I couldn't resist this lovely free design by Jardin Prive which can be found here
I used a natural 28count linen with the DMC threads that the pattern advised. I love the happy spring feel to this charming design.
I tried a new finish with some lace trim and am quite pleased with how it has turned out.
This is the front with the smaller stitched piece finished separately and trimmed with the lace then stitched on to the larger pinkeep.
This is a little set that I stitched back in 2009 which were free designs fromhere I think it is so cute and loved stitching it but it got put in my hobby bucket along with several other stitches that are waiting to be made up and this last week I decided to get some completed and this was the first one out.
Here is the pin keep with a needle case and a little cushion. This was the first time I have tried ruching the ribbon around the edges and I think it looks lovely done this way.
I have used a lovely burgundy silk to back the pin keep and cushion and also line the needle case.
Here is the back of the pin keep with a pocket to hold scissors etc.
The back of the needle case with the date I made it. It is all stitched on 40 ct linen using DMC threads the main one being 814.
Although I have not posted for a while I have still been very busy knitting and crocheting but am getting into my stitching again now.
Visitors to my blog must wonder why I have not posted recently after saying that I am now back to normal, well I thought I was and that maybe it was just nerves making me feel faint and afraid to go out by myself or even be left on my own. I was sure I could conquer those horrible feelings of passing out which would sometimes knock me to the floor but alas it was not nerves and I had to have a pacemaker fitted urgently as my heart was pausing and beating too slow, I am pleased to say it was very successful and I felt better as soon as I got back to the ward after the op. I continue to feel so well, I went shopping on my own yesterday and I can't tell you how wonderful it felt to be independent once more. Enough about that its something I must put behind me after 2 years of suffering those awful fainting sensations, I am now so happy.
I am going to South Africa on 20th March to visit my daughter, I went last year but I was not well at all during my visit so I am looking forward to going now that I can walk around, breath properly and not feel that I am passing out. Its great!
I have been relaxing with my crochet and have made this lovely rainbow afghan for my little grand daughter Charlotte my daughter Sarah and I both made one each for the girls, Sarah made hers for Amy and crocheted the edge in purple which is Amy's favourite colour and mine is pink edging which is Charlotte's favourite colour.
It really is a very girly afghan with all those lovely hearts and it was a pleasure to crochet.
The original design did not have a border but Sarah and I thought it looked nice and Charlotte and Amy would know whose was whose by the colour of the border.
I hope you will still be visiting my blog as I look forward to your comments they really do get appreciated.
I have not had a giveaway before but to celebrate my return to blogging I am giving away two of these pretty pumpkin pincushions.
I love these little pincushions as you can tell by how many I have crocheted.
They are crocheted in Sirdar Calico DK which is 60% cotton but the look is like a soft chenille and such pretty colours.
If you would like to recieve one of these pincushions just leave your comment on this post, anyone is welcome to take part just leave your details if you don't have a blog. The two winners will be drawn on 12th October and will be named soon after. I hope many of you will join in.
The pincushions are designed by Lisolotte and they can be found here they have also been translated to English here.
Thank you for visiting, I hope you like the pincushions and will join in the giveaway.
I am sorry to have been absent from blogging for such a long time. We decided to make some changes at home and it was longer than we expected, it was well worth it in the end, a bit of plastering here and there painting ,decorating, new carpets, furniture etc that sort of thing.
Then I had some health issues which took away my enthusiasm to do very much in the way of crafting and I thought I would never get my mojo back but thanks to my daughter Sarah who encouraged me to crochet I have made these throws and have really enjoyed crocheting again I found it very relaxing.
This first throw is a freebie from Attic 24.
This granny square throw is a vintage pattern from a magazine that I bought in the 70s and Sarah and I found it pictured in the Molly Makes magazine I made the smaller version for Sarah when she was a baby and could not resist doing this one again. If you visit Sarahs blog on the link above you can see her lovely work plus she has posted the pattern for this throw.
You will notice that both throws are done in the same colours to match each other.
Here is a photo of them all together the small one is a sweet little afghan I crocheted for a friend who is expecting her baby at Xmas it is a free design here
This was a very quick and easy little afghan and I really enjoyed crocheting it.
I have managed to do some cross stitch during my absence but have not finished them into anything yet but I can feel my mojo returning at last and am happy to be almost back to normal thank for visiting and please come back soon. Take care.
I have made this darling little fee initial into a small lined draw string bag using 28ct white linen and DMC thread 3740.
The chart is from another one of my Marabout books called Fees by Agnes Delage-Calvert and Anne Sohier- Fournel.
I made another little pincushion in the same fabric which I thought matched the DMC 3740 perfectly, I love adding these little accessories to give a finishing touch.
I also made the scissor fob it's one of many that I 've made and this one went well with the bag and pin cushion.
The dainty white fabric on the back of the bag is the same as the lining and also the back of the pincushion.
Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving your very welcome comments I appreciate them so much they really make me happy.
Another finish - Tralala free Petite Chat, I decided to stitch it in DMC black on this 32ct Natural linen which I think is a lovely contrast but I didn't realise it would be so difficult to match a fabric for the back so I have used the natural linen and embellished it with a scissor pocket and some hearts taken from the chart.
I used a very narrow black ric rac on the sides of the pinkeep. I like the look of the narrow edging.
I then got carried away and made a scissor fob and a pincushion to finish it as a set.
I must say I am really pleased with how it has turned out.
Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you like my little black cat.