Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Stitch 'n' Tell - Wooden Embroidery

I recently decided to work through a back-log of free craft kits I have gathered from various magazines. The idea was to make some early Christmas presents and do a few simple projects that won't challenge my poor befuddled brain after a long day at work.

My plan was not successful.

I got as far as a really cute kit from CrossStitcher magazine of this swallow (which ticks all of my boxes...birds...retro...Sailor Jerry style...) and then a sudden love for stitching through wood was awakened. Next thing I knew I was shopping for more wooden shapes to stitch. 

I'm waiting for my purchases to arrive (yes, yes, gone are all plans of working through kits I already have) but in the meantime thought I'd share a few favourite wood and stitch crossovers from Etsy. Click the link under each photo if you think this stitching medium could be for you.

Asking for Trouble on Etsy
Christmas pudding cuteness! I'm feeling ridiculously festive, especially considering the fact the autumn  isn't here yet. But it's never too early to stitch a pud, right?

From TheMakeArcade on Etsy

This pendant is so pretty! Love geometric shapes and this style of cross stitch lends itself to it so well.

From MonkeyFabric on Etsy
So simple and yet so cute.

One of the issues I did have with the bird brooch I stitched was the change of colours and the difficulty I had in starting and finishing the different threads. I think I'll definitely try some simple colour-block designs for my next projects.

However - I did love learning that back stitch can still be used to add definition - something I haven't tried when stitching through wood before. 

Have you tried stitching through a medium other than fabric? I'd love to know what you've tried and how successful it was!

Happy stitching 


Tuesday, 30 August 2016 it me you're looking for?...

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I'm not sure if almost a year of no posts should be considered an awkward silence or just plain rude. Either way...I've been very aware of the neglect, the fact that I'm missing out on doing something I love through ignoring my little space in the blogosphere and that I should get some of my priorities in order. 

So here I am...back has been's had its ups and downs, but as far as I can work out, that's just life. 

I'm so out of touch with what has been happening in the world of blogs that I think I need to give myself a bit of a crash course to catch up. I do know that it seems to be all about the vlogs these days...but that involves too much filming and not enough writing in my pyjamas for my taste.

I'm happy to be about crafts, pretty things, life, love and the universe will follow shortly.

So how have you been? What's new? Promise not to leave it so long next time.

Bye for now!