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Bread bag – finished

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I finished this project a few weeks before Christmas but I couldn’t post about it because the recipient follows my blog! 🙂 I used this tutorial from L’atelier de Gladys (I’m afraid it’s in French, for some reason, English speakers don’t seem to make too many bags for baguettes! 🙂 ). The fabric is a linen/cotton mix, I love the sort of vintage feel to it. I already showed you the embroidery I made to embellish the bag. I trimmed the patches of embroidery with some lace rick rack (if that’s what you call it).

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It fits up to six baguettes, and it’s useful because the bread dries slower than if it’s just left out in the open. The bag now has pride of place in my mother-in-law’s kitchen. It always makes me happy when I see someone else using (and enjoying!) something I’ve made!

Giveaway Day! Win stuff!

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THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW OVER. PLEASE GO TO THIS POST TO FIND OUT WHO IS THE WINNER!

It’s Sew Mama Sew’s give-away day again – their 13th and my fourth! This time, I’m giving away one of my handmade lavender sachets to one lucky reader. If you don’t win, you can buy one on my Etsy store! 🙂

I’ll ship internationally so everyone can enter. Just leave me a comment telling me your favourite flower is and I’ll pick a random winner from the comments on Friday evening.

THIS IS REALLY IMPORTANT: Make sure you leave an email or a link to a blog so I can contact you if you are the winner! If you don’t, you can’t win! The competition is open from today until Friday at 5pm PST (midnight GMT). Good luck, and don’t forget to check out all the other great giveaways!

WIP: Embroidery for a bread bag

I know I shouldn’t mention the “C” word before Hallowe’en is over, but I’m making a start on Christmas presents. From experience, I know if I don’t start now, they’ll never be finished on time! At the moment, I’m working on a bread bag – it’s something you have in a lot of French houses, hung up in a kitchen, to store baguettes in. I loved the folk flowers embroidery on a tote bag by Nana Company (the tutorial is here on eHow), so I decided to use that as decoration:

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I also embroidered “Sac à pain” with stem stitch in green thread:

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The fabric is a very light blue linen, which I’ll cut and sew onto a grey linen/cotton fabric, which has a lovely “vintage” feel. I hope to have it finished in the next week, I’ll keep you all updated!

Lavender sachets

Here in the south of France, lavender grows really well. In early June, we went on holidays to the Verdon, and here is a picture of me in front of one of the many fields of lavender on the Plateau de Valensole:

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We have several plants in the garden here at home too, and this year I harvested the flowers once they started to fade. I dried them, and decided to make some lavender sachets to use up the flowers.

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I hand embroider the lavender motif onto squares of cotton fabric and stuff them with some dried lavender flowers and polystuffing. They smell wonderful!

I went a bit crazy, and made enough for my linen closets, as well as for gifts, and I still have some left over, so I decided to sell them in my brand spanking new Etsy shop! Feel free to head on over there if you’d also like some of the lavender goodness! 🙂

Alice’s Garden Embroidery

First off, let me apologise for the radio silence on my blog! I’ve been busy with work and holidays, but I promise I’m back! 🙂

I’m still on an embroidery “kick”, and I decided to complete Little Dorrit’s “Alice’s Garden” embroidery pattern, which was shared on Sew mama sew last year.

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I really enjoyed this pattern, I learned lots of new stitches (I LOVE stem stitch!) and it looks so pretty!

I’m going to incorporate the embroidery into a cushion, I’ll keep you all posted on my progress!

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.

 

 

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?