Blackbird Lampshade

Last Sunday I shared my latest Raggedy Ruff design, I’m particularly pleased with this one as I only had the pattern, not the kit with all the fabrics in. I’ve done several of these kits now and I save every little scrap of batik left over at the end of each project. These were perfect as so many of the applique pieces are seriously small…one sneeze and you’ll never see them again!. This was my initial layout…

I had stitched round each shape with a basic soft brown thread, mainly to hold it all in place…all I had to do now was the embroidery!

I started with the female blackbird and the flowers on her side and then moved over to the male.. Once I concentrated it didn’t take too long. I even managed to breathe at the same time – always a bonus! I’m getting a bit more confident with each kit that I stitch, I’m also very happy that my sewing machine has an automatic thrader as there is an awful lot of colour changes!

I love all the detail on these designs, there’s about eight different flowers to stitch, I particularly like the cornflowers, the other ones are cone flower, forget-me-nots, buttercup, salvia, tree blossom, dandelion, and finally sweet peas.

I ordereda lampshade kit from Etsy and it’s already here, I just need to wait until I have a crafty visitor who will help me make the lampshade!

If you fancy having a go her patterns are very reasonably priced and her kits are great as they include everything all neatly labelled. Just follow the link to Raggedy Ruff Designs.

About craftycreeky

I live in a busy market town in Yorkshire with my husband, kids, dogs and chickens. I love trying new crafts, rediscovering old ones, gardening, walking...anything creative really I started this blog after my New Year resolution worked so well. My resolution (the first one I've ever kept!) was to post a photograph of my garden on Facebook every day. My hope was that I would then see what was good in the garden and not just weeds and work, which was my tendency. The unexpected side-effect was that I have enjoyed many more hours in the garden. I am hoping that 'The Crafty Creek' will have the same effect. Happy creating!
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6 Responses to Blackbird Lampshade

  1. Beautiful Margaret, and I am sure that you will be feeling far more confident after you have done this one without a kit full of ready sorted fabrics. xx

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  2. CurlsnSkirls says:

    Eager to see this as a lamp shade – it will be magical!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Jane M says:

    Looks fabulous.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. kathyreeves says:

    You are getting so good at this Margaret, it is just beautiful!

    Liked by 1 person

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