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Hello Stitchers! Spring has come to my part of the world and my… 
1st-Apr-2017 05:43 pm
Hello Stitchers!

Spring has come to my part of the world and my current project, I feel, is season appropriate.

First, current project. I've just started this one very recently, so I haven't got very far. It's a chart from Cross Stitch Collection magazine (which is sadly now closed) June 2016 issue. It's called Grow Your Own by Jenny Barton and it's going to be a very long and narrow allotment garden. Lots of detail, with lots of backstitch, fractional stitch, and French knots.

I don't know how well it shows up in the picture, but this is the background greenery at the very top. The grey bit is a bit of a tree trunk. All the green bits here are actually stitched in only one strand, which felt really weird to begin with, but I'm getting used to it. The tree trunk is in the usual two strands, and once I had that in, it's actually a great sort of slight depth effect there. It's quite a large project. The chart estimates about 80 hours of work on it, so it's going to last me for a good long while!

Second, last time I posted, at Christmas, it was to show the treasure box of ancient floss I had inherited from my great grandmother, via my grandmother who had finally accepted that she just wasn't likely to do anything with it. A lot of it was no longer labelled, but completely usable for stuff where the exact shade doesn't matter too much.

I used some of it to make this pin cushion with a hedgehog on it. Maybe a quarter of the colours are definitely the ones it said on the chart (also CSC, but can't currently recall which issue). The rest are sort of improvised from unlabelled colours. I think it turned out well. Personally, I wouldn't know from looking at it that it's not actually supposed to look like that, so I'm quite happy with it.

I've been keeping all my thread ends and similar off-cuts, and I used them to stuff the pin cushion with. Unfortunately, I didn't have nearly enough for a good plump pin cushion, so back to gathering thread ends.

I had some of this cute patchwork fabric left over from a quilt, I thought it'd make a good backing for the cushion. Shame they're not hedgepiglet paw prints. :D

Thirdly, a couple of finished things. I've shared in-progress photos of these before. I had trouble finding a suitable frame for the first one, and for a long time nothing happened on it, because I was trying to come to terms with possibly having to have one custom made for a lot of money. And then I lucked out and found a shop that sells art supplies and they had these frames in lots of different sizes. Just what I wanted from the beginning! They're a bit on the shallow side, so glass+cross stitch+mounting board only just fits inside, but it doesn't show on the front.

I'm not 100% pleased with the fishing boats, though. I remembered the size wrong when buying the frame, but didn't think it would matter too much. Once I decided I wished I could do it over, they were already cut to shape and mounted though, so no turning back. A valuable lesson in 'Measure Twice, Cut Once' for you there.

Husband has hung these on the wall for me, so they're now adorning our home and I'm pleased as punch. :)

If anybody made it this far, thanks for sticking with me. :D
1st-Apr-2017 05:35 pm (UTC)
Good work. I like the pin cushion a lot. Thanks for sharing.
1st-Apr-2017 07:06 pm (UTC)
Thank you. :) I really need a pin cushion, so I'm looking forward to getting it properly stuffed and sewn up. Working with a rolled up sock instead is... doable, but not exactly ideal. :D
2nd-Apr-2017 12:57 pm (UTC)
I love making pincushions for gifts, too. When I use one at home, I have to put it away in the sewing basket right after I use it because my new puppy is really bad about chewing and grabbing things. She doesn't seem to realize that eating needles might not be the best thing for her little belly.
2nd-Apr-2017 02:34 pm (UTC)
Oh gosh, that has disastrous potential! Hopefully she'll grow out of it later on. We have cats and they also tend to want to play with the strangest things, but at least we generally don't have to worry about them eating any inappropriate toys.
2nd-Apr-2017 02:31 pm (UTC)
Beautiful work!
2nd-Apr-2017 02:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
23rd-Apr-2017 02:51 pm (UTC)
That's a seriously good idea for your thread ends. I've been saving mine for a couple of years now in a big jar with the general idea of using them for "something" but haven't hit upon the right idea yet. I may steal your pincushion one. :p

I really love the flowers in the teacup. So bright and pretty!
23rd-Apr-2017 02:56 pm (UTC)
I just wish I had thought of it sooner. I started stitching with a Christmas tree rug kit (I have a tendency to get a tad ambitious!), acrylic yarn on jute, and if only I had kept all the yarn ends from that I could have made a whole little collection of pin cushions.

Using a jar is a good idea though. I don't know why I never thought of it! I've just been using a plastic bag and been a little dissatisfied with the solution. We've got a couple of empty jam jars in the kitchen cupboard at the moment. I'm sure Husband won't mind if I steal one of those.
2nd-May-2017 03:34 pm (UTC)
Excellent work! Love the teacup & flowers. :)
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