Sunday, 1 March 2015

Stitch It And See

After much umming and aahing I finally chose the colours I wanted to use for stitching my floral embroidery pattern. Here's how it's looking now:


As you can see, I've stitched the main design and am now filling in the blank spaces.

I'm not totally sure if this is the right choice as I'm worried it might end up looking too busy? And that maybe orange thread I've used for the centre won't stand out clearly enough against the peach I'm using to fill in the flower? And maybe the leaves will end up looking too dark when they're filled in too?

We shall see!

Saturday, 28 February 2015

Merchant & Mills + Uniqlo = Awesomeness!

Just before Christmas Katie tweeted about an awesome new range at Uniqlo, designed in collaboration with Merchant & Mills. Sewing-themed clothing? Awesome!

The range was only available in Uniqlo's Asian stores at the time... but it's now reach the UK stores. Hurrah!

There are womens t-shirts and sweatshirts printed with sewing- and making-themed text plus lovely vintage illustrations of scissors and sewing machines...

http://www.uniqlo.com/uk/store/feature/uq/ut/merchantandmills/
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...  all in muted colours that match the kind of shades Merchant & Mills tend to use for their products and packaging.

There are also t-shirts for the guys...

http://www.uniqlo.com/uk/store/feature/uq/ut/merchantandmills/
http://www.uniqlo.com/uk/store/feature/uq/ut/merchantandmills/
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... plus a range of tote bags.

http://www.uniqlo.com/uk/store/feature/uq/ut/merchantandmills/

Aren't they great? No prizes for guessing what shop I'll be visiting next week!

Click here to ooh over the full range in Uniqlo's UK store, and click here to visit Uniqlo's US site.

(All images taken from Uniqlo's website.)

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

An Old/New Project

Remember this flower headband tutorial?

http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.co.uk/2011/05/how-to-felt-flower-hairband.html

When I was sorting through some paperwork last week I found an old sketch I'd made of the same design, that I'd obviously intended to use as an embroidery pattern but never got round to stitching.

So, better late* than never, I'm making a start today! I've drawn a neat version of the pattern...


... traced it onto some fabric and popped it in an embroidery hoop ready to stitch.


Next up: picking colours and choosing stitches. I do so love the start of a new embroidery project, there is so much delicious possibility in those unstitched lines.


* I don't know exactly when I thought about sewing an embroidered version of this flower, but the original tutorial was created waaaaay back in 2010 so this pattern could have been hanging around waiting to be stitched for quite a while! 

Monday, 23 February 2015

Glorious Goldfinches

I love goldfinches. They are such pretty birds... and I have stitched a lot of them over the years!


I've only occasionally seen them "in real life" though, as they're an infrequent visitor to our garden.

So I was quite delighted last week when our birdfeeder was host to not one...


... not two...


... but THREE lovely goldfinches!

 

They've come back several times since then, it is such a joy to see them. I couldn't resist taking a little video of a pair of them enjoying the seeds. Birds are so awesome :)



(Can't see the video? Click here to view it on Google Plus.)

I am feeling quite inspired to work on some bird-themed patterns now!

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