Friday, 30 June 2017

Summer Holidays

Hello blogger friends and visitors,

I wasn´t expecting to go away on holiday until next week, but a phone call from my daughter has changed our plans and in a rush and hurry, I haste to get this post done to join Heather at Stitching Lotus for the Smalls SAL June check-in, before departing to search for the sun.

I fancied using up some of the felt pieces I have in my stash and remembered the little earbud holder Christina at Rainbow of Stitches had made and decided to make a similar one.

As you can appreciate, the embroidery was really quick and easy.  I used DMC floss in black and shades of grey and topped each little red flower with a black bead.  I found some polka dot fabric, added a red zip, a piece of batting and lined the holder with red satin.

I also made a yellow earbud holder but as yet I haven´t had time to take photos to include with this post.

I shall be away next month and then have visitors in August, so apart from commenting and keeping an eye on what everyone is doing, I shan´t make any blog posts until the very end of August.  Hope to see you then.  Happy stitching.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Embroidered bag

Hi blogger friends,

I haven´t advanced much this week with my two new started projects, but I did manage to take a few photos of this little embroidered bag I finished last month.

Perhaps it is not so much a bag as a holder and the design is by Dietrolangolo with the tutorial on her blog.  There are two different sides, one embroidered with bullion stitch roses and Algerian eye stitch.

and the under side is all - I think - Algerian eye stitches mixed with tiny beads. This took quite a while to do because I didn´t want to take the thread on the back from one stitch to the next in case you could see that from the right side, so each stitch was fastened off before the next begun.

Both pieces of fabric are lined with pink silk which I found in my stash and then an opening  made by cutting a large cross just on the front side which is then hemmed and edged with lace.

I was undecided whether to use pink or turquoise ribbon to close the bag and eventually decided on the turquoise.

I loved making this and shall use it to store hankerchiefs.

Until next week,

Friday, 26 May 2017

Smalls SAL and G.G. SAL check-in

Hello everyone,
It´s time again for the Smalls SAL check-in hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus and late, but not too late to check-in for the Gifted Gorgeousness SAL, organised by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching - see side bar for button links.

On wanting to diminish my ominously growing scrap stash, I thought I´d make a few flower themed gift tags and as my friend gifted me the little flowerpot buttons, I may include these in the G.G. SAL.

I used different embroidery stitches, like cast on stitch and my favourite French knots.

and even adventurously tried some dimensional embroidery, like these picot stitch petals with herringbone stitch leaves.

real fun here but lots more practise needed.

Then with the lovely little flowerpot buttons, I added some ribbon, beads and  more buttons.

Now they are being saved for future use.

Hexagon  Table Runner giveaway
Thank you to everyone who took part in my hexie giveaway of last week

The Random number generator chose the winner, it chose number 20.

which corresponds to Julie from Julies Knit Stitch Corner.  Congrats Julie,  I´ll be contacting you this afternoon.         Until next time.

Friday, 19 May 2017

A Hexagon giveaway

Hi everyone,
Today I have a giveaway. A hexagon table runner.

I visited my daughter in Madrid last week and took my hexies with me to sew.  I wanted to mix some crochet ones, made with Anchor Tridalia No. 8 with some fabric ones.

I found it quicker to make the hexagons than to decide how to mix and match them.

Once that was decided I added a tiny crochet edging

and backed the hexagons with green fabric.

So if anyone is interested to have this table runner, just leave me a comment below and I will pick a name on the 26th of May.  Anyone anywhere may enter this giveaway.

Until next week.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Smalls SAL - April

Hello everyone,

Today it is time to join Heather of Stitching Lotus for the Smalls SAL check-in. If you wish to find out more about this SAL, which you may join at anytime during the year, just click on my sidebar button.

I ventured to open my UFO drawer just a crack to tackle the first piece of embroidery to demand attention on seeing the light of day and I retrieved a project which had been relegated to the said  drawer on my disliking the colours I had chosen, all two of them, sigh.

So, trying to ignore the very pale butter coloured thread which is really hardly appreciable in these photos, I made a pin cushion and stitched the little scissor fob, both designs by Danybrod.

A scrap of complementary yellow polka dot fabric from stash for the backings brightened the designs and then a smattering, just a smattering of pearl beads.

and that completes my Smalls for this month.

Until next week,


Thursday, 13 April 2017

The 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 Serendipitous Stitching.  Start at Jo´s blog where the participants are listed, visit the blogs and collect letters which will spell out a mystery phrase.

" This Easter Sheryl says she has made a fabric bread holder with different coloured sides"

"but I know better, she has obviously made me a new bed as a surprise"

"Why otherwise would there be an embroidered picture of me on each side ?"

"It is just my size, I can really stretch out"

"and the pretty pink side matches my sheets"

"perfect for all the family"

"Might as well eat this sticky hot cross bun as it has a capital `i´ on it instead of a cross, can´t have that can we?"

Your next stop is to visit Leonie at Fireflies & Cats in the Garden.

Happy Easter,

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