Sunday, 15 July 2012

It's Happy Dancing here

Last night while watching Midsomer Murders  I finished these three.
The first Christmas ornament for the nieces and nephews. 

This one is for my niece H and her partner L (whoever would have guessed!).   Those tiny bells don't actually make any sound but do look festive.   You can't see the fine black ribbon I used as a hanger -  sorry.  As none of the nieces and nephews have large Christmas trees this year they are getting a "back-to-back" flat finish which shouldn't take up too much space.   Hope they like them.  
Today it is pouring with rain and really dark although it's only 4pm so these photos are not great although they were taken on my fully lighted balcony.    Apologies all.
The second is the mitten which was stitched ages ago and has been sitting patiently waiting to be completed. 

I stuffed this gently with a little dacron fibre filling and edged it with finger knitted cord.   I am happy with this one which will go on my tree.
And finally a small but elegant fragrance pouch.  

I orginally saw a photo of something like this on a blog somewhere so decided to try and imitate.  I have stuffed the velvet base with lavender.   The top is a scrap of 32 count linen and is stitched in four sided stitch, star eyelets and buttonhole stitch.   The hanger is finger knitting cord.  Only small but such fun - apart from making tiny tassels.  This whole thing is about two thirds the size of a golf ball.   I rather like the idea of using up small scraps of linen so bought sufficient of the polyester velvet to make more of these.  Don't you think they would sell rather well at our Embroiderer's Guild exhibition in September?
Tonight there is nothing enticing on the TV so the HDHBEM and I will be listening to an audio book -  she will finish the small mauve cardigan for my cousins new baby and I will try and finish a small hardanger piece which is hopefully to become a pocket flap.   What's that do I hear you say?   Well watch this space and hopefully all will be revealed.   I do have the latest Val McDermid book so that may tempt me from my hardanger.  We shall see.
Have a great week everyone.


  1. I think your little fragrant pouch is just lovely. I'm sure they would be very popular at your Guild. I think the way you stitched the top is very effective.

  2. What lovely finishes :-)
    I wish i could listen to audio books, i have tried several times but i find my mind begins to wander after a while - I'm a member of 'Love Film' and when there is nothing on TV i catch up on old series i missed first time around, which reminds me, Midsommer Murders is on there, i might catch some of those this afternoon :-)

    Have a good week x

  3. Adorable ornaments, great idea about bells!
    And this lavender mini-bag is soooo cute!


  4. You are so talented to be able to stitch the fragrant pouch from seeing the picture of the Elegant Emery. I think it should be very popular at your guild.