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Hi, Welcome to my Blog. I'm an avid crafter; Scrapbooking, Cards, ATCs, Tags, Altered Books, Art Journaling, Décopatch, Knitting, Crochet, and Embroidery amongst other things. I live in Surrey, UK with my husband and son. For exercise I play badminton and I have been Geocaching since 2009 and now and again Pokémon Go. I run UK based on-line papercraft and stitchers groups.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

ROWAN - Yarn Test

There are quite stringent rules for making an Octopus for a preemie, the type of yarn being one of them.

They have an approved list of yarns but my Rowan cottons aren't on there so I have done a test wash at 60C but am unable to test in a drier as I don't have one!

I have used:-

Rowan Cotton Glace - Orange - 100% Cotton

Rowan Handknit Cotton - Pink - 100% Cotton and

Sirdar Pure Cotton Double Knik - Black - 100% Cotton as a control as this is on the approved list.

I also tested my Coats Polyester Filling.

So I stuffed them in a sock and popped in a 60C wash.

All the yarns were slightly longer when wet (above) but returned to original length after drying (left)

Hoping they get approved as I have quite a supply from my Mother as she used to have a wool shop and has quite a store of yarns left over still.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

WOYWW #411 - Octopus for a Preemie

I seem to have been taken by the need to make an Octopus for a Premature Baby.

So I joined the FaceBook group, Octopus for a Preemie UK and have been researching the requirements as they are quite stringent.

I have a sock stuffed with my stuffing and a few lengths of my yarn as they aren't on the "recommended" list and certainly don't say whether you can wash at 60C either! We'll see.

Other things I have been up to.

SWAP card using peel-offs.

Peel-Off Journal page as I discovered a lighthouse and have been wanting to do a lighthouse page in ages.

I did a scrapbook page inspired by a lovely WOYWWer although it isn't a bit like the original, I was inspired.

And here's my latest embroidery photo

Off to the dentist to have a broken tooth/filling seen to. It broke a month ago and it was not right for a while before that so looking forward to eating on both sides again!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Embroidery - Week 6

Picnic Time is coming along nicely, I finished the picnic blanket and flowers.

I followed that by the water and ducks.

Although I seem to have a ninja duck - can you spot him!

I'm now on the final straight.

I don't need to move my hoop again and just have the 3 children to finish.

Pondering what to do next now.

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

WOYWW #410 - Painting!

So my husband got sick of all my flower things in his cable tie tube so he made this for them.

I laughed and said I'd have to paint it!

Woke early and decided to do just that!

It started life a piece of cardboard tube hot glued to a wall tile.

Still doing daily embroidery too. Weekly update here. I even stretched and finished my colour wheel embroidery so now have my large hoop to work with, much better.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Embroidery - Week 5

I have made a good start with the "Picnic Time" Kit.

I did a search on the computer to see if this kit (P751) still exists but couldn't find it anywhere.

It is by Penelope of Wm Briggs & Co. Ltd. originally of Bolton Lancs. UK. which seems to relate to Coats now!

I started with my next largest hoop which is 6" (seem to have 2 of those) but needed to keep moving it so did a bit without a hoop. By Wednesday I decided to take my colour wheel piece out of my only 10" hoop and stretch it properly. I edged it with black braid.

I keep forgetting to photograph "Picnic Time" each day, probably because I am doing it downstairs in the sunshine of the conservatory and tend to put it away when the light fades, hence I forget to take a photo!

Anyway here are a few days work up until Saturday evening (above).

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

WOYWW #409 - New Embroidery Project

I think I finished my colour wheel free-form embroidery last Sunday.

That makes 28 days/4 weeks worth or creativeness with colour.

My husband has cut a couple of MDF circles for me to stretch and mount it but I haven't dared take it off the hoop yet.

As we have been having some lovely sunny days I have decamped with my next embroidery project to the conservatory. The natural light is better in there so all my bits are in a basket.

If you wish to see the whole picture and backstory, pop along to my Many Moons Ago previous post.

And to add to my love of colour, some new socks. I have such wide feet that buying shoes is a nightmare, if near impossible so I buy lots of socks instead!

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Monday, 3 April 2017

Many Moons Ago

Many Moons ago
(approximately 444 )
I did a lot of embroidery.

I stitched kits of Victorian Children in various scenes.

The first three scenes were, "At the seaside", "At the Station" and "Feeding the Ducks."

My Mum has the first three but I gave the fourth away to the mum of my current boyfriend at the time as a Christmas present. It resides somewhere in France now, who knows as I said that was many moons ago!

My Mum was always sad that I'd given the fourth, "Picnic Time" away but I must have bought the kit again sometime in the distant past as it has been sitting waiting for such a time as this.

So my project for this month, or however long it takes, is to stitch it again.

The kit comprises of a printed design on a background of hessian fabric. A printed chart of what colour/stitch goes where, all the cotton threads required, 2 needles and a stitch glossary.

That ought to keep me busy for a while.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Embroidery - Week 4

Well my son thinks it is finished, so I added a bit more!!!

I guess I could keep adding a french knot here and there for a long time.

So what do you think, is it finished yet?

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

WOYWW #408 - Not just Embroidery

Desk is adorned with new kitchen roll, well you always need one of those for crafting!

Also a leaflet about badminton sessions called "No Strings" which are pay and play sessions with no club ties.

I have been volunteering for a local mental health charity with badminton sessions in conjunction with Badminton England.

Embroidery has been developing slowly this week.

I make sure I manage at least one length of thread a day at least.

I managed a scrapbook layout as well.

AND I also did the garden! Here's what I put in it. It looks and smells like Cadbury Mini Eggs now.

My medication seems to be working so far, I am so much happier and able to do stuff without being knocked back by Aunty Flow, 40 days and counting since the last onslaught.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Embroidery - Week 3

Been mainly adding to the sun this week, so not quite so dramatic as last week so here's just Monday's and today's photos for comparison.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

WOYWW #407 - Still Embroidery

My desk on this horrid rainy day, thank goodness for my SAD light!

My scrapping has taken a back burner somewhat.

However I did make this tag for a SWAP on the theme of "Faces"

In return I received this quite delightful take on the theme.

My embroidery has certainly evolved over the week which can be seen day by day on my previous post of my weekly check-in. My thumb has been aching from all the work.

Happy WOYWW Everyone.

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Embroidery - Week 2

Done loads this week.

Monday I stamped a couple of dragon flies and started my purple with them.

Tuesday I decided to use metallic thread but it took an age!
Wednesday reverted to cotton thread.

Thursday thought I'd fill the remaining space with a sun in the various colours of the colour wheel left, using ribbons and a padded appliqué sun. I did LOADS of the rays in the ribbons and stitches.

Friday went geocaching so only added a few rays in the pink.

Saturday more rays...

Sunday and a couple of die cut appliquéd butterflies.

I have a few spaces to fill but expect it will be done by next week.

Now what am I going to do for the rest of the year of stitches? Perhaps I'll get back to my scrapbooking instead, especially as my right thumb is aching.