workbox #8 pin cushion

I’ve always thought it daft to spend time embroidering a pincushion just to ruin it by sticking pins and needles into it but since a pincushion is included in the Home Sweet Home workbox accessories, I’m making one anyway although I’ve never made one like this before. The intention is that the lesser embroidered side will be the top. I’ve basted the segments but the pincushion has to be put together and stuffed before they’re sewn permanently.

Pincushion from the Home Sweet Home workbox book.

 

 

 

 

workbox #7 tape measure cover 2

This Allium (aka flowering onion) is for the other side of the tape measure cover. The flower heads were embroidered with three or six strands in the needle which meant it only took an afternoon to stitch. I normally embroider with only one strand in the needle and I didn’t think that I’d be happy using six strands, but it was quite liberating. I’m pleasantly surprised with the end result.

workbox #3 base

I haven’t done much on the workbox recently except prepare fabric for the accessories and embroider this frame on the base. Something like “Workbox made and embroidered in 2018” will be stitched within the frame but I can’t decide whether to stitch upper or lower case letters so I’ll put it aside for now and get started on the accessories.

In the image you can also see my new needle minder. I was lucky enough to be chosen recently to road test it by Marlous, who writes the blog The Stitching Sheep.  The needle minder is a sweet little wooden one with an extremely powerful magnet and easily holds my embroidery scissors as well as needles. I believe Marlous will be selling the needle minders later this year but even if you’re not in the market for one, her blog is worth a long browse.

autumn garden 6

The final installment. Finished size 9″ x 4″ approx. I’m not happy with some of it but doubt that I’ll unpick and re-sew those bits. The fabric was OK to embroider on but I seem to get better results with calico so I’ll no doubt revert to that for the next piece, whatever that might be.

 

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autumn garden 5

On the last leg now and if I don’t finish it this evening, it will be nearly a week before I can add any more as I’m off to do some painting away from home this coming week.

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autumn garden 4

This time round it’s nerine, rosehips, cyclamen, autumn crocus, hydrangea, colchicum and chamomile that have been stitched. This evening a start will be made on the other side of the arch.

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autumn garden 3

Not the best quality image I’m afraid but all I could do in the available light. French lavender, easter daisies (aka michaelmas daisies), and button chrysanthemums now completed.

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