Freestanding lace

I had an idea – which meant that I didn’t fall asleep until 2:30 am – because I kept on planning it all out, over and over. Feeling tired this morning, with a huge headache because of lack of sleep. But immediately parked myself in front of the embroidery machine and embroidered a lace butterfly. This one is tiny, only 5cm from the tip of one wing to the other

This was the first time I have tried Freestanding Lace on the embroidery machine, but I am sure it is not going to be the last. Lesson learnt with the first attempt: use at least 3 layers of stabiliser in the hoop, maybe even 4. And keep a very close eye on every single stitch as the stabiliser tears easily

I am going to make a few more butterflies, different sizes, and with a little bit of colour. And these will go on a pretty little dress, with some ribbon and lace. I am going to go totally overboard with this tree and ordered the fabric this morning 🙂 It is a beautiful Bec Williams design, a border fabric

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Chicken scratch embroidery

A few years ago – 4? 5? 6? I’m not even sure – I saw chicken scratch embroidery on gingham and I liked it a lot. I then managed to find a book with projects and the ‘how to’ and started embroidering an apron

But I found it a bit boring after a while and packed it away. This morning I woke up and realised my body is having a ‘tired’ day. I needed something I could do without thinking, and without using energy and remembered the apron. And that is what I am doing today – and I am actually quite enjoying it

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Of course I am thinking about embroidering a design on it with the embroidery machine too, might even try appliqué, not sure yet. I still think chicken scratch is pretty

Lavender bags

Not my idea at all, and totally copied everything from the Sum of their Stories blog – but they were so pretty I didn’t want to change anything. Small little presents for special friends, to pop in the drawers or hang in their wardrobes and they smell wonderful – I actually had a proper sneezing fit after filling them with the lavender

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And then I had some time left and wanted to try another little pattern I found to make Pocket Pack Tissue Holders – super quick and SOOOO easy to make

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