Sunday, May 3, 2015

Embroidery on Essex linen

Stitching on Essex linen
What kind of fabric do you embroider on? I mainly stitch on white (and sometimes coloured) cotton fabric I buy in Denmark. Occasionally I'll stitch on Kona cotton too. But the fabric from Denmark is a lot cheaper so I use that the most. :-)

Anyway - a little while ago, Nicole from Cloud Craft asked me if I'd try some Essex linen from her shop and tell her my opinion of using it for embroidery. She very kindly sent me a fat sixteen and a fat quarter to try. With no obligation to mention it anywhere, but I'm happy to do so.

I didn't have a plan for my little stitchery, I just started stitching and added things as I went along.

Stitching on Essex linen
I really like stitching on this linen. I love that it has a bit of texture, but without being overly so. There are little impurities in the fabric and I quite like that. I think it adds an extra dimension to the work.

The fabric is soft and easy to stitch. It's not made for counted work, but with good light conditions I think you could use it for cross stitch or blackwork.

I'm in love with that oatmeal-y natural colour, I may have to get myself some more of it. I like the way it sets off the colours in a slightly different way than white fabric does. That dark blue is also pretty great.

Pop over to Cloud Craft to find a selection of colours of Essex linen. Nicole even put together sets of fat sixteens in different colours.

Have you tried this kind of fabric? What do you think?

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Mini Embellishment Club - reduced price last chance!

This is just a wee reminder to sign up for the Mini Embellishment Club before it goes to full price. Which is £8.00. At the moment it's only £6.00. The price was supposed to go up today, May 1, but since I got a bit lost with the dates this week, I've decided to extend the lower price until Sunday. So sign up by Sunday! The price will go up to £8.00 on Monday! :-)

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Book Review: Colorful Stitchery

Colorful Stitchery - book review
Oh boy. I've had this book to review since last year...I'm not even going to tell you how long I've had it, because then I will just start feeling even worse/more embarrassed that I've taken forever to actually, you know, review it. Kristin, I'm very sorry it has taken me so long!

Ok, moving swiftly along! The usual disclaimers: the publisher sent me a copy of this book to review and there's an Amazon UK affiliate link in the title below.

Colorful Stitchery by Kristin Nicholas. The title is definitely not wrong, there are lots of colours in this book!

Obviously, I want to write an honest review, so I'll just get a small annoyance out of the way: the sub title is "65 Embroidery Projects to Personalize Your Home". Out of those 65 projects, 38 are cushions (yeah, I counted 'em, I'm a weirdo). Blimey, that's a lot. I know from experience that it can be tricky to come up with project ideas for a book, but maybe 38 variations on a cushion is a wee bit much.

That being said, there's a lot of inspiration to be found in the book. And there's a lot of content packed into it as well.

Colorful Stitchery - book review
These are the sections of the book:
'All's well that begins well' - this goes through the usual things like stitch tutorials, various tools you need and how to transfer patterns. But it also includes some colour theory as well tips for stitching on various types of fabric and how to test (vintage fabric) and care for your fabric. There is also tips for dyeing fabric. A nice introduction to embroidery if you are new to it, and more experienced stitchers can pick up a few tips too.

'Pillows with personality' -
So many cushions they have their own chapter. And despite my little moan above, it's not that the cushions are horrible! There are some pretty nice ones, but just a bit cushion overload for this reader. ;-)

'Kitchen stitchin' - A dozen projects for the kitchen, such as a tea cosy, potholders and a table cloth.

'A hand-stitched haven' - In this section there are projects like a blanket, water bottle cosies and curtains and a little teddy bear.

'Stitch yourself right out of the box' - The projects in this part of the book are stitched on cardboard boxes, greeting cards and espadrilles.

Colorful Stitchery - book review
At the end of the book there is a section with supply sources (mostly US ones as far as I can tell) plus the patterns and templates for the projects.

Colorful Stitchery - book review
Dotted throughout the book there are pages with interesting back stories about for example gingham aprons and samplers. I like when books have little surprises like that.

Colorful Stitchery - book review
Speaking of surprises, the end pages of the book, and several divider pages have lovely colourful patterns that break up the sections and add another bit of colour.

Many of the projects have a cosy style, with lots of felted textiles and wool embroidery. If you like your stitching to be colourful and have a sort-of country-ish feel to it, I think you will really like this book.

Colorful Stitchery - book review

Colorful Stitchery - book review

Colorful Stitchery - book review

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Lace and old buttons

Lace and old buttons
My parents visited us this weekend - they were here for my birthday yesterday which was lovely. And which doesn't happen very often as you can probably imagine.

My mum brought me these pretties. They are from my dad's aunt, they helped her move a little while ago. 

The other things are pretty too, but the buttons take the biscuit for me. So perfectly vintage. The colour of the card is gorgeous.

I try not to accumulate too many things just because they are pretty, but I couldn't say no to these. I will use them for something, it's a shame to just keep them in a box.... . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

Friday, April 24, 2015

Crocheting a dragon

Crocheting a dragon character
Look at this! I'm actually working on a crochet project! I can't even remember when that last happened. But as you can tell, when it's this cute.. I just couldn't help myself.

I had seen this before somewhere, but then Christine and Julie were on Instagram showing pictures of working on other dolls by the same designer and then I just couldn't not join in. Peer pressure of the good kind. ;-)

But isn't that dragon character adorable? Mine probably won't be as cute, but it's ok. Atleast it will be quirky...

The pattern is Dirk the Dragon by Lalylala.

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