Embroidery Feed


I have been following Rachel's progress on her foot stool done in canvas work on her blog.  I used to do a lot of canvas work but got bored with it.  Now I think I would like to stitch a piece.  At the Embroiderers' Guild they have a huge selection of threads for this kind of work on the sale table, so I can get the thread cheap and I'm sure I must have some canvas in my stash.  Next step was what would I stitch?

I found a colouring book on-line from 1615.  It was originally written for glaziers and plasterers but I'm sure some of these patterns would work.  (These are the kind of things one finds on in the Internet Archive.)

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There is a design index at the beginning setting out all the designs as thumbnails.

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Then these are expanded to full page prints later and there are some interesting designs that could work.

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A bit of inspiration

So, we have to start making things for the stall.  I have a whole lot of those mini frames so I will embroider some of these.

But in my search for inspiration I came upon the work of Silversmith Karin Ferner.

I especially like the collars that she creates.  This one from care labels on clothing.

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Or this one of Swedish braids.

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I know her work is all about the Silver-smithing but there is just so much embroidery inspiration here as well.

Swedish Blackwork.

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Cross stitch on drawn thread work.

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Mounted cross stitch.

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And I adore this collar.

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I might have to take up silver-smithing!

Thinking about the Hexies

As I prepare all my hexies for a quilt I will make I keep thinking that I have no real idea of the pattern that I want to make it into.  Now I know I should have thought of that before I started and I did, kind of, but I have forgotten what I had planned and I think I have changed my mind about it anyway. 

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So now I am surfing away trawling to catch ideas of what other people have done.  Sue Briscoe has some great ideas, about all kind of things. on her blog.  There I found a report about the Toyko Quilt show back in 2015 and there is a great slide show you can watch of the quilts.  I would love to make this one, it isn't a hexi but it would have been paper pieced.

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And then there are these.

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It might be better if you just click on this link and be carried away like me.  If you like Sashiko Susan's is the blog where you can find it all.


"Slow Stitch" By Clair Wesley Smith, is a book I bought a number of years ago and reading it gave me one of those 'Ah Ha' moments when I linked her explanations to why I felt the way I did when stitching Kogin.

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She writes an informative blog about her work which is always a good read and I have been watching some of her videos that she has posted on Vimeo.


I can see I will have to work my way through these.

Pin cushion No 3

The next pin cushion used an old lace doily. This was held down with some buttons and running stitches.

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When I went into my own stash of old doilies I found that I only had a couple that were small enough to use and I had collected these in Op Shops some time ago.  They are both beautifully crocheted, not rustic at all.  On the first one, I sewed it into place on the background piece using a sewing thread of the came colour.

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It looks rather like a mandala and so nicely crocheted. The background fabric only measure 5.5" square and after sewing the back on and stuffing came down to 5 " finished size.  It is such a nice piece I didn't want the embroidery to take away from the crocheting so I used paler colours in my silk threads so as not to overpower the original. I hope I have done it justice.

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Things are all over the place here.  My daughter-in-law is very ill with Covid and we are trying to look after the girls without catching the virus ourselves.  It is really tricky.  All around us people are ill with the virus.  A close neigbour has been taken to hospital and she has 6 week old twins who they would not take into the hospital.  Her husband is trying to cope on his own.  She is from Poland and has no family here, so all their neighbours are trying to help, with Max insisting that he can manage.  My cousin, who also lives on the island had a bad fall.  His son came to visit and brought Covid with him and now his wife has come down with it.  Neighbours are helping out there as well.  Thank goodness we live in such a supportive community.  I walk early in the morning, so I can be alone on the beach, and am trying to stay away from everyone.  I think I will travel on the barge rather than the ferry for the next little while if I have to go to the mainland.

So Pin Cushion No 2

I managed to find a heart shaped button for this one.  I only had one.


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Then I tested a doll pattern to use with my grand daughter Jasmine.  It was not easy.  It looks easy and the knitting is straight forward but the assembly is difficult.  I'm not so sure this would be suitable for a child learning to knit.  It might put them off knitting forever!  I think I will get her to knit it and I will sew it together.

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In contrast the Izzi doll was so much easier to knit and make-up.

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They are about the same size but the Izzi doll is more attractive.

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There are lots of variations on this pattern as well. 

On the embroidery front it is unpicking and I have only managed 1 sample piece for the machine embroidery.

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Big problem here.  I went to lower the upper tension only to find that the machine does this automatically and there are no instructions in the operation manual as to how I can do this manually.  It has taken me nearly a week to work out that there is a small icon on the display screen where I can change this.  I am seriously thinking about reverting to my old machine on which I know how to change the tension.


An old book

I was looking for something else on my computer and found this book that I bought, some time ago.  (It is a digital copy)

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They might be called little pillows but they are pin cushions to me and they are small projects that I can complete quickly.  I am having so little success with my knitting that I need something to boost my confidence.  So, pincushion Number 1.....

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I bought the book on- line from Martingdales.

It's good to have friends.

My friend, Mary, visited  The Nest Community Centre, here in Brisbane and came upon all these threads that were for sale.  So, she bought me a small bag full.

"These cost $50.00, do you think they are worth that much money?" she said as she handed them to me.

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They are worth a whole heap of money!!  About $550.00 Australian retail value.  What a find!

There were these Caron threads.

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Marked at $2.00 each.

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Then these silk threads.

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These were marked at $3.00 each.

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This Thrift shop is a bit out of the way but they appear to have some great stock.

Paper pattern  and partially completed garments with patterns and fabrics at cheap prices.

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Loads of embroidery stuff.

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I am going to have to investigate this place.  Oh, that looks like wool on those back shelves.