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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More blackwork

After a six month break, today I made it back to the Royal School of Needlework!

It was a good day to be there as I got to attend a short Remembrance Day service. Very moving, especially with a piper playing!

Knowing how long I had been away from my blackwork, I spent the last 3 days trying to get my head around the piece and get as much as I could done so I could start on a new area.

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I had a really productive day, and got the jaw and mouth started and have a good plan for the rest of the head.

I’m really excited to get stitching again, unfortunately that might not be until next week now.

Tomorrow I have to finish a superhero cape for Ted to wear for Children in Need on Friday.

Thursday I’m volunteering at the Tower of London – helping to dismantle the poppies that have been displayed there..

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Back to black(work)

Hi folks, it’s been a while. Ted is settling well into school and I’m trying to get used to not having him around as much!

We took the first half term to settle him in and this half term im getting back to my blackwork and will get back to the RSN next week!

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I will admit I haven’t touched my blackwork this summer. I’ve been having way to much fun stitching my birds and setting up my Etsy shop..

When I left it I had decided that there was some unlocking to be done. So that has been the first job..

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Then, after tying up the loose ends, slowly putting it back in..

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Hopefully this photo, with my guide photo will show what I’m trying to achieve

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And one more..

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While I’m not sure if this helps any one else see my progress – I really find that taking photos helps me to see the shading. Much more so than looking straight at the stitching..

My husband says you still can’t see what she’s going to be, my son thinks it’s a turtle.. There’s some way to go yet!

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Adding to the flock; bird embroidery

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I’ve been having lots of fun with these birds! The robin above is already for Christmas. I have the pattern written up, I just need to work out how on earth to use the scanner! In the mean time it’slisted in my new Etsy store along with this great tit

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I’ve been having loads of fun playing with different stitches on these birds! Once I figure out the scanner the patterns will follow!

In the mean time I’m branching out and have started work on a dragon fly, inspired by seeing one when we took Ted to the farm last weekend.. Photos to follow!

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Kirstie’s Homemade Fair

I saw Kirstie’s Homemade Fair being advertised back in March and bought early bird tickets for my Mum and I to go for her birthday present.

We didn’t really know wharf to expect and coming a week after Ted stated school I hadn’t really put much thought into it.

As part of the ticket price you got to choose a grand make – we did gift wrapping with Jane Means. For which we tied fancy bows.

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We went to a talk, Kirstie Allsopp in conversation with Kaffe Fassett. I love his great use of colour and that he does stuff on such a big scale.

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The third thing was a smaller workshop where we made decopatch masks.

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While the workshops and talk were good fun, we enjoyed more just walking around seeing the array of different and creative stuff on offer. There were two shopping marquees and lots of smaller tents with drop in crafts going on.  The people watching fodder was amazing. Mum and I were fairly restrained in the end, but could easily have spent a fortune! ( I was aware that the knitting & stitching show is coming up).

I did buy this scarf pin, it’s actually to go with a scarf I bought the yarn to knit, but in the mean time it looks great with a fabric scarf.

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I also bought a couple of packs of fabric. I saw the tape measure fabric on quite a few stalls and love it! I need to make a plan to use it, but that’s a problem for another day ☺

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All in all the atmosphere was great and there were loads of amazing things on offer! We’ll be going back next year.

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First day of school

Today was Ted’s first day of school.
I took him off this morning with his brand new new uniform, his school bag, his book bag, wellies and P.E kit… Thankfully most of it stays there until half term!

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A while back Ted won an England hockey t shirt size 12-13 -it fit my husband and it was going to take a while for him to grow into it. So I decided it would make the perfect gym bag.

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I turned it into a draw string bag, with the front and back of the T-shirt lined with red cotton.

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Here he his this morning, modeling his new bag.

…and the verdict on school was it was great fun but when will we have P.E?

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