Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Gifted Gorgeousness - May 2019

Hello my friends,

Today I’m joining up with Jo’s Gifted Gorgeousness ..... I’m a wee bit late actually, tee hee, but I had three little projects I really wanted to finish for this month, and I’ve done it!! Just in time.....

Gifted Gorgeousness is a SAL for showing any gifts we have received or given during the month ..... you can read more over at Jo’s blog - Serendipitous Stitching.(see link at bottom of this post)


This is a teeny trinket pot a friend from my handicraft group gave me, saying that she wouldn’t be likely to stitch anything tiny enough to fit, but she thought it was my sort of thing ..... being “tiny” that is!

I put off finishing the pot as I wasn’t sure "how to" without the fabric fraying. Once I read that it needed interfacing ironed on the back it didn’t take long to finish! I am wondering whether to give it to the same friend, after all, she had bought it for herself in the first place. What do you think, would she be happy?


And here is a little needle keeping set I started making at least two years ago, for my mum. 

At the time I started working on it I found it a little fiddly to join the front and the back together ..... and then I joined in with a few things on line ..... and only now found time to work out how to keep the back and front together while I bound it (there’s plastic in between to make it firm and flat, and wadding so that it is easy to thread a needle in the fabric on the front).

The idea was to help mum keep track of her wool needle for completing her knitted projects. Mum has Retinitis Pigmosa, which means she struggles to see and it’s really hard for her to keep track of her needles when they drop down and hide themselves! 

You might have guessed by now how much I like making sewing kits! A previous one I made for my mum can be seen here: Christina's notesBut, of course, the trouble is that I keep thinking of a better version! Tee hee!

..... there are pockets on the back for an unpicker/ripper, a pen/pencil and a teeny pair of scissors. They are my scissors in the photo, (I'm pretty sure mum has an identical pair that will fit) and I don’t seem to be able to buy this type any more ..... I don’t suppose any of you knows where to buy scissors this size? ..... they are teeny (3" x 2"), and they fold down. I have Googled "tiny scissors" but I haven't found anything really dinky. I did see a lovely black pair on a blog ..... but at the time I didn't know I needed them!


My third finish is “Seagulls and Stripes” which was a free gift from CrossStitcher magazine last year ..... cross stitched last Summer ..... but only now felt brave enough to stitch and cut the seams to complete it.
Seagulls and Stripes
Pattern from CrossStitcher

I added a bunting flag and a popper, to the end of the ribbon, on the back, so that I can hang it wherever I want. It might have been easier to turn the little banner through if I hadn’t used wadding! But then I like my stitching "puffy", so it had to be!!!

Now I'm off to catch up with all my blogging friends and see what everyone else has stitched for Gifted Gorgeousness this month! 

I hope you are all having a super summer!

Keep on stitching!

Barbara xxx


Rhona said...

I'm sure your friend would be delighted with the gift of the trinket pot. I love the little bird that you stitched for's the perfect size.
Your sewing kits are delightful and so handy. Have you tried amazon for the scissors? They tend to have everything you could possibly think of! Hope you manage to find them.

FlashinScissors said...

Hi Rhona,
Thank you for the tip ..... they do have scissors just like the ones I have shown here ...... but I’d still love to find out where they stock the teeny black scissors I saw - they weren’t listed on Amazon.
Thank you for visiting and for your helpful idea!
Barbara xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I'm sure your friend will be delighted to have the wee trinket pot - who wouldn't be? And your mom is going to be so happy with that lovely new sewing kit too.

Kim said...

Oh gosh, that bunting is teeny tiny. Such a sweet little bag for your mum. I love all the little pockets to hold everything. I don't have Retinitis Pigmosa but I seem to lose needles and pins all the time. =) I love the little trinket jar. Goodness you do lovely tiny cross stitching. Why yes, your friend would love this pretty as a gift.

Pamela said...

Three great finishes! You are very creative.

Ulrikes Smaating said...

Hej Barbara,
your little sewing kit is so amazing :0) love the pincushions too... cute little gifts! best wishes from denmark, ulrike :0)

Mary Ann Tate said...

Lots of really love work :)

Mini said...

Your friend knows you well, she surely love tiny stuff.
All your finishes are cute , I don't think I have seen needle case like that before.

Christine B said...

All your makes are fabulous Barbara and I think your friend would be delighted to have the little pot gifted back to her!! Hope you are having a nice week! Very hot here in Switzerland!! Christine xx

Kate @ Smiles From Kate said...

The little trinket box is quite lovely, I do like the design you chose, a nice change from a flower, I’m sure your friend would love to receive it. I don’t know where you would find tiny scissors but I do like the little sewing set, so many thoughtful touches.

Mary said...

Rhona, I think your friend would be delighted with your bluebird on the trinket box! I love your sewing case!!

Sheryl said...

Three lovely finishes Barbara, I think your friend would love the trinket pot so prettily embroidered and I love your sewing kit and agree that you see so many on the internet all different and tempting us to stitch them.

Jo who can't think of a clever nickname said...

Thanks for taking part in GG this month. The tiny pot is adorable, I am sure your friend would be delighted to receive it back as a gift.

Hope you find some nice tiny scissors soon.

Queeniepatch said...

Well done! Not one, but three finishes, and very nicely finished, too. Turning the padded bunting must have been hard, but you didn't give up.

RJ said...

Hello Barbara! Just got back home from a nice week at the beach and was so happy to see a new post from you. I always enjoy what you have stitched. Love all of your new finishes and know your friend will truly love the trinket pot. Have a great week. RJ@stitchingfriendsforever

rosey175 said...

I think your friend would be delighted to have it back! It sure is tiny! THAT CAT BUTTON. Argh that's the cutest thing ever existing ever. I would've thrown things around after trying to turn the padded bunting haha. I really dislike turning anything but fluffy stuff is a little more fun :D

Embroidery scissors are usually small, they even make mini versions that are around 2" long! The popular brands here in 'Merica are Gingher and Fiskars but they're generally around 3-4" long. Tiny Snips is a brand that makes some real small ones. Sullivan's Petites are also pretty teeny! I find the folding scissors to always be fiddly and upside down for me but I know Singer and Dritz both do a pair. They are still made though! said...

Love the Stitching. Looking forward to seeing more :)

Julie said...

A lovely gift for your mum.
The seagulls pillow turned out prettily.
Cute design for the tiny trinket box, what a nice friend to give you that.

Clare-Aimetu said...

Lovely work as always, your sewing kit is gorgeous

Janine @ Rainbow Hare said...

Wonderful makes, as always, Barbara. I love the little trinket box and the gift for your Mum is beautiful and will be very useful. I hope you are enjoying the Summer :)

Astrids dragon said...

I'd be thrilled to receive it back if it looked like that! Did you end up giving it to her?
What a precious sewing kit for your Mum, sorry I can't help with the scissors.
Your Seagull and Stripes looks great, I love the bunting!

White Rose said...

Hi Barb I have been commenting using my phone and have just discovered that for some reason it doesn't work.
What beautiful finishes Barb you are very clever my friend xx

handmade by amalia said...

I hope we're not expected to choose a favorite project, Barbara, because I love all three! You are so good at finishing projects. I hope you're having a great summer. I'm back from holiday and still struggling to settle back into my routine, plus it is very very hot around here just now. But I'm enjoying the tennis so much! Are you watching? And I love the idea of all the Wimbledon strawberries being picked up on the same day :-)

Benta AtSLIKstitches said...

Lovely stuff! I really like the pockets on the sewing kit

Ysnelda Solano said...

Hola Bárbara. Visitando algunos de tus post, y son preciosos los trabajos de costura y bordado que realizas.

Un gran abrazo.