Thursday, 15 March 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness - March

It's the 15th of the month, so that means it's time for Gifted Gorgeousness - the Blog Hop organised by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching - where we talk about our gift-related crafting and craft-related gifts.
When putting this post together I've noticed that everything in it seems to have been made for Naomi. (Note to self: make things for other daughter!)
Firstly we have a wee Year of the Dog ornament - I started making Naomi a Chinese New Year ornament every year quite a few years ago now, I think I'm definitely over halfway through the zodiac by now.

Year of the Dog Pattern from Holly's Hobbies

Next a knitted snail - she's studying in Italy this year and living in the contrada of Chiocciola (snail district) of Siena - the colours of  Chiocciola  are red and yellow

And finally a skirt I made from an oddment of Echino linen. 

front - note the jetted pocket, I'm irrationally pleased with how that came out


I thought the fun moped print was ideal for the girl-about-Italian-town in the spring. Hopefully she will wear it and channel her inner Audrey.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Snow Day - Sew Day

We had actual snow in Cornwall last week.

It doesn't happen often.
Being stuck inside the house I decided to do some sewing.
I made Naomi this Game of Thrones inspired dress, using a textured dragon scale fabric (pattern New Look 6391, re-drafted to a sweetheart neckline)

And for myself I made the Tilly and the Buttons Orla top using a bargain piece of cotton lawn which cost me the princely sum of £2 at the Craft 4 Crafters show last month.

I absolutely love this pattern. The only change I made was to alter the construction of the back opening in order to attach the lace effect zip on the outside.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Hearts and Sloths

You may remember the sloth I knitted for Naomi in January, (pattern from Fiona Goble), no sooner had I shown it to her than one of her friends asked if I could knit her one as well, so here we have sloth #1 and sloth #2.

It's reveal day for the Needlecraft Haven Monthly Challenge. This month we all stitched this design from The Primitive Hare.

Mine is stitched in Carrie's Creations Sorbet (with the key in GAST Wrought Iron) and finished with some lovely deep rose coloured ric rac and a little black bow.
The gallery of everyone's finishes can be found here
And finally, this is the little heart shaped ornament I stitched for the Secret Sweethearts blog hop.

Design from Le Grenier de Zoe, stitched with orphan threads on Crafty Kitten Vintage Petals linen, and trimmed with some vintage lace.

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Gifted Gorgeousness February Edit

Welcome to February's Gifted Gorgeousness - the place where we show our gift related crafting and/or craft related gifts. Full details on Jo's blog here
Lots to show this month. Firstly, yesterday was opening day on the Needlecraft Haven Friendship Exchange. The idea with this exchange was that we send a Friendship card and gift, along with two skeins of thread and a friendship themed chart.
I didn't remember to photograph the chart and threads I sent, but this is the gift I sent to Justine - an illustrated handbag mirror for which I made a little felt cosy

And here is the lovely hand made quilted mug rug, beautiful card and threads I received from Mary

It's been rather chilly lately so I knitted each of my daughters one of these warm and snuggly interlaced Celtic scarves.

Pattern on here
Finally you may remember Jo won my Shoes/Books/Finishes Competition at the end of last year, and here is the prize I made for her.

It is stitched using Gentle Arts Simply Shaker threads in Schoolhouse Red and Wrought Iron, a lovely dark blue-black shade reminiscent of  old ink which I thought was ideal for the look of a hand drawn map, and finished with dark blue faux leather and a tiny loop of Hobbit ribbon that I found on EvilBay. The Lonely Mountain cross stitch pattern I used is available on Etsy here

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Secret Stitching Sweetheart Blog Hop

Happy Valentine's Day!
Here is my post for the Secret Stitching Sweethearts Blog Hop. For full details and a list of the blogs involved please visit Jo's blog here
My secret Stitching Sweetheart sent me this lovely picture.

Isn't it just gorgeous? I love the pale pastel shades against the raw linen. Please reveal yourself Secret Stitcher!
I'm off now to hop the blogs and see who got my picture

Tuesday, 30 January 2018

Sloths and Challenges

Naomi doesn't just like snarky quotations from cult TV shows, she's also rather partial to sloths, so when I saw a pattern for a knitted sloth I knew I had to make her one.

The pattern is from Fiona Goble, and it's knitted mostly in King Cole Tinsel.
Also Sunday was reveal day for the Monthly Challenge. This month we had a pattern from La Contesse et le Point de Croix. I stitched mine on some orphan blue linen, and made it up into a small patchwork cushion.

Friday, 19 January 2018

NSFW Game of Thrones Inspired Sampler

In the most recent issue of Mollie Makes magazine there was a design for an embroidered floral banner.
I liked the floral part, wasn't so keen on the chirpy message, and Naomi had been after me to stitch her a snarky sampler using a quote from Game of Thrones.
So here it is. A very NSFW sampler

I've censored the photo for those of a sensitive disposition.
If you watch Game of Thrones a) you're unlikely to be shocked by four letter words and b) you already know what it says.
If you don't, lets just pretend it says "stupid". Yeah, that's what it says...