Monthly Archives: October 2017

CrossStitching Post

I thought you might want to see the other contenders for finishing, then all the. Dress making people can see it isn’t just dressmaking I suck at finishing.

I am surprised at how much stitching has actually been completed, The Wizard and Garden look over half finished.


The Unicorn, I think the fabric was 25ct Laguna, too dark to be a contender



Firefly fairies, some sort of linen, i did the bleach thing with it, I really wanted to do this one but the fabric would have been a nightmare in bad light



This one had 1,2 and 3 strand stitching, just too much for my poor brain



Fairy idyll Because this one was landscape instead of portrait it was too big for the frame i had available



Love Humphrey’s corner, but I do have a problem with keeping count with half stitch


Victim of it’s fabric and not really big enough



Black fabric, so out


This is also beautiful but 1 and 2 strand stitching took it out of contention

This is just a selection of what I can find I know that there is at least one if not two more Teresa Wentzler


Even if i could have found it, everyone who has attempted a Teresa Wentzler would realise that it would have been far too complicated


and a Mirabilia


Depending on the fabric this one would have been alright, if I could have found all the bits for it

Back in hospital more shopping will be done…

I have bought some patterns from deer and doe, I have had so much use out of the free Plantain pattern I recommend you rushing over and downloading it, to be honest I’m not too keen on the styling on the website too much eyeliner and silly poses but I have been eyeing up the azalea skirt

, bleuet dress and the givire dress ad I just realised I missed fumeterre skirt, which I love, of course I can’t do this pose without falling over at the moment, i can dream 🙂

 I have also been over to love notions for trendy tunic, candence top and dress and tidal dress and top.

I also suggest that Michael Powell, cross stitch copyright division get their arses over to Pinterest, up and down the garden path and a couple of others are available to down load which brings me to my other purchase, as you may have realised I have gone back to my other love, counted cross stitch and have picked, Michael Powell secret garden 1 

to finish, I had it in the evenweave version  purchased from the designer himself at a long ago knitting and stitching show, I picked this one of the many started as I thought it would be easy enough because of the fabric and blocks of colour but enough of a challenge because of the back stitching, so went over to amazon to buy the companion kit the secret garden 2

Window shopping

Hi, I’m back in hospital, and looking for a bit of advice regards sewing machines,

I always buy singer, at the moment i have a quantum stylistic 9960
and a 9836c 

which is about 20 years old brilliant workhorse of a machine, in someways a lot better than the newer one, the clip on feet are a nightmare especially the zip foot, the 9960 doesn’t have the power for jeans making. The only time I strayed from Singer, I went to Toyota, now I love my little car, but the sewing machine was alway un threading its self. I also have a brother overlocker.

So is it time to branch out into Pfaff or benina or another make, or am I just trying retail therapy to make me feel better? 

Cover stitch machine yes or no? I am using a lot more stretch fabrics, what do you get with a cover stitch machine rather than overlocker.

Any helpful tips on other makes of sewing machines will be great fully received.