Friday, 14 December 2018

Gingher Scissors ...

I have a wonderful collection of Gingher scissor collection and most of them have matching Shepherd's Bush scissor fobs (it stops people from borrowing them as they don't like the heavy cushion lol)

The full collection of Gingher 4" scissors

2017 and 2018 Shepherd's Bush Scissor fobs, I have started the 2017 one.

2017 Lauren and 2018 Eleanor Gingher Scissors.

Gingher Scissors Wren

Gingher Scissors Eve

Gingher Scissors Julia

Gingher Scissors Emily with the Shepherd's Bush All Season's scissor fob.  I never managed to find the fob that matches these scissors.

X-cut applique scissors and the Gingher Sewing Machine curved scissors.

Karen Kay Buckley Serrated Edge scissors in 4" with Halloween themed scissor fob from one of my many books.

There are a few more pairs for my embroidery and dressmaking and I am sure that I will be adding more to the collection.  I love the different designs and hope to get a full set sometime but waiting for that 'must have the set' design to appear.

Sunday, 9 December 2018

Christmas ...

The Christmas tree is up - a little minimalistic to what I usually do but it is what I could manage.

All of our special baubles are on.

The fire place with my Yankee Candle angels and handmade reindeer.

Merlin had to get in on the picture showing off his perfect pose.

I will be putting other pieces up but only when I can get.  Tonight I am putting my feet up and sorting through some embroidery and sorting my scissors ( don't ask I have loads lol ).

Saturday, 8 December 2018

Friday Night with Friends ....

I got all my stitching ready but back pain interfered so I ended up just binding a few more coasters for Christmas.

Bohin sharps needles, Aurifil 80 thread and Karen Kay Buckley scissors.

All six completed and they make great little stocking fillers using leftover binding from past Christmas projects.

Popover here and see what everybody else stitched.

Have a great weekend.

Friday, 7 December 2018


Having had a little retail therapy for the last couple of days, today is physiotherapy day.  Exercises and a tens machine are key to today because I am unable to let anybody touch my back as it is too painful.  Having had the first session on Tuesday I got good and bad news.  The bad news was that it is six vertebra that have collapsed, four on the left and two on the right and they have trapped both the sensory and motor nerve in the left leg which is why I don't have feeling from the knee down in the left side.  Makes for some interesting walking and standing options lol.  The good news is with five different types of physiotherapy it is fixable without the need for scalpels but could take up to 18 months for it to fix.  All this from a fall at Easter where I broke my hand too, lesson learned, I need to be more careful when out and about.

What doesn't kill makes you stronger so they say!

Monday, 3 December 2018

Friday Night with Friends is here ...

Sign up is here

Hope you can join in on Friday the 7th December and have a night of stitching without leaving your home comforts behind.

Thanks for hosting Wendy.

Happy Stitching :)

Decision made - I will do some more work on my blackwork hare - Gillian from Inspirations Embroidery magazine.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

OPAM - RSN Crewelwork completion ...

I managed a finish in November for the OPAM, my RSN Crewelwork Certificate.

Here she is after being mounted at Durham on Wednesday.

I am back there on Wednesday this week to hand all of my assessment paperwork and the completed embroidery over to Tracy Franklin and then I will start on my next piece of certificate work - the silk shading.  I have chosen a yellow rose for my piece of embroidery.

We have decided to have a night away to celebrate completing my first piece.  Last week we got caught in the most horrendous weather coming back and after we got home they closed the roads so we were very fortunate to get back at the time we did.  We are not taking the chance this week and have booked The Rouge room in Durham for dinner bed and breakfast and I can't wait.  I might even get a little Christmas shopping done on Thursday - as long as my back holds out.  It's not good at the moment as the tablets haven't started working yet.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

RSN Jacobean Crewelwork Certificate ...

Friday Night Sew In last night and after a bit of a crazy couple of days with doctor visits, physiotherapy etc I got settled back into stitching for the evening.

I have now completed the bottom section so I have that covered to keep it clean.

Last night I used backstitch and whipped backstitch for the bottom hillocks along with rows of padded satin stitch.

Today I have added another row of fine chain to the large stem and started on the leaf.  Split stitched right round and now working on the padded shaded satin stitch.  I had a few thoughts on working this leaf, open or closed but decided on a full leaf.

It is getting so close to being finished and I am really enjoying being able to just sit and stitch when I want.  I am working through alot of pain at the moment and got my MRI results which were interesting so the physiotherapy is going to be a long time but will be worth it along with new medicines.

Pop along to see what the rest of the stitching gang got up to here

Enjoy the rest of the weekend whether you're stitching, shopping or just taking it easy.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Friday Night Sew In Reminder...

Just a little reminder for part two of the Friday Night Sew In tonight.

You can sign-up here

Enjoy your stitching evening whatever you choose to stitch, can't wait to see what you do :)

Have a great weekend all x

Monday, 19 November 2018

Friday Night Sew In...

This is my setup at the moment, the oak trestles permanently in the living room with my lamp/magnifier attached and my swirly seat.

On Friday night right through until today I managed to get a number of stitches into my crewelwork including split and stem stitch, coral stitch leaf, padded satin stitch leaves, slanted satin stitch leaves, french knot shaded bulbs and laid stitch leaves.  I have stopped now until tomorrow and hope to do a little more trellis work for the mounds/hillocks at the bottom of the design.

Left to add is heavy chain stitch, bullions, shaded satin stitch, padded satin stitch and some seed stitch and I will then be done.

I hope you all managed to get some stitching done.  Have a great week all :)

Thursday, 15 November 2018

Friday Night Sew In - twice ....

Wendy is hosting the Friday Night Sew In this week and with Christmas looming has decided it's a good idea to have one next week too.  Who doesn't need an excuse to stitch.  Thanks for hosting Wendy.

Sign ups are here

Hope you manage to join in a night of stitching with like minded people and not even have to leave the house.