Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Chain Stitch

Hi everyone,

how are you coping with the weather?  Our days have still been dry, but not too!!

As I mentioned in my last  post ,  this post is to show you how I did my chain stitch.   The first three pics here, show a basic chain stitch........



......this is where chain stitch can vary......

.............for a flower petal , insert the needle close to the outside of the loop as shown below........  

.....for a continual chain stitch,

..........see where the needle came up through the fabric in the picture above.......pull the stitch tight,  then insert the needle back down through the fabric close to where the thread came up (inside the loop), and use this as the start of your next chain.   

Continue the above step until you are happy with the length of your row of chain stitches  :)

If  the description for the row of chain doesn't make sense, I apologise big time!   Please, write in via comments, or email to let me know,  and I will try to do better on another post  :)  

Happy stitching,  Jenny

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Stitches I used for my Redwork Project.....

Hi everyone, I hope your day has been a good one.

In this post, I am continuing  My Embroidery Journey  .  In the first post, I mentioned some of the stitches I used.

Admittedly, we all have to start somewhere...... and I am not trying to say my way is the right way, or the wrong way .....but here are my instructions.......


........continually threading needle in and out of fabric.


........similar to straight stitch, but bring needle up, and go back.....

.......then bring needle up ahead of last time.

STEM  STITCH similar to straight stitch, but bring needle up so that stitches overlap a bit.

I have also used a version of chain stitch, but it includes a number of photos, so will leave that for another post.

I hope my pics are helpful to someone.....apologies if adding to the confusion  :)

Happy crafting,  Jenny

Friday, June 18, 2010

Tins finale......and.....the start of 'My Embroidery Journey'

Hi everyone,

I hope you have been having a great time crafting lately.  I thought I would share my embroidery journey with you, now I have filled you in on the contents of the tins.

From here on in, I will refer to these posts as 'My Embroidery Journey' .

As mentioned in an earlier post, I have been working on this doily with red thread, and stem stitch.......

........I have used a version of chain stitch on the edges of the gumnut blossoms.........all that is left to stitch, is the centre of the blossoms, but as yet, I haven't discovered which stitch would be best to use....!!

I have already commenced on the 2nd half of this duchess set, so will show pics of that soon.  Unfortunately, the centrepiece had some holes, so I making good use of this piece to practice my stitiches....not necessarily the right stitch for where I use it, but we have to start somewhere :)  

I look at craftwork this way.....who can say what is the right way, and what is the wrong way?  As long as you enjoy what you are doing, keep it up!  We all have 'nightmare' pieces lurking in the backs of cupboards of our very first attempt at    

Remember, every piece is an original!   :)    

 Happy crafting,  Jenny

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Time for a commercial break.......

Hi everyone,  hope you are all well.

For those of you who are familiar with my blog, you know I mainly 'chat' about something I have made, or used as backdrops, but it has been an exciting day at the shop today, and worth the mention here........

.......I know it's not handmade, but imagine where it could lead to.......

........the ideas are endless.......over 500 fat 1/4's to choose from......

.........and no, I haven't chosen any for

......thank you to  Margaret  from Patchwork Avenue (Childers) ,  for your helpful guidance.  

Well, that's the commercial back to some sewing of old projects....not new!!!!

Happy crafting,  Jenny    :)

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Tins part 4

Hi everyone,

I hope your weekend is going well.....

.....'yep'......I'm back to the :)

This one contained most of the threads...........some were already matched to doilies.........

The bottom of the tin has W. Allen & Co. embossed into the tin.  Given the picture on the lid,  I thought it might have been a 'Quality Street' tin.

The last tin I'm assuming had biscuits, given the size of it...........


   ............or someone was v....eryyy close to chocolate!!

You will be glad to know this is the last of the for the doilies......that's another post...!!

Enjoy your week, and happy crafting,  Jenny :)

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Continuing my KITCHEN theme......

Hi everyone,

I thought I might continue with a kitchen theme, given my last couple of posts, and share with you some sites I like to visit for recipes, and anything 'kitchen' .....except washing!!!!

A lot of the cooking magazines nowadays are from the same publishig house, and share ONE website for their recipes.  I have signed on as a member, and receive newsletters about  recipes , and food related items .  I have also started saving them in my own recipe book on the site, so you don't have to save them to your computer.

I enjoy  old fashioned recipes , and this blog is a lovely one for recipes, and reminiscing.  While on the subject of reminiscing, you might also like to visit this website,  I'm not giving you hints what it is.......but you probably use it a lot with ice   :)

For the diet conscious, you might like this website which is related to a television show.   For the REALLY diet conscious, this one is a must for's calorie!!!!

Okay, I think that is enough for now.  I do have some more sites I can mention down the track if you are interested.  I hope you all enjoy them as much as I do.

Happy crafting/cooking,  Jenny

Monday, June 7, 2010

Casserole Covers

Hi, everyone.....

I hope you have all had a lovely weekend.  

I seem to be having a KITCHEN theme going at the moment with my posts.   I have just finished making some casserole covers........

These are handy when taking a dish to a party/function
This cover will fit either a round or a rectangular casserole dish
(A casserole dish is not included in the price)

.......these are handy when taking a casserole to a function.    The cover will fit a round casserole dish, or a rectangular one.

I sell them for $25.00 each, plush postage and handling.  This particular colour has sold, but I have more colours available here .  Just a reminder, the dish is not included in the price.

Happy crafting,  Jenny

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Update on pot holders.....

Hi everyone,

I hope your week has been going well.  I am writing this post to let you know, I have sold the two pot holders with the mixed vege print (no. 2 and 4 in the group pic.)   I have now got them on my 'to do'!!

Thank you to everyone for your comments.  I do appreciate them and answer them all.....eventually  :)  I sometimes save my replies to send a 'newsy' letter from time to time.

Bye for now, and Happy crafting,  Jenny

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Pot Holders

Hi, how are you all?

It's certainly had that start of winter feel lately, hasn't it?  Time to start thinking of soups, casseroles, stews, etc.

On the craft side of things, I have been making some   Pot Holders.......

These are $7.50 each, plus postage and handling.  Click here for individual pictures of the pot holders.

Happy crafting,  Jenny