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samedi 22 avril 2017

FNSI and some beautiful post

Yesterday was our monthly get together with Wendy for some sewing fun - you can see what everyone was doing here.
I spent my evening working on the next section of embroidery on my Scheepjes CAL shawl. Lots more colour to add but the basics are there.

But the postman calling was the best bit of my day yesterday when he brought me this package.

It is a couple of years since I have taken part in a swap - I was badly bitten last time so have been steering clear. But one of the Facebook groups that I belong to arranged a needle book swap and I thought that I would dip my toe in the water again. And I am so glad that I did as just look at what was in my parcel!

Isn't it gorgeous!
Just look at the detail in the embroidery.

The embroidered panel is aprox 3" square. And inside were these gorgeous flower head pins.

Owl is feeling very special with his own coordinated pins.

Oh yes and there are four little pockets inside for stashing needles and stuff.

Unfortunately my swap partner Carol does not have a blog but I am very pleased to have met up with her through Facebook and thank her very much for my beautiful needle book.

This is what I sent to Carol.

I based it on an old one that I have in my collection.

Well that is all for today, I am off to enjoy the sunshine - we have not seen a cloud for days! Have a great weekend - I shall be back next week with a blogaversary.

mercredi 19 avril 2017

CTTY and a Scheepjes update

April is here, well nearly over actually! and it is time to link up with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches for Christmas Through the Year. I do hope you will join in and share any gifts that you are making as we all need some inspiration and it is good to see what others are doing. Anthea is showing a very pretty bookmark that she has made.

Sadly Anthea, despite my best intentions and scheduling it in to my stitching journal, I have very little to share. But I will share what I have.

This little stitchery is a Gail Pan design from her book Patchwork Loves Embroidery and is destined to decorate a little Dorothy bag - hopefully you will see the finished bag next month!

I am using a pretty Cottage Garden thread for the embroidery.


A quick update on my Scheepjes CAL. I have completed week 4 and have been working on the crochet for the centre panel of the shawl. I am now ready to start decorating again.

We came home from our week away to find our Wisteria flowering and looking it's best ever!

However, there has been no rain and we have none forecast for the time being so the garden is very dry. Fortunately a friend took pity on my pots and popped in a couple times to give them a drink. But we are enjoying the beautiful sunny days which are giving us a chance to tidy up the garden.

This coming Friday is FNSI hosted by Wendy - if you fancy joining us for a virtual sew-in then pop over to Wendy's blog here to sign up and join in the fun. I hope to see you there.

vendredi 14 avril 2017

A busy week

We have been in the UK for a week now visiting family and friends. The weather has been surprisingly good and kind to us so we have had a few interesting days out.

On Tuesday we visited amongst other places Clevedon where the Marine Lake/Tidal Pool has recently been renovated. Lovely to see it all looking clean and in use again. The pool is washed by the sea on high tides. There were plenty of brave swimmers about when we visited, although they all seem to be congregating in the far corner of this picture.

There is a great view of Clevedon Pier from the lake.

We spent a day in Sidmouth shopping and visiting family and then went on to Lyme Regis where the evening sun gave this great view of the town from the Cobb.

The youngest member of the family insisted on taking us to Wooky Hole. The caves were first opened up to the public in 1927 and this year new tunnels mean that another large cavern has been opened to the public. It features this beautiful and unusual stone formation and is the only place in the world where this particular formation is found underground.

This little dragon found his way in there too!

The Witch of Wooky Hole is a large stalagmite vaguely resembling a witches face. Supposedly the witch was turned to stone by a monk from nearby Glastonbury. We passed the Wooky Hole cave aged cheddar maturing on our way through the caves.

Following the cave tour which takes about 40 minutes the rest of the site is a theme park with various exhibitions, dinosaurs, mirror maze, penny arcade etc. Lots of references to Witches too and a 4D film show which was great fun.

We have also visited Knightshayes, a National Trust property. The house is Gothic Revival, built in 1869, and has been restored to it's original design by the NT.

I loved the house - there are some gorgeous ceilings, lots of wood panelling, an incredible amount of canvas work seat covers and pictures. Lots to see. But the gardens are stunning. We followed the Easter Egg route through the woodland garden which was full of spring colour.

The organic kitchen garden has been restored too. It is walled with turrets in the corners. It is also on a slope.

Thank you for making it through this picture heavy post - I hope you have enjoyed seeing my pictures.

Happy Easter - I hope you have a great weekend.

lundi 3 avril 2017

A small finish

This lovely Liberty tissue case has lived in my handbag for more years than I care to remember!

And, as you can see, the corners are now very much the worse for wear! So I decided that it was time for me to make a new one. If you follow me on IG you will have seen work in progress on this piece of embroidery.

I thought you might be interested to see where the design comes from and how I transfered it to my piece of fabric.
I have a few of these 'rubbing blocks' which I bought some years ago from Art Van Go. Some of the designs are not to my taste but this particular block has been well worth the purchase.

 Tricky to photograph as it reflects but you should get the idea. It is about 6" square.

I stuck the block to my work surface with some blu tack and then sellotaped my fabric over it.

I then used one of my Markal oil sticks to make a rubbing.

I chose a pretty pearly pink which would glint through my stitching and anywhere else it happened to catch.

The fabric needs to be left for 24 hours and then is ironed, covered with a piece of baking parchment, with a hot iron. The oil is now set and you can get on with your embroidery. I used mainly chain stitch variations with some fly and feather stitches too.

And here is my finished tissue case.

I worked this piece of embroidery for a small bag some years ago using the same method.

Linking up with Super Mom No Cape and her Stitchery Link Party.

Now what are these doing flowering so early - they should not be in flower until May!

Have a great week everyone.

vendredi 31 mars 2017

Something different - Hygge!

A few weeks ago I read on Radka's blog  about this CAL that she was joining in with. Well I too thought that it looked beautiful and before I knew it the kit had been ordered!
I was in the UK last weekend where my kit was delivered and I was eager to get going - it is so long since I did any crochet.

First of all here is my kit - all beautifully packaged.

There are several different colourways - I chose Juwel.

With some spare time while away I was able to get started so here is my progress so far.

Week 1 - lots of bobbles using all the different colours.

Week 2 - all double crochet with the addition of chain and cross stitch patterns.

Week 3 - more chain stitch and a row of hearts.

There are 14 weeks of instructions in all and I am a couple of weeks behind so plenty of time to catch up.

The word 'Hygge' is a Danish word. Roughly translated it means cosiness but not just in the sense of being warm!

'In Danish, hygge is pronounced “HUE-gah”. Though there are many ways to describe hygge, we see it simply as the Danish ritual of enjoying life's simple pleasures. Friends. Family. Graciousness.'
You can find out more about the Scheepjes CAL 2017 here and meanwhile I wish you a happy weekend with plenty of hygge!

mardi 28 mars 2017

EPP Tuesday Catch Up

Linking up again with Anthea at Hibiscus Stitches for EPP Tuesday - thank you Anthea for organising the link.

About 18 months ago I wrote this post for EPP Tuesday about some UFO EPP that I had in a folder. I had no idea why I had started it or what it was for but decided to finish it. So I ended up with this piece of EPP. It is just under 12" in diameter.

So then it went into the cupboard and got forgotten about again until recently when I decided that I needed a case for my embroidery hoops. While trying to decide how to make the case I remembered my piece of EPP and it seemed like a good oportunity to make use of it. Fortunately I have plenty more of the  golden orange fabric and used that to make my case with the EPP appliqued on.

So here is the finished case - it's basically just a 'cushion cover' with a zip across the back.

My centre points were not quite as acurate as they could have been so I added a little button covered in the same gold/orange fabric and am pleased that I did as it makes a nice feature

I have to say that I had no idea that I had so many embroidery hoops!

Here they all are safely tucked away in their new case.

Until next time.