The shawl mentioned in the previous post was a great sucess on Christmas Day. My Mum was very pleased, even if I’m not sure that she will remember to wear it! Christmas was good in my part of the World and I hope that it was in yours also.
I can now show you the cushion that I made for my little Sis. The fabric was purchased from a craft show and I was advised to wash it before sewing because of potential shrinkage. I was amazed at the amount of dressing or starch that did come out of it when washed. It was purchased as “shabby chic” fabric and indeed ended up as very “shabby chic” if not just “shabby rag”! Because of this I chose to quilt the cushion using a backing of quality batting. This worked and I am pleased with the end result.
I made two nine patch quilts to which I appliqued hearts and flowers. I used contrast threads to give the cushion a country, simple look. I machine quilted in the ditch and a little around each patch to give it some body.I also attatched a border of a contrasting lace frill using a tiny red Cross stitch which is very effective. I also added pretty buttons to the flower centres. Over all, after a disappointing start, I am very pleased with the outcome, and more importantly so is Sis
I continue to sort my extensive collection of earrings, handmade,souvenirs and cheap and cheerful. These are the three pairs that I have worn since I last blogged. The black and silver pair fall into the cheap and cheerful category but can be co ordinated with lots of clothes. The red danglers are from the hand made category. Whilst the blue studs are of sentimental value as they belonged to my Mum. I had to chose a set of studs yesterday as I was at work. Because I work in a hospital dangly earrings would be inappropriate but these are particularly colourful.
Tomorrow I am going to a stitching and craft show in Manchester so I am very excited. I will try not to buy too many new projects but will report back!
Sue Hinde working on her latest Gold Work project
My recent trip to the Knitting and Stitching show in Harrogate found me intrigued and interested in many different crafts. The biggest problems are lack of time and limited funds- like most people. I discovered a great, twinkly stall selling gold work Kits and supplies. Gold work appears to be a branch of embroidery using gold (obviously) threads,beads and fabrics. The results are stunning and probable heirlooms. This is definitely on my long list of crafts to try 🔆🔅
Take a look at http://www.golden-hinde.co.uk