Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Airedales in Stitches

I mean, of course, embroidery stitches. Just came across these three pics I made ages ago. The photographs are not good - they are actually worked on mint green fabric! Heaven knows why I picked that colour, I certainly wouldn't now but here they are photographed and shown here for posterity. The charts are all from Stitch Pics.

More Airedales in stitches but not made by me this time. I thought I would show my fab new sweater I just bought from Cath Kidston. It is 100% Merino wool and nicely big and baggy - I can never resist anything sporting Airedales and will probably wear this to my Airedale Club's Christmas party.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Hair Today - Gone Tomorrow

I have always wanted to use this title on a scrapbook page but for now it will have to be a blog post until I get round to it. I recently started driving again and finally took Archie and Wilberforce to be clipped yesterday. They had so much hair removed, they look like different dogs.
After the ordeal of losing their lovely thick coats and as a reward for being so well behaved, we stopped off on the way home so "The Boys" could cool off with a McFlurry each.

Haven't had much time for stitching this week, just a small crown taken from a 2002 issue of Cross Stitcher magazine.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Stitching and shopping

I seem to have recovered my stitching mojo this week and have made this birdhouse hanger from Rico, it was very quick to stitch taking just a few evenings. We have been out quite a lot visiting different towns recently and of course, you have to have a peek in their crafts shops, don't you? There are so many lovely new things in the winter ranges that I couldn't resist stocking up.

The first rubber stanps I have bought for ages were these Festive Frolics range from Docrafts, gorgeous mirrored butterflies, glitters, some Tim Holtz products and lots of lovely craft magazines.
Promarkers which are just the best for colouring stamped images. Below are some Border Collie card making kits which look like Higgins and I had to get the Court Street Bobbies papers as they include an Airedale Terrier wearing a police helmet!

I bought two of the Rico birdhouse kits which can be seen at the bottom of the picture above, either side of the Martha Stewart birds punch.

I have been having a play with the rubber stamps I bought. I had seen a lot of easel cards on card blogs that fold flat for posting so after a bit of experimentation I managed to make this one above and another Christmas card below. I have made so many Christmas cards this year that I think we already have enough to send even if I don't make any more!

Also have a few finishes: An armchair pincushion, my first time using plastic canvas - the pattern was free from Annie's Attic. An intarsia knitted cushion, the pattern for which was in Woman's Weekly a few weeks ago and the blue willow cross stitch (a kit from Sew and Sos) which I just made up into a card.

I got a nice surprise through my letter box this morning for winning the crossword competition in Cross Stitcher Magazine: A spring hoop, Madeira shade card, Madeira threads and holder and gold plated scissors. I have been using Madeira threads more and more recently so it is great to add to my collection. Happy stitching.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Christmas Stitching

Thank you very much for your comments on my last post, your kindness is appreciated. We still miss Sidney very much and he will always be in our hearts. All the upset meant I lost my enthusiasm for crafting for a little while but when Cross Stitcher magazine came through my letterbox I though the free kit would help me back into it again. The Christmas cards were very quick and easy, my favourite is the Robin, and I found them very therapeutic to stitch.