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Wednesday, 10 November 2010

KNITTING AND STITCHING . . . .

THANK YOU to everyone who commented on my last post, your comments are so appreciated and very inspiring.

I have finished my chunky knit cushion, WOW! did this knit up fast and a fraction of the cost of shop cushions:

It's just simple stocking stitch with buttonholes and my choice of wooden buttons to complete, I enjoyed knitting it so much, that matching cushion number 2 is already half-done!

So in full flow of cushion-mode, finally I sat down last weekend and turned my Mouseloft cross stitch projects into a patchwork cushion:



This was definitely a little more tricky!  I had no sewing pattern to follow but had an idea of what I roughly wanted to achieve.  I used fabric pieces left over from cross stitch pillow finishes to make up the patchwork squares and chose a beige & cream heart design for the backing which has a simple envelope finish, I just need some buttons to sew along the opening!  I am pleased with the end result, the Mouseloft designs were all pretty small designs and as I had completed 8 of them, framing and my usual pillow finishes seemed a bit excessive!!!

This weeek is a bit of an emotional roller-coaster ride for me.  Tonight is DD's achievement evening at her school and she will be presented with her certificates for all her recent exam passes - DH and I are very proud of her success and she has settled very well at college.  Tomorrow is my birthday and DH and I are having a day out with a visit to every craft shop I can think of high on the agenda - (OMG! another year gone and I'm still only 21! but so looking forward to it).

Friday will, without doubt, be horrible! after much deliberation and a lot of research I have decided to have Tilly spayed  As my regular followers will know I lost my beloved Buttons earlier in the year to a tumor and even though he was the fantastic age of 10, I still feel if he had been neutured in his early life this may have been preventable and he would still be here with me today.  A female rabbits's chances of getting uterine cancer between the age of  3-5 are greatly raised if they have not been spayed and although, like any operation it comes with its risks, I don't want to lose another bunny in this horrible way.
I will take her to the Vets at 8am on Friday and if everything goes well and she is eating and drinking after she wakes I will be able to collect her in the evening ~ please keep everything crossed for her, she's a little darling, so so affectionate, I hope she forgives me for putting her through it?

Two things to look forward to though for next year:  I love my music and live concerts are the best so, as part of my birthday prezzies, DH has treated me to tickets to see both Kylie Minogue and Take That with Robbie Williams!
I have seen Kylie before and she puts on a fab show, I'm going with DD and we shall have a great girlie night out in our glitter and glam and are staying overnight in London.  Later in the year we shall see Take That who are now reunited with Robbie (yum!)  I am so lucky to have got tickets for this one as on the day they were released the mass response for tickets caused all tickets sites to crash and the telephone network jammed but after only 10 hours of persevering we got our tickets!

So as a thank you to DH and also because I've wanted to stitch this little cutie for so long here's:


'Love Ewe' by Lizzie*Kate stitched on 28-count natural linen with Gentle Art threads and finished with a grey and cream gingham to match the sheep and burgundy daisy print backing to match the lettering.
Another Lizzie*Kate stitch is in progress at the moment but lots of frogging yesterday as I ran out of Oatmeal sampler thread and when the new skein arrived it was a completely different shade!

Thanks for stopping by and until next time
HAPPY STITCHING
xxx

16 comments:

Hazel said...

Love your cushions and that knitted one is soooo in right now. Love it. x

Ginnie said...

I love the patchwork cushion, what a great idea. I could do this with some of the freebies off magazines.
I hope your bunny is ok, I'm sure the op will go just fine.
Bet you'll enjoy those concerts. I would have loved to see Take That with Robbie but haven't got the spare cash!! Oh well they are on X Factor this weekend!!! I can look forward to that. x

Sally said...

Gorgeous finishes Jane. Love the one you stitched for your DH but then again I am biased because I love sheep!

I hope Tilly's op goes well. I am sure she will forgive you :) She looks so loving and sweet.

Sally said...

Forgot to say Happy Birthday!

Lesleyanne said...

Happy Birthday for tomorrow. Hope you have a fantastic day. Love both of your cushions. They are both absolutely gorgeous as is your Love Ewe cushion for your hubby. Congratulations on getting tickets for Take That and Kylie. I'm sure Tilly will be fine but I will have my fingers crossed for her on Friday anyway.

Annette said...

What a lovely knitted pillow you made, can't wait to see the next one!!
OMG what a beautifull pillow with the Mouseloft cross stitch pieces, you sewed it so wonderfull an dlove the colors of fabric..
A cute pillow you made for DH.

Happy early birthday, try to have a great time.
I wish you all the strenght for Friday when you go with Tilly to the vet.

Daffycat said...

You Mouseloft pillow is awesome! I love it!

Happy birthday! My DH often takes me stash shopping for my birthday too...have fun!

♥ Nia said...

Happy birthday!!!!!!!! :D

I hope everything went well with Tilly today!! *fingers crossed* She's so cute =)

I love your pillow! All blocks are adorable and you did a great job with the patch :D the colors are all so pretty! Congrats, beautiful work :)

I watched Take That's new clip 'The flood', sounds really cool :)

Have a great weekend!!

Lois said...

Love your cushions! Hope you had fun doing all that birthday stash shopping. And I hope Tilly is recovering well.

Niina said...

Love your pillows, that Mouseloft is mine favourite!

Michelle May said...

Hi my friend!
Love your cushion!
Happy Birthday!
How's Tilly?!!
You get to see Kylie?! Wow!
xx, shell

Barb said...

Happy Birthday belatedly, oh Wow Jane love those cushions . When I went to the JS yesterday I bought a stripey sort of jumper that I thought I would cut up and make a cushion.
Awww yes I do like the LK sheepie ,will have to look out for that one.
Now for get well wishes for Tilly, she looks so cute in the photo bit like Thumper in Bambi.She will forgive you I am sure (in time lol) no little Tillies then.
Hugs to you both

Denise said...

I missed this post. I LOVE LOVE LOVE your critter pillow! How adorable! Crafty Ewe and the knitted pillow love them too! I know Tilly has made it through surgery and is doing well.

Hope your birthday was awesome!

Smiles - Denise

Denise said...

Your cushions look so cozy. Happy Birthday. Hope you have a wonderful day.

Love your cute bunny. We almost lost a bunny to uterine cancer, but she was over 10. We under the impression she was much younger. She passed on a year later.

It is better to have it done now, than later. They bounce back very quickly. We had Nippit spayed at 6 mo and she was running around doing binkies within a week.

BrendaS said...

Great pincushions. I especially like the knitted chunky one.

Cute bunny too:)

Elaine said...

Love your knitted cushion and the mouseloft and sheepy pillows are just adorable!
Belated Birthday wishes I hope you had a wonderful day and got lots of lovely new stash.
We saw Kylie a few years ago her concert was one of the best and I am soooo envious you have Take That tickets. I do hope Robbie sticks with it after watching the documentary it would be devasting if he lets everyone down again.
I hope Tillys surgery went well and she is recovering quickly,she is such a cutie!