Tuesday, 29 December 2015


Finally having a break from all the festivities, and realised that although I made lots of presents, I did not take many photo's before wrapping them up! I did a hardanger piece for my daughters future mum-in-law, plus 2 hardanger xmas decs, 3 heart shaped woven ribbon hanging lavender bags, a embroidered Christmas tree picture, some bunting, 2 Alice in wonderland tree decs, a pom-pom wreath, several appliquéd cotton shopping bags, and a dressed rabbit, made of felt (kit from http://www.coolcrafting.co.uk/ called Luna Lapin) complete with dress and coat, which was all top stitched with tiny button and button holes!!!!
This was taken before I made the coat.

I probably made a few more things too - sort of lost count!!! Still now I can settle down and get on with a few more projects.

I have a child's quilt to quilt, for the Linus project (http://projectlinusuk.org.uk/) a member of my little quilting group started it, for a grandchild, but gave me a load of blocks and fabric and said she hated it and could not work on it any more! So I trimmed the blocks and put it together with some sashing,

 made up the binding and hoped she would want to finish it. She didn't and thought Linus would be a good idea - I might even use it to practice a bit of free motion!!!

My current project is some embroidery for a joint Embroiderers Guild competition, just finished them.

 I have enjoyed the small bits of hardanger I've done lately, these are 2 recent embroideries.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

End of November

How is it nearly December? This year seems to be rushing to the end so fast!

I went to Manchester on Friday night, driven by my daughter on a very cold and snowy night over the moors, where we had a very nice Thai meal and then stayed in a Premier Inn so as to get to the Kristy Allsop Christmas Craft Show in the centre of Manchester nice and early on Saturday. It was a nice small venue compared to the places like the NEC, and had some interesting stands where I managed to get a couple of presents. I treated myself to some new hardanger scissors, but I did avoid buying any more fabric, as I currently have the fabric laid out for a least 5 quilts on my craft room table, all ready to start, and drawers full of my stash too!!! 

I have been doing various little bits of hand sewing and have cut out a White Christmas Luna Lapin Rabbit from a  http://www.coolcrafting.co.uk  kit (from Manchester Show) that will be a present for my daughter. The kit comes with a dress and lovely red winter coat which will be much more difficult to sew than the rabbit!

I have nearly finished a berry and leaves freehand embroidery on hand dyed linen - not sure what I will do next - I need some hand sewing to take to the embroiderers guild next week, I suppose the rabbit will do, if I do not find something else!!!!

Friday, 6 November 2015

Various crafty things

Been a funny few weeks craft wise, working on a Hawaiian quilted bag and a few bits of hardanger as Xmas decorations.

Completed some bits for travelling books for Embroiderers guild. Also took a hardanger angel I did a few years ago to the guild to go on the groups tree in a Xmas tree festival.

Had a go at a felted and embroidered polystyrene ball, did a peacock feather embroidery and finished a large layer cake quilt with machine quilting,

Saturday, 17 October 2015

Camels finished!

Well I am pleased to say I finally finished the third camel yesterday, and spent half the afternoon and evening lacing it onto a mount board padded with some Hobbs wadding.

 It ended up 30"x 9.5", so now I need to decide how (and where) to display it. At the moment I am thinking a bigger piece of MDF and paint it to match the room - whichever that will be. Not sure how I can then put them together!

Just before I hang it I have a few additions to tack on, a ceramic pot and cooking pans. I must admit it is looking good and even my hubby keeps going on about it!!!

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Well, back from a family road trip in USA. We toured 6 States in 2 weeks, highlights included Yellowstone, Deadwood, Little Bighorn and Mount Rushmore. I did manage to visit 4 Quilt Shops and got lots of lovely fabric!!!

All that touring meant I did not get much sewing done, a piece of variegated Hardanger while sitting by a pool and a piece of chain stitch - both of which I will probably use in travelling books.

I got home Sunday Lunch time and have been busy putting together the 35 x 9" blocks, layering up and machine quilting in the ditch. started doing hand quilted circles and round the appliquéd parts - my deadline is mid October, so on track. I would like to finish by the end of next week when I have a cataract operation.

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Been so busy with latest quilt for Linen and Lace, not had much time for other sewing. I did go to Embroiderers Guild meeting last Tuesday, and had managed to get a few things ready for the travelling books.

Can not wait to get back on with my camel project, so nearly finished!

Monday, 24 August 2015

Linen and Lace

This is the draft of the piece I have just written for Create and Craft Blog in the USA.

Hi, my name is Sue, I live in a lovely little, rural village in the East of England, we have only 60 houses in the village and we are surrounded by green rolling hills with sheep and fields of crops.
I have always been "crafty" and spent most of my childhood drawing and painting, if there is a hands on craft I have probably had a go at it! From macramé, knitting, woodwork, scraper board in my teenage years to hardanger, watercolour, quilting and embroidery latterly. I have also spent many, many hours dress making - well costume making, as Wardrobe Mistress for a well known Shakespeare Company - so no stranger to a sewing machine!!!
I am fairly self taught as an embroiderer and I am a member of the Embroiderers Guild. I took up quilting a few years ago, having loved the pictures in books and magazines and thought "how hard can it be" that sort of thinking has got me into all sorts of trouble, including producing items for Linen and Lace!!!
My daughter works for Create and Craft TV in the UK, and happened to mention to Stephanie that I quilted. So when the Crossover Machine with deep dish dies was being launched here in Britain, Stephanie asked if I could manage to do two small quilts, using the number dies and the small maple leaf dies, very quickly before the deadline, to be shown on the launch show.
My work seems to have gone down well, as I was then asked to do a quilt using the heart dies, a wreath using the large maple leaf dies and a pincushion using the square dies for the magazine. I had lots of fun thinking up projects that could be made by beginners, but would inspire the more experienced and really show off the versatility of the Crossover Machine, when using fabric.  
 My house is full to bursting with my work, it hangs on walls, covers beds, fills draws and clutters my Craft Room - but I love doing it. I even made another autumnal batik, maple leaf wreath, it hangs on my kitchen wall and glows in the evening light!

My Craft Room.


Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Still playing with pressed flowers and leaves

I have been having more fun dyeing calico (to embroider later) with different flowers - the current crop being pressed onto damp fabric between 2 bits of clingfilm, is some black Hollyhocks, which is coming out a lovely deep purple. The blue Hibiscus came out too pale to really use.

I have started to embroider the Maple Leaf, done with the bashing with a hammer on dry fabric, with a Anchor Bronze Metallic thread, starting with 2 strands chain stitch down to 1 strand and  then back stitch. Looking good but very tiny stitches!!!!

Saturday, 8 August 2015

First Week of August aready gone!!!

Been a bitty week sewing wise - knocked up the exhibition postcard on local History for the Museum on the wedding dress factory and handed it in on Tuesday at the Embroiders Guild meeting.

Also loaned Christine lot of old sewing stuff and some work done over the last year at Guild Workshops. It will be interesting to see what gets displayed.

Knocked up 10 bags for WI with appliqued hearts or flowers, but none sold - still if I still do not sell them next month I will have a few Xmas presents sorted!

Did a little embroidery for the travelling books, dark blue perle on a piece of the Onion Skin dyed fabric I did at a friends house, which is already mounted and in the book, and got lots done on Camel no 2, not much more and I will be on the last one.

I have been playing with dyeing fabric with pressed petals - it started with a red Amaryllis, but I have also used a Day Lily in orange that came out with purple tips and deep purple Gladiolas that have come out really strangely in blues and lime greens. It remains to be seen if they fade away - but I have embroidered the first one and still after about 3 months it is OK so I intend to put it in a travelling book.

Friday, 31 July 2015


Another busy Friday morning Craft - Margaret using table to pin her quilt, Kaye showing Carole and Susan how to make lined shopping bags for WI to sell for ACWW. We had one of the sewing machines out, with Kaye cutting them up on the cutting board and me running up and down to the Craft room to bondaweb, cut and button hole stitch round hearts.

I only managed to do a few stitches to my camel! Then spent all afternoon making more hearts and sewing them on ready made bags - finished 7, so can take 12 to WI next week.

Now need to get together what I want to take to Belton House tomorrow, I am on from 12-2pm outside the Orangery as part of the National Day of Stitch.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015


I seem to have spent all afternoon loading photos onto the local Embroiderers Guild Blog - I am getting faster, but had enough for today - still it is good practice using my new laptop - I think I am swearing less, must be a good thing!

Monday, 27 July 2015

camel number 2

I did a lot more to the fur/hair/hide of the 2nd camel last night, still needs a few hours working on the highlights, then it is only the saddle stops and I can turn back the fabric to start the last camel - number 3.

Camel no 1

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Still Practising!

I figure the only way to crack this blogging lark is to keep using it - but it seems a bit pointless talking to myself - maybe I should ask Jean if I can link to her blog?

Saturday, 25 July 2015

try out for photos

A couple of my recent attempts at needle painting.

It is all Jeans fault!!!!!

Starting a Blog really is not my idea - Jean made me do it! It seems it will teach me to load photo's onto Embroiders Guild Blog so here goes..........