and you are so generous in explaining how you do things.


Love the books. Of course.

Iceni UK said...

Congratulations ... Happy first birthday.

I love your blog, it is always a pleasure to read and to be inspired by. I look forward to another year of friendship and to seeing more of your lovely embroideries.

embracingitall said...

Congratulations on one year in blogland! It's been lovely to see all your beautiful creations and photos from around your property. Jacinta

shirley said...

Congratulations on your blogs first birthday. You are a wonderful supportive friend and your work an inspiration. I have some of the same early embroidery books as you and they are all well used.

I wish you a wonderful 2nd year in blogland Linda.

CJ Stitching and Blooms said...

Congratulation on "One Year" of blogging. Time sure does pass to quickly. I enjoyed seeing your book collection. I am a big collector too. Hugs Judy

Maria de Lourdes said...

Feicidades por este año de blog, por tu generosidad para compartir con nosotros; por tu dedicación y aprendizaje durante este año. Mis deseos son que dure mucho más.

Anonymous said...

Happy blogger birthday. I don't even know the date of when I started mine. Love visiting your blog and reading all you have to say. It is a great way to share things with each other.

fabriquefantastique said...

I think I taught myself to embroider with those anchor books.

Radka said...

Happy First birthday, Linda's blog!
I know, it seems like yesterday when we were "starting out" and look at us now:))
Oh, and I won't even show you my book shelves!
But of course, there is no such thing as enough info!

Karyn said...

A very happy birthday to you and your blog Linda. I have found it to be a wealth of information and fun. Can't wait for the next twelve months!