Saturday, 2 December 2017

Come said the Wind

Hello everyone,
" Come said the wind"  and although a cold dark day, we took heed and donned our coats and boots and headed for the countryside in persuit of some autumn delights, leaves, berries, holly and the elusive mistletoe, all imperative to decorating for Christmas.

This embroidered needlebook was started years ago.

but only just finished last week, surely to be gifted this Christmas.

I made a little crochet acorn scissor fob - yes, it is meant to be an acorn, following Sharon Ojala´s tutorial but as I didn´t have the right thread colours on hand, perhaps, although fun to make, it is not very convincing.

Thank you for visiting. Be sure to visit the online Advent Calendar hosted by Jo at Serendipitous Stitching.  My day is the 19th. Until next week.


Monday, 20 November 2017

More crochet

Hello Blogger buddies,

Hunting through the linen cupboard as I sometimes do, I came upon a little crochet mat that I don´t think I have included in this online journal of my needlework.

I made this years and years ago when I grew interested in learning crochet and made quite a few doilies and similar until they proliferated in the house and my enthusiasm swung to making crochet edgings for sheets and pillowcases.

I had a hunt through my old needlework magazines incase I could find the pattern and give a reference for this easy beginners pattern, but I had no luck.

Having read that DMC had released new floss colours, I popped off to my nearest needlework shop to investigate and although I didn´t buy any of the new colours, the young lady generously gave me the companioning embroidery booklet containing exclusive pattern charts from international designers, and also some little cross stitch patterns and the empty tin. All very useful, thank you Daiser.

Must get some Christmas stitching done.  Until next week.


Friday, 27 October 2017

Irish Flower Bookmarks

Hello Blogger friends and visitors,

Due to continuous television coverage of the political crisis here in Spain at the moment and a couple of doctors appointments, I have managed to do quite a lot of sewing this week and I hope that Heather at Stitching Lotus won´t mind my checking in for the October Smalls SAL with some crochet work instead of embroidery.

I found these Irish Flower Bookmarks by Annie Potter on the Internet and just had to buy the pattern.  It is an easy one which includes five different designs although I made my three bookmarks the same.

As my bus would get me to a hospital appointment much too early, I took along my hook and threads to while away the wait and crochet the tiny flowers, only to discover that clever sticks here had forgotten her glasses and therefore had to struggle, inclusively with a nonchalant aire, to complete the task.

 The little flowers were done with DMC embroidery floss and I added a little bead for each centre.

I´m going to keep one for myself and save the other two for gifts. Now to see what everyone else has been doing for their Smalls.  Happy stitching.

 Until next week.

This week I´m figured as Blogger of the Week on Jo´s blog.  Thank you Jo.


Thursday, 19 October 2017

Claudia´s book

Hello everyone,

I was visiting my daughter in Madrid last week when over 100 wildfires were intentionally lit in northern Spain and strong winds caused the smoke and dust to cover the province of Asturias where I live.  The population were advised to stay indoors if possible, so I stayed a few extra days with my daughter and took photos of a fabric book I made for my granddaughter Claudia years ago.

I included various embroidery stitches for each letter of the alphabet and added a few little patterns found on the Internet

There are obviously quite a few pages, so I won´t include them all here.

I had fun making this little book and now wish I had included more fancy stitches.

I finished each page with a blanket stitch surround and added beads for interest.

My granddaughter isn´t very interested in sewing at the moment and I was surprised to learn that needlework isn´t learnt  at her school  anymore.  Thank goodness for mums and grandmothers.

I hope to catch up on my blog visits this week as I am way behind.  Until next week, happy stitching

Friday, 29 September 2017

Smalls SAL - September

Hi Everyone,
Today I´m joining Heather at the Stitching Lotus for this month´s Smalls SAL check-in.  Nothing that I have been working on this month has met with my approval for some reason or another so I´m showing here a piece of summer stitching done during my blogging break.  One day I unenthusiastically explored the Dreaded UFO Drawer and decided to completely finish an abandoned scissor fob project.

The design is a well known one, the Rhodes Butterfly by The Sweetheart Tree.  I made the biscornu years ago and liked it so much that I kept it for myself  (seen here) and forgot about the gift it was intended to be but then I lost interest in finishing the matching scissor fob because although I think they are so very decorative, I don´t find them practical.

I completed the stitching but not without some difficulty and certainly not as the design indicates since I couldn´t find the original pattern and had to base the remaining  stitching on what had already been started.

However, I´m pleased to have got this little UFO out of the drawer and finished although I may change the tassel and cording as I don´t particularly like the dark green thread chosen by yours faithfully, sigh.

Until next time,

Thursday, 7 September 2017

The Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade 2017

Hello everyone,

Today I am joining Ida at My Sister Made Me Do It to join in the fun with this year´s pincushion parade.  Lots of interesting pincushions to be seen by the different participants and prizes to be won.

As I took part in the two previous parades, most of my collection has already been seen and I don´t have very many anyway, however I made the Mr Minion pincushion a few weeks back for my seven year old grandson who was here visiting and as he certainly doesn´t need a pincushion, he used Mr Minion´s upright arm to store his wristbands.

The pattern and very clear instructions can be found here.

I have three favourite pincushions, one a simple design and finished with lots of mother of pearl buttons which I showed on my blog last week, another rather different redwork triangle which I stuffed with rice and is nice and weighty and another embroidered design by Danybrod which I only grew to like when I had finished the embellishing.

The next two pincushions are from last year´s parade.  The May Flowers pincushion, a free pattern from Needle Knowledge found here, and my little hedgehog.

 Two hardanger patterns by Mabel Figworthy and sewn into ornaments always seem to get used as pincushions as they hang in different bedrooms.

I don´t think I have anymore to add to my parade only maybe a photo of the worst sewing addy  which I made a couple of years ago and really hate, so less said about it the better.

If you would like to show your own pincushions and join in the parade, just link up, you have until the 16th, see you there.

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