Friday, 26 June 2020

Smalls SAL - June

Hello Blogging friends,

Being the last Friday of the month, I´m joining Mary of Mary´s Thread today for the Smalls SAL check-in.
Firstly I wanted to completely finish a small design stitched sometime last year and which only lacked all the seed beads.  The pattern is called Bouquet Beauty by Abi Gurden and was a free design with the Stitch Specialists Yahoo group.

The pattern is really a bit bigger than what I have made it as it actually includes another round of tiny speciality stitches, including Rhodes Diamond stitch with a Ray stitch edge, Rhodes hearts and Satin stitch leaves.

I thought the piece was large enough to make into a drawstring bag to hold my jade roller and gua sha tool, which to maintain cool, sit in the fridge amongst the peas and carrots. I added a piece of pink gingham and striped fabric to make the bag.

In the end I didn´t add the seed beads finding the embroidery detailed enough without them.

The second UFO I tackled this month is a lovely pattern which I won in a giveaway hosted by Kaye of Kitten Stitching and is called The Victorian Language of Flowers.

I have run into trouble, the pattern has a lacey border worked in white back stitch which is hardly visible on the colour fabric I chose.  The first row is worked with two threads and shows up ok but not the following rows to be done with one thread.

Not sure how I am going to finish this . . . .
Well and that is not the only problem, here is undeniable proof that I stitched mindlessly while watching the TV, since I happily embroidered the letter ` U ´ which is not included in the chart.

I will be passing on this  chart when and if I ever finish it.

Thank you all so very much for all the comments on my last post, a real joy to read, making me pleased to have returned to blogland after nearly a year.

DH just arrived with some Buddleia found on his walks, thought I might share them.


Monday, 8 June 2020

Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade - 2020

Hello Everyone,

When I read that Ida at My Sister Made Me Do It was holding another of her popular Pincushion Parades (PPPP), I thought I might pop in and take part.

Firstly, Id like to thank those of you who have contacted me regarding my disappearance from blogging ........ I had to put aside my sewing last summer to face the adversity of life´s challenges.

I haven´t got many pincushions to show which haven´t already been seen on my blog posts or past PPPPs
 but I have managed to sew a couple with this new parade in mind ........these two

with felt flowers and seed beads.
................ and this one

filled with rice, making it nice and weighty.
I also rescued a piece of abandoned embroidery and just added a beaded surround, not the best type of beads to use, but I really want to use up stash where possible.

The Berlingot Convallaria by Olga of Saolya blogspot is one of my favourites as I really enjoyed the challenge of making it, however it isn´t used as a pincushion and just sits around preening its imaginary feathers.

Another pincushion/needlebag with speciality stitches and again not used as such but saved to be gifted.

The pattern is by Anna of Allysic 

I´d make another like this one if I had more pearl buttons.

My teeny weeny pincushions

I couldn´t finish my parade without including a biscornu which took years to finish, between stopping and starting, I completed it in 2018.

The free pattern is by Erba at Casaerba

and just in case you are thinking that all my pincushions are embroidered, here´s one that my darling grandson gave me and which I use continually.

There is plenty of time to join in this parade (until the 19th) if you are tempted to do so, lots of prizes and gorgeous pincushions to see.


Friday, 26 July 2019

Smalls SAL - July

Hello Everyone,
It is the last Friday of the month and time to join Mary of Mary´s Thread for the Smalls SAL check-in, but I have no recent stitching to show.
I have been busy sewing cushions and pillowcases this month which I am sure nobody wants to see - well maybe the cushions when they are completely finished, so to be able to join you all this month, I found some stitching that I hadn´t shown on this blog before.

and I hadn´t shown these two pincushions before because I don´t like them at all.  I saw them in a needlework magazine last year.

and fancied making the two different shaped cushions as they included ribbon embroidery which I hadn´t done for ages.
I had some ribbon in my stash and I chose a purple and pink combination with scraps of matching fabric - big mistake.

I didn´t like the colours at all and even less with the added trim, but they were fun to embroider and might come in handy as gifts.

I´m away on holiday next month so won´t be blogging again until September.  Hope you see you all then.  Happy Holidays.


Wednesday, 10 July 2019

The Fully-Finished Gallery SAL - July

Hello Blogging friends,

Just a couple of items to show this month for the Fully Finished Gallery SAL check-in today hosted by Rachel of Ten Hour Stitcher.

As many other stitchers, I embroidered or started to embroider the Snowflower diaries Joyful World Calendar collection some time ago, but still to date haven´t finished all the different months.

However, I will get around to it eventually and in the meantime I used two of the patterns to make project bags. March and April.

I desperately wanted a red zip to sew the March design but it was a Sunday with local shops closed, so I had to use what I had on hand.

Maybe the beige zip doesn´t look too bad, but a red one would have been better.
The plastic was easier to sew than I had thought, no problems at all, just had to remember not to iron it.

The April pattern was finished in the same way and I made it the same size.

These bags are going to be useful to store the various stitcheries that I seem to have knocking about in different stages of completion.

Well now to see what you have all completely finished this month.
Thank you for looking, until next week.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019

The Forgotten Sampler

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday, while making a start at sorting out my photo files which I reckon is going to take a few years, I came across some photos of an embroidery which I don´t think I ever included in this stitching journal of mine.

The Romantique Sampler by Angie, stitched when released sometime around 2012, a pretty design as are all her samplers and can be found on her blog here.

I started the embroidery with the idea of making a cushion cover but changed my mind on realizing how badly my other applique cushions covers had fared over the years - I´ve never ever posted about those cushions, made with diligence during my patchwork classes and now faded into oblivion.

I think a very good idea for any future `last forever´cushions would be to make some pinafores as seen on Mary and RJ´s blog.

Looking at my embroidery after so many years, I really can´t understand why I didn´t center correctly the middle pattern.  I remember changing it from the original because I wanted to incorporate my initial S, but it looks terrible and will have to be redone if I can track down the colours I used.

In the meantime, I´m very busy making more children´s masks for my daughter who requested another 15 or so for her wellness and yoga classes.  I have decided on animals and have 11 made so far.

They will keep me busy for the rest of the month.

Hope you are all busy stitching too.  Until next week.

Monday, 10 June 2019

Fully-Finished Gallery SAL - June

Hello stitching friends,

I made this little button bag last week from one of my abandoned embroideries and am joining Rachel of Ten Hour Stitcher today for the Fully Finished Gallery SAL, celebrated on the 10th of each month.

I´m not sure where this pattern came from but it was enthusiastically stitched some time ago with the idea of covering a jewellery box or similar and was never given a proper finish......

...because at the time, yours faithfully here, just assumed that the embroidery would miraculously fit the box top without any measurements having been taken into account and ignoring the possible eventuality if it did not.  It did not, so the design was abandoned.

I looked at it again last week and instead of embroidering little flowers in each square of the pattern, as was my original idea, I chose to place different buttons and make a bag to hold just my white and neutral buttons.

I used a green fabric from stash for the main fabric and then placed a large doily over the front to decorate a bit.

At first I lined the bag with a plain white fabric and then decided that it really needed a soft white satin and was redone.

I added some seed beads when sewing the metal bag clasp ,

and added a narrow piece of plain  trimming around the pattern,

lots of buttons to fill the bag.  I love the feel and sound they make jumping about inside.

What have you all been doing lately?  I´m having problems with my mail carrier and am way behind with visiting and answering everyone which I hope to get sorted out soon.
Until next time.

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