Now that this has been gifted I can finally share this appliqué Jura whisky picture that I put together.
I couldn’t believe my luck when I looked in my small bits of fabric box and I found the perfect fabric colours for making the bottle and a thistle fabric which was just what I was wanting for the background. I don’t normally have such good luck finding fabrics I want to use in the fabrics I have and normally end up having to buy more!
I drew a rough sketch of the bottle and what detail I was wanting to include from the bottle and used that sketch to cut out the different fabrics and then hand sewed the writing details onto them.
The bottle fabrics are from The Craft Cotton Company and the thistle backing fabric is by Lewis and Irene Fabrics (A Walk in the Glen).
Now this make has been gifted I can now share it without spoiling any surprises! I wasn’t too sure how this make would turn out as I started with a very rough sketch of a highland cow sat on some fields and from that free-hand cut out different shapes of fabric and sewed them onto a fabric background to build up the picture. Half way through I was starting to doubt whether I had completely messed it up but I stuck with it and am really glad I did.
Fabrics are all from The Craft Cotton Company.
Now I have success with this one its time to have a go at a few others I have in mind!.
After last years year of stitches make I decided to undertake another this year. This one however is slightly different to last years and instead of little pictures I’m trying out all different stitches for each of the days, I’ve been wanting to try out lots of new stitches for a while now and this is the perfect way to do it.
I’ve opted for a dark blue background, I’m sure it will drive me crazy when the lighting isn’t great but I wanted something that would make the stitches really stand out!
Here is the first 7 days – am hoping I can keep up as time already seems to be going by quickly.
It doesn’t seem two minutes ago I was starting my first year of stitches yet a whole year has gone by and my 2018 year of stitches has come to an end. I’m hoping this next year doesn’t go by as quickly as I don’t think I could keep up!
Here’s my finished year of stitches project:
It’s already up on my wall and it brings back a lot of memories when I look at it.
I have really enjoyed the stitching over the last year and I have already started one for this year!
Now I have got my sewing Christmas makes (Trees, Stockings) out of the way I have been able to focus on finishing some of the embroidery makes I have been working on over the last few months. First one completed is a embroidered flowers embroidery hoop. The pattern is one I put together using a pattern from Crossstitcher magazine (April 2018). The original pattern was too big to fit in the hoop I was using so I used bits from the pattern to fill the hoop.
I covered the hoop with fabric by sewing strips of 4cm wide fabric together and folding the raw edges inwards, I then wrapped this around the hoop. I created a loop using 2 strips of 20x4cm wide fabric (place pieces right sides together, sew around leaving top edge unsewn, turn out the right way and slip stitch the gap closed).
I’ve just about kept up over the last few weeks – its been close but somehow I have managed it!
Its really starting to fill up now – i’m hoping that my choice of using a smaller hoop doesn’t end up causing me problems of not having enough space!
Week 18: Thistles completed and two dahlias added.
Week 19: Pine needles and winter pansies started.
Week 20: Winter pansies completed.
Week 21: Heather and red berries added.
Week 22: Asters added.
Weeks 23: Pumpkins and season names added.
How can we be in May already, it doesn’t seem two minutes since it was the start of January and I was just getting started on this year in stitches journey.
Here’s a little update on what’s been going on over the last 5 weeks (weeks 13-17).
Week 13: saw the completion of the tulips and the addition of a branch ready for some other flowers to be added.
Week 14: the identity of the branch detail added in week 13 was revealed as a bleeding heart plant with the addition of the leaves and flower detail.
Week 15: fluttering in were some purple butterflies.
Week 16: leaf stitch leaves were added and some flowers using a petal stitch.
Week 17: some more autumn leaves and snowflakes were sewn on, along with some grass detail and the start of some thistles.
Am loving how this is all coming together, can’t wait to see it continue to grow over the next few weeks.