Tag Archives: cross stitch

Cross Stitch Keepsakes

16 Oct

As you saw from yesterday’s post, we had a lot of talented people involved in our wedding day. Not to be outdone, a couple of the guests got in on the act two with some very thoughtful handmade wedding cards.

This one was made by one of the female ushers who adapted this Mario Brothers design to match our colour scheme. A perfect choice what with Mr Monster’s love of computer games and a good match for his Mario inspired tattoos.

This one was stitched by the lovely Amy of Purple Thread Designs in the snatched moments between caring for her new baby, and includes the inscriptions Mr Monster and I have inside our wedding rings.

They got the seal of approval from Tilly too!

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New Year – New Skill?

13 Jan

For me, 2012 is the year that I focus HARD on improving my technical sewing skills. I want to start dressmaking, both following patterns and learning to make patterns of my own to create one of a kind designs. I figure that clothing could be a whole new direction for me and will also translate to my monster making to broaden the scope of what I can come up with.

It’s pretty exciting being on the brink of learning something new and I keep finding myself daydreaming about what I might be capable of after a few lessons and a bit of practice.

So what about you lot fabric fans? I’d love to hear about what you are planning for the year ahead and what you dream of creating.

If you find yourself stuck for ideas, why not find a workshop to attend? It’s a great way of getting a taster of a skill to see if it is something you want to pursue, and an excellent way to make links with like-minded people. For you Bristol based lovelies, Cox and Baloney run regular craft workshops with unlimited tea and cake in their beautiful vintage teashop. Have a bash at cross stitch on Jan 25th with Purple Thread Designs. Forget those stuffy old images of flowers and teddy bears, cross stitch has moved on and you might find yourself stitching Star Wars characters and VW campervans!

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

14 Nov

I had a lovely little package in the post today. Last month I signed up for a handmade christmas decoration exchange. A great idea dreamt up by Emma Metcalf, the brains behind the excellent online magazine The Craft Tonic.

So what is the exchange all about? Everyone who signed up was given the address of a fellow crafter to make a festive decoration for. I love the crafting world! Where else would you receive a gift from a total stranger?

Anyway, my effort is currently winging it’s way to it’s new home and this morning I got to unwrap the one posted to me. It was made by Debby Leaper of ‘Sew Lovely’ and I LOVE it! so personal and festive. It will be cherished. Thanks so much Debby. x

Handmade Decoration