Wednesday, 25 February 2015

WIP Wednesday



There are times I'm very glad when I get bored. Last week I needed to do something. SO I looked through my downloads for my Ultimate DIY bundle and made myself an elephant. The Lucky Elephant by Gingercake patterns. Now I am almost a purist I LOVE funky friends factory patterns so I'm very biased towards them, they are always so very clear. But I didn't mind how she set out her patterns. Though you can tell that she has come from clothes sewing not quilting because she uses 5/8" seams not 1/4" seams.




Though I'm not running out to make another elephant tomorrow as I personally don't like the pillow design much... But I am imagining what it would look like as a pretty awesome pillow for the couch if I made it a lot bigger and I can see potential. As I said I prefer the slightly fancier designs from Funky Friends.

I've also been working on some random crochet. Being rained in made me want to start something new so I tried out a monster granny square. This pattern is by REPEAT CRAFTER ME (check out her stuff if you haven't seen it before) It's pretty awesome what she does.

This lovely pattern is so cute :D I used a little bit of my Bendigo woollen mills cotton.... but now I need to work out what to do with it. It still needs eyes and the parts sewn on but I don't have a white cotton so I'm not sure what I'm going to do. I'm debating just using my acrylic white instead but it will change the feel of it.

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin


Saturday, 21 February 2015

Easter Cross Stitch Patterns - New Pattern


 With Easter fast approaching. (It's already the end of the 5th week of term) so only 5 weeks to go! I wanted to remind you that I have a couple of Easter patterns for sale over on ETSY if you're looking for something simple to stitch up. These can be used together or separately to make some simple little gifts.

There are my Easter Bunny and Chick.


They are quick and simple to stitch and require no back stitch.

Also I have now as of today got another Easter pattern. It's a set of three Easter Eggs that can be used by themselves or stitched in conjunction with the bunny and chick. They are the same size as the animals so they look good stitched side by side.

You can find this new pattern HERE


Hope you enjoy my new pattern and seeing the old stuff as well.

What are you making for Easter?
Do you have special plans and make special items or do you buy a packet of eggs from the supermarket? Unfortunately I have to admit that I'm the second kind. I am frequently unprepared though not this year! I want to make a couple of Easter bookmarks for the kids so I will use my new patterns and start stitching ASAP. I will keep you updated as to how my plans go. If you want some help making a bookmark I did a tutorial last year teaching you how to finish them.  

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin


Friday, 20 February 2015

New Blog Design

I've been having lots of fun redesigning my blog I finally got myself into gear and made a new logo.

Welcome to 
Naughts & Cross Stitches - Stitching Through Life


Hope you like the new colours and design. I'm in the process of putting my logo on all my social media stuff.

Now I have a question for you.

What do you want to see more of? I can't promise anything because I've always crafted according to my moods.
But do you want to see more tutorials?
Is there something that you want to know more about that I might be able to help with?
Maybe some more finishing techniques?
Or is there a pattern that you can't work out that you want some help with?

I will keep sharing the projects that are interesting me all the time but if there is something I can help with I would love to know as I do love to help with the crafts that I know.

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin

P.S.
Anyone in Queensland please stay safe in this awful weather.  If you don't have to be out stay inside and stay safe.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Claiming my blog sorry!

Follow my blog with Bloglovin Please ignore this post and return to your regularly scheduled program, I'm just claiming my domain in bloglovin. If you are on bloglovin then feel free to visit and follow.

WIP Wednesday


So this has been another of those weeks. You know the ones where it feels like nothing much gets done but then you actually look back and go ... OH!!! I did that this week? Sometimes having dated photos on my phone is a very good thing. That said there isn't much that I can show you yet I've been motivated to stitch but of course it's hidden.


I managed to get a pretty good photo of the back corner of my secret stitching and I figured that was a safe thing to show you. Shhhhh don't tell anyone!

It's very slow progress it's big patches of one colour without much thought and I'm finding it hard to stay motivated. Though I do love the design. I'm just really good at sitting down at night and absolutely zoning out, we've been watching scrubs at the moment and I find myself watching not stitching. 

This weekend was pretty crazy, I was running around everywhere trying to get everything done. 


I've been doing extra band rehearsals because we have a performance coming up this weekend which means I've had extra knitting time. 100 bars rest is a great chance to get a row done. Maybe I'll finish this cloth next month... it's been slow going but it's happening. 

How is your progress this week? When do you find the time to sit and stitch?

I'd love to hear when you find the time to stitch/create. 

Also if you have been making something this week join us over at andsewwecraft.com for the crafting linky party.
Also tune in tomorrow as I have my first introduction post which is very exciting.

And Sew We Craft

Happy Stitching,
Caitlin
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