What better way to spend an afternoon with a pot of tea and a slice of cake! I've been making a few pretty teacups and saucers, ready for the Tea Time Table Runner! This fabric is from the "Tealicious" collection designed by the Australian designer Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched. She has also designed the Tea Time Table Runner that these posh cups will be appliqued onto when I decide which background fabric to use! The Tealicious collection is available from Cross Patch as Charm Packs, Candy Bars and Mini Charms - I'm going to make this runner a bit larger than the pattern istructions, similar to the Tiny Town runner that I made last year by the same designer.
Secret of Love" by Natalie Bird of The Birdhouse Patchwork Designs has been in my box of patterns for simply ages. I'm sure this was bought from Cross Patch last year! Anyway, it's been my go-to project early in the mornings this week before work. This has been hand embroidered with a selection of DMC embroidery threads, and now the stitchery has been completed it needs a good press (my wool pressing mat is ideal for this) and then I can decide how to frame it. I don't have a rectangular frame, so I may have to improvise with what I've got!
Last week this GORGEOUS selection of fabrics arrived in the post from Cross Patch, an online shop based in Wales, here in the UK. These are from the "Tealicious" collection by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched. I've ordered the perfect pattern to use with these, fingers crossed it'll arrive in the post later this week! Our postal service has been under an enormous strain over the past few weeks, and our wonderful postal workers have been doing an amazing job, escopecially when they deliver parcels like this one!
These are the 2 patterns I was playing around with on Sunday - "Anna's Sminkepung" by the Norwegian designer AnnAKa is my favourite pattern for making cosmetic bags, and I've added the stitchery design from another small bag pattern - "It's a lovely day" by the Australian designer Gail Pan Designs...
...and here's the result of mixing up those patterns - this was hand embroidered with Cosmo embroidery thread and embellished with ric-rac tri, held in place with colonial knots. I've ,ade several of these bags, and they're really useful. This one is a gift for a colleague's birthday - I really hope she likes it, as I don't think she knows about all the quilty goodies that I make!
I've been playing around with a couple of different patterns this morning, mixing it up a bit. This floral stitchery design is "It's a lovely day" by Gail Pan Designs, and has been hand embroidered with a red Cosmo embroidery thread.The ric-rac trimming is held in place wiht lots of colonial knots, and these fabrics are from thw Katie Jane collection by Makower UK.
The final month of the Vintage Sewing Club (a gorgeous Cottage Garden Thread club) arrived in the post from Cross Patch yesterday. These are really lovely for hand embroidery and these colours are so vibrant! Mirboo Lily, Bush Lily, Tangerine and Muscat - they're absolutely GORGEOUS.
My latest project is this cute design. The pattern is A Mothers Love, by the Australian designer Anni Downs of Hached and Patched, and was bought as a kit from Poppy Patch. The kit included 2 skeins of Cosmo embroidery thread as well as the fabrics...
...I used the Apliquick method for the applique shapes, and a small decorative hanger completes it nicely. It measures approx 5" x 10" so didn't take very long to put together. This is rather bittersweet, as I was going to make it for my mum for her birthday, but sadly she passed away suddenly at the weekend. So instead, this will hang on the wall in my sewing studio with a collection of other small stitchery designs.
So here's my latest project - "A Garden of Angels" - Lilly, Rose and Marigold. This pattern is designed by the Australian designer Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched, and has been in my "box of assorted patterns by Australian designers" for absolutely ages. The stitchery blocks have been hand embroidered using a selection of Cosmo embroidery threads, and I've used a few fabrics from the Katie Jane collection by Makower UK...
...this has been machine quilted very simply with a light grey variegated King Tut quilting thread, just stitch-in-the-didtch aroiund the borders. The quilt sleeve needed some tweeking, as the decorative quilt hanger is about an inch too short, for this particular design. The original pattern used just two of the angels for the wall hanging and one for a cushion, but I decided to put all three together, and it's now displayed on the wall.
I've almost completed my next project - I just need to sttich this label in place, stitch on a narrow quilt sleeve, and it will be ready for a photoshoot. I like to hand embroider my quilt labels that go on hand embroidered quilts and wall hangings. Usually the labels are a bit larger and more intricate for my embroidered quilts, this one is a smaller label for a smaller project. I've used a scrap of fabric left over from my Hearts and Happy Flowers quilt, it's from the Katie Jane collection by Makower UK, as I've used some other left overs from the same collection for the project itself. The cute little sewing machine is a design by Anni Downs of Hatched and Patched as the main project is also designed by her, and was machine pieced and machine quilted. I'll share a picture of the completed project tomorrow!
Back in December 2018 I was on a "Laminated Stitch" workshop with Alexandra Waylett over at Elm Farm Studio. As the name suggested, our stitched work was laminated, then stiched again, and embellished. Well after the workshop I'd packed all the bits and pieces away, waiting for an "arty" day to complete it, and I finally got around to finishing this project off on Tuesday! I added threads and sequins, and had a super time playing around with all these bits and pieces...
...I'd bought a large shadow box from Hobbycraft ages ago, and some card to mount the lamnated pieces on. I used some stitcky clear mounts on the back of each piece - I'm just hoping they don't fall off! I'm really pleased with how this looks - just goes to show what you can do when you're pushed out of your comfort zone!
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