Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Draw-string Bag Stitching

Last night, I dropped off my sewing machine for a full service and repair and finished off the stitching on the pattern for the draw-string bag that was a gift from the Busy Crafting Weekend.
Can't wait to get my machine back and finish this cute little bag. I've never done stitching like this before but I am really happy with how it has turned out!
Happy Stitching,

Monday, 16 October 2017

Provence Market #21 & Busy Crafting Weekend

The Busy Crafting weekend away at Marysville was FANTASTIC. So many creative people is inspirational and so encouraging. I'm definitely going again next year, and if feedback is anything to go by, just about everyone there was ready to book in for next year too!

I was working away on my project bag and got about 3/4 of the way through when my sewing machine decided to stop playing along - so frustrating. A number of people tried to fix it, but with no luck, it is going in for a service today so it can work again. Bit (actually, very) annoying but at least I got most of the hard bits done while I had plenty of experience around to help me (and boy, did I need it!). I won't show a picture yet until it is finished, but believe me, it is looking amazing! It looks like a real bag - that's what surprises me!

So once the machine died, I was doing my Provence Market cross-stitch and got a fair bit done. Then when I got home, I decided I should make up the little drawstring bag project that was included as part of the gift bag for attendees. I'm almost finished the stitching panel but will have to wait for my machine to be returned before I can finish that off as well...

I also got a start on the design of my next patchwork project. At least I can't start that until I get the fabric so the sewing machine issues aren't affecting that project!
It's SO annoying when things just stop working for no obvious reason... oh well 😕 Hopefully the machine will come back better than ever...

Happy Stitching,

Friday, 13 October 2017

Provence Market #20

Filled in a bit of leaf area over the last 2 nights - only a few stitches here and there are missing.
Very excited today as I'm heading off from work at lunchtime to the Busy Crafting weekend 2017! It is a weekend of nothing but craft in the lovely town of Marysville. I'm hoping to get my bag pattern completed and I've got lots of other stuff with me as well in case I get bored (not likely) or finish things (hopefully). Also looking forward to catching up with a number of the ladies who are regulars and see what they've been creating over the last year. People are just so creative and very inspirational when we all get together.
Hope you all have a great weekend too!
Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Provence Market #19

Filled in a bit of the leaf area last night. I think this is on 16 or 18ct Aida so it is a bit smaller than I usually do (14ct). Very tiny stitches require a lot of concentration!

Happy Stitching,

Monday, 9 October 2017

Provence Market #18

Well, I finally found the project I started before all the Christmas Stocking orders came through earlier this year and got back into it on the weekend. The Bathurst 1000km car race was on, so it was 7.5 hours of stitching time all day Sunday!
It is called 'Provence Market' and I did the tree stuff over the weekend Now I've made it to the top of the picture.

Also started to pack my bags ready for the Busy Crafting weekend this coming weekend at Marysville. Really looking forward to sewing a bag pattern that I have some purchased sewing-themed material for. I hope I can get it finished and be able to use it after the weekend.
Happy Stitching,


Monday, 2 October 2017

Sledding Snowman Stocking - finished & Doona covers - finished!

Every weekend should be 3 days long! Thanks to the long weekend for the footy Grand Final, I got so much done - I am very pleased with myself!

Firstly, I finished off the Sledding Snowman Stocking - name and backing. I selected a striped backing as the design is a fun one and this just suited it perfectly rather than a plain colour.
I am super pleased with the end result and I just know the parents will love it as well!

Then I got re-started on my doona cover projects - the ones I was hoping (very naively) to have done by Christmas last year (in just 3 months, having never done a patchwork project ever before! - what was I thinking?)
All 5 fabrics have been done - woo hoo! I am super pleased with the results. They are all slightly different as I couldn't work out the instructions for finishing them with the gap at the bottom to insert the doona cover until I got to the last one. The final one is the only one that is completed correctly, but the others will all work just as well and no-one will know if I don't tell them (shh, you can keep a secret can't you?). Now I have one more to do as there are 6 single beds at the holiday house. The final one will be a mix'n'match of all the prints but I'm just deciding how to do that, what plain fabric to use and so on...
I think my first foray into patchwork has been a great success and I can't wait to start the next project... 

I also made gluten free mars bar slice (but with snickers since they are gf) and a sweet potato, feta and quinoa muffin for my lunches during the week.

Why can't every weekend be 3 days long - think how much you could get done!
Happy Stitching,


Thursday, 28 September 2017

Christmas Cards

Still waiting for confirmation of the spelling of the baby's name before I stitch it on the stocking, so the last 2 night's I've done some Christmas cards - quick and easy. I'm sure I started a bigger project before I got started on the stockings earlier this year, or maybe it was late last year, but I can't find where I've put it to continue with it. I'll have to have a big clean out of my craft room on the weekend!
Happy Stitching,