Sunday, 29 November 2015

This Week I 'Ave Been Mostly...

(insert your favourite "Fast Show" joke here)

I discovered a lovely folded fabric ornament on Cathy's blog (Crafty Cat)
The original tutorial is by Crouton Crackerjacks and can be found on You Tube here.
I have to say I didn't find it as easy as he makes it look. He sewed 2 fabric circles together, turned it out, gave it a little poky with a chopstick and got a perfect circle.
Yeah, right. I got an irregular polygon...
Still it came out OK in the end I think.

The sparkly bit in the middle was originally a decoration on a fancily wrapped bar of soap I got last Christmas.
The bulk of my sewing adventures have been quilt related though. Following on from the Kantha Quilt I made for Nim, I decided to make another for us. This one uses the blue and red coloured squares from a Moda Layer Cake called Beach House and will live in the conservatory with all my other beachy bits and pieces.

Look out for future projects using the leftover green, aqua and pinky squares

Sunday, 22 November 2015

At Last! Some Stitching!

Yay! I finally did some stitching. This little Holly Girl is part of a design from a French cross stitch magazine (De Fil en Aiguille - Nov/Dec 08 issue), that I acquired from Sally (Thanks Sally). There are loads of lovely designs in it so expect to see more soon. I stitched it using orphan threads from my "I am never going to stitch that hideous cover kit but the threads might come in handy" bag and made it up into an ornament with a gold ric rac edging which is a bit sparklier than it looks in the picture

And another view of Prague, this one drawn with Derwent  pastel pencils on black Murano pastel paper

Sunday, 15 November 2015

A Holiday and Gifted Gorgeousness - November Edit

Gifted Gorgeousness is a SAL organised by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching. On the fifteenth of each month we post about something craft and gift related.
Sally very kindly gifted me this lovely LHN chart "Potted Poinsettia"

I was hoping to have it finished and re-gift the chart in this post but that didn't happen. Stitching time was curtailed this month by a mini-break to Prague. If you've never been I recommend it, it's a beautiful city. Here are a few pictures.

And finally in other craft news, I made another Pinterest inspired felt ornament. This one is supposed to be a Nativity

I believe there may be a special level of hell reserved for those of us who succeed in making the infant Jesus look like some kind of elaborate sea slug.

Sunday, 8 November 2015

A Little Progress

Still not what you'd exactly call a blanket, but a little bit closer to one:-

I've finished a Christmas Ornament too, but it's for an exchange so I can't show it yet

Thursday, 15 October 2015

The Most Tenuous Gifted Gorgeousness Yet

It's Gifted Gorgeousness day, the day where we show our gift related projects in the SAL organised by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching
I've not a lot to show this month, but I have been playing with felt to make this little chap, who was inspired by some lovely little fat felt robins I saw on Pinterest. Anyway, some of the felt I used I won in a Facebook Giveaway from Felted Fancies (great site by the way), so it's kind of a gifted gorgeousness make.

I bought myself a little gadget the other day for attaching snap fasteners (because I'd made myself a shirt and I'm rubbish at buttonholes), and I just loved the brand name. 
I think you will too.

Sunday, 11 October 2015

An Ornament Finish

Here is my finish for the Monthly Ornament Challenge at Needlecraft Haven.

We are not going to mention that it is June's Monthly Ornament Challenge.
The design is from The Primitive Hare here, stitched with orphan bits of thread and linen, and finished as a flat ornament with some lime green pompoms along the bottom, because, after all, there is nothing in that cannot be improved by the addition of lime green pompoms.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

September's Gifted Gorgeousness

It's Gifted Gorgeousness Day SAL, the day when we show something we have recieved, made as or made from a gift. As explained much better on Jo's Blog. Here is my September offerering.
A little Happy Sushi purse, all ready for Naomi to take off to Uni.
And a crochet blanket... NOT all ready to take off to Uni
Oh well, maybe it'll be finished by Christmas.

Just for fun I thought I'd share September's page from my kitchen calendar. It features vintage advertising images, and while some of them are lovely, others have not stood the test of time as well and are frankly quite bizarre. Like this one, which clearly illustrates a psychopathic older sister, force feeding her little brother a delicious bowl of Cornflakes and Strychnine.