Tuesday, September 02, 2014

A Fabulous Discovery - A left handed embroiders book

Well, I just have to share with you all that I have just made a fabulous discovery.  This was shared with me by a terrific quilting friend of mine.

There is a wonderful instruction book for Left-handed embroiderers!    Who knew, certainly not me.  I could not wait to get my hands on it. It is written by a lovely lady by the name of Yvette Stanton and is called The left-handed embroiderer's companion.   I have put a link up there on the right to where to purchase on Amazon.

I asked Yvette's permission to mention her beautiful book on my blog and she was only too delighted for me to share.   As I said to her, since I started this blog just mirror imaging the right handed way, I would continue to do so.   After all, I am nearly right through the alphabet.  I did not want her to think for one moment that I was copying her.    You must visit her blog though and definitely purchase the book.  It has a number of the stitches I have already shared with you and many many more that I had never even heard of.

It has marvellous hand drawn instructions,  photographs of the completed stitches and also some lovely pictures  of finished pieces.    It is a softcover book in beautiful colour.

Monday, September 01, 2014

Split Stitch

The split stitch is just so easy. Looks better using an even number of threads 2,4 or even 6.  Then just insert the needle in through the middle of the threads as you work from right to left. Just a nice little decorative stitch that looks a little like a chain when completed.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Hand Crocheted Beanie

I have just added another one of my items to handmade.  This time it is a gorgeous crocheted pre teen beanie.

Hand Crocheted Beanie

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spider Web Stitch

This stitch has quite a few variations, some of them probably a little too intricate for me at the moment.   If you use google images or pinterest you can find many different beautiful photos.

I am just going to demonstrate, what seemed to me to be, the easiest.

I drew up a little circle with points where your stitches will be placed and numbers for you to follow.  

You then follow the stitch guide from A to H making your base for your spider web.

Next you start threading your way in a clockwise motion, over and under your work.   After every two to three threads, you come back over the last thread and around it to catch it in place.   I found this a little challenging as to which thread to catch it to, so that it looked and sat well.

Okay, here is the finished spider web.  It looks a little uneven to the right of picture.   This may be because I didn't do the catch stitch in exactly the right place.   At least, I have tried to give you an idea to practice with.    Don't forget to look at Google Images or Pinterest to see the other ways of doing this stitch.   Have fun


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Hand knitted Beret

Hand knitted Beret

This is one of my knitted creations for sale over at handmade.com.au.  Putting myself out there girls.   I must be getting sillier as I get older LOL

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A Mini Update between Embroidery Stitches

Hi everyone
Just dropping a quick post in between sharing the stitches.  The next stitch is going to be Spider web stitch.  It is going to be a little tricky for me, I think.  Lots of photos of each step to show you because as you can imagine by its name it has lots of twists and turns.

I also wanted to mention that I have finally closed down my Facebook and google+ business pages. I just want to concentrate on my own selfish sewing for the moment and Ofcourse  this little blog.
You may have noticed on the right hand side of my blog that there is a link to my etsy shop.  I don't have much in the store at the moment, but from time to time will be adding new items. I also love my knitting and crochet and thought I would put them on the hand-made website or the made-it website. Not sure which one yet though.  Maybe a couple of items in each.

Anyway, that's it from me for now.  Hope to bring you the spider web stitch in the very near future. :)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Snail Trail Stitch

Hi all,  I am still trying to get my sewjo back from being away on holiday.   I found my crochet and knitting have taken over for a little while, but that's okay as it is winter here and I always feel like knitting in winter.

Today's stitch is another lovely decorative one.  It is known as snail trail, but quite frankly, looks like a row of little fishies to me.  Whatever it is, it is lovely no matter what it is called.

There are a couple of little tricks to getting this stitch right.   The first one is the most important!   When sewing on your lap, make sure you don't sew your embroidery through to your trousers, as I just did  LOL.
The second is, when making the loops hold them down with your finger to help keep the shape otherwise they can take on a shape of there own   ;)

First things first, come up from under your work.   This time, without rhyme or reason, us lefties are supposed to work from left to right.    So, make a loop and insert needle as shown in the picture on an angle.  You want the bottom of your needle to come up in a straight line with your first insertion point.   Hold the loop lightly with your finger while pulling the thread through to make the loop size and shape you want.

This is how your line of snail trail should look.  I do need a little practice.  It is another I have found to be hard to get consistent sizing in the loops.