Sunday, 12 September 2021

Since the last post.....

Since my last post there has been a lot happening.  Firstly, I did manage to add a few more stitches to my latest embroidery project which I showed you last time and, is a beautiful template called 'Trio of Alliums' designed by Anne Brooke of H-anne-Made.

However, mainly I have been packing up at one house.....

and saying goodbye there..... 

Then moving to another where I have been busy unpacking.....

The last of our boxes will arrive later on this coming week but I have managed to get my new sewing room quite well organised and I even managed to sew a couple of little tote bags for my two granddaughters who now only live half an hour away.

It has been so lovely to be able to see them and the tote bags were a big success with them!  They were made using a pattern by Vicki Elle.

Have a lovely weekend and until next time..... 😊 xx

Saturday, 7 August 2021

Stitching progress....

As always seems to be the case, it has been busy here but, in the quiet times between the busyness, I have been enjoying watching some of the events from the Tokyo Olympics as well as adding a few stitches to my latest embroidery project. 

After finishing the embroidery kit designed by Anne Brooke of H-anne-Made which I showed you in my last post, I started another of her template designs called  'Trio of Alliums'

As suggested by Anne, I started with some of the plant fronds in the background and stitched them using a fly stitch in a pale green cotton embroidery floss.

Then I stitched the flower stems using a darker green cotton embroidery floss and a stem stitch.

Now I have started work on the flower heads.  I stitched the dark purple pistil stitch petals first and then added more pistil stitches in a variegated thread.  Both of these threads were cotton perlé (8).

I added some french knots into the centre of the flower heads using the same threads and, I am looking forward to getting the flower heads finished and then adding a variety of stitches to the background over the coming week.

Hope you are all enjoying a lovely weekend..... until next time 😊

Saturday, 24 July 2021

Finally a creative finish!

It has been another while since my last post and, it as been a busy period of time.  We have just returned from a visit to the UK.  This was primarily to visit relatives (my father-in-law is in his nineties and suffering from Parkinson's Disease and we hadn't seen him for over 18 months) and was quite complicated with all the restrictions still in place at the time.  

We started off by quarantining with our son for a week.  Within the week we had to have four PCR covid tests.  One before leaving and three while there.  It did give us the opportunity to see our two little granddaughters (pictured above) which was lovely.  We then travelled to stay with my father-in-law and it was lovely to see him after such a long time and nice to be able to give him some much needed help.

During the travelling and visiting I worked on an embroidered piece that I started back in May. It is a lovely kit that was designed by Anne Brooke of H-anne-Made.

After we had visited my father-in-law we travelled to stay with my eldest daughter from where we were able to visit my mother who is on her own since the sad passing of my father in April. I continued to work on the embroidery while I was there too.

We were also able to arrange for my father's ashes to be interred while I was there. I was glad to have been able to be present.

Our return journey involved more covid testing and a very long drive across France from the UK to Switzerland.  We started at off at 6.00 am (UK time) and arrived at home at 8.30 pm (Swiss time).  Over thirteen hours (with stops) of driving time.  This gave me the opportunity to finish off the beautiful embroidery project.

This week as well as completing a mountain of washing and ironing from our trip, I have tidied up the back of the hoop and hung it on the wall.  I am very pleased with it!

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! 😊 xx

Saturday, 29 May 2021

Still struggling to recapture my creativity.....

Hello! I has been a while again since I last posted but I have had very little to share as I haven't been very creative recently.  I have had a particularly difficult time over the last 12 months and I am really struggling to recapture my creativity.  So I decided to treat myself to some new projects which I am hoping will rekindle my creative juices.

A beautiful abstract coastal embroidery kit designed by Alison of Alison Whateley Designs.

A pretty little PDF pattern designed by Julie from Tigley Textiles.

A lovely kit designed by Anne of H-anne-MADE.

A fun little hand embroidery project (PDF) designed by Beth of Beth Colletti Art & Design.

And finally a new book of embroidery stitches to look through.  This wonderful book by Sharon Boggon.

Hopefully they will provide me with the inspiration that I am looking for!!  Now to go and get started!! 

Saturday, 3 April 2021

The last projects of March....

I can hardly believe that we have come to the end of March this week! The weather here has really started to warm up although it does appear that we may have snow on Monday!!!

My first finish this week was a small embroidery project.  This was a pre-printed template designed and drawn by Anne Brooke of H-anne-Made which I stitched.  It was a lovely little project and I really enjoyed stitching it.

When the embroidery was finished I thought it would be nice to bind the wooden hoop with yarn as a finishing touch.

I always like how the bound wooden hoops look.  The yarn just gives it that extra element of texture.

When that was finished it was back to bunnies! This time in the form of Easter cards.  They were a lot of fun to make and, I am hoping that they will be nice to receive too!!

That just gave me time to decorate a little for the Easter Weekend.  I found a wall hanging that I stitched some years ago to hang.....

My newly created bunnies (which I showed you last time) were put on the kitchen window sill with some little lamb candles.

Then I picked some pretty daffodils and Spring greenery to put in a vase on the coffee table.

Hope you all have a lovely Easter Weekend and until next time....

Saturday, 27 March 2021

In the sewing room this week.....

This week I was sorting through my sewing room and found a little embroidery that I made some little while ago.  It was one that I drew and then stitched myself.  It was hanging on display but I wasn't totally happy with the look of it, so I decided that it needed an uplift.

I decided that it might look better if the wooden hoop it was displayed in was covered.  I found some self-adhesive fabric tape which I had in a drawer amongst my sewing things.

I wrapped the tape around the hoop and I really liked the addition.  It seems to bring the embroidery to life.

Next I added a couple more bunnies to my collection.  These next two bunnies were the larger size from the pattern designed by Jenny Paddon.

Then I decided I needed to add a medium-sized one to my little growing family and I adjusted the pattern and made this one.

I now have five little bunnies and I love them! Here they all are in a little family group!!

Hope you all have a lovely weekend and until next time.... 

Saturday, 20 March 2021

Quite a productive week....

I have had quite a busy and creative week this week.  My first make was another card.  This one was a 'Thank You' card and what better way to say thank you than with a bunch of flowers.  I had a lot of fun making this one.

I also made another framed card as I had a second spare wooden frame and another space to fill on the wall on our landing.  So I made another little framed picture to hang as a compliment to the one I made previously and which I wrote about in my last post.

This one was of some flowers in a vase and I am pleased with how they both look on the landing.

Then I made some hanging tabs for a quilt that I actually made in 2019 but had not got round to hanging.  

I managed to find some fabric remnants which matched the binding and which were the perfect size to make the tabs.

The pattern is called 'All Aboard Wall Quilt' and is from Lynette Anderson's book 'Nautical Quilts'.

It is really nice to finally be able to hang this quilt as it is one I really enjoy looking at!!

Next I found a pattern I bought in 2017 and decided that it was time to make some of the adorable little bunnies it is a pattern for!  The pattern is designed by Jenny Paddon of The Makers Studio.

So far I have made two of the smaller size of bunny but I think a larger one may be next!!

Well, that's my week to date hope you have all found some creative projects to keep you busy!

Thank you for visiting and until next time 😊