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Embroidery as promised. I not only finished off the faux driftwood piece I stitched at our sea-themed Embroiderers’ Guild March workshop…

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…but also found a framed ceramic plaque for £1 in a charity shop which after a bit of sanding and dry brushing with some pale blue emulsion paint yielded the perfect frame.

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The beaded fish is now nearly a name badge. I just need to add a brooch back, ladder stitch the two sections together and bead it round the edge.

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On Saturday it was our April Scunthorpe Embroiderers’ Guild meeting and an opportunity to revisit the embroidery we produced in March after Mary’s workshop. It was lovely to see such a variety of outcomes.

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This was followed by a fascinating talk by Alice Fox, learning about her creative journey and focusing on her ‘Findings’ body of work. Anyone who beach and pavement combs and turns the oddments she finds into works of art is a woman after my own heart. We had a workshop booked with her on the Sunday but I’m going to blog about that separately.

I’ve also been embroidering more pieces of silk carrier rod to inlay into upcycled jewellery – two lockets and a pendant. The pendant was first: vibrant green carrier rod with a crimson ribbon embroidery rose circled by five little leaf stitch leaves.

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This went beautifully with a stamped filigree brass frame to become June Rose.

Then I moved onto the smaller of two gold tone lockets. I used a wintry blue carrier rod and embroidered it with tiny snowflakes in two weights of silk thread. 20180426_114304_HDR.jpg

It really is very small – the central oval is about 2cm by 1.5cm and the finest thread is thinner than normal sewing cotton. The snowflakes aren’t quite well stitched as I wanted, but embroidering something that intricate freehand was quite a challenge.

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Snowflakes is available here.

For the second locket I returned to a familiar design, an undersea landscape of waving feather stitch fronds of coral or seaweed and tiny nuggets of sea glass.

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I chose a variegated pink and turquoise thread as a starting point and teamed it with turquoise/blue carrier rod, three nuggets of multi-coloured Seaham sea glass and a couple of darker pink threads.

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The Coral Garden locket is quite a bit bigger than the Snowflakes locket at about 4 by 4.5cm. I really like the colour combination. I wouldn’t have necessarily put the two colours together but they worked so well in the variegated thread.

I really love stitching these little vignettes and using them to make bits of junk jewellery into things of beauty again.

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Crochet Snowflakes

I like to make at least some of my Christmas cards. I’ve accepted that as I work full time, making all of them is an ambition too far at the moment, but I usually hand craft some for special friends and our neighbours.

This year I decided to go for crocheted snowflakes. I found this lovely tutorial last year and although I’d bookmarked it I hadn’t got round to trying the snowflakes out – until now.

The smaller snowflake was my first attempt, in some very fine vintage thread and a tiny steel crochet hook that was my great-grandmother’s. It’s too small (about an inch across) for a card (and it’s lop-sided too) but I’m going to add it to my crazy Christmas patchwork piece, stitch into it a bit more and add beads.

I then scaled up to some cord-like Coats Mercer Crochet cotton with a 3.00 hook and produced the bigger size, which is about 2 and a half inches across.

The fabric behind them is some indigo dyed cotton from a job lot which I bought on ebay a while ago. I intend to use it for the background.

I used up some assorted window aperture cards and added ready made banner greetings.

 Very pleased with these and I hope the recipients will be too. 😮

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