Monday, 22 May 2017

Surprise Freebie! 1st Century French Tile Floor Biscornu

It's Monday so not freebie day but sometimes it's nice to surprise people! A while back I saw a photo of a 1st Century tiled floor that was recently excavated in France and thought it would make an amazing biscornu so I made this pattern.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Friday Freebie: Power Flower Ornament

Sometimes the oddest things can lead to inspiration and end up as a pattern - this is one of those times. It all started with my bf having no power at his work and tweeting about it, me responding and saying I'd have a coffee for him and Vicki of the power company responding to that. It was a fun convo and set my thoughts on the right track to creating this little ornament - though it doesn't look much like power any more, it did when I started it.

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

WIP Wednesday

Last week I had a bit of fun doing some speciality stitches for the Vakje per week, This week it's back to cross stitch again - a lovely little pattern that was done in no time - especially as I was doing it in a box that's only 27 stitches square.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Journey: Day 9 - Is It The End?

Last time you saw this I'd just finished adding the dried river bed and I was considering the next bit to do. I stopped to get the Friday freebie and the usual Saturday Vakje per week made, which meant I got some time to consider what to do next.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Friday Freebie: Vines Squared

This week a pattern that will work very nicely with variegated threads - or with something shiny or just your normal threads!

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

WIP Wednesday

Last week saw the finish of a row of mini squares on my Vakje per week - this week sees the start of a row of slightly larger squares. The pattern was challenging, despite my love of Algerian eye stitches, as the directional change kept on throwing me off - and let me tell you that it's no fun ripping out tiny Algerian eyes!

Journey: Day 8

Having finished the roadworks on the left it was time to add that road on the right - or river as I mentioned yesterday. I had a think about things and it seemed to me that it would be more logical for the river to be dried up as this is a desert scene and if the river was a water filled one then there would be little point in having the choice of the oasis in the middle.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Journey: Day 7

When you saw this yesterday I'd started a road and like all roads this turned out to be quite the project. Aside from having to restrain myself not to make the split stitches in the edges far too big as I got closer to the edge of the image there was another challenge awaiting me.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Journey: Day 6

So last time you saw the embroidery it had just received sky and there was still a lot of surface to cover. I had a few days where I didn't work on this as I like to try and stitch up the Friday freebie when I can and I also want to keep up with the Vakje per Week that is released Friday night.

Friday, 5 May 2017

Friday Freebie: C-3PO Mini Biscornu

So yesterday was May the 4th - the yearly Star Wars celebration and as you may have seen I shared a pattern for BB-8 to help the celebration along a bit. I saw lots and lots of wonderful Star Wars pictures on Twitter and deviantArt and the one thing I thought of when seeing a picture of R2-D2 and C-3PO in the desert was that not that many people seem to realise that C-3PO isn't fully gold but actually has a silver leg.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

May the 4th - Extra Freebie Pattern

I was looking for this little chap earlier today thinking I'd already shared the pattern, I discovered I had not, but this is something that's easy to fix!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

WIP Wednesday

This is where I left off last week with the Vakje per week: just one box left to fill the row. Last week's pattern was fortunately a LOT easier to do, with the most difficult part being where to place the repeat.

Journey: Day 5

This is where I left off yesterday having ripped as I wrote the blog (not sure if that was clear from what I said yesterday), we shall not speak of the hill incident again.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Journey: Day 4

It's been a few days since I last worked on this, as predicted, but I got the deadline things done on time so it was worth it.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Journey: Day 3

Day 3: I plugged along doing the long and short stitch - got 3 more lots of thread in and not much seems to be done for all that thread.

Friday Freebie: Spider's Web and TUSAL

The end of this month and the beginning of the next mark the 6 months to Halloween point - so what better way to celebrate it than to have a quick little Halloween related pattern?

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Journey: Day 2

This is where I left off yesterday. With the kids home from school for the May holiday (yes I know... that's the Dutch for you hehe) I somehow don't get as much stitching done.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

WIP Wednesday and finishes

Here is a little reminder of where I was last week with the Vakje per week. This week I continued with the trend of small squares - very happily so as the pattern this week was a darning pattern and I have found that I'm not such a fan of doing them.

Journey: Day 1

Day 1: I decided that since I was going to have an oasis in the picture I may as well start with that.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Journey: A new project

All journeys start somewhere - this one started with the fabric. It wasn't always this colour - it used to be off white but with the help of some brown Dylon fabric paint it is now this lovely shade.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Freebie Friday: Jane Fob

This pattern was inspired by the mucha princess patterns Pinky the Pink has made, this one uses the colours of Jane which you can find here (if it hasn't sold out yet as it's a limited edition pattern). Pinky's etsy shop can be found here with more princesses and much, much more!

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

WIP Wednesday: The SAL's and non WIP's

Having realised I was running out of space faster than expected last week I started a row of smaller squares - this week I continued that on the opposite side as that way I'd be able to get more of the crowns in that were this week's pattern. My plan for this row is a row of 1 x 20 stitches square box , 2 x 19 wide by 20 high boxes and then finishing with a 1 x 20 stitch square box.

Monday, 17 April 2017

Easter Freebie 4: Mini Blackwork Box Pillow

Today is the last day of the Easter freebies, I hope you have enjoyed the patterns! Today's pattern is quite a large project for its small size - if you make the front, back and 4 side panels there is 451.27 inches of backstitching!

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter Freebie 3: Little Easter Flower Fob

Today's Easter freebie is a really tiny one! If stitched on 18ct Aida it's a mere 1 1/4" square! At just 22 stitches per side it's tiny no matter which size fabric you decide to use - 14ct Aida (or 28ct evenweave when done 2 over 2) would come in at not quite 1 2/3" square. It's a great fob size or even as a charm for on your bag or keys, or, if you can take the weight, it would do as an earring too!

Of course you can use any colour you like instead of the orange, I just happen to love the bright cheerfulness of orange but perhaps you'd prefer blue, purple or pink instead.

Finished using orange craft thread for the tassel and cord and TOHO seed beads TR-11-174 - Trans-Rainbow Lt Hyacinth

You can find the pattern here

Saturday, 15 April 2017

Easter Freebie 2: Rainbow Lattice

Welcome to day 2 of my Easter freebies weekend! Like the Surprise Freebie: Rainbow Hearts this pattern was made with the Facebook group Rainbows for Peace and Comfort in mind though of course anyone may stitch it if they want.

The central mostly open space is intended for the name of the person the square is being stitched for as there should be enough space above and below the heart to do so and as the pattern is smaller than the maximum size for the square there is also space on the outside for the name and state/country to be added in as well.

You can find the pattern here

I hope you enjoy this pattern and please do leave a message if you use this pattern! It would be fun to see your stitches :)

Friday, 14 April 2017

Friday Freebie (Part 1 of a weekend of freebies!) : Rapunzel Fob

This pattern was inspired by the mucha princess patterns Pinky the Pink has made, this one uses the colours of Rapunzel which you can find here (if it hasn't sold out yet as it's a limited edition pattern). Pinky's etsy shop can be found here with more princesses and much, much more!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

WIP Wednesday: The SAL's and More!

Having done those really big boxes last week on the Vakje per week I realised I needed to be more careful as it was only April and I am getting close to the half way mark of the fabric. So this week I went the opposite way - instead of dividing the width of the fabric in half after removing the 3 stitches I have between each box. I first removed 3 lots of 3 stitches and divided the rest into 4 to make 4 mini boxes. Unfortunately this did not create 4 equal boxes - I get 2 x 20 and 2 x 19 stitches wide - by 20 high. But it will work out as long as I keep them mirrored.

Saturday, 8 April 2017

Friday Freebie on a Saturday: Ariel Fob

This pattern was inspired by the Mucha princess patterns Pinky the Pink has made, this one uses the colours of Ariel which you can find here (if it hasn't sold out yet as it's a limited edition pattern). Pinky's etsy shop can be found here with more princesses and much, much more!

Thursday, 6 April 2017

WIP Wednesday - The SALs and more!

The nice thing about the Vakje per week SAL is that it's easy enough to spot the difference between one week and the next just by looking at the pictures. This week's pattern was simple but finding the easy path to use as little thread as possible without having to start and stop for every bit was a bigger challenge - I can't say I was fully successful but I did my best.

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Surprise Freebie: Rainbow Hearts

My friend Carla has been stitching squares for the FaceBook group Rainbows for Peace and Comfort which inspired me to think about what I could do to help as I have enough going on already that I don't feel that I can commit time to something like this myself. While doodling in the pattern maker, which I do when my mind needs to think while not stitching, this happened and I thought it would be perfect for the group.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Freebie Friday: Jasmine Fob

This pattern was inspired by the Mucha princess patterns Pinky the Pink has made, this one uses the colours of Jasmine which you can find here (if it hasn't sold out yet as it's a limited edition pattern). Pinky's etsy shop can be found here with more princesses and much, much more!

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

WIP Wednesday: The SAL's

As always I like to start with a photo of what things looked like last week so you can more easily see the progress made rather than having to go spot the difference between this post and last week’s post.

Friday, 24 March 2017

Freebie Friday: Esmeralda Fob

This pattern was inspired by the Mucha princess patterns Pinky the Pink has made, this one uses the colours of Esmeralda which you can find here (if it hasn't sold out yet as it's a limited edition pattern). Pinky's etsy shop can be found here with more princesses and much, much more!

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Friday, 17 March 2017

Freebie Friday: Anna Fob


This pattern was inspired by the Mucha princess patterns Pinky the Pink has made, this one uses the colours of Anna which you can find here (if it hasn't sold out yet as it's a limited edition pattern). Pinky's etsy shop can be found here with more princesses and much, much more!

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WIP Wednesday: SAL Updates

Last week I showed you my Vakje per Week which looked like this with the trees being the most recent addition to the embroidery. This week's pattern was lovely and easy and I was able to finish it on Saturday - the same day the pattern was released!

Friday, 10 March 2017

Freebie Friday: Bargallo Aurora Fob.

This is the A side of the fob.
This pattern was inspired by the Mucha princess patterns Pinky the Pink has made, this one uses the colours of Aurora which you can find here (if it hasn't sold out yet as it's a limited edition pattern). Pinky's etsy shop can be found here with more princesses and much, much more!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

WIP Wednesday: SAL updates

It's been a busy week for me and the weekend was even busier as my bf was over for the weekend! As a result I didn't get so much stitching done (I bet that was a surprise lol) but I did get some stitching done as my bf is wonderful and supportive. The first image is the Vakje per Week SAL as you saw it last week. Below you can see where I ended up this week.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

A late Friday Freebie: Belle Fob

This pattern was inspired by the Mucha princess patterns Pinky the Pink has made, this one uses the colours of Belle which you can find here (if it hasn't sold out yet as it's a limited edition pattern). Pinky's etsy shop can be found here with more princesses and much, much more!

Thursday, 2 March 2017

WIP Wednesday - The SAL's

So... having finished the giant shawl I was itching to get stitching, I picked up the raven I'd started last year which I'd set aside at exactly the half way point to do the shawl. The pattern itself Raven Spirit is one I found on Ravelry - not exactly the place you'd expect cross stitch patterns but I've found that tapestry crochet pattens work nicely for cross stitch too. The Floss is "Nevermore" by Jodyri Designs and the fabric is a bit of white Aida I had dyed with some orange Dylon paint. You can can see how to do that here.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Neglected Floss SAL


A couple of weeks ago I mentioned the SAL I'm hosting in the cross stitch group Stitching Pirates on deviantArt. The idea behind the SAL is to use up threads you have in your stash that either need using up or have never been used, perhaps because you don't know what to use it for or because it's a variegated, silk or metallic thread you have not yet dared to use on a bigger project. The patterns are generally small, though occasionally the patterns tessellate well and I then give a larger pattern as a bonus. Sometimes I make a biscornu pattern and include a back, which could be a front too!

Sunday, 26 February 2017

Another not very Fridayish Freebie: Elsa fob

I've been running around like a mother hen that's lost her chick for the past few days getting my 15 year old son ready for his trip to England for his international work experience trip and as such my blog post that I was planning for Friday became now. Although admittedly some of my downtime was spent stitching to de-stress hehe.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Friday Freebie: Tiana Fob


This pattern was inspired by the Mucha princess patterns Pinky the Pink has made, this one uses the colours of Tiana which you can find here (if it hasn't sold out yet as it's a limited edition pattern). Pinky's etsy shop can be found here with more princesses and much, much more!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

100 Colour shawl

This is the biggest thing I've ever crocheted, and the biggest number of colours I've used for a crochet project too! I discovered this new Dutch brand of crochet yarn - Yarn and Colors, Must-Have-Minis - and I fell in love with all the colours - yes even the pink! I knew I had to do something with all the colours but I didn't know what so I started collecting the mini balls of yarn anyway knowing that I'd think of something eventually.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

The not so very Friday Freebie

This pattern was inspired by the Mucha princess patterns Pinky the Pink has made, this one uses the colours of Snow White which you can find here (if it hasn't sold out yet as it's a limited edition pattern). Pinky's etsy shop can be found here with more princesses and much, much more!

Friday, 3 February 2017

A new series of freebies!

It's been a while since I've posted anything let alone a freebie here (though I do have an ongoing project on deviantArt where I give a free pattern a month, but more on that another time), so I thought I'd start things off with a freebie!