Thursday, 13 April 2017

The Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop

Hello everyone,

So pleased you have stopped by today, especially if you are taking part in the Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  Start at Jo´s blog where the participants are listed, visit the blogs and collect letters which will spell out a mystery phrase.

" This Easter Sheryl says she has made a fabric bread holder with different coloured sides"

"but I know better, she has obviously made me a new bed as a surprise"

"Why otherwise would there be an embroidered picture of me on each side ?"

"It is just my size, I can really stretch out"

"and the pretty pink side matches my sheets"

"perfect for all the family"

"Might as well eat this sticky hot cross bun as it has a capital `i´ on it instead of a cross, can´t have that can we?"

Your next stop is to visit Leonie at Fireflies & Cats in the Garden.

Happy Easter,

Friday, 31 March 2017

Smalls SAL - March

Hi everyone,
Being the last Friday of the month, it´s time to check in for the Smalls SAL hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus and share some work done this month.

Apart from some Easter stitching which isn´t finished yet, I started a small design.

before being waylaid once again by plants and other greenery needing attention.

However, today the little pattern is finished and made into a sachet which hopefully one day will be filled with lavender or somesuch to hang in the wardrobe.

and the pruning and trimming is also finished.

Thank you for passing by.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017


Hi Everyone,
I´ve been away from the blogging world for a week or so, not enjoying the delights of a short relaxing holiday soaking up our beautiful sunny weather of last week, but busy amongst the plants, flower pots, seeds and weeds which were all urgently demanding attention.  However I did have time to get some needlework done.  A holder for my Q snap frame.

I didn´t follow any pattern in particular, just that of a couple of tiny roses which I repeated and then added stems and leaves all over the place.

For the holder I chose from stash, a pretty fabric very similar to the actual embroidery but I worried that the two together would result too `busy´ so to lessen that possible effect, I added a velvet ricrac trim between the two.

The lining fabric is plain beige and some ribbon at the sides closes the holder.

The frame fits nice and snug and will probably not be seen again.  I bought it on recommendation from a patchwork teacher years ago while making a quilt and although fine for most people, it took an instant dislike to me, imprisioned my quilt in a vice like grip and rebelled to relinquish the fabric without a tug of war, so it was banished in disgrace to the dark depths of my wardrobe.

I hope to catch up with my blogging visits this week, until then.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Smalls SAL check-in - February

Today I´m joining Heather of Stitching Lotus for the Smalls SAL monthly check-in.  I embroidered a label for a jar of buttons.

The pattern is a free one from Isazabelle and can be found here.  I also tried out a new variegated thread in our shops by DMC called Coloris.

I have a box of buttons holding, not pretty quirky buttons like those that abound our needlework shops nowadays and are difficult to resist ..

... but a sad box of ordinary buttons which were saved, along with zips, before discarding clothing thirty odd years ago when my children were small and I did a lot of sewing.

Now I would like one or two fancy jars to hold the buttons as they look decorative and pretty on shelves.

I added a few teeny weeny buttons to the finished pattern, edged it with a rather dull blue cording which I had on hand and backed the piece with interfacing and then glued it to the jar.

I think this is an approvement on my old box but I do need another one .. or two.
Thank you for visiting.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Valentine´s Day and GG. post

I wanted to publish this yesterday and wish everyone a Happy Valentine´s day but I had internet problems and couldn´t publish my post.  With help from my technician all is ok today and I can join in with the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.

For Valentine´s Day, I thought I would stitch something really romantic and emblematic and what could be more so than a notepaper holder? .... no? ... well maybe not, but at least my little cardboard holder looks prettier now with a few amateurishly styled ribbon roses.

The pink Mokuba ribbon was gifted to me, so making this embroidery valid for the GG SAL and I wanted to do the roses in varous shades of pink but this ribbon is very hard to find where I live and the colour choice practically non existant, so I had to use what was available and that was  beige and white.

I started with doing a bit of trellis stitch using DMC thread and then ventured on with the roses.

I embroidered some tiny pink buds with floss which would have looked better done with the ribbon...too late now.

See you next week,

Friday, 27 January 2017

Smalls SAL January

Today is the first check-in day of this year for the Smalls SAL hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus. If you would like to join this group and show what you have made during the month, click on my sidebar button for more information.

I had planned to show how my stitching on the Never Ending Sampler organised by Pam at Kitty and Me designs, is progressing, but at the moment it is not.  I started stitching a couple of weeks ago and have changed my choice of thread colours twice already. sigh.  So today I am showing an embroidery which I finished just after Christmas.

The little needlecase design is from the magazine Labores.  In the centre square, the pattern included lots of beads which I decided not to add.

I used some fabric from stash and a square of felt for the inside, put a button in the middle and added ribbon at each corner to close the needlecase.

I´m going to add this to my gift box.

Linking to Martina´s Patchwork and Stitchery.

Happy stitching.

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