Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 20, 2017

A Sketch a day

I admit in the last few months I’ve not sketched at all and my sleeping pattern returned to dismal.

I’ve managed some doodling but not worthy of posting.  In the last few days I found a bit of time for myself and here are the results.

Hummingbird and hibiscus were formed(copied) with a 2b pencil and overdrawn with a Micron 0.1 pen.
I used the same pen for the flowers and coloured with Faber Castel pencils.

I can now say I’ve had a couple of great night sleeps.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 20, 2017

1 Year’s Stitches

My ornament is now complete and framed.


I wasn’t pleased with my alignment of the dots when I worked the lower section, so I removed the Dot stitches, as well as from the holly leaves and replaced both areas with French Knots.

This is my last embroidery for the year as it’s time to sort Christmas gifts and baking.

Thanks to You, my friends for your great support through the year.  I appreciate it.


I will begin the new TAST (Take A Stitch Tuesday) Further Challenge on the 2nd January…another little job to sort before then.  If interested, you can check out TAST at Sharon Boggon’s Pintangle


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 15, 2017

A Year of stitching

This is about the half-way mark and going well.  Three more rows and 3 dots added.
There is little stitch variety.  Padded Satin and 4 layers of Satin stitch for berries.
The black and white row:- using DMC black thread, I vertically padded with Split stitch and carefully, Straight stitched across in the correct sections – going under the fabric where white was to go.

I repeated this with white thread for the remaining sections.

I really like how each section, as for the Reindeer,  is back stitched (or Split Back-stitched) completing each area as you go.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 13, 2017

Sunday Stitch School -No 46

No 46.  Corded Coral stitch

As promised, here is my sample.  I found my work neater using just the threads.  Maybe I could have stitched closer, over the ribbon.  More practise needed.

I used Perle 8 thread and the ribbon was less than 1/4″ wide.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 12, 2017

Sunday Stitch School.

No 39 – Granitos stitch


I’ve been wagging school for many weeks but today I behaved well and caught up from stitch 39 to 45.  I’ll work No 46, tomorrow.

No 40 is officially Du Vos but it had been compared to both Outline stitch and Stem stitch  My Outline stitch is in red.
The second in orange thread is DuVos.
Third example is Stem stitch.

and all three explanations can be found in photo form  on Queenie’s stitch tutorial here
If you’ve not visited this site before, there is a wealth of information to be found on different stitches and Queenie’s weekly combinations of them.  Sunbonnet Sue arrives every so often, looking glamorous.

No 41 is Thorn stitch.  I used fine perle threads

No 42 Rambling Rose.  This began with 3, on-top-of-each-other stitches, with Stem stitch surrounding them.  I made the red stitches too large and they didn’t sit well.  I improved a bit with the yellow ones.  The last Stem stitching was closer yet and I liked the result.

No 43 Moss stitch.  Queenie’s work made me think of chicken feet but sadly in this picture, messy spiders.  :-((

No 44 Mille Fleur stitch which is just 3 separate increasing Chain stitches. Easy to do.

No 45 Leaf stitch. hmmm!  not so neat.   I felt most of these stitches would have been better worked on cloth not Aida.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | December 11, 2017

1 Year’s stitches – Christmas ornament


Yesterday I posted, then deleted the ornament I found on Pinterest,  as it appeared not to be a freebie it claimed.

I was able to comment on Trish Burr’s blog and she very kindly and quickly replied that the ornament is indeed copyright free.  I appreciated this as she must be constantly busy with her own business and embroidery.

Her link to the ornament is at
and there are beautiful embroidery patterns with very generous deals, there.

I used left-over threads from the reindeer.  All DMC single strands.
The top half leaves were Dot stitched and Padded Satin stitch= I used Double Running stitch for the padding.
The lower sections of the bow were long/short stitched.  For the berries I Satin stitched 4 layers to get the required depth. Black, Split Back stitch is obvious on any long edge
The curved section was done with Long/short stitch with Straight stitch bars and Split Back stitch

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 28, 2017

1 Year’s stitches – Christmas projects finished

finished, for now that is.  I’m planning another.

Christmas Elves.  Padded and backed with mid mauve cotton fabric over a card circle.  I didn’t have quite enough cord to cover the edges so I plaited some soft gold knit-type cord..which I used on the stocking bauble too.

I had clear Japanese thread to couch the gold down..  I may make more of these through 2018.
When light hits the ornament edging they really gleam.




and the Stocking.  I think it is meant to be ornamental only as the opening is about 9″ around and the length is 11″.

The beading around the top is continuous gold, fused-to -thread type beading and easy to catch down.

True colour of the top binding is closer to the reverse side but the embroidery shows true colours.

I used the same fabric for the reverse side of the Ornaments above.

Can’t remember making and finishing so many items in such a short time which includes the Reindeer.  A bonus was using up oddments of fabric.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 28, 2017

1 Year’s Stitching – Robin updates

Sorry to be so slow posting the work.  I have actually finished the lot.
The stitches are much the same throughout.   Stem and Straight stitches.

The berries are Padded Satin stitch with French Knots.

The gold border is Stem stitched.




More vine added and the baubles.  Again, single strands of DMC cotton.  For the gold bauble, I Satin stitched gold knit-type soft cord, which was Couched with more thread across the centre. The bauble ‘holes’ were filled with Black thread.







and complete..  The second bauble now done. and beads of Snow added also.

I’m almost ready to post the finished stocking..

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 16, 2017

1 Year’s Stitches – Robin

I found another Inspirations magazine Christmas project by Jenny McWhinney that has a Robin in a frame.  The frame was Stem Stitched with a single DMC gold metallic thread and needed slooow stitching so it did not snag.

The robin also was done with single strands of DMC – not in the official colours.  I’ve too many threads of all kinds to buy more, so I’m trying for the best matches.

The magazine was No.80 and published in 2013



Looking a little better.  When I complete the work and use an iron on those Frixon pen blue marker lines they will disappear.
Long and Short stitch for the body, Straight stitch for the tail, eye brow and highlight and a French Knot for the eye itself.
The leaf veins were stem stitched.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | November 10, 2017

1 Year’s stitches – Elf 6

Sparkles is the last of the set by Jenny McWhinney, in the Inspirations magazine No.92.

I forgot that each elf had his own name.

Again I altered some parts.  Instead of a thread candle, I used a long white plastic bugle bead.  I threaded a copper wire inside it and stitched this down-forming a bend at the top for the flame.  I then wove DMC Jewel Effects thread around that part and did some French Knots and Straight stitches..ohhh, those FKs didn’t like the tinsel type thread but it all adds to the shine I guess.
I Couched a string of fine red beads to the hat and another on the top.

I began the Long/short stitch with Buttonhole at the jacket hem for a neat edge. 99% of the work is Long/short stitch.
Bullion fingers, Black Backstitch and Padded Satin stitch for facial features   Single strands of DMC were used throughout.  I estimated that about 5 hours work was needed for each elf.  Surprising me, as I felt very little time had passed.

I am going to miss these cute fellows.  I’m still wondering how I can display them..singly or en masse.

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