Friday, 24 February 2017

Smalls SAL check-in - February

Today I´m joining Heather of Stitching Lotus for the Smalls SAL monthly check-in.  I embroidered a label for a jar of buttons.



The pattern is a free one from Isazabelle and can be found here.  I also tried out a new variegated thread in our shops by DMC called Coloris.



I have a box of buttons holding, not pretty quirky buttons like those that abound our needlework shops nowadays and are difficult to resist ..


... but a sad box of ordinary buttons which were saved, along with zips, before discarding clothing thirty odd years ago when my children were small and I did a lot of sewing.


Now I would like one or two fancy jars to hold the buttons as they look decorative and pretty on shelves.


I added a few teeny weeny buttons to the finished pattern, edged it with a rather dull blue cording which I had on hand and backed the piece with interfacing and then glued it to the jar.




I think this is an approvement on my old box but I do need another one .. or two.
Thank you for visiting.
Sheryl

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Valentine´s Day and GG. post

I wanted to publish this yesterday and wish everyone a Happy Valentine´s day but I had internet problems and couldn´t publish my post.  With help from my technician all is ok today and I can join in with the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.

For Valentine´s Day, I thought I would stitch something really romantic and emblematic and what could be more so than a notepaper holder? .... no? ... well maybe not, but at least my little cardboard holder looks prettier now with a few amateurishly styled ribbon roses.




The pink Mokuba ribbon was gifted to me, so making this embroidery valid for the GG SAL and I wanted to do the roses in varous shades of pink but this ribbon is very hard to find where I live and the colour choice practically non existant, so I had to use what was available and that was  beige and white.



I started with doing a bit of trellis stitch using DMC thread and then ventured on with the roses.



I embroidered some tiny pink buds with floss which would have looked better done with the ribbon...too late now.



See you next week,
Sheryl

Friday, 27 January 2017

Smalls SAL January

Today is the first check-in day of this year for the Smalls SAL hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus. If you would like to join this group and show what you have made during the month, click on my sidebar button for more information.

I had planned to show how my stitching on the Never Ending Sampler organised by Pam at Kitty and Me designs, is progressing, but at the moment it is not.  I started stitching a couple of weeks ago and have changed my choice of thread colours twice already. sigh.  So today I am showing an embroidery which I finished just after Christmas.




The little needlecase design is from the magazine Labores.  In the centre square, the pattern included lots of beads which I decided not to add.



I used some fabric from stash and a square of felt for the inside, put a button in the middle and added ribbon at each corner to close the needlecase.



I´m going to add this to my gift box.



Linking to Martina´s Patchwork and Stitchery.

Happy stitching.
Sheryl

Monday, 16 January 2017

January Gifted Gorgeousness


Hi Everyone,
 We are half way through the month and my stitching is going very slowly so far, in fact I´m dithering about as I seem to do at the beginning of each new year, so yesterday on seeing lots of G.G. posts, I decided to sign up and join Jo´s Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, where we show a sewing related gift we have received or have made.

Last year I joined Mabel Figworthy´s hardanger SAL and each month we had a small pattern to stitch which was then hopefully made into something useful.  I never posted April´s design which I finished as a pincushion and then put away as a future gift, so therefore I may include it on my first G.G. post.



In addition to the usual Hardanger Kloster blocks and wrapped bars, the pattern included butterfly chain stitch, a dotted diamond chain and spiders´ webs.


I added a couple of crochet flowers with button centres.



I´m listing here some of the other hardanger designs which I stitched during last year and mentioned on past posts.
January´s pattern being the first, was the easiest with Kloster blocks, eyelets, satin stitch and star stitch.  I made a heart shaped ornament.

February´s pattern included herringbone ladder stitch, a feather braid and square filets.  I decided to make a rosary bead pouch.

The pattern for March was more interesting with double wrapped bars, woven daisies, dove´s eyes and sequins.  I made a needlebook.

May´s design had a chequered chain stitch worked with two colours, up and down buttonhole stitch and Greek crosses.  Beads were added to the double wrapped bars and with this pattern I made a cover for a tape measure.

A pretty pattern for June, one which I really enjoyed stitching with y-bars, ribbed spiders´webs, eyelash stitch and French knots.  I made a small purse.

I think I had better leave the other six patterns for my next post before you all wander off.
Happy stitching.
Sheryl

Linking to Supermom no cape Stitchery Party

Saturday, 31 December 2016

Smalls SAL December

Hi Everyone,
My family have just gone home after a wonderful Christmas visit and I can pop in to link with Heather at Stitching Lotus for the last Smalls SAL check-in post for this year.

I started my Christmas stitching by making these little hexie wine glass mats.



with a tiny robin embroidered in the middle hexagon.  I was going to make six but then the flu came along and only four got finished.  Perhaps during the coming year I will finish two more.


I received in the post some very similar pretty mats sent to me by Pamela at Hokkaido Kudasai, thank you Pamela.


and a gorgeous, unusual Christmas greeting card and decoration made by Nadine at Jocondine.  So clever, thank you Nadine.




Being unwell during December, I wasn´t able to wish anyone a Merry Christmas but I am in time to wish all and everyone a Very Happy and Healthy 2017 and thank each one of you for having visited my blog during this year. I hope to catch up on my blog visits during the next few days.


Until next week,

Linking to Supermom-no cape stitchery party.
Sheryl



Thursday, 15 December 2016

Smaller Curtain Valance

Hello blogger friends,
 just a week to go to Christmas and so much to do that I had forgotten to show these photos of some stitching completed a couple of months back.



I liked this unusual  design as soon as I saw it and although I´m not sure what the technique is called, it looked interesting and I had to join Martina´s SAL at Mein-allerlei-Hobby.



I knew I wanted to make a little bag as Martina had done but the only fabric which caught my eye and for me was just perfect, was part of my living room curtain valance which I made a few years back.



I really really tried to find another fabric from stash and in our local shop but nothing else would do but to chop a piece from the valance frill....it only needed a tiny piece....and I made the gathered frill less gathered, who is going to notice that?


I added a length of matching ribbon to the bag and lined it with beige silk and put a decoration on the end of the zip.

Another little thing that I made but didn´t show you, is this collapsible thread holder by Angie´s bits and pieces. A clever idea and very easy to follow tutorial here.


You just make a cyndrical shape following her instructions.  I added a bit of fancy braid at the top.


Give the thing a twist.


and there you have your collapsible thread holder, ideal to pop in your bag when sewing away from home.


Until next time.

Linking to Supermom no cape stitchery party.
Sheryl




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