Monday, June 29, 2020

Gifted Gorgeousness - June 2020

Hi all,

Gifted Gorgeousness - run by Jo of Serendipitous Stitching - is our chance to show off stitched gifts (primarily cross stitch) we have given or received during the month. The sign up date is 15th, closing at the end of that month.  Visit Jo HERE to read all about it, and maybe "sign up" too?  And go here to see who else joined in this month. 

This picture is the button provided by Jo to show we are joining her.

GG button

I only have one gift to show you this month.

Over on Instagram  Zoe Mayson (@zoemayson) offered her lovely scraps to make a hexie pincushion, and I was one of the lucky ones who won some of them, and since finishing it I fell in love with making hexagons again!

Hexie pincushion

Hexagon pincushion

After the pincushion one thing led to another and I found this lovely pattern for a hexagon needle book by Emma of Vintage Sewing Box. I have finished but I don’t think I have a photo of the actual finished item!

Hexagon Needlecase

Hexagon Needlecase - back

Since "lock down" started I’ve been stitching more of my Cocoa Sampler, (from Cross Stitcher magazine) and it’s getting pretty close to a finish now!

Cocoa Sampler
A reminder of how it was looking. 

Cocoa Sampler
Now I've added the white stitches and the Owl is
finished except for the dreaded backstitch! 

Cocoa Sampler
 also finished the green and blue chequerboard pattern!
Stitched most of the white in the heading and now I need to decide what to do with the sheep - its too high up and some of the pattern won't fit in ..... its a matter of how to frog it!

Cocoa Sampler

I really like cross stitch but I only have two projects on the go. I want to stitch more but can't find anything suitable. I'm going to stitch a flower for Claire (Aimetu's Stitching) but I haven't found one yet. So there will be a few more cross stitch projects in the pipe-line.

If you are passing by on Instagram you can find me as @flashinscissors.

Barbara xxx

Sunday, June 14, 2020

This is it! The Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade

Hello my friends,

Oh dear, I thought I'd be able to use the old Blogger system but it seems I am forced into using the new one as it was the only way I could access my photos!

Today I am joining Ida's Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade, you will see the link top right. Do pop over to read all the details ..... there are prizes to be won!!!

  • This is my absolute favourite, I call her my Polka Dot Lady, I wonder why, but I never put a pin in her. Do you like her face mask? It's crocheted, based on an actual face mask pattern I saw on the web! It can cover her mouth but then she gets too hot!
Polka Dot Lady

I am always searching for the perfect sewing kit, and each one I make seems to be the best idea!

I find I use different pincushions in different places!

When I started making this one I was actually meaning to make a pincushion in the shape of a bag, but when I came to fill the pincushion I found I couldn’t help lining it and making it into a bag!

  • Inside there is room for two cotton reels, and pockets for scissors, a ripper, and pencil. 
Then, on the front, space to keep a needle threader handy.

The pincushion and thread keeper are attached by poppers 
and can be tucked inside the bag for safekeeping. 

  • I use this skinny pinnie (1.5" x 5.5") at the sewing machine: 

with rubber on the base it doesn't slip.

and it sits neatly next to the needle as I stitch!

  • This is one I made this year and showed on my Instagram account (@flashinscissors). The fabric came from Zoe Mayson @zoemayson.

  • and lastly two I've recently finished - 

It’s not too late to join in - pop over to Ida's to read all the details!

Barbara xxx