Saturday, July 9, 2011


Mamen of Spain is hosting another HAL. This time it is a mystery table mat, so there is no picture of the finished design. Here is a picture of my part 1. I am currently working on part 2, the design is progressing beautifully.

Fabric: 32ct cream Belfast
Thread: DMC perle 8 & 12 #315 n 316

Mamen is one talented lady. Her design won first place placement in the annual award 2011 hosted by Nordic Needle. You can visit her blog and her shop to see her beautiful hardanger designs.

I finally completed the stitching for this pincushion. This was the second project from Mamen's last HAL. I intend to do a box finish for this project.

I won a blog giveaway from Cathy L. Look at all the goodies that she sent me, I just love them, especially the Beehive needle minder. Thank you, Cathy, for these wonderful gifts. I am looking forward to stitching Dutch Strawberries.

Have you seen the "Stitch An Inch" designs by Donna of By The Bay Needleart? I love them and ordered myself the Summer Pack 1 with the pendants. There are six designs with one bonus chart - the mermaid. Donna has directions on her Etsy Shop on how to finish these one-inch designs.

Here is a closeup of the pendant!

I have two small finishes to share - the limited edition of Lizzie Kate's Winter scissors fob and Shepherd Bush's My Heart.

I love the stitching but tend to procrastinate when it comes to finishing. These two smalls will go into my box to be finished one day, hopefully not too long in the future.

I have a new obsession, miniature sewing machines. I love them and start a new collection.

This one has a drawer with threads, buttons and scissors inside.

A porcelain one to join the collection!

I am still working faithfully on Susan, will post pictures soon. Thank you for visiting and commenting. I love comments, they are greatly appreciated!

I am celebrating my 3rd blogoversary soon and will be hosting my first giveaway, so please come back to join the fun.

Take care and happy stitching!



Sally said...

Lovely new start and a gorgeous hardanger finish. Lovely cross stitch finishes. Especially love the SB one.

Congratulations on your win and I love your new stash!

Oooh those miniature sewing machines are adorable!

Carol said...

Oh, your little sewing machine collection is darling, Ellen! And such cute finishes. I now try to finish my smalls right away--I used to throw them in a drawer and somehow they never got finished :)

Wonderful goodies from Cathy--enjoy!

Lillie said...

Wow! what a lucky win. Gorgeous indeed. Both finishes are lovely.

I am going go-go-ga-ga over your miniature sewing machines, LOL There are not easy to find, I have a few pieces and non are as impressive as yours.

Kathy Ellen said...

Your stitching is all beautiful...especially love the hardanger piece. You have done some wonderful finishes, and I love your darling little sewing machines!

Great giveaway gifts for you too! Such fun, isn't it? Congratulations!

Siobhán said...

Congratulations on your finishes! They are wonderful! I love your hardanger. I wish I had stuck with doing a bit more of it--it is so pretty.

Congratulations on the win--nice stuff!

Deb said...

Wonderful start and I just love your haradanger. Congratulations on your win and I just love, love, love your little sewing machines.

Solstitches said...

What a lovely post this is Ellen just full of eye candy.
You're already making great progress with the hardanger SAL and your finished pillow is beautiful.
Lovely things in your stash win package. I've stitched Dutch Strawberries which is such a lovely design.
I've never seen those miniature sewing machines. How cute. I love them!