Thursday, 13 December 2007
This is one (above) I made for a Young Farmers' competition, and it's based on the legend of the Welsh patron of lovers St Dwynwen. As you can possibly tell, it's a lovespoon which is another Welsh tradition. Luckily my dining room has a blue colour scheme, so this sampler fits right in!
This (above) is a kit I saw in the shop, and just had to buy! It's up in my kitchen and it was really easy to make. I'm lucky to have a fantastic cross stitch shop nearby (The Nimble Thimble in Llangedwyn) where they also frame the finished pieces.
Finally, for now, here is what I'm currently working on. From the date you can see that I've been working on it for a little while! I didn't start it until 2004 though!! Anyway, all I have left to do is finish the back stitch and then I look forward to giving it to my Auntie Winnie.
Tuesday, 11 December 2007
I found the fabric in Textile Express in Oswestry (which is a fab shop if you like fabric or anything to do with sewing), and had a brainwave - why don't I make a Christmassy top to wear on Christmas day?? Yes I do know I'm crazy.
Above is the rear view and below is another look at the front. It's a tunic with an empire line gather under the bust. I love the sleeves and their shape at the wrist. In the pattern there's meant to be a ribbon or trim around the neckline, down either side of the slit and then it hangs loose down the front. It didn't quite work out like that for me (stupid ribbon!) and I've therefore added a press stud to change the opening at the front to a slit.
Ok, above is the 'rear view' of the pyjamas. Not much more to say about that really. If you look really closely you can see that I had to shorten the straps by looping them - I shouldn't really be drawing attention to flaws should I?!
Above is my 'da-dah' pose - hmmm, won't give up to day job for modelling. Anyway, as you can tell, I'm really proud of these pyjamas, I mean, I actually made them! Let's see what happens next in my adventure in the land of sewing...
Friday, 7 December 2007
I've been enjoying cross stitch for a number of years (ever since my Dad bought me a kit in RKM wools in Oswestry when I was 8. It was a duck and I can remember sitting in the chair next to the Bosky (poor man's Aga) and stitching it). The sense of accomplishment stayed with me and I've made many many pieces of cross stitch since then. Some I've kept, some I've given away. Some I've finished, some I haven't!
Those of you who know my Mam know that she is a fantastic dressmaker. I recently wanted to find out whether I had inherited any of her talents in this field. Armed with her old sewing machine and a bag of scraps I went on my mission. Do you know what? I love it and it's addictive! I don't think I'm very good but I'm going to carry on.
Through this blog I'm going to share with you some of the things I've made and all of the things I'm going to make. I might write a bit as well...
...this was only meant to be a short introduction!
Tara for now