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For some reason I have not been able to get into my blog in the last few weeks. Time has been pretty tight, and on the odd few occasions when I’ve tried to blog, it just wouldn’t work. Frustrating!

This is one of the things I’ve worked on and finally finished. It needed sequins and beads, lining and cording.

I used two different size gold sequins put randomly around the embroidery. I seen one or two others finished and realised that I needed to keep the sequins in quite tight to fit them on the front and to keep them away from the seam at the bottom.


A selection of beads in the same  and toning colours as the stitching were used to anchor the sequins down.


This lemon printed fabric came with the kit for the lining.


Much as I like it, it wasn’t right with the colours of the embroidery and the design was too large.

The burgundy and gold from my rose window quilt worked much better. I used the burgundy for the french knots and beads for the flower centre.


The embroidered piece was machine stitched to the lining with right sides together, leaving a small gap for turning through on one side which was hand stitched. The two sides were hand stitching together to make the back seam.

The same burgundy stranded cotton was used for  cording that edged the seams across the top and down the back.


Detail of the corded back seam.


The finished scissor keeper. The end of the cord made a tiny tassel at the bottom.



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.

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.

I’ve finished the miniature embroidery, from Alison Larkin’s workshop at Scunthorpe Embroiderer’s Guild from a couple of weeks ago. I needed good light, my reading glasses and a magnifier to see what I was doing. I’ve seen a couple of the other’s finished work, we had all got favourite areas on our own work (mine was the bottom leaf) and bits we weren’t quite happy with (the centre flower). However, several of us found this small scale a challenge, split stitch with a single strand of floss is not the easiest thing to do. I have often admired miniature work in the past and thought I should have a go while my eyes were good enough to see small scale. Whether I will do more I’m not sure, it certainly needs lots of patience as well as good eyesight. I just need to make it up now.


Close up of miniature embroidery


Detail of miniature embroidery


Finished miniature embroidery.

We had a choice of three kits; burgundy / maroon (the bottom image is the truest colour), blue or green. It looks very different in other colour ways, have a peak at Alex’s  green version at‎          


These are the flours I had for Mother’s Day! Miles doesn’t know (nor me) what the blue one is – I guess it’s a fine flour for cake-making. I’ve not had much success with rye bread in the past, but we had a talk from a bread-maker (Linda Hewitt) at WI a couple of months ago and all of her recipes I’ve tried have been successful and she’s given me some tips.20140330-202000.jpg


We had an Alison Larkin workshop at Embroiderer’s Guild on Saturday morning, and her talk in the afternoon. Miniature embroidery. Glasses and a magnifier for me. Very fine poly cotton to stitch on with a single strand of embroidery floss – 1:12 scale.


Split stitch with a single strand of floss


Detail of split stitch. The hoop is 10 cm (4inches) diameter.


Back stitch outline on leaf


Detail of start of whipping on back stitch.


Finished whipped back stitch.


Seeding and square trellis stitch on leaf.


Slanted satin stitch over split stitch outline on bud.

Much as I enjoyed working on a small scale I found it hard on my eyes and certainly need to work in good light. I don’t have Alison patience and attention to detail, she also works in smaller scales, 1:24, 1:48 and even 1: 144, but 1:12 is quite fine enough for me!


Inside or outside of the box bottom?


Where has the 6 months gone since I last posted?  (Written in June and couldn’t upload photos). I couldn’t believe it was so long. I have done lots of creative work, mainly work for my fine art degree course, much of which I don’t like to post before it has been assessed (tomorrow and then the feedback).

I have now finished a fabric box that I made at a workshop with Rachel Lombard Scunthorpe Embroiderer’s Guild a month or so ago. I got on really well on the day and almost finished it much to my and everyone else’s surprise – I just needed to sew up the sides on the base and the top, but wanted to photograph it first. There were a couple of options of which way I should stitch the base, the same way as the top or a contrast. The top I had little choice about as the fabric bubbled slightly when I ironed on the iron-on vilene, so the design on the top was to hid / disguise this as much as possible.

Gold thread used for  the  joining stitching

In the end I decided it worked best with the contrasting top and bottom.

It was Embroiderer’s Guild again yesterday. What fun I had. We were making ‘quick’ Christmas wall hangings using an old Christmas card for inspiration. I couldn’t find any that especially grabbed but did find some really blingy scraps that I bought cheap ages ago that I had no idea how I would ever use them. I didn’t even like the colours – pinks and purples. Totally out of my comfort zone, but a challenge to push your own boundries occassionally.

Well I got out my bits out and wondered what I could do with them. I wanted to cut them into small sections or cut out ‘windows’ and put things behind or something. Not sure. So I went for a wander to look at all the bits that had been provide to use, add to what you’d got or just inspire. And I found this card.

Perfect. Right colours and shapes. So the fabrics were ironed on to bond-a-web, then I cut out alternate squares at the top to give a castellated effect and holes for windows and doors, I put some of the same fabric in silver behind the holes, some at angles to look like leaded windows. The shimmery bluey, turquoise was bond-a-webbed to the french navy background fabric, then the buildings laid on top and ironed down.

When I got home I just laid on the stars to see how it’ll look.

A bigger silver one in the middle.

The colours don’t look true on the photo of the whole piece  and it needs some more work yet, but I’m pleased with it so far even though it is nothing like my usual work. And if you can’t have bling at Christmas I don’t know when you can!!

I’ve been to Scunthorpe Embroiderer’s Guild today, it was a workshop  called ‘The Midas Touch’ with Lynne Porter. The day went really quickly – a sure sign we were having fun.

There were 3 different sets of materials to work with, each theoretically lasting an hour, but before I knew five and a half hours had gone by. It worked really well, 3 work areas were set up and Lynne moved round every 10 minutes or so having given us a demonstration on what we could do with the materials, left us experimenting  (OK – playing) with them for 20 minutes as she showed the other 2 groups then came back with more ideas or other bits of the kit to use.

At the end of each hour the equipment baskets were moved to the next group and we started with the next kit.

The first session was working with metal shim and metal mesh.

The first sample reminded me of smocking, I’ll maybe stitch into it sometime.

This one was a  daisy stencil that I changed the layout.

I continued with the daisy theme for most of the day.