As I mentioned in my last post I have some finished things to show you.
I have been really enjoying sewing and embroidery lately. I popped this kit into my suitcase when I came out here in August as it didn't take up much room. I have had this kit for years ~ I think it may be 25 (!)
It is called Hedgebank, with Buttercups, Nettles, Campion and Bluebells in a blue wool.
The kit was designed to be put in a rectangular frame but I used a hoop and embroidered the edges of the scene instead.
After that I found this set of three on Amazon. The kits came with everything that was needed including the hoop. There were three long needles included but they could've been a bit sharper, I bent one of the needles trying to get six strands of thread through a French Knot. I've not come across using all the strands of thread before.
The hoop is large ~ 8" and it only took two days to complete. Despite the needle bending I really enjoyed the stitching.
The embroideries are displayed together on our apartment wall giving a much needed bit of colour. I'll complete the other two in the spring when I'm back again.
I decided to make a grocery bag using this this Walmart one as a pattern.
I snapped up a bargain sheet set in Walmart and used the fabric. I wanted the bag to be able to stand up, so it could fit onto the carousel that they use at the checkouts, so I added batting that I already had, quilted all the pieces and added a lining. I realise that this is probably over engineered but it gave me a chance to do some wavy quilting for the first time on my machine. The result? Well, I'm pleased with it, and after finishing I realised it is insulated as well. When it gets dirty, just chuck it in the washing machine.
Whilst I was falling down the black hole that is Pinterest the other day I came across some rather nice fabric boxes. As I was lacking in something to keep my necklaces and earrings this was the perfect solution.
I took the 5 minute walk to Hobby Lobby and found some pretty grey fabric. There was such a wide range I wanted it all.
I used this pattern. There was a little bit of swearing and they are far from perfect but things are looking neater.
I'm back to the UK in one and a bit weeks so I am trying to finish the quilt I started with the blue jelly roll.
We have been invited to a Halloween Party on Saturday, so I am sewing a costume for that. That sounds rather grand, actually it's a net skirt. I am really looking forward to it, as Halloween isn't quite the same back home and I am keen to experience it US style.
Finally, a tree in Fall colours with a beautiful blue sky. As much as I love summer, I love Autumn too.
Have a good week.............Clicky Needles.