Wednesday, 26 August 2009

A little bit of Needlepoint and a couple of stitchery blocks

This is my Alla Turca Sampler that I finished quite a few weeks ago. Everyone else on the Stitchers Heaven group I belong to have been putting their pics up since the beginning of August, when I finished mine, but I have been a bit lackadaisical lately. What with school holidays( and they are still not over until Sept3), then a 'holiday', and then having to take things easy because of extremely high blood pressure, I just haven't had the energy to get and do everything. Hopefully now the doctor has sorted me out.

A little bit of Needlepoint
This lovely little pattern I found on the Danybrod blog before she stopped offering freebie patterns because of some unscrupulous person taking liberties.

The original pattern is for a needlecase, and this was the pattern for the back. However, I have stitched this 1 over 1 on 22 ct evenweave which has made the design small enough to make a scissors fob with. I thought at a later date I will make the needlecase to go with it. Threads were DMC, and fine Spirelli metalic thread which I worked the crown in.
My WIP which is an old SAL

I have been wanting to do this pattern for a long time, as I kept seeing it made into beautiful haberdashery boxes, on the French blogs. I eventually tracked it down, and found that it was an old SAL called SAL Couture, and was originally designed by Fannyandco. I still have quite a few more squares, and embellishments to make before I have finished. I have also found that the simplest looking designs are more difficult to do than complicated looking ones as with this piece. I got in a real pickle with the box that has the little lady with a needle and thread in it, as it had cross-stitched lace all around the inside of the box. After frogging about 6 times, I gave up, and added a piece of old lace above the lady instead. As you will see when I have finished there will be other notions added to this lovely little sampler. If you wish to stitch the same, then click on the link, which takes you to a complimentary pattern page.


Designing my own stitchery blocks.....

A couple of weeks ago I got up really early while everyone was still in bed, and thought, I can design my own stitchery blocks.... you see I like Primitives......

Would you believe how hard it is to draw Primitive when you are able to paint and draw properly....... I sat there trying and trying, but it all came out very wobbly as if I had ,had a tipple or two. I then got to thinking, think like a child.... and I think it worked. I started off with these two stitcheries below which I took off my drawings with a lightbox, and an embroidery transfer pen.

Because of these I was on a roll, and I have designed a number of themed patterns which if I knew how to market them in large quantities or in a simple manner, then I would sell them like many other people do.


  1. Dawn, I love your AT and your "primitive" patterns! WTG - great job. Your French SAL is so pretty, too - all of your projects look great!

  2. My goodness you have been busy. Everything is beautiful. I especially love the french SAL one. And your own design is sweet.

  3. Your Alla Turca Sampler is looking wonderful. Love the stitchery blocks as well, especially the hills and sheep one as it reminds me of somewhere we took the kids in June.

  4. Lovely finishes Dawn and I love your designs.

  5. Hey, Dawn, it's so nice to see a new post! I just LOVE your blog!! Your primitive designs are WONDERFUL!! I'm in awe of your abilities! I also think your Alla Turca is beautiful. Thanks for the "tour" and I hope you are feeling better. Take good care of yourself! *Hugs* DJ

  6. Your stitching is so pretty! All of it! And I love your primitive designs. They are so cute!