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WIP: Summer Nights Stitch-Along, Week 2

Here is my second post about Little Dorrit & Co’s Summer Nights Stitch-Along. This week, I finished the embroidery. I decided to use a green-blue thread for the wings instead of black, I thought the black thread was too stark beside the other colours.

In this instalment, I learned how to do split stitches, satin stitch (I need to work on getting this neater!), lazy daisy stitch, and french knots. That’s a lot of learning! 🙂 It was a lot of fun to do.

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In the next instalment, we’ll be shown how to display the embroidery in a hoop. However, I think I will instead make it into a mini-quilt, as this will suit my son’s bedroom wall better.

 

 

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WIP: Summer Nights Stitch-Along, Week 1

I’ve never really done any embroidery, but it’s a craft I’ve always wanted to try. So when I saw this post on Sew Mama Sew about Little Dorrit & Co’s Summer Nights Stitch-Along, I decided to stitch-along!

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I had to go shopping for a small embroidery hoop, and while I was in my sewing shop, I spied a fat quarter of starry fabric for sale that I thought would suit the project. To mark the template, I used a Prym Aqua Trickmarker which I already had in my sewing box. So these bright blue lines will all disappear once I’ve finished!

This week, I practised running stitches, back stitches and long straight stitches. I’m familiar with all those stitches already so it’s a nice way to ease myself into embroidery!

Are any of you taking part in this stitch-along?

Chequebook cover

I don’t know about you, but I have a handbag like Mary Poppins! Everything I could possibly need when I’m out and about is in there. It’s all very convenient but I do find my cheque book gets all dog-earred and messy, which bothers me a wee bit. Solution? This very simple and cute chequebook cover!

Chequebook cover

I whipped it up in an hour, following the tutorial from Crazy Mom quilts: http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.fr/2008/09/gifts-to-create-for-christmas-08.html . It’s very easy to follow, but CrazyMom gives you some more involved alternatives if that’s what you’re interested in.

I used some Indian embroidered batik fabric, I like how the embroidery makes the project look more detailed and complex that it is! And now my chequebook is pretty and protected!

Chopstick Placemat

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In our house, I do the cooking, which I love. But I do enjoy the odd take away, and we’ve become sushi addicts since we found a nice sushi place that delivers. Of course, every delivery brings a lot of complementary chopsticks, which we don’t use (don’t judge me! I’m all thumbs! ). As a natural hoarder, I was loathe to throw them away so I searched for something I could do with them. I found this tutorial for chopstick placemats which I thought would be both useful and within my skill set!

I changed the instructions a little bit, 40 pairs of my chopsticks would make a ginormous placemat, I settled at 28 for an ideal size. Also, unlike the chopsticks used in the tutorial, mine were not all the same size, so mine has a rougher look to it. For backing material, I used some IKEA fabric (already used in a cushion I made last year). I need to clean off the mod podge stains, oops! I think the material is so nice, that the placemat could be used on both sides. What do you think?

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I’ll need to get a lot more sushi deliveries before I can make a set of four, but for the moment I can use this one as a hotpad and for serving tea to guests!

My 1st blogiversary! :)

Today I got a notification from WordPress that it is exactly one year since I registered as a WordPress blogger! Here is a selection of some things I have made or blogged about this year:

I’ve really enjoyed my year of blogging, I’ve made new friends, I’ve been inspired, and in particular, I’ve been pushed to do as much crafting as possible!

WIP – Grandmother’s Garden progress

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In the last few months, I’ve posted about my new hand-sewing project (here and here, if you are interested!). I’ve put the flowers I’ve made so far together, with a white hexie border, and some mini yellow flowers between the big flowers to cut the white space a bit. I think they brighten the quilt, don’t you?

I’m happy with how it looks so far, and maybe I’ve gone a bit crazy, but I’ve been having so much fun that I’ve decided to make it into a full king size quilt! 🙂

WIP: Grandmother’s garden, hexies so far

I spoke to you all a couple of weeks ago about my current hand-sewing project – a paper-pieced Grandmother’s Garden quilt. So far I have made five flowers. It’s so relaxing and much much less awkward than paper piecing friendship stars (no problems with points, and no holes in the centre!).

As far as I know, most grandmother’s garden flowers have just one “layer” of petals, but some have two and I quite like the possibilities that gives for playing with colours. Also, it makes the flowers bigger and means fewer are needed to finish a quilt!

I like my flowers so far but I will be also using warmer colours for a bit of balance, they are a bit “cold” in my eyes so far! Do you prefer “warm” or “cold” colours when crafting? Or does it matter at all?