Saturday, 30 June 2018

Smalls SAL - June

Hi Blogger friends and visitors,

I finished this tiny needle holder with the Smalls Sal in mind but we haven´t heard from our hostess Heather of Stitching Lotus for over two months now, so I´m not sure if this group is continuing or not.  I do hope that Heather is OK.

Just a few embroidered flowers on the front and back of natural linen with an added piece of lace.

These are not colours that I would normally choose but I think I am getting boring with my pinks and greens and so I´m determined to experiment with other colour combinations.

I´m taking this needle holder with me while away during the month of July incase I have time for a little stitching - of course I will have time for a little stitching! - so I´m going to have my blogging break now and will be back with you all in August.

Happy summer stitching,

Monday, 18 June 2018


Hi Everyone,

Using the embroidery pattern mentioned in my last post, I decided I might try and make a little handmade notebook following a Coptic stitch bookbinding tutorial found here. at Torta Gialla.  This method allows the book to lay completely flat.

I had the necessary materials at home, cardboard, glue, hole punch, coloured pages, waxed thread and a scrap of pretty fabric and lace to surround and enhance the stitched design.  There was a mistake in my stitching which was staring me in the face all the time and I had to correct - do I need new glasses?

The tutorial was easy to follow but my first effort although functional, is rather messy and I definitely need lots of practice.

I removed the little bow which I had put on the original embroidered heart and added some lace and a couple of crochet flowers.

I am also still stitching away on the little yoga asanas which I am adding to some aromatic meditation eye pillow covers I made some time back for my daughter´s yoga classes.

Quite a few more to finish.  Thank you for visiting.

Monday, 28 May 2018

Smalls SAL May

Hi Everybody,

I´m a bit late this month to check-in for the Smalls SAL but have been waiting to see if our hostess Heather from Stitching Lotus connected up.  I have been doing some sewing for my daughter recently, embroidering yoga motifs which I will show when they are finished,  so today I can only show some stitching done years ago.

The little heart pattern is I believe by Manya at Humming Needles and includes Satin stitch, Rhodes stitch, Herringbone and Algerian eyelet stitch and double cross stitch.  I embroiderd spider web roses instead of her prettier ribbon ones, probably because at the time, it was difficult to buy silk ribbon here locally.

The design was stitched mainly with DMC threads and after adding a tiny bow it was discarded to the Dreaded Drawer.

Now it has once again seen the light of day after years, I shall make it into smething useful.

Thank you for stopping by and looking.  Until next week.


Monday, 14 May 2018

Tablecloth update

It´s repaired and finished despite the hidden surprises.

Found at a charity shop, a pretty chicken scratch embroidered tablecloth, ideal size for my kitchen table, with a white crochet edging and spoilt by a cigarette burn at one end.

Not very difficult to repair I thought, I just needed to cut off about 30cm from the damaged end and redo some of the white and orange pattern which was all cross stitches -- fine.

BUT..........I couldn´t find a match for the orange thread, so I´d have to redo all the orange stitching with another colour -- no worry, that´s quick work.
BUT .........Oh, one side had more rows than the other !  -- well, another row can be added, easy peasy...........but wait a minute ........ if I add an extra row, the corner pattern will be off centre ......errr no, must be off centre now ............ yes it is -- Oh well, I´ll take out the corner patterns.

AND the crochet edging is a continuation of the blanket stitched hem, so if I cut away fabric, it will all have to be redone, hem and crochet .......... oh.
Thank goodness my grandchildren came to stay the week and I didn´t have time to think anymore or the tablecloth repair would probably have been discarded. I found a blue perlé thread in my stash which would suffice instead of the original orange and got started.

The unstitched corner patterns were changed for a few blue and white flowers and a simple crochet edging added, a bit narrow but I didn´t have enough thread for another row.

Was all this repair work worth all the changes?  Probably not.
Thank you for stopping by,


Friday, 27 April 2018

Smalls SAL - April

Hi everyone,

Not a lot to show this month due to starting and stopping on several projects but I have finished another UFO which I can show today for the Smalls Sal check-in. A free biscornu design by casaerba.

I started the embroidery a couple of years ago showing it on a blog post but it then got relegated to the dreaded drawer without even a start on the second side.

I used 28ct. fabric from stash and white and pink Anchor perlé thread #12 and #8.  The pattern includes, satin stitch, blanket, overcast, stem stitch, bullion, alternating stem and square stitch.

At last I completed the second pattern all in white thread.

When sewing up the biscornu, I added some sparkly fabric underneath the cutwork but it doesn´t show up on the photos, an iridescent button, which doesn´t show up either and hey presto, finished.  Thank you Erba for such a pretty design. 

To join the Smalls SAL, at anytime during the year, click on my sidebar button which will take you to Heather at Stitching Lotus.     Until next week.


Monday, 16 April 2018


Hi Everyone,

Such joy to see the sun at last after so many days and weeks of cold, wind and rain, so it´s time to get a post done and stop dragging my feet about.  I have just recently finished a design started ages ago. The Berlingot Convallaria by Olga at Saolya.blogspot.

I loved doing the embroidery although I did take ages, as always, on deciding colours.  Did I want a flamboyant psychedelic coloured hen or a more subdued realistic one?  errr....

 I chose DMC Coloris Nº 4510 and its corresponding solid colours, 640, 3819 and 520.

After the embroidery was done I suddenly lost interest in the making up part and wondered if I really wanted a perky dolled up hen and whether my finished endeavours would even remotely represent anything like a chicken.  I added beads, two tiny buttons for the eyes and a piece of ribbon to act as tail feathers.

Not sure whether I succeeded or not but it was a fun make.

 On the subject of chickens as we are, I found this pretty gingham chicken scratch embroidered tablecloth with a hand crochet edging at our local charity shop.

Unfortunately it has a cigarette burn hole but as it is a nice size, one metre by one seventy, I´m going to see if I can cut out the damage and redo some of the embroidery.  That will keep me busy this week.

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