Kainga, where Roses bloom, life is lived at a gentler pace.Living Simply, doing all those good things like stitching, gardening, cooking and reading.

Friday, November 21, 2014

"She believed she could, so she did."


I have been busy sewing while the main computer was in for  its annual check up. We now have a start button that works! No more pushing the re-start button on the hard drive.

I love the designs put out by Urban Threads. They have regular freebies of both machine embroidery and hand sewing designs. Here are some I stitched out on some lovely white cotton tea towels.

 I think this design  would be great on a t-shirt or stretched on one of those artist boards.

 This design just reminds me of Summer.

 Now I know this is a Easter based design but the tea cups won me over.

 This is the latest design from Urban Threads, a rather cute Christmas design.
I have stitched out the largest design of each one, their are usually three sizes to choose from.

 These serviettes have been waiting for rather a long time to be finished. I originally stitched out the names on my old sewing machine, you can see where I unpicked it. I added the names in bigger lettering and stitched out the Holly design from one of Mary Engelbreit's Holidays designs.

I have had this coaster/paperweight in my stash for many years. I have taken it out to look at it and try to decide what to do with it. Well the other day I stitched out a design from the Brother Roses card and had it stitched in ten minutes. A row of hand stitching to help tuck it in behind the backing and it was finished.

 This design for the Apple Mug Mat came from the San Franciso Stitch Company. It was done in four hooping's. A bit of cutting of some of the designs then stitched together. I used some apple fabric for the binding. It was interesting to read some of the same apples are available here in WA.

Tonight I will be joining in Friday Night Sew In  with others from around the globe. I will be working on some filet crochet. I will post an update on the crochet later on when more of it has been completed. Thanks Wendy for hosting Friday Night Sew In.

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend.

Happy days.
Bev C

Saturday, November 8, 2014

"Owls in the Hoop made by the Mad Lady and some dressmaking."


I joined in Friday Night with Friends kindly hosted by Cheryll. I sewed during the day making up a couple of owls that were done in the hoop on the embroidery machine.

 I will be keeping the red spotted owl and the others will be gifts. The mad lady refers to where I got the embroidery design.These are available from the site
The Mad Woman of Locke Street.

There were 45 ladies keeping themselves busy with some crafty goodness, make sure you have a look at the link up on Cheryll's blog.

During the week I decided to make two pairs of pants with fabric from my stash. I used this pattern many many years ago. The only thing I changed with these is it had two rows of elastic around the waistline. Decided that one row would be sufficient.

Happy days.
Bev C

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"Tis the Season"


I finished the "Tis the Season" stitcheries and quilt yesterday. I did plan to do a brickwork pattern with the fabric. Why then did I cut the stitcheries 4.5 inches as I read in the book instead of the 5 inches which I should have. I even woke up the morning that I was working on the quilt thinking I must remember to cut them 5 inches! So of course the layout changed somewhat.

 I made up just six of the stitcheries, changing them to suit. eg. the Father Christmas is holding a present not a Goose. I know no one here would eat a Goose let alone kill one for the dinner plate.

 I added some gold beads to the Christmas Trees. The stars were stitched in silver with some Kreinik Metallics thread.

I used quilting designs from a Brother Embroidery Card to machine embroider the designs amongst the stitcheries. The charm squares are from Moda a range called "Lilac Hill". I used cream homespun for the backing and found a lovely floral brown/red fabric for the border from my stash. The table topper is 27 inches square.

Onto some different sort of sewing now, a change is as good as a holiday. Can you guess what I will be making?

Happy days.
Bev C