Sunday, October 10, 2010

Just before I go........

Hi everyone,
I'm off to UK on 13th for a couple of weeks so thought I'd do a quick post before I go. I don't have too much to show this time but first up is my finished Blackbird Designs Pumpkin Blossom Needlecase.

I stitched this as a SAL with friends Angela, Sheila and Roberta as I find a SAL is always good motivation for me to get things done
Sheila and I got together for the finishing - the first time either of us had attempted a hard backed needlebook.

I continued the border pattern on the back and stitched another bird in the middle for added interest

and here's how it looks inside

On to the sewing and here's a bag I made using a Blush charm pack by Basic Grey for Moda.

I did one of the Polka Dot Girls stitchery designs by Australian designer Bronwyn Hayes to make a cute front pocket

and because I can never resist making things that have matching items I sewed this cute kitty needle keeper and four patch pincushion

I'm not really a cat person but the face on this kitty just makes me smile as does the person I made it for :)

Undo the straps of the dress and inside you find the red wool felt heart

A few posts back I showed a picture of a primitive doll that my friend Pat had made for me. I decided to have a go at making one of these dolls and here she is

The pattern for both the doll and the kitty needle keeper are from a book called Needleworks by Kindred Spirits.

Finally a view of one of the many beautiful gardens at the Alhambra Palace Granada.

As ever a big thank you for visiting my blog and for taking the time to share your thoughts. I haven't been able to blog surf much in recent weeks due to an old and decrepit computer and also having visitors but I hope to catch up with all of you soon.



Dorothy said...

Beautiful stitchery, as always, Margaret. Enjoy your visit with your daughter and family, especially your new grandson. Look forward to hearing all about your vacation when you return.

Lesleyanne said...

Love your needlebook. Have a lovely holiday.

Dovilė said...

so beautiful needlebook:)

Julia said...

I love them all, but especially the BBD Needlecase:0) x

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Lovely projects. I especially love the bag. It always brightens my day when I see you have posted! Have a wonderful holiday!

Margaret said...

Oh I love all your projects as usual! That BBD needlebook is one I really want to get to someday -- you did a wonderful job with it! Have fun in the UK!

Daffycat said...

I hope you have lots of fun at home, Margaret! Have a happy and safe holiday.

OMG I LOVE that white kitty needlekeeper. She is adorable!

Sheila said...

As ever, all your work is absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!!

Unknown said...

Margaret, your work is always so beautiful and inspiring. The needlebook for your friend is just lovely! I love the cat and the primitive doll - so sweet.

Enjoy your trip.

Nancy said...

Margaret! You did an amazing job on your Pumpkin Blossom Needlebook. It's gorgeous!

I love the bag, and the Polka Dot girls are wonderful. I LOVE the kitty! It is one of my favorite things you have made. And, the doll - well your work is always beautiful and just perfect. You always show such lovely things.

Spain looks as magnificant as it always does.

Have a wonderful trip to UK, and travel safe! I'll miss you!

DonnaTN said...

The pumpkin blossom needlebook is gorgeous! Nice work on your tote and the kitty and doll.

angelasweby said...

Margaret, I am so looking forward to having you that little bit nearer and, at least at the end of a phone :>)
Your stitching is, as always so full of interest an, as always, incredibly skilful. I love the PB needlecase. You have definitely inspired me to put the finishing touches to mine. Kitty is lovely but, oh, the primitive doll....she is gorgeous :>)
Angela xx

Ellen said...

Love your needlebook and bag! Enjoy your holiday!


Roberta said...

Margaret your Pumpkin Blossom needle book is beautiful - good for you for getting it into finished form. Mine is still sitting waiting to be put together!!

Love the bag, but really love the kitty!! way too cute.

Have a great time in the UK and enjoy that cute new little grandchild as well as your other grandchildren and children.

Travel safe ----------

Mary said...

As usual your post was worth waiting for Margaret. I just kept saying " ohhh" and "ahh" all the way through it. The Pumpkin Blossom needlecase is on my urgent to do list and it keep moving higher - yours is just beautiful. And the bag - what can I say - I just love the bags you make. Your extra little touch of matching needlecases or pincushions are all so lovely.

Mary said...

I hope you have a lovely holiday and it's not too cold for you after sunny spain.

Pat said...

Beautiful stitchery project. The other projects are cute too.

from Texas

Sandra said...

Woo hoo Margaret, your PB needlecase is just amazing. I love your patchwork bag as well with the stitchery on the front. Have a great time in the UK.

Lapplisor said...

Dear Margaret
Your post is again filled with many treasures :-)
The needle book looks great.
Beautiful in the colors and beads.
The Hayes-girls did you put so beautifully on the bag in the limelight.
A designated idea are also your cats. So love gifts you have made with them.
Needlework doll is an extraordinary gift of love.
I wish you a good time.
Greetings from Germany

KarenV said...

Everything is beautifully stitched and finished as always Margaret. I really like the BBD needlebook, those colours are beautiful. Enjoy your holiday !

hazel c UK said...

Your recent blog posting is as usual lovely, especially the little doll love the writing on her arms and PB needlebook.

Have a good time with the family and do hope this nice weather we are having stays with you.

Love Hazel (UK)

Siobhán said...

Margaret! Oh my goodness. What fabulous finishes. I love the kitty and the doll! Have a lovely trip back to the UK.

Anonymous said...

Have a safe trip and enjoy a great visit !

Sally said...

As always Margarert your post makes me smile as there are so many goodies:) I just LOVE your BBD needlebook and your doll and bag are just brilliant!

Enjoy your trip over here. Look forward to hearing all about it when you get back :)

Lynn B said...

Wonderful creations Margaret, as always! I hope you have a lovely time in England, pop by for a coffee if you are in my area! lol

Stina Blomgren said...

Ohh.. love that bag..:o) ANd not to forget the cutest kitty and doll.. LOVE THEM..:O))
Have fun in the UK!!! :o)

Chrissie said...

You have many beautiful projects, hard to choose a favorite. I had a comment from Sheila and I believe we are in the same neck of the woods. Enjoy your holiday

John'aLee said...

Your stitching is amazing. Have a great trip!

Catherine said...

Everything is beautiful.

The needlecase is a great idea to add little beads, the bag with granny and granny is so great !!

Have a nice time in UK.
Would be in London, but unfortunately with 50 students !!!!

Carin said...

Beautiful finishings !! Hope you have a great time in the UK !!

Anonymous said...

oh Margaret, I so adore your BBD pumpkin blossom finish, this is one designs that'd I have been searching for for a while, just love the colours, and the finish you have done is beautiful
enjoy your stay in the UK with your family, I hope the weather stays ok for you, it's really cold here in Scoltand

Anonymous said...

ton sac et tous tes petits animaux et poupées sont superbes quel beau travail
bravo et toutes mes félicitations

Patricia Lessell said...

Margaret so sorry I missed this post. The things on it are just beautiful. I love the SAL you did with Roberta and Angela and the dolls are just gorgeous. I hope you are having a nice holiday.
Lots of Love
Patti xxx

Brigitte said...

Oh my, another post with so many beautiful things. The BBD needlebook looks absolutely great and I'd say your first try at cartonnage finishing was a full success. So far I have never tried myself on it but I'd like to. Just need to find a tutorial.
The bag with the matching kitty needle keeper is wonderful, and so is the doll. I just admire your creativity and your skills.

reinaknitsbythefire said...

Margaret I love your stitching and your blog. Beautiful work and finishing.

Hope your visit was wonderful and that yiu found yarn and stash to bring home from the Uk.

Hugz~reina~las vegas

Anonymous said...

Love your needlebook and bag! Enjoy your week end

rachie said...

hello from France ! ;o)

I m a new french cross stitch designer and I would like to present my patterns ;o)

see you soon on my blog 123 citrouille


MysteryKnitter said...

Beautiful stitching once again!