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.


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