A bit of slow stitching

I have been very lucky recently, going to a lampshade making course and then meeting Heather Everitt at an embroidery class yesterday. The lampshade is now in use in my bedroom. I really enjoyed making it and can’t capture how lovely it looks.

 

I really want to make a Marna Lunt inspired one but that can wait until I have some time at Christmas. I want t be able to spend time on that project and leave it out to finish over a few days.

Today I managed to finish my embroidered bee I started yesterday with Heather. I have always adored her beautiful Liberty fabric butterflies and when I saw the workshop advertised locally, I knew I had to go. And it was brilliant. All of us had a pattern to follow and off we went. Three hours later and my bee looked like this :

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A little unfinished but a good start. So today I was determined to continue him so that it didn’t become another unfinished WIP. And here he is now :

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I have embroidered since I was a teen and it’s great for forgetting the stresses of life. This is definately one for me to keep.

 

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Long time no sew

Although, that is not entirely true. I have had less making time but also l haven’t felt the need to post here. Life has been busy and the day job time consuming and so any me time has been limited. Here are just a few makes since May.

 

As you can see, it’s been a range of items using various mediums including my sons old school shirt in one. I love up cycling objects and so have also used up some fabric scraps, used up odd buttons, repurposed vintage doilies and decorated a box using mixed media. I loved sewing the animals for a retelling of Farmer Duck at work out of felt scraps. The hat was for my mad hatter costume in which I also took part in interviews at work!!

I have also made a few books since I attended a course in January. There is just one pictured here which I made from scratch. My next project is a swimming costume as I haven’t seen a garment since my Christmas dress. I am also determined to de stash over the holidays and finish some WIPs, including a junk journal for me.  Well that’s  the plan …………………..

I have linked my FB page below if you would like to se more of my makes.

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Wuthering Heights Inspired Embroidery

All the way back in December I posted about some wool, vintage doilies and paints. The colour of my wool made me think of moor land and I am a huge Wuthering Heights fan. And so now in the depths of spring I bring you my creation. A wintery, desolate scene, ready to burst into life at any moment. I ended up couching my tree and love the bark like effect. It now hangs next to my dress makers dummy ready to go to a new home if sold, although I think I love it too much to part with it.

It signifies a dark patch in my life that I have survived through hanging on in a desolate place. I am the tree and the tree is me. Remember change is around the corner, just hang on in there.