Thursday, 4 July 2013


It's been one of those weeks where life gets in the way of crafting. I'm still tinkering away though, and wanted to show you what I have been up to over the past few days.

If you have not yet found the Matariki Crafting linky, there are still a few days left to submit your winter-theme projects for a chance to win some wonderful prizes and find some inspiration for future projects, as I did with Max's embroidered pillowcases and the stitchwork on Lisa's beautifully-made garments.

Other than the cross-stitch cushion that I made, I have never embroidered before. This was an opportunity for me to learn some more basic stitches. "It's like colouring in with thread!", announced the enthusiastic tutor on the Youtube video. Great! I am pleased to report that it is like colouring in, just in extremely s-l-o-w motion. I don't think I have the patience to do this on a large-scale project, so I am glad I chose a relatively small pattern.

Please tell me that the back of the embroidery work is meant to look like roadkill? It's paining me to see it all look so rough back there.

I was around two-thirds of the way through filling in this balloon and decided the stitches looked too uneven. So, I unthreaded it all - which took aaaages because of navigating the minefield of tangled threads on the back. Now, I am nearly back to the point where I was a day ago - hurrah!

In other crafterly news, I am also slowly whittling down my yarn pile.

I'm not looking at those tails. I'm not.

And that, my friends, is a wrap. Tune in next time when you will hear Doctor Bob say: "I'm feeling a bit ruff".


  1. I think that experienced needle workers do make the back look beautiful too. But I wouldn't worry.

    1. Do you hear that, Inner-Perfectionist-in-me? Listen to Sus.

  2. The speed depends upon the stitches used: satin stitch for example would give you a smoother, quicker will get there. It all begins with a single stitch rofl

    1. I'm totally going to unthread that balloon. Again. I did wonder about the satin stitch. The balloon measures about 6cm x 4cm, do you think that stitch should be used for an area of that size?


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