Lots of Stitching to Share

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I have stayed true to my word and have spent the last five days leave from work, stitching my heart out and recharging my batteries. As a result I have quite alot to share.

Here are some stitchery matryoshka dolls that I made using a pattern I found on Rachel's (sorry I don't know her last name) blog. She offers this pattern for free and has a link so you can to email her to get it. I just added some of my own detail to make it more my style.

The following photos are of stitcheries I have done using Lynette Anderson-O'Rourke's free Noah's Ark block of the month. Lynette is avery talented and well known international designer and has designed this little stitchery to celebrate a year of blogging. If you click on the Noah's Ark image at the right of my block it will take you to the design and Lynette's photos of the stitchery quilt. She has also put links to others who are making her design and it is really interesting to look at the different colourways and styles everyone has used. I have another three to stitch up and then I will be up-to-date with the blocks.

I chose to use bright fabrics in my quilt as am a bit addicted to these colours at the moment. But Lynette has used a more tradtional country colourway. Some ladies have done the stitching in just red or blue threads and some have coloured the images in with pencil.

I have also been inspired by the beautiful embellished birds Dot has been making. You can see them on her blog here. I wanted to make it in the style of a stitchery but to also make it a bit dimensional. Therefore I have used beads and buttons. I also padded the bird lightly and sewed the birds wing seperately and used thick interfacing to make it stand up without being floppy. I am really happy with how this has turned out and am now going to make some as christmas gifts for my friends and family in their favourite colours.

In a previous post I showed the beginnings of a stitchery quilt I have designed. Well I have now completed one and a half of the stitchery blocks. Here's one of the blocks completed. There will be four blocks in total and I am now looking for the perfect fabric to use as the sashing between the blocks. I want something a little different and quirky so am thinking of a green polka-dot print.

I just spent the day with my friend Jo teaching her how to do redwork stitcheries. She is going to make up one of my original designs as a present for her friend's birthday. And tonight, my friend Milly has just phoned to say she wants to come over and have me teach her to make dotee dolls. What a wonderful way to spend the whole day and night, being with friends and sharing my love of craft. I love helping others discover their own love of craft.

Now I can't end this post without sharing a photo of Lockyer going for his first swim in our pool. At first he was scared and kept going to the side, but after a while he started to enjoy it and we couldn't get him to get out of the pool. Mark will kill me for putting this photo of him on my blog, but it was so cute seeing him teaching Locky to get used to the pool. Mark doesn't have any kids of his own (although he treats mine like they were his own), so this puppy is very much his baby. I love watching the two of them together.

Well I better get going. I want to have a shower before Milly arrives and the stitching continues.

Terri xx


Dot said...

What a beautiful post Terri! Full of eye candy and good feelings.

I am so happy you have enjoyed your time off and been stitching happily away.

Your stitched matryoshka dolls are gorgeous! I will visit Rachel's blog and email her for the pattern.

And your stitcheries are so beautiful. You do such neat work! And your quilt is coming along beautifully.

You have done a lovely job with your bird - thanks for mentioning my blog.I love how you have padded yours and added your special touches. What a great idea for presents - your friends and family will love them!

Hope you had a fun night with your friend Milly. I loved what you wrote about helping other's discover their love of craft. I love doing that too.

And wonderful shot of Mark and Lockyer in the pool- lab's love water don't they?

Hope you have a fabulous weekend my friend.

Lots of love from Dot xx

Dot said...

P.S I love the new look of your blog too!

Rachelmp said...

All your stitching looks lovely and I love all the extra details you have added to my pattern! Fantastic.

Jo said...

Loving the bird and how it turned out. Thanks for teaching me. I'm having a great time stitching up a storm.