Friday, 26 October 2012

Autumn stitching part two

Hello there!
I hope you have been having a lovely week? It has been a busy one here, the young folks returned to school after the October holidays - a sure sign that the month is nearly over. The weather has been varied with some cold & frosty mornings & one very murky foggy one, but this morning the sun is shining & the colors are glowing in the garden in a most inviting way! 
Today I have some more stitching to share with you. I finally got around to making a pin cushion for myself (this will save me using the front of my jumper to park my needle! Anyone else do that too?) I used another of the free patterns from here and recolored it with DMC stranded cotton & Color Variations threads from my stash. Here is Little Dragon helping hold it up for you to see both sides...
I stitched it on dark cream 16 count aida, added a silver charm from my stash & backed it with some fircone fabric I couldn't resist at the little quilting shop the other day :-) 


While I was at it I decided it was about time to make a scissor keep. I tend to put my scissors on the arm of the chair while I stitch & twice recently I have had to have help rescuing my scissors from inside the couch! Whoops! Hubbie suggested maybe I should just get used to putting them someplace else? but old habits die hard so this seemed like a better solution ;-) I found a cute free pattern from this website but decided on a few changes. The listed colors were a bit too pale for me so I swapped them out for more vibrant autumn shades and I picked some biscuit brown colored 28 count evenweave fabric from my stash to stitch it on instead of the suggested 36 count fabric. I have never tried stitching on 36 count & really didn't fancy it much, plus I think these colors all work well together...
Most of the pattern is whole cross stitch but there are some eyelet stitches worked in yellow around the edges...
I have been thinking about stitching some designs containing a mix of embroidery stitches instead of just  the cross stitch & was pleased with how this first experiment turned out. I have a feeling I will be trying a few more of the free downloads from this site in the future - maybe I need a new needlecase to complete my stitchy trio? In the meantime I'm really enjoying using both the pin cushion & being able to find my scissors no matter what!!!
Just before I go here is an update on the Ladybird Fairy WIP...
I am still loving her graceful lines & hope to be able to spend a little more time on her over the next couple of weeks. Thank you for visiting with me and thank you to all those who leave comments when they do, I love reading them! I hope you have a lovely weekend however you are spending it & hope to be back early next week with some card making...

10 comments:

  1. Can't wait to see your card making. Love your new goodies, the scissors keep is very cute.

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    1. Thank you so much! Have a lovely week :)

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  2. Lovely finishers! I love the fall themes.

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    1. Thank you! Wishing you a lovely week :)

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  3. I love your pincushion! And the scissor keep too. Both very useful and beautiful too.Gorgeous WIP!
    xox

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    1. Thank you! I am really loving Ladybird ;) Have a great week, Helen x

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  4. Wow beautiful fairy.
    I adore her.
    :) ciao Giovanna

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    1. Thank you so much Giovanna, she is a Joan Elliott design.Have a great week, Helen

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  5. Lovely finishes. You colour choices for your scissor keep look great. A scissor keep is on my never-ending list of things to-do! Look forward to seeing your card makes.

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    1. Thank you Rhona! It has taken me years to get around to making them, they didn't take long in the end either! I guess it gives me hope for some of the other projects that have been on that list for ages too ;) Have a great week, Helen

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