Friday, 31 October 2014

A new project and a Christmas cushion

I am now back at work after having been home for 3 weeks after some minor surgery. In the 3 weeks, I pottered around and tidied my craft shelves, looked for bits and pieces that I knew I had but could not find, and put my thousands of wood pieces into labelled boxes so that I can lay my hands on them when I want them in future. The brain kept whirring with ideas and I started drawing up different diagrams and started on 2 projects at the same time!  The only one problem I find, the more time I have, the slower I am and achieve very little progress in my sewing. Maybe I am just SLOW, full stop!
New stitchery using Anni Downs fabrics

I have spent hours browsing the net as well. That has cost me some money, I might add, as I have purchased a few things along the way. The first is Hanky linen from the Red Brolly online shop. I am using it in the stitchery above and it is lovely to work with. The other is some weaveline interfacing. I was never happy with the interfacing I used in the past as it would often wrinkle when I ironed it on the fabric. I had purchased a piece of this from Marg Low's shop at the Quilt Show 2 years ago, found it in my tidying up and decided that I should use it.. So of course I had to have more from Marg. The Fat Quarter shop also had fabric that I just had to have-- am waiting for the parcel to arrive.

I visited Hanne's blog (  and she has these gorgeous houses that she is sewing. I have never tried foundation piecing-- but would like to give it a go. These houses reminded me of these that I had painted about 10 years ago. There is another brooch design with the little house-- but I could not find it-- I will have to paint myself another one.
a couple of buttons and a brooch
I spent some time painting as well and decided to doodle away on this piece of wood and came up with this. The scenes in the UK are constantly in my mind-- I just love the country side and made my cot quilt and now this.
An English country scene-- brooch

Thanks to everyone who has tried to help me re the etsy shop. I have tried to revamp it and will see how that goes.
I met Margaret ( through the blog and we communicate regularly via email. She is always encouraging me with my designs (as well as the etsy shop) and has made this cushion for her home for this Christmas,  from one of my patterns. She has just finished it and sent me the photo yesterday--- I just LOVE it. Thank you, Margaret, for your encouragement.
Enjoy the weekend.


Cheryll said...

The cushion is gorgeous...and your design is wonderful! Love the painted brooch... you are one talented lady! :)

Christine M said...

I love the fabrics you are using for your new stitchery, Yvonne. Margaret's version of your cushion is lovely.

Michelle Ridgway said...

Lovely new fabrics to play with Yvonne. Love your painted goodies. Very sweet gingie cushion too x

Flickenstichlerin said...

Dear Yvonne,
beautiful cushion and buttons. Love your designs, they are a delight to look at.

Anonymous said...

Hi Yvonne oh i love you cushion pattern ,your friend did an awesome job,and you do such lovely painting.xx

Unknown said...

What a beautiful cushion-your friend did a fabulous job, it will be treasured I'm sure. Your painted designs are exquisite-love the English country scene!
Best wishes
Alison xx

Unknown said...

What a beautiful cushion-your friend did a fabulous job, it will be treasured I'm sure. Your painted designs are exquisite-love the English country scene!
Best wishes
Alison xx

Houseelf said...

Beautiful cushion and a great design. Such cute house buttons. Your brooch could be of the Cotswolds with the hills and sheep. Love it!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I'm using that 'Anni' fabric now Yvonne! Your buttons are gorgeous as is your header.....Great cushion too!

Radka said...

I look forward to seeing your new stitchery (picture at the top), looks interesting, I like the fabrics.
Lovely cushion :-)

Abby and Stephanie said...

The internet does provide lots of distractions but it looks like you have some fun things to play with. That is a beautiful brooch. I read Margaret's blog and her work is as lovely as yours.

Tatkis said...

Hope to see your new projects finished!
Lovely brooches and the English scene one is perfect (I still hope to make a quilt and a bag with these sheep)