The Nikki Trench Shell Crochet Scarf in the Palest Pink & Drying Herbs for the First Time.

When I was at my local yarn shop the other day I saw some lovely yarn that was perfect for Nikki Trench's shell scarf pattern. (Sublime) So I've started this as a small wrap/large scarf. Its a quick pattern to work and suits the yarn perfectly. Its a lovely summer project that I can take with me when I go out to my Mum's house or a picnic. The weather has been warm, both day and night and its been great having the doors and windows open.
I bought this embroidered bag a few years ago from Accessorize and always bring it out during the summer. Just how do they make this? I've looked really closely at it the work involved and it is definitely handmade and beautifully stitched. It would have taken me months to undertake this amount of detail. The photo doesn't really do it justice or the many layers that make up the overall design.
I have been doing a spot of embroidering myself on an antique cotton pillow case with a deep crocheted edging that I bought from a Vintage Fair for £1.00. I've been using the Daisychain ABCs Crewelwork Sampler Pattern by Posie: Rosie Little Things. I've seem a few of these made up and they do look absolutely gorgeous. The nicest one is the one that has been made into a cushion cover, I think its on my Pinterest Board - Embroidery. I have worked this pillow in all white however, as I have a real thing for block colour work, i.e. redwork, blackwork, whitework. I love how it has turned out and I will embellish this further with more flowers worked in white cotton.
Spencer Bear had to be washed but enjoyed the sunshine while he was drying off in our back yard. I've got a Laura Ashley frame for a piece of cross-stitch I did a while ago, it was either going to be a needle case cover or a pincushion. This way it does get too damaged!
My neighbour is herb grower extraodinaire and has very kindly passed me loads of herbs to dry out and store. I'm really enjoying this and it makes our kitchen feel like a proper working kitchen. I sometimes feel I could spend all day in the kitchen pottering on. I used some of the Rosemary on my favourite dish of roasted sweet potato, with olive oil, sea salt, black pepper and a few sprigs of rosemary. Yummy.x


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