Saturday, 17 June 2017

Traditional Embroidery Sampler 2

I finished the second part of my sampler with a bit delay. It is being very hot these days and it is difficult to take the needle and embroider...... Anyway, I could do the second tutorial video Rosario Montoro has in her YouTube channel. In tutorial I did two type of herringbone stitches (in blue and violet). 

I am not really sure about the name of the violet one, if you know how is it call tell me in the comments, please. The problem is the videos are in Spanish......

The third stitch I learnt in this tutorial is the Half-Chevron Stitch. It is a very easy and nice stitch.


These are the three stitches I learnt this time. It is nice to see how my sampler is advancing, it looks great now. See you in the next post.

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Spicy Parsley Soup

I remember when I was a girl and my mum made that soup for me in the cold winter. I cannot forget the taste and I have been always scared of reproducing my mum's recipe as I thought the taste was going to be different.

But I decided to prepare and I was really amazed: it was tasting even better than I remember. It was delicious. I decided to share it with you.

Ingredients (for 2 people)
  • 1 onion
  • 1 red pepper diced
  • 1 tomato diced
  • 4 potatoes peeled and diced
  • 1 good parsley bunch
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • Cumin seeds
  • Saffron
  • Black peppercorn
  • Salt
  • Olive Oil


Add some olive oil in a saucepan. When it is warm add the onion and fried until transparent. Add the pepper and the tomato, both diced. Let the mixture fried for a while. When the mixture is fried, add the potatos diced and the parsley. Fry for a while.

In the meantime, in the mortar mash the garlic cloves, cumin seeds, saffron, peppercorn and salt. Add to the vegetables, stirr well and cover with water.

Let it boil until the potatoes are tender. Blend it and decorate with some parsley.

Ready to eat.

Enjoy and if you like let me know in the comments.

Sunday, 4 June 2017

My Large Size Projects

Now it is time to show my large projects, those which took me long to finish and that I am really proud of them. I have quite a lot but I will show you only the ones I enjoyed more in stitching. None of them are framed mainly because I don't have space to hang them and like that can be easily stored in a box. If you want to see more of them leave me a comment and I will write a second part with more jobs.

The first large project I did was a sampler organized by Angie from the blog Angie Designer. It came on parts, so it was quite easy to follow. As it was the first it is done in Aida 14 count and it is huge. I would like to repeat it in Aida 18 or 20.

This one is a heart in country style made as a present for my mum in the mother's day. It is very nice and allowed me to know the technique consisting in using two strands of threads in different colours. The effect of that is amazing.

I never liked owls too much but my mum loves them. She has a collection of hundreds of owls coming from different part of the world, embroidered owls, soft toys, etc. So as a consequence of doing and buying owls for her I finally also like owls. I made this special owl Christmas tree which is quite funny.

In this one I need to apologize for the quality of the picture, but I wanted to show you as I like a lot. It shows a house changing during the year. You can see how trees and landscape change with the months.

Another sampler, this time in Aida rustic 18 count. It is the famous Dear Jean quilt in cross stitch. It was really nice to embroider.

I want to finish this post about my large projects showing you the Sweet Words County by Stoney Creek. I love the country style cross stitch and in this one the words are really beautiful. Each one of the part is having original Stoney Creek boutons

I have few more large project. If you want to see them let me know in the comments and I will do a second post.