Category Archives: Cross Stitch

Smile Please! Camera Cross-Stitch Completed…

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Yes dear reader, I completed my cool camera cross-stitch and am well-chuffed with it. I followed a Cross-Stitcher magazine pattern for a blue camera which I changed to a red one (as you can see) and will be framing it in a black picture frame. It was an easy project although I would advise against back-stitching the set of lines at the top of the camera late at night, when you are sleepy and in a dim light as I did, for when I looked at said lines in the cold, harsh, unforgiving light the next morning, said lines were well-wonky and hence hastily unpicked with much muttering…

It was with much sadness that I took down my homemade Easter decs last week and the thought occurred to me that I had failed to share my Easter makeryness with you dear reader! Shame on me! So here in all their egg-celent glory are my icky-sticky-finger-fun decopatch eggs (where I learnt how to become one with glue, literally) and my cracking paper crafting eggy bunting…

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As you can see, we had a mainly monochrome Easter in our house, as I am partial to black and white with a splash of grey. I also took my faithful black Sharpie ink pen for a play recently and produced these random lines…

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…and then Sharpie became bored with straight lines so went crazy for wavy…

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…then totally lost it and went well-loopy…

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And finally an update on the progress of the cloud cushion I am sewing from a vintage pillow case: the embroidery is now finished and I spent Sunday afternoon happily making beaded felt flowers and buttoned crochet flowers for the final flourish. I just have to remember how to thread up my new sewing machine so I can sew it together, mmmmm…well anyway, here’s a pretty pic of the flower cluster and I wish you happy makeryness dear reader, along whatever your chosen path of crafting may be…

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Yarn Yacht Sets Sail for a Sale…

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Ship ahoy dear reader! For I have finally finished knitting my sail boat pillow from my very own pattern design. I hope to knit some more before my next craft sale, maybe a monochrome version in black and white, or even a pirate one in red and black! I also rather like the reverse side, what do you think?

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I also have some thrilling news to share with you dear reader, for my quest for a vintage Singer sewing machine is over, as I discovered a rather lovely one in a charity shop last week. It’s a little beauty and I just love to gaze at it and stroke it whenever I walk past! It’s a sheer joy to use, so quiet and smooth and definately restores my inner tranquility whenever I trundle away on it…

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I sewed up one of my first sewing designs this week: a cloud cushion made from Ikea fabric. I wasn’t intending to add any stitching to the cushion at all, as I only wanted to test out my pattern design to start with, but when it turned out okay I couldn’t resist adding a little something to the front! I stitched a few extra petals and stamens onto the flower print, as well as embroidering a little phrase, although the pink stitching doesn’t show up too well in the photo, aplogies for that.

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I have already cut out another cloud cushion from an old vintage pillow case I picked up in a charity shop and this time I plan to add a few crocheted flowers to the front, along with some embroidery too. Here’s my inspiration…

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I also managed to complete the little cross-stitched notebook that came free with last month’s Cross Stitcher magazine. I just love the vintage typewriter on the cover and now that I have found my vintage Singer, a vintage typewriter has now become the subject of my new quest, so watch this space!

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Been art journaling this week too dear reader, this time inspired by Oasis song lyrics. This first piece is a mixed media of watercolour paints, ink pens and tissue paper, with lyrics from ‘Live Forever.’

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In this next piece I also used watercolour paints and ink pens, along with coloured pencils this time. The lyrics are taken from the song ‘Roll With It.’

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I have been busy decopatching some polystyrene eggs today in monochrome patterns, in preparation for decorating my monochrome Easter tree! But more of that egg-citing news next time! Must craft on, keep making dear reader!

Oooh La La Lapin!

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Hello dear reader, or should I say ‘bonjour’ seeing as I am introducing my latest crochet creation: Monsieur Lapin (or Mr Rabbit for those who require a translation) isn’t he fab? He’s from a pattern in the latest Mollie Makes magazine ( http://www.molliemakes.com ) and was very quick and easy to make. I also attempted to make the stripes on his little top ‘jogless’ by following a tutorial by June Gilbank on You Tube called: Perfect Stripes for Amigurumi (right-handed version). She demonstrates two types of jogless stripes: the no-cut join and the invisible join which involves cutting the yarn. As it was only a teeny tiny project, I plumped for the no-cut join and the stripes turned out pretty near enough ‘jogless’ but I would probably use the invisible join for a larger project. You can always pop over to June Gilbank’s website for more tutorials, along with other amigurumi awesomeness, at http://www.PlanetJune.com .

On the subject of crochet, this month’s Simply Crochet magazine ( http://simplycrochetmag.co.uk ) has some lovely ‘must-add-to-my-crochet-to-do-list’ projects, such as a rather fetching rucksack, a lovely lacey cowl and a delightful rainbow-striped Daschund.

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Oooh, and guess what else I’ve been up to dear reader? I’ve only been ‘upcycling’ haven’t I! You see, one of my delightful daughters had sadly outgrown her favourite sundress but loved the fabric so much that she did not want to part with it, so good old Mummy here magiced it into a skirt! Ta-da!

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My upcycling of said dress involved opening up the back seam, chopping off the top of the dress, removing the zip and then sewing the back seam up again. It has to be said however, that removing the long zip at the back took longer than re-sewing the whole skirt, but there you go. Delightful daughter was well-happy with her new skirt and I was well-chuffed with my first attempt at upcycling, so what can I chop up next…

I also picked up a copy of Cross Stitcher magazine this month, as it had a rather fab notebook freebie which caught my eye because it had a super vintage typewriter on the front cover…

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So I am presently stitching the cute heart on the front cover of said notebook. There are also some lovely projects inside too, such as the terrific town house candle holder and the cute cloud cushion. Of course I need to finish the vintage camera cross stitch I am still stitching, but more of that another time dear reader…

How about a little artful gallery time now, for I have been playing around with pencil-sketched people, what do you think?

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I rather enjoyed drawing her so think I will probably draw some more pencil-people and may even add some colour, possibly watercolour paints, so bear with dear reader. I also had a little play with my coloured pencils and came up with this young lady who is rather pleased with her new hair-do…

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And on that note I shall leave you dear reader, for I must craft on…