Sunday, 7 February 2016

She is coming along nicely

 Excuse the clutter
The skirt is made from strips of Christmassy fabric, red with  gold trees and white with different colour stars. I have stitched them around the waist and to begin with expected to trim them so that the tree trunk was in full view.

 Most of the leaves were stitched over the body  and I made extra holly leaves to cover her ample bosom

I made smaller holly leaves for her headdress and sculpt her face

and now she looks like this.

As the skirt was thin gauzy fabric the tree trunk shows through quite nicely and so I have left the strips longer than on the other versions I have made.

She is by no means finished but some of her added embellishments will wait until Christmas.

The pattern is by Julie McCullough of Magic Threads and was an online class in 2003.

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Latest project



When it is all put together it will be Mother Nature: Christmas, the fifth Mother Nature I have made.

Sunday, 17 January 2016


Afterweeks of rain and unseason weather we now have some snow.
 The first tw were taken last night from the window.

 A thrush visited to feed from the berry bush. I went out later to brush the snow off to make it easier
 We have a couple of centimetres.

 and it all looks rather pretty.

Earlier in the day I took these two feasting
 A female blackbird and a thrush.

The male preferred mealworms on Friday.

The photo was taken through the kitchen window.

Saturday, 9 January 2016

Some of the makes in 2015

Three woven bags. Two were commisions and one I sent as a surprise
Three neckwarmers: two presents and one for myself. The yarn is by Bergere de France

Two different styles of snowmen:
 This one is a kit I bought at the Knitting and stitching show in November. He knitted up very quickly. The yarn was produced in Yorkshire. I cannot find the link at the moment. But the lady I bought it from was very friendly and has lots of sheep.
And this from a Sirdar pattern I bought the previous year. I was pleased with the result but the yarn like many of the fancy yarns is difficult if you drop a stitch.

Another yarn that is difficult if you drop a stitch. But I do love the results.

 I made two robins
 Hedgehog was a Christmas gift.

and an owl for John's parliament. You can see he has found a robin friend.

 Birthday bunting
and some for Christmas.

Two reindeer from an old magazine pattern. I loved making these and might make some more with adaptions.

Some cloths which look too nice to use.

Two angels I really enjoyed making these and they look so different.

These three should be cushions but I have not got around to finishing them. So they will probably show up again at some point.

A birthday wall hanging with butterflies and dragonflies.

I was really pleased with this hat because I mastered circular needles.

An easy pattern and some yarn I bought at Yarndale.

And of course posh rabbit
There are a couple of things missing because I forgotten to photograph them before they went away as gifts.