Monday 30 December 2019

Floral Finch Cushion

At the beginning of June this year I went to the Farnham Maltings festival of textiles - Thread.  So many lovely things to choose from, so along with some lovely buttons I bought myself a cross stitch kit to make a cushion.

I've used aida before, but never linen, so I was a little nervous, but I loved the look of it so had to have a go.  The kit was from bobostitch and had everything I could possibly want including a little booklet explaining all the stitches and how to read the pattern etc.
Once I got started it was really straight forward, so I've just been plugging away at it in between all the other things that have been going on.

While I loved the cross stitch I didn't enjoy the outlining so much.  However the finished cushion looks amazing and I'm so pleased with it.  It sits very nicely with my chicken cushion in the big arm chair.

It's a lovely way to finish the year, and I'm looking forward to deciding what project to start 2020 with.

Saturday 14 December 2019

A Pair of Bears

This summer I met up with some old friends who I haven't seen for ages.  
One of them bought her 2 little boys, Dylan and Franklyn, with her.  I'm not really a kids sort of person, but I was really impressed with them.  They were very well behaved considering they had had quite a journey to get to us and then had to sit with 5 ladies that they didn't know, talking about boring adult stuff.

So I decided to knit them a pair of Herman bears.  I choose 2 dark colours as I know what can happen with a loved toy and I don't want them to be put away and not played with because they 'might get dirty'. 

To try and make the noses a bit better I used triangles of felt.  Better than my other attempts but still not quite right.
I sent them off this week.  I hope they will arrive in time for Christmas and they like them.