is it enough?

I have a hankering to add a field mouse or more cow parsley to this landscape but sometimes it’s difficult to know when enough is enough. I’ll put it away until tomorrow and think again. Any opinions to share?



This many stitches into the landscape project when……




I spotted this little fella hanging off my embroidery frame -


I’m not sure if he hasn’t moved since because my garlic-laden-prawns-for-lunch breath which blew him into the waste paper basket, has rendered him unconscious!

fabric pots

I currently have a book on on loan from my local library on how to make fabric coil pots. I had never attempted fabric pot making before but the process looked very easy so this morning I had a go and had such fun that this afternoon I made another one. The smaller one is 15cm wide at the brim and 5cm high with a core of double thickness jute twine. The bigger one is 10cm high and 24cm wide with a core of plastic cord. I’m going to give them both a coat of watered down PVA glue to stop any future fraying although this is not suggested in the book. After that I just have to decide what they could be used for!DSCF9059



I’ve spent the past eight days in idleness and it’s been lovely. I haven’t done anything craft related whatsoever and I haven’t felt guilty at all. Shortly before mid-day however, after completing the umpteenth online jigsaw of the morning, I decided it was worth suffering jigsaw cold turkey and get back to sewing again. By this afternoon a small landscape idea was beginning to take shape for which the first step was to paint a semblance of land and sky onto the calico with watercolours. Setting the colours by ironing can wait ’til tomorrow, by which time I may have thought of something better to sew!


distraction over

My period of distraction has morphed into this dog-walking plant-carrying lady. She stands about seven inches tall. I think the dog looks happy at the prospect of a walk as long as the lady disposes of the plant before they set off.

dog walker

dog walker


It’s been a strange couple of days stitchingwise. Having been all enthusiastic over the stumpwork portraits, I suddenly find myself unwilling to begin another just yet and can’t figure out why but with fingers twitching to do something, yesterday I began making a little doll based on Salley Mavor’s Felt Wee Folk. I am only using her methods as a jumping-off point so my version will be bigger (and less professional) but embroidering the jacket yesterday kept me busy for a while and was relaxing to do. If I finish this little person and she looks half decent, I’ll post more photos.

distraction doll

I found these Crafter’s Commandments yesterday on the side bar of this blog during an internet trawl.


I had not come across these before and I have to admit to being particularly guilty of number 11! What about you?

Flickr problem

I got the ‘welcome’ email from Stitchin’ Fingers and I’ve been diving in and out of the site all morning, setting up my own page as crunchnrustle, joining the stumpwork and machine embroidery groups, and having a thorough look around. To save bandwidth, they suggest that you link a Flickr account which also means no upload limit. I duly set up a Flickr account went back to Stitchin’ Fingers, and a few mouse clicks should have enabled a link between the two but for some reason, instead of being taken to Flickr to begin downloading, all I got was a line of code error which I don’t understand and have no idea what to do about it. I’ve tried logging in and out of both accounts, restarting my computer, updating Firefox, clearing caches, and anything else I could think of but I get the same error each time and I can’t find anything on the Stitchin’ Fingers site about this so maybe it’s just me!  I have asked for help from SF by way of a discussion but it’s soooooo frustrating meantime. I was able to upload five photos – the maximum daily allowance using their direct upload method but then the Flickr option was suddenly no longer available – hopefully not for good but if I continue to get errors it won’t matter anyway!



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