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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