Sunday, 31 March 2013

Free spotty heart cross stitch pattern PDF 15

Happy Easter everyone.
As I have said before I do love spots. So here is a spotty version of my heart design. I think this would look great sewn on black 14 count Aida to really let the pink and white shine out.



Saturday, 30 March 2013

Free Union Jack Heart Cross stitch pattern PDF

An adapted version of my heart design incorporating the Union Jack pattern. Enjoy!
If you have sewn any of my designs I'd love to get some feedback and or see some of your stitching! Please don't forget to credit the designer and do not pass of my work as your own. Thanks.


Free heart cross stitch pattern



Free heart cross stitch pattern
 A quick and simple make. Perfect for beginners or for cards and tags.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

Duck pond cupcakes


 William and I were looking to create something slightly different for Easter and wanted to avoid all the chicks and bunnies topping cakes. So this is what we came up with 'duck pond cupcakes'. They are just normal cupcake mix topped with blue glace icing and yellow fondant ducks and green fondant duck weed. I will never proclaim to be the best modeler but I am quiet pleased with the results. I'm not even put off by the blue icing.
Duck pond cupcakes

Free spotty tea pot cross stitch pattern

So, I couldn't resist doing one more version of my tea pot design and to incorporate one more of my loves into the design. SPOTS! Enjoy.



To download the free pattern just click on the read more link

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Craft room organisation photos

My new study is finally coming together and I am starting to feel organised again. It great not having to share my space with anyone and having enough space to leave things out when I'm still working on them. I thought I'd share some of my favorite elements of my new study. 
These are my curiosity shelves with some useful items and some nick knacks I've picked up along the way. There's plenty of room left on them to add to the collection and they were a bargain a few years ago from a junk shop. They have just been waiting in the loft until I had a room of my own to house them in. 
Craft room organisation 
This set of shelves my father made for me about 25 years ago they are based on a swan design and they now very proudly house my buttons and findings. 

Craft room organisation 
This is my pride and joy. I inherited the piece of furniture from my grandmother and the glass front makes it ideal to store my fabric. Unfortunately it is not big enough to fit everything in but its a great start. Some day I'll get around to color coding it. 

Craft room organisation 
Finally I love the new shelves my husband put up for me. They house a few paper backs but mainly my collection of arts and crafts reference books and my ever growing craft magazine collection. (which I must stop buying until I've made everything I want to make)

Craft room organisation 

Synthetic flower corsage


Synthetic flower corsage. 
Whilst I have had the chance I have been tinkering and sorting through my scrap box. One of the makes I have been meaning to have a go at ever since my technician showed me at school was making flowers from synthetic material that you melt the edges with a candle. I'm not sure I'd picked the right materials as mine burnt more than melted but I am still quiet please with the result and think I'll make a group of these and sew to a hair comb for a summer fascinator. 

These bunnies keep appearing in my studio. 


Free Union Jack tea pot cross stitch PDF pattern 10

Here's an adapted version of my tea pot design for all patriots out there. Again it only uses full count stitches, no fractionals and some backstitch. Sew on 14 count Aida. 

Free Union Jack tea pot cross stitch PDF pattern 10

 To download your free copy of the pattern, just click on the read more link.

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Josie's Garden embroidery - from Mollie makes magazine

Josie's Garden embroidery - from Mollie makes magazine 
I know I and my blog have been currently obsessed with cross stitch but I am not adverse to other forms of stitching. Whilst spring time still feels a long way away I came across a pattern for a piece of embroidery called Josie's Garden in issue 2 of Mollie Makes. (One of my favourite ways to kill time - flicking through old issues of magazines). It uses a combination of running, back, chain and daisy stitch with a few French knots thrown in. I didn't follow the pattern exactly and changed the colour scheme a bit to suit what I had lying around. Never the less I am pleased with the final result and think it will look great appliqu├ęd onto a gardening themed gift bag for a friend.

Free Tea pot cross stitch PDF pattern 9

Something that is very important in my life. I just couldn't live without tea so I thought I'd share a tea pot design with you.
Intended to be stitched on 14 count Aida, no factionals just full stitches and backstitch. Enjoy.


Monday, 25 March 2013

Free skull cross stitch pattern PDF

Free skull cross stitch pattern PDF

Easter egg cross stitch, finished piece.

So I finally got around to stitching my Easter egg design this weekend.I turned it into a card for my brother and I am quite pleased with the results. I don't think the colour scheme is too girly, it has the right balance of spring colours. It took two hours to stitch which was with copious amounts of tea being drunk as well. So it's perfect for a quick make or for a novice stitcher. 

Easter Egg cross stitch mounted onto greeting card

Close up of Easter egg cross stitch. 

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Free Chicken cross stitch PDF pattern 7

Perfect for Easter why not stitch up this free festive fowl. Just click on the read more link to download the free PDF file. 
Free Chicken cross stitch PDF pattern

Friday, 22 March 2013

Free Penguin cross stitch PDF pattern


The classic image of a penguin for you to stitch, whether it is for Christmas or all year round you can't help but love a penguin. Intended to be sewn on 14 count aida using two strand for cross stitch and one for the backstitch and French knots. Click on the read more to download your free PDF penguin cross stitch pattern.

Free Easter egg cross stitch PDF pattern 4

I just designed this Easter egg pattern this morning and I am going to use it to stitch some cards and some Easter decorations. So I'd thought I'd share it with you. I love the spring color pallet of yellows, pinks, green, pale blue and white. Please feel free to change the colors to suit your own tastes. It is intended to be sewn on 14 count Aida and I am going to use a rustic color to allow the whites to really shine out. It uses only full count stitches and back stitch so it's suitable for beginner stitcher's. Enjoy

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Free Balloon cross stitch pattern PDF

I am always looking for motifs to use on birthday cards so I thought I would adapt a sketch I had into a cross stitch design. I think this is universally suitable and can
be adapted with different colour balloons or perhaps numbers on the balloons. Enjoy.



Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Free Cake cross stitch PDF pattern 1

This is my first attempt with some new freeware software for designing cross stitch. I imported a cake design I had from some other design work a while ago and have just spent about an hour learning and tinkering with the new programme. It's intended to be stitched on Aida and only uses 6 colours. No fractionals, but a bit of backstitch and a few French knots (which could be easily substituted for black seed beads)

Monday, 18 March 2013

Tutorial - How to make a folded paper box.

1. Start with a square of thick paper, in my case I've used a page from and old Beano annual which is about 20 cm squared. The size of your square will determine how big your finished box is. So 20 cm square turns into a 7 cm square box.

Tutorial - How to make a folded paper box. 

2. Fold in half to make a triangle and then unfold and re-fold in the opposite direction so you have make a folded x shape when flattened out. 

Tutorial - How to make a folded paper box. 

3. Then take each corn and fold to the center of the x 

Tutorial - How to make a folded paper box. 

4. So it looks like this.

Tutorial - How to make a folded paper box. 

5. Then open back out three corners and fold over again one of the small triangles so it looks like this. Repeat on each corner.

Tutorial - How to make a folded paper box. 

6. On two opposite corners cut down each side of the triangle following the fold lines to the middle square shape you can see in the folds.

Tutorial - How to make a folded paper box. 

7. Then lift the cut sections and fold towards the middle of the square

Tutorial - How to make a folded paper box. 

8. The opposite side then lift up and over to hold the box together.

Tutorial - How to make a folded paper box. 

10. It should look like this. You can then add a dab of glue to hold the flaps in place if needed.

Tutorial - How to make a folded paper box. 

You can then make another box to use as a lid and these make great personalized gift boxes to give to people. 

Tutorial - How to make a folded paper box. 

Tutorial - how to make a folded paper bookmark

1. Start with a square of paper roughly 19 cm squared. 

Tutorial - how to make a folded paper bookmark

2. Then fold in half to make a triangle

Tutorial - how to make a folded paper bookmark

3. Then fold the left and right hand corners down to the bottom point

Tutorial - how to make a folded paper bookmark

4. So it looks like this

Tutorial - how to make a folded paper bookmark

 5. Unfold, then fold just the top layer of the bottom point up to the top edge.

Tutorial - how to make a folded paper bookmark

6. Then tuck the left and right hand corners in underneath 

Tutorial - how to make a folded paper bookmark

7. So it looks like this and give a firm press down.

Tutorial - how to make a folded paper bookmark

8. Finally use to mark your favorite pages in your craft book.

Tutorial - how to make a folded paper bookmark

Alternatively use an old paper back to make the bookmark and use to mark where you are up to in your favorite bed time read. 

Tutorial - how to make a folded paper bookmark

Tutorial - how to make a Easter bunny egg cosy.

This is how to make my adapted version of the bunny egg cosy from this months Mollie Makes. 

1. Draw a simple paper template of a bunny shape making sure that the bottom circumference will fit your egg cup. Fleece Fabric has some stretch but don't rely on it fully. Then pin on to your fabric and draw around on both pieces of fabric

Tutorial - how to make a Easter bunny egg cosy.

 2. It should then look like this

Tutorial - how to make a Easter bunny egg cosy.

3. The to the right side of one piece of the fabric sew on your bunny face. I used some beads for the eyes and a combination of back stitch and satin stitch for the mouth and nose.

Tutorial - how to make a Easter bunny egg cosy.

4. Then right sides together pin both pieces of fabric and sew around your drawn line.

Tutorial - how to make a Easter bunny egg cosy.

5. Then cut out leaving a couple of millimeters seam allowance.

Tutorial - how to make a Easter bunny egg cosy.

6. Turn the right side out using a pencil or something else blunt to push the ears out. 

Tutorial - how to make a Easter bunny egg cosy.

7. Then add any extra embellishments you want to the front of the bunny

Tutorial - how to make a Easter bunny egg cosy.

8. Not forgetting a pom pom tail on the back

Tutorial - how to make a Easter bunny egg cosy.

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