Saturday, August 30, 2014


 Finished this bag late last night.   Embroidery took about an hour, the quilting all day!   I practiced some feathers. I originally marked them out with a black frixion pen and crossed everything that the marks would disappear. I found I could still see them when the steam hit, but I chucked the lot in the washing machine (after spraying with preen and using a hot wash) and they are now all gone.......

Flamingo is now available over at Etsy for $3.00 and is available in sizes to fit the 200 x 300 hoop and the 130 x 180 hoop.   The 130 x 180 hoop design is a split design so the finished size is not far off the bigger one!    

The lining is a very bright pink with a black and white stripe for the base and side pockets. 


Sue xxx

Wednesday, August 27, 2014


The Yeti are still on the go, just need a few more snowflakes to be put in place (so far there are about 70) and then decide how to the mean time, I bought some gorgeous clip art and produced these two happy chaps!

 To counter act the beige, the lining is a very bright and chipper orange check.   Lots of internal pockets for all your "stuff".  
 The fabric is a faux suede microfiber and it has been quilted all over.  
 I tried a different style for boxing in the bottom of the bag and I quite like it.
 There are three designs in this set.   They are designed for the bigger hoop of 200 x 300mm.  They are a combination of applique and fill stitches and are quite striking.   I used some teal satin for the wings and tail which kind of glitters under the shading stitches.

These designs are now up for sale over in my Etsy shop for $5 for the set of three.     They are a very modern style and would look equally as precious in other colour combinations.   To make him into a King Fisher, use blue fabric for the body as well.   Check out Mr Google for other great colour combinations it you are not sure!!

Bye for now!~  Sue xxx

Thursday, August 7, 2014

YETI......You know they're out there......

I have been beavering away busily on a few machine embroidery designs.   I am so enjoying the art of digitizing.   My shoulder and lower back, not always so ;-) !   I have done some gorgeous appliques related to these dolls/pincushions but I am still adding "stuff" to the quilt top and want you to get the full impact when it is done.    So to pique your interest I got side tracked with these.


They stitch out very quickly and only require you to ladder stitch a small seam after stuffing.   There are 6 different dolls in each set - same shape, just different faces.   They are all available now over in my Etsy shop - you can purchase the size for your machine - 100 x 100mm, 130 x 180mm, 160 x 260mm or 200 x 300 mm.  

I have also added some button covers to the range.  There are six in the file.   These will fit in a small hoop or you can stitch the lot out in one hooping and then cut them apart.   They are designed for a 38mm self cover button although there is a little wiggle room if you want to do a bigger button!

Use them on garments, hair accessories, quilts, bags........


Back to the grind stone...!   Sue xxx

Sunday, May 25, 2014


Take a couple of metres of white drill, some fabric paint, water and rock salt, add some Urban Threads inspiration in there and voila - a tote with pizazz!

Needless to say, there is a few more metres of white drill in the washing machine as we speak, being prepared for paint!  

Have a great day.
Sue xxx

Monday, April 14, 2014


Okay, it's a long winded title.    These are a new variation on a theme.   Maurice and Mathilda as quick easy soft toys.   I am also working on turning them in to another batch of appliques.   The red and white fabric is Minke, so you can imagine how soft and cuddly these little guys are.   I have covered lots of hoop sizes with these - 4x4, 5x7, 6x10, 8x12 and 8x14.  (The 4x4 are tiny and may not be suitable for small children - just keep that in mind).   Having said that, the 4x4 make a great key/bag dingle dangle! 

So here is the whole gang, having a nap in amongst the cyclamen and other silvery leaves.  

The gnomes are listed on Etsy and can be found here.    They are available for each specified hoop (you get both Maurice and Mathilda) and there is also a bulk pack with all the sizes in the.    Perhaps they are just the thing for your  "after Easter" stitching!

Sue xxx

PS:  If you don't want to do "Etsy",  please don't hesitate to contact me here.   I have also made up cd's of the designs if you prefer a hard copy.    Postage will be calculated determined upon destination.  

Thursday, March 20, 2014


Carla wondered if she could ever return to her glory days at the Copacabana!


Carla is available over in my Etsy shop.   Hope she makes you chuckle!
Sue xxx