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September 2017

cute kittens in amongst the flowers

Lilipopo kitten embroidery pattern

Over the last few weeks I have been having fun sketching kittens and cats and girls with cats. 

This little kitten pattern is a simple pretty pattern.  I've stitched her up in my favourite pinks and reds (although of course you could use your own favourite happy colours).  I even added a little lilac.

Full hoop close up

She is very simple to stitch. You can frame her in a hoop with her flower garden around her and butterflies floating nearby.

Kitten cushion full

or she can be stitched up as a little hanging cushion lightly filled with toy stuffing and lavender.  A lovely gift to pop on a child's pillow to help her sleep.

Stitching up picture 1

there is even a pretty little backing to stitch for the cushion with flowers and ferns.

The pattern for this little kitten is in my Etsy shop  and as always comes with a simple stitch guide and pattern transfer instructions.

There are instructions for making the little cushion included in the pattern.

I hope you have a lovely weekend with a little bit of stitchy time

x

 


sometimes things just don't go according to plan

Lilipopo embroidery feeling witchy 2

This year I thought I was organized!  I thought I would have the hallowe'en panels ready in plenty of time for any hallowe'en stitching and the little caravan, putting up the tree and new lavender girl kits all ready with no mad late nights working and rushing.  But then fate stepped in.  I love the linen sampler for feeling witchy but I have had to stitch her with my magnifying lamp and a little imagination as her lines were just too fine for the linen.  The writing was too bold on the 'my little caravan' panel when the sample arrived.  The 'putting up the tree' panel was a little too small.  And finally I had forgotten to put the stripes on the lavender girl's top!

I was so disappointed after telling customers that 'yes' I would have a hallowe'en sampler in September, 'yes' I will have a Christmas sampler very soon...  After a cup of tea I reminded myself that the point of samples is to iron out the little problems, I want the panels to be as good as they possibly can be. 

So I reordered the hallowe'en sampler on cotton instead of linen,  I reordered the little caravan with lighter writing,  I reordered a bigger Christmas tree and I put the stripes on the lavender girls and reordered them too.

I'm really hoping I have learned the lesson of patience but I'm not too sure, we'll see the next time.

  Lilipopo embroidery kitties

And there are some positive results from all this waiting time...  I have had time to begin rough ideas for new work and a new kit.  I have been improving my Adobe illustrator skills so that I can create a kitty kit with colour printed onto the fabric!  Something I find quite exciting.  I have no doubt I may need a few samples before this one is perfect but I will have to continue developing my patience.

Lilipopo embroidery winter inspiration

And there has been time to be inspired by beautiful children's books, colours of threads, autumnal coastal walks to Mousehole and fairy tales read aloud.

I hope you are enjoying the beginnings of whichever season you are entering into and feeling calm and patient.

x


Christmas preparations

Lilipopo christmas tree embroidery

I am a staunch no Christmas until the 1st of December by nature but in my business I really have to get my head around Christmas so very much earlier!  I have spent August thinking and planning for it and now I am sorting out kits and printed fabric panels.  By the time Christmas comes I think I'll be ready for summer!

Lilipopo christmas embroidery

But I think there is also something quite nice about starting to think about Christmas as autumn begins because we can plan our crafty gift giving.  I think anyone who loves to make things is used to thinking ahead about Christmas.  It's not the stressy panicking kind of thinking but a slow enjoyable thinking. 

I love to spend my autumn evenings knitting or stitching gifts for family and friends.  I love choosing the design and colours to suit the person I am making the gift for but I also love the opportunity to slow down and spend some time thinking about the person while I stitch or knit.  Maybe that's why so many of us love crafting, because we are doing something useful while still being able to relax and unwind.

Lilipopo christmas tree detail embroidery

I've especially enjoyed revisiting my Christmas tree sampler over the last couple of weeks.  This is the first printing of a fabric panel that I've been testing.  It's a linen cotton mix and a bit thicker and softer than the cotton that my samples have been printed on up until now.  It's really lovely to stitch!  I have a few tweaks to make before the final printing but I really like the fabric.  I haven't gone for traditional Christmas colours because I just felt like blues and pinks.  And that's another thing I love about embroidery, I can stitch it any colours I like!  

So now it's probably time to look at the crafting that I want to do for this Christmas so I can spend a pleasurable autumn stitching and knitting with tea and fruit cake.  Can you tell that today is a bit of a rainy autumnal day?!   In fact I think I may well go make a fruit cake now I've thought about it.

What are your crafting plans for the autumn?

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