August 2016 Update

I didn’t put a single stitch into fabric at all during August. I’m very disappointed with myself! Instead, I’ve been trying out new crafts here and there, and making up some old finished cross stitches into cards and hangings.

Most of these weren’t stitched by me, but were done by my Nana before she lost her eyesight. I couldn’t bear the thought of her throwing them out, so I’ve tidied them up as best I can and we’ve together made them into cards for her to send to her friends or keep for herself. I’ve been trying out a die cutting machine, which is pretty new for me as well – that was a lot of fun!

Here’s some of mine and my Nana’s joint efforts from this month:

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This is Mr. Christmas Teddy from a few months ago, made into a padded tree hanging.

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This was my first go at die cutting. The choices of embellishments were my Nana’s, as was the embroidery. I just did the cutting and sticking and so on!

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These cute little garden bird buddies were Nana’s embroideries too. I made them up into a sort of matching set of cards, because they were too small to really do much else with, but still too large for an aperture card.

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I hate how this one came out. The card stock was too floppy for the weight of the tapestry wool, the aperture is off centre and the picture doesn’t quite fit at all. I’m going to take it out and mount it onto a make up bag instead – but it’s important to record my failures as well as my successes in craft and in life I think!

I hope September will see me get back into crafting a bit more, as I start a new job (yet again!) with more regular lunch breaks for extra stitching time!

I hope everyone else has had a fun and productive month too!

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5 thoughts on “August 2016 Update

  1. I love the Teddy, and the cards you have made for your Nan are so sweet. A die wow, that must mean you now have a machine to use them with, so you will soon become a die addicted lol. There are some beautiful dies out there, I get most of mine from a place called Icon.co.uk because they are usually the cheapest place and postage is usually free on dies. They deal with a lot of companies too so lots of choice. Have fun and looking forward to seeing you back to stitching over the winter months. Best wishes Helen

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    • Thank you for the advice! I’ve already started picking out some lovely frame dies from Icon UK as you suggested, I think I will probably always use them instead of aperture cards now I know how much better they can look! It’s exciting to start a new hobby, and it’s even better when there are so many experienced people around to give help and advice 😀

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