finishing touches

I added a border of tea cups and leaves (not included in the original templates) to complete the teapot felt embroidery and I also stitched over the steam lines to make them more obvious and I think that both are an improvement. Now that it’s bigger all round it needs additional support of some kind before it can be turned into a wall hanging but I haven’t yet come up with the best way to do that.

teapot border

felt embr3 border

felt embroidery

While I was stitching this teapot piece I remembered that the last time I did any major piece of hand embroidery on felt was in the ’60s. It was a cushion cover and the theme was Beatles related although I now can’t visualise the finished article. Probably just as well. Tea is more my line of entertainment these days.

The pattern comes from Summertime Sampler by Erica Kaprow which is a set of quilting templates for “colorful wool appliqué”. Had I read the blurb on Amazon properly I would have realised that I wasn’t buying a book as I had thought but I like the colourful designs and they can be mix-and-matched so I expect I’ll use a few more of them. The hand stitching is easy and with my new headlamp (a gift from big Sis) I can stitch for hours in the evenings without disturbing JP’s tv viewing pleasure.

I used stem stitch for the leaf veins and the ‘steam’, and buttonhole stitch for appliquéing the pieces to the 12″ x 12″ background.

felt embr2

felt stitching

It’s been ages since I’ve really been in the mood to sew anything and I began to think I might never be inspired to sew ever again. Daft of course. We all have times where the hobby that has previously given us hours of fun and pleasure suddenly doesn’t. I was hopeful that something would eventually re-ignite my interest and sure enough, last week something did. It’s felt embroidery and appliqué. This felt flower bouquet was machine stitched but this time it’s all going to be hand stitched. The picture only shows a few of the pieces so far and if I remember, I’ll show more pictures as the piece progresses.

felt embr

road atlas bag

We have sat nav in the car but I’ve always preferred a paper map. This actually translates to: We have sat nav in the car but I find it difficult to use and spend more time shouting at it frustratedly than navigating with it.

Our previous car had a roomy pocket on the rear of each of the front seats and it was easy for me to pull out the road atlas from the driver’s seat pocket but our current car has no such pockets so the atlas gets tossed onto the back seat or falls on the floor and gets trodden underfoot by passengers and squashed and torn when the rear seats are folded down for trips to the recycling centre and I generally have to do a series of acrobatic contortions from the front seat in order to be able to reach the atlas before I can even think about reading a map. I’ve had this problem for over two years but it was only when a replacement road atlas was bought recently that I wondered why I hadn’t thought to make a hanging bag in place of the missing seat pocket.

I decided on a simple bag with two tapes to hang it from the head rest supports but then I thought I ought to have some kind of picture on the front to indicate what’s within. (Why I need to advertise that it’s a bag for maps is something perhaps only a psychologist can answer.) This is what I came up with: map bag A very simple interpretation of an OS map using fabric crayons and free motion embroidery on thin calico backed with a lightweight white canvas that I found in my supplies. An ordinance survey map seemed the easiest kind to stitch even though it’s unlikely to ever be the type of map that will go in the bag!


map bag 2

even more festive

Now this is what I call a festive apron even if the lights are only raw-edge appliqué and can’t be turned on. Happy Christmas one and all!

apron lights 2


jingle jingle

All the blogs I follow have been busy making Christmassy things for the last month and more but apart from making one Christms present, I’ve not been in a crafting mood for weeks. Yesterday however, I had an itch to stitch something and since I’ll be in the kitchen a lot this week, came up with a festive apron. The original design idea was for a string or two of appliqued fairy lights and I may yet do those as they’re already cut out but I found a tatty santa hat with jingly bells amongst the tree decorations and thought they would be just as appropriate. The bells are lovely and tinkly if a tad loud and I do expect to hear sighs of exasperation from family members (followed by requests to remove the offending items) each time the bells jingle. I’ll let you know!

Christmas apron


Tailor of Gloucester

I found a pattern for this little 6cm high mouse a while ago and when I spotted some large wooden bobbins in a fabric shop I had to buy one for a Tailor of Gloucester à la Beatrix Potter to sit on. He’s been sitting on my workbench for several weeks now, reading his mouse version of the BBC History magazine but he very kindly looked up when I approached with my camera. He really should be getting on with his tailoring but we all deserve a break now and again.


tailor of gloucester2



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