Friday, August 15, 2014

Absent!

Poor neglected blog. I really didn't mean to be gone so long but it's been so hot I just haven't felt like sitting at the PC for the time it takes to put a blog post together.
Add to that my new fascination with Instagram although I'm a bit late to that particular party.
So, the things I have to show are many and varied but are mostly to do with yarn as I have not been stitching much at all.
My lovely friend Pat in the USA stitched a beautiful Shepherd's Bush design and mounted it on the top of a Cottage Garden jewellery box.




Such an exciting package to open



as there was also this gorgeous sewing pocket



which when opened revealed lots of tiny treasures. I absolutely love the petite scissors . Thank you Pat I love everything you sent.



My own cross stitch sampler is coming along very slowly but there has been some small progress



There has been quite a lot of knitting - all project details are on my Ravely page

socks



a shawl





and a cotton dishcloth that will be used as a potholder



Next up is the crochet. I'm working on a Rainbow Ripple baby blanket





and I finally finished my Cath Kidston inspired crochet granny square afghan that has been about three years in the making



and finally a bit of sewing. I made a pouch from Cath Kidston fabrics to match some things I already have



and another pouch from the Noodlehead Open Wide Pouch tutorial



and I think that's just about everything. I'm sorry I haven't been very good about keeping up with my blog reading. I hope to do better when the weather cools down a bit. It has been extremely hot here!
Thank you for visiting my blog today. Happy crafting!

Margaret












Sunday, June 29, 2014

A look back at June.

Hi everyone,

Here we are almost at the end of June so here's a round up of what I've been working on in the past few weeks.
I finally finished the small wall hanging I've been making from Lynette Andersons Country Cottage Quilting book. This is My Favourite Garden quilt which I started at the beginning of the year. I only worked on it at my weekly quilt group meetings so it has taken a while but it was an enjoyable project to work on.
You should be able to click on the picture for a better view if you wish.



All of the fabrics used are Lynette Anderson's Secret Garden. This is the one I used for the backing.



There is a hand painted button on each of the nine squares These were gifted to me by my friend Yvonne in Australia who does the most amazingly intricate work. Yvonne currently sells her buttons via her blog here but she is hoping to open an Etsy shop soon.

Here are a few of the blocks close up so you can see the detail



I think I showed this embroidery on my blog last year. It's now finished into a pillow using Cath Kidston fabrics.



The embroidery design was free on the Bustle and Sew website

back of the pillow



Cross stitch has taken a back seat to other crafts recently so the only thing I have to show this time are two of the Lizzie Kate Flip-its
that I stitched way back when but have only just finished into little pillows





both are backed with this little strawberry print fabric



I've done some knitting - cast on for a pair of socks



and finished a couple of dishcloths. Details on my Ravelry page here



It's hot, hot hot here now so I'll leave you with a picture of the beach.


I hope you have all had a great month.
Thanks as always for visiting my blog. Happy crafting!

Margaret


Monday, May 26, 2014

Second Half

Hi everyone,
This is the second half of the post I started yesterday.
First up is cross stitch. This ornament is from the Prairie Schooler Just Hatched book #107 stitched with the recommended DMC threads.


back view



next is a Lizzie Kate design finished as a pillow. Design is from the first series of Flip its



a very small start on Sunflower Bell Pull - an oldie but goodie by The Drawn Thread



and an equally small start on The Red House Sampler by Brenda Keyes



now for some pretty gifts I have received. This teeny tiny mermaid swam all the way to Spain from France. To give you an idea of just how miniature this little pillow is I laid it on the post card it came with



it is stitched on impossibly high count linen and the mermaid tail is even done in specialty stitches!


next is a beautiful crazy patchwork needle book done in silk fabrics from my dear friend Caz in UK


back view



Thank you so much Caz I really love it.

I'm no quilter but I decided I would have a go at a lap quilt. I saw the pattern here and I thought it would be easy. It probably is but there are so many points and junctions to match up and some of it is on the bias so I'm just not finding it easy.
Anyway here are my 16 patch blocks done in two older lines by Three Sisters for Moda. One is Simplicity and the other is Aviary.

and here's how the X blocks are going to look


We were in UK at the beginning of May to visit family. My daughter and I came across a shop called Sally's Shabby Chic where the owner was rescuing old furniture from the dump and upcycling chairs, dressers etc and giving them a new lease of life.
I loved the chairs that she had painted white and covered in Cath Kidston fabrics.
Anyway, there were lots of vintage bits and pieces and I spied an old embroidery which I was admiring when the shop owner told me I could have it.
It is stitched on a good linen fabric. I think it is charming and plan on having it framed.


I don't buy many magazines these days but this one caught my eye

so I bought it because there were three projects in it that interested me.
One is this miniature quilt by Camille Roskelley which I have bought fabric for


there is also a Union Jack pillow pattern and this cute dog that I'd love to make but really, how many more projects do I need?



So I think that's just about it. Thanks for visiting my blog today and thank you for all the lovely comments received on my previous post.
Margaret

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Two for One

Hi everyone,
Well, there's rather a lot to show this time so I think I'm going to split this post into two.
Starting off with a skirt I made after seeing a sew-along on Daisy's blog and being inspired to do a bit of garment sewing.


The pattern is McCalls 3341 as used in the first series of the Great British Sewing Bee.
Of course by the time I bought my fabric (on a recent trip to UK) and got it sewn up everyone else had finished but I enjoyed it for all that.
I was so pleased with the skirt that I decided to tackle a dress next which is presently at the cutting out stage

The fabric is inside out - much nicer than it looks here.

I've done quite a bit of knitting and spinning.
Last time I showed some fibre I was spinning and here's the shawl (details on my Ravelry page) I knitted up from the spun yarn



and I've spun some merino silk fibre into this very soft and smooshy yarn. The colour is not showing up very well on my monitor. It's a kind of rich blackberry colour. I'm not sure what I'm going to knit with it yet.


Margaret asked to see a picture of my spinning wheel so here it is.
Isn't she pretty?



Now on to the knitting.............a pair of socks were finished a few weeks ago



and here's a very small start on the Entangled Vines cardigan I've started


So I think that's it for this knitting/sewing post. I'll be back tomorrow with the cross stitch.
Thanks as always for visiting :)

Margaret