Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Hi everyone.
I am really worried about doing this!
I have been sitting on it for quite a while now, unsure whether it will make sense to others or not!

For any newcomers, welcome to my attempt at Chicken Scratch Stitching.
I have made this into a tutorial to hopefully encourage others to give it a try, but I definitely don't claim to be an expert at it... this has been my first attempt, and I thought others might like to see what I learned along the way.  I don't intend to tell you right from wrong, but hopefully the illustrations will explain the saying goes - 'a picture says a thousand words'.  This comes in handy when words may not always make sense!

I won't show you the end result yet, as your finished design will depend on your fabric.... please bear with me on this, and I will explain more as we go.

Traditionally white thread is
used, and one colour to match your
gingham fabric, however to
illustrate things step by step, I have used more than one colour.
My fabric piece is approximately
25cm x 56 cm, then hemmed.

The squares  ( brown and white
in this case) are approximately
1/4 inch each.
I have designed my sampler 
around the number of squares.

You can use any piece of gingham you like, and adapt the pattern to your fabric.

I will leave you now to
sort out your fabric and threads, and
will start the stitching in the next 'stitch-along' post.

Let me know if you are happy to join in!
I'd love to hear what you think :)

For those of you who have come across this at a later date, I will add links below for you to continue each stage at your own pace....

Lesson 2.....

Lesson 3.....

Lesson 4.....

Final lesson.....

Happy crafting,  Jenny

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Reading Material.....

Hi everyone, I hope you are managing
to keep warm!!

I have just finished reading. . .

Mortal Friends by
Jane Stanton Hitchcock

Wow!  Just when you think
you have narrowed down the
suspects, you find you guessed wrong...
it was someone you hadn't
even considered!

Let me know what
you think  :)

Happy reading,  Jenny

Friday, May 25, 2012

No visitors on my last
You'll be kicking yourself if you missed it for your Biggest Morning Tea!!!

It's a lovely one for crafters to promote the cause :)

Happy crafting, Jenny

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jenny's Jaunts.....

Anytime is time good
for a cuppa. . .
but especially this time of year. . . 

If you tend to ignore the links I put on my 'Jenny's Jaunts' posts, I think you will appreciate this one.... if not for yourself, for someone else who could find it useful.

Best wishes, and happy crafting,  Jenny

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Jenny's Jaunts.....

Hi everyone, I hope your week is
going well :)

It's been a while since I have done a 'Jaunt', and feel one is very long overdue, so here goes......

For anyone not familiar with Jenny's Jaunts, they are my way of letting others know what I have found on the 'net'.  I try to keep these 'jaunts' light, and sometimes informative , because out there in 'Blogland' there is a lot to see, and 'craft' can cover many projects .    

Some of my 'jaunts' in the past may have seemed puzzling, and then there was the trouble of transport, and whooo to visit on these 'jaunts', but if you have clicked on any of the links so far, you will have a fair idea of what they are about :)

Now that I am nearing the end of this post, I feel I am back on the road to doing more jaunts, so 'buckle up'... .. I hope you enjoy the ride...let me know which link you enjoyed :)

Thanks for dropping by, and happy crafting,  Jenny

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well.  We have had a touch of winter mornings this week, so maybe time to do some stitching..... here are more images from the Ingalls collection.

Untitled 52

Untitled 64

Untitled 67

Happy crafting,  Jenny

Monday, May 14, 2012

What a week!!!
I hope everyone had a lovely Mothers Day yesterday :)

Would you believe, I have been nominated for a blog award by the lovely Pam!  

I am overwhelmed and have left a sincere thank you comment on her blog, but thank you again, Pam :)

I am only saying nominated at this stage, because this particular award is only awarded to blogs with less than 200 followers, and in the hope that I pass it onto  five other blogs...... I will let you know soon who I have passed this award onto, and then I can add it to my sidebar :)

In the meantime, happy crafting,  Jenny

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Hi everyone, I hope
you are having a good week.
Winter is trying to sneak in up here, and another month is upon us..... might like to add this to your sidebar......

Happy crafting,  Jenny