60th Birthday Card – March-April 2015

My Mum turns 60 this year and for her birthday card, I’m thinking felt embroidery, possibly fruit and flowers with textures and 3-D. My problem is that I’ve made so many cards for my Mum over the years that I don’t want to repeat myself but I’m procrastinating to the point of running out of time.
So I have a vague design now. I need to check and order supplies and get my arse in gear next. Nothing like a bit of pressure to get motivated!

Right so all the pieces have been cut out. The idea is that there are four layers of felt for the background with cut-out leaf shapes which show the layers beneath. The base layer is a very pale blue with shades of green on top. Having thought that I wouldn’t have the felt colours in my stash, it’s actually the embroidery thread that I’m short of. I’ve decided to blanket stitch the leaves in the colour of the layer below so need pale blue, lime green and a grass colour. I’m still in two minds about the flower embroidery. I’ve gone for 2 red and 1 turquoise flower all with yellow centres. I think I might go with white embroidery for the petals and yellow for the centres. I also have a plan for the centres – a chain stitch flower slightly off centre with French knots filling in the space.

And finished. Once I’d started making up the flowers, I realised that the centres were too big to actually fit on to the flowers themselves so I rejigged the design a little. I’m really pleased with it and it was well received so all good. It was nice to do embroidery again after so long and it got my creative head going with loads of new ideas…


Granny Square Cushion – March-April 2015

At the last knitting club, I started making a green granny square as the basis of a cushion for my daughter’s bedroom – something to temper all that pink! This is almost finished bar the detangling of the yarn which is a bit of a bird’s nest at the moment. DSC_0237More importantly and following a lesson from my sewing guru mother, I managed to thread my sewing machine (it’s finally come out of its box!) and sew the three sides of the cushion together! The plan is to make a cushion using a piece of fabric I bought a while ago and then once the granny square is completed, I’ll hand sew the final side and it should be all done.

DSC_0170I also made a Mother’s Day card using the trusty crochet flower pattern from Mollie Makes. More successful than the last few times. I can now see that they do look much better with single coloured yarn – last time I used Baby Crofter. I can also understand the use of the DMC Just Cotton as the difference in stitch definition is very apparent. The card was received on time and much appreciated.

From completing the Mother’s Day card, I went straight into another Mollie Makes pattern, this time for an Easter bunny basket. I used the same yarn from the Valentine’s card, a lovely silky WI 4ply in shades of purple, blue and pink and just managed to get it finished the night before Easter Sunday. The bobble stitch, although beautiful and very effective in this pattern was a bit of a pain – I spent a lot of time thinking how much quicker the project would have gone if I hadn’t been putting 5 trebles into every other stitch – good practice though and another new stitch mastered.

And a bit later – May 2015… 2 sides of the granny square sewn onto the cushion, one more to go before sewing the whole thing up – shouldn’t be too much longer, it’s only been on my to-do list since February! I made the decision to sew the cushion pad inside the cushion as I don’t think my sewing skills will stretch to any kind of zip fastening. I used a piece of tan/wheat coloured cotton-y stuff I bought as a remnant as a background to the crochet side of the cushion and a really pretty floral piece I bought as a fat quarter with vague hopes of trying patchwork.

And all done! Very pleased with it and proud of myself for creating a real and actual thing with my sewing machine!

Materials Used: Cushion – WI Soft and Silky 4ply yarn in Lime, a tiny bit of Patons Fairytale Dreamtime 4ply yarn in shade 02939 (Hot Pink), Floral fabric – Locally Grown by Marisa and Creative Thursday in Cream. Mother’s Day card – DMC Natura Just Cotton in shade N47 (Safran) and WI Soft and Silky 4ply yarn in White. Easter Bunny Basket: WI Soft and Silky 4ply yarn in Blue Mix

Patterns: Mother’s Day Card flowers from Mollie Makes Issue 39, Easter Bunny basket from Mollie Makes Issue 51