Thursday, April 10, 2014

A few finishes for April

Hi everyone,
I didn't have any cross stitch content at all in my last blog post so I decided to bite the bullet and do some finishing so that I would have some to show this time.
I stitched the pieces for Blackbird Designs Tulip House Stitching Companion when the book A Stitcher's Journey first came out. Can it really have been 2011?
Because it involved painting and finishing a box I put it off but in the end it wasn't so bad.
Here is the top of the box. I used the recommended R & R linen and Gentle Arts Sampler Threads.

Inside - it wasn't easy to get the pincushion to fit the compartment but I did the best I could and it looks no worse than the model in the book. The fabrics I used for the finishing are Beach House by Blackbird Designs for Moda Fabrics.

I think you should be able to click on the pictures for a close up view if you wish.

The next finish is even older. Digging deep into the box I came up with this Lizzie Kate Flip-it design. I think there have been several Flip-it series but this was maybe the first. Anyway, I finished April and May into little pillows.
Here's April and I'll show May next time

I've been making a bag (of course) and this one is The Prairie Tote by Stephanie
at Loft Creations
. The pattern is a PDF download which is available in her Etsy shop and is very reasonably priced.
Fabrics used are Robert Kaufman Black Washed Denim and regular quilting fabric from the Hometown line by Sweetwater.

Back view is just slightly different as I was using a charm pack for the patchwork blocks.

It's a while since I've done any crochet so when I saw the crochet along here
I decided to have a go and I made two
I used Drops Paris yarn for this one

and assorted dishcloth cottons for this

The only other crafty thing I have to show you is the Blue Faced Leicester fibre I'm currently spinning. I'm looking forward to seeing how the finished yarn looks

Some baking has been done this week .............

bread rolls

and banana and walnut muffins

Finally, I thought you might like to see the pictures I took while I was out walking this afternoon

As always a big thank you for your continued visits to my blog. I'd like to try to post a bit more often so we'll see how it goes.