Tuesday, 27 August 2013

A Sprocket Pillow

Sprocket pillow from tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew
I saw the tutorial for these over at Cluck Cluck Sew a while ago now
but hadn't got round to making one.
Then last week I decided that one of the pillows we took camping recently desperately needed a wash,
only to find that it came out of the washing machine really matted and clumpy.
Some clean clumpy stuffing in need of recycling I thought....
what better way to use it up than a Sprocket Pillow.
Sprocket pillow from tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew

The tutorial was really well written and easy to follow and as Allison says I can feel the second one calling already.
 One is not going to be enough.

I used some fabric I bought recently in Soft Touch Needlecrafts in Tavistock which I think is called Nordic Mushrooms and also some plains which I had in my stash.

The reverse  is some leftover Full Moon Lagoon from the same place which I used recently to bind this quilt.

Sprocket pillow from tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew

You can see the lumpiness of the stuffing on the reverse of the pillow but it is being well used already on the sofa so I don't think the lumps will be very obvious for long.

The button was initially going to be a covered one in an orange spotted fabric but I found this old leather one in my button box and it went so well I opted for that instead.

Sprocket pillow from tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew

All in all it was a quick and easy project which just fitted the bill as the holidays are still going and there is much to be done.
Sprocket pillow from tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew

Sunday, 25 August 2013

A Brood of chickens

A Brood of chickens- wall hanging
I started this picture this time last year and it has been sitting around waiting to be backed and edged for many months.
I just couldn't decide how to do it.
I love the pieces of work by Sue Spargo which was where I got the inspiration for this really, but unfortunately her book isn't out over here yet and Ohio is a long way to go for a workshop!
So eventually I made a sandwich with some wadding and backed it all with cotton fabric before binding it with the orange spotted cotton.
The background is a dyed woolen blanket that I have had for years and the chickens are various scraps of blanket and felted jumpers.
Chicken detail
The embroidery is done using perle threads. 
Chicken detail
I am still pondering on whether it needs some background quilting on the black to give it more texture?
Meanwhile, when I went out to get a photo this evening, I saw these two sleepy bees on a sunflower..
Sunflower and two sleepy bees in the evening sun.

soaking up the last of the days sunshine.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

In need of some sewing time!

Granny squares growing slowly
Not much sewing time here lately but I have been slowly increasing the granny square collection.
I don't really have a plan yet and have been looking at various ways of combining them.
Who knows.
And in the mean time I'll grab some hooky when time, kids, family, garden, work and life in general allows.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

A Little bit of French camping..

I love camping.
Lots of excitement and planning and packing.
Lots of this..

This and that..

And this

Tomato salad

And some of these..
A French geranium
And lots of these..
A bit of France

 And then lots of this..
Sand between the toes

Before returning home to a nice comfy bed.
And already dreaming of next year.