Archives for the month of: August, 2014

This is another Embroiderer’s Guild project I came across while I was tidying up, (one of many). It’s a scissor-keeper done in detached button-hole stitch. A new stitch to me, and it improved as I grasped it. This is the nearly finished first attempt. I then saw Alex’s and realised how messy mine was, big, uneven stitches. I pulled it all out and started again.


I did more smaller chain stitches round the edge of each petal. This in turn means that there are more detached buttonhole stitches too.20140219-153735.jpg

I’m about to start the second petal here. I’m much happier with how it looks.
20140219-153819.jpg I like the effect of the varigated thread.

20140219-153851.jpgI done burgundy french knots for the centre of the flower. I want to put some beads amongst them too. Then it’s almost ready to make up.

We’ve got two of our French friends from the local twinning coming to stay early next week. So I / we are on the usual tidying up mission before  they arrive.

It’s my long on-going battle to be more tidy / organised and every so often I read and try to put into practise “why am I so disorganised? sort out your stuff” by Dr Marilyn Paul. It’s certainly helped over the years; it’s now relatively rare for me to loose my keys / purse / glasses etc. because I do usually put them in their own place, and my time keeping is much better. But other things I’m still struggling with.

One of the things that came up was why you want to be more organised. Yesterday morning I’d written” … to have our home warm (cool) and comfortable with our interesting things displayed for our ( and others) pleasure and interest”.

I spent the morning sorting out books and embroidery and quilting magazines, and doing paperwork.

So going to Alex underatopazsky yesterday  afternoon  for a  break and a catch up was lovely. We did lots of nattering and exchanging of ideas, although we didn’t do any stitching I came away energised and inspired.

Her beautifully displayed collections made me think of my / our “treasures” that were hidden under a piles of junk and what I’d written in the morning.

Alex had given me a white cuff, which kept me awake in the early hours, ideas chasing around my head. So I was up at 5.30 to make a start (secret at the moment) and  after an hour of stitching and making notes, I went to look amongst this heap for a tiny wire butterfly. No luck, I’ll just have to tidy another area!


This was an area that still hadn’t been sorted since our water leak back at the end of 2012. It just looked altogether too daunting.

But it did go from this to this. I don’t know why the print tray was facing the wall. It’s improving already.


And soon, to this (just don’t look at the dining table!)


Lots of things I’d forgotten about.


Some I’ve collected since the original print tray (including another print tray) I did for  “Passions and Obsessions” for my A level art exam just over four years ago. It was a mixture of found and made “natural” objects: shells, pebbles, cones, butterflies (made in silk from my own photographs), feathers (all but one had dis-intergrated / been eaten), things that inspire and inform much of my work.


The butterflies are about life-size and the silk is so fine they flutter in the breeze.P1010867

IMG_2480  IMG_2479 I also found this arch /gateway which was one of the starting points of the wooden discs   and this old wooden nodding penguin had also been hidden away.IMG_2481

If I keep working away at small areas eventually they’ll all join together.

A small group of us from Scunthorpe Embroiderer’s Guild went and sat in the gardens of Scawby Hall yesterday afternoon to celebrate “national day of Stitch”. A beautiful setting and pleasantly warm. We were all working on our own projects and had a selection of finished work for folks to see too. As usual, lots of nattering alongside the stitching.

20140803-115135-42695009.jpgI continued with my memory quilt, the last two 9’s of 1999.

20140803-115134-42694747.jpgThen after just over an hour of stitching the heavens opened, a quick dash to the nearby greenhouse for shelter.

20140803-115328-42808080.jpgIt was good to be out of the raining,warm and dry, we’d all managed to put the sewing away before it got wet, but slightly soggy tops.

20140803-115135-42695275.jpgIt was beating down on the polythene,  reminding me of camping holidays, snug in your tent.

Once the rain stopped we retired to Scawby Church for tea and cakes. Cakes as good as usual Sue. The stitching and talking then continued. We were all enjoying ourselves and reluctant to pack up, but the tea volunteers were ready for home. We all agreed we should do it again soon.

20140803-115135-42695522.jpgI finished the last bit of stitching this morning, and hung it on the line to photograph. I’ve found the rest of the fabric to finish the sashing down the sides. Then it’s how to finish it off, my usual fleece on the back or something a bit more challenging? I’ve  some ideas, just need to try them out.