Monday, 11 May 2015

New Handspun Yarn and New Packaging

After finishing my cross stitch sampler I have been busy hand spinning some new yarns for my Etsy Shop. My husband who is a graphic designer (lucky for me), has also created me some new packaging material as well, which I think has turned out great. I love the new design and I have been busy tagging up my new yarns! I now have a new business card, postcard and stickers thanks to my super talented husband!

My new packaging material


























Now available in my Etsy Shop!

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Finished Sampler Number One

Finally finished my first cross stitch sampler! I think it has come out really well but I still haven't found a vintage frame for it yet! I think I will have to put it in a modern one for now until I find the right one.

I just realised I haven't posted anything since the last week in April. I have been keeping my head down finishing off my sampler, working on a few designs and also spinning some new yarn for my Etsy Shop. I have about four yummy new yarns to add to the shop this weekend, they are a blend of merino wool, silk and bamboo.

I'm looking forward to starting on my next cross stitch project as I really enjoyed working on the sampler. I love the black thread on white so I think my next piece will be in a similar vein.

Here's my finished sampler and a few close up photos as I love close up images of hand embroidery!





























Monday, 27 April 2015

Busy Weekend!

Well it was another busy weekend what with the usual weekend shopping with the kids at Tesco! Lol I have to laugh at that actually because my husband did the shopping with the kids and I stayed in our camper van with my feet up working on my cross stitch! I was actually keeping my Border Collie Benji company, he suffers from separation anxiety when he gets left at home so we always take him everywhere with us. I volunteered to stay in the van with him, giving me the opportunity to finish off all the letters and numbers of my cross stitch sampler. This is how it's looking (see below), it's a bit creased but I think it's looking pretty ok. Just the border to do now!

We went out on Sunday as the flea market was on again and there are some good antique shops where I live too, so we went to a couple of them on the look out for a vintage frame and a coffee table. The coffee table we had was glass and metal and I hated it, which was no bad thing as the leg went wonky and eventually fell off the other week! Hooray! I'm on the look out for an old oak one with draws in so that I have somewhere for my fave stitching and knitting mags. Anyway I'm rambling on!

On another note I have started designing my own sampler so hopefully I will have images of that soon. It's Game of Thrones tonight on the TV, so the kids should be asleep and I may work on the border of my sampler if I can tear my eyes away from the box that is! Just thought could watch Game of Thrones, work on the sampler during Silicon Valley and then watch Thronecast lol. This is making me sound really sad now! Anyway I hope you all had a great weekend!


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Flea Market Finds

Today has been a gorgeous sunny day and as planned I headed down to my local flea market to look for a frame for my cross stitch sampler. As usual it was busy and there was lots of stalls to get around. I didn't find a frame but I did find a lady selling hats and embroidery books! What a stroke of luck, I found one by The Embroiderers' Guild on Making Samplers for £1.50 so I was pretty chuffed! It is perfect and will give me lots of ideas and inspiration for creating my own samplers.

I also managed to pick up a wooden mushroom darner from the local knitting and craft stall in the indoor market. I have been trying to find one for a while since my husband put a hole in the socks I knitted him. He wears them so much he has practically wore them out! At least I know they are appreciated! I'm in the middle of making him another pair!

After a trip round the market me and my husband, who was taking a quick break from his amazing overload of work, took a trip to the local country park and had lunch and walked our border collie Benji. We forget sometimes how lucky we are to live where we do!



Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Getting my Stitch On!

Yesterday I got out my cross stitch fabric and threads and started work on a sampler in black thread. I haven't done any stitching for quite awhile so I am easing myself back into it! I have been wanting to make some samplers for the house for ages and I'm hoping to find a vintage frame on the local flea market to frame it in once it's finished.

This is my progress so far (see below)! I had forgotten how relaxing I find stitching and cross stitch is really addictive once you start! I have been picking up the sampler on and off all day while keeping my little one busy, who was having a day off due to no water at school!

The cross stitch sampler I am working on is from an old needlecraft book I have and not my own design. I love samplers and I am always on the look for vintage ones at the flea market. I hope to design a few modern ones of my own based on my interests. I love Game of Thrones and would love to make a Game of Thrones inspired one!



Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Keeping the HEN Alive!

If you are a member of the Hand Embroidery Network you already know my decision to keep the community running! When I made the decision to close it in January I didn't realise how hard that would be and when the 1st March arrived and it was time to take down the network I couldn't do it. Over the six years the community had been running so many wonderful embroiderers had taken the time to share their work and passion for embroidery and so many others had been inspired to pick up a needle for the first time! For that reason I couldn't close it and lose such a wonderful resource!

So I have decided to keep the HEN alive and continue to provide a community where people young and old, experienced and novice can be inspired and find like minded people to build friendships with through their love of hand embroidery.

A big thank you to all HEN members for their support!

If you haven't visited the Hand Embroidery Network before, why not come and check it out here: www.handembroidery.ning.com

Monday, 20 April 2015

Lace Headband Pattern

I've just added this cute lace headband pattern to my Etsy Shop. It is an easy pattern if you are familiar with knitting Knit, Purl and Yarn Over stitches. I have made the version below in my own hand dyed double knitting wool. The pattern could be made in 100% wool, acrylic, bamboo or cotton and is perfect for the summer. This is just one of many patterns I will be uploading to my shop as I am working on some new ones to go with my handspun yarn too.

It's been awhile since my last post but I have been really busy with family life, hand spinning and keeping my ArtyThreads Etsy Shop up to date. I will do a catchup post at some point! Anyway the pattern is available as an instant download in pdf format. It is knit on 4mm (US 6) needles and is knit in DK yarn.