Monday, 21 April 2014

774 - Mothers Gifts

So alongside the bridesmaid gifts for the wedding, I also decided to make something to put in with the gifts for both Donald's and my Mum. One of my many Enjoy Cross Stitch kits was themed around English country garden, so I decided to make a little cross stitch hoop for each of them.

Wedding craft

Wedding craft

I love these patterns so much. The colours are just lovely and there was hardly any back stitch, which as you may know, it always a huge plus point for me. I still have a little frame left, so I might make the last one for myself.

Saturday, 19 April 2014

773 - Bridesmaid Gifts

After about a year and a half of planning and talking about pretty much nothing else, our wedding is over! It's quite sad to think that's it all done, but obviously it's amazing to actually be married and not have to worry about anything wedding related anymore! Apart from thank you notes and changing my name. Eek!

Last week I gave my lovely bridesmaids a necklace with their initial on it to wear to the wedding, but as the wedding was woodland themed, I wanted to pop a little something handmade and fitting to the theme in there as well. I had a kit I received from my sister-in-law (check me!) a little while ago for making various little felt owls, so decided to make each bridesmaid an owl keyring.

Wedding craft

Wedding craft

Wedding craft

They all loved them, and were very impressed I had made them myself, which is always nice to hear. Plus I still have enough left in the kit to make another two little owl cuties for another occasion!

Monday, 14 April 2014

771 - Embroidered brooches

It was my friend and bridesmaid Cat's birthday last month, and I decided to make a little something handmade to pop in with her main present. I found a little embroidered button kit I had got free with Mollie Makes quite some time ago, and decided to make her a little set of brooches.

The kit came with red, pink and blue thread, but I decided to use some mini patterns from Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection instead of the ones included in Mollie Makes. I settled on a little ladybird, cupcakes and toad stool.

Embroidered buttons

Embroidered buttons

Embroidered buttons

Embroidered buttons

I've made covered buttons before, but only cross stitched ones, which meant the fabric was quite thick and hard to push into place. These were a lot easier because the linen from the kit was quite thin.

I then attached some safety pins through the small holes in the back so they can be worn like brooches.

I really want to make a whole set of these for myself and replace normal buttons on a jacket or something with them. And another free kit down. Woo!

Saturday, 12 April 2014

770 - Breaking Bad Cross Stitch

As this post goes up, I will be more than likely getting ready for and/or freaking out about the fact I'm getting MARRIED TODAY! Holy cow! Post-wedding I'm sure there will be lots of posts on bits and pieces about the big day, but for now, let's look at something I started a shamefully long time ago.

Ages ago on Twitter my friend Lee asked if I could make him a Breaking Bad cross stitch he had seen on the internet. I had a quick look on Etsy, and there were a few different patterns of the same quote. We decided on one from this shop (though the exact patter doesn't seem to be listed anymore. Bummer.) and I got to work.

It took me a shamefully long time to complete this. I bought the pattern in December and only finished it a few weeks ago, but I promised I would have it done for him moving back to Edinburgh, which I did. But still!

Anyway, here it is, in all it's glory. Even though I don't watch Breaking Bad myself, I love how this turned out. It's so pretty to look at.

Breaking Bad cross stitch

Breaking Bad cross stitch

Breaking Bad cross stitch

I'm annoyed it looks a little squint when I framed it, but it appears to be the aida that's wonky and not my framing. I framed it with some lovely floral fabric to give it a granny sampler feel, despite what the quote says!

This pattern was lovely to do, even though it seemed to take forever to get the words done. No back stitch too, which is always a plus!