Monday, 31 March 2014

Fabric of the week - Wolf

Wolf fabric now available in my Spoonflower shop.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Four exotic floral embroidery templates

Continuing on a floral theme. My latest set of embroidery templates are now available in my Etsy store for instant download. So there is nothing stopping you stitching them up today!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Four flower heads embroidery templates

Four unusual flower heads that could be used to embroider anything or simple stitched and mounted in a hoop.
This pattern is available to download instantly from my Etsy shop. In it you get  two PDF files.
One of the embroidery pattern, the other contains image of embroidery on a hoop with instructions for the basic stitches to be used.
I have not included any advice on thread or colour choices as I think it's better to leave that up to you to fit with your colour preferences, decor etc. 
Straight off the printer, each design measures no larger than 7cm x 7cm, but it can easily be scaled up or down with your computer or copier. 

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Poodle embroidery template

Poodle embroidery template
I've got a new embroidery template now available in my Etsy store. It's for a cute poodle and would look great stitched on kids clothing or mounted in a frame. 
 I've stitched my design up on hand dyed linen and have yet to decided what to do with it. I love that fact I've stitched it in grey on pink. It's looks so good in the frame I may just hang it up in my study.
Poodle embroidery template

Monday, 24 March 2014

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Love shoes embroidery template - shoe bag

I am still in love with embroidery and I wanted to combine that with my love of shoes. Who cannot love shoes!
Love shoes embroidery template - shoe bag

 I chose to keep the colour palette simple and stitched the design on unbleached calico, using just backstitch and satin on the front of the shoe. It looks great mounted in a hoop but I also thought it would look good on something practical too.
Love shoes embroidery template - shoe bag
 So I turned it in to a show bag, perfect to keep that special pair dust free and protected from the sun. Why not download the pattern from my Etsy store and make one for your special pair. Wedding shoes would be perfect stored in this cute bag.
Love shoes embroidery template - shoe bag
To make it I just cut two large rectangles of calico. Check that your shoes will fit. Size dependant. I only have very small feet. Then stitch the design on one rectangle of calico. Zig Zag stitch the sides and bottom and turn the top edge and stitch for a neat finish. Place the two sides together, right sides facing in. Pin together sandwiching a length of ribbon one one edge to make the tie. Stitch around the sides and bottom. Turn out and there you have it!

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Flower embroidery template.

Spring is definitely in the air and seeing all the flowers start to bloom in my garden. I just had to stitch some up. This is the latest embroidery design I have created and you can buy an instant download PDF file of it to stitch up some flowers of your own at my Etsy store. Perfect for Easter.

Monday, 17 March 2014

Fabric of the week - Dragonfly

Dragonfly fabric now available in my Spoonflower shop.

Saturday, 15 March 2014

Top 10 Black work inspirations.

I love Black work! I am always amazed how many different looks you can achieve with just one colour of thread. I have been wanting to do more and when looking for inspiration I came across some great sites and thought that I should share.

1. For an amazing take on black work. Take a look at Backstitch's blog where there is some great inspiration for using black work to shade objects. The Sphere is definitely my favourite and reminds me of graphics lessons at school.

2. I know I just said about the beautiful effects you can get with just one colour but I just had to share Ristina's work which is just stunning.

3.For something a bit different. Why not try combining Black work stitch with other materials like doe-c-doe does on her beautiful black work and red buttons design. I love the simple colour scheme and the elegant floral look about it. She also provides the pattern so you can have a go yourself.
Blackwork embroidery embellished with buttons - very cute and effective :-)

4. When I was looking for Black work inspiration I was drawn to the more unusual uses for black work and this is definitely one. It is such a novel way to decorate a snails shell and it makes a simple garden creature a star!

5. For a great free pattern to get you started in the art of Black work try the Making spot which has a Free Black work strawberry pattern.

 Blackwork strawberry pin cushion

6. For a free pattern that's a good place to start as it's fairly simple, try looking at Hub pages Free Valentine's Black work heart pattern.
Free Blackwork Valentine's Heart Pattern.

7. Or if you are a little more experienced in black work or just fancy more of a challenge try &stitches for their Black work hearts.
: Blackwork pattern for you to try!

8. If you want to buy some beautiful black work then look no further than Cherrie Wheeler designs on Etsy
Blackwork Rabbits and Hearts
Blackwork on Linen Embroidered Woodland Rabbit Ornament. $15.00, via Etsy.

I just love the rabbits!

9. Or this wonderful deer design using negative space by Maria Dryden
Deer in Blackwork -- maria Dryden -- interesting use of negative space with such a patterned background

10. Finally if you haven't already visited my Etsy shop I have a great Christmas Black work design available.
Counted cross stitch Red work Christmas trees digital cross stitch pattern

Thursday, 13 March 2014

Aquatic, crab and fishes hand embroidery templates

As you can tell I am still enjoying a hand embroidery revival at Craft with Cartwight and my latest theme is aquatic. I just love the simple fishes, happy crab and the very grumpy fish. I hope you like them too. They are available for instant download at my Etsy store and I can't wait to see what you guys stitch them up onto.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Set of six hand embroidery Chicken designs.

I had forgotten quiet how much I loved hand embroidery. I have been so wrapped up with the spell of those little crosses I had forgotten the simple joy of Backstitch and French knots. So when I rediscovered some sketch books with line drawings in, I knew they would be perfect to turn into hand embroidery. The first set are just in time for Easter and they are available for instant download on my Etsy shop. I love if you bought the design to post me some pics of what you stitch up! I think they would look great on table linen for Easter.

Carrot tarte tatin

Carrot tarte tatin
I had another go at a recipe from 'Vegetables from the Earth to the table'. It was for a lovely Carrot tarte tatin. The carrots were amazing, so sweet and tender. The only negative to the recipe was that it required much more puff pastry then I needed which resulted in a thick pastry bottom which was a little dense and far too filling. I would halve the pastry if I was to make the recipe again. 

Monday, 10 March 2014

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Mollie Makes issue 30 rose cross stitch pattern.

Just a quick one from me. You may well of noticed that I love cross stitch and when little patterns turn up in craft magazines I can't help but be distracted from what I'm currently sewing and have to whip up the pattern. This one was from Issue 30 of Mollie Makes Magazine and was intended to be framed in an embroidery hoop. I changed it and mounted it in a card which I think will make a super birthday card or Mother's day card.

Friday, 7 March 2014

How to make a fabric gift bag

How to make a fabric gift bag

First cut four squares of fabric 20cm by 20cm. Two will be the outside of the bag and two for the lining. I chose to use Purple bloom and Bellflower from my Spoonflower shop and some polka dot purple fabric for the lining. 
How to make a fabric gift bag
Pin the outside fabrics together right sides facing in and sew around the sides and the bottom. Leaving the top open.
Then repeat for the lining.
How to make a fabric gift bag

How to make a fabric gift bag
 Place the lining inside the bag right sides facing in and sew around the top leaving a turning gap. Pull through and slip stitch the gap shut.
Place your gift inside and secure with some ribbon.
How to make a fabric gift bag
Bloom fabric available in my Spoonflower shop
How to make a fabric gift bag

Bellflower fabric available in my Spoonflower shop 

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

baby led weaning - oat and raisin cookies

baby led weaning - oat and raisin cookies
These cookies were a hit with my 10 month old but unfortunately with my eldest and my hubby so they didn't hang around for long. You can always increase the quantities and freeze halve if you wanted.

50g Butter
40g caster sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
30g plain flour
30 porridge oats
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
30g raisins chopped 

Preheat the oven to 180c gas mark 4
Beat the butter, sugar and vanilla together. 
Add all the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly 
Form into 10 balls and place on two baking sheets.
Bake for 15 minutes.
Allow to cool on the tins before lifting.


Monday, 3 March 2014

Fabric of the week - hot air balloon ride

Available now in my Spoon flower shop. Hot air Balloon ride, perfect for dress making or children's playrooms / bedrooms

Saturday, 1 March 2014

Valentine's cross stitch card re-vamp

Last Valentine's day I made my Hubby this card from a pattern out of Cross stitcher Magazine.

Well last week when we had been having a bit more of a clear out as you'll remember our resolution this year was to de-clutter. When I noticed the card was on the junk pile. Sentimentality is not my husband's strong point or recognition of all the hard work either it seems!
So I had to save it and it seemed a shame not to put all that hard stitching to good use. So I turned it into a pin cushion as I can never have enough.


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