Charlie and the cushion

I started painting for the first time in ages this morning. I’d stumbled upon CreationsCeeCee on YouTube and was inspired to get my paints out and dabble (as above). Cats and the vet Jess has had some problems recently and was having a follow-up exam. Turns out she has diabetes and is now on insulin.…

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Bees, Buttonholes and Bullions

I finally got a shot of a red-bottomed bee.  These little red bums are very industrious and barely sit still. They’re triple F’s:  Fierce, Fit and Fabulous. Suits these little furry firebums perfectly. Hover flies enjoy the Hebes, too.: I’ve been practicing a couple of new embroidery stitches: Bullion and the Open Buttonhole stitch. One…

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Octagonal Pincushion

I had a large stash of fabric so made a quick pincushion. The original pattern for the pincushion had a circular base and top but attaching the sides to circles was too frustrating to be bothered with.   I made a quick octagonal template in Illustrator and fitted the sides to octagonal top and base.…

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Appliqued, hand-embroidered cushion

Today I finished making a second little cushion. It’s got lots of hand-embroidered stitches, beads, buttons and wooly bits.  It’s  approximately 12″ x 12″ and has a feather-filled cushion filler inside and is deliciously plump and squashy. It’s made from pink wool-rich Tweedy fabric with a funky floral design cotton material over the top. Finally,…

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Applique, hand-embroidered Happy Hares cushion

Am thoroughly enjoying hand embroidery and made up a small, decorative cushion for a rocking chair. Am not yet experienced or proficient enough to try bigger expanses of stitches but used Satin stitch, French Knots and Seed stitch here and there. The appliqué scene is mounted on a medium-weight linen panel (with light-weight interfacing on…

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