Archive for January, 2012
the last handmade christmas present i have to show you is this wedding sampler that i made for my other brother and sister in law.
they had a beautiful wedding last year, and i wanted to make them something to commemorate the event.
i actually designed this one myself, and my favourite thing about it is the colours. it reminds me of delftware, which is the look i was going for.
i may release it as a pattern in the shop, though i haven’t decided yet… we’ll see!
you can put this one down to general cluckiness, and the fact that our long-awaited son is due to be born in nine days!
can you blame me for being a wee bit excited?
p.s. if you’re interested in reading about the pregnancy, the baby, and other family-related musings, i blog that stuff here.
here’s another one of my christmas present projects. this one was for my parents-in-law.
the pattern is called “family record samplers”, and it’s by ellen chester of “with my needle“.
the pattern contains three variations of the design, so it can be adjusted for different numbers of children (up to about seven). being a meddler and never quite satisfied, i rearranged things and did my own version, modifying the motifs of the original pattern.
overall i enjoyed stitching this, but the pattern was a little confusing to follow. the number of variations available meant that there were lots of pages that were easily muddled up (especially for someone as scatterbrained as me!).
the pattern is also designed to be stitched on belfast linen, with some stitches over two linen threads, and others over one. the blank areas of the pattern, where you could write in your own family details, were all two-thread sized, and much of the lettering was one-thread sized, so it was quite tricky to plan out.
this is definitely a pattern for more confident and experienced embroiderers!
i chose to stitch this one on antique-look linen, and i really like the way it turned out. it looks tea-stained and old, which i think really suits the design.
most importantly, it was very well received by the very dear and loving people i made it for.
it may have looked like i’ve been on a bit of a crafty hiatus for the last couple of months, but i haven’t! i’ve just been working on handmade christmas presents, which needed to be kept under wraps until after the gift-giving season was over. over the next few days, i’ll show you what i’ve been up to, and you definitely won’t think my needle has been set aside!
the first thing i want to show you is this:
i made it for my brother and sister in law who welcomed their first son in november. it’s called ‘the birth band’, and it’s from ‘the drawn thread’ (you may remember that i also stitched a pattern called ‘the marriage of the minds’ from their collection recently).
i used different colours to those suggested in the pattern, but apart from that didn’t modify anything. i adore the pattern, and found it very easy to follow. there were clear diagrams for all the stitches, and useful instructions for all aspects of the pattern. it stitched up relatively quickly as well.
i didn’t get to give it to the recipients in person, but i think they liked it.
i’ll be back with more to show you soon!