Wednesday, 25 May 2016


Welcome to this month's New to Me Link Party, where we celebrate the successes and failures of trying something new:)

This month I have been trying my hand at embroidering with beads, several times in fact.

There were beads as bunches of grapes climbing up the walls of the Stitcher's Cottage.

Beads for the splashy little duck in this mini kit from Ann's Orchard Needlework

and beads in my EG piece for the Capability Brown exhibition!

It could be said that I have had beads on the brain recently :)

The Stitcher's Cottage is also my first ever embroidery piece to be exhibited locally, so doubles up on the New to Me front. It was a bit nerve wracking watching people examine it and trying not to listen in to any comments, well at least not obviously!

I have also been trying my hand at silk painting for an embroidered picture. Several of the pieces on display at the exhibition had used this technique, so I was inspired to give it a go.

 This photo of Arran was the inspiration for the piece, so I hope that I can ultimately do it justice.

The fabric in the hoop has been dampened and painted with water colour paint, and (apparently) I will be dry painting the centre where the mountain ranges are in the next class. Should be interesting!

I have also tested this New to Me pattern for Sew Sweetness' Annex Double-Zip Box pouch.

So, that's my New to Me's now it is your turn. As ever please help to spread the word by linking back to this post in your post and/or adding the blog button to your sidebar.

Celtic Thistle Stitches

Check out the other links too and, maybe, leave an encouraging comment along the way. The emphasis of this link party is to celebrate the trying so a little encouragement here and there would not go amiss! 
The link will remain open until 23.59GMT on May 31st, so you have some time yet to try something new and link up and join the party :)

If your New to Me involves some Christmas or Holiday crafting don't forget to link it up to this month's Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party here

You could win this great Clock Making Kit to kickstart your gift crafting :)

Courtesy of the lovely people at

Friday, 20 May 2016

Annex Double-Zip Box pouch revealed!

On Wednesday I teased you with this

and now I can reveal what this great fabric from Spoonflower was used for.

This lovely pouch is an Annex Double-Zip Box pouch from the new pattern, released today, by the very talented Sara of Sew Sweetness

I had been intending to make a Box pouch for my youngest son with this fabric when I ordered it, but never actually got around to doing anything about it. So, when a request for pattern testers for this pattern popped up in my inbox, I knew that the time to finally make one had arrived :)

The pattern includes instructions for three sizes, this is a medium sized pouch.

The pouch has two separate compartments, each with its' own zipper, so keeping things neat and tidy should, in theory, be a breeze for the youngest son. We shall see!

Using only one FQ of fabric for the exterior, these pouches are a great way to utilise some of those FQ's that you bought just because. Admit it, I am not the only one that buys FQ's that catch my eye with absolutely no plan in mind for their use :)

So, another gift added to the stockpile and a New to Me pattern tested to boot.

Head on over to Sew Sweetness to check out the lovely pouches that Sara's pattern testers have created. If you decide to make some of these very useful pouches for Christmas or Holiday gifts this month, don't forget to link them up to the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party, which is over at Threading My Way

You could be the lucky linker who will win this month's great giveaway prize!

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Just a peek - Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew

We have finally had some sunshine here in the NE of England, but not that much that it puts any thoughts of Christmas and Holiday sewing out of my head :) So, welcome to May's Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party, where we aim to stockpile gifts and Home Decor items throughout the year to ensure a calm, stress-free festive season. Well, that's the plan anyway!!

This month I can only give you a sneak peek of my Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew project as it is from a pattern that I tested for Sara at Sew Sweetness. The pattern is not due for release for a few days so I will post photos of the finished project then, for now you will just have to trust that I have added another make to my stash of Christmas gifts.

When I saw this fabric on Spoonflower I knew that it would be perfect to use in a gift for my rugby mad son. Together with Sara's pattern they made the perfect match!

So, that's my contribution to the gift stockpile. If you are looking for inspiration for a Christmas/Holiday project head on over to this month's guest host Pam at Threading My Way for another great project. If you haven't come across Pam before, you are definitely in for a treat as not only is Pam an avid upcycler of redundant clothing, she hosts a whole galaxy of sewing related Link Parties that will keep you occupied for hours just checking them out.

As always, it wouldn't be a Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party without a giveaway and this month one lucky linker will be updating their Home Decor thanks to the lovely people at Dannells
who have donated one of their Needcraft Clock Making Kits as this month's giveaway prize.

The winner of last month's Tapestry Brooch Kit was Sally who will be guest hosting the Ho, Ho, Ho and on We Sew Link Party herself soon! Congratulations Sally.

To be in with a chance of winning this month's giveaway head on over to Pam at Threading My Way and link up your Christmas or Holiday makes from May. As ever the link party closes at 23.59 GMT on May 31st, so you have lots of time to get those projects linked up. No blasts from the past though, we are all about stockpiling throughout the year here so restrict yourself to links to projects you have worked on this month:)

Thanks again to our lovely giveaway sponsors who have been so generous in their support of the link party.
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