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October 2017

autumnal wanderings and a Kitty embroidery pattern

Flowers and leaves

We have just had a little break in Lincolnshire visiting our families.  I love going up in the autumn because it is so very autumnal up there.  There are so many trees and my mum's garden is full of apples and pears and dahlias.  All very inspiring to an absolute non gardener!

Wonky shed for real

I also love the wonky shed in the corner of her millenium garden.  Great inspiration for sketching and stitching.  Cornwall is very beautiful but our little corner is moorland, dunes and windswept beaches in the autumn.

Autumn girl

and at the end of it all I came home to autumnal dog walks along the sea shore with my autumnal girl.  I think I have enough flowery inspiration to keep me going for a while

Full stitching

when I got back I got on with some stitching and pattern writing

Full line stitch

and did a second stitching in a simpler quicker form (without the filler stitching)

so today I have listed this little kitten lover over in my Etsy shop where you can also find (at the time of writing this post) lavender girl kits and flower gardener samplers back in stock

Flower gardener collage

Lilipopo lavender girl embroidery

Now to go find a pumpkin for us to carve

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tips on filling spaces with backstitch

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This week has been full of packing kits and posting but I found time in between for a little stitching of Kitty.

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for the first stitching I decided to use quite muted wintry colours for her hat and scarf with my favourite gold (Anchor 874) for her hair.  

I outlined her hair in stem stitch and then filled it with back stitch.  I follow the lines of the outlines and create rows of back stitch.  There will be a few gaps using this method so once I've finished I go back in and pop single stitches in to fill the gaps. 

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the dress is also outlined in stem stitch.  I've used a darker colour to give definition to the edge of the dress, in particular her sleeve which crosses the dress.

I use bigger stitches if I'm covering a larger area and again follow the lines of the outline.  If you look at the sleeve all the stitch lines move across the dress in the direction of the arm whereas the main dress stitching goes down the dress.

I did trace the decoration on the dress as I hadn't made my mind up before I started tracing.  You don't need to trace the decoration as you will need to add it after you have stitched the dress using the pattern image for reference.

Lilipopo embroidery Kitty dress

Again I filled any gaps afterwards with single stitches.  Once I finished stitching I added the embellishments, v stitches and snowflakes

Lilipopo embroidery Kitty full

I used two strands of thread when I was filling the hair as the area was small but for bigger areas such as the cat and the dress I used three strands.

For the cat I stitched the facial features first and then I filled in with ecru thread.  It is fiddlier to do it this way but it means you can use the traced lines for the face if you are not confident about copying it from the pattern image afterwards.

As always my main tip for stitching is to take it slowly and go back and undo mistakes straight away.  A magnifying lamp certainly helps if your eyes (like mine) are not as good as they could be for close work.

Please feel free to share any tips you have for filling in larger areas with stitching in the comments below.

I will be away for a week so Kitty won't be in my shop until the end of October.

Have a lovely week

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weekending not stitching

Lilipopo books

Autumn has definitely arrived here, the weather is greyer and we come home from our dog walk soaked through despite the raincoats.  This is when I like to pull out a crafting book or two from my shelves or even treat myself to a new one.  On Friday, to my great excitement, my copy of Making Winter by Emma Mitchell arrived.  I had to carry on working and wait until Saturday to actually take a proper look at it. 

It's a beautiful book with projects ranging from baking to sketching to crochet.  There is a quite exciting project in it making silver clay pendant using fire! There's nothing like having fire involved in a craft project to spark the interest of the rest of my family!

I decided on a simpler project to begin with - baking.  I can't think of a nicer thing to do on a cold wet day so I chose the lemon, ginger and thyme bars.

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I love love love lemon anything and I love ginger.  These are delicious!  Very very lemony with a (as my son likes to quote) buttery biscuit base.  I had to hide half of them so we would have some left for today.  

Lilipopo crochet granny chic

I said no stitching but I have to qualify that, no embroidery stitching.  I have been stitching samples all week so I wanted something relaxing to do with my hands that wasn't embroidery.  I remembered that I had started the 'granny puff blanket' from my copy of Granny Chic by Tif Fussell and Rachelle Blondel  and so I pulled out the beginnings of the blanket and my Cornish wool and crochet hook.  Then I had to go and find my notes on crocheting as it has been so long that I couldn't remember how to treble crochet (UK style).  But once I was settled with it the rhythm soon kicked in and my blanket (well it will be more of a wrap really due to a bit of a wool shortage!) is slowly slowly growing.  

I'd forgotten how much I love crochet (and knitting) in the winter.  It's lovely to sit on the sofa with music playing quietly working with my hands while my mind is free to think.   Various members of the family stop by for a while and chat before going back to their homework or whatever Netflix  series they are watching at the moment.  And even though the dinner will still need cooking and the dishes still need doing it feels as though the world slows down for a little while.

Do you have weekend routines so that your weekend doesn't end up disappearing in busywork?

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