Wednesday, October 17, 2007

SBEBB Stitcher's Pocket Exchange Sent

I received words from Marika that she has received my package. So I can now show you the pocket that I have made for her. Frankly.. I have never made a pocket before and out of a sudden impulse I joined the Stitcher's Pocket Exchange :p.... And when I received my partner's name, reality strikes home. Can I? Will I? Luckily with a pattern in mind and guidance from Cindy on the finishing technique, I managed to pull it through.

This is my 2nd project that uses one of the chart from this french book 'Petits points & Toile de lin' by Marjorie Massey. (The 1st project was a lovely butterfly pinkeep mattress I made for Vonne. ) I love most of her charts in this book. I slightly modified one of her chart and re-arranged the pattern/layout deemed suitable and pleasing for the eye. I used DMC 3041 and sewn it one-over-one onto a 28 count jobelan light-blue fabric. I also personalized the pocket with her initial 'M' at the centre. The pocket is secured by looping the pvc cord around it and ended at the big brown button.

Monday, October 15, 2007

SBEBB Stitcher's Pocket Exchange Received

I am thrilled to receive this beautiful English Garden Pocket and a purple fabric from Judith yesterday. I did not expect to receive the package so early. It's truly is a big surprise as I have just sent out mine on the very same day. My partner will probably receive the package within 5 days. I hope...:D (fingers crossed lol).

This is the first time I see different type of stitches sewn other than crosses. It even has small tiny beads on to it. And take a closer look at the pink and white flowers. (Click on the pic.) See how delicately she sewn it to perfection.

Thank you Judith. I will treasure it always. It makes me wanna find out more about this designer 'The Drawn Thread'. So it's google time ;D....

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

SBEBB Redwork Exchange 2007

For this redwork exchange, I selected one of the design from the Ronde des 4 saisons chart for my exchange partner Vicki. I stitched one-over-one on a 28 ct lugana fabric using DMC 815 and finished it into a pin mattress.

Vicki has a broken left wrist and with a cast on for quite sometime now. Hope my stitchwork did cheer her up some how.

Get well soon Vicki and take care. .... :-)

By the way,Cindy is having a give-away pouch for a lucky reader. Visit her blog to find out more.
Below shows the back and the side views of the pin mattress.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Novel Book Cover

It usually takes me about an hour to reach my office. So reading novel is one of my past-time when I am travelling in the train. This time round I attempted to finish a stitched piece into a novel book cover. I am quite please with the end result; however there are still rooms for improvement. For this finishing, I make use of sewing machine and some invisible threads for the side folds. The right fold of the book cover can be adjusted to fit the thickness of any novel book.

The blackwork pattern was from a japanese cross-stitch magazine I bought last year. I use DMC floss (black and brown) on a 28 ct cashel linen fabric.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

SBEBB Redwork Exchange 2007 Received

I received this beautiful needlecase with my initial personalized from Hazel. She also includes some extra ribbons, buttons and fabric that I can use for my future exchange projects. Thank you Hazel for this lovely exchange.

I always wanted to make a needlecase for myself but at the end I always push-off the idea as I am a failure with sewing machine. My sewing machine has been giving me tension problems for the last one year. Adjusting the tension knobs could not help. So I have sent it to the serviceman 2 weeks back. And guess what...! He said the fault lies on me not the machine. It seems that I have not done a proper job with the threading. He demostrated to me the right way and ask me to repeat what he did. Oh gosh... all this while I have been doing it the wrong way and I even have to pay the serviceman for my mistake. {sob.. sob...} My next exchange is the stitcher pocket exchange. Hopefully I can do a good work out of it.
Ok more photos of Hazel's work ( back and with needlecase open) posted here. By the way, I just bought a new pair of scissor. The scissor fob arrived just in time :-) .....

Update: Wow.. Hazel told me the needle case is hand-sewn. No sewing machine is used at all. Great work Hazel.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Card holder

While browsing thru the Just CrossStitch 2007 Special Christmas issue which I borrowed from Cindy, I noticed a small envelope slotted within the pages. And written on it is my name. I opened up the seal and found out that Cindy has sewn me a cute card holder for my MRT card.
Yipeee... She has specially stitched this design for me as I am born in the year of rabbit. Oh how thoughtful of her :-)