Saturday, 5 June 2021

Let the People Choose - June

 Hello Everyone,

It´s time to check-in for the `Let the People Choose´  SAL hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching and while my stitching mojo is at its lowest,  I can at least join everyone with embroideries done in the past.

I thought I had stitched lots of butterflies, which is our theme for this month but alas, I´m wrong  I seem to have embroidered very few over the years  and all are very tiny .

The Rhodes Butterfly biscornu by The Sweetheart Tree is the first and only biscornu I have ever made,  and shows  four Rhodes stitch butterflies.  Both sides of this biscornu are the same.

but the little matching scissor fob  has a different design each side.

There are two butterflies in this Blackwork Flowers and Birds design by Lesley Teare,  I have more in this series to embroider later this year.

And another  pretty pattern by Lesley called Blackwork Anemone, a free pattern which you can find here.

An  unknown  design stitched years ago and abandoned because  I felt I should have used a brighter floss colour or a different background fabric.

Lastly a tiny butterfly can be seen in the month of March of The Snowflower Diaries Joyful World Calender SAL. – I wonder if I will ever finish the series.

I photographed this beauty in the garden.  I think it is  a Swallowtail butterfly.

Thank you for stopping by and looking.


Monday, 17 May 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness - May

 Hello Everyone,

It is time for the Gifted Gorgeousness check-in hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching and although I seem to have fallen into a stitching slump these past few weeks, with very little to show, I have managed to finish a little  pouch for a young lady who likes a romantic pink theme´

The pattern is called Heart of My Heart and it is another design by Abi Gurden of Bee´s Needleworks and it´s worked on 28ct fabric, using Perle cotton Nº 8 and Nº 12 for the small Hardanger heart and floss colours of one´s choice for the rest.  Also added seed beads.

A fun design which  includes Eyelet hearts, Rhodes hearts, Diamond Ray and Diamond Rhodes stitches but I ran into  trouble with the Queen stitch and had to undo the two pink hearts because I just couldn´t see or appreciate the stitches.

I did use the fabric and number of threads required but I didn´t like the result and ended up with a worse disaster  on choosing to leave a gap between each row of Queen stitches – terrible- so don´t look at that part of the pattern - look at my splendid orchid instead.

As the design is all embroidered hearts, the pouch also had to be that shape.

Hope it will be useful.

  My last photo is that of the gorgeous flowers I was gifted for Mother´s day which is celebrated here in Spain on the first Sunday of May.

Thank you for stopping by and looking,


Friday, 30 April 2021

Smalls SAL - April

 Hello Everyone,

It is quite some time since I joined Mary of Mary´s Thread for the Smalls SAL check-in. The days and weeks just seem to disappear without a lot of stitching progress on my part, but this month I have  managed to finish a small design to share.

This pattern was a free one from the Speciality Stitches Yahoo group years ago and designed by Abi Gurden, I wanted to finish the embroidery completely and make it into something useful but alas only the stitching is finished.


I love these samplers with interesting embroidery stitches and this pattern is composed of Pulled Honeycomb  and Norwich stitch. The honeycomb stitch is worked along the top and down one side of the design and the Norwich stitch done alternatively in yellow and olive green thread. 

I left my comfort zone colourwise but don´t dislike  the combination of dmc 832, 3678 and anchor 363, perhaps by adding some scraps of co-ordinating fabric and trims it will help me decide what to do with the sampler.... maybe just add a frame?  Not sure right now, no inspiration at all at the moment.

I am going to finish another pattern of Abi´s that is still languishing in the Dreaded Drawer half finished, a very different pretty pattern with lots of speciality stitches and hope to have it completed for next month.

Now to see what others participants have been stitching for the Smalls SAL this month.


Tuesday, 13 April 2021

The People´s Choice SAL - April

 Hello Everyone,

I´m joining the People´s Choice SAL today, hosted by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching.  I´m really very late as it is celebrated on the first weekend of each month but as the check-in coincided this month with Jo´s Easter blog hop, I have left this post until today.

Our theme for April  is Blue  which is a favourite color of mine and I have stitched loads of things with this colour, so here are just a few of them.

I was gifted this pattern by Irmeli.  it´s a design by V. Enginger found in the magazine Fil en Aiguille of 2009  and I used it to make this little zipper bag to hold tights and stockings etc.

I completed a hanging scissor holder with this tiny design found in a magazine..

Another design found in a magazine decorates my old kitchen clock.

Round six of Mabel Figworthy´s Round in Circles Hardanger Sal, included some interesting new stitches for me,  Eyelash stitch in the centre of the design, Ribbed spiders webs and Y-bars, and then I added lots of beads and lace to make a blue pouch.

Delicate Essentials Hardanger needlebook design by Mary Hickmott, a beautiful pattern which I loved doing.

Medieval bookmark gifted to a friend.

I´ve seen this pattern many times and used it to complete a little thread holder but have no reference as to where I found it

A folder I covered to hold trims which has very little blue embroidery, just a few blobs of color here and there and the rest is mainly white embroidery, beads or lace.

And lastly a small blanket that I made for my grandson when he was tiny, lots of different applique animals.

Thank you for stopping by and looking.


Friday, 2 April 2021

Easter Treasure Hunt Blog Hop

Hello Everyone,

So pleased you have stopped by today especially if you are taking part in the Easter Treasure Hunt blog hop hosted by Jo at SerendipitousStitching.  Have fun by starting at Jo´s blog where the participants are listed, visit in order the blogs mentioned and collect letters which will spell out a mystery phrase.

We are asked to share some Spring or Easter themed stitching and I have been working on these little decorative birdies .

I wanted to make a mixture of blue and yellow birds but surprisingly I couldn´t find any  yellow fabric, not in stash or scrap bags, so apart from a few splashes of yellow gingham, the birds are all blue ones.

I added some bling to the wings, mainly beads, lace or tulle and  plan to make some brighter more exotic birds during the year, maybe some Cardinals for Christmas. 

A long time has passed since I did any ribbon embroidery so when I saw a pretty pattern offered by Carol Daisy, I thought I would try my hand at making this small bag.  The pattern  can be found here.

And here is the letter you have come to find.

Your next stop is with Beth at Beth´s Needlework Stash

Happy Easter to everyone.

I found the pattern for the birds, although I altered the pattern a bit, here.


Monday, 15 March 2021

Gifted Gorgeousness - March

 Hello Everyone,

Today  I´m joining Jo of Serendipitous  Stitching  for the Gifted Gorgeousness  check-in which is on the 15th of each month.  This  SAL is all about  showing anything  gift related  whether given or received.

Here is the rag doll which I have just finished.

My daughter requested a doll for her yoga class of infants to show them the 7 chakras of the body and I had an old pattern which I could use.

I  first made `Betty´ over 16 years ago when my granddaughter was born.  The doll is a cheerful soul who loves a bath and to sunbathe.

And here she is today and although she lacks clothes, and has tangled hair, she doesn´t lose her smile on meeting the smaller versión of herself, who anxiously awaits a head of hair.

I think we will make it different from the pattern this time.

It was fun making the wool hair and I like the curls, hope she does too.

I´m leaving the markings of the chakras for my daughter to apply.

To  see what other participants  have been working on, click on the link above to Jo´s blog.

Thank you for looking.



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