Learning new skillz and sticking to my sewlution

Last week I took the little fella back home to meet his Norn Iron half of the family. It was fantastic having a multitude of willing arms to cuddle him and rock him to sleep, so I took full advantage of the spare time to practice embroidery. On a hoop! I must say I felt all Elizabeth Bennet stitching away.

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I’ve been using Sublime Stitching as my go-to guide. It is brilliantly written – very simple and concise. I’d recommend it for anyone wanting to try their hand at embroidery. It also comes choc full of wonderful transfers, just waiting to be ironed onto your chosen fabric.

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Although the book offers a multitude of stitches to choose from – two will pretty much accomplish anything you want to try your hand at – the chain stitch and the satin stitch. You can see the chain stitches outlining the pear above, whilst the satin stitches fill in the stem and the leaf. I love the raised effect – it adds a whole new dimension to your make.

I was just practicing so I stitched onto calico (a chopped up Colette Violet muslin in fact – check me out with the recycling) but I’ll be transferring my final chosen designs onto a lovely white cotton and then working them into a log cabin quilt for George. I was hoping to use the design on the front of Modern Log Cabin Quilting by Susan Beal but I’m wondering now where my little embroidered pictures might actually live on this lovely design without detracting from it. I’ll have a think about it.

Embroidery is a great craft to try if you’ve got a few minutes spare and it’s extremely cheap to get started. Hoops cost from as little as a couple of quid and embroidery flosses aren’t much more. Then as long as you have a needle you can get going. I used a size 20 tapestry needle and a 7″ hoop.

I am determined to keep up my end of the bargain with Karen’s Sewlutions Jar. This was my original Sewlution:

“Mine is to make a beautiful log cabin baby quilt with some embroidery technique worked in. Something really special for baby George’s first bed. And it will force me to start learning embroidery which I’ve wanted to do for ages but haven’t got round to.”

But at this rate it may be New Year’s Eve before it’s complete! How are you getting on with your Sewlutions?

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Oh and here’s a little pic of himself, just so you can see what a little pudding he’s become! I’ve been feeding him myself and I’m just delighted to watch him grow… and grow… and grow!

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I am made of win!

So I entered a fantastic blog giveaway t’other week over at Flossie Teacakes for some foxy fabric fat quarters, kindly donated by Annie of the Village Haberdashery, and blow me over but didn’t I go and win it?

Practically the next day (that Annie one is so efficient) this collection of gorgeous foxy fabrics fell through my door. Thanks Annie and Florence!

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Aren’t they gorgeous? I’m toying with the idea of doing another log cabin baby quilt using a mix of these and some treasures from the stash. I’ve got time to knock something up before the December arrival and it would be such a lovely thing to keep. What do you reckon?

P.S. If anyone is in doubt of my love for all things foxy – just check out this post from earlier this year. Portentous, non?

There are always such amazing blog giveaways going on, makes me feel guilty I don’t do more myself to be honest. Have you won anything amazing lately?