“Puppy” latch hook kit arrived yay

I mentioned, a few weeks back, that I was drooling over latch hook kits and thinking of treating myself . . . and I did!

This is the one I decided to buy

“Puppy” by Versaco

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It came with printed canvas, pre-cut wool, latch hook, instructions AND the band for finishing off – so everything I need is included.

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For the moment I have only sorted colours onto the bottom of the canvas so that I know which colour goes where . . . since it’s my birthday treat, I’m making myself wait until the big day before I actually begin latch hooking.  I can already see that it’s going to be an interesting project to do with Le Bleu around. He was very curious and came to inspect things as I opened the package . . . and I suspect he’ll be sitting on the canvas, or trying to play with wool (or attack the latch hook) as I work.

“Indian Maiden” weekly update

My “Indian Maiden” is coming along nicely . . . fabric is covered in cat hair  as this is my evening project, and I always have either Merlin or Le Bleu on my lap while I stitch, but I don’t think I’ve ever stitched a project without adding cat hair, so not to worry lol.  Here’s what things looked like last week

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and here the overall picture this week

indian maiden 04Plan for the coming week is to complete the bottom bit and then move up to the top of the chart to tackle shoulders and head (leaving the best bits for last).

“dog windows” ready for next step

I have been having so much fun with my dog windows . . . I don’t know if it’s the colours, or the fact that it’s a small project, but I have been squeezing in extra patchwork sessions when I should be doing the housework, so that I can see more progress. I have just given it an iron, because all sashing is done . . . voilà

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not perfect, but as good as it’s going to get lol.  However, I will wait until next week, when I go to patchwork club, before I begin quilting. I have never quilted before, so prefer to have someone show me, in person, how to go about it.  In the meantime (hopefully this weekend) I will be snipping into fabric to begin making a border for the “Alphabet Fun” cross stitch I finished last year.

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That is going to be made into a wall-hanging and needs to be done by late February . . . so I’d better get my skates on.

SAL “Simple Flowers” – your gallery

Here are the photos I have received so far of coSALers stitching on “Simple Flowers” a free blackwork design by Valerie Warner.  A SAL that has been tremendous fun . . . and for many ladies, the opportunity to try their first blackwork.

Avis – in turquoise, decided it was the perfect size for a card

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La pie kikou – finished off into a “keeper” with some gorgeous embellishments

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Hélène, altered the corners, to make her design more circular

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Debbie is going to put hers under glass for a coaster

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Sylvie has made hers into a little cushion keyring which is hanging from a cupboard in her living room

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titoune has made hers into a lavender bag

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Corinne has added some beads and made a decorative hanging cushion

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bbquenouille is still thinking about what to do with hers

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Marie-Thé

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as for mamoures, well you could have knocked me down with a feather when I received her photo . . . just take a look at this!

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yvonne had an excellent idea – and has finished on the front cover of a notebook

Monique la bretonne (doesn’t have a camera, so this is a scan of the photo copy she sent me)

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jeanna

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huguette finished off into a little hanging cushion

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petitemumu

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Millie

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welcome to wordpress Sew Rosey ^^

A little article to say that a friend, Debbierose, has taken the plunge and recently opened her blog Sew Rosey.  Debbierose is into lots of crafts: patchwork, knitting, cross stitching and redwork . . . and will be sorting out photos and articles over the coming weeks to have more on display . . . if you have a few minutes, I suggest you take time to stop by and welcome her to the wonderful world of blogging ^^

SAL “Simple Flowers” finished

Today is the day I post the last stage of a blackwork SAL over on my French blog. A freebie design by Valerie Warner, called “Simple Flowers”. Very quick and easy to stitch, and lots of fun seeing all the different colour variations by other ladies.  I finished mine off very simply: laced onto a piece of cardboard with wadding and inserted into a small dark wooden frame which measure approx 14cm square.

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Stay tuned for another article where I will post photos of coSALers finishes.  And . . . if anyone feels up to it, I will be organising another blackwork SAL in February ^^

a bit of this, that and the other

More snowfalls last night mean that I won’t be going out today ^^ Roads look decidedly uninviting, pavements look slippery so the safest place is indoors. Which means I have some free time to share a couple of photos . . .

A bit of this, is progress on my Indian Maiden which is coming along in leaps and bounds. Here’s what she looked like last weekend

indian maiden 02and what she looks like today

indian maiden 03am concentrating on the body, gradually working my way down methodically, and finding it a great evening project because there is so much “block” stitching. Will be saving the head and shoulders for last.

A bit of that . . . my future patchwork cushion cover . . . I spent a few hours on that the other day, and have the top third assembled. Looks a bit wonky in places but that’s because I haven’t ironed seams yet. When I flatten it out, it’s looking good and I am REALLY pleased with my choice of fabric for the sashing. It’s rather bright, but that’s what I was going for, and it’s going to look fabulous on my armchair when it’s all finished.

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And a bit of the other . . . oh I have been so wicked lol.

While sorting out fabric for my dog windows cushion, I also rummaged through my other fabrics (with the idea of beginning another bag) and found a few fabrics that go nicely together BUT not enough to make a bag.  I then went for a browse on the internet and discovered that some places are having their January Sales on-line . . . and my index finger couldn’t help clicking left right and centre lol.  I tried to remove all feeling of guilt by telling myself that I was making a huge savings ^^ (and I AM) because I only bought fabrics on sale, in the 40% off section.  They arrived this morning and they are all so gorgeous . . . even my darling husband gave a grunt of approval when he saw them.

fabric saleAs you can see, apart from the turquoise fabric, I’ve gone for fabrics that can be used together . . . wild strawberries with a gorgeous green that picks out the colour of the leaves . . . and the purple and green that blend in so well with the purple flowers.  The turquoise fabric is for other patterned fabrics that I already have in my stash.

An extra surprise, when I opened the parcel . . . a tote bag was sent along with my order ^^  A bit of free publicity for the on-line shop, which I will use when I go along to patchwork club on Wednesday because I’m sure ladies at the club will be green with envy when they see my buys and will want to know where I got them from.

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“dog windows” update

I realise that in one whole week, experienced patchworkers can churn out a double sized quilt . . . I, on the other hand, can’t lol.  I only spend a couple of hours a week doing patchwork since most of my free time is spent cross stitching, so progress is obviously very slow. Yesterday, at patchwork club, I finished off stitching the red and beige bits to my “windows” so now have 9 squares all measuring 11cm square.  This morning I have been snipping fabric for the sashing.  Was something of a brain teaser working out my measurements since a normal sized cushion is approx 40cm x 40cm and with my squares, I already had 33cm so it was a question of “do I do 2cm or 3cm bands?”

Since I was dead set on using a particular piece of burnt-orange coloured fabric that I had in my stash . . . and since it had already been cut into, I had less than a fat quarter . . . I did a little bit of maths and have decided on 2cm sashing between “windows” and a 3cm border: 3 + 11 + 2 + 11 + 2 + 11 + 3 = 43 if my maths are correct, so that’ll give me a fairly normal sized cushion. HOWEVER . . . I didn’t have 43cm in length in my fabric (oh no!!!) to run the full length of my outer border,  so that will have four beige squares in each corner (same as in windows) . . . at least , that’s the plan.

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Anyway, bands and four little squares are all drawn and cut . . . but don’t hold your breath because assembly could take a while.

more OOAK bookmarks and cards

It’s been sub-zero temperatures here this week (-6°C today) but Lovely Lionel is keeping warm with all the mail he delivers to this house. I am, once more, amazed at the generosity of fellow bloggers who have been thinking of me and my bookmark collection. Crafting takes a great deal of time and thought . . . and I am therefore very touched that ladies I don’t know in person take the time to make things for me.  Each hand-made item is a true gem, a OOAK (one of a kind) and therefore totally unique.

From chtinange, I received a very patriotic bookmark  so that I don’t feel homesick ^^

from chtinange

From Millie a cat-themed bookmark, stitched both front

from Millie1and back, with my initial

from Mille2

From La pie kikou, two bookmarks, one stitched with a stitching theme

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and from tagada, a lovely hand-made card

from tagadaThank you so much ladies ^^