Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 16, 2016


Pinfob back

Pinfob back

Pinfob front

Pinfob front

The front of the fob was created by Donna and Jean and I added the detached lace flowers and foliage

The back is my own work.

This goes with the previous post of the bookcover and completes my mini RR in the Southerncrosscrazies group.

Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 14, 2016

Crazy Quilting

This year the Southern Cross Crazies ran a Mini Round Robin to make a Pin fob, Scissor keep and Glasses case.  On return of my pieces I decided that the work by Donna and Jean was too nice to hide when making a scissor keep, so I joined the two 6″ blocks and made a book cover instead.  I think I may make samplers of embroidery to place inside the book cover.         I have yet to make the pinfob.

Fabric book cover



Work by Donna on the back cover is the goldwork umbrella- prettier than my camera shot- the 3 thread seams and lace/pearls and silk ribbon flowers.  The pink rose and leaf beads are mine and all other lovely additions are by Jean, who, knowing I loved the floral heart she added to a previous block, made one for this block.

Donna added the blue scalloped seam and the triangular patch with 2 seams and the posy of flowers.  Jean’s additions were the silk ribbon bow, clusters of tiny beads, lace motifs and bee and I filled in the remaining spaces.

Front cover



Posted by: Crazyqstitcher | July 10, 2016

Something to blog about, at last.

I have not embroidered very much since the group overseas closed but I have been busy in the garden and making some toys for our latest Grand + GG children.   5 under 3yo.  It must be 15 or more years since I knitted anything.

My first toy is a Knubbelchen doll which Mary Anne posted about in her Blog  The Originator used wool for the project but suggested that cotton might be used for very young children.  The legs and arms were knotted but as the cotton was too firm to knot, I have stuffed the hands/feet a little and tied them off.  Only the head is stuffed, the body flat.   I am pleased with the result and also how the variegated wool worked itself into stripes.  Fairly even, hey?  It is longer than the woolen version.  Mine is about 33cm.


Next I made a pair of Mice.  These were so easy I made each one in only a few hours.  These are 13cm tall.  The pattern came from a Family Circle doll book I’ve owned for 30 years.  Made with 4ply knitting cotton.  I may make a similar set later that have their own sleeping bag.

A pair of Mice






And lastly I made 5 felt Bunnies, which are about 19cm tall.  These too, were found on Mary Anne’s Magpie’s Mumblings

Little Bunnies


It didn’t matter that 2 have the same skirt as they will be going to different families.  The male Bunny has a grey tie-  even recalled how I knotted my own school tie.


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.



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