Sunday, 16 September 2018

September Gifted Gorgeousness 2018

So September is here already and schools have started.
The weather is amazing to spend by the sea but unfortunately we can't as we have to be in the city working and looking after mum so no sea!
I haven't stitched much to show you.
But first what's Gifted Gorgeousness?
It's the brain child of talented Jo of Serendipitous Stitching where we show anything we have stitched which was gifted to us or anything we stitch to give as a gift.
So this month I mostly stitched on my Karaghiozis  piece which will be added to the collaborative work lots of Greek stitchers are contributing to. I will probably concentrate more on this in winter.
 I also made a sea glass felted stone to gift to my friend Eleftheria on our trip to Lesvos island.
Eleftheria lives on beautiful Molyvos (Mythemna) village which is amazingly built on a cliff overlooking the sea!

 This month I received a glow-in-the night white thread from dear Jo in order to finish my Halloween Happiness piece. I haven't stitched it yet but since it is a little only I am hoping I will soon have it finished in time for Halloween! This pattern was a giveaway win from Jo and the fabric from Brigitte.
And I also received another giveaway win this time from Kaye of Kitten Stitching! Now you know what I will be stitching for Christmas this year. Kaye added some extra gifts!Thank you so much!
But there are some other things I want to show you in this blog post too.They are cross stitch and embroidery related.
We spent four days on Lesvos island with my husband in August. A beautiful big green island  with so much to see.
I spotted an old embroidery shop in Mytilini, the capital, covered in embroidery pictures.

 In the Agiasos Church of Virgin Mary there is a small byzantine museum. Here are some embroidered pieces.

 In the Agiasos Folk Museum I also potted these.

 I also want to show you these pottery items. I have bought both of them at charity bazaars at the Macedonian Museum of Modern Art. They are made by a Lesvos island clay artist called Vanio and she has painted them with cross stitch patterns.

Finally here are some vintage craft magazines from the 80s and 90s. Some of them I gave to a friend of mine who will definitely make more out of them than me.

 Hope you have  a great September.See you next month!


Purple Pixie Dust said...

thanks for the photo's, I love to see other places and those embroidery books are amazing. Love the city pics. have a great month hugs Lynda Ruth

Kaisievic said...

Great post, Ariadne, lots of lovely pictures for us to drool over. I do so love your pictures of Greece.

Ο κόσμος της Ράνιας said...

Πολύ ενδιαφέρουσες ασχολίες, πολύ ωραίες φωτογραφίες και τα κεραμικά τέλεια !!! Καλό φθινόπωρο και καλή εβδομάδα !!! Τα φιλιά μου !!!

Clare-Aimetu said...

What a beautiful place. Good that you can now finish your Halloween and well done on winning Kate's Christmas chart

Christy ♥ said...

Ya te estaba extrañando mi querida Ariadne me gusta conocer por medio de tu blog otros lugares, esos bordados son una belleza y ya vi tu proyecto de Navidad, saludos y cariños para tu mamy

Mary - Lecoeurceltique said...

The felted stone is pretty. Mytilini looks interesting. Thank you for sharing your photos of it.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month, I am glad to be able to give you another reason to include the Hallowe'en chart!
The photos of Greece are lovely, such a beautiful country. I really like the pots with the cross stitched designs painted on them. Now I feel inspired to paint a rock with cross stitch!

Astrids dragon said...

Your felt stone is fantastic, so original!
You've won some great giveaways, good for you.
Such beautiful photos, and the embroidery pieces are lovely.

Christine said...

Your felted stone is beautiful.
Fabulous pictures from your trip

rosey175 said...

The museum embroidery is lovely, as are the woven curtains(I'm guessing they are curtains!). Fun magazines for your friend to go through too. :D I love the little cross stitched pot with the lid! What will you keep inside it?

Glow in the dark thread is so fun for Halloween projects. Apparently it comes in colors other that white now but I haven't found any yet.

DJ said...

Wow, what a lovely post! I enjoyed looking at your stitching, and your felted stone! What talent you have!! I also enjoyed looking at your pictures from your island visit. How clever to put cross stitch designs on pottery, I would have bought one too! What a beautiful area of the world you live in!!

Brigitte said...

I have just savoured the pictures you took of your trips during the summer. Just great and very inviting. These lace and pottery items are so unique. Great craft magazines you found. Even when some of the items in them might be old fashioned, others are timeless. That's my experience with old craft magazines. I always find something I like in them.

Sheryl said...

Interesting post Ariadne, what a lovely village overlooking the sea and I like the unusual pottery with the cross stitch designs. Gorgeous felted stone and thoughtful gifts from blogger friends. The craft magazines are very useful as one often finds something that inspires.