Wednesday, April 27, 2016

EDGING A FOB.


Kim asked how do I use part of a zipper to edge my fob shown back on some of my previous my posts........ I found many different ways on the Internet but this is the method I am using, so Kim here are some photos that might explain

First I run a tacking stitch along the fabric close to the zip teeth, this will ease the fabric later making it lie neater on the inside, I cut most of the fabric off, I have seen one example on the internet where they cut right back against the teeth... I think having a small amount of fabric makes it easier to handle.

I have a circle of felt to which I stitch the zipper, a course zipper is easier to stitch on and I stitch between each of the teeth where the two ends meet is the ideal place to add the cord hanger. My cross stitch design has been mounted ready on a small circle of cardboard, Stitching this onto the felt, I can place it in the centre or to one side if I prefer.


Back with a slightly smaller circle of cardboard  so it sits inside the zipper then sew a circle of felt on the back
This one was edged with a finer zip and I found it hard to see where I had stitched, I did not stitch between all the zipper teeth just spaced my stitches evenly.

Hope this is of use to some one ... have fun.



Tuesday, April 5, 2016

FLOWERS FOR JAN

Little treasures from my garden............stitched for Jan 2016

some time since I posted progress on the flowers I have been stitching for Jan, last time was August,  Jan's request has been to have the little flowers I stitch that remind her so much of her Grandmother my mother,
Here is the bottom pocket, the stitching of it was full of happy memories for me each of the different flowers had their own story, some because of remembering in my childhood the waiting for a flower bud like the snowdrop to appear each year, there were only a couple of bulbs but they were very precious., others because like dianthus Mary in the centre was my own design charted from my drawing and first stitched with a flower of the arm of my chair for inspiration. 
This is the front of the needle book and here below are the pieces layer out ready for putting together. In total I managed to include 15 different flowers, there were a few more I thought of but did not use as I did not find the right spot to put them in.


Inside the needle book is the quote.....
The stitcher with needle 'n thread,  She plies the art of making beauty for the heart.

Blue is Jan's favourite colour, the blue silk that is the inside of the hussif came from Annette in America and is just perfect. Because the outer fabric is very blue I have changed the blue tones of the harebells which are on most of the accessories tucked in the pockets. I have also used several tiny bees and lady birds charms these and the lovely butterfly charm by the floss ring are Susan Clarke charms from America I love them and. know of two shops here in NZ who stock them.

 
The outer fabric could be forget-me-nots  certainly makes me think of Chatham Island Forget-me-nots that my mother grew years ago in our garden way down south. Jan's birthday was a special mile stone,  her 50th and the hussif has now been delivered  to her. I'm still stitching harebells as I want to share them with a friend.

 Thank you to all who left a comment about my latest Scissor fob. the challenge now to find the next idea possibly mount it differently and have it ready in a months time




Monday, April 4, 2016

A FOB FOR APRIL'S CHALLENGE

April is here and come in here with true April Showers, makes good weather to be inside and stitch, I have continued my woodland theme and my latest fob is an acorn shape with a little squirrel on it. We don't have squirrels here in New Zealand, not sure why as several birds and some animals were imported by the early pioneers. this one is from a chart found on Pinterest but no source given only clue the wording was French.  as it is Autumn here the acorns are dropping must collect some specially the caps as I have an idea for a project.
This is just a short post I will be back in a couple of days to share photos of the main project I have been working on and now finished and given away

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

HEARTS AND EGGS

March is going fast and I have not kept you up to date with what is happening here,  First to share with you these beautiful tatted hearts a gift from Carollyn of Carollyn's tatting blog here is a link to her blog the photo does not do justice to the perfect and so even little knots, how I admire this work my own attempts some years ago were a disaster. Thank you Carollyn  I do love my little hearts.

I have made some more Easter eggs for my tree  seen here as work in progress, I will share my main stitching effort in my next post as I have yet to sort out the photos.
Meanwhile this is my tree this year, think it needs a few more eggs and that will be my effort for next year.
 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

CHALLENGE FOB FOR MARCH

 A new month and another challenge piece, my scissor fob for this month has a tiny grey rabbit on it, I can not give any credit for the design source as I first stitched this design many years ago and no longer have the chart, stitching it this time I copier from the piece I had previously stitched.
Again this time I have mounted it using part of a zip round the edge, more silver jewellery findings make up the decoration, I really must go back to the bead shop and explore what else in available to use in this way.
With Easter being at the end of this month I am planning to add a few more Easter egg decorations to what I made last year for my small tree. Here is the first one another chart I have had in my collection for a long time and was reminded of it when I saw it on Pinterest recently .
Thank you to all who visited my blog postings recently and left comments sorry no replies still trying to catch up after being away. specially the battle with the weeds in the garden
Back in a few days to share what I am stitching and I hope more eggs.

Sunday, February 21, 2016

MORE DRESSING UP

  Enjoying a few days of dressing up of a different kind I am in Napier with my sister Joan and Denis her husband to enjoy some of the events during Napier 's Art Deco Festival. So far on the first day we went to the movies , to see "Flying Down to Rio" with Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  Then out to dinner with friends in the evening.
Next day we took the rail car shuttle to the neighbouring city of Hastings, turning back the clock again the rail car we travelled on was 73 years old. At Hastings we did a guided walk of historical buildings before travelling back again


Here is the three of us in our finery.

The fun is that everyone dresses up and so you see a great number of 1930'S outfits where ever you go. Evening we went into town to picnic and see the show at the sound shell
Yesterday following a quiet day at home and yes I did do some stitching, we went out for dinner .... The Alfresco Munch at the Hawkes Bay Club where we dinned at tables under umbrellas on the lawn, my outfit was one Maree had created specially for me for this event.

Monday, February 15, 2016

THE QUEEN OF HEARTS

 Annie's recent comment that I should be called "The Queen of Hearts" after all the hearts I had stitched over the years... well turn back the clock to 1941 and here is the Queen of Hearts


My special dance in the Ballet Recital that year was in the Nursery Rhyme sequence. I remember we came through a large book at the back of the stage and yes I was the queen of hearts. Mother had baked Jam tarts and then glued them into a patty tray so they would not move when I danced. After my dance the policeman back stage asked if he could have one of my tarts. I told him they were stuck in but he took out his pen knife and removed one and ate it...... later I panicked that because of the glue I had poisoned a policeman, however he must have lived on as I was never had up for murder.

The rather sad heart in the top corner is from my dress the only one left.

Happy Valentine Day to you all
From the Queen of Hearts.







Thursday, February 11, 2016

THE HEARTS

I wanted  this years hearts to be filled with lavender I had the idea of a butterfly with his wings not stitched down and some flowers, shopping in town I found this butterfly it was perfect but there was only one. The heart is blue felt covered with net and net on the back enclosing the lavender.  This one has gone to  friend as a t"hank you" for all the encouragement she gives to me.


There are five of us in Stitching friends group  so I needed four hearts, These were also lavender filled and as three of the four have now arrived ( the last person must be away at the moment) I feel I can show them to you. and as this posting will be a little photo heavy I will let the photos speak for themselves. Wish I had time to make more and share them with you all



Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Hearts

Over the years I have created and stitch  many small hearts...... these ones were stitched one year to share with Stitching Friends Group, in this case the linen was dyed with Raspberry tea to give it the pretty pink shade and the stitching was pulled thread work. Looking on Pinterest for inspiration before Christmas I found the lovely work of Paulette on her  Beedeebabee's  Blog  see here  a visit to the Bead Hold Shop, yes we now have a bead shop here in Stratford which is just great when collecting bits and pieces to add to designs. This time I came away with a selection of silver findings that looked like small flowers, and of course more beads. The hearts were made on white felt covered with lace and edged with pearls, having been given a large amount of pearls on thread left over from wedding decorations using these was quicker than sewing each bead on round the edge. Have enlarged the photo so you can see the details.
These were petite hearts  about and inch and a half across. For my next effort a larger heart was the project and I wanted the heart to be something useful,  I posted out five last week, four  to Stitching Friends members and one to another friend, now I wait till they arrive so I can share them with you.
We have had a long weekend holiday here in New Zealand so I guess mail is slower this week. One has arrived but it would spoil the fun to share  that with you before the rest....... so all I can say is watch this space.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

A NEW MONTH BEGINS.....

First up is my challenge piece for February, I had not thought of including a fox in my woodland theme till this little chap caught my attention on Pinterest, I also found the chart and all the different ways other people had used this design, he certainly was popular. Quick to stitch I have now stitched him a couple of times and made them up as scissor fobs, the other
one has already gone to a new home and this one................ well I will possible share him with someone later meanwhile I am enjoying his company.
Yes I have given in and started stitching Snow flower diaries SAL and the first one is a fox...expect to see it posted soon, was inspired on when I have saw the finished piece stitched by several blogging friends.  My start was delayed till I had finished some special pieces I was working on last month, they will now go in the mail and I will be able to share them with you later in the month.
Yesterday I packed away all the sewing bits from the last projects that had cluttered round my chair and on the coffee table, now with a clear working space, new month am off to make new stitching plans,

Time flies, but memories collected along the way can never be replaced.
Ashley Tisdale


Tuesday, January 19, 2016

NEW CHALLENGES.........




I have set myself a new challenge for 2016. My stitching list is as usual quite long so I wanted something that I could stitch to take a break and would be completed quickly, a couple of nights at the most, so fun without encroaching on my main stitching time. I have set myself the challenge of stitching one scissor fob  a month , for these I have chosen the theme woodland creatures,  and my first one is the fantail and no  walk in the bush is ever complete with   out the company of a  friendly little  Piwakawaka the fantail . this tiny Fantail design comes from my friend Ann's needle roll she designed for a workshop at the Coromandel Guild Retreat in 2011 I did not do her workshop as I was teaching the other workshop at the same time but did stitch it later as a birthday gift for Annette of California Stitcher's blog.

My visit to the Christmas Shop last year added two little fantail birds to my bird collection for my little tree, and the Christmas decorations have been packed away and the birds are now on the tree, think I need a few more to improve the display, here are the new additions, the fantails.


Another challenge came from Caitlin, she has just been staying with me for two weeks having  chosen to be here rather than going off to the South Island with the family in the motor home. the past year study has not left her much stitching time so we agreed on a stitching project that was her choice and with a deadline of January guild meeting.  No surprise that her choice of technique was black work, the project a 15 piece biscornu.  Caitlin will not make the deadline so for her it has now been extended to the end of the month, I have finished mine and here it is stitched on 35 count Permin linen stitching over three threads with one strand of D M C 904.


What next.... well there are always the larger projects that must get done however I like Snowflower Diaries SAL  and may give in to temptation! Is anyone else stitching it?Check it out here

Thank you for all your encouraging comments, yes I do visit your blogs too and this year I will try and be better at leaving comments and replying to comments on my blog and oh as well blogging more often........... not new year resolutions just hopefully good intentions. Ileave you with this thought.


Do more of what makes your heart sing, your eyes sparkle and your soul soar’ Rebecca Fox.




Monday, January 11, 2016

FOUR SEASONS

Now that Christmas is over, parcels opened I can share with you what I stitched for a Christmas gift for Annette of California Stitcher's blog   This cube pincushion has a floral wreath for each of the four seasons going round its sides,  lots of enjoyment in both the planning and the stitching would like to make another one when time permits.

Caitlin is staying with me at present for a couple of weeks and we have set ourselves a stitching challenge, I hope to be back next week reporting our progress, next tuesday is guild meeting and we need to have our challenge finished to go on the show and tell table that evening.

 Happy stitching everyone.