Monday, 5 July 2021

Let the People Choose - July

 It`s time again for the People Choice  SAL hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching

This month´s topic is houses and if I didn´t have many butterflies for last month´s topic,  I certainly have quite a few houses to show.

 Firstly, an easy to recognise design of Michael Powell´s cross stitch cottages.  I finished the chart and then just went on adding more and more cottages until I got to the end of the fabric.  That was about 10 years ago, so it would be nice to get the design made into something and take it out of the depths of the Dreaded Drawer.

Another cottage by Michael, this time made into a little scissor holder

An applique table runner made as a Christmas gift for a friend, I didn´t have a pattern for this but copied the idea from a Xmas display in a shop window.

A little tissue holder house made for a friend who only wanted me to use the colour brown, so I added a little bling to brighten things.  Lots of beads and sequins.

I seem to have sewn more houses  than embroidered them, more little tape measure houses as Christmas gifts.

and an unknown pattern of a snowy Christmas scene. 

I  have been more inspired to sew houses around December and one year made a Christmas tree skirt for the grandchildren.

I´ve left this post to be automatically published while I´m away soaking up the sun – well at least I hope to find the sun as in the north, we have had a rotten few weeks weatherwise.  So see you all soon.


Monday, 21 June 2021

Two Mermaids

 Hi Everyone,

Well I can´t but feel a bit more enthusiastic  this week as my husband, my son and I are off to visit my daughter and grandkids next week.  They live in Madrid, a four hour journey from the north coast of Spain and we haven´t seen them for nearly a year.  So with making plans and such I still haven´t regained my sewing mojo but I have finished  a couple of UFOs.

I made lots of little mermaid pouches years ago more or less when I started blogging and as I still had some remaining fabric, last year I started to embroider more mermaids. but I couldn´t finish them completely until I bought more metal clasps.

These two mermaids are the same color and practically mirror images, I just add a few threads of coloured flowers as I go along and don´t use a pattern, so the embroideries are similar but all different, some have beads and others sequins. 

A smattering of embroidery on the reverse sides and more beads to decórate the clasps

 and  some soft pretty coloured satin for the linings.

I received two pretty cross stitch patterns from June of Butterfly Wings this week and am going to start one  right away and see if my enthusiasm returns. Thank you June.  I´m taking the pattern with me to Madrid next week.

Until next week



Saturday, 5 June 2021

Let the People Choose - June

 Hello Everyone,

It´s time to check-in for the `Let the People Choose´  SAL hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching and while my stitching mojo is at its lowest,  I can at least join everyone with embroideries done in the past.

I thought I had stitched lots of butterflies, which is our theme for this month but alas, I´m wrong  I seem to have embroidered very few over the years  and all are very tiny .

The Rhodes Butterfly biscornu by The Sweetheart Tree is the first and only biscornu I have ever made,  and shows  four Rhodes stitch butterflies.  Both sides of this biscornu are the same.

but the little matching scissor fob  has a different design each side.

There are two butterflies in this Blackwork Flowers and Birds design by Lesley Teare,  I have more in this series to embroider later this year.

And another  pretty pattern by Lesley called Blackwork Anemone, a free pattern which you can find here.

An  unknown  design stitched years ago and abandoned because  I felt I should have used a brighter floss colour or a different background fabric.

Lastly a tiny butterfly can be seen in the month of March of The Snowflower Diaries Joyful World Calender SAL. – I wonder if I will ever finish the series.

I photographed this beauty in the garden.  I think it is  a Swallowtail butterfly.

Thank you for stopping by and looking.


Monday, 17 May 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness - May

 Hello Everyone,

It is time for the Gifted Gorgeousness check-in hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching and although I seem to have fallen into a stitching slump these past few weeks, with very little to show, I have managed to finish a little  pouch for a young lady who likes a romantic pink theme´

The pattern is called Heart of My Heart and it is another design by Abi Gurden of Bee´s Needleworks and it´s worked on 28ct fabric, using Perle cotton Nº 8 and Nº 12 for the small Hardanger heart and floss colours of one´s choice for the rest.  Also added seed beads.

A fun design which  includes Eyelet hearts, Rhodes hearts, Diamond Ray and Diamond Rhodes stitches but I ran into  trouble with the Queen stitch and had to undo the two pink hearts because I just couldn´t see or appreciate the stitches.

I did use the fabric and number of threads required but I didn´t like the result and ended up with a worse disaster  on choosing to leave a gap between each row of Queen stitches – terrible- so don´t look at that part of the pattern - look at my splendid orchid instead.

As the design is all embroidered hearts, the pouch also had to be that shape.

Hope it will be useful.

  My last photo is that of the gorgeous flowers I was gifted for Mother´s day which is celebrated here in Spain on the first Sunday of May.

Thank you for stopping by and looking,


Friday, 30 April 2021

Smalls SAL - April

 Hello Everyone,

It is quite some time since I joined Mary of Mary´s Thread for the Smalls SAL check-in. The days and weeks just seem to disappear without a lot of stitching progress on my part, but this month I have  managed to finish a small design to share.

This pattern was a free one from the Speciality Stitches Yahoo group years ago and designed by Abi Gurden, I wanted to finish the embroidery completely and make it into something useful but alas only the stitching is finished.


I love these samplers with interesting embroidery stitches and this pattern is composed of Pulled Honeycomb  and Norwich stitch. The honeycomb stitch is worked along the top and down one side of the design and the Norwich stitch done alternatively in yellow and olive green thread. 

I left my comfort zone colourwise but don´t dislike  the combination of dmc 832, 3678 and anchor 363, perhaps by adding some scraps of co-ordinating fabric and trims it will help me decide what to do with the sampler.... maybe just add a frame?  Not sure right now, no inspiration at all at the moment.

I am going to finish another pattern of Abi´s that is still languishing in the Dreaded Drawer half finished, a very different pretty pattern with lots of speciality stitches and hope to have it completed for next month.

Now to see what others participants have been stitching for the Smalls SAL this month.


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