Thursday, July 02, 2020

Sewing with Hannah

Later this month, during the school holidays,  Hannah and I are heading to Christchurch for Hannah to attend Dance School, participating in a week of workshops for ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance. We are travelling with other dancers from the local dance studio, their Mums and of course, Hannah's lovely dance teacher Miss Deb.  After the happenings of the past few months, Hannah's very excited that it's still able to go ahead and as well as the dance school, we hope there's time to get out and about to do some sightseeing around Christchurch. 

When we visited our local sewing shop recently, Hannah picked out some fabric to make some drawstring bags for her dancing shoes. 





We spent a couple of hours on the weekend at the sewing machine and she was very happy with the finished bags. We do need to make one more for her jazz shoes.


There was a little bit of fabric left over so Hannah made that into hair scrunchies. They are very easy to make.


See you soon xx

Monday, June 29, 2020

Sew Tweet

Sew Tweet was another of my Stitchmaynia starts - this sweet design is by Misty of Luminous Fibre Arts.



I used most of the recommended threads with white 32 count lugana.




The chart can be purchased as PDF download from Misty's Etsy shop here.

This is going to be made into a small gift for a friend.

See you soon xx

Monday, June 22, 2020

The Rarest Flower

This lovely design was one of my 2020 Stitchmaynia projects. I loved stitching this pattern.





I used most of the recommended threads and 32 count putty Belfast linen.  Another tick on my "To Finish" list from Stitchmaynia, yay.

See you soon xxx

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

Peppermint Pals

Peppermint Pals, a design by Brenda Gervais With Thy Needle and Thread, has been my #merrymondayxs project for the last few weeks.




I stitched the design on 32 count vintage blue whisper belfast linen using most of the recommended threads. The fabric is a lot bluer than the photos are showing.

It's not long now until I can get some Jolly July stitching started.  Jolly July is a festive stitch along throughout July started last year by Kimberly from the Fat Quarter Shop and Priscilla and Chelsea of Stitching with the Housewives. You can read more about it here.  I've already picked out several ornaments and other festive patterns, just need to spend some time sorting fabric and threads. In the meantime, I'm trying to get a few Stitchmaynia projects finished, so far so good!

See you soon xx

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Lizzie Kate's Needle Nck


Asides from a bit of jazzing up with beads, bells and gold thread, here's Needle Nick all stitched.  



I've stitched on and off again on this project since the start of the year, a stitch along I have going with Kath and Clare. I used the recommended threads and stitched on 28 count light mocha linen.

Next up is Flossie Claus.

See you soon x

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Sock Knitting

I always have a little craft project at work with me to work on during my lunch break, otherwise I'd carry on working at my desk :)  Recently I've been knitting and I'm really enjoying these socks.

I'm using the Nana Cindy yarn I received in a surprise Christmas box last year. It's so lovely to knit with and I just love the pops of neon colours on the soft grey colour.




The pattern is the Shepherdess Socks by Tracie Millar and I'm using my 2.5 mm ChiaoGoo circular needle. 

Isn't the stitch marker cute, this is also by Nana Cindy and my ball of yarn is tucked away safely in the cake glove.

See you soon x

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Last week of Stitchmaynia 2020

I have really enjoyed this year's Stitchmaynia and the projects I got underway.  The last two I started were:

All Joys for Thine by Blackbird Designs, stitching on my fav 32 count vintage mocha Belfast linen with the recommended threads




A #bewellandstitch freebie generously designed by Cathy of Hands on Design, stitched on 32 count cream Belfast linen. This can be found here


For June, I'm going to do focus on getting some of these new projects completed as well as continue on some of the bigger designs, Kringles, Jack Frost's Tree Farm and Merrily Merrily We Welcome Spring.

See you soon x

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Red Work


Last Friday afternoon was the first time in about ten weeks I was able to do some stitching with two of my friends and what fun it was, to have a chit chat while we did some crafting. I pulled out some red work to work on, one friend was making birthday cards and my other friend was getting some Christmas crafts underway. How I missed these get togethers over the past few months.

I really enjoyed stitching on the red work project, I haven't done any red work for ages. I'm using DMC 321 and the pattern is by Natalie Bird from the Birdhouse Designs. The fabric was pre printed so no tracing out involved :)

See you soon x

Monday, May 25, 2020

Stitch Maynia 2020 Week 3

Last week was a slow stitching week for me but I managed to get stitching done on all my current projects and start two new ones for Stitch Maynia 2020.

The first one is the Rarest Flower by Blackbird Designs, such a pretty design and I'd been wanting to stitch this since it was first released. I'm using 32 count Putty Belfast linen and the recommended threads.


My 2nd start is technically not a new start as I actually started this during last year's Stitch Maynia but I had only put about 5 stitches into it lol.

Blessed Bee by Brenda Gervais, With Thy Needle and Thread, I'm using 40 ct vintage mocha linen and the recommended threads.


As we head into the last week of Stitch Maynia, I have the last two of my new projects to start - one is Hands on Designs design, a freebie that can be found here, and lastly, Blackbird Designs All Joys for Thine.

I've already decided that for June, I'm going to do repeat of my May stitching, but not starting anything new and I'll also be getting some charts sorted for Jolly July - I'm hoping to get the bulk of my Christmas ornaments underway as I've been a bit slow there this year so far.

See you soon xx

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Stitch Maynia Week 2

Stitch Maynia Week 2 done and dusted and how fast the weeks seem to be going!

8th May - roof stitching on Kringles by Little House Needleworks. I'm using 32ct smokey white belfast linen and I think its going to take a few good stitching sessions to complete the roof!


10th May - #santasundayxs, Part 3 finished on Jack Frost Tree Farm, Family Fun, my fabric is 36 count Wren by Picture this Plus


11th May - #merrymondayxs, a little bit more on Peppermint Pals



 12th May - a new start, My Friend by La D Da, this was club kit from the Silver Needle



14th May - a new start, Sew Tweet by Luminous Fibre Arts.


Luminous Fibre Arts charts can be purchased as pdfs from here - there's some real cute ones!

See you soon x
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