Weekends work & August GIVEAWAY

"Nat Ed" was good....no cooking, no cleaning, catching up with old acquaintances, making some new ones....and lots of stitching done.
Can you guess my new favourite stitch?? It's that stacked cretan. I haven't gravitated toward cretan in the past. It is a stitch I have found difficult to master. Not the doing of it, but the spacing and uniformity of it...but now I love it!
Here are the current creations.

Blue

Jade

Olive

Raspberry

The August GIVEAWAY!! (before August is over...I can't even believe August has started let alone being half way over!) Anywho, leave a comment on this post, and say which colour you would like if you win. I will draw when I remember!!
These still need backing, so it will look a little tidier when it gets to your door.
Happy commenting.

ps Dana...great to see you back !

39 comments:

Bunny B said...

I love the Blues! It's gorgeous!! Hope you're having a great weekend!
xxx

Melusine said...

Wow - they are all very interesting to look at. I've not done Cretan stitch before, let along stacked Cretan. May be I should have a go after seeing these. If I am lucky enough to win the draw then please may I have the OLIVE one - the black stitching on the olive colours made that postcard really stand out.

Karen South said...

Jo I really like the look of the stacked Cretan stitch. I'll have to play around with it. I like them all! But if I had to choose one I guess it would be the blue one, no wait maybe the olive one. LOL too hard to choose just one!

El rincón de Paloma. said...

Los bordados son preciosos.Saludos

Lisa said...

They are all nice, but I love the olive one!

p.s. Thanks for putting my pincushion on the front page of the CQI newsletter! I finally had a chance to look at it last night!
Blessings,
Lisa/IvoryBlushRoses

Lorenza said...

I love the jade even if it's a hard choice: beautiful!

Gerry Krueger said...

Pink for me. I HAVE to see those stitches up close!!! Fabulous Gerry K.

sossy said...

I love the olive one! I enjoy the cretan stitch but have never done a stacked one. I will have to try that. All the postcards are gorgeous!

LouAnne said...

Oh, the Aqua/Teal one - when first I began crazyquilting my friend Suzette and I called ourselves "The Teal Sisters" because we always gravitated to that color. And you should SEE my closet! Pick me! Pick me! LOL

Anonymous said...

Jo, love them all, but I would pick the raspberry one! Love the stitching! Debbie (Maine) campmoxie@yahoo.com.au

MargB said...

Jo Your cretan stitchings are great - what a variety!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I love cretan stitch, but can't say that I've done a stacked version. These are all beautiful, but, should I be lucky enough to win, I would have to pick the blue - simply because it's my favourite colour!

Violette Severin said...

Jade is my favorite. I love the cretan stitch but have problems with the height and spacing too.

Diane said...

What beautiful work. I've done the cretan stitch but not the stacked version. I like the way the wrapped stitches look too. I would choose the raspberry as my favourite piece.

umintsuru said...

Thank you for the giveaway, Jo. I would love either the blue and pink ones. Your blog inspired me to buy a book on creative crewel embroidery by Judy Jeroy.

Kathy said...

They are all beautiful, so pick just one..... Ok if I get lucky (grin) I would love the olive card.

Cheryl said...

I think that the minty green one has my name on it!!!???
I haven't done a stacked cretan before..thanks for sharing.

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

Gorgeous! I'm in love with the gray and white!

Carah said...

I love the Olive one!

Roslynne said...

Wow, I really love the raspberry, to me you saved the best for last. Beautiful stitching!

cookiekenney said...

These are a work of art, just beautiful.  The olive one is the one I would pick, that is my favorite color.  Beautiful stitching. 

joybug said...

I love the Olive - you can almost see the wind...

Crazy In Pieces said...

Your work is simply beautiful! I also had some problems with the cretan stitch but it is now my favorite. I have to try some of your combinations. If I had to pick it would be the black and white.

myriam said...

Simply beautiful!
The color that I prefert is the green!
Hugs from Israel! Myriam

Ati. Norway. said...

Jo your postcards are beautiful as always. Love the new cretan look :))

MARGARET FIELD said...

beautiful pieces of work.

I would be honoured to receive any of them, as they are all stunning

Hen Goodchild said...

They are all beautiful and I love the vibrant colours, but in terms of design I love the olive one. It's a great pattern, and I wish I could produce such lovely things!

lewmew said...

Wow - they're all great. But the blues win my vote.

And I'm always looking for new ways to use embroidery, so I may have to borrow some of these ideas!

Linda

Regina said...

They are all beautiful -but the jade is just gorgeous!

LindaSonia said...

I love them all, but my lst choice would be blue. Love your blog. LindaSonia

katiejayinpa said...

They are all wonderful Jo...the blue and jade are my favorite!

Lavinia said...

Ooohh!! me encantan! nunca habia visto este tippo de bordado antes... Me gustan el blue y el olive. Congratulations!!!

Clyde said...

Your work is beautiful and I love the olive colour work.

ikkinlala said...

I love the olive one.

Kathy said...

Jo, If I win this giveaway I would like the olive colored postcard. They are all beautiful.

Just Jenn said...

Oh the OLIVE one is lovely!

Sharon said...

They are all very beautiful ... my favorite is the olive one

Morgan said...

They're all so beautiful! I guess I like... the blue best. I haven't tried the stacked cretan before... I'll have to test it out!

purplemajic said...

I love them all - but my favourite is the blue one!! Fabulous stitching!
Lynette