Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Just Red

Hi everyone,
  August was a busy month with journeys and family visits, so I´m a bit behind with my blogging and blog visits.  However I´m really pleased to take part once again in The Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade hosted by Ida at My Sister Made Me do it.

I don´t have many pincushions but I made this one last week with Ida´s parade in mind.

It is a free design called May Flowers Pin Cushion and can be found here.  I made the pattern a bit larger because I didn´t have the 18ct fabric called for and used a piece of 28ct from my stash.

My Mr Hexie Hedgehog is used more as a paperweight than a pincushion as he is quite heavy but I like his bright colours.

Next is this little cushion which started out as a crazy patchwork `work of art´ but it fell by the wayside and ended up in the UFO drawer only now to see the light of day.

and my favourite at the moment is my strawberry pincushion.

I´ve seen loads of these on the Internet and had to make one, They are quick and easy and  make   useful gifts

If you would like to see some really lovely work or show your own pincushions, do visit Ida for the details and link up before the 15th September. 
 Until next week.

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

A Tablecloth

Hi everyone,
Last week I packed a bag full of my sewing paraphernalia just in case I found time to do some stitching while away for a few days at my late mum-in-law´s house but although nothing got to see the light of day, I did unearth a forgotten tablecloth I made about 20 years ago.

My mum-in-law would treasure anything made for her and when I extended the rectangular cloth unflatteringly over a round table to take these photos, I realized that it had probably never even been used.

With this tablecloth I started my adventures with Hardanger embroidery ....... nothing like starting out with something small ..... but it was a simple repetitive design and for some reason I didn´t embroider the outer border pattern.

The design was from my needlework collection called Agujas de Oro (Golden Needles) which I have referred to continually over the years.

Now back home I hope to catch up on my blog visits to see what you are all up to and get some stitching done before my visitors arrive next week.  Happy stitching.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

Smalls SAL - July

Hello everyone,

Another little hardanger design for this month´s Smalls SAL hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus.  Each month I embroider a small pattern by Mabel Figworthy and hopefully make it into something useful.

This pattern had some different interesting stitches, mainly eyelash stitch, in the centre of the design, four ribbed spider´s webs and Y-bars each of which I need more practice with.

I have quite a few metal bag clasps knocking about from years back and so made a little pouch and added a scrap of lace and beads to match the thread and lining fabric.

This is now added to the other embroidered gifts I have ready, maybe for Christmas, wish I could get some of my UFOs finished too..... but we will think about that later....

There is a button on my sidebar which takes you to Stitching Lotus in case you are interested in joining us each month with a small stitched piece and also a button to the Round in Circles SAL hosted by Mabel Figworthy.    Thank you for visiting.

Monday, 18 July 2016

A Sampler

Hello everyone,

A bit late with this post, the heat is making me and my needle melt, over 30º C today and I have done very little needlework to show this week.

I thought I might take a few photos of a Sampler of Stitches by The Drawn Thread finished in 2010.

This is the only alphabet sampler I have ever done, using 28ct antique white fabric and DMC threads.

A gorgeous design and I really enjoyed the lots of interesting and different pretty stitches, although I think I found a couple rather complicated at the time and substituted them for other easier ones.

The finished embroidery was originally made into a cover for my computer screen but then my son bought me a new larger screen and I just framed the sampler.

Must show you a pretty new thimble for my collection, kindly bought for me from Kioto, Japan.

Thank you for passing by, see you next week.

linking to Supermom no cape Stitchery party.

Friday, 1 July 2016

Smalls SAL - June

Hello blogging friends,

I have been away for a few days and only just got back yesterday, so I´m a bit late checking in for the Smalls SAL hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus.  I took an UFO away with me and made a needlecase.

I stitched this pattern about four years ago, made several in fact but never finished any of them completely

The pattern was a free one and can be found here.  This is my original photo which was snapped just for my reference as I didn´t have a blog at the time.

Apart from black thread I also used silver which doesn´t show up much in my photos and under the stitched sewing machine, the pattern includes flowers but I added a few beads and sequins.

Thank you for passing by and looking and if you would like to join the Small SAL, there is a button on my sidebar which will take you to Heather and all the information and you can also see what other people have stitched this month.
                                                     See you next week.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Another small thing

Hi everyone,

 Here is the latest  Round in Circles hardanger pattern by Mabel Figworthy.  Each month we are given a small design to embroider which we then make into whatever we like.

I decided to use the design to cover a tape measure as they always make handy gifts and I used Anchor perlé threads, pink, green and ecru...really must buy some more colours as I usually do hardanger embroidery with only white or ecru and therefore have very few colours.

This month I liked the pretty Greek crosses and also the circled outline done in a whipped backstitch.  I definitely need more practise with the chequered chain stitches as mine were very uneven so don´t look too closely.

and I liked the addition of a few seed beads along the double wrapped bars.

If anyone is interested in joining this hardanger SAL, the link is on my sidebar.

  Until next week, happy stitching.

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