Friday, 29 August 2008

Stitching and Giveaway

In our old house I had a sewing corner which I shared with the model railway, then the railway expanded, and I put my machine in the cupboard! Emily arrived and my machine had to live in the bottom of the wardrobe as the hobbie room became her bedroom. When Alice moved out I put a small table into her room and used that as my sewing base. But now Tony has put up some shelves for me to keep my sewing on (the rest is in the cupboard) It is lovely and so much easier having everything to hand. I didn't convert the whole room as I still want Ali to come home to visit (when she's not at Uni or my parents) and I share the room with Em's computer, and the model railway is hiding on a board under the bed :-)

During the last few weeks of holiday I have been cross stitching a biscornu which is a french eight sided cushion, I found: Own Two Hands, Finishing School, and The Floss Box most helpful although if you google it there are lots of links to free patterns and tutorials for making one up.
I enjoyed it so much I plan to make some more in the future.

I have finally finished the pincushions I was making, although there are a few more I'd like to try I'm running out of holiday as we return to school on the 4th September. I made a daisy pincushion, then I stacked a couple together





















Then I made a thumb cushion and an ordinary cushion.



























For the giveaway I made a needlecase and matching cushion, so if you'd like a chance to win this matching pair please leave a comment and I will have a draw in a weeks time. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Jane x

10 comments:

Gina said...

Your stitching area looks so tidy and inviting Jane - my table is always covered in mess! I'd love a chance to be included in your giveaway - the needlecase is adorable!

sunnie_fairy said...

love those pincushions... I can't even sew, so to me your stuff is incredible! :]

Willow said...

I'd love to have your little sewing area. My sewing machine lives in the closet unless I'm using it. Right now it's out in the hallway on its cabinet so I can do some sewing.

The Corvette: yes, I saw it in Essex, in Finchingfield. My brother owns one and has had numerous vettes, yellow, white, black, etc. I'm going to visit him in two weeks; maybe he'll give me a ride!

Willow said...

Oh, I forgot to say that the pincushions are so cute! How are they stuffed?

raining sheep said...

I definitely want a chance to win. Those are so lovely and I am pretty nostalgic about pin cushions. My grandma was a seamstress and I would use her scraps to make little pillow pincushions when I was like 5 years old. Those are very special memories...and I have not made a pincushion since then. Grandma is gone now.

Janice said...

I found my way here from 'kittycafe'. I love your pincushions, you do beautiful work.

The Vintage Kitten said...

Hello, I stumbled upon your blog and so glad I did. I love your pincushions. Are the sheep in your logo local? Up in the North Pennines where I am the farmer is in the middle of muck spreading, eww not nice!

Alison Boon said...

Such sweet items. I love the different shapes.

Lesley said...

Your pinchushions are beautiful Jane and such a great project for the holidays. I love your new sewing area and I'm sure you'll spend many happy hours there :)

xxx

Greedy Nan said...

Hi. I was just passing through from Mrs Locket's blog and thought I'd take a better look at you. Must be fate that you are also doing a giveaway - the prize must be mine then!!!