Friday, 29 July 2011


I have finished the Royal Guard - i really don't know where the "couple of hours" came from that the magazine claimed it should take, but it was quite good fun to do anyway.

The eyes are not right though - they should be French knots, but i simply cannot master them at the moment - am going to have another practice at the weekend on some scrap aida - i have to be able to do some of these other stitch types if i am to progess. I also found the backstitching quite hard to do - something else that i need to practice to get perfect...

I didn't do any to the big project last night, and so far tonight i haven't picked it up either. I did get some gold plated needles yesterday, and used one to finish off the guard - they really do make it easier than plain nickel ones. Who would have guessed it?

Sally suggested that i try linking this to Make It Monday to share it with other crafters. Hope you like it!


  1. Fabulous work Mike...I cant even thread a needle.
    The eyes look spot on to me...perfect colourings..

    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

  2. Hi

    Wow, this looks fantastic, love the detail.

    Unfortunately, the Make It Monday linky party is for paper craft only so in fairness to the other entrants your entry will be deleted, sorry no offense intended.

    Michelle :o)

    My friend Jill has a wonderful craft linky party each week over at

    I think it starts every Monday.

  3. This is soooo cool, Mike! Are you going to put this onto a card? Then you'll be using paper too and it CAN then go on the MIM linky party!! I'm sure Sally will help with that!

  4. Wow Mike I am impressed. I started off cross stitching many years ago but it exhausted my eyes so turned to cardmaking. My Mum was an avid stitching and I have loads of her gorgeous projects about my home. Keep up the great work, you are making treasures for future generations!!

  5. Oh well done Mike, your Royal Guard is fab.

  6. Hello Mike! Thought I'd pop over to see what else you have been up to! What did you do with this cutie?!