A stitchy weekend

I got to do a bit of stitching at the weekend – I haven’t had much of a chance recently – and it was lovely to get the sewing machine going and have a dig around in my fabric stash. The reason for this stitching? Well, a long time ago I made an online pal a crochet hook wrap:

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I always wonder how well my makes stand up over the years, so it is very reassuring when someone comes back to me for something else. My friend asked me if I would make a wrap for her daughter – I was so pleased, and so delighted that she is passing on her crochet skills to her little girl.

Very fortunately, because I couldn’t find my project notes for the original version (see how efficient I am!) from back in 2012, I have recently written a crochet wrap pattern for a book that’s coming out next year.  Here’s how it looks inside. Lots of pockets, little and large…with a space for scissors too.

 

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The raspberry coloured lining is a shot cotton from Kaffe Fassett, and the spotty linen is by Sevenberry in a shade called Heather. That lovely cross hatch is from (of course) Carolyn Friedlander’s glorious Architextures collection.

Here’s how the wrap folds. It’s the first time I’d made this pattern using patchwork sections – I love the way it panned out. I like to make a nice distinction between the patchwork and the main fabric, so I used my own tutorial to remind me how to insert some more of the shot cotton in the seam (that’s the real advantage of formally writing tutorials and patterns…. I can’t lose them…).
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Here’s the wrap all finished. I really hope the recipient enjoys it and finds as much fun in crochet as I have over the last few years.

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Over the next couple of days I will have the sewing machine on overtime, making a stocking for another online friend… I made one each for her 3 boys a couple of years back, and she now has another gorgeous little boy… so another stocking is required!  Just hope I can get it to match – guess what, I can’t find my original project notes!!

Anyone want a job as my secretary?

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The giveaway winner and the next window!

I’ve done the draw for the Liberty bundle giveaway… the winner is:

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Comment number 18 was left by Stephanie (whose lovely blog, My Calico Heart) you might know. Congrats Stephanie, I will be in touch to find out your details, and who you want your additional prize to go to.

Today’s advent treat applies to the whole weekend – 15% off everything in my Etsy and Folksy shops with the coupon code ADVENT15. Enjoy!

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Liberty Lawn Giveaway: Very Berry Fabrics in Advent

If you hadn’t noticed, every day I am opening a new window on the Very Berry Fabrics Advent Calendar and revealing a lovely festive treat! Today I wanted to do something to celebrate the season of thoughtful gifts with a giveaway with a difference…

So here it is! Advent promotion day 11

The prize is a bundle of 6 mini-singles (9″x12″) pieces of Liberty Lawn of your choice from my current stock (on Folksy, or on Etsy). AND the winner will also nominate a friend to receive a second bundle of their choice.

Rules:

  • This is a quick little giveaway – I will do the draw this time tomorrow (12 December 7pm GMT), before the next Advent offer window opens.
  • All you need to be in with a chance to win is to leave a comment about the ups and downs of gift giving (or a ‘yes please’ will always suffice!).
  • The giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world, so don’t let that stop you. Good luck!

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Bargain Liberty lawn scraps today!

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Dragonfly Giveaway Winners

So the winner of the Dragonfly giveaway left comment number 16:

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That comment was left by the mysteriously named Laa La! Fortunately I have an email address and I will be in touch. Congratulations to you!

The second comment to be selected by Mr Random was number 10:
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Comment number 10 was left by Lucie J – congrats to you Lucie, I will be emailing very soon.

The third and fourth prize winners were comments number 78 and 74.

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Comment number 78 was left by Amanda – congrats to her!

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And finally, comment number 74 was left by Sunnybec. Congratulations – I will be in touch.

Thanks to all for taking part, and don’t forget you can use the code DEC14 at Dragonfly fabrics until this time next week.

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Another window opens on the Very Berry Advent Calendar

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For day 9 of the Very Berry Fabrics Advent Calendar, I really wanted to put together a Christmassy feeling bundle, so pulled out some red and greens to combine. I am not sure it has quite the festive feel I wanted (but can you imagine it compared with some white linen to make a starry Christmas table runner? Gorgeous!), but I love the combination so much, I’ve decided to stick with it.

So just for today, this bundle is available at just £8.30, instead of the usual £9.30.

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Hope you like it!

You can find it in my Folksy shop, and in my Etsy shop.

 

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Winter Sparkle Cross Stitch

My original plan for my card for my Winter Sparkle Artist Trading Card swap was to do a little cross stitch sampler of Christmassy Fair Isle Patterns, in a lovely Scandi-style red & white combo. So I started googling for some free snowflake stitch patterns and was distracted by all the lovely cross stitch Christmas tree patterns, like these on Pinterest. So, in the end I decided to go with a hybrid of the two:

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I am no cross-stitcher (I like to do something new for ATC swaps, if I can), but it struck me that it was easy enough to design something, given enough graph paper and felt tip pens. Well, all I can say is, thank goodness for downloadable graph paper

The really tricky part was that, to get as much detail as I wanted in a 3.5″ by 2.5″ space, it needed to be teeny-tiny, with a lot of stitches per inch. So I bought some Zweigart 32 count Belfast linen in antique white from Cloud Craft and used one strand of DMC embroidery thread worked over just 1 thread of the linen. To be honest, if I hadn’t had a magnifying desk lamp, I would have given up and done something else instead. But with the lamp it was ok (just had to take the lamp on holiday with us!), and, of course, if you work from bottom to top, you are encouraged by the fact that each row is shorter than the last!

When I ordered the linen, I also spotted some lovely red lace trim at Cloud Craft, and I was hopeful that it would make a good edging to the card. I am so pleased it worked out so nicely – I hope my partner will be too.

Just in case anyone is interested, I have created a cross stitch chart of the tree pattern. You don’t have to work it so small!! You can download the file by clicking on the image below.

Christmas tree chart mini version

Hope all you other Winter Sparkle swappers are having as much fun as I have!

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