The haberdashery

I said in my last post that my husband called it the office I called it my sewing room – I think we can now call it the haberdashery!

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It is floor to ceiling fabric, and embroidery supplies and I can actually get to everything now!

I have discovered things I didn’t remember I had..

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These were the first two nice quilting fabrics I bought. I still haven’t decided what to do with them, but I love them!

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I have a whole box of crochet yarn and I can’t crochet. Something that will have to change this year!

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This is a close up of my fabric shelves. I didn’t realise how much felt and toy stuffing I had.. The fabric needs sorting out a bit better – when the room’s finished I’ll iron it all and make it a bit neater..

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This whole pile is embroidery fabrics – linen twill, silk and calico – I won’t need to buy any more for a while.

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Likewise embroidery threads – the big box labeled threads is full off tapestry wools

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I think I may need to do some more canvas work!

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I sorted through all my books & magazines as well.. I can actually reach them now to get inspiration!

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One last photo to prove I don’t just hoard everything, I did throw a fair amount out!

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Studio/office remodel

Since we moved into our house the years ago, Duncan and I have had a war over the small bedroom. I called it the seeing studio and he called it the office.. In reality it was neither!

There was a built in wardrobe and cupboard – the kind that goes above a bed.. Which I stored all my embroidery paraphernalia and fabric in. But the office desk was so big we couldn’t open the wardrobe door to access any of it. This has meant that for the past three years I couldn’t get to half my stuff and the stuff I really needed never got out away.

So this weekend my wonderful husband ripped out the old and now we have this..

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Floor to ceiling, shelves. Waiting to be filled!
Let the sort out begin!

– I’m just waiting for my online shop to come tomorrow with bin bags….

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Blackwork – the final push

I am so close to finishing my blackwork piece.

I had a lesson at the RSN earlier in the week and added her whiskers. All that’s left before I take her off the frame and mount is to remove all the tacking stitches I put in to outline the design.

This is painstakingly slow, using tweezers and a blunt needle – and good light and trying not to undo any of the end I’ve so carefully tied in! I’ve spent 3 mornings this week working on it when the light is good. But I still have a few more to work on.

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Here’s the almost finished piece! – the line at the top of the shoulder is a needle..

Next up is appliqué – I’ve already started looking for fabrics. I’ve spent so long on Elsa I’m really looking forward to starting something new.

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Happy new year

2015!

January is a great time for resolutions and I seen to be making quite a few!

We decided to switch our bedrooms around. My lovely husband has spent a few of his precious holiday days decorating our new room. Which has led to a bit of a spring clean –  we’ve cleaned the carpets (with a rug doctor and everything) and I’ve gone through my wardrobe – there’s quite a pile for the charity shop.

Im also trying to get fitter in 2015, my friends and I are training for the London 2 Brighton walk in May. I might not do it, but am starting the training with them. So far we’re swimming weekly, which I really missed over Christmas!

The final thing is to try and use my time better, plan a bit more so I can get more done while Ted is at school.
A good friend bought me a diary for Christmas, it’s lovely with a William Morris design.

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Duncan and I use Google calendar – his mainly for work and I can put things in his or see if he’s busy so we hopefully don’t double book ourselves. So I wasn’t sure to begin with how much I would get out of the diary, but I couldn’t bear not to use it. So I’m using it as a planner for my to do lists and hopefully this will help me to make more of my time..

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Excuse the terrible photo – I was trying not to get my fingers in. As you can see I can now tick off blog about resolutions!
Now I have to empty all the bedding out of what will be Duncan’s wardrobe..

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Memory quilts

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Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a fun festive period. We have had a lovely time and still have family staying with us.

I’m taking advantage of a quiet half hour to finally share a project that had me busy in the run up to Christmas.

I made my nephew and niece a memory quilt each. Something I’ve been going to do for a while and have really love working on.

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I managed to incorporate some pockets, trims and a big bow into Anna’s quilt – which I was pretty pleased with!

And after Ted goes back to school I have another to work on for a friend’s children.. After which I shall offer memory quilts as a listing on my Etsy store

New bird embroidery commission

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A good friend of mine asked me to do a bird embroidery for her parents for their Christmas present.
We had a look through a bird book together and she said they like nut hatches so I created the sketch above to work from.

I had loads of fun stitching this one, but really felt the pressure of it being a commission! I always try to create the best embroidery I can, but this one had a predetermined home and I didn’t want to let Kate down!

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Thankfully she’s really happy with the finished result and I hope her parents will be too!

Check out the rest of my bird embroideries here..

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