Friday, 24 February 2017

Holy Night Stocking #16

Thanks for all the lovely comments over the last little while for this stocking - it is a joy to stitch! Very happy with my progress so far. I hope to have this finished in March and that will give me about 2 months to do the other stocking as well before the couple I'm doing them for head over to England to live in June!
Last night when I got home, I snuck up behind Clarence while he was snoozing and got a picture of him on his new dog bed. He doesn't look very comfortable with his front leg stuck out like that, but he must have been as he was sound asleep! I even heard a faint snore!
I hope you've all got exciting things planned for the weekend. We're going to a Diabetes Expo on Saturday and a 90th birthday on Sunday.
Happy Stitching,

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Holy Night Stocking #15

The use of slightly different shades creates such a fantastic effect in the face, even without the back-stitching yet. Some designers are so clever!
Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Holy Night Stocking #14

Well, I picked up some foam on the way home from work last night and Clarence has been using his new mat down the sideway already! He has his normal bed under cover at the back door, but he likes to sleep during the day down the sideway which is more out in the weather. Hopefully my new dog bed can cope... I'll have to get a photo of him on it before he gets up when I come around the corner.

I did manage to give Joseph a bit of a face last night which I am pleased about.
Happy Stitching,

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Dog Bed Cover

Last night after a physio appointment for my shoulder which has been sore for months, I quickly sewed up a waterproof material pillowcase for a piece of foam that we will use as a dog bed. Our dog, Clarence, has worn through the cover on his last bed and it is now just a pile of scrap material threads and disgusting weather-logged foam. I picked up the waterproof material for under $20 and I didn't realise, but I have enough to make 2 dog bed covers. Last night I made up one and I just need to buy a new piece of foam to fill it so he has somewhere comfortable and dry to nap during the day.
It has a small fold-over like in a regular pillowcase so I figure if I place it on the ground the opposite to what I've shown in the photo, the bit of white overlap you can see will be on top and the water will run off the bed and not sneak around to inside the cover... we'll see what happens during the first rain shower. Anyway, it will be a million times better than what Clarence has to put up with at the moment so I'm sure he will enjoy it. Now I just need to get some foam to fill it, hopefully I can find somewhere not to far away to get some on the way home tonight.
Happy Stitching,

Monday, 20 February 2017

Holy Night Stocking #13 & Other Finishes

I hope everyone had as great a weekend as I did in the crafting/stitching department! It was very cold, wet and wintery here on Sunday, so there was nothing else to do but stay inside and craft away!
I am very pleased with my progress over the weekend.

First - I finished off hand-stitching around the binding of my Christmas tablecloth. I am so pleased with how this turned out - especially, since when I first stitched the squares together, I had no idea what they would become!
I can't wait for Christmas to come so I can use it! Maybe we'll have Christmas in July this year so I don't have to wait so long...

Then I found the rest of my Christmas fabrics (I bought them last year when they were on special but had no idea what I'd use them for) and cut them into smaller squares to make placemats to match. I went a bit overboard on the square cutting as I have enough squares to make 30 placemats... I won't be making that many but if you've got any ideas for what I can use the remaining 360 x 3.5" squares for, let me know.
I laid out the squares and got one lot sewed... about 14 more to go so there are enough for our whole family at Christmas-time.

And finally, I finished off the Christmas stocking I made for a workmate's second child who was born just last week. I had the backing material all ready to go so once I stitched the name in, it was ready for sewing up.
It's a bit hard to see, but there are little gold specks throughout the backing material which I think matches in with the Christmas tree foliage on the front perfectly. Thanks to my friend Judith and her help over the years with sewing up my stockings, I had a pattern to follow and did this one all by myself! I am sure the family will love it.

Eventually, I did get around to doing some stitching on the Holy Night Stocking, so that now looks like this:
So as I said, it was a super-productive weekend for me. I wish there were more like that!
Happy Stitching,

Friday, 17 February 2017

Holy Night Stocking #12

Very happy with my progress last night - I didn't think I got a lot done, but looking at the photo, I did.
I hope to get some extra stitching time over the weekend, although I might focus on finishing my other projects such as the Christmas tablecloth and Christmas stocking that just needs a name stitched and the finishing done. I hope you all get a chance to do some stitching this weekend!
Happy Stitching,

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Holy Night Stocking #11

All the night sky is now finished so it's on the filling in the people.
Happy Stitching,