Monday, 10 June 2019

Fully-Finished Gallery SAL - June

Hello stitching friends,

I made this little button bag last week from one of my abandoned embroideries and am joining Rachel of Ten Hour Stitcher today for the Fully Finished Gallery SAL, celebrated on the 10th of each month.

I´m not sure where this pattern came from but it was enthusiastically stitched some time ago with the idea of covering a jewellery box or similar and was never given a proper finish......

...because at the time, yours faithfully here, just assumed that the embroidery would miraculously fit the box top without any measurements having been taken into account and ignoring the possible eventuality if it did not.  It did not, so the design was abandoned.

I looked at it again last week and instead of embroidering little flowers in each square of the pattern, as was my original idea, I chose to place different buttons and make a bag to hold just my white and neutral buttons.

I used a green fabric from stash for the main fabric and then placed a large doily over the front to decorate a bit.

At first I lined the bag with a plain white fabric and then decided that it really needed a soft white satin and was redone.

I added some seed beads when sewing the metal bag clasp ,

and added a narrow piece of plain  trimming around the pattern,

lots of buttons to fill the bag.  I love the feel and sound they make jumping about inside.

What have you all been doing lately?  I´m having problems with my mail carrier and am way behind with visiting and answering everyone which I hope to get sorted out soon.
Until next time.

Friday, 31 May 2019

Smalls SAL - May

Hello  blogging friends,

I wanted to get a post up days ago but have been slowed down by new computer hardware and finding my way about.
It´s the last Friday of the month, so I´m joining Mary of Mary´s Thread today for this month´s Smalls SAL check-in.

This embroidery is a free design called Blackwork Anemone by Lesley Teare and can be found here.  The pattern was generously shared as a SAL started in January and released in twelve weekly installments.

I loved the pretty colours at first sight and wonderously had all the DMC floss numbers mentioned in the chart, not having to buy or substitute any colour which is usually the case.

Each section of the leaves shows a different blackwork pattern and a splash of floss colour and although I enjoy doing French knots, I changed them, as suggested by Leslie, for seed beads to add a touch of bling.

I´m not sure what destination I shall give this pattern, maybe just add a frame as I hardly ever frame my stitcheries......... something like this ......

Perhaps not such a dark frame, I just had this one on hand and will have to see what I can find and then maybe I could create a collage wall of embroideries? .... hmm.

Thank you for stopping by and looking, until next week.

Friday, 10 May 2019

Fully Finished Gallery SAL - May

Hello Everyone,

Another finished project for the Fully Finished Gallery SAL, hosted by Rachel at The Ten Hour Stitcher.

This is a pattern that I stitched months ago and finished months ago too but never got around to making it into anything useful.

The pattern was a free one from the Yahoo group `The Stitch Specialists´ called Spring Basket and released some years ago.

As always I enjoyed doing the speciality stitches, namely the pansies done in Ray stitch, the primroses in Jessica stitch with modified Smyrna and basket stitch.

The pattern also included seed beads dotted all over the place but I left them out, Sorry about the unclear photos, they are ok until I upload them.

I thought to make a bag to fully finish this piece of stitching as it is ages since I made a zipper pouch - nearly forgot how to complete and turn the lining and had to look at a couple of tutorials on the internet.

I found a plain piece of purple fabric in my stash which would serve as lining and a scrap of yellow for contrast but I had to buy a prettier purple print for the main fabric.

A yellow zip completed the pouch.

I´m way behind with my blog visits and commenting as I have been away visiting my daughter. I hope to catch up this weekend and apart from answering past comments, see what everyone has been up to.
Happy stitching.

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Smalls SAL - April

Hello everyone,

One of my Easter stitching projects got left out of my last post, the Easter Blog Hop as I didn´t want to make my post too long when everyone wanted to collect letters so I´m joining Mary of Mary´s Thread today for her April Smalls SAL.

I made a few fabric flowers which make a pretty little decorative addition to a bag, keyring, gift tag or whatever you might think of.

A great way to use up the tiniest scraps, mine are made from squares of seven centimeters, lengths of cording and a few beads. I added a strip of green fabric at the end for leaves.

I expect most of you know how to make them and there are plenty of tutorials on the Internet, and here at Vanidaquilts is the very best,  but I have included some photos of the steps I took.

Easy peasy and super cute. Another small project ideal for gifts.  Hope you like them too.

Until next time.

Friday, 19 April 2019

Easter Treasure Hunt blog hop

Hi Everyone,

Welcome to Jo´s annual Easter Treasure Hunt blog hop, where we hop from blog to blog collecting letters to discover a mystery word or phrase.  Start at Jo´s blog for the first letter and the full list of participants.

This Easter I have concentrated on making a few flowery decorations for my daughter and started with these fabric tulips.  Ideal for using up some stash and quick to make using a simple tulip template and some wooden stick stems painted green.

I also wanted to make a few egg shaped ornaments as I have seen such pretty ones  on the internet, so I found my scraps of felt, thread and beads.

This crochet carnation thimble holder is a free pattern found here.

In the below photo you can just about see a red thimble hidden in the middle of the flower.

and this last pretty flower is a design by JAD sampler called Fleur à Botons which I just had to make

and which might be handy as a thread catcher or to hold a couple of sewing things when out and about.

And now for the letter you have come to find.  Here it is.

The letter `T´ .  You must  now visit Leonore at needlepensword for your next letter.

Hope everyone enjoys this hop and will have a very Happy Easter.

Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Fully Finished Gallery SAL - April

Hi Everyone,

Today I´m joining Rachel at The Ten Hour Stitcher for her Fully Finished Gallery SAL, where we give a complete finish to any neglected or uncompleted stitching.

I gave a new look to a hardanger design from Mabel Figworthy´s  Round in Circles SAL of a couple of years ago, making an elastic bookmark.

The pattern included some new stitches for me, corded bars, the French Fly stitch which is anchored with a French knot instead of a straight stitch and the central Guilloche stitch finished with seed beads and worked very unevenly on my part.

I had discarded my finished embroidery because it turned out too small and pale.  Unable to find the recommended 25ct fabric at the time, I had used 28ct and had chosen a green perlé thread far too pale to appreciate the speciality stitches.

Rescuing the pattern for this SAL, I placed some blue fabric underneath the cutwork instead of the original green and sorted out some trim, elastic and a crochet doily for backing.

This is the back view.
Now completed I can see that the beaded trim is a bit too overpowering for the pattern but at least it has given an attractive finish to the bookmark and will hopefully be useful.

Thank you for popping in and looking. Hope you will join me on the 19th for Jo´s annual Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop, 

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

Hardanger finish

Hi Everyone,

Not much embroidery done this week, but I did get some photos taken of my Hardanger table mat which I in fact finished a few weeks ago.

Started just before Christmas, the HAL Ateneo by Mamen at Carpacar.  I blogged about my start here.

After completing satin stitch kloster blocks, a tiny square stitch done in diagonal and a buttonhole edging, I cut the threads in the middle of the design.

This area was worked with wrapped bars and decorative Greek cross stitches and dove´s eyes.

Lots more dove´s eyes worked on the outer edging too

and then I cut around the buttonhole stitch edging which really seemed to take forever.

I decided to make a little matching scissor fob

for the tassel I followed Judy´s tutorial, something a bit different, thank you Judy, I like the tiny added detail.

Thank you for stopping by, until next week.


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