Blocked Cross stitch

though I have been light on sewing output, I have been doing cross stitch. My latest is all done, mounted and up on the wall.

all done

This isn’t my usual style but I loved it as soon as I saw it! The colours are gorgeous and so vibrant. And as the blocks are so small I felt like I was getting somewhere every time I finished – unlike other cross stitches that seem to go nowhere for a looong long time!

I mounted this one as recommended in the magazine it came from, but the finished size was slightly smaller than it should be so it didn’t fit the block mount exactly. As a result I just couldn’t get all the lines straight – which, as this cross stitch is ALL lines, is very frustrating.

But I am learning that good enough is good enough. The only way to get this straighter would be to get it done professionally and I figure I can always do that in the future if it continues to bother me…

I do really love this and its already up on the front room wall. Another project done. (and from a distance you can’t see the wonky lines at all!!)

all done and on the wall


Short and sweet

Homespun Magazine

A few weeks ago I picked up the latest Homespun magazine and liked the look of the dolls on the front cover.

They were designed to be a doll for a kidlet but I came up with a tricksy idea and decided to enlarge the pattern and turn it into a door stop…

So I doubled the size of the pattern on the photocopier and put it all together without glancing at the instructions. Not once!


I put it all together and took a look at her and was not impressed. She had a weird alien egg shaped head, that was as big as her body… not a good look. Mr T took one laugh and burst out laughing.

Not to be outdone I unpicked her – all of her, trimmed some excess of the head and, again ignoring the instructions, put her back together, this time with mostly better results.

Et voila… ┬áthe finished door stop. She’s about 25cm high and has lots of rice at the bottom to keep her standing. Now to wrap her up as a birthday present….