Yes it's time for the annual Hallowe'en Trick or Treat Blog Hop, as organised by Jo from Serendipitous Stitching
Now the plan goes like this. You post a picture of something spooky that you have stitched, you post your letter, and then you post the link to the next blog in the list. Visitors follow the blogs in order, collecting the letters and finally finishing up back at Jo's with the complete spooky word or phrase and a chance to win a prize.
Well the thing with plans is, they don't always go according to, well, plan.
I've had some computer problems lately. In the true spirit of Hallowe'en Dr David is trying to resurect my dead hard drive. I'd like to say he is working in a dank and creepy basement, but we don't have one! He has managed to retrieve my word documents (My writing. It lives! It lives!), but so far none of my pictures, so I've had to resort to going onto the interwebs and re-downloading something I'd previously uploaded to my Folksy shop. It's not cross-stitched, but it is stitched.
I hope you're still with me here, this is turning into a novel! Anyway, without further ado, your letter is:-
Now, hop on your broomsticks and head for Crafty Weasel (what a wonderful name for a blog!), and your next letter
I've been cutting things up again.
First to feel the wrath of my blade (yep, I've been reading WAY too many fantasy novels) was a big pile of worn out denims.
Naomi came in the other day and said "You know those jeans I gave you that were too tight, well I've lost weight and I think they'd fit now"
Too late babe, they're a handbag...
Pattern from Indygo Junction here, outer bag from old denims (including one slightly undersized pair of size 8 skinnies, thanks Naomi), lining and pockets from a vintage pillowcase, handles from U Handbag.
I love how this has come out and I can see several variations in the future.
After that I decided to slice up some paper, this is my own design, though not, of course, my own words.
I love that song. Hard to get it to show in the picture but the little diamonds (which were a swine to cut!) are infilled with silver metallic paper and the whole thing is backed with holographic blue card.
To mark her milestone 500th follower Jo, from Serendipitous Stitching has organised a Friendship Blog Hop to celebrate the friendships we have found through blogging, where we are each allocated another blogger to whom we should dedicate our post.
My allocated blogger is Pat who blogs at The Southpaw Stitcher
Pat's blog tagline reads "I love it all: embroidery, canvas work, quilting, crochet. So much to do and so little time" and a look through her blog shows that not only does she love many needle related techniques but she does beautiful work in all of them.
I decided this piece, designed by The Victoria Sampler, with its wide variety of needlework techniques, including Hardanger, ribbon embroidery and Bargello work, and its "special friends" sentiment, would be ideal for this post, tying in with both Pat's love of all needlework and Jo's theme of friendship.
So Pat (and Jo) this one's for you ;)
Hot on the heels of the June Monthly challenge I have now finished July's. This is Cardinal Heart from Kissy Cross (chart here), although I tweaked mine to make it a Robin Heart.
A bit of an experimental finish, I cut it out about 1/4" away from the stitching, glued it down onto the fabric tag, leaving the edges free, did a quick running stitch around the outside, and frayed it back a bit to the glue/running stitch.
The "tag" is a furnishing fabric swatch from that well known British store where we all buy our underwear. It's "Bowen Chenille" in red if you're interested.
I'm just wondering if it needs a little ribbon bow under the heart. What do you think?
I've been having another bit of a play with paper cutting as well. This one is from a purchased template (from Stacey Sansom - here). It didn't quite fit the frame I had so I've had to improvise a bit but I quite like it.
So, I finally finished my June Challenge for the Needlecraft Haven Monthly Ornament Challenge (yes, I do know it's September).
The chart is from Luli, and can be found here. I moved the text across a bit on mine to make the design a little more circular so it would fit in the lid of this gold satin box (part of my Advent Exchange parcel from Becs last year). Fabric is Sparklies "Autumn Glow", which matches the satin beautifully, threads are just what I had lying around.
For a long time I've been admiring all the lovely crochet covered pebbles I've been seeing around the interwebs. Sadly crochet is something I've never quite been able to grasp, I can do a granny square, or simple things like the notorious Mollie Makes apple cosy (here), but I know my limitations and lacy stuff is beyond me, so here is my take on the crochet pebble cover.
A tiny vintage doily stretched and stitched around a varnished pebble. I'm really pleased with how it came out, and may have to make some more.
Here it is in its new home in my collection of beachy treasures, or as David calls it when he walks into it, or knocks something over and breaks one of the glass tanks the sea glass is in (which happens with depressingly monotonous regularity), my pile of old junk.