Monday, 10 August 2020

Pretty vintage linen

I think this is the prettiest vintage linen I have in my collection. 

It is a set of three little handkerchiefs with beautiful cut-work and delicate embroidery.

They are wonderfully presented in a box showing a mountain scene presumably Switzerland since that is where they were made.  Another lable reads "Sunlawn"

So delicate and pretty.  I love them.

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Auld Lang Syne - stitched

Another recent finish is this - Auld Lang Syne.  The pattern was a freebie from Beth Twist, Heartstring Samplery.  Check out her blog - there are lots of lovely patterns on it.

Of course as a Scot I was very interested in this one.  It reads - "We'll take a cup of kindness yet
For auld lang syne."

The song itself is usually sung at New Year and was written by Scots poet Robert Burns in 1788.  You can read the whole poem/song on the Robert Burns website.

The pattern had initials at the bottom, but I decided to put the poet's name there.  I added my initials and the date.  It was a bit of a jinx work - I don't know how many times I had to rip my stitches out and redo them!  It drove me mad, but I was determined to finish!  Now, once again there is the big decision about how to completely finish it!

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

Cross Stitch Finish

I've just finished this cute little cross stitch by Madame Chantilly.  I loved this the moment I saw the pattern.

I thought this little lady with her blue dress and white apron would look cute stitched on my light pink fabric.  I dyed this fabric myself using cranberry juice!  The pattern gives a few different ways of stitching her.  Love that little cross stitched sheep too - might to that later.

Now comes the bit I don't enjoy - finishing it off!  I'm not very good at this bit!  Would love to turn it into a cute little pillow.

I thought using light blue gingham fabric would suit it best.

Got another finish to show you tomorrow!

Love, Liz 

Monday, 25 May 2020

Nice things

I bought myself a couple of treats during lockdown.  I've been doing a lot of cross stitch and wanted some nice project bags to put my work in.

I got these two lovely bags from Patchwork Pawprint on Etsy.  I just love the fabrics - so pretty.  They have vinyl fronts so that you can see what project the bag contains.

Etsy is very addictive, while I was there I spotted these two gorgeous needle minders (magnets which you can attach to your work to keep your needle in place).

I purchased these from Dainty Dots Decoupage.

In both cases, service was quick and it was lovely to receive some happy mail!
I would also like to mention two online needlework suppliers - Patchwork Rabbit and Lakeside Needlecraft.  I ordered patterns, thread and fabric from them and once again the service was exceptional.

Thank you to all those who are keeping us crafters happy during this difficult time.

Love, Liz

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

Blooming marvelous!

My windowsill geranium is absolutely full of blooms at the moment.  It is absolutely gorgeous!

It is a north facing window, so get lovely early morning sun then plenty of light for the rest of the day.

The geranium obviously loves it!  There are still lots of unopened flower-heads.

For me, the beauty of nature is helping to make these difficult times bearable.

Love, Liz

Monday, 4 May 2020

It's the little things!

I was clearing out a cupboard recently and came across this gorgeous little wooden sewing box that I had totally forgotten about.  It was empty because I could never think about what to do with it.  I took it downstairs and gave it a good clean, then got to work!

The wooden box has a little glass shelf with wooden lid.  It already came with some vintage sewing items in this, which is what I think made me buy the box in the first place - I had such plans for the inside (about eight years ago!).  Anyway, I set to work.

The box came with these already in the lid section.

First thing I did was find a cross stitch piece that could fit on the inside of the lid.  This stitched sewing machine which I probably did in the 90s fitted the bill perfectly.  It was stitched on white Aida and looked a bit too "pristine" so I dunked it in some tea to "age" it slightly.  Backed with some cardboard, it fitted perfectly and also acts as a pin cushion.

I lined the bottom of the box with some ginham fabric.

Next I made a little fob for my extra cross stitch scissors.  Again it was something I had stitched years ago.  So I just backed it with some floral fabric and added ribbon.  I attached some safety pins so that I could always find them if necessary.

Next - an inch tape - held together with a pretty bow on an elastic band and some reels of thread.
Then a small pin cushion that I made years ago.  I included two already threaded needles on this.  I can cross stitch for hours each day, but when it comes to mending or taking up hems, that seems to take weeks for me to get around to.  So I thought that if there was a needle already threaded - I might get things done a bit quicker!

So now, not only does the box look pretty, but it also is very useful.  It contains everything I need to do a bit of mending if required.  I'm quite pleased that I've accomplished a long overdue overhaul!

Love, Liz

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Sewing machine complete

You might remember this little sewing machine I showed you many weeks ago.  Well, I thought it looked a bit sparse just on its own.  So I decided to accessorise it.  First of all I found an old metal spool from a real sewing machine and added it to it.

Then I hand stitched a little quilt to put beside it.

I now have it displayed on my bureau in my hallway surrounded by fairy lights.

QUESTION - a lot of my photographs from pervious posts on my blog seem to have disappeared.  Has anyone else had that problem?  Does anyone know how to fix it?

Love, Liz

Monday, 27 April 2020

Vintage Stitches by Penelope

I came across this wonderful vintage magazine among my collection.  It is "Stitches by Penelope" from The Book of "Hows" Series published by William Briggs & Co of Manchester.  The Company were a transfers and traced needlework manufacturers and had dealings with the J&P Coates Ltd, thread manufacturers of Paisley.

It would appear that this was published in 1943.  The cover picture is just gorgeous and inside it gives details of how to do lots of speciality stitches which you might find on a sampler.

There's a list of stitches at the end and they are all illustrated with instructions.

The back cover has an advertisement for Clark's Anchor embroidery threads.

This is actually a very useful little publication and one that I am going to keep and I'm sure I'll refer to it often.

Love, Liz

Thursday, 23 April 2020

Old home town cross stitch

I started this cross stitch "Old Nantucket" way back last year, but just finished it this week.  I am so pleased with how it turned out.

The pattern is by Little House Needleworks and is quite a large piece (249x153 stitches).  However I loved stitching it.

As many of you will know, I live in Greenock, a port on the River Clyde on the west coast of Scotland, so it made sense for me to change Nantucket for Greenock.  That way, the finished piece was so much more relevant to me.  The verse reads "To the journey's end ye roam upon the foaming sea.  Nantucket waits to see thy sails as my heart waits for thee." by Diane Williams of Little House Needleworks.  I wonder how many Greenock women waited anxiously to see the sails of their loved ones' ships.

The date of 1711 is relevant to Greenock too.  That's the date when Scott's Shipbuilders starting building ships in the town.  Their ships travelled all over the world, so I felt that was a really good date to put on the piece to make it even more relevant to my home town.

I hope you like it.  I'll get it framed professionally when we are able to get out and about again.  Can't wait to see it on my wall.

Stay safe and well and I hope you are enjoying crafting as much as I am.

Love, Liz

Friday, 17 April 2020

Making it up as I go along!

I wanted to make a cross stitch picture that was relevant to me.  I love all the American patriotic cross stitch patterns that are available and the pride stitchers take in making them up.  However, I couldn't find a Scottish pattern that I liked, so I just had to make it up.  This is what I came up with -

Bonnie Scotland - land of my heart forever!

I made a pattern for a typical Scottish historic tower house and just added the words, a Scottish flag, a thistle and some hearts.

I'm really pleased with the result.  I think I'm going to back it with the thistle fabric you can see in the photograph.

Hope you like it.

Love, Liz

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Stitching and vintage tea

I loved this little stitch- Home Stitch Home -so much that I'm going to stitch it again in different colours.

It is a freebie (#bewellandstitch) from Tiny Modernist (you can download from their site).  It just took me two days and I used colours from my stash.

So, between that, some beautiful daffies from my garden and a cup of tea from some vintage china, it was a lovely start to my day.

Hope you are all safe and well.

Love, Liz