Saturday, May 23, 2009

Hardanger and other stitching stuff

I have been stitching this hardanger bellpull for a while. I give hardanger lessons on a part time basis, so this is going to be a sample for my hardanger class. Here is the WIP. The charted piece was stitched on dark fabric and thread. I changed the fabric to a lighter cream Colmar 25ct and use DMC 801 & 435 perle 8 cotton for the threads. I tend to change the pattern also as I stitch along so this could end up very different from what is being charted.

The BBD needlebook is finally completed. I love Barb's instructions on finishing this needlebook, you will see more needlebooks soon. This is the first sewing accessory with the 2009 Loose Feather pattern. Next, I will be stitching the pincushion, the accessory that comes with Loose Feather #36.

My DS wanted a cross stitch coaster. I stitched part of "Luck" on vinyl using DMC 4050 and 319. I should had used a different color for the letter L, it got blended in with the clovers. You can find this freebie here.

Look at this cute Quaker pin cube. I saw this cube on Mylene's blog and could not resist stitching it. It's a Quaker. The pin cube was a mini SAL hosted by Stitch-Creations.

Gillie was my partner for the Summer Exchange on the wXSw Group. She stitched for me a lovely biscornu in my favourite color. Look at the goodies she sent me! Thank you, Gillie, for a lovely exchange.

I had completed my two free sewing lessons with Brother when I bought the sewing machine. I learned to handle the machine and the various functions, hope to use the machine for finishing jobs in the future.
I pick up patchwork recently and enjoy the many quilters' blogs I found. I had added Vicky's button on my blog, she has free BOM on her blog. Enjoy her blog and check out the BOM, they are gorgeous.

Carol R is having a giveaway with a twist, check out her blog for details.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate all the comments.
Take care and happy stitching till the next update!



Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A Couple of Small Finishes

Frogs had been visiting me lately. I frogged out a few motifs on my Quaker wips and decided to put them aside for a while. I had been working on small projects for the last week and had a couple of finishes to show.

I stitched the needlebook from BBD Loose Feather #35. Stitching was done but I have yet to finish it into a needlebook, take a peek.

I used DMC colors on some 28ct linen in my stash. I enjoyed stitching this piece, quick and fun.

I visit Mylene's blog very often. Recently, she stitched a mini SAL "Love Grows" by Oakhaven Designs (OHD). The design is so pretty, she enabled me to join the same SAL. I signed up to join the group and here is my finished piece in my favourite autumn colors. I am not sure yet how I am going to finish it, probably a pinkeep. It was stitched on 32ct Belfast and measured about 4.5" x 4".

I bought some hand-dyed fabrics from Joan of Sapphire Stitching some time ago. The fabrics come in 8" x 8" cut, good for stitching ornaments. Joan normally dyes Aida fabrics, mine was a special order in 28ct evenweave. I tried a monochrome design on this fabric and it turned out great. I love it.

This design is titled "L'ange a la flute" by Mounette. I used DMC 3857.

Now, I can go back to my Quaker samplers and monthly goals. Hope to have some progress to show soon. I am going for my free sewing lesson today, bought the Brother Sewing Machine a couple of weeks ago. More updates later.

Edgar is celebrating his 2nd blogoversary soon. He is having a secret giveaway, please visit his blog for more details.

There is another giveaway by Stephanie, she is enjoying her 10,000 visitors hit. Please visit her blog to sign up.

Thank you for your visits and comments. Happy Stitching till the next update!