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Monday 22 December 2014

Christmas Post

In my last post I showed you the cards that I had sent to my swap partners in Sheila's Christmas postcard swap. I have finally received my second card - it was posted on to me from France by a friend - so I can show both of my cards to you.

This card is from Sunny (heres the picture for you Sunny!)

It is beautifully handstitched.

This card is from Janet.

It is not easy to see on this picture but the background is beautiful kantha stitching.

Thank you both very much for your cards and thank you Sheila for organising another swap for us.


For some time now I have been admiring the beautiful Cottage Garden Threads that some of my Australian friends have been using and I have been looking for a European supplier, to no avail! I happened to mention this to Maria and the lovely lady very kindly offered to send me a pack to try - how kind is that?
When the envelope arrived it not only contained the CGT but also some beautiful variegated green silk thread from Colour Streams and a gorgeous Fabric Patch!

The variegated CGT is beautiful - just my colours - as is the fabric patch

butterflies and passion flowers. (I know - I should have taken it out of the cellophane to photograph!)

Thank you very much Maria - if you don't know Maria's blog then do go and visit The Next Stage, Maria makes the most beautiful knitted throws!

I will leave you with a couple of photographs from Lyme Regis which we visited on Saturday.

And wish you all a very Happy Christmas and Peaceful (stitchy) New Year.

Tuesday 9 December 2014

Christmas Postcards

Now that all of my Christmas postcards for Sheila's swap have arrived I can show you the ones that I sent.

I made these by bondawebbing foil sweet papers onto purple velvet ( the cheap stretchy sort) and then on the first one adding a few bits of iron on coloured foil. I covered the cards with a sheer fabric and then did some free motion stitching all over. I enjoyed making these - and especially eating the chocolate to get the foils!
Hope you are having a good week

Saturday 6 December 2014

FNWF for December

The first Friday in December and it is Friday Night with Friends hosted as usual by Cheryl. Thank you Cheryl and welcome to any new visitors to my blog.

Having completed my latest crazy block I was looking around for some hand sewing to do in the evenings and decided that it was time that my Dear Jane saw the light of day again!

I already had some blocks cut out and ready to sew and decided that this one needed to be tackled asap so that I could get on to something a little less complicated!

Fidly this one and I must admit that I had already started it the night before, after I had completed this one


which took no time at all.

It is very chilly here now, winter has definitely arrived!

I hope you are having a good weekend.

Tuesday 2 December 2014

Autumn Crazy finish!

My Autumn crazy block is finished!! Well apart from a few additions around the edges when the sashing is on.
This has been fun to do - I've tried out a few new stitches and techniques and love my finished block. Here are a few details.

Another finish this week has been this little pincushion using a Jenny of Elefantz design.

This is a gift for a friend so I added a pocket on the back for a nice new sharp pair of embroidery scissors. I hope she likes it!

In the post today was the lovely pack of Kona solids that I won in the Canada Blogathon from Sew-Sisters. What a lovely collection of colours.

And, finally winter has arrived. Temperatures have dropped from 25 on Sunday afternoon to 5 degrees today! The birds are busy feeding on our fat balls and peanuts and, hopefully, the numbers of flies and hornets around will decrease rapidly too!

It seems very quiet in blogland - I expect everyone is busy with Christmas stitching. Hope you all have a good week.