I had a tidy up of my sewing room yesterday.
My cutting table had been piled high with 'goodies' that needed to be out of little Frankie's reach, so I spent most of the afternoon sorting through and re-housing them all.
That's when I remembered I'd not yet shown you two recent finishes. Back HERE you saw the bluework version of the Gentle Domesticity embroidery, but since then I have framed it for display in my home office, right near the fabric shelves...
The little crochet heart was a gift from my friend Heather, and the blue button was a present from my adopted little sis, Vikki. Those additions make this design even more precious because they both have beautiful homemaker hearts.
My second finish was the "Living & Powerful" design which will become the feature for a new cover on my old blue Bible...
I stitched this on a large piece of cream hanky linen (a cotton/linen blend) because I intend adding appliqued leaves and a vine over the rest of the cover before it's ready for my Bible.
My 'works in progress' are kind of a secret as they are the first Elefantz Christmas designs for 2015, but I will show you a peek at one...
It's the first of five I have ready to stitch over coming weeks. I chose a beautiful Tilda print to border this one and a handful of Cosmo threads to blend the design perfectly with the fabric.
I think you'll like the Elefantz Christmas Series this year, especially the Snow-Pear Man.
Yes, you read that right - you see, I don't like snowmen so I needed to design something I did like, and if you're a long time reader you know I collect pears, so in my head a Snow-Pear Man made perfect sense!
But I'll wait another week to show him off and leave you guessing about his identity for now. Cheeky? Yes.
We have just two more blocks left before this years free BOM, "Vintage Kitchen" is finished, so I was thinking of closing the year with a simple Christmas stitch-a-long in October and November.
Lecien Fabrics sent me a charm square pack of Yuletime and I was in love as soon as I let those 5 inch squares flutter across my work table...
Aren't they beautiful?!
My idea is to share 8 mini embroidery blocks that only take an hour to sew, offered via the blog each Wednesday during October and November. They would make a sweet mini quilt if I display them simply amongst 5 inch squares!
So, if you think this would be a fun project to play along with, leave a comment and let me know.
I haven't drawn the designs yet, but I'll share them as freebies during those eight weeks.
You would need one charm square pack and some yardage for quilt backing and binding.
Sounds simple enough, yeh?
A sweet fat quarter of 'unknown' fabric arrived in the mail this week from Kristyne at Pretty By Hand.
I'd seen it on her blog and enquired about it's designer but it was without the informative side of the selvedge so bless her heart, she posted it to me!
Do you know the name of this print?
I've put it aside for a very special Christmas project because I'm a firm believer that any fabric will work for the festive season when you used wisely.
If you've not visited Kristyne's blog yet you'll find it over here
The full set of July Stitchery Club patterns were emailed to all my Club members yesterday, but I've also listed them as three individual sets HERE in my shop today for non-member purchases.
The Hussif Designs
(I'll share a 5 day detailed tutorial on the blog for making my Hussif design between July 27th and 31st - these are the stitcheries featured throughout the Hussif)
Our Sewing Essentials
(three designs which can also be stitched as one project)
Double pattern set of DREAM
One large and one small version of the same pattern. Perfect as stand alone patterns, or used in the BOM "at the heart of it all"...
Enjoy your weekend, everyone!
Mr E and I will be packing lunch and heading out with our cameras on Sunday. As there's been a true 'cool' change the last few days we may even include a flask of home-made minestrone soup...yum.
Bless you heaps,