Happy Christmas!

Although this has been a most peculiar year for everyone, here we are, at Christmas once again, and we’ve managed to get through it all! I don’t know about you, but I have found my stitching to be a great help through all the unsettling times during this last few months. It’s just really relaxing to be able to do some stitching every day, when everything else is going crazy!

Thank you to all of you who have been following my blog during the year – I do love writing it, and of course doing all the stitching  🙂

Have a great Christmas, however you celebrate it.

Just Nan Xmas mice and gingerbread village

 

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Just Nan Gingerbread Mice – 2 – assembling the three cute cross stitch mice

I’m ready to make up these three little gingerbread mice figures from Just Nan  now- Santa mouse, Jingle mouse and Angel mouse.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

These are the three stitched designs, cut out with a half inch seam allowance around each one.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

The side seam is stitched up, and then the seam allowance around the base is turned under.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

 

The body is stuffed with some wadding, and then gathered around the base to close it up. The metal button is then slip-stitched onto the base to weight it and provide a stable area so that the mouse stands up. You put the curved metal ‘tail’ into position just before completing the slip-stitching of the button into place.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

Here is the first completed mouse, Santa mouse, with his little hat on, and bag of goodies. Isn’t he lovely?

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

This is what he looks like from the back.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

And here’s all three of them completed. They each stand about two inches high – they are tiny!

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

This is what I made them for – to ‘populate’ my gingerbread village of Victoria Sampler buildings:

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

That’s better!

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

Aren’t they sweet?

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Just Nan Gingerbread Mice – 1 – three cute cross stitch mice to make!

I came across the materials & chart packs for these cute little gingerbread mice figures from Just Nan recently – Santa mouse, Jingle mouse and Angel mouse. They are so sweet, and very unusual!

I thought they’d look good with the Victoria Sampler buildings that I have previously stitched, and which I display under my tree at Christmas.

I bought the charts from Create Nostalgia, an online shop in Flintshire, for £12.95 for each chart, which included the accessories needed, but no fabric or threads. I chose some fabric from Peakside Needleworks.co.uk of Glossop – a small piece of 32 count Weeks Dye Works “Straw” colour fabric 1/16 size of a metre,  9 inch x 13.5 inch, which cost £5, and was enough to make all three mice (they are very small!). The threads I picked from my stash – only small amounts were needed of each colour, so it was easy.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

Here’s the Jingle Mouse chart pack, and the little bag of accessories (the curly thing is to make the tail, and the button is to weight the base).

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

The fabric is a lovely deep gingerbread colour – ever so slightly mottled.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

The actual shape of the mouse is weird – but it gets made up into a sort of cone shape, so the pattern will make sense later, hopefully!

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

Here’s all three mice stitched and ready to assemble.

Just Nan Christmas Mice kits

Let’s hope they are easy to put together!

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Where Stitchers Gather etui by Victoria Sampler: 6 – stitching the smalls

I’ve finished stitching the main pocket of the ‘Where Stitchers Gather‘ etui  by Thea Dueck of Victoria Sampler now, and I’ve really enjoyed stitching it.

Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui pocket

Now it’s time to make the three smalls, to go inside it.

I first stitched all the designs on one piece of fabric, carefully measuring out the spacing.

Smalls for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

I completed the scissor fob first, by gathering the stitched fabric circle over a round piece of mount board (2mm thick), padded a bit with a layer of thin wadding. Then I did the same with a second mount board circle, using the deep red silk the same as I’d used for the lining of the etui pocket. I stuck them back to back, and slip-stitched around the edges to make one disc. Then I made a very thin cord out of some DMC Perle 12 as shown below, and tried it first around the shape to make sure it would fit, and leave enough to frizz out the ends last, to make a tassel. I stuck the cord around the edge very carefully, a bit at a time, using PVA glue.

Scissor fob for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

Here’s the completed scissor fob, attached to my cute little rose gold scissors.

Scissor fob for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

This is the back, showing the deep red silk side.

Scissor fob for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

I made the scissor pocket in a similar way, using stiff interlining instead of the mount board though, so that the scissor pocket is soft to hold. I laced the two sides together through the long back stitches that I’d stitched round the very edge of each piece.

Scissors pocket for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

Lastly, I made the needlebook. This, too, is soft, and not stretched over mount board, but stiff interlining.

Needlebook for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

I’d half thought to stitch the date on the back, but in the end, when I got to that stage, I forgot, so it’s blank!

Needlebook for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

The inside pages are made from doctor flannel, held in place up the centre with a line of running stitches.

Needlebook for Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

Here’s the completed project, with all four pieces:

Smalls and Where Stitchers gather embroidered etui

It was a gorgeous project to stitch – not too simple, with a few challenging bits (the hardanger!!! Cutting those fabric threads!!), but also with some simple cross stitching so that most of it  was completed quite quickly.

Smalls and Where Stitchers gather embroidered etuiAs ever with projects by Thea from Victoria Sampler, the design was great, the instructions in the chart booklet were clear, and the accessories pack with the threads and beads was full of interesting things to work with. This is well worth stitching, and has the added bonus of being something useful when you’ve finished it, so you can get lasting enjoyment from using it every time you sit down to stitch.

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