Monday, March 30, 2020

MORE FELT LETTERS

When I did felt letters for the girls at Christmas I followed it up with a letter for Jan as she felt missed out! She also commented it would be nice to have the other letters to make up her name and be able to have them hanging above her desk. It was her birthday this week so I stitched the A and the N  with grey bunnies for her, they are all made from the same shade of felt even though these later photos look different.
 I hope everyone is staying sake and well in these difficult times.being in shut down is not a problem here there is so much I want to get stitched. This afternoons project will be owls.




Monday, March 2, 2020

1 a MONTH CLUB MARCH


'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care,
In hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there;


This reference to Christmas stockings is from 1823  And was written by Clement Clarke Moore in his poem  The Night Before Christmas.
I don’t know if it was a Christmas stocking or sack but my earliest memory was my third Christmas and what ever was hanging on the back of one of the dining room chairs for me had a doll sticking out, I was fortunate it was before the war and I got a sleeping doll. Other memories are that there was always an orange in the bottom of the sack (pillow case) Do you have special memories of Christmases past ?


I had some Christmas fabric that said to me mini Christmas stockings, and I wanted a toy sticking out the top I tried some of the animals I had made for Caitlin and Ronan's tree  and loved the way the elephant's trunk hung over the edge of the stocking, so toy elephants it was.  The decorations on the stocking are very tiny jingle bells these are taken off Christmas earrings from the $2 shop.


 Meet latest love of my life thinks she should have all the attention……..meet Kaytu  5 months old, one of three kittens born to a stray cat under my house , the other two have since moved off and she has moved in. Originally name Katy the second after my big grey cat that we had for many years her name became K2 .. Kaytu. Like her namesake she loves being on ones lap and has a loud purr. I am enjoying having a cat again. To get my attention at the start, she was a little thief! First a skein of embroidery thread, that did not surprise me and the thread was rescued as needed for my Peppermint purple SAL , next I found a wooden embroidery frame outside on the back porch, and then  caught in the act of trying to take  small piece of linen from the stash basket she came back and took a piece of green silk fabric., which was later  rescued from the back garden.  Now she is happy to leave the stitching things to me and curl up on my lap and purr while I stitch.




Another joint project for Caitlin and I was making these felt Bunnies to share with the other members of the play group she and   Ronan go to, as part of  an activity letting the littlies feel different textures. ‘                                                                                 
Next up will be deciding what to make for the three littlies for Easter. I will keep you posted, off now to get some stitching time. 





Tuesday, February 11, 2020

THESE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS..........



I decide to do a valentine’s posting of some of the hearts I have stitched since I started blogging I have however there is , a problem as the photos wont stay were I want them, so I invite you to enjoy them as they are.



This blackwork heart has a pocket on the back to hold a pair of scissors, a favourite design i have stitched several times in different colours, some of the others are further down!!!!!! ( and wont come up as much as I try!)

The pulled thread heart on the needle book was stitched then added to the cross stitch background.  The little scissor fob hearts on the right are on hand died linen using raspberry tea bags. Different variations of these have been stitched over the years some with bullion stitch roses like the ones below below. 





This one is a Reticello stitched rose on a hardanger heart.



and here are the rebels that wont sit and stay were I want them , background stitching is black work


I have enjoyed stitching different blackwork designs over the years, it all started with a blackwork Owl way back in 1982 and today I am stitching Peppermint purple's blackwork SAL with Caitlin on Sunday afternoons. here is the first week completed.

Hope your week is going well with lots of stitching time.

Monday, February 3, 2020

1 a MONTH CLUB -FEBRUARY

This month's decoration is a heart, it could be hung up and enjoyed for Valentines Day then put away till Christmas or given as a Valentine gift to a friend. One I know is going to be given away attached to a wedding present.

I have been able to get some extra stitching done during January and have a couple of months decoration already done.

February start with a guild work day,  the project for the day was felt letters, Caitlin and I worked together on one for Ronan,I had stitched the Winnie the Pooh ready  and so she managed to finish her letter on the day,


and this one is Heather's work in progress I expect we will have several finished and on the show and tell table at the guild meeting later in the month.


Thanks to Rhona's sharing on her blog Tangled Threads I learnt about Peppermint Purples free blackwork SAL and yes I have started almost caught up the first month in two nights stitching. no photo yet but will share later, Now several of the guild members who saw my stitching at the work day have joined too.

Lots of stitching planned for this month, however this morning the weeds in the garden call.









Sunday, January 12, 2020

1 A MONTH ....JANUARY



I have launched the “1   a Month Club”  and the first   decoration is a mouse holding a Christmas wreath, here are five of them all lined up ready for collection . They were fun to stitch and I love how they all are  a little different in their expressions.












The “1 a month club” is limited to five friends who  are prepared to buy a Christmas decoration each month for ten months, this fund raiser is instead of my doing a stall at the church fair, and allowing me to make decorations  that are not so cost limiting. As before the funds raised will go to St Andrews Church.
I have no shortage of ideas I want to create, so for me this will be a real fun project and keeping it to just five it will not feel like doing a mass produced production line. ( The five will occasionally be 6  when I want one for myself) There will possible be a basket of small decorations for sale later in the year, and I have just received another packet of Christmas buttons from Desley in Australia  to give inspiration.                                                          Thank you Desley  for you generous gift.

Caitlin and I plan to have Sunday afternoon as stitching time together and first up will be a new set of needlework accessories  on a woodland theme  and not limiting the techniques we will use. I need to share as much as I can with her while I still can, Now 22 years old, she first started stitching with me at the age of 5 and has continued to stitch over the years with her main love being blackwork embroidery time to branch out !. Not sure if I can manage weekly updates on our progress but will try.


Monday, January 6, 2020

HAPPY BIRTHDAY EVE

Eve my littlest grand daughter is 1 year old,  her birthday gift was the bird book I shared a while back

and last week I made a special card the number and bunny can be removed from the card as I know little hands like to have things to hold.


Still taking things quietly so that means plenty of stitching time back in a few days to share the launch of the One a Month Club.




 I am unable to reply to the comment as the email link does not work but here is the information
the Bird house is a Noialand design her patterns are for sale and are great to follow here is the link 
https://www.etsy.com/listing/599140200/bird-house-activity-book-soft-book   she has other delightful activity books too.

Monday, December 30, 2019

CATCHING UP

I did not get to send Christmas Greetings on my blog, an unexpected trip to hospital put a stop to that, home now and feeling quite ok again. Hope everyone’s Christmas was truly blessed.
 Last gifts to show you are the Winnie the Pooh mobile made for little Ronan, who is too young to enjoy opening gifts but loved the paper and the noise it makes.

and the Counting caterpillar for Finn




and for  Jan and the older grand daughters....  I made the ones for the girls first and when
Jan saw them she wanted one too..... I think I would like to make one for myself as well.


As I have mentioned before my new fund raising idea for 2020 is a "One a month Club" The first set of decorations are all complete, waiting for photos to be taken I will be back in the new year to share them with you.

To all My best wishes for the coming year, 

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS COLLECTION



Yesterday I put all the decorations that Caitlin and I had made for our "Child's Christmas Collection"  on my little tree. Thrilled with the result, this year it will stay here for Christmas as Ronan is far too little to know what Christmas trees are all about, but after that it will  belong to Caitlin  and Ronan as a set that he will be able to put on a tree. Need to add one more to make the set the planned 18, as I have rejected one that looked out of place with the rest of the set, so think the last one will be a penguin. Some of these have been inspired by what we found on pinterest others are my own designs, all have been fun to make 

Do I have a favourite ?      Do you ?

Monday, December 2, 2019

NUTCRACKERS

Shown here is the work in progress for some Christmas decorations, to me these were limited edition, as I only planned to make four. The Nutcrackers was inspired by some needle felted ones I saw on Pinterest,  mine however are made with craft felt and once completed with their hats on are 5 inches tall.
To keep their shape they are made over a  cardboard shape that has wadding sandwiched inside, also a large bead glue on to this to make the nose shape. Fiona found me a feather boa in the $2 shop so I have more than enough white feathers, buttons are metal paper studs from the scrap booking collection and a collection of braids I had been given had just what was needed.
Each took on their own character as they were put together, which added to the fun.
I made them for Fiona, Maree and myself (the Wednesday stitching group) and the fourth one as my gift for the Embroidery Guild Christmas party exchange of gifts. It was also testing out an idea I had for next year.


My fund Raising idea for next year is  One a month club, limited to five members who each agree to buy one decoration a month  for ten months, I had no problem signing up 5 people and also no problem finding ideas. By the time I stitch one first to work out the finer details of the design its six to make each time and that' s enjoyable (or so I think) I will share on my blog and on Instagram each month,  the new decoration.
Eve's stocking is all finished, once I had competed the front Maree stitched it together for me, I no longer have a sewing machine and its only very occasionally that I miss it. 

After the arrival of the new felt supplies I made the mobile for Eve, when they were visiting at the end of October I had some ideas of what I would like to make and left the final selection to Jackie as what she would like for her daughter,and  a bright coloured owl on the moon with pink and silver starsit was to be. Any movement and the stars made with the glitter felt really sparkle.


Caitlin stitched with me yesterday and we added more animals to her tree collection, at this stage we have 11 completed, three more started and hope to have 20 by Christmas time. Caitlin stitched the little deer and I made the bird and the lion.

To finish here is an idea for a Festive desert, I made it for the guild Christmas party no cooking needed... 2 packets of mini cream puffs, some chocolate leaves, easy and fun to do in advance, white icing piped to hold all on place and a few fresh berries to finish.

Am off to do a little Blog hopping and catch up on everyone's news.

Thursday, November 21, 2019

ON THE TREE

Last Saturday was church fair and I used my small tree to display the Christmas decorations, did not get a photo as when it was all set up the light was wrong, however the stall was a great success and I exceeded my target by a further $100.
Yesterday while the tree was still empty I put Caitlin’s decoration on my small tree and are thrilled how great the simple colour theme looks against the dark green of the tree.


The new ones I have stitched are the mouse and the bunny both of these are my designs, missing is the owl that is still in Caitlin's sewing bag from last months guild meeting!I think we need a few more and maybe this year they all might be on my tree as Ronan is too tiny to even know what Christmas trees are..

I have started work on Eve's Christmas stocking, have cut out all the pieces and laid them out ready to start stitching, I prefer to buttonhole stitch round all the pieces before stitching them onto the background. The background fabric is the same as I used for Finn's stocking.


A trip to The felt factory is planned for Friday, and I have lots of new ideas to be stitched,  specially for next year' s... One a Month Club. but more on this later.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS

The suggestion was made of a Christmas decoration each for Caitlin and Ronan ( her little son) so they could build up a collection for when Ronan was old enough to be interested in putting decorations on the Christmas tree. I don't know if I would be still stitching for enough Christmases to make it a worth while collection, after all Ronan is only a few months old and I am 82 years. 
Change of plans, Caitlin and I decided on a theme we are calling it "' A Child's Christmas" and it is inspired by decorations found on Pinterest by a Dutch designer  Atelier Wilma Creatief   These are mainly animals  with the colour scheme of caramel and white  means they could be used on other occasions,  and we would stitch them together for every one Caitlin makes I will add two! and maybe by this Christmas there will be a nice collection ready for the future.

First one stitched was the bear...This was made by Caitlin with a little help from me we enjoy stitching together so fun to be working on the same project.. Its my bear pattern with wings as seen on the Dutch decorations.
I then stitched the Turtle  as seen on Pinterest just loved his smile.
Next I adapted my little fox to add to the collection.  
The next group of decorations we stitched were-

An Owl stitched by Caitlin and I added an elephant and a giraffe 
I will continue to share with you as the collection grows off now to decide what I will stitch next.