Saturday, 30 July 2016

Update and Hardanger.

Hi Everyone

I thought I would show you what I have been up too.

It was my friends birthday last week and I wanted to give here a special card.  I did not have must time to stitch it, so I thought I would do a simple Hardanger card for her.  It only took a few hours and I so enjoyed it I stitched some more cards.

Theses are all Mary Hickmott designs from 'Christmas Colour with Hardanger Stitches' leaflet.  Of course I've changed the colours to suit the occasion, but its a very handy leaflet to have for all year round.

Here is one of the Hardanger Wedding Cards that I have stitched and made into a card.

The larger Wedding Card is almost complete, and the Wedding is next week-end.  I've re-done, yet again (6th time) the Edelweiss motif and I'm finally happy with it.  I also noticed that I had missed some stitching out and one of the smaller hearts was too big, so I sorted that out also.  I finally added small pearl beads in the centre of each motif and around the heart.

Heart-felt Sentiments from an old 'Classic Stitches' magazine.
A Thea Dueck of 'The Victoria Sampler' design.

Now, how shall I decorate the card?  I was thinking of putting some white lace down the sides!  I don't want to over do it.  I will post a picture when it is finally finished.

You can find a 'Heirloom Wedding Sampler Free Pattern' from "The Victoria Sampler" here.  It shows  just one of the motifs (a different filling stitch is used).

Until next time.

Take Care and Happy Stitching Everyone.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

June Update!

Hi Everyone

I'm a bit late in updating the IHSW, but I'm finally here.  I said I would show you each stage of the stitching of my Hardanger hearts, so here they are:-

1 of 3 Finished Hardanger Heart with Square filling together with pearl beads.

Kloster blocks in place.

Algerian Eye Stitch in place.

Threads cut and removed.
Woven Bars and Square filling stitch done.
2 of 3 Hardanger Heart finished with  Square and Dove's Eye filling together with pearl beads added.
3 of 3 Hardanger Heart finished with Square and Dove's Eye filling together with pearl beads added.
Hardanger Heart with threads removed and pulled, awaiting filling stitches.
First motif on left is a Blanket Stitch Flower.  The middle motif is Edelweiss Stitch.
All 3 motifs now finished.  Left - Blanket Stitch Flower.  Middle - Edelweiss Stitch.  Right - Lacy Needlewomen Medallion.

I have not been very happy with the Edelweiss Stitch and I have re-stiched it 3 times already.  I think I will re-do it again until I'm happy with it.

All of the above are going to be for Wedding/Wedding Anniversary Cards.  All I need to do is find some cards to mount them in.  I will eventually show you them when they are finished.

Now for something different.  Here is a finish.  A Christmas Angel cross stitch design by Permin.

Christmas Angel design by Permin.  Now Finished.


I know that you are enjoying some of the freebies that I have found on the web, so here's some more for you.

All 10 years of Fairy Day Celebration is in this Ebook.  Click on the link above to go to Passione Ricamo and click on the link to the Ebook.

The 2016 Fairy Day freebie can be found here.

If you are on Facebook there are some good freebies to be found:-

Cross Country Stitching have some lovely free charts and can be found here.  Just scroll down the page and there is a pdf link to each chart.

Durene Jones Cross Stitch also has lots of freebies.  Just click on Photos to see the selection.  Can be found here.

Well time is flying by and I need to go.   

I hope you enjoy these freebies.

Until next time.

Take Care and Happy Stitching Everyone.

Friday, 17 June 2016

IHSW and Freebies

Hi Everyone

It the International Hermit and Stitching this Weekend from 17-19 June.  So I'm planning to get some stitching done.  I'm hoping to show you some before and after pics of my stitching.  It's mainly Hardanger hearts, as I have some Weddings and Wedding Anniversary cards to complete.  So watch this space.


There are some lovely SALs and freebie cross stitch charts that I wanted to share with you.  There are a few Calendar SAL that I have found.

I'm sure there are lots who are following The Snowflower Diaries and the Joyful World SAL.  I thought I would list the link for each month for you.

January, February, March, April, May, June and July.  Just click on the month to go directly to the page.

DMC Italy also has a Calendar, and all the charts can be found here:-

Here is what it looks like.

Lesley Teare's Blog has some lovely freebies.  Here is a link to some Honeysuckle.


Permin has a freebie of a pot of flowers, which can be found here.

Pot of flowers.

I hope you enjoy these freebies.

Until next time.

Take Care and Happy Stitching Everyone.

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

May is almost over! Here is an update.

Hi Everyone

It's some time since I last updated you, but I want to try at least to show one post every month.

I've been trying something different and wanted to share it with you.  I have been on a course to make an Appliqué Butterfly Cushion using machine appliqué and machine quilting.  I have not done this before, but wanted to have a go.  There was a group of us who were interested, so we booked a day with Victoria Nowell at Summer House Quilts.  I really enjoyed the day and recommend going.

Here is the end result.  It's not perfect, but was a good first try.

This is what Victoria has already made and what it should look like, along with some of her butterfly quilts.

The machine quilting is known as stippling.  This was done using a hoop to help you guide the stitches in a random stippling design (usually not crossing over each other).  I was a bit chaotic in my random stitches, but you don't notice it from a distance when you look at the cushion.

A good pattern would be to use something like the above.  Next time I shall try something like this.

I first met Victoria at a Craft Evening that I go to.  We met in early April and Victoria showed us some of the amazing quilts she stitches.   All quilts are hand sewn and used a mixture of hand and machine stitching.  Here is Victoria with some of the quilts she showed us.

She then showed us how to do some Trapunto Quilting.  This is all done by hand and something I had never done before.  Here is my first attempt and not yet finished.  (I need to make smaller and neater stitches in my next attempt.)  I found it very soothing to do and look forward to doing some more.

Dog Rose Design.

If you are interested in Trapunto Quilting here are some links that I have found:-

Until next time.

Take Care and Happy Stitching Everyone