Friday, 1 June 2012

Sunshine Sewing

We have had some lovely weather lately, although the last few days have been much cooler. I hate staying indoors when the sun is shining so every opportunity I get I spend it in the garden.  My OH put up our gazebo and moved the outdoor table and chairs under it, so I had the perfect summer craft area!
I really wanted to borrow the extension lead so I could use my sewing machine outside but I thought that might be going a bit far and I didn't want to risk it getting damaged.

As the sun shone, I decided to treat myself to Cath Kidston's Stitch book. I had her Sew book for Christmas and refer to it all the time. I wasn't disappointed when it arrived. There are some lovely patterns and projects so I'm sure I'll be using this book for a while.

The book came with a free gift, a kit to make a zipped purse. I thought this was very appropriate seeing as in my last post I finally managed to get neat zip ends! I had never used soluble canvas to cross stitch on before but I was amazed with the finished result. I wasn't worried either when it came to adding the zip! The kit didn't provide any lining material and I do like adding lining to my projects. I found some lovely pale blue polka dot fabric in my stash and gave the purse a lining. I also added a little keyring on one side as I really find these useful on purses and can attach to my cross stitch bag.

I came across an old WIP, while sorting out some of my crafting stash. I had started a lovely All Our Yesterday's cross stitch which I had left unfinished. It was a free gift with World of Cross Stitching magazine and I instantly loved the picture, mainly because it reminds me when I was a little girl, wrapping my arm around my dog, Jenna. Jenna was an adorable black and white Springer Spaniel and the dog I grew up with. She sadly passed away when I was 17 but I'll never forget her. It didn't take long to finish and my first thoughts were to frame it. However I am running out of wall space and my OH bought me two lovely shelves to go above my desk, so I decided to turn it into a little cushion.

I added strips of fabric in the log cabin patchwork style and cut out backing fabric. I then filled the cushion with stuffing and dried lavender and eventually when my shelves are up, it will have a place where I can see it every day.