Thursday, 17 November 2016

Christmas Placemat

I made this Santa Placemat for a sew-a-long over at Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery, I really enjoyed making it and for joining in at the time you got a discount on the design, so that was a good thing to have because the design caught my eye, the section where it says Santa's Cookies is a pocket so you can place the cookies in there.  I only had one fat quarter set of Christmas fabrics so had to use them, I even used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine lol, at least I've made something Christmasy lol.  The design comes in four sizes, but if you look in the files you will notice that you also get a 150x150 size which is perfect for the 6x6 hoop.  Right back to making bibs.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Cat Cushion Cover

While having a look around the Urban Threads website I came across this cat design for my embroidery machine.  It was one of those that I needed to do and I had the purrfect excuse to do it. 
 My sister has a cat called Fudge and she is 20 years old, she's having a few issues at the moment, the cat not my sister lol.  I got her (sister not the cat 😁) to buy the cushion pad and I said I'd make the cushion cover.  The finished cushion needs a bit more plumping up but she can sort that out, it was going to live in her conservatory but has now got stuck in her room for a while lol.
I used two layers of cut away stabilizer and floated the Natural Seeded Klona cotton fabric on top because the design is so dense, I think there are around 93,500 stitches in the design.  I did have a few minor puckers but not as bad as it could have been.  I did do some practice stitch outs before hand, that is why I used two layers of stabilizer.  One of the practice stitch outs was with the fabric fully hooped but the pull was quite bad in the middle section, I have since bought a cohesive bandage to wrap around the middle of my hoop to give it extra grip, I have yet to try this.  I plan on using the practice cat on another project.  Glad she liked it anyway.

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Blue bag for Hanni

I finished this the other bag for Hanni, I did finish the stitch out a little while ago but I needed to sew the lining on the inside, I'm really trying to catch up with stuff lol.  Here is the link to the last purple bag and I've added a few different photos for this one.
I really do like this design from Disorderly Threads

Tuesday, 8 November 2016


I have at long last taken my embroidery unit off 'My Brother', I do actually still have some more to do on it but I have that much sewing to do I thought I'd better get it started.  Just thought I'd show you the Swirly Placemats I've made using a lovely design from Kreative Kiwi Embroidery.
I started by doing the white and beige colours for a wooden centrepiece Hanni had brought me back from New Zealand, I needed something to make it stand out as it disappeared somewhat being wood on my wooden table.  I found this design and used the fabrics I've used in some blocks for two new cushion covers, these are currently waiting to be sewn together.  My sister came to visit and liked the placemat, saying she'd got a bowl on her table that she couldn't see properly and she needed to make it stand out, so would I do one for her in greens.  I don't have much in green fabric so ended up using a little stack of fat quarters I have.  She loved it thank goodness lol.  Hanni my daughter has just bought a house so she wanted one for the middle of her dining room table, she wanted oranges and yellows to match her kitchen, but wanted a splash of red as well as a bit of white, she was happy with hers as well.  So I have definitely had my monies worth out of this design and it's still half price at $5.  The instructions are very easy to follow, the mat is stitched out over five hooping stages and comes in two sizes.  5x7 hoop giving a 25cm x 25cm (10"x10") finished size or the 6x10 and 8x8 hoop giving a 31cm x31cm (12" x 12") finished sized.  
The centrepiece in this picture is made up of three koru spirals that can be separated and used as trivets or placemats.  The wood is rimu, which is a native softwood tree in New Zealand.  The centrepiece also has a Paua shell inlay in the shape of the two islands that make up New Zealand.  My machine embroidered mat does help make it stand out on my table.

Monday, 7 November 2016

Last of the photos for Rita S

OK, I keep forgetting to post the photos of our renovation, so Rita here they are lol.  We have now finished the front and dining room, the hallway is about 75% finished, just need to paint up the stairs and the top landing, BUT, our daughter Hanni has just bought a house so all decorating and further renovations have now moved over to her house lol.  Our last few bits are on hold now until after Christmas.  The following photos show the decor and when taken we were still moving things in.
That sofa and the chairs have done some mileage lol.  Thank goodness for the trolleys David made so we could wheel them all over the place lol.