Tutorial Tuesday # 3 – how to do back stitch

For Tutorial Tuesday # 3 I thought I’d continue with showing how to do basic stitches and one that I couldn’t do without is backstitch. It gives a continuous clean line and is great for outlining things in embroidery and cross stitch. It is also a very secure stitch to use. 
Tutorial Tuesday – how to do back stitch 
First secure your thread at the back of your fabric and come up at point A. 
Then move your needle a short distance (in this case two squares of Aida) and go down at point B
Tutorial Tuesday – how to do back stitch 
At the back of the fabric move your needle a short distance (in this case two squares of Aida) and come up at point C

Tutorial Tuesday – how to do back stitch 
Then return your needle to point B and go down. Thus giving a continuous line. 

Tutorial Tuesday – how to do back stitch 

Continue for as long as required. The finished result should look like this.

Tutorial Tuesday – how to do back stitch 

Made on Monday # 3 – Thank you cards #2

The thank you cards I made last week proved so popular I have had another go. This time using papers with a much more bright spring colour pallete  I have made a set of four cards and incorporated some buttons and ribbon into these designs. 
Made on Monday # 3 – Thank you cards #2

Made on Monday # 3 – Thank you cards #2

Made on Monday # 3 – Thank you cards #2

Made on Monday # 3 – Thank you cards #2

Tasty Thursday # 2 – Coconut and oat cookies.

I wanted to recommend a great recipe book that I have gone back to time and time again and still haven’t made everything from it. One of the recipes I hadn’t yet tried was for coconut and oat cookies. So we baked them yesterday afternoon. They are very moist and very moreish and I don’t think they’ll last long in the Cartwright household.
Tasty Thursday # 2 – Coconut and oat cookies. 
The recipe comes from a book called ‘The complete book of Baking’ and I would thoroughly recommend getting a copy.

Tutorial Tuesday #2 – how to do running stitch

Happy St. Georges day, for Tutorial Tuesday # 2 I thought I’d show you how to do running stitch. I often assume that everyone knows all the basic stitches, but if sewing is a craft you are new to it’s important to get the basics sorted first to allow you to enjoy the craft fully. 
Secure your thread at the back of your fabric and come up at point A
Move the position of your needle a short distance (in this case two squares of aida) and go down at point B
Move your needle along the back of the fabric (in this case two squares of aida) and come up again at point C

Repeat for as long as required. It should look even and each stitch should be equal in length.

Made on Monday #2 – Thank you cards

I am trying to be more organised in general this year and one of the things I never seem to be very good at is sending thank you cards. So to enable me to send a quick response I have had another go at card making, paper crafts and produced a set of five Thank you cards. They are all with a similar theme but all vary in one way or another. I have also chucked in a bit of cross stitch with Thanks and Thank you stitched labels. 
Made on Monday #2 – Thank you cards 

Made on Monday #2 – Thank you cards 

Made on Monday #2 – Thank you cards 

Made on Monday #2 – Thank you cards 

Made on Monday #2 – Thank you cards 

A is for apple. Free alphabet cross stitch PDF

A is for Apple, the first in a series of Alphabet patterns. Sew them individually for name tags and cards, or download them all and stitch along with me to make a great nursery sampler. Just click on the read more link to download the free pattern.

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Recipe for pineapple upside down pudding

recipe for pineapple upside down pudding

Pineapple upside down pudding

Ingredients
Topping
50 g softened
butter
50 g light brown
sugar
7 pineapple rings
in syrup, drained and the syrup reserved
7 glace cherry
Cake
100 g softened
butter
100 g golden caster
sugar
100 g self raising
flour
1 tsp baking
powder
1 tsp vanilla
extract
2 eggs
1. Heat
the oven 180c/gas mark 4
2. For
the topping, beat the butter and sugar together until creamy. Spread over the
base and a quarter of the way up the sides of the cake tin. Arrange pineapple
rings on top, and then place cherries in the centres of the rings.
3. Place
the cake ingredients in a bowl along with 2 tbsp of the pineapple syrup and
beat to a smooth consistency. Spoon into the tin on top of the pineapple and
smooth it out so it is level.
4. Bake
for 35 mins. Leave to stand for 5 mins, then turn out onto a plate 

recipe for pineapple upside down pudding

Friday Fun # 1 – Aboriginal art inspired colouring in

This weekend why not try this different approach to colouring in. Inspired by the Aboriginal dot style of painting.

You will need:

  • some liquid poster paints
  • some colouring in pages
  • some cotton buds
Friday Fun # 1 – Aboriginal art inspired colouring in 

There is no right or wrong way to apply the paint just dip the cotton buds in and go crazy with dots! 

Friday Fun # 1 – Aboriginal art inspired colouring in 

Friday Fun # 1 – Aboriginal art inspired colouring in