Monday 26 May 2014

“By seeking and blundering we learn.”

Well I have blundered with this and the lesson learnt is always check and double check before you stitch.

I managed to hem stitch the edge back to front and now if I unpick it it will fray on the corners.

Ruthy Rogers was put down whilst I worked on this tray cloth and the doily below

but this weekend she was back on the frame and Ruthy now has an upper body and is high fiving us.

I did make a few alterations to her bodice and the positioning of the flowers she is holding. I also changed the flowers in her hand and hair to ones stitched with little bullions.

I have been looking for a quotation/saying for her and may use "All things are possible if only you believe". At the start Ruthy was very much out of my comfort zone  but now I feel very comfortable with stem stitch.

I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend, in the UK the weather has been mixed but we have managed to get in three great walks with Poppy and Blue.

Sunday 11 May 2014

Back from the framers

Ellenor Wykcs and EK 1653 (now known as Three Sisters) are back from the framers. 

Ruthy Rogers is progressing and I am loving stem stitch. It is so fluid.

I was definitely out of my comfort zone to start with but this stitch is well worth having a go at. 

It stitches up very quickly. 

My other start is a hardanger place mat for my WI group.

The inner sections are not finished but I wanted to try the buttonhole edging. It is a padded one which I had not heard of before. You stitch satin blocks then work the buttonhole stitch over them. It does create a nice effect. Hopefully, if all goes to plan this will be very pretty.

The challenge is to have the back looking as good as the front.

The postman has been with a new spool caddy. I cannot resist collecting them. Richard Hyers makes such beautiful stitching accessories.  His website is well worth a visit.

Archie continues to grow and he is now very mobile on his own two feet. Chris and Kate have been having some decoration done to the house and he is fascinated with paintbrushes. The decorator gave him one and at the moment it is going every where with him !!

I hope that all my American followers have enjoyed their Mothering Sunday today.