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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Sewing - 2 ~~~ Stitching - 2

What a weekend it was for sports fans.  The Tour de France started up in Yorkshire.  Stage 1 was from Leeds to Harrogate on Saturday, followed by York to Sheffield on Sunday for Stage 2 and what a turn out of supporters there were here in the UK.  Monday saw the final stage starting in Cambridge and ending in London. 

There was the lawn tennis finals at Wimbledon, and also the British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone - that was quite a race.

Were you sitting glued to your seat all weekend stitching away with the excitement or even better were you there in person and your stitching was sitting at home awaiting your return.  I'm not much of a sports fan, but DH follows all the motorsports, so it was F1 and World Superbikes here on the TV ...... *yawn*

For me, the weekend held something else, the new sewing machine was out and I was having a little play all by myself.    After some practice pieces and seeing what the machine could do here's my very first project all finished, a little apron for my granddaughter Isabelle.  Mummy has a fabric apron when she cooks and Isabelle wanted one for when she helps to bake cakes.

Thursday Craftshare for the past couple of weeks we have been making something we have already done to see how we have improved over the weeks.  My friend Trish and I decided to make the rag doll bunny again.  

I'm really pleased with how Rowena Rabbit turned out this time, a huge improvement on Daisy bunny my first attempt!

.........although the folks that live in the dolls house are not so keen on her, she's a little on the large side for their liking lol.

Not a lot of hand stitching happening last week with just a birthday card finished and sent off in the post to a friend.  Happy Birthday Karan, I hope you enjoyed a lovely day.

Jo over at Serendipitous Stitching kindly sent word that the latest World of Cross Stitch magazine had a booklet in with the most lovely rose alphabet charted.   A copy duly picked up in the supermarket when doing the weekly shop. 

The committee loved it so it's going to be this years design for the Best in Show sampler for the Horticultural and Craft Show in September.  Regular readers will know that I stitch the gift that accompanies the trophy - the sampler can be kept as a reminder of the win and the trophy returned after one year.  We've had some really lovely designs in the past.   This will be my focus stitching project for now as it has a deadline date.

I made a start Monday and got the first letter stitched up.  A couple more letters have been added since I took this picture, so its growing well.

The title of my post is my sporting final score for last weeks crafting!!

The weathers been lovely again, a few little raindrops with mostly lovely sunshine well into the evenings.  Flowers are blooming well in the garden and its been nice to soak up the peace and quiet with a book.

Pink hydrandea looks the best it has for many years...

The sun flowers are opening their heads .......

and the montbretia is stunning, such a vibrant colour with the green foliage ......

Hope you are having a good week. 


  1. Oooh I love this little apron & the hydrangea looks absolutely fabulous :)

  2. All little cooks should have an apron, your little one is going to love wearing that one. Lovely flowers....

  3. Lovely post Julie , love the Apron and little rabbit how cute.
    Your flowers are looking beautiful.
    Wishing you a happy week.

  4. What a special card to receive!!!

    How sweet of Jo to point out that alphabet to you!

    Do I see a future best in show with it?

  5. The apron and rabbit are precious Julie. Your garden is pretty.

  6. Such a lovely post--the apron is adorable, as is Rowena Rabbit! And, the birthday card is so pretty, and a very nice start on the Rose Alphabet!!

  7. aww such a sweet post..the apron is looking so lovely...
    sweet stitches and the rowena rabbit is so super cute..
    big hugs x

  8. Oh, Isabella will love her pretty new apron, Julie--so glad you're having fun with the sewing machine! And Rowena is so sweet, too!

    Your pink hydrangea is amazing. Our blue ones have done next to nothing this year--not sure if the weather is the problem, but we've definitely had more rain than normal.

    Good luck on the stitching for the craft show--what a special incentive that would be for the competitors to win a lovely piece of your work :)

  9. What a fun finish, the apron looks great
    Good luck on the craftshow
    Pretty flowers and super cute bunny
    Take care

  10. Lovely stitching and sewing Julie.
    Aprons are addictive, I have made loads of them over the years.
    Super garden pics too

  11. Great apron Julie :0 your flowers look amazing, our garden is mainly green as it lacked water for a few days :-\

  12. Love the apron..looks very professional. Well done! Gorgeous flowers, and a wonderful post as always.

  13. What a sweet apron for your little granddaughter! You're putting that new machine to good use. :) Lovely design for the craft show ~ you have a nice start. Your flowers are so pretty! Sun flowers are my favorite.

  14. Love the apron. It must look so DARLING on her. :)
    Really like the design for this year's best in show winner. Very pretty coloring. Can't wait to see it finished up.

  15. You are such a good sports'wife, but like you, after watching so many different sports, I too start to "yawn". My DH is a BIG sports enthusiast too.

    Little Isabelle must be thrilled with your sweet Rowena Rabbit and pretty little apron. You must be enjoying your new sewing machine so much.

    How lovely a gift that you stitched for Karen! Perfect for her to put in a frame.

    I must look for The World of Cross Stitch magazine in the bookstores, as I love beautiful floral alphabets, and these rose letters are beautiful. Beautiful letter "B"! The finished sampler will be gorgeous.

    Blessings for a wonderful week!

  16. The little apron is so sweet as is the rabbit. She's like Alice in Wonderland when she grows too large for that house! The rose alphabet is darling and you've made good progress on it so far. That's such a great idea to have something stitched to go along with the trophy! The flowers are beautiful and so bright! Hugs

  17. How sweet is thay apron for Isabelle as is the cute little rabbit.

    My DH also watched F1 and superbikes. He's a big motorsport fan. Last Saturday was the British Speedway Grand Prix from Cardiff so we had that on and he was shouting rather loudly for Tai!

  18. Hi Julie- your garden blooms are gorgeous. The pink hydrangea is stunning! The cross stitch letters are really lovely-- what a beautiful pattern they all are! You have great talents as a seamstress-- beautiful apron!!

    So nice to meet a new friend--


  19. So many goodies to compliment you on!! Well done. Love the rose alphabet.

  20. Such a nice little apron for Isabella. She will be so proud to have one, and one made by you. Little Rowena is looking so nice and she must have a lot of fun visiting the doll house, lol.

    That rose alphabet is a gorgeous find for the Best in Show sampler. I loved to see the other samplers that you once showed in a post, and I'm looking forward to seeing this one when you will have finished it. Such a lovely idea.


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