The dog’s quilt

We have a beige sofa in our kitchen. We have a 4 yr old boy and a springer spaniel who attracts mud like a magnet… and a beige sofa..

We have been using an old orange throw that the last who owned there house left for us.. It matches the traditional living room, but not so much in our light, sage green kitchen.

This has obviously been annoying my mum for some time as she loves things to match! So she made us this gorgeous quilt.

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Here’s a close up of the fabric..
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It looks amazing in our kitchen, but I’m ultra nervous of using it/ getting it dirty.

The question is who will be the first to make a stain?
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Beautiful birdie: a refresher in crewel work embroidery

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I’ve had a couple of weeks holiday recently, but am back and the excited to share my latest embroidery design with you..

This little birdie was loads of fun to stitch! When I did my Certificate I loved learning all the different stitches for crewel work. This was a great reminder of how to do some of those stitches!

Here’s a close up:

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This guy is now available to buy in my Folksy store.

.. And I’m starting work on a little friend for him.

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I love comments so don’t be shy, let me know what you think…

William Morris: finished stitching

This project has been all over the place – mostly coffee shops if I’m honest. But the stitching is finally finished..

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The hard work doesn’t stop here though

I need to mount the piece..

I’m turn between mounting it in a frame as I have my Royal School of Needlework pieces, or mounting it in a hoop.. The circular design might lend itself quiet nicely to being mounted in a round hoop.

What do you think??

Busy busy week: RSN exhibition and By hand London party

On Thursday I spent the day at Hampton Court, stewarding the RSN Certificate & Diploma exhibition.

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Unfortunately photography was not allowed in the exhibition, but I took some of the beautiful gardens..

I had a lovely day meeting some great people and showing off some amazing work.

Spending pretty much a whole day in the room with all that embroidery was amazing. It gave me a real opportunity to see the detail in the work. To spot the tiny amount of silver thread in the blackwork badger, and the tiny ball on a stumpwork golfer that was actually needle lace.

I took my William Morris piece with me so I had something to be working on when it was a bit slow ( I didn’t get very much done!). I got some lovely compliments on it and hopefully will be able to share the finished piece soon!!

This was followed by a party on Friday night. A while ago I contributed to a kickstarter project that my husband spotted. The lovely girls of By hand London were looking for funds to set up a print studio for printing your own design on fabric.

Friday night was a thank you to all the people who had supported the project. We descended on a quiet Street in Peckham, the locals kept looking out of their windows and the police kept driving by to see what was going on. Most of the women there were clothing sewers so there was a great array of colourful dresses on display. I was wearing a shop bought skirt which I was asked for the pattern for several times :)

Being a bad blogger I didn’t take any photos, but I’ve spotted a couple of posts from some of the lovely people I met, so linky love goes here and here

it has totally inspired me to have a go at making clothes for myself. I spotted this circle skirt this morning.. Just need to look for some fabric.  All of mine is 100% cotton quilting fabric.. Just don’t tell my husband!

More William Morris embroidery

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Yesterday I had a busy day stitching on my William Morris embroidery.

It started the day looking like this:

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I’ve done a lot of the stitching on this one in my local coffee shop! I spent an hour doing French knots on one of the flowers.

I spent the afternoon finishing that flower by outlining the petals in stem stitch.

The final flower I kept simple, the leaves are feather stitch, the centre is cream satin stitch and the outlines are stem stitch.

Here’s a close up of all 4 flowers.

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I just have 3 leaves to go to finish it up! Then comes the mounting..