Caitlin sent home a request..... She is going to a ball next Saturday and it's to be a masquerade ball, her dress is white with black accessories, and she plans to wear a silver jewellery..... The request was for Grandma to make her a mask. This was a fun project for me to stitch and I had all I needed in the house..... Here is the result.
Now I am off to proper stitching and its back to Finn's birth sampler which I
am hoping to have completed to take down when I visit next month.
Thank you all for your comment on my heart pieces, following the hearts with black work and beading I wanted to see if I could use the same idea for a decoration, I had a shape in mind and thoughts on how I would divide it, first up was a play with silk and beads using the shape.
I was pleased with the result, however if I was to use this design the area on the side was too narrow to allow for much of a black work pattern. So a change of design idea and this is the result.
I found some earings at the bargain shop that I was able to use, here they highlight the shape and in the one below cut up they add some bling and on all three they provide the hangers.
I look forward to collecting some more bits and pieces to make more at Christmas time.
I can now share the secret squirrel project I had been stitching for so long..... Having been asked to design something suitable as thank you gifts I came up with a variation on the scissor case I had made for Coromandel Guild's Anniversary gift. That was a while ago so here is the photo again.
A pocket at the back for scissors. a matching fob and it also serves as a pinholder with the pearl headed pins round the edge.
The latest ones took some time to stitch the black work background, having finished one I sent it off for approval before completing the rest.
That done, four more were needed..... I was given one skein of thread for each to give me a colour scheme, these had been chosen with the recipient in mind. It was also great having the Bead Hold shop in town as I could take up my work and find just the right beads to fit in, I was also introduced at this stage to using jewellery findings as trims, which I have used since on my fobs. Another useful find was the metal butterflies, these came off earnings from the bargain shop, a $4 pair of earrings gave me 20 butterflies, I bought all they had and will be on the watch for more. The finished hearts.......
Do I have a favorite, I think it was the one I was working on at the time.
This is my fob for June I have adapted one of Margaret Sherry's mice, I wanted a mouse that would fit in a circle, all I did was change his tail. When I found the backing material with the tiny stars on it I remembered there was a star charm in my collection and so the theme was decided on.
This fob might end up on the small back pack I use when travelling, I don't just have fobs on my scissors they are also on the Zips of my embroidery bags. My little grey rabbit is at present on my grey jacket, I have looped the cords into a bow.
I have yet to stitch my fob for this month, ideas are there but am still sorting out threads and a chart to keep with my woodland theme.
I had decided as I was celebrating seven years of blogging my gift would go to the person who left the seventh comment on that posting. Congratulations Lori (Meridle) please leave a comment for me with your address, I am already stitching in pink and Aqua for you.
Welcome to some new visitors to my blog, I hope you will drop by again sometime, and thank you to everyone who visit so often I am glad you find something of interest in my notes, one person who left a comment on my last posting has been visiting my blog for all those past seven years, I felt that was very special, so for Annie ( of Annie Bebop's colouring book blog) I will send you a little token to say thanks for being my blogging friend for so many years.
Distance means we seldom ever get to meet our blogging friends, I am very grateful to one special blogging friend Annette of California Stitcher, I wanted a certain chart recently and no I could not find it here in NZ, Annette to my rescue and in no time at all she had emailed me back to say she had found it and would have it on its way to me shortly, it is a Noah's Ark birth chart that I wanted to stitch for Finn.
It arrived with other goodies included in the parcel
There were a collection of fabrics and threads in purple tonings.
Lovely tawny Browns.
And some DMC threads to fill some of my gaps thank you Annette for such an exciting parcel.
With winter weather here its time for me to enjoy sitting by the fire and stitching, will be back soon to share with you what I have been working on
We welcomed a new member of the family a week ago, after two granddaughters and an eighteen year gap I now have a grandson, Finn Hagen Westfield, for parents Barryn and Jackie he is their first child. A bit special as it has been 48 years since the last male member of our Westfield family was born and that was Barryn. Now I know the baby's name I have started stitching an Annie cloth baby blanket first completed letter last night. The alphabet is from a chart that has sat in the stash for many years..a Lorri Bingham Design, Benji Bunny Alphabet.
I will meet our wee man this weekend when they call to collect me and take me throught to Wellington with them for a few days.
My other celebration is my blog anniversary, it is now seven years since notes became shared through a blog previously they had been written for the guild newsletter, starting shortly before we made the move down here to Stratford in 2001. I enjoy very much all your comments on what I share each posting, thank you, and as much as I would like to stitch something for all of you that would take more time than I could possibly find so would you like to go in the draw for this.....
This pretty box is really gold in colour the sheen bounced off the camera hence the pale shade. Inside will be an item stitched specially for the winner of the lucky draw. To be in the draw leave a comment on this posting and tell me too your favourite colour so I can stitch it in a colour that I know will please the lucky winner.
My secret squirrel project is finished and left by courier it will be a few weeks before I can share the photos.. I have not yet stitched my fob for June but there is still time, however I have finished stitching my piece for the guild challenge. The challenge this year was to do a letter of the alphabet in any embroidery technique we wished as long as it fitted into a 10cm square.
My letter is cut from a piece of raw silk (once a skirt and I have used so many piece from it over the years) it is outlined with a brown silk and mounted on a piece of lovely mottled linen....
. Here it is in the very early stages! The little rabbit is stump work.
In this photo the colour is more true.....and I was pleased with the way it was coming along.
French knots, needle weaving for the leaves and very small copper bead caps for flowers completed the design and it is finished ready for mounting on a piece of cardboard.
Its is almost time for my blog anniversary, watch out for my next posting for more news on this.
Continuing my woodland theme, this month's fob is a small owl. Found one I liked on Pinterest but the chart did not print off properly and along with my using finer linen I ended up stitching an adapted design in fact both these little owls are different. Love the tiny bead caps that I have used for Flowers specially the copper ones, it's great having a bead shop here in town, now instead of stock up when ever I saw something in case I could use it in the future I am now able to go there with my project and see and select what I need..... And the selection includes items I have never seen before, it's fun. What next... I have more ideas than time available to follow up on them.
Currently working on a secret squirrel project, making good progress but will be a couple of months before I can share it. This project is the reason I have not had time to set up a posting on my blog.
I can however share what I recently to Cindy, needlework accessories on a blue theme, to which I hope later to be able to complete the set.
Oh for a few extra hours that I can fit in all I want to stitch. With winter upon us here, there is hope for that, time spent sitting by the fire with needle and thread in hand.
Kim asked how do I use part of a zipper to edge my fob shown back on some of my previous my posts........ I found many different ways on the Internet but this is the method I am using, so Kim here are some photos that might explain
First I run a tacking stitch along the fabric close to the zip teeth, this will ease the fabric later making it lie neater on the inside, I cut most of the fabric off, I have seen one example on the internet where they cut right back against the teeth... I think having a small amount of fabric makes it easier to handle.
I have a circle of felt to which I stitch the zipper, a course zipper is easier to stitch on and I stitch between each of the teeth where the two ends meet is the ideal place to add the cord hanger. My cross stitch design has been mounted ready on a small circle of cardboard, Stitching this onto the felt, I can place it in the centre or to one side if I prefer.
Back with a slightly smaller circle of cardboard so it sits inside the zipper then sew a circle of felt on the back
This one was edged with a finer zip and I found it hard to see where I had stitched, I did not stitch between all the zipper teeth just spaced my stitches evenly.
Little treasures from my garden............stitched for Jan 2016
some time since I posted progress on the flowers I have been stitching for Jan, last time was August, Jan's request has been to have the little flowers I stitch that remind her so much of her Grandmother my mother,
Here is the bottom pocket, the stitching of it was full of happy memories for me each of the different flowers had their own story, some because of remembering in my childhood the waiting for a flower bud like the snowdrop to appear each year, there were only a couple of bulbs but they were very precious., others because like dianthus Mary in the centre was my own design charted from my drawing and first stitched with a flower of the arm of my chair for inspiration.
This is the front of the needle book and here below are the pieces layer out ready for putting together. In total I managed to include 15 different flowers, there were a few more I thought of but did not use as I did not find the right spot to put them in.
Inside the needle book is the quote.....
The stitcher with needle 'n thread, She plies the art of making beauty for the heart.
Blue is Jan's favourite colour, the blue silk that is the inside of the hussif came from Annette in America and is just perfect. Because the outer fabric is very blue I have changed the blue tones of the harebells which are on most of the accessories tucked in the pockets. I have also used several tiny bees and lady birds charms these and the lovely butterfly charm by the floss ring are Susan Clarke charms from America I love them and. know of two shops here in NZ who stock them.
The outer fabric could be forget-me-nots certainly makes me think of Chatham Island Forget-me-nots that my mother grew years ago in our garden way down south. Jan's birthday was a special mile stone, her 50th and the hussif has now been delivered to her. I'm still stitching harebells as I want to share them with a friend.
Thank you to all who left a comment about my latest Scissor fob. the challenge now to find the next idea possibly mount it differently and have it ready in a months time
April is here and come in here with true April Showers, makes good weather to be inside and stitch, I have continued my woodland theme and my latest fob is an acorn shape with a little squirrel on it. We don't have squirrels here in New Zealand, not sure why as several birds and some animals were imported by the early pioneers. this one is from a chart found on Pinterest but no source given only clue the wording was French. as it is Autumn here the acorns are dropping must collect some specially the caps as I have an idea for a project.
This is just a short post I will be back in a couple of days to share photos of the main project I have been working on and now finished and given away
March is going fast and I have not kept you up to date with what is happening here, First to share with you these beautiful tatted hearts a gift from Carollyn of Carollyn's tatting blog here is a link to her blog the photo does not do justice to the perfect and so even little knots, how I admire this work my own attempts some years ago were a disaster. Thank you Carollyn I do love my little hearts.
I have made some more Easter eggs for my tree seen here as work in progress, I will share my main stitching effort in my next post as I have yet to sort out the photos.
Meanwhile this is my tree this year, think it needs a few more eggs and that will be my effort for next year.