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Embroidery for the Nook

Made for my son’s nursery school for their wee den ‘The Nook’. The colours in the room are black and lime green so that is where I started my colour palette too. The lettering is in stem stitch and satin stitch (I also outlined the black letters). The flowers are spiderwebs / wagon wheels with fishbone stitch leaves. The hoop is 10 inch which allowed me to create the design on an A4 piece of paper. I used a water soluble pen to trace the design before adding a second layer of fabric to start the stitching. All the thread is 6 strands of floss and I can’t give you colour numbers as I don’t have any.

embroidered sign for the nook - little grey hedgehog


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Project bags and dpn holders

Whilst supervising the toddler and her big brother outside this weekend I managed to cut out and sew together two project bags and four dpn holders. Our dining room (where my desk is) has double doors into the garden and Pixie has now decided outside is the place to be. Previously she had refused to touch the outside world despite being perfectly happy out of the house.

These are both what I would call medium bags but maybe the sheep one is actually large. I have heaps of little (100g) project bags but not nearly as many bigger ones. These were both sized to make the most out of fat quarters. I had enough of the sheep fabric to make two dpn holders (big enough for 8 inch ones) as well as the wide bag. This is a wider version than I normally make but it looks like it will be a useful size for a smaller sweater project. Wee Man helped me decide on green snaps for the holders so that the sheep had some grass to eat. I happened to have one sheep charm so had to use that for the zipper pull.

The exploding tardis bag is narrower and taller but left enough for two dpn holders (a bit smaller) and a tiny wee notions pouch (no picture). These are lined in a strong yellow and we picked yellow snaps to match. The zipper pull contains one yellow swirly heart and a sparkly dark blue one.

project bags - little grey hedgehog

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FO: Embroidery Sampler

Finished, framed and on the wall.

I’m super happy with how this has come out.

Dropcloth sampler - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Sampler from Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer (on Amazon here)

Threads: a mixed bag of 100 I purchased cheaply, the threads are good but I have no idea of how the colours match up to DMC or Anchor (or others).



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FO: Sewaholic Granville in Tana Lawn

I enjoyed making my last Granville shirt and so kept my eyes out for fabric for another. I ended up purchasing 2m of Liberty Tana Lawn in Pereira from Ebay late last year. This is the last of the projects I cut out just after Christmas and I’m pleased to have finished it up. This is a much lighter fabric than the poplin I used last time but it has come out well. I made no modifications to the pattern and managed to get the whole thing sewn with a single bobbin of thread – I didn’t realise until later but the last buttonhole finished the bobbin completely. I love the colours and hope to wear it a lot once I stop nursing Pixie.

Granville by Sewaholic in Liberty Tana Lawn Pereira - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Granville by Sewaholic

Fabric: Liberty Tana Lawn in Pereira < 2m

Thread: Gutermann Sew All in 232

Notions: interfacing, 11 1cm buttons

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FO: Polka dot hat

There were two whole days of spring in a row at the beginning of the week so I hunted down the kids sunhats. Hobbit’s still fits, Wee Man’s is snug but will do for a bit longer and I couldn’t find the one that should fit the Pixie. Oliver and S bucket hat pattern and leftover fabric to the rescue.

Oliver and S bucket hat - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Oliver and S bucket hat (free download) in size S (she’s measuring 18.5″)

Fabric: leftover purple and polka dots

Modifications: I stitch together two hats then join them leaving a gap at the brim. Turn them in the right way then topstitch the brim.

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Two years ago I put Rebecca Ringquist’s Embroidery Workshops: A Bend-the-Rules Primer on my wishlist for Christmas ideas. Husband bought it for me for this past Christmas. It sat for a bit while I thought about colours then I picked up 100 skeins of embroidery thread in random colours as a pack on Amazon which gave me plenty of options to do it in a rainbow of colours. I started with blue running stitches and have since moved on to green back stitches. I didn’t have a good place to store it so it ended up sitting on my desk and being shuffled around as I needed space so I started looking for bag ideas. I found this pattern on Craftsy which seemed like the perfect style but needed sizing up to fit a 6″ hoop in the top section. Slight modification to the pattern piece later and I had two bags cut out. They were fast to put together and the clear vinyl only stuck a little bit to the machine as I stitched it (mostly I could have the fabric pieces down). I made two inverted versions from a pair of fat quarters. I could have squeezed the binding for the top pocket out of the fat quarters too but chose to use bias binding scraps instead. I managed to have perfectly coloured zips, thread and snaps to match in my sewing drawer which was super handy. It fits really well and means it’s a bit more portable as I can tuck a few bobbins or skeins in the zip pocket along with a thread cutter and take it about. 

Embroidery pouch - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Peek-a-Boo Pouch by SewCanShe free on Craftsy

Materials: Two fat quarters (half a fat quarter for each side), clear vinyl, 10″ plus zippers, thread, one snap per pouch – I used Kam Snaps and snap setter.

Modifications: Added an inch to each side of the pattern piece and re-drew the top curve to match, added two inches to the bottom. Clear vinyl pieces became 7″ by 10″. Used bais tape for the binding piece – need 10″.

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FO: Pink Ombre Party Dress

This dress was a thought for the March school dance some time ago, then last week I realised that the dance is actually now and not a week or two away. So rapid cutting out, acquisition of matching thread and sewing ensued and we have a finished dress with satisfactory pouffiness and twirl in the skirt. Plus my first invisible invisible zipper.

Pink Ombre Party dress from Simplicity 8182 - little grey hedgehog

Pattern: Simplicity 8182 view B (without belt) in size 6

Fabric: three pink silks? from Oma’s stash

Thread: Gutermann in 662, 663 and 733

Notions: 15″ invisible zipper and invisible zipper foot

Modifications: Added a lining to the skirt in the yoke fabric, attached after zipper insertion but before slip-stitching the bodice lining down. Additional slip-stitching around the lower part of the zip. (Instructions from knitstar)

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