Yarnplanner's Blog

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Still on holiday May 15, 2012

Filed under: bits of life,embroidery — yarnplanner @ 3:25 pm

Still looking at things. My boys in the pool.


My (not so) little, not quite five year old playing on the beach front.


And yesterdays embroidery


I’m just playing with stitches, trying to combine them and seeing which ones and what I enjoy most.


SIT Name Badge Swap February 24, 2011

Filed under: bits of life,embroidery — yarnplanner @ 2:01 pm

Because I’m going to Sew It Together this year and because it was such fun last year, I am participating in the name badge swap (and anything else I can find time for). I was relieved though, when I was assigned someone with a short name!

Now that I know she has received it, I can reveal the name badge I made for Sandy.

SIT name badge swap

I’m glad she likes it. This sort of crafting does not come easily because I just don’t think I’m creative enough but I did enjoy making it. Thanks to Donna for providing the backing fabric and template plastic (what a great resource she is!)
I’m looking forward to meeting Sandy and all of the other wonderful girls coming to Sydney at the end of March for Sew It Together. I think there are still a few spots vacant if you want to come!


Rainy day blues October 3, 2010

Filed under: embroidery,finished objects — yarnplanner @ 7:37 pm

Rain seems to be all we have been able to enjoy here in (usually) sunny BrisVegas.  It has been wet for at least a week and will be wet for at least a week more.  We all talk about how it is great to have the dams full and our gardens watered but I am over it.  Lets hope we get some sunny breaks soon just so I can get some washing out.

So with nothing really to report about today except the fantastic Jamie Oliver Cauliflower and Stilton soup I made for dinner (sorry it’s not on the website but in his magazine annual), it is time to delve back in to the archives and show you some of the things I have been making.

Today’s special craft is embroidery.  I caught the bug at Sew It Together in May and have been carrying around a few little projects since.  Here is a little pillow case I did after I discovered Sashiko at the Textile Arts fair in late June this year.


The actual stitching only took an evening but the design and make up a few extra days. It sits on that little antique sofa at the end of our bed and it makes me smile each time I see it.
The other little treasure I have is a bookmark I put together. The paper is papyrus I picked up in Egypt when I there in 2001 and the thread is crochet cotton I was playing with. I backed it with some natural linen. It is wider than most bookmarks but it works well for me. I really enjoyed using this traditional paper even though it was tricky at times. Next time I will back the paper with a stabiliser before starting. The design was freeform.



Embroidery journey continues May 21, 2010

Filed under: embroidery,fabric,finished objects — yarnplanner @ 1:21 pm

Yes, who would have thought that this journey would continue.  I never saw myself as a hand sewer because I am rarely good at the ‘fiddly bits’ but I am really enjoying this challenge.

I have struggled to find some simple yet interesting little projects to undertake but I did find this lovely free pattern from Wee Wonderfuls.  I made their Wee Bunny some time ago and the boy still goes to him for a cuddle.  So here is my little Wee Bear (I used Perle Cotton No: 12 and a linen/cotton blend fabric)

I’m pleased with the fabric and thread choice and even reasonable pleased with the embroidery.  I’m not pleased with the shape of the finished item, how it puckers and how the leg I turned it out through is a bit ‘gammy’.  If I did it over again, I would just make it a rectangle.  As it is, I’m not really sure what it could be – its a bit small for a toy.  Anyway, I think I will pull the stuffing out, fill it with some lovely lavender and put it in my knickers drawer.  How cute would it be peeking out through my unmentionables?

I know what I want to try next embroidery wise (white Perle Cotton No: 8 on a charcoal grey linen) but I have to find a pattern for something to make it in to.  FUN!