About the blog

Welcome to my blog. The main focus of this blog is to share my explorations into handmade goods, mostly of the needlework kind. My interests are varied and include reading fantasy and urban paranormal romance, cross stitching and keeping hamsters. I must inform you that all of the pics and text on this blog are copyright protected unless otherwise stated and are not to be used in any other written or pictorial form without written permission from me. I give credit to the creator of the chart or the publication that published them in the caption. If you feel I have infringed on a copyright, please contact me ASAP. Whew..OK, now on to the fun...Thank you and Welcome.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Biscornu exchange

Hello all,

Just a short little update regarding the Friendly Stitcher's Spring Biscornu exchange. My partner has received the one I made for her and so I can post a pic of it...we do love to show off our work, no matter how simple!

I have a love - hate relationship with biscornus...the darn things are just adorable and look great piled up in a basket or laid across a shelf. But finishing them up makes me bonkers! My sides rarely ever match up and when they do it just pure chance! Are you a love 'em or hate 'em person when it comes to biscornus, or sort of in between like me?

This design uses color variegated silk thread from Dinky-Dyes but I separated the themes and used several skeins of DMC cotton. I filled the hearts with blackwork...I do believe that the blackwork finishes the piece off. Oh, and I added a few beads. Its on light yellow 14 count Aida and filled with polyester stuffing. A little dragonfly button pulls it all together. It really is a very different piece than what was portrayed on design. I enjoy changing things a bit but I changed this one a lot....even the back is different. The original design was published in The Gift of Stitching,  Issue 60, Jan/Feb 2011 and designed by Patrizia Martellini of The Cute Mermaid Designs. I really enjoyed stitching it.

That's it, folks.  Wishing all a week of stitching successes!! Hugs, Chris.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Needle fobs finishes

Greetings to all,

Today was spent finishing the two needle fobs that I have been working on. The first was for a challenge, and it does double duty as a needle keep. I forgot to add the ties for the closure so have used snaps instead. I don't like how the snaps look but I was not about to undo the whole thing. I  used interfacing to line the stitching on the cover of the needle keep. I like the stiffness of it. I also substituted my initials for the hearts. This pattern is from the digital magazine The Gift of Stitching.  Here are pics:

I also finished up this scissor fob by The Shepherd's Bush. There was not sufficient ribbon in the kit to allow for a long enough loop for the scissor and to make the ruche  around the sides. There was more than sufficient threads and beads. I think it turned out pretty well, especially since this is the first time I have ruched ribbon like this.

That leaves only one more small to finish. Its a St. Patty's day themed biscornu with drawn thread work...another first for me. I have had many stitching firsts the last few  months and its because of reading about and seeing what other stitchers are doing (and how).

Well, that's it for this post. Thank you for visiting and for inspiring me. Hope everyone has a lovely week filled with stitching and all good things. Hugs, Chris G