Lacey Fantasy

Because knitting, sewing, crochet, and needlework aren’t enough hobbies for me, I do occasionally indulge in some machine embroidery. I thought that my latest projects would be of interest to at least a few of you.

Lace dragon and unicorn

These are two free-standing lace pieces I made using my embroidery machine, regular cotton sewing thread, and files from Urban Threads.

Prancing Unicorn, designed by Urban Threads

I just send the file to the embroidery machine, hoop up a piece of water-soluble stabilizer, and set the machine to doing its thing. It takes around 5 to 15 minutes per piece. I then wash away the stabilizer, let everything dry, and assemble using butterfly pins.

Fierce Dragon, designed by Urban Threads

Unfortunately, the dragon didn’t turn out as nicely as the unicorn. You can see there is a bit of separation on the right wing. Still, I’m pretty happy with him.

I’ve got a few more fantasy designs like these to make, including a mermaid. And then it is on to Christmas designs, like a sleigh for Santa.

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WIP Wednesday – Getting There

It has been about two months since I’ve shared my progress on my Christmas stocking. To be honest, I’ve spent a lot of that two months doing things other than stitching. But, Christmas is just around the corner and I need to get this darn thing done!

Enchanted Ornaments Stocking, designed by Dimensions

I’ve rounded the heel and I’m finally working my way down the foot! There is still a whole lot left to do, but I feel a bit more like the end is in sight.

The pattern is Enchanted Ornaments Stocking from Dimensions. It is a kit, and I am using the fabric and thread that was included.

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Smalls SAL – September 2017 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers! Welcome to the September check-in.

We have definitely rounded the corner of the year, and it won’t be long until thoughts turn to the new year and new plans. I’m not sure yet if the Smalls SAL will continue next year. Let me know if you are interested in continuing with the Smalls SAL next year in the comments below.

On to September stitching! I am in a Chirstmas-y sort of mood, so I stitched up another one of Mill Hill’s Sleigh Ride series, Traditional Sleigh. I stitched it as per the chart using all the included fibres and beads.

Traditional Sleigh, designed by Mill Hill

I love these perforated paper ornaments so much! They have a great vintage/modern look, and they are so easy to finish. I have lots of ornaments stitched on fabric that are waiting around (for years and years and years…) to be finished, but when I am done with a perforated paper ornament, its done and ready to be hung up. I love that!

What did you stitch this month? Leave you link using the little form you’ll find linked to a little further down in this post. Please be sure to use the permalink for your blog post, and also be sure to use a thumbnail of your finished piece.

The link list will remain open to new entries until about midnight Eastern time on October 6th. Remember: for each month you share a finished small you will get one entry into the end of the year draw for a stitchy prize.

Next Month – The next check-in will take place on Friday, October 27th.

Thanks again for stitching along with me! And don’t forget to let me know if you want the Smalls SAL to continue next year.



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Personalized for School

We are just a few days from school starting up again, and I for one couldn’t be more excited. Sure, I love having my son home for the summer but I’m always happy to have him back at school and everyone on a regular schedule. I love hearing about what he is learning, and I also love having my time to myself again. 😉

As I mentioned a couple of times, I got myself a Cricut Explore Air 2 on Prime Day. It is essentially a little CNC machine that I can use to cut vinyl, cardstock, window clings, and a bunch of other materials. It has opened up a whole new world of crafting for me (and also necessitated the purchase of a bunch of new craft supplies…) We decided to make good use of it and personalize some of my son’s new school supplies.

Hedgewars pencil box

We decorated a simple pencil box with a character from a video game that he loves to play. The image was converted for me by a lovely lady in a Facebook group.

Hedgewars pencil box

My skill at lining things up needs to be improved, but I think everything looks pretty good for a beginner. 😉 This image came from the Hedgewars Wiki.

Water bottle with controller

We added a controller image to his water bottle, as well as his name on the other side. This image came from Cricut’s own design library.

And, I also broke out the embroidery machine for the first time in ages to make a new patch for his backpack.

Miners Union patch

With cool school supplies like this you know it is going to be a good year. 😉 🤞

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Smalls SAL – August 2017 Check-In

Hello, Smalls Stitchers. Yes, you read that right. I’m just now posting the August check-in. I have never been this late before, so I hope you will forgive me. I won’t offer any excuses, but I will say that I am sorry that I didn’t post it when I said I would. It will not happen again.

On to the stitching!

Celestial Sleigh, designed by Mill Hill

This month (okay… last month) I decided to get to work on some new Christmas ornaments. Normally I’m well into my Halloween stitching by this time of the year, but for various reasons (including a terrible Just Cross Stitch Halloween issue), I’m just not feeling it this year. So, Christmas stitching it is!

I stitched the Celestial Sleigh from the new Mill Hill Sleigh Ride series. Since I am boring, it is stitched as per the chart, using the included beads, threads, perforated paper, and charm. And I have to say that I adore it. My Christmas tree tends to have lots of white and blue on it, so it will be right at home.

So, what did you stitch in August? I really can’t wait to see. Please scroll down to near the end of this post and add your link to the list. Due to my mistake, the link list will remain open to new entries until Saturday, September 9th at about midnight Eastern time.

When leaving your link, please be sure to use the permalink for you blog post and use a picture of your finished small as your thumbnail. If you have any problems please don’t hesitate to contact me. I am always happy to help (and will school starting back up in a couple of day, I am also much more available than over the past couple of months).

Remember, for each month that you share a link to your finished small you will get one entry into the end of the year draw for a really cool prize.

Next Month – The next check-in will go live on my blog early in the morning Eastern time on Friday, September 29th, 2017. And I promise it won’t be late. 😉

Thank you so much for your patience and for stitching along with me.



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Eclipse Madness!

Happy Eclipse Day fellow inhabitants of North America. I hope it was clear and the sun was visible wherever you happen to be. I’m located in Southern Ontario, so we had a wonderful sunny day, but sadly we only got a maximum coverage of about 75%. You’d think that would mean that it got a bit dark, but nope. It was brighter than a cloudy day. Still, we had loads of fun checking out the sun with our eclipse glasses.

In honour of the big day I made my first t-shirt using heat transfer vinyl (HTV) and my Cricut.

Eclipse t-shirt; design from Autumn Leah Cuts on etsy

The design comes from Autumn Leah Cuts on etsy. I used bright orange HTV and cut the design on my new favourite toy, my Cricut Explore Air 2. Unfortunately, I don’t have a heat press, so I did my best with a household iron. So far the vinyl is staying put, but I am absolutely going to invest in a new Cricut Easy Press because I love doing t-shirts!

Eclipse approx. 15 min after first contact

Sadly, this is the best picture my phone was able to take of the eclipse, through solar glasses. (I wasn’t risking the new camera!) This is at about 15 minutes after the moon first began its journey across the sun.

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WIPS Wednesday – Greenery

Hello, Stitchy Friends. Guess what! I’m stitching again. I’ve put in several hours of work on my Christmas stocking, and it is starting to look really great.

Enchanted Ornaments Stocking, designed by Dimensions

There is still so much to do, but I just might, possibly, with hard work and luck, have it done for Christmas this year. Anyone want to place any bets? lol!

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