Sunday, 20 September 2015

Last of the summer crafting

Hello there!
Today I have some crafty pics to share with you because, although it has been rather quiet around here, I actually have been making things! I know I have not been very sociable, I have missed visiting your blogs & I am looking forward to catching up on what you have all been up to too, but this summer has been pretty challenging here so I have spent my available time crafting instead of being online.
So before the month changes again (!) here is Septembers' monthly small...

Stitched on a mushroomy colored 14ct aida with DMC colors, finished with fabric & ribbon from my stash and a cute little apple button that one of my lovely crafty friends sent me a while back! I do so love finding the perfect home for these sweet gifts! The free chart for this is available here.
On to another autumn themed small that has been on my "to stitch" pile for several years... 

This design is a freebie from DMC which you can find here. My version is stitched on 14 count rustic aida using three different DMC Color Variations threads to the ones listed. I tried a new-to-me way of finishing this, using the instructions for a flat ornament finish in a copy of Just Cross Stitch Magazine. (If you are interested in how to do this & don't have a copy handy you can find the instructions here along with a free halloween chart.) I used some pretty ribbon around the edges, it consists of three different strands of ribbon & beads loosely joined & twisted together & I fell for a few different spools of it in Lidl a little while back. I had no idea what I would use it for at the time but I think it goes perfectly with this! It is attached with pins - at first I just pinned it in place to see what it looked like, then I thought if I picked matching pins I could just leave them there!
I have one other stitching project to share with you today. My cousin got married last weekend so I can now show you the complete sampler I stitched for her & her new hubbie...
This design was in the July issue of Crossstitcher magazine and I haven't framed it for a couple of reasons. One, she has a much wider selection of frames available to her & I wanted her to pick the one she likes the best, and two, no matter how much bubble wrap I have used I have had problems with breakages in the mail in the past. To be honest after the postal service losing the last stitched gift I mailed to Canada I was just relieved to hear this one had reached it's destination!!
So on to yarny projects... Well despite it *allegedly* being summer I decided at the end of July that I needed some bedsocks to warm my feet up at night!! (Yes, it has been that cold & miserable here!) There are so many lovely & appealing sock patterns out there so where to begin for my first go at adult sized socks? Well as I love her crochet patterns so much I decided I couldn't go far wrong with a pattern by Stacey from Fresh Stitches & it just so happens she has a free beginners sock pattern right here. I added a few extra rows to give the legs a bit more length but otherwise followed the pattern exactly. I used some snuggly lilac aran weight yarn from my stash & they have been doing a great job of keeping my toes warm! You can see just how grey the light has been from the following pic, the socks are pale lilac & they are sitting on a green comforter!
They worked up really quickly which was just as well because I was meant to be concentrating on a crochet project! A while back Dear Daughter had requested a bath mat for her new student digs along the lines of the one I made back here for our house. With her move to this new place fast approaching it was time to get organised with picking yarn & sorting out the finer details. Luckily this coincided with the lovely folks at Wool Warehouse receiving a new batch of a limited edition cotton yarn at just 80p per ball! This pic is actually the aftermath, the leftovers along with the pile of ball bands, but (along with demonstrating what a yarn hungry pattern it is) it shows the colors she chose...
Now these rainbow colors are along the lines of what I would pick but the way she chose to use them was very different! Where I tend to be very random in my use of color she had A Plan! She took the red out & then sorted the remaining colors into groups, the blue with the yellow & mint green, the forest green with the orange & lilac. Once she explained what she wanted I got started. As before I used Lucy's hexagon pattern which you can find here, the only change I made to it was to keep the same color for rounds 1 & 2 like this...
This bathmat takes 51 of these little 3 round circles but it was surprising how quickly they multiplied! Soon we had enough to play with a layout & this is what my daughter came up with...
Sorry this pic is so dark, ugh! Here is a close up that I snapped on a sunnier day just before she packed everything up to move!
She loves the end result, a very bright but way more organised & orderly bathmat than I had envisioned when we ordered the colors!
Just before I go I want to share some stitchy goodies with you. Earlier in the summer I won a giveaway for a gift voucher for Sew & So from Mii at Mii Stitch (if you aren't already familiar with her blog go check out her fabulous stitching!!!). I also received a gift voucher for the same site from dear Hubbie for my birthday and I have had a lot of fun drooling over  exploring the site trying to decide what new goodies I might buy. In the end this is what I picked...
Two fat quarters of evenweave, two variegated & one neon DMC threads, an assortment of cute little buttons, and a new Lizzie Kate chart! Here's a close up of the buttons...
Aren't they adorable?!!! I used three of them within a couple of hours of receiving my order! Here's a close up of the chart...
I'm not too sure when I will get the chance to start it, most likely next year, but I know I will really enjoy stitching it! So big thank yous to Mii & to Hubbie for my gift vouchers! :-)
Thank you for visiting me here today, I hope you will come back soon to see what else I have been up to! Have a great week :-)


  1. You've been very busy, Helen! What wonderful projects. So glad the stitching reached its destination safely....that's always a worry when you're posting anything handmade. Enjoy your new stash :)

    1. Thank you Rhona! Yes, recent experience has made me a lot more wary about putting items in the mail! Hope all is good with you, I have had to add your gingerbread cottages & gnomes to my must stitch list - thank you for such great designs! Have a lovely week, Helen

  2. you have been busy! love the Autumn will soon be Christmas lol :) Love your bathmat, love the red, so bright and cheery. love your new stash :)

    1. Thank you for your sweet comments Summer! Yup Christmas comes round faster each year lol ;-) Have a lovely week, Helen

  3. You have been so productive, I love all your finishes!!
    Really really like your new stash too :)

    1. Thank you Mii & thank you for the voucher so I could buy these items! Hope all is good with you? Have a lovely week, Helen

  4. Lovely finishes. Oh wow! That bathmat is fabulous! XOX

  5. that bathmat is very impressive. mine is usually just a $5 cheapie!


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