Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Seasonal Stitching

One of the projects from a previous Stitching On The Lake day was this cute little Santa stitchery . . .

Originally designed to be appliqued on to a star decoration, I decided to mix things up a bit.

I've made a little wallet. It could be used for lots of things - like stitching supplies or gift cards. . . this one will be a gift, filled with a variety of sachets of delicious tasting teas - hopefully a perfect gift for the recipient who has everything.

This project was satisfying for me on a few levels, aside from the pleasure of the actual stitching . . . completing a project that's just been waiting to be done, using supplies from my stash and also getting a head start on Christmas gifts. I'm enjoying the feeling of being just a little bit ahead of the game (for now) . . .

Pattern: Sylvia's Stitched Santa Star Decoration
Designer: Sylvia Frazer
Publication: http://sylviastitch.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

A Pair of Pears

I really did enjoy stitching the cute little alphabet sampler . . . so much so, that I just had to chart up and stitch a numbers sampler to match!

I've used another variegated thread, this time a Cosmo "Seasons" thread. I really love the brown, blue, green combination of this one.

And the felted woven wool is just a pleasure to work with. If you haven't worked with this before, and you get the chance, you really should - it's quick and easy . . . and it looks great. In fact, I think it looks so good, you could easily make up a batch of these pears in just the wool, front and back.

Filled with the silica sand, these pears are nice and heavy. Great for pincushions or paperweights. Or just looking pretty!

Pattern: Pear Alphabet Sampler
Designer: Samplers and Santas
Publication: http://samplers-and-santas.blogspot.com.au/
Fabric: 27 count linen, overdyed, Four Ewes Hand dyed felted woven wool
Thread: Cosmo "Seasons" 8050

Friday, 13 April 2012

What A Pear

As soon as I saw the sample of this on the Samplers and Santas blog I knew that I wanted to stitch it.

And now I have.

And I love it!

I haven't used traditional pear colours, but I can live with that. It's only little - about 5 1/2" to the top of the stalk. But it's got a bit of substance to it from the silica sand filling.

This project's got all the elements I'm loving at the moment . .


Cross stitch.

Variegated thread.

Felted woven wool.

Heavy pincushion.

Now all it's missing is a mate . . . a numbers sampler pear-haps???

Pattern: Pear Alphabet Sampler
Designer: Samplers and Santas
Publication: http://samplers-and-santas.blogspot.com.au
Fabric: 27 count linen, overdyed, Four Ewes Hand dyed felted woven wool
Thread: Weeks Dye Works, Holiday Collection, 4105, Noel

Tuesday, 10 April 2012


Or is that hot...cross...buns? Well, there were some of those, too. But I've also taken advantage of the beautiful days over this Easter break to do a little cross stitching . . .

This trio of rabbits is perfect for a little lavender-filled satchet . . . a cute little chocolate substite for a diabetic. I've used some vintage ribbon and the lavender was grown and dried by a friend.

Pattern: Easter Bunnies
Designer: Alexandrina
Publication: http://matryoshkabiscornue.blogspot.com.au/
Fabric: 28 count Even Weave Linen
Thread: Anchor 1360
Size: 4 3/8" x 2 3/8"

And this is a colour combination I've been wanting to use for a while . . . nice rich buttercup thread on a french blue linen. I'm not sure quite what I want to do with this now that it's done, but I really like it. Not just the colours, but also the whimsical childhood feel that it has. I think I'll be working with this combination again.

Pattern: Pasqua
Designer: Luli
Publication: http://ioluli.blogspot.com.au/
Fabric: 32 count Belfast Linen, French Blue/Spruce
Thread: DMC 676
Size: 8 1/2" x 1 3/4"
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