Stitching Goodies

Filed under: Crafts — Tags: , , — by heavenlyevil @ 10:01 pm on September 17, 2007

I’ve again participated in yet another cross-stitch exchange, this one autumn-themed. Now that my package has been received and my partner has gotten hers, I can show off what we’ve done.

Dasha sent me a lovely needlebook that I’ve been using non-stop since it arrived. It’s great. The colours are amazing, the fabric inside is also very fitting, and the size is perfect for the project I’ve been using it with. She also sent an adorable Russian doll keychain, and a very pretty card for my collection.

goodies

See how awesome! I wanted to make myself a needlebook a while ago, but after making my brother a wallet I learned sewing defeats me. I’ve got this one to do once I get some more practise sewing with stuff that I won’t worry about wrecking in the process.

Here’s a closeup of the whole pattern:

whole pattern

And a detail shot of the front:

front detail

I keep taking it out to look at and pet it. Dasha said she keeps doing the same with what I gave her. I’m glad we’re both happy.

I made her the Miniature Autumn Sampler by Teresa Wentzler (I know, I know, I’m obsessed) but turned it into the cover of a book. It’s attached in such a way that she can swap the cover onto a new book if she needs to, or take it off the backing completely for use as something else. Part of the requirement for this exchange was that we had to try new finishing techniques and the stuff online was boring so I made something up. Now, I forgot to take pictures but Dasha took some and gave me permission to use them, so here we are.

Here’s what the finished product looks like:

autumn sampler book

The detail shot of the fruit for those interested:

fruit detail

I did really like doing this piece. It was certainly much easier than my other two projects. Even though it’s a TW it didn’t induce the frustration that usually happens when I work on the others. I liked it so much I might do it again down the road. The pattern is not that costly and I have all the materials, so it’s likely. Of course, now I also want to do some of the freebies that I saw on her site, since they’d be detailed but easy as well.

3 Responses to “Stitching Goodies”

  1. Kathryn says:

    Ok so what don’t you do? You knit, spin and cross stitch. Maybe it’s good that you don’t sew! LOL. BTW there is a spinning guild in London as well!

    Nice meeting you last night

  2. Kathryn says:

    ooh! I do that with oranges and people think I’m weird all the time. I really don’t like the rind or the membrane.

  3. Joanna says:

    I saw your post over at TW’s blog, and I was wondering if, when you have some time, you could explain how you made the notebook cover. I LOVE that idea!