Thursday, 28 August 2014

Smalls SAL - August

Another hot day here today, far too hot to be cooking, ironing or exerting oneself to do the majority of household chores, so here I am with my Smalls embroidery for this month.  I decided to stitch a little needle book this month and more or less followed and altered a free pattern from the Caron collection which can be found here,

I chose a piece of 32ct star sapphire linen and  Anchor pearl cotton Nº 12 and Nº 8.

In the end I only used pearl cotton Nº 12 and I decorated some of the Kloster blocks with DMC 926 and some tiny beads.

I made the inside and back with fabric from my stash, lined the needle book with thin batting and added a row of tiny beads to the centre piece of felt, ´cause I do love a smattering of beads or sequins wherever I can put them.

Finally I added a piece of cording to hold the case closed.  Blue cording made the needle book look green, and green cording made it look blue.  So I chose green because I had some on hand.

I quite like the result.  If you wish to find out more about this Smalls SAL, which you may join anytime during the year, click on my sidebar button which will take you to Stitching Lotus and all the information.  Thank you for passing by.

Linking to Supermom-no cape stitchery party

Monday, 25 August 2014

Shawlette and Tusal Check-in

I have been wanting to do a bit of knitting for some time and as my daughter and family were due for a visit this month, I thought I would make a little shawlette for my daughter for the cooler summer evenings.  Making the most of DH driving into town, I went to a favourite shop for the yarn but they didn´t have the colour I wanted in a light weight yarn and I ended up dithering and buying wool - hate making quick decisions when DH with a noticeable frown is waiting outside in a no parking zone.

I bought three balls of wool and found a pattern at Ravelry called Haruni and started knitting straight away.

Knitting a lacy design while watching TV in the evenings is not really the best thing to do and I made quite a few mistakes which weren´t much fun to put right when working with hundreds of stitches.  Anyway it knitted up very quickly.

The design included three sizes and I wanted something small, just to cover the shoulders, so I followed the pattern for the smallest and made a crochet flower to fasten.

Here is my daughter with the results.  I don´t know if she will ever wear it.


Today is also Tusal check-in day and so here is my jar of ORTs for this month.  Not a lot of new threads but getting to fill the jar nevertheless.

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Be back later this week with the Smalls check-in.  Hope you will pop by.

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Back in the Kitchen

While giving the kitchen cupboards a good sorting out a couple of weeks ago.  I took some photos of my kitchen clock which has an embroidered cross stitch design that I did about the same time as I made the kitchen shelf trimmings seen in my post `on the shelf ´.

I can´t even remember when I bought the actual clock but somewhere around 25 years ago and it originally had a yellow flower print face which also matched oven gloves and tea towels, etc.  The pattern was from the magazine Labores del Hogar which had several pretty Dutch landscape designs for cushions and I embroidered just a small part of the pattern to fit my clock.

Here I have removed the glass to take a close up.

Sometimes I think it would be nice to buy another clock and I have even thought about buying a nicer one and trying to remove and adapt the embroidery again, but realistically I suppose I won´t do anything until it grinds to a halt one day.

Thank you for visiting, until next week.

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