Friday, January 25, 2008

Stitchy update no. 2 - Edgar's RR and it's Burns Night!

I finished stitching and 'signed' Edgar's RR last weekend and I'm rather pleased at how it's worked out.

As Edgar wants us all to include trees in our stitching, all the motifs are from LHN's Morning Berries. To be a little different, I've arranged them in a kind of band sampler layout because of the space available. I love the colours in this one and they really look great on Edgar's fabric. I really love how it's worked out. (My Mum was very impressed when she saw me working on it at Christmas.)

Here's the whole thing. I love the way Edgar has laid it out - it really will be something special when it's finished.

Edited later to add:

It's Burns Night tonight, so we're for haggis, neeps an' tatties with the neighbours! This'll be our third year of doing this and it's always a bit of fun. We never go as far as doing all the formal stuff involved in a Burns Supper, but have some traditional food and a few poems. The first year we did this, I got my DS to recite the first verse of "To a Mouse".

So, in honour of the day, here's part of my favourite Burns poem:

When chapman billies leave the street,
And drouthy neibors, neibors, meet;
As market days are wearing late,
And folk begin to tak the gate,
While we sit bousing at the nappy,
An' getting fou and unco happy,
We think na on the lang Scots miles,
The mosses, waters, slaps and stiles,
That lie between us and our hame,
Where sits our sulky, sullen dame,
Gathering her brows like gathering storm,
Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.

This truth fand honest Tam o' Shanter,
As he frae Ayr ae night did canter:
(Auld Ayr, wham ne'er a town surpasses,
For honest men and bonie lasses).

This is the start of Tam O'Shanter. I really love this poem, the story and the rhythm of it. There's some background info on the poem on the BBC website here. Jim Malcolm set it to music too and I quite like his way of doing it.


Vonna said...

You guys are doing so well...makes me wish I joined this one! It is beautiful and Edgar's piece is spectacular...I LOVE what you did with your space!

Barbara said...

What a lovely square you've stitched!

Cheryl said...

I love the square you have stitched Lesley! Looks great.
I will have Lizzy's in the post to you on Monday. I imagine the one after that will be delayed though because there wont be one with me for a few weeks yet.
Enjoy your weekend :)

Sally said...

Oh wow I love Edgar's RR! It is gorgeous.

Monkee Maker said...

Wow, you're right - that will be something special .... apart from it already is!

Have fun "burn"ing the midnight oil tonight!


Lucy Locket-Pocket said...

Hope you are having a great Burns night! I did contemplate buying a haggis today but saw the sheeps lungs on the ingredients and just couldn't do it! Hypocritically I would eat it happily if I didn't have to cook it or think about it! I went to a great Burns night about 15 years ago!

I also noticed that we both like Karine Polwart - we saw her last year in Newcastle. Do you like Eddi Reader too?

Lucy x

Lesley said...

I love your square and they all look beautiful together.
Enjoy your neeps and tatties!

Lesley x

Itching To Stitch said...

Your section on Edgar's RR is lovely. The whole piece is coming together beautifully ;)

Julie said...

Wonderful RR piece, hope you had a fun Burns night supper

Karoline said...

The RR is lovely, congratulations

Susimac said...

OOooo Edgars RR looks wonderful and I like what you have stitched.

Kathy A. said...

Hi Lesley - I lost your blog and just refound it so I had a nice long read.Happy Burns night. Let me tell you your stitching is amazing. You have done a beautiful job on Edgar's RR. Your Chatelaine is simply stunning. Your gnome is priceless. Belated Congrats on the pregnancy. Hope all goes well for you. Have you worked on Paradigm lately? I am finished the first 3 pages!!!!

Andrea said...

Your square on Edgars rr is wonderful. Hope you enjoyed Burns night.

monique said...

Oooh, love your RR contribution! Great colors and arrangement :)

stitcherw said...

Your square for the RR turned out wonderful. I love the little bunnies and the colors you chose, very nice. MTM is looking gorgeous as well, the colors on that one are awesome.

Carla said...

Beautiful block! The colors are lovely!

Wanda said...

Great job on Edgars' RR love those designs.

Stitcher said...

I love how you've stitched this, and such pretty colours

Carol R said...

Love what you did with your space on Edgar's RR

Deborah/LavenderRose said...

Thank you for sharing the Robert Burns. Love it! Hugs, Deb
PS: Edgar's RR looks great!

tkdchick said...

Edgar's RR is going to be fantastic!