Birthday bunny..

Just thought you might like to see the Tilda bunnies that I made. The first was for a first birthday present and the second was for the ‘Send a little Love’ swap that I took part in recently. The pattern is easy to follow and the bunnies were completed in 3-4 hours.

 

I was also very pleased with myself as I finally found out how to use my sewing machine’s embroidery function – which speeded up some of the little details around the hems of the clothing.

Here are the finished bunnies.

 

I think they look quite cute – so was happy to give them away!

Happy stitching everyone!

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Catching up on the canvas work..

It seems like a very long time since I have put any work into my canvas work piece – so this weekend, as I was a little house bound due to having slipped a disc in my back, I decided to try and finish the ladies blue coat. After a lot of indecision I finally decided to use encroaching triple cross stitch – as this would lay quite flat against the horse shape.

I was so pleased with my progress (just hope I won’t be asked to unpick it when I go back to the RSN) that I decided to make a start on the horses head. Here is a look at my progress at the end of the day.

I finally feel as if I am getting somewhere with this piece – but I don’t want to speak too soon.

Hope that you have had an equally productive day stitching….. xxx

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SAL 10- Fish face!

Not a lot of progress on my little fish I am afraid as I decided to take part in another swap. I had told myself that after Christmas I was going to focus on my own sewing – but I could not resist the ‘Send a Little Love’ swap – it was such fun last year.

I have managed to finish the long and short stitch over the entire fishes body, highlight the eye and add a little seed bead – but that is as far as it goes. I promise to do better next time!

Here are the before and after pictures – a little game of spot the difference.

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You might prefer to look at a shot of my winter sweet in flower in the garden – despite the cold weather!

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Thank you for popping in. Happy stitching and I hope to see you all in another 3 weeks.
We are a small group of crafters using a variety of different techniques. Please check out the fabulous stitching by all the other members of the SAL. If you are interested in joining us you can contact Avis for details.

And a very big welcome to Carmela and Jocelyn who are joining us  – look forward to getting to know you and seeing your projects progress.
Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, Debbierose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny, Carmela, Jocelyn.

 

 

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All good things come in little packages!

I have been trawling through Pinterest looking for little projects to sew and found a lovely pincushion design by Heidi Staples. It is a larger cushion with a pocket front for sewing accessories. I ordered her, ‘Sew Organised for the Busy Girl’  book, but was too impatient to wait for it’s arrival – so had a go at making something similar.

I started by cutting 9 squares (just over an inch square) and sewed them together. I then bordered these on all four sides with 4 strips of  complimentary material (I did the two sides first and then put larger strips across the top and bottom of the squares). After placing some interfacing behind I quilted across the block in simple straight lines.

A lining piece was sewn to the back of my rectangle and then I cut two larger rectangles to form the main body of the pincushion – I can’t quite remember the dimensions that I used – sorry!

The front pocket was then layered on top of one of the larger rectangles with right sides facing uppermost. A lace trim was placed along the top and the other large rectangle was placed over all of this with right side facing downwards.

I then sewed around all the edges leaving a gap at the bottom to turn everything in the right way, stuffed the pillow before sewing up the gap.

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It is a little rough around the edges, but I do quite like it. The book arrived after I had completed the project but there are still a number of projects that I would like to try.

 

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Sew…what did my swap partner send me?

I know that Christmas is over, but I thought you might like to see what my swap partner, Dawn of Positive Dawn, sent to me for the ‘Twelve Days of Christmas’ swap. The swap was organised by Tracy of Mad about Bags and the idea was to create 12 gifts that could be opened, 1 day at a time, for each of the 12 days after Christmas. Dawn made many of her gifts which included a tote bag large enough to fit the dog in! A button box for all my sewing threads, a coin purse, a little pouch made from the cutest Dalmatian themed material, and a quilted Christmas table runner.

My favourite gift was a little pin cushion with a lovely sheep design on the front – which as you can see, has been in permanent use ever since.

My collie, Pip, wasn’t left out as he received two new collars and a matching lead. Doesn’t he look smart?

I was also sent….. some lovely local chocolate, a notepad and pen (always useful), a lovely new decoration for my tree and some sewing notions (thread cutters and snippers).

It was great fun having something to open each day – even more so when you know how much effort has gone into each gift. A big thank you to Dawn for taking so much trouble to make my Christmas special and to Tracy for organising the swap. I will certainly look out for this swap again next year.

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Sal 9 – Making a start on something fishy!

Feeling those January blues at the moment – but did manage some progress on my little stumpwork fish project by the Bluebird Embroidery Company. As with the Christmas baubles kit, this one also starts by preparing a felt padding which (this time) is then stuffed to create a base for the needlework.

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The eye and the gill of the fish are then made by sewing a few very small stab stitches before sewing up the tail end. The next step was to embroider the body of the fish on the calico using long and short stitch. I managed to get about three quarters of the way through this – so here is my final progress…

Thank you for popping in. Happy stitching and I hope to see you all in another 3 weeks.

A big welcome to our new members Mary Margaret, Renee and Jenny. I hope you enjoy being part of our expanding group. Look forward to seeing you projects.

We are a small group of crafters using a variety of different techniques. Please check out the fabulous stitching by all the other members of the SAL. If you are interested in joining us you can contact Avis for details.
Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, LucyAnn, Kate, Jess, Sue, Constanze, DebbieRose, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Helen, Steph, Linda, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Catherine, Connie, Clare, Mary Margaret, Renee, Jenny

 

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12 Days of Christmas swap

I love an excuse to sew for somebody and the ’12 days of Christmas swap’, hosted by Tracy of Mad about Bags was such fun to put together. The idea of the swap was to make 12 gifts to open, 1 at a time, on the days between Christmas and the arrival of the three kings at Epiphany, on the 6th of January.

As all gifts have been received I think I should be fairly safe to reveal what I had made. It was a mammoth task! We were provided with a montage of ideas from our swap partner – and my partners was quite eclectic so I tried to theme the gifts. First a Christmas theme…

For this I made a small tote bag and matching pouch with a robin motif (as her hashtag is patchwork robin), a red work Christmas heart and finally a phone case with a whippet on the front as my partner loves whippets! She was also a great Harry potter fan – so second theme….

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….a Harry Potter wee braw bag and pin cushion as well as a crochet hook following the HP theme. Finally I thought I would just make a few general objects and sewing notions..

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So I made a pocket pouch and crochet hook case, three thread holders and two notion bags. Here is the final package….

DSC_0446Once finished, everything was wrapped and sent off. I chose to wrap simply but add a small decoration to the front of each gift.

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Now I just have to wait to see if my partner enjoys opening each of the packages!

I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and here’s wishing you all a wonderful New Year – with lots of new projects to get busy on! xxx

 

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