Long time, no updates, but I can assure you all, gentle readers, that I have been stitching away. I just haven’t had the time to take nice pictures to share with you! But now that’s changed and I am proud to present one of my recent finishes, this fun pineapple cross stitch.
I wanted to use some of my large collection of variegated and metallic threads, so I made up this pattern to use them up! I love the juicy yellows and oranges!
I also used the gold metallic thread (from DMC) to make a checkerboard pattern all over the fruit part, and framed it in a gold-painted hoop. Oh so shiny!
I covered up the back with this green and white printed cotton from a fat-quarter pack I got at Joann.
Both the pattern & the finished cross stitch can be had on Etsy. Click here for the pattern, and here for the finished hoop!
About two weeks ago I spent the day making some cute and useful zippered pouches out of fat quarters. I learned how to make these pouches from this Design Sponge tutorial and they are really so simple that I think anyone who can thread a sewing machine can make them, too. It was so fun picking out fat quarters from the quilt shop to use. Here’s what I made:
If you don’t want to make your own bags, you can buy the ones pictured above in my etsy shop. Supplies are limited (at least until I order more of that adorable cat print)!
I cut my fabric into rectangles that were 9 by 6 inches (22.9 by 15.2 cm). At that size, two fat quarters will give you 3 lined bags, or 6 unlined bags, with very little waste. Two whole yards of fabric would yield 12 bags — that’s a lot of bags, but I have found infinite uses for them. Pencil cases, holding sewing and cross stitching supplies, bags for toiletries and makeup, &c. What would you keep in a little pouch like these?
Good news, everyone, I’ve joined Etsy! Click here to browse the PDX-Stitch shop on Etsy. I will be putting some digital cross stitch patterns up, and they will stay available at my Craftsy store, too. More importantly, I’ll be offering completed stitched pieces like my Malcolm Tucker cross stitch, for those of you without the time or inclination to stitch yourself. I will also be offering sewing and needlecraft supplies.
Even better, now through August 31, 2015 you can get $5 off a $20 purchase with the coupon code GRANDOPENING!
And if any readers want to open an Etsy store, use this link and we’ll both get forty (40!) listings for free, which at 20¢ per listing is a pretty good deal.