Monday 24 August 2020

Old and New

Hi Everyone,
Since the coronavirus lockdown I seem to stay indoors much more than before the virus shook the world.  I have been sorting through old stitcheries, mainly finished ones but abandoned to my Dreaded Drawer when for one reason or another, their plannned destiny was aborted.

Discovering two small compact mirrors embroidered years ago, maybe five and still wrapped in plastic, I thought that with a pretty zipper holder they would make nice gifts for Christmas.

I made the two holders at the same time, both are lined and hopefully enhance each Hardanger design.

I wanted to add a detail in the lower corner of the holders and was intrigued with how Malina GM embroidered a sunflower on youtube, so I had a go at doing some petals - I didn´t want a sunflower, just petals and a center point and well, you can see in what my ameteur efforts resulted, an unidentifiable blue specimen.

and then just two inches of  scrap fabric served to complete a tiny scissor fob while watching tv.

I found a pretty pink lacey zip in my stash for the pink holder and some striped fabric for the lining.

And added a rose design, using applique this time

Another little scissor fob to match the Hardanger

and  I had a lot of fun making something pretty to protect the compact mirrors instead of being saved wrapped in plastic

Thank you for stopping by and looking.

Monday 10 August 2020

Fully Finished Gallery SAL - August

Hi Everyone,

I actually have a couple of finishes to share today, so I´m joining Rachel at Ten Hour Stitcher for the Fully Finished Gallery SAL check-in.  This SAL encourages us to completely finish any stitching project that we might have hidden away - and I have quite a few.

As DH was away during the weekend, I spent all the time I fancied sewing and chose to do something with two tiny cross stitch patterns

Firstly I found some fabric which I wanted to use, bought sometime last year when I was enthusiastic about making a free motion quilted something or other which never materialized.  This time I had in mind a cosmetic bag.

and had fun adding some stitching, a pretty piece of trim and some beads. Then I added tabs to the zip.

and a flowery fabric for the lining.

While still with the same fabrics on hand, I tackled the second pattern which only differs in floss colour.

and did some top stitching around the cross stitch and found some pretty lace scraps

I wasn´t sure how to close the pocket and didn´t have another suitable zip, so I just added a button

I love how this has turned out and am pleased that two little designs have been fully finished into something useful.

  Now to see what you have all been stitching.... by the way ....

The Victorian Language of Flowers chart offered in my last post was claimed by June of Butterfly Wings and will be sent off this week.

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