Three weeks ago when I finished Harry the Hare, I was all set to finish my other workshop WIP, my Bethlehem embroidery…
…however, I got distracted when I was looking through my kit box! I decided what I actually needed after a few long projects, both in quilting and embroidery projects, I needed a quickie! Something I didn’t have to concentrate on too much, especially in this hot weather!
I spotted a kit by the Nutmeg Company, It was an impulse buy a few weeks ago when I clicked onto the site to find a link for a question from one of my readers. Nutmeg Company are a little cross-stitch company based up in the picturesque village of Reeth in Swaledale, one of the higher valleys in the Yorkshire Dales. Anyone who follows the Tour de Yorkshire will have seen the cyclists whizz through the village. Anyway, Nutmeg designs do some rather pretty 3D designs, such as boxes, houses, Christmas trees, all in cross-stitch, I’ve made a couple myself….
I fell for a postcard kit. It’s a pretty view of a typical Swaledale scene. Swaledale is particularly known for it’s flower meadows, I think they get a grant now if they leave their hay meadows a little longer before cutting, just long enough for the flowers to set seed for next year. The meadows are beautiful at this time of year. This particular kit, however, is to raise money for the flood relief fund. Twice over the last couple of winters Reeth has been badly hit by floods. The profits from this kit go to the fund. I felt it was a good cause and I liked the picture.
It was quick and easy to stitch, it’s stitched on cross-stitch paper, which is like a firm, perforated paper, it’s 14 count, just cross-stitch, half cross-stitch and back stitch. I had to get into the habit of putting my needle into my scissor fob at the end of a stitching session as it would bend the paper to leave the needle in it.
It’s designd to be a handmade postcard, glued onto paper or card, I’m tempted to mount it on felt and add a little hanging loop. I think it’s rather pretty and it reminds me of holidays we used to have in my mum’s cottage in Wensleydale, we used to visit an open farm up in Swaledale several times a year, watching lambing, collecting eggs etc, the children loved it.
Just as an aside, I’m trying to organise my sewing room a bit better at the moment – I’ve almost managed to get all my fabric in my sewing room!! I was also having problems with an overflowing floss box. I have a lot of DMC threads, all on bobbins, they were in a lovely wooden box my mum had given to me, but it just wasn’t big enough. I spotted Creations by Rod on facebook and then found his website. He makes to order inserts for Ikea cube storage units for craft things, including one for embroidery bobbins or skeins, I ordered the bobbin one. It came pretty quickly considering everything that’s going on at the moment. I love it! Five drawers with dividers in, just the right size for my plastic bobbins. I’m now planning to use my mums box for all my other embroidery thread stash, I just need to bobinate it all!
This SAL is organised by Avis, we share our progress on a project every three weeks, please follow the links to see lots more stitching inspiration…
Avis, Claire, Gun, Carole, Sue, Constanze, Christina, Kathy, Margaret, Cindy, Heidi, Jackie, Sunny, Hayley, Megan, Deborah, Mary Margaret, Renee, Carmela, Jocelyn, Sharon, Daisy, Anne, Connie, AJ, Jenny, Laura, Cathie, Linda, Sherrie, Helen
I’ll also be linking up with Kathy’s Quilts for Slow Stitching Sunday, please follow the link for lots more stitching inspiration