Wednesday 24 June 2015

Smalls SAL June

It is the last Wednesday of the month, meaning check in time for the Smalls SAL hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus.

After making the crochet thread holder seen in my last post, I decided to make another one  for embroidery floss as we can´t buy them where I live or at least I have never seen them on sale in our patchwork shops.

The design I chose to embroider is part of the Alphabet Brodeuse by Mon Ami Pierre and the  backing fabric, another piece from my stash.  I am really making progress this year on using up my stash, although today I was very tempted by some gorgeous new stock at our local patchwork shop when I entered for thread.  However I did not succumb

If you would like to stitch a little something  each month, do join us by clicking on my sidebar button and visiting Heather for more information.

Until next week, happy stitching everyone.


Monday 15 June 2015

Victorian Thread Holder

You know how it is when you have a drawer full of UFOs crying out to be  finished but you can´t hear those lamentations and you have to put down that piece of stitching that you are already behind with, just because your hands insist on doing another needlework technique?  I just had to get the crochet hook out and so made this little thread holder.

A pretty design by Maggie Petsch Chasalow and available free from  Ravelry. Both sides are the same and when made up holds a 50 gram ball of thread.

I thought that this holder might come in handy when out and about, as it is slipped over the wrist while crocheting and the ball of thread stays still instead of rebelliously exploring its surroundings.

Each week I have been joining Nadine at Jocondine in her quiz journey around France and she surprised me with these gorgeous goodies.

A beautiful handmade bag, a lavender filled heart, thread holders, ribbon, silks, lavender soap and even lavender tea which I have never tasted.  Just left me speechless with so much generosity.  Thank you so much Nadine, I shall use everything.

Until next week, happy stitching everyone.


Thursday 4 June 2015

Divorced or Beheaded

When mentioning my cabinet fobs last week, I realized that I had hardly any photos of the various embroidered oddments that adorn/clutter the bathroom and so decided to take a few photos of the two samplers that are displayed from the cabinets.

I couldn´t get a very good photo as there is a window right next to the cabinet  which reflects light onto the glass.

A great fan of English history and especially the Tudor era, these samplers depict the various fates of the six wives of one of the most famous of British kings, Henry VIII.

From his first marriage to Catherine of Aragon which was annuled, the execution of Anne Boleyn and the death of Jane Seymore.

to the divorce of fourth wife Anne of Cleves, the execution of Katherine Howard and his last wife who outlived him, Catherine Parr.

I didn´t follow a chart but used various patterns from Eileen Bennett´s needlework samplers. I did this needlework years ago in 2005 and today would perhaps choose different colours,  At the time I used colours that more or less matched the bathroom curtains, but they have long been substituted.

The samplers have a plain white backing fabric and are attatched with velcro to cardboard panels which fit behind the glass doors of the cabinet.

Thank you for looking.  Until next week,


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