Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Stitching again

I do hope that everyone had an enjoyable Easter and found a relaxing moment to do some stitching.  While trying to get some gardening done and wobbling about at the top of a ladder doing some well needed decorating, I managed to get some stitching done and took a few photos of a bag/purse/bourse that I made for my daughter.

The pattern is part of a free design called Rose Garden by Manka Mintai.

I used fabric from my stash for the backing and added twisted cotton cording and a couple of beads for the drawstring.

I also took  photos of the goodies that arrived in the post.  I won Kim´s blogoversary giveaway last month and she not only sent the pretty pincushion that I won, but also included an array of useful stitching delights.  I really like the thread holder as I have never seen them here and so hadn´t got one.  Thank you Kim.

and while on the subject of Kim, she has organized a decorative thimble swap and so if you are interested and would like to join in, you still have time until the 20th of this month to sign up at Wisdom with Needle and Thread.  I love thimbles and have collected them nearly all my life, have loads and loads, mainly indicating the place where they are from.  Here are some.

And an example that spring has arrived here in Spain at last.

Until next week, happy stitching.

linking to Super Mom-no cape  Monday Stitchery Party.



  1. Beautiful bag and lovely collection of thimbles!

  2. Oh, what a beautiful bourse you made. I love this kind of finishing very much but have never tried to do it myself. Somehow it seems to be complicated to me. But I have one of these bourses, a very good friend made one for me years ago in a personal exchnage. It's a little treasure for me.

  3. Sheryl that little bag looks simply wonderful! It is just perfect :)

  4. The bag is beautiful; you did a wonderful job. I love your thimble collection. What a wonderful way to remember a special visit.

  5. What an elegant bag, dear Sheryl! I am sure your daughter must be thrilled with it:)
    And your thimble collection is just lovely - you have so many!
    Happy spring to you - enjoy each beautiful day!
    Much love,

  6. What a pretty little bag. I love that there is a pretty embroidery on the inside - it is a little secret that only the owner would know about!

    The thimble collection is so pretty - I love that they are so colourful! How do you display them?

  7. Your work is always so lovely, Sheryl--the little bag is darling. Congratulations on winning those goodies from Kim and I enjoyed seeing your thimble collection :)

  8. Love the harmony of colors and materials, very elegant! Hugsxxx

  9. I made that same pattern up but mine didn't turn out as lovely as yours:)

    I also have a collection of thimbles. Small souvenirs of places I've been or thimbles that just took my fancy. The thing is I never use one but I like to collect them anyway.

  10. The bag is so wonderful, Sheryl!! Love the way it looks when closed. Your daughter will be thrilled to have it :)
    The thimble collection you have is awesome! I have only one that came free with a kit and I don't use even that. Do you use these or is it only for collection?

  11. Those first signs of spring are always special. Such beautiful stitching! That little bag would be just right for keeping a needlework project in; I hope your daughter likes it.

  12. I love clever patterns and this bag is top-notch!

    Have you any decorative thimbles from Canada, Sheryl? :)

  13. the bag is beautiful! The stitching is just gorgeous and the backing fabric you found works so well with the design.

  14. I was afraid you were going to say you fell off the ladder!

    Bet your daughter loves that beauty! What a clever way to use that design.

    Pretty gifts from Kim so enjoy them.

    Very nice thimble collection. I never even see commemorative thimbles these days. Maybe I look in all the wrong places.

    Spring here too, yea!

  15. What a beautiful bag, Sheryl! I'm sure your daughter will love it. Thank you for mentioning the thimble exchange. I have mine already picked out and ready to go. I hope others will join the fun.

  16. Such a beautiful bag, Sheryl and such pretty embroidery. My you have some lovely thimbles there. Those goodies from Kim are very cool. Nothing says Spring quite like pretty yellow flowers!

  17. Dear Sherly,
    lovely finish with the pattern. This is the cutest bag I have seen from this pattern. Wonderful gift for your daughter.

  18. Hello Sheryl! What a beautiful little bag and your stitches are fabulous! :) x

  19. I love the little bag you made for your daughter. I especially love that there's just a hint of stitching on the outside but when you open it up, WOW, there's a beautiful surprise of more stitching inside!

    Thanks so much for linking up to my new Stitchery Link Party!

  20. That little bag is beautiful - a real treasure.

  21. Lovely bag that you made, Sheryl. Also, lovely gifts from Kim. I, too, collect thimbles. Your thimbles are lovely!

  22. Hi Shirley,
    I love that cute bag and the pretty flowers. You have a really nice collection of thimbles too. Have a lovely day and a nice week.
    Julie xo

  23. Such a lovely bag, you do such Beautiful stitching, surely a treasure to pass down to future generations!

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