Wednesday, 28 February 2018

April mini cat calendar and more stitching

Hi everyone, its been a while since I last posted but I have been doing a bit of stitching and finally managed to finish one of my mini cat patterns into an ornament.
The free pattern will be available on my blog in my next freebie friday post.
I love the colour of this fabric, I managed to purchase lots of the same print in different colours, they will be used in all of the finishing for the calendar cats.

Ornament finishing

I ironed some lightweight interfacing onto the reverse of the cross stitch and then mounted the cross stitch onto a piece of card measuring just over five inches square with wadding over the card and laced it on the reverse, I then cut another piece of card measuring six inches square and covered that with fabric and glued it on the reverse side. The cord is white dmc stranded cotton thread twisted into cord and glued around the edge, the top bow has a little swarovski crystal glued to the top. 

I did make a mistake in the finishing, I intended to cut the card so that the flowers and leaves along the top lined up with the edge but failed to notice until I had finished it, but I am pleased with it anyway! 

Here are the other designs all ready to finish into ornaments.

I stitched the April design onto pale blue fabric, unfortunately I did not have any grey fabric remaining but I have ordered more. 

I have also been stitching the February design from Hands on Design monthly series from the Fat Quarter shop. I still need to complete the finishing on a few of the pillows and then I have one more to stitch in March and  then I will have completed all twelve designs, yay!!! 

I have still been stitching the Christmas series Twelve Days of Christmas by Sue Hillis Designs, again they are not completed yet, I still don't have my craft room organised yet, it is the next large job we will be starting in the next month or so. The walls need painting and a new floor will be laid and then we can get on with the work surfaces, so watch this space as I will be posting photos eventually.

This is the main reason why I have not been completing much in the way of finishing, however, we have just finished the office space so now I have some work surface to spread out a bit!

A little back stitch to complete on Lords a Leaping and then just one more pattern to stitch and hopefully get them finished into beaded ornaments.

I started stitching another Country Cottage Needlework pattern "Sunflowers in Summer" and I love it, I am just waiting for some speciality threads to arrive and then I can complete it. 

That is all the stitching I have been doing, if you do not wish to see my Etsy shop update then I will catch up in my next post, until next time
Happy Stitching! 

Etsy shop news

I am really pleased that I have managed to source some Mirabilia patterns and bead kits for my Etsy shop and lots of other little interesting items, I shall post photos here.
There is only one problem, I want to stitch them all! Lol.....  

Folding scissors

Small wood needle case

Thanks for looking!


KimM said...

ADORABLE, adorable, adorable!!!

Tiffstitch said...

Love those cats and beautiful work on the other stitching as well.

Justine said...

What a gorgeous post Lynn! I live those little Hands On designs monthlies, and the CCN Sunflowers. You have some lovely new stock too. I just want to stitch everything! Those scissors look very useful.

Patricia Dee said...

Your April kitty is adorable, Lynn, as is all your kitties. The dotted fabrics you found for this series is perfect. Looking forward to some pics of your renovations.

annemarie said...

Wow Lynn you are a busy lady. I love how you are finishing the cat calendar. As usual, I must say that your stitching is amazing!

Akila said...

Wow all of them are so cute.. very cute designs. Love the way mini cat is finished

Julies Knit Stitch Corner said...

Hi Lynn, Your black cat finishes look lovely as ornaments, I bought different fabric for my cats I was using cream 18 count aida and you were right it looks better on a slightly darker background so I started again using 16 count blue grey aida.
I hope you get your new craft room sorted soon that will be better for you, thank you again Lynn bye for now.
Julie x

Rhona said...

You've been very busy, Lynn! I love your April finish....that blue is perfect for the design!
Your craft room renovations sound exciting, how wonderful to have your craft room just the way you want it. Hope it all goes to plan.

Lillie said...

Lovely Kitty finishes and your Christmas projects are adorable. Those CCN Sunflowers are so calling me to stitch now that I see yours. Mira's chart are stunning.

Jackie said...

You're making great progress on your series stitches! They are all beautiful and you're a stunning finisher!

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