Thursday, 30 January 2014

Tusal 2014 January

Here is my Tusal jar sitting pretty with its January orts. To find out more about this group click on the Totally Useless SAL image on my sidebar.

The suggestion of saving these threads is really a good idea as it makes one more conscious of where we leave them.  Not that I go dropping threads all and everywhere, but then why do I find them all and everywhere?
They uninvitedly insist on adorning the house indiscriminately and cling rebelliously to some surfaces and on one of my carpets in particular, they even stubbornly resist the vacuum cleaner - and best not to remember the times I spy DH with the odd runaway innocently embellishing the back of his jacket or trousers!
See you next week.  Don´t forget to enter my giveaway and win something pretty.  Find the details on my Grow Your Blog post.


Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Smalls SAL January and GYB Giveaway

I have joined the 2014 Smalls SAL hosted by Heather  at stitching lotus...

and this is what I have stitched for January.

 I thought I would stitch something using blue instead of the typical Christmas colours of red and green and I found this design called Winter Star by Guello Stitch.

 It is actually star shaped but I have made it square instead.  At the moment I´m not very pleased with it but that´s probably just because we want to forget Christmas right now and when I look at it again next December, I will probably like it.

Well, I´m off to see what other members of this group have stitched and also to continue visiting everyone who is taking part in the Grow Your Blog hop.

I have been busy visiting and reading other blogs - so many lovely things to see and a lot of talented people out there.  I´d like to thank those who have popped in to visit me and have left nice comments and to say a BIG welcome to my new followers.  As part of this blog hop, I´m offering a little giveaway, so if you haven´t entered yet, go to my PREVIOUS post and leave a comment there (you don´t have to have a blog or be a follower)  The winner will be announced on the 15 FEBRUARY.
Bye for now.

Friday, 24 January 2014

Grow Your Blog and Giveaway

Thank you for finding and visiting my blog.  Today the `Grow Your Blog´ Party begins which is hosted by Vicki at and is a means of finding new blogs to visit and read and meet new bloggers and followers.  Firstly I must mention something about myself.  My name is Sheryl, I am British and I live in the North of Spain.  I have two children and three grandchildren.  I started this needlework blog two months ago as a means of keeping a record of my work and to find others who share this same hobby.  While here I hope you will have a quick look around and if you like what you see, maybe become a follower.  My other interests are genealogy, gardening and reading.
I love embroidery

 These are small scissor pouches.  They also have a little embroidery on the reverse side.

The insides are lined with silk or satin.

I also enjoy knitting and crochet


Love patchwork and applique

I wish I had more hands and that there were more hours in the day to do all the needlework I would like to do. I think most of us crafters feel the same.  Here is the giveaway.

As a thank you for your visit which I hope won´t be the last, I am hosting a giveaway.  It is EITHER: one of the embroidered mermaid scissor holders seen above (the orange or the blue without scissors) OR one of the embroidered compact mirrors as seen above (pink or purple)
All you have to do to enter the giveaway, is to leave a comment here on this post.  You don´t have to have a blog or become a follower, all may enter.  Be sure to mention in your comment which item and which colour you would like if you are the winner and to include a way of contacting you.  One winner will be announced on the 15th  FEBRUARY.  Good luck to everyone.

Thank you so much for visiting.  I hope you have fun with the blog hop and will return here again soon.  Click on the above link which will take you to Vicki´s blog and the other participants.

Friday, 17 January 2014

Getting Going

After my beginning of the year slump of two weeks, I´m gradually starting to move, and have joined the 2014 Smalls SAL which  has it´s next check in on the 29th January, a little over a week away so I am obliged to buck up.  I hate this dismal time of year. All is fine with the run down to Christmas but in the new year everything seems sad and dark, with short days, bad weather and Spring an age away.  To add to these joys, we have a flu epidemic here at the moment with over 1000 new cases every week.  The hospitals and health centres are saturated and we are advised not to go to ER unless we are a high risk patient. 
On a happier note, I have been making a bit of progress this week on `The Good Marriage´  by Lizzie Kate which I began last week and I have also opened that dreaded  `drawer´  which contains all my half finished needlework and have taken out to look at... just to look at... a quilt which I started about four years ago.  Can´t understand why I almost finish things and then jump to another project.  Anyway, this quilt was inspired by Leanne Beasley´s `The Journey of a Quilter´  and includes various blocks of hers, others are mine.
There are patchwork blocks.

Applique blocks

Embroidery designs by Bronwyn Hayes.

And crazy quilt stitches

Well, I´m going to try and get this quilt finished bit by bit,  nearly all the actual blocks are done but a lot of small stitching details need completing.  I even bought the surrounding border fabric years ago, so I really have no excuse not to finish this quilt.
Grow your Blog Party

Just a reminder that next week on Saturday 25th January the Blog Hop begins.  It is sponsored by Vicki at and sounds like a good way to discover new blogs, meet new bloggers and increase your followers.  A lot of participants will also hold a giveaway (me included)  so do visit Vicki if you would like more information.   See you next week.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Stuck in 2013

I think I´ve got stuck and can´t get into 2014.  Everyone seems to have new plans, projects and have new designs and patterns on their blogs and I can´t get moving.  I still haven´t found an embroidery sal with speciality stitches so until I get on into this new year, I´ve found in my stash a design by Lizzie Kate. It´s called  `A Good Marriage´ and I will make a start today.
On the subject of marriages, here is a photo of a hussif I made for my daughter years ago when she got married. 

This photo shows a little pocket to hold packets of needles or ribbons etc. and a very narrow pocket to hold a marking pen or crochet hooks.



I made a tiny crochet thimble holder and added a place to hold scissors.


There is another pocket on the reverse side.

Thimble holders

I have made several thimble pouches, they are so quick and easy to make and I think they look really nice in a hussif.

A tutorial for this Victorian thimble holder can be found at Julia´s Place.  I decided to add a few tiny beads.

I added a little scalloped edging to this one.

Front and back view of this little beaded amulet bag.   The pattern can be found at  The Rainysisters.

Thank you for visiting. Until next week.

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