Sunday, 30 March 2014

Mother's Day Cross Stitch

I LOVE making things for Mom, but rarely photograph and post them.
The above is a cross stitch card and pin cushion, she was chuffed to bits with them. She also got flowers which is an absolute must on Mother's Day. We had a lovely day, my brother was even here for the weekend - which made it extra special as he now lives in Glasgow. The kids made Sunday Roast for everyone and we had 4 desserts! It was lovely to be finally back using the dining room which has been out of bounds while we were storing things there
since Christmas!

Friday, 28 March 2014

A Cross Stitch Card For Hazel - Circus Alphabet Letters

I've made a cross stitch card for my best friend to mark her special birthday.
I wanted something that was special and maybe that could be made into a small picture if she wanted to.
I chose Felicity Halls circus alphabet pattern, H being her first name initial.
Its size is 5"x5" so its dinky and cute.
I hope she likes it.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Saturday, 8 March 2014

Cross Stitch Buttons on Linen

I have always wanted to make my own buttons.
Years ago, when I used to make all my own clothes, I would use matching fabric to cover buttons for skirts and blouses etc. A while back in  Mollie Makes the free gift was a button kit upon which you could embroider a doodle on. I really can't embroider doodles but I can do cross stitch and even though the count on the linen supplied in this kit was teeny, I had a go at cross stitching some button covers.
For two of the buttons I adapted a Cath Kidston pattern from her book Stitch. I constantly find it a source of inspiration, especially for the smaller projects.
Now all I have to do is find somewhere to attach them to!

Sunday, 2 March 2014

Vintage Hand Embroided Pieces of Work


I have recently bought/rescued this delightful hand embroidered table runner off Ebay. Just look at those stitches, they have a wonderful naivety about them, don't they? I say rescued not because it may have ended up being thrown away (as this isn't every ones bag these days) but because it may have ended up cut up and dissected by a crafter.
I don't like to go against any trend that is popular, especially in the crafting world, but one thing that really sits uneasy with me is how some crafters cut up old embroidered pieces whether damaged or not. They are used to create an embellishment, patchwork quilt, cushion, apron etc.
 I know my thinking originates from the craft class I go to on a Thursday afternoon in my local church hall. It is made up of  similar elderly ladies that embroidered and have made such items. They are quite upset at this trend. It is very difficult for them to comprehend why one would want to do this to such skilled and beautiful stitching.
They are also concerned about what will be left for future generations to own and cherish.
Surely anything of such beauty, that is handmade and already vintage should be repaired (if damaged) and preserved for this generation and the next.


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