Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Gail Pan Patterns: May Link Up

Hello, today is the next link up for the Gail Pan Patterns Sew-a-long hosted by Martina at Sunshine Quilting.



My project for May is this cute little free stitchery pattern which Gail first showed on her blog page in 2012 when she was Aurifil's April designer of the month.



As I completed most of the embroidery while I was away from home, I decided that it would be easiest to use just one variegated thread to stitch the whole design.  This meant I could just take one skein of thread rather than carry a number of different colours.



The thread I used was a hand dyed fine silk by Stef Francis.



I added a border made of scraps of Tilda fabrics and turned the embroidery into a mug rug. I added some cute little buttons on the border for fun!



Why not visit Martina's blog to see what everyone else has made this month?

42 comments:

  1. Hi Christine! It is so beautiful in those soft colors! Just loove it! And thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog!
    Happy stitching, hugs Martina

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    1. Thank you Martina! I enjoyed making it! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  2. Liebe Christine,
    welch eine schöne Stickarbeit. Die Umrandung passt gut zum Mug Rug. Fast zu schade zum Benutzen.
    LG
    Monika

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    1. Thank you Monika! I don't know if I will use it, it will probably just be a little decoration!! :) x

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  3. Liebe Christine,
    das sieht ja hübsch aus! Du hast tolles Garn und schöne Stoffe gewählt!
    LG Anke

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    1. Thank you Anke! I love the Tilda fabrics and the silk thread is lovely to sew with! Have a lovely week! :) x

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  4. I like your Maotive. It's look so nice!

    Greetings Marion

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    1. Hello Marion! Thank you! I am so glad that you like it! :) x

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  5. That is adorable! And I know I have that pattern somewhere. I didn't get anything stitched this month.

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    1. Thank you Sunny! Some months are busy like that.... I wasn't sure I was going to get it finished but the long weekend helped! :) x

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  6. Hello Christine, beautiful stitching and the border fabric complements the embroidered piece perfectly.

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    1. Thank you Marly! I was pleased with how it looks! Hope you are having a lovely week! :) x

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    1. Thank you Janet.... I love mug rugs and this was such a cute little embroidery to use! :) x

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  8. Oh as nice the small embroidery picture has become, so softly and, nevertheless, vividly, the pretty materials for the frame give what the quite special to the picture.
    Affectionately yours Uta

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    1. Thank you Uta! I had a lot of fun making this mug rug.... the stitchery was nice a straight forward and I just finished it off with some fabric scraps! :) x

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  9. What a sweet little project! The variegated thread was a perfect choice and the wee pieces of your special fabric just sets it off perfectly.

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    1. Thank you Mary Anne! I love that silk thread, it glides through the fabric like a knife through butter! :) x

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  10. Hi Christine. Your mug rug is so pretty.

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    1. Thank you Christine! It was really fun to make! Hope you are having a good week! :) x

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  11. This mug rug is just too pretty to use, lovely design.. Am going to have a look at Martina's link

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    1. Thank you Sheryl! I don't use my mug rugs.... they are just little decorative items to have around the place.... makes it feel like home! :) x

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  12. Hi Christine! Nice to pop by and see what you are up to. As ever, it's gorgeous. That has to be the cutest mug rug ever! It's so charming and I love the thread you used - it works a treat! x

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    1. Thank you Emmajane! I love mug rugs.... I can add this one to my collection! Hope you have lots of lovely stitching projects to work on! :) x

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  13. Liebe Christine,
    das ist ja eine wunderbare Arbeit geworden. Ich staune, dass Du das Stickereistück schon vor dem Sticken mit den umliegenden Stoffen umnäht hast. Ich mache es immer anders herum: erst Sticken und dann Nähen. Aber vermutlich ist das egal. Du hast ein wundervolles Garn ausgewählt und das Ergebnis ist einfach zauberhaft! Man muss es benutzen. Oder hast Du eine Aufhängung angebracht?
    Liebe Grüße
    Valomea

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    1. Thank you Valomea! I have sent you a message to answer your question... I hope that google translate gave me an accurate translation of the question! :) x

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  14. How lovely is the variegated thread and great idea so you only take one skein! Especially love the birdie Tilda fabric - that blue makes your mug rug shine. So sweet with the little buttons too. Perfect. Bet no mug will ever be allowed to touch it tho'. ! heehee...

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    1. Thank you! I love that bird fabric too. These are the last remaining scraps that I have of it. I made some curtains for my eldest daughter's bedroom out of it and they looked lovely. When we moved they were left behind! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

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  15. Very pretty Christine. Love that you have made it into a mug rug. I am going to have to stitch up this little stitchery. Thank you. xx

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    1. Hello Amanda! Thank you! You just can't have too many mug rugs can you!! Love all your beautiful patterns! :) x

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  16. So pretty Christine , I love the threads you used , it really looks beautiful . I think I have this pattern somewhere too , must have a look .

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    1. Thank you Sheila! I love the silk threads they are beautiful to work with. The link to Gail's blog will take you to the pattern if you can't find it! :) x

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  17. I love how the variegated thread turned out! And with Tilda fabrics, you just can't go wrong. ;) Very pretty mug rug.

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    1. Thank you Linda! As you know, Tilda fabrics are my very favourite and the silk thread is lovely to work with. :) x

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  18. that's just adorable! I love the variegated thread you used for the embroidery, it's such a great effect.

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    1. Thank you Wendy! I love the hand-dyed silk threads, they are never the same twice and are really fun to work with! :) x

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  19. that's way too beautiful to ever possibly spill tea or coffee on!

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    1. Don't worry Lyn! I don't think it will ever see a cup on it! Have a lovely weekend! :) x

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  20. Hi Christine,wow I love this and love your choice of thread as well xx

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    1. Thank you Shez! I am really pleased with my little mug rug! :) x

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  21. Dear Christine,
    I love your mug rug. It looks like a warm and cozy summer rainy day. The thread is beautiful, too. Do you know if it is colourfast?

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    1. Thank you Christiane! I think the thread is colourfast but I don't think I have actually washed anything I have used it on, so can't say for certain. :) x

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