Sewing Room Stitching

I’m trying to get a few finishes under my belt before I get distracted with new projects. Sometime earlier last year I finished a cross stitch for my sewing room, I had already bought the sewing machine shaped hanger, but it lay in a box unfinished. I think some of the prevarication was because the hanger was bigger than I anticipated, I’d seen the hanger on the Stony Creek website which is where the cross-stitch design came from but postage and taxes from America to UK are somewhat high. I was delighted therefore to see it in a UK shop on line, I ordered it immediately without even considering that there may be different sizes, it was 16″ where 12″ would have been plenty! I was clearly going to have to give it borders!

On Monday I pulled it out and started to rummage through my stash for suitable border fabrics. I found a prefect green one from the Lewis and Irene Bumbleberry range but the purples just weren’t quite right, too light or dark or just the wrong shade. I then spotted a border type fabric I’d bought years ago when I was making the Down the Rabbit Hole quilt, I’d bought a gorgeous layer cake which was the basis of my colour choices, this was part of the range. In the end I didn’t uses it, so it’s sat in my stash ever since. Although it had a busy floral stipe, it also had purple and green stripes which matched perfectly. Bingo!

I stitched an inner border of the green fabric, I cut a strip and then folded it in half, stitching it on like a flange on a quilt. I then added the stripes. The corners needed to be mitred, I decided the easiest way to get them neat would be to press and then hand-sew the seam.

I made a quilt sandwich with a leftover piece of wadding and the stripy flowery fabric as the backing. I kept the quilting simple with just a stitch-in-the-ditch along the purple lines. I found some darker green fabric to bind the sides and the bottom and last night I used the same fabric to form a hanging sleeve whilst looking like the binding.

I’m really pleased with how it’s come out, I think the borders work really well, I just need to decide where to hang it now!

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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11 Responses to Sewing Room Stitching

  1. Really good job.
    Amazing what they do with the laser metal cutters with the nozzles replaced.
    Really impressed with the corner work.
    I am starting a big finish…. not going to be as elaborate as this

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  2. Jane M says:

    Perfect colour match, it looks fabulous and I love the hangar, it just completes the piece

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  3. Laura says:

    Very clever, and a great addition to your sewing space! 🙂

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  4. Julia Townsend says:

    I love your blog and seeing the sewing you embark upon. Your sewing room sign is really special, displaying some of your many needlecraft talents. I hope it will be treasured for generations x

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  5. claire93 says:

    what a beautiful hanging!

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  6. Love this, your solution to expand the size is genius!

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  7. kathyreeves says:

    That is perfect Margaret!

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  8. Faby Reilly says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous, Margaret!!

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  9. Cheryl Wagner says:

    This is absolutely gorgeous. I would love to get this sewing room pattern and have looked everywhere. Please someone tell me where I can purchase this pattern. I would be so very grateful.

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    • craftycreeky says:

      Hi Cheryl, sorry for the delay in replying, I got the pattern from Stony Creek website, I can see a leaflet on their website which includes it (LFT598) but I couldn’t get my computer to follow the link. I just searched for sewing room on their website. I would e-mail them to see if they can help, if you still have no luck then get back to me and I’ll see if I still have it. Best wishes M


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