Little Bear Pincushion received as a gift from a dear friend of mine

My friend Terry, who happens to live in England, has recently started learning how to make teddy bears.

Terry has always loved teddy bears and one day she decided that she wanted to make a few for herself, family and friend(s). 

It just happened that this lady called Danni lives very close to her house. She got in touch with her and she was invited to go to her place for a couple of afternoons so that she could learn how to make them. How lucky can a person be? Danni has her own website called Barrel Bears where her teddy bears can be seen.

So far she has made 3 of them and this one (picture below) being the latest one. Before mailing it to me, she sent me a photo, probably just to get me salivating a bit while this little darling was on its way to me. It took about 8 to 9 days before this little one reached my front door, but it was well worth waiting for. It is so cute.

The one I just received though comes all the way from a website in Australia called Kympatti Bears where my friend purchased a kit.  She knows that I just love pincushions, so when she saw it, she thought it would be perfect for me ………… and it is 🙂

This little teddy bear comes to my life with a big job to do, which is to make my life simpler by keeping my needles safe.

Instead of searching all over for my needles I now have this new friend complete with its special pincushion attached to its front for me to use when stitching.

Thanks, Terry!

Pierrette =^..^=

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Spool Holder

Ever since I read Mary Corbet’s post about Spool Holders on her blog named Needle ‘n Thread, I wanted to have one just like it for myself and having no idea if I could actually find one like hers or not. I am very happy to report that I have just found one on eBay and it is now in my possession. I have just taken a photo for you.

As you look at the photo above you can see how ingenious this little spool holder is. I have removed one of the peg that holds the spool in place so that you can see how this works.

It will now be so easy to just unroll a little bit of thread, cut it and insert into my needle and the spool won’t find its way on my floor anymore. What a relief!

I just love all those things that makes a stitcher’s life easier 🙂

Better go back to my stitching now as I am running a bit behind. See you all later!

Pierrette =^..^=

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Cabaret for Anasazi Dream

Last week, my husband went to see our framer with Anasazi Dream in one hand and a big Sudberry cabaret in the other one to see if this could work out allright.

From the get go, I could see a couple of problems with this. First of all, this cabaret is very big and my canvas just barely made it on the long side and then there was the issue of having to add a spacer between my stitched piece and the glass because some of the stitches that I love so much have quite a bit of height to them.

Our framer managed more or less to take care of those matters. Now, my husband  has to do something with the hard backing of the cabaret, which normally just slide right back in the groove. This keep the cabaret rigid and strong enough to carry something in it.

We now can’t just slide it back in place like it originally was because the spacers have taken up too much room.

He will have to cut a little bit on two sides of it so that we can make it fit under the cabaret but still remains inside the four side bars of the cabaret (the back won’t be visible when looking at it as it will be hidden inside the four sides of the cabaret itself) and he will have to find something to hold it in place securely as this backing is relatively heavy in itself so it needs to be attached in such a way that it won’t just fall down the first time I put some glasses on it or something.

I am relatively sure that we can’t use nails for that so he will have to find something else that is strong enough to hold it securely to the upper part of the cabaret, so I am keeping my  fingers crossed that he can come up with a good plan to fix this.

I am including a photo showing the cabaret with Anasazi Dream. It was terribly difficult because of the glass reflecting everything in sight. I have managed to salvage a semi-decent photograph from the multitude I took. Sorry I could not manage anything better than that, but at least it gives you some idea of what it looks like.

Unfortunately Sudberry House  is not making these large cabarets anymore, which is too bad as they can be quite useful.

I will hopefully be back a bit later this week or beginning of next week to show you other things. In the meantime, have a great weekend! Hope the weather is better than what we are having over here: Rain and thunderstorms and colder temperatures 😦

Pierrette =^..^=

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Boxes: What to do with them

While I have kept myself busy stitching on other projects, I have been thinking about what kind of embroidery and designs that I could stitch for these two little boxes.

The box on the left is a little oval Shaker Pincushion box from Sudberry House. It measures approximately 5 inches by 3 inches. It contains detailed instructions for the finishing once the stitching has been completed.

The other one on the left is also lovely. It was made in the UK by Framecraft and measures only 3 inches in circumference and small trinkets could be stored inside or anything else a person prefers. I have been contemplating some stumpwork project for it. I think the size of the box would be ideal for it as it is not too big nor too small and would showcase it nicely.

As for the oval Shaker pincushion one, I am inclined to go with some surface embroidery around the circomference of the pincushion box, leaving the middle section bare so that needles can be inserted in its center.

So for a little while now, whenever I have been having a few spare moments, I have been going through my Inspirations magazines and making note of any projects that could fit my needs. I still have quite a bit of magazines to go through before I make a final decision.

It is fun to plan little projects like that which can easily be added later on to my list of current projects. I will keep you posted once I have arrived to some decisions, but in the meantime if you have any suggestions for me,  please share in the comment section. I can always use all the help I can get.

Another nasty day outside today with possible heavy thunderstorms predicted for this afternoon with the possibility of some hail and a couple of tornadoes thrown in for good measure. That should keep me fully awake (big grin).

Happy stitching to you all!

Pierrette =^..^=

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Another project completed: Anasazi Dream

Yesterday morning when I got up I was determined that by the end of the day I would have completed the stitching of Anasazi Dream and I am happy to report that I have done just that, last evening to be precise. By that time though it was too late to take photos, it was dark outside and I also was too tired.

So guess what I have been doing this morning? Taking lots of photos!

This first photograph shows the different stitches that are inside the big “M”. There are 3 smaller versions of the double Fan stitch using Elegance E825 with side stitches made with Kreinik 007

and on the following photo, we can see a section of the Double fan that is in the center of the piece, a bit lower there are 3 smaller double fans, then in light green a series of diagonal tied down oblong crosses and right in the center there is a little Amadeus stitch

and at both extremeties of the design wean see a Walneto stitch inside a two color band

and in the following photo a close-up showing this Walneto stitch and inside it another Double Fan stitch has been added. Again we can see the little Amadeus stitch just over that band and also a composite stitch that makes it looks like it is rug fringes

and since I love this Walneto stitch so much, I took another photo showing it sideway as it gives a much better idea as to how it really looks

and on this photograph, we can see the entire middle section of Anasazi Dream

 and finally 3 photos showing the completed project

Carole says that this design can be hang either vertically or horizontally, so have added a view showing both ways

and on this final photograph, I have lowered my camera angle so that we can see a bit more depth

I am not entirely sure how this project will be finished. I normally have my husband bring it to our framer so that she can do her magic, but in this case I have a nice cabaret that I might be able to use for it. Up to now I have not had the time to examine it properly to see if there are room enough between the top of the stitched canvas and the glass that will cover it. If I can determine that there are enough room, then I will no doubt go that way.

Carole also recommends to choose a medium green mat to put under since there are quite a bit of open canvas or perhaps a green satin fabric.

I will let you know what we decide in a future post and show you additional photos.

During this weekend I have quite a bit of work to do, a bit of catching up with things, also a bit of reading for my two upcoming cyberclasses and the weather is finally back to being lovely outside, so I will no doubt be spending a bit of time in the garden too.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

Pierrette =^..^=

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