I adore strawberries. They are my absolute favourite fruit. Although, I am always very annoyed by how quickly they go bad. But this one will always stay fresh:
Strawberry Sewing Emery Pincushion
The pattern is Strawberry Sewing Emery Pincushion from Naomi Smith of Black Tulip Designs. I bought it nearly two years ago at the last Needleworker’s Marketplace, which took place just outside of Toronto in Port Credit.
I put off working on it, because, to be honest, I wanted the red version of the kit. (See the picture below.) She taught it as a class at the retreat that accompanied the marketplace, but I wasn’t able to attend. The finished pieces were so beautiful, and I really wanted one just like them. But, you know what, the blue version is just as lovely. I’m so pleased with it, and I’m a bit surprised by how easy it was. I wouldn’t be surprised if I ended up making some more of these.
Strawberry Emery Pincushion from Black Tulip Designs
And that is one more project that I have been putting off working on. I need to poke around a bit more and see what else I need to finish up.
Spring Giveaway- Kim over at Wisdom with Needle and Thread is having a giveaway for a wooden thread keeper and a beaded scissor fob. Head over here for all the details. And, if you enter the giveaway, don’t forget to mention that I sent you.
My adventures in chainmaille continue, although not as smoothly as I would like. Last month I ordered some supplies from Art Beads with the intention of making several pairs of earrings from instructions on Marilyn Gardiner’s website. Unfortunately, a lot of the rings turned out to be the wrong size. I don’t yet grok how interior, exterior and wire size all work together. (And Art Beads doesn’t list all the sizes the same for every item…)
Anyway, I still managed to end up with these very pretty earrings.
The pattern is a slightly modified version of her Mobius Flower earrings. I used silver-filled rings (which actually means a brass core covered in 925/10 silver) and sterling silver hooks. The new pliers I got for Christmas made putting these together so much easier than putting together the bracelet from the other month. With the supplies I have on hand, I should be able to make one more pair, and maybe a couple of other pairs of earrings. And then, well, it might be time to buy some more supplies.
Our Christmas tree has been down for what seems like ages, and I’ve even manged to put away all the Christmas things that inevitable get forgotten. (Okay, except for that one reindeer ornament that is still sitting on a bookshelf.) But, I’m still thinking about Christmas. Take a look at these sweet little mice.
Gingerbread Jingle Mouse
The patterns are Gingerbread Mouse and Gingerbread Jingle Mouse from Just Nan. They are stitched on 32 count Raw Belfast, using the floss called for. I did change out the Kreinik since the pattern called for the newer prismatic stuff and I didn’t have any.
For those curious, here is what they look like before they are put together.
Gingerbread Mouse – before
I thought about saving these for my March Smalls SAL finishes, but since I finished the stitching in January and finally sewed them up this week, I really didn’t want to save them any more. And, besides, I’m kind of going to a Teresa Wentzler theme for my smalls this year.
Speaking of the Smalls SAL, if you stitched something for February, be sure to head over to this post and add your link. I’ll be closing the link list sometime around this Wednesday.
The Craft & Hobby Association has declared March to be National Craft Month. (It is an American association, but I think we can all get behind the idea of a month dedicated to crafting.)
They promote National Craft Month through something they call Cre8time. Essentially, the challenge is to make time to create every day. I’m sure for some of you that isn’t hard at all! Personally, if a day goes by without me being able to pick up some sort of needle or hook, then something has gone wrong. Sadly, though, lately I’ve been sidetracked by many things, and I haven’t been crafting as much as I used to. And, it shows in my attitude. So, this month I’m making it a priority to make a few stitches, practice Zentangle, or even just colour with my little man every single day.
Cut and paste project
I’m posting this on March 3rd, which means I’m a couple of days behind in laying out my intentions. But, I did stitch on the evening of the 1st, and a good chunk of yesterday afternoon was spent cutting and pasting with my son, putting together a school project. As for today, well, Sock Madness has started, so I will be knitting a sock. Want to follow along with my adventures? Check out my Twitter feed!
Are you doing anything special for National Craft Month? Let me know. Also, check out Stitch Bitch’s blog. She is challenging herself to craft for men this month.
A month has gone by, and it is time for the Totally Useless SAL yet again.
My mini ORT collector
This month I have lots of greens and light colours thanks to the smalls I’ve been working on. Winter refuses to fade away gracefully, so I’m trying to bring in a little bit of spring through my stitching. Please, please tell me that spring hasn’t been cancelled this year.
My large ORT jar
And that is my jar for the year so far. Goodness, it needs a good washing out. o_O It’s gotten a but dusty over the years.
If you’d like to know more about the Totally Useless SAL (TUSAL), check out It’s Daffycat’s blog here.
Speaking of spring, the Victorian Motto Sampler Shoppe is having a Spring Floss Giveaway. Head over here and read about how you can win.
(The cats have nothing to do with anything. I just think it is a cute picture, and we can all use a bit of cuteness once in a while. Used by permission from Dover Publications.)
Hello again, ladies! It is time for another Smalls SAL check-in!
This month I stitched Teresa Wentzler’s Geometric, which is from June 1988 (!) issue of Just Cross Stitch, and can also be found in Quick and Easy Cross Stitch Gifts as Geometric Pincushion.
Geometric, designed by Teresa Wentzler
I stitched it as per the chart, on 28 count white evenweave (probably lugana). It will most likely end up becoming a needlebook.
So, what did you stitch this month? Please leave a link to your blog post in the form below. And, please consider visiting some of the other participants. We all love visitors and comments. The link form will be closed in approximately one week. So, make sure you get your link in soon so you get an entry into the end of the year draw.
Next month’s check-in is on March 26th, so get stitching! I’m planning on a lovely spring design since I am so darn tired of winter.