This week is another small Royal and Langnickel cross stitch I completed in just a few hours.
Again, the instructions in the kit were a bit dodgy (still instructing me on how to colour my horse), but the image is simple enough that you really don’t need the instructions.
This will become another Xmas card at some point so you’ll be seeing it again in the future 🙂
Have a brilliant week!!
This week is a simple little cross stitch I completed when I had a few spare hours. It’s a kit from Royal & Langnickel and everything needed to complete the kit was included – it was a bargain at only $1.50!
However, the instructions in the kit were……lacking? I bought a few kits (all with different images to stitch), but they all only came with the one same set of instructions….which included how to colour a horse?!
Anyway….you may see this cross stitch again in the future, I plan on using it for a card.
Have a great week!
This week is a Tiny Treasured Diamond by Mill Hill. It’s supposed to be used as a Christmas tree decoration but I think it will actually be lovely attached to the end of a pair of embroidery scissors to be used as a pin cushion.
The kit instructions were very easy to follow and there were plenty of beads and thread leftover, so if you make a mistake – never fear!
I actually ended up using the leftover thread as part of the stuffing. I didn’t have any poly fill in my stash and I’m still doing my best to stick to my challenge and not buy any new craft items. I ended up raiding my scrap thread bag and pulling out any tiny pieces. It was more than enough to fill the little diamond.
As much as I like stitching on aida, I love stitching on evenweave! I think the finished product looks so much finer. Plus you can do Hardanger embroidery on evenweave and I think it’s so beautiful.
I wish I could link to the shop that I bought this from, but, as I mentioned in my very first post the shop closed down. Shows how long I’ve had this kit sitting in my house though – eek!
Have a terrific week!
The finished stocking
Apologies for the extended hiatus! There is a very good reason – I promise 🙂 I gave birth to a beautiful daughter in early November and since then my time for crafting has been somewhat……limited?!
So the blog may have to take a back seat while I tackle being a full time mummy, more because I have less time to create new things for you than anything else.
Having said that, I’ve been working on this Christmas stocking for the past few months and I finally finished it! I was super worried that I wouldn’t get it finished in time so I’m pretty pleased that it’s done & it’s still November (just)!
Close up of some of the stitching
I purchased the kit from here though it looks like she may have sold out of this particular one.
Close up of the name
I have to say that although I enjoyed making the stocking very much, the kit wasn’t the greatest. It was supposed to include everything you needed to make the project, but I found that quite a few of the embroidery threads ran out before I finished the project, so I had to go out and buy more. Also, the threads were all supposed to have 6 strands, but several of mine only had 5. Again, it meant I had to buy more floss.
Back of the stocking
Once the cross stitch was completed, I hand stitched it to the backing fabric, then I used some iron-on interfacing on the back of the cross-stitch to hide all the threads and to protect them from getting caught on any of the presents I put inside.
This week is an Xmas card which combines my two loves – card making & cross stitch.
The stitched images come from the Better Homes & Gardens cross stitch book. I love this book so much…I’ve had it for many years and I just love it for creating small cross stitch pieces.
The green shimmer paper comes from Daiso and I embossed it with an Xmas design. I coloured the berries in with a red Sharpie marker.
The ‘Tis the Season’ sentiment & border comes from Kaisercraft.
Have a great week!
Another post featuring the craziness of DIY for my wedding. This weeks post deals with my wishing well sign.
Wishing Well Sign
But first – I’ve spoken to a few non-Australian friends and they have never heard of a wedding wishing well, so I thought i’d better explain :). Because a lot of people live together before getting married here in Aust, we already have a lot of the items you’d typically put on a wedding registry. Some couples choose to have a “Wishing Well” instead where guests put cards containing money and their “Well Wishes”. Some couples just have a gift registry, and some have both a wishing well and a registry to give guests the option.
I knew I didn’t want my wishing well to look like a traditional white well with flowers and doves. Quite a few couples use bird cages, and that thought did cross my mind because I thought it looked pretty cool, but I didn’t really want to buy an extra item that I’d have to re-home after the wedding. Instead, I used things I already had around my house to come up with this:
Sign Complete with Wooden Heart
I’m really happy with how it turned out! I own a few vintage beauty cases that I use to store my accessories (scarves, sunglasses, belts, etc), so I just emptied out one of them to use as my wishing well. Then I cross-stitched the panel using a picture and an alphabet from this book. I stuck the panel to some cardboard with a bit of stuffing behind it so it wasn’t completely flat, then stuck the cardboard to a wooden heart.
Since my wedding, I haven’t actually found a new home for this……it just lives in the beauty case. If anyone has some suggestions I’d love to hear them!
Floral Border Hand Towel
This is a project I’ve been working on for a few months now, and I’m pleased to say that it’s finished!!
The pattern for this hand towel comes from Stitch by Cath Kidston. In the book it’s actually supposed to be a panel to go on a cushion, but I like it better (and think it’s more kitsch) to use it this way. I already had the border Aida in my stash, and the floss was an inexpensive purchase.
My reason for making it a hand towel border was that I had one odd towel in my house that didn’t match any of the others. So I thought I’d make it a super-different stand out piece. About half-way through making the border however, I lost the towel! I was so annoyed that I put away the stitching and didn’t touch it for a few weeks while I tried to track down what I did with the towel. In the end I never found it, but my husband convinced me to buy another hand towel in its place.
Replacement Towel with the Finished Border
Turns out my inexpensive project ended up costing a little more than I had bargained for! Oops!
I’ll jut have to find another project for that other towel if/when it shows up again.
Have a great week!