Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | March 5, 2016

Field Mouse finished

Hooray!  I finally finished my little mouse.

It took a while as I was also making jams and chutneys from our abundant fruit supply this year.  A bumper crop.  If you are interested, I posted photos of some items at

I only used a 6″section of the original project photo.  Something about the thorns bothered me so I only added 4 to the branches.

Later I discovered the originals were going the wrong way.  I didn’t bother changing them as it will become a book cover, not framed.

created by June Godwin

created by June Godwin


Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 16, 2016

Field mouse – a short post

Here’s where I’m up to today.  I finished the left ear and a bit more to the body.

I removed a stem that was below the branch.  It looked wrong, even in the original photo.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 15, 2016

Work in Progress – WIP

In 2010 I made a 6″ fabric page with an embroidered field mouse from an Inspirations magazine.  I enjoyed making it and as it was a swap item, I decided to make myself one also.

Well I began, but other must-do projects popped up and the mouse was set aside.

I’m still hesitating to begin my self taught pulled-thread work and am now working on my mouse.  I didn’t like the mouse colour so I unpicked his head and I’m now to this stage.  It was too dark before.

Field mouse

Field mouse

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 6, 2016

Fancy Herringbone stitch

Sharon over at Pintangle posted a step by step for Fancy Herringbone, yesterday.  Here’s the link Pintangle

The coloured pictures showed it was easy to do but I printed it out in black and I’m blaming that for my little misadventure.

First up is the finished and proper design.  Very nice isn’t it.


and now my mishap pair.   I was so pleased with the first row I decided to do a back to back version.  When that was finished I stopped and looked properly at the 2nd one.  Messy!

I could also blame my mind for being elsewhere .. using up an enormous amount of our peaches.  .. some pics of those here

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | February 1, 2016

Pincushion – and a thread tip

Two photos today of the inside and outside sides.  Once I got the canvas cut and folded it was simple to stitch the corners with Long-arm Cross stitch and then around the base.  I snipped the inner corners (almost to the corner) as I felt it was a bit lumpy set to one side.

I now have to fill it firmly and add the felt base.





Some time back I read a tip online for keeping long threads that were too many for a bobbin.

I thought someone may be interested to see photos of how this works.    Plaited threads.

Tie the threads (mixed or single colour threads) at the halfway point.  The threads lying across the top are my short ones which will hang outside the plait.



Divide the threads into 3 sections,  you don’t have to have an exact division.






Plait threads.  I had about 3″ not plaited but you can go as far as you wish.




Hang from the cord and when you need any thread, just gently pull it from the bottom.   It may bunch slightly while pulling but won’t tangle and the plait can be smoothed back as it was.  It’s never failed me.

It is ideal for kits of cut threads but I keep any oddments this way too.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | January 28, 2016

Pincushion – sides

The 4 sides of the pincushion are now completed.  The next step will be to stitch it into a box shape and fill with wadding.  I will use the lighter green to stitch it together, to match the outer Long-arm cross stitch border.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | January 26, 2016

Pincushion 2

I finished the top section of the pincushion – previous blog showed the centre.  It’s been a learning curve for me, just to read the instructions.

I’ve a bad habit of skimming through instructions and with this kit I couldn’t work out what stitch or colour I was to do the borders between numbered areas.  Alas, it wasn’t until after I ‘did my own thing’ with the first green border ( I used rice stitch) that I found at the Very Last paragraph, 3rd page, it said all borders to be completed in Long-arm Cross stitch.

I had to concentrate on counting the spaces on the canvas and with more than a few lapses undid and re-did  too many.  It could be very good training for me and make my future works neater.  :-))  There is always a silver lining.

It’s not the same layout, as I found the photo of the kit and the threads when used were not alike or as bright.  The threads looked insipid, so I altered some patterns and also combination colours.  As I like green there is more of this colour used.

So here are my work and the kit pattern. I’m happy how the design worked out.

The last to do will be the sides.



Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | January 21, 2016

This and that for the week

It really has been days of this and that.  Start one thing, go to another, then a third and back to the first.  Some things were finished.

It’s been years since I tatted and that took a bit of practise the top one’s a bit wonky in the centre.










Then I began a pincushion from a kit project. I have only tried once to make a similar pincushion but never completed it as the edges frayed trying to turn it.

I’ve only managed to do the centre section with many interruptions from families over-nighting. Good company though.

pincushion centre

pincushion centre

and the Bullion rose panel was made for my sister.









Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | January 12, 2016

First 2016 project finished!

View from side

View from side

Different view of top

Different view of top



Claire gave me some good tips for adding the back fabric, (thanks Claire) for using lots of pins but I still was unsure if I could manage the narrow seam, while turning…sooo, I Googled a YouTube demo of the actual machining and turning.  Excellent – but for my next one I’ll leave a slightly wider seam.  Just in case of mishaps I machine reinforced the corners.

The pincushion needs to be Really firm, filled especially in the corners.

The centre top pic is close to real colours- except for the yellow middle, which should look like the green below.

Here’s the link I used to actually see how the back is attached to the front.  So much easier watching than reading instructions.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | January 10, 2016

Biscornu again

I completed the outer ring with 2 strands of variegated DMC in Chainstitch.  I also filled in any outer bare trellis bits.  It fools the eye a bit as it’s not regular.  Only one quarter should be seen at any time when the back is on and padded.

I’d far rather repair stitching than try to keep photos and text where I originally place them in WordPress.  most annoying to have them jump around.  I’ll try again.

Now the photo on the right…grrrr NO, it’s now below, and is the one I began with.

You can see that I had brushed the fabric with a little water but obviously had not ironed it dry enough.  When I painted the rose shaded tips it ran past the line.  There are 2 choices for repairing.  I can re-paint the creamy sections or I can embroider over the dye-runs.  I’ll wait until I complete the current biscornu before deciding.

Wonky lines are easily covered by embroidery stitches such as Chain, Buttonhole, Feather stitch.   You can find many tutorials for many stitches at

The deep yellow around the centre is the way to go when painting then bristle pushing to the outer parts with a little water to spread and tone down.  The brushes I used were Nos 1, 3 and 4 round.

Now to read up on connecting the front to back.  Fingers crossed.

Finished outline

Finished outline

Paint bleed

Paint bleed

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