Next, the blog posts???

Well, I’ve finally finished copying all my photo albums over from Multiply, and am now faced with copying over the blog posts.  Hmmm, not sure how many will make it over I will have to have a read through them first – that will bring back some memories LOL.  But that will be for another day.

It’s been a tiring couple of days – even more so for the family in Algeria.  My brother-in-law’s wife gave birth to a gorgeous baby girl on Friday (she was working up till Wednesday, went into labour Friday morning and was home by the evening – not bad for a first time baby)!  On Sunday, my husband’s sister, who was also heavily pregnant and staying at our home (the in-laws live in the apartment downstairs in our villa) had her water’s break, but with no sign of labour.  She has been having a lot of problems with her pregnancy so they took her to the hospital, where she was told she would need a c-section.  Unfortunately (Algeria being the country it is!) they didn’t have any of her type of blood so family members had to be rounded up to donate before they could operate.  Then, it being Ramadhan, the doctors decided to wait till they had broken their fast before proceeding.  So, after being made to wait all day on her own, she was finally taken in about 11pm and delivered her baby boy.  We are not sure what has happened since as no one is allowed to visit her, but my mother-in-law who went up there this morning was told the hospital couldn’t look after the baby as they didn’t have enough staff and she had to bring him home!!!  SIL is still in the surgical ward and not allowed visitors, though she was allowed to see the baby for 5 minutes, and we don’t know when she will be allowed home.  BIL’s wife has volunteered to feed both the babies, so she’s in for a tiring few days – but I can only imagine how upset my SIL is by the whole thing.   Anyway, my daughter and I have been sitting around waiting for news, which is like getting blood out of a stone sometimes.  It will be a noisier house when we go back to Algeria that’s for sure.

This entry was posted on 13 August 2012. 1 Comment

Completed projects 2012 (so far!) – copied from Multiply

Scheherazade by Papillon Creations. Stitched in the Sinbad colourway with the recommended DMC threads on a cream linen.



Cotillion by Papillon Creations. Stitched on 27ct Linda in Cherry Red with silk threads from hand-dyed




z3mom wrote on May 21
This is beautiful!

dkluge wrote on May 22
What a lovely gift! It really is beautiful, Julie. Congratulations.

Debbie K in Illinois

clearstar wrote on May 22
Wow, wow, wow! Superb finish! Congratulations!

kfwcjl99 wrote on May 22
Beautiful! Love the colors.

squeakandme wrote on May 22
Beautiful Julie! So vibrant and warm.

ebberlykay wrote on May 24
Thats gorgeous Julie

ccflo wrote on Jul 31

dajudges wrote on Jul 31
Just beautiful

clearstar wrote on Aug 1
Stunning! Congrats on the finish.x

dusty4347 wrote on Aug 3
WOW, that is stunning on the red. What a difference from the pictured on the site. Yours is so vibrant.

dusty4347 wrote on Aug 3
Gorgeous Julie !!

somayya1 wrote on Aug 3
Thanks everyone, I do like to do things my own way and love to experiment with changing the colour schemes, though it doesn’t always work out LOL.

Completed projects 2009 – copied from Multiply

Anatolia by Ink Circles designs, stitched with the recommended Carries threads (with one change!) on 27 Count Linda fabric in Cherry Red. Finished on 26 February 2009.




Irish Blessing Sampler by the Sweetheart Tree. Stitched on 28ct Jobelan in Wood Violet with the recommended threads/beads



Butterfly Garden finished 10 June 2009 (since made into a table runner for my dressing table)




rifestitch wrote on Feb 26, ’09
WooHoo!!! That is gorgeous!!!! Well done!!! I love this red fabric – I think it just adds to the rug feel of the design – the perfect choice!

This has really been calling me – I am very close to finishing Foursome Reel #1 – I may jump this into the sampler spot of my rotation 🙂

rosanneduk wrote on Feb 26, ’09
Gorgeous finish. It looks spectacular on the red, very Anatolian!

clearstar wrote on Feb 26, ’09
Super finish, congrats.

threadsthroughtime wrote on Mar 1, ’09
Bery pretty Congrats on the finish

monstermom wrote on Mar 1, ’09
Very pretty! The red fabric just adds so much to it! Congrats on a great finish!!!

ajt0516 wrote on Mar 1, ’09
Beautiful finish!!!

swisswitch wrote on Mar 2, ’09
I always liked this design. Congratulations on finishing it, it looks very pretty!

jorja89 wrote on Mar 2, ’09
Looks great on the red Somaya!

bronxchick55 wrote on Mar 2, ’09
WOW! That is just gorgeous!!! Congratulations on such a great finish.

somayya1 wrote on Mar 4, ’09
Thanks everyone for such lovely comments.

mamatina wrote on Mar 4, ’09
Beautiful…can be made a prayer rug eh.

gothtigger wrote on Mar 5, ’09
Gorgeous on that fabric! Have you sent a pic to Tracy for her gallery?

ndmurdock wrote on Mar 8, ’09
Wonderful finish, I remember seeing the progress photos of this one!

landislb wrote on Mar 8, ’09
Very nice finish! Congratulations!!

mandala8 wrote on Mar 19, ’09
Hi. I put this beauty up on my main home page for Ink Circles. Good eye candy for the visitors. I can’t say enough how cool this came out.

somayya1 wrote on Apr 3, ’09
I saw – I was so surprised, thank you – what a wonderful compliment.
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ladyhawke80 wrote on Apr 5, ’09
Its beautiful. Congrats on a wonderful finish.

squeakandme wrote on Apr 5, ’09
Very pretty, and what a special gift!

threadsthroughtime wrote on Apr 5, ’09
It’s beautiful.

ajt0516 wrote on Apr 5, ’09
What a wonderful gift – lovely stitching!

gothtigger wrote on Apr 6, ’09
Very pretty!

ndmurdock wrote on Apr 6, ’09
Lovely stitching! The Sweetheart Trees have some great detail!

Completed projects 2008 – copied from Multiply




Saint Sophia by Papillon Creations – seen by a friend of mine while I was working on it and given as a gift to her when finished 🙂
















Tribute II by Nouveau Encore designs. Stitched over 1 on 22 count cream fabric with Carrie’s Creations thread in Wildfire.




Stitcher and Golf trees for my parents



Blossom Time completed 18 April 2008.  Stitched with Carrie’s Threads in Irish Kiss and Sweet Dreams




Cirque de Circle completed 21 Feb 2008


Completed projects 2007 – copied from Multiply

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Love with a Capital L

Love with a Capital L – by Papillon Creations. Finished on 8 November 2007. Stitched on 32 count white laguna fabric with Carrie’s Creations threads in Gold Glow and Navy. Stitched for my Mum and Dad’s 50th Wedding Anniversary

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clearstar wrote on Feb 11, ’07
Gorgeous….love how the button echoes the colours in the design and the flowers.

gothtigger wrote on Feb 11, ’07
Oooh Somayya what an intricate and beautiful little piece – well done on the finish!

behappy0201 wrote on Feb 11, ’07
Congrats on a wonderful finish!

heypaula wrote on Feb 12, ’07
Congrats on a beautiful finish! I love the button in the center!

xstitch2y wrote on Feb 12, ’07

skovranok wrote on Feb 27, ’07
How pretty, and what tiny stitches — I had to click on to see if they were stitches or beads! What a lovely piece!
Design by Stephanie at Nouveau Encore Designs. Stitched with Soie D’Alger
Year’s End by Papillon Creations. Stitched on 28 count ivory evenweave with Carrie’s Creations threads in Ruby and Verde
Energy from Ruby Slipper Needlework Designs. Stitched on 28ct pale blue linen with Carrie’s Creations Thread in Boysenberry, and various odd bits of DMC that my mum had laying around. A present for my sister.

Completed projects 2007 – Kabaa doors – copied from Multiply






desafio wrote on May 15, ’07
This is beautiful. what a challenge…

mandala8 wrote on May 15, ’07
This is so beautiful Somayya! I had no idea that you had designed it yourself as we’ve watched it unfold over the months. You did an amazing job on both the designing and the stitching! Multiply lets you see very close up if you click the picture, so I can see all the colors and individual stitches.

Islamic calligraphy is so beautiful, elegant, and (since I can’t read it) mysterious.

jstitcher wrote on May 15, ’07

natmikesell wrote on May 15, ’07
Amazing Somayya! Congrats on the beautiful design and finish 🙂

rifestitch wrote on May 15, ’07
It’s beautiful – well done! Now, how long is it going to be before you do another design with gold in it???

busyreadin wrote on May 15, ’07
What a beautiful piece!

swisswitch wrote on May 15, ’07
Amazing piece, Somayya! Hearty congrats on the finish!!

gothtigger wrote on May 15, ’07
You finished it !!! Oh well done! Well done indeed !!!!! Looks fabulous !!!!

z3mom wrote on May 15, ’07
What a HUGE effort! I am impressed!

behappy0201 wrote on May 16, ’07
I am so impressed!

somayya1 wrote on May 16, ’07
LOL – well I am currently working on Love with a Capital L in Gold and Blue for my mum and dad’s 50th anniversary!!!

And thanks to everyone for your kind comments. I am very proud of this one.

yummytimtam wrote on May 16, ’07
Wonderful project, Somayya. Great designing too

rosanneduk wrote on May 16, ’07
This is just an amazing design and finish. There aren’t the work to describe it. Awesome comes closest!

clearstar wrote on May 16, ’07
Wow, how wonderful to see the Doors finished. Can you get it framed over there or will it need a visit home??

xstitch2y wrote on May 16, ’07
Just beautiful, you should be very proud of yourself!!

fireinthelab wrote on May 16, ’07
Absolutely amazing! It is so detailed! Congrats on the awesome finish!

xstitchnmama wrote on May 17, ’07
This is wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are so very talented!

heypaula wrote on May 21, ’07
This is stunning, Somayya! Congratulations on the finish!

landislb wrote on May 21, ’07
Wow, Somayya! It’s just wonderful. Congratulations!!

dajudges wrote on Jul 3
This is awesome not sure I would ever complete a project like this

Cirque de Circle progress pics – copied from Multiply

I am stitching this on black 22ct hardanger with Dragon Stitches “Wisps of Silver”

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rifestitch wrote on Aug 16, ’07
Wow, that’s really pretty!!! I have a piece of that black 22ct laying around… hmmmm, ideas, ideas, ideas 🙂

rosanneduk wrote on Aug 16, ’07
That is just gorgeous! For once, lost for words…..

toobusytostitch wrote on Aug 16, ’07
Oh that is so lovely – I have this chart waiting to be stitched.

behappy0201 wrote on Aug 16, ’07
Pictures don’t come through for me, but I’m sure it’s great

heypaula wrote on Aug 16, ’07
That’s a gorgeous combination – I can imagine it looks even better in person!

tegan2 wrote on Aug 16, ’07
Oh wow! I was thinking of doing it on light fabric with dark thread, but I think I like this too. It’s going to look stunning when it’s done.

gothtigger wrote on Aug 16, ’07
Oh that’s brilliant !!!! Just gorgeous !!!! I started this one with white thread on red fabric to attempt to get this kind of look – but compared to yours I failed miserably! Well done – can’t wait to see updates on this one!!

neeniemay wrote on Aug 17, ’07
That is just lovely. This design is just so gorgeous.

natmikesell wrote on Aug 17, ’07
That looks really incredible Somayya!

somayya1 wrote on Aug 17, ’07
Thanks everyone for your lovely comments. The photos really don’t do the thread justice. I’ll have to try to get better pictures next time. It is hard work on the black fabric, but slowly, slowly …..

redkalikitkat wrote on Aug 17, ’07
Oh that is gorgeous. I love all your work very very beautiful.

xstitch2y wrote on Aug 17, ’07
Gorgeous, such a dramatic contrast!!

mandala8 wrote on Aug 18, ’07
That is so beautiful! I can’t wait to see it progress. Cheers.

landislb wrote on Sep 1, ’07
WOW! It looks really great. It will be fun to watch this one!!

desafio wrote on Sep 5, ’07

clearstar wrote on Dec 2, ’07
Oh wow…simply gorgeous! Looks amazing with the white on black. It will be an utter stunner when done!

gothtigger wrote on Dec 3, ’07
That is looking sooo amazing !!!!! Well done in persevering with the black fabric !!!!

heypaula wrote on Dec 3, ’07
You’ve gotten a big chunk done – congrats!

twana wrote on Jun 19, ’08
I think I like your color choice better than mine.

gothtigger wrote on Jun 22, ’08
twana said

I think I like your color choice better than mine. 

I *know* I love Somayya’s colour choice better than mine – I also know I would lose my eyesight trying to stitch this this way. But oh my it looks fabulous !!!!

2006 finishes

2006 looks like it was a very productive year – and considering that was the year we moved to Algeria I’m amazed I got as much done as I did!!!

Flamin’ Chili Peppers Heart by The Sweetheart Tree, stitched on 32 count Belfast Linen – Toasted Almond.

The Dreaming by Dinky Dyes. Stitched on 28 count pale pink evenweave using Anchor Variegated thread.  My daughter is still waiting for me to finish this into a pillow for her!!!

Summer in Sussex Weekend Cottage by The Nutmeg Company ( Not sure where this is now actually….

ABC Deja Vue by Nouveau Encore Designs. Stitched on 22 count white hardanger 1 over 1 with Vicki Clayton’s silk – Dark Wisteria.  One of my favourite ever pieces which now hangs over my bed 🙂


I framed this to give as a present to my husband’s grandmother for Eid. The frame was made up by a local man, cost the equivalent of about £2. This is my first attempt at mounting a project myself.  It took them a couple of years to actually get round to hanging it up but she kept it under her pillow.   Sadly, she passed away last year and I’m not sure what happened to this but would like to get it back one day
Coeur Romatique.  A freebie chart from Reflets De Soie. Stitched on Polstitches Dragon Shades – Shades of Narcissus – 28 ct Jobelan with Polstitches Dragon Floss – Woodstock.  Sorry for the terrible picture
At last a present for my son – he was really “chuffed” with it 🙂
St George’s by Long Dog stitched with Anchor variegated, not sure what colour, and later made up into a cushion
A little bag I made for myself, but has been poached by my daughter…
And finally, another little freebie I did and gave to my sister-in-law.

2005 stitching finishes

This all seems such a long time ago!!!

First a cushion I made for my husband’s cousin who was getting married.

Next, a present for my daughter

Then a present for me by my mum 🙂

And lastly something I stitched from a cross stitch magazine, framed by my dad