Thursday, January 21, 2016

MORE KITTY CATS....




Just finished taking this lot for a run on the machine.    I am surrounded by them.   These are now available for the 8x12 hoop (200 x 300mm) and the 6x10 hoop (160x260mm) over in the Etsy shop.








I am thinking an applique and another little idea hit me so stay tuned.
Sue xxx

Friday, January 15, 2016

CRAZY CAT LADY STARTER KIT




 So, what is happening in the sweat shop this week......Your very own Crazy Cat Lady Starter Kit.  We all know one, or are one!    This size is for the 5x7inch (130 x 180mm) machine embroidery hoop.  They are quick and small enough to use up those scraps of polar fleece, velour, minke, felt, or any fabric really.   There are six cats and two tail variations - a change of fabric will give even more looks from the size kitty bases.   You will find them in my Etsy shop for $5 AU for the complete set.  Instructions with photos are included in the zipped file.  

 The tail is an optional extra - either with stripes or plain.  
 The heart and oval versions would lend themselves to a monogram to personalize.





 You could also use a bit of marabou for the tail.


Aside from your crazy friend, these will also make a great gift for any child with a wish for a cat who may be just a bit young.   Just make sure you choose a suitable tail for small children.

I am putting together sets in 6x10 and 8x12 in the next couple of days.  

Sue xxx

Monday, January 11, 2016

TOADSTOOLS



Back from holidays and straight in to it!    Before I left I had painted some fabric with blue and green for some sort of scene.   Yesterday I decided on toadstools.     I am messing around making a needle book.   The design is a mixture of machine embroidered fill stitches and machine applique.   The toadstool caps are some scraps of acrylic felt and finished in the raw edge style.   The designs are now available in my Etsy shop in sizes for the 5x7 inch (130 x 180 mm) and the 8x8inch (200 x 200 mm)  hoops.   The 5x7 larger design is a split design but will go together very easily.  So if you haven't done a split design, this might be a nice easy one to try.

Front of the needle book.

Back of the needle book.

Still need to trim the inside - the book has four felt pages and is a good size - 1.  so you can put lots of pins and needles on each page and 2. if it is big, there is less chance I will loose it!


We had some crummy beach weather, but here are a few good shots I took of the mutt and clouds and storms and stuff!

Found a grown up beverage that I don't mind and is very refreshing on a hot summers evening - Pimm's with lemonade, mint, cucumber and strawberries - over some crushed ice.





Wednesday night we had dinner over at Bar Beach and the sky looked like this........




Then we headed back to the unit and the clouds out at sea behind Long Point were amazing.  There was a rainbow - you may be able to see it just to the right of Munn's Tower  (red roof).



Every couple of minutes the sky changed - it was sunset behind us so the clouds looked very yellow and pink at the front.   You can see the rain falling in the background.

As the clouds moved, the rainbow shifted position.






Rain or shine, everything is better at the beach!

Sue xxx



Sunday, January 10, 2016

SKELETON HANDS

I love it when I hear from satisfied customers.   Got a lovely note from Tracey, with a new interpretation of the skeleton hand design in my shop.   How cool are these oven mitts!
Tracey very kindly allowed me to share her work.  


Sue xxx

Friday, December 25, 2015

Thursday, December 17, 2015

GINGERBREAD VOODOO DOLLS!

Lost your Christmas mojo......try these guys - they stitch up quick!    Rachel from over at "The Loopy Stitcher"   - find her here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheLoopyStitcher  took the 5x7 one for a Test Stitch yesterday......


It is these little things that make the Internet a wonderful place......from sunny Mt Evelyn, I  can chat with someone in Brooklyn!  

As you can see from my photos, I added a bit of marabou to the white doll.....but you could add beads, feathers, yarn - use what you have to hand!


The back opening is simply closed with a whip stitch and then I used silver thread to make staples over the seam.  
 Here are the guys waiting to be stuffed!
 Nothing like adding a bit a grumpiness to the Christmas tree.

 The 4x4 version would make a great brooch.....simple glue or stitch  brooch back in to position.
Sue xxx