Sunday stitches

The tissue holders are now made and I prefer the one with the children on it. I used sew-in interfacing on the blue fabric and lined it with quilting cotton which has given it a little more substance than the birdy one. The birdy version was lined with more of the outer fabric and is much softer. The pouch itself seems a little baggy but if I’d made it any smaller it might have been difficult to put the tissues into it. Because I hadn’t measured exactly where to place the children (duh!), they didn’t match up equally to the edge when folded in so I made that one as an open pouch but I think it’s much better and it shows off the lining nicely.

 

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The floral panel was made to liven up the front of an otherwise extremely boring lightweight canvas shopper. I ironed freezer paper onto polycotton fabric then cut them to A4 size before printing the design in greyscale. I stitched it to a larger piece of identical fabric so that there would always be fabric in the hoop as I moved it around when free-motion embroidering. Trimmed to size when finished and edged with some satin ribbon. Something to do on a wet and windy Easter Sunday!

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another detour!

I had my cup of tea but didn’t made the tissue holder. I did cut out the lining though and then decided to stitch on that too so I guess I’ll have to make two tissue holders tomorrow.

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Hobbes again

This embroidery of Calvin and Hobbes normally hangs in my workroom but is currently safely stored elsewhere whilst we wait for water-damaged walls to be repaired. This piece, done in 2000, took considerably longer to complete than the little blue one but was just as much fun to do. I don’t covet many things but I do covet a Hobbes of my own. If only!

Approximately 8.5″ x4″, single thread, mainly satin stitch on closely woven cotton (not calico for a change!).

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Hobbes

Hobbes is my all-time favourite cartoon animal. He and Calvin were yesterday’s stitchy piece with thanks to Bill Watterson for giving me such a fab creature to stitch. Approximately 4″ x 3″ on the usual bog standard calico using no.16 Finca crochet perle cotton and no, I don’t know what I’ll do with this piece either!

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