Best Friends Cross Stitch

In my quest for another cross stitch project, I was browsing through some library books and came across this adorable cat and dog.  As an owner of both cats and dogs I couldn’t pass it up.  The book I found this pattern in is called 120 Celebration Cross Stitch Cards by Gillian Souter.  It was published in 2005 and the pattern can be found on page 62.

The book has many small projects that could be used for more than cards.  I saw a cute giraffe that would be nice for a baby and it also had a small flower project that would make a great bookmark.  I think I might take the book out again another time for another project. 

My cross stitch was done on 28ct. evenweave and measures 2 1/2″H x 3 1/2″W.

Spring Bouquet Scissor Keeper and Fob

I finally made myself a scissor holder/keeper and fob!  I’ve been wanting to make one for quite a while.  I’ve got a couple of pairs of nice scissors that I want to protect and I love the look of putting them in a pretty cross stitch holder.  A scissor fob is such a simple and cute idea.  I’m surprised I’ve never made myself one before.  I guess I just didn’t find the right pattern and I didn’t have the beads to complete to project nicely.

For this project I used Ellen Maurer-Stroh’s Easter-99 free pattern (it is also known as Spring Bouquet).  I absolutely love all of her patterns!  She has got to be my all time favorite cross stitcher.  Many of her patterns are free, others are very reasonably priced.  I forgot to take a picture of the completed cross stitch before I made the scissor holder.  Sorry about that.  It turned out to be a 4″ square.

I added a few beads to the center of the flowers and sewed beads around the edge of the scissor fob.  The flower on the fob is a small one off the scissor holder.  On the back of the fob and the keeper I used the bee from the Pretty Primulas pattern.

The stitching was completed on 28ct. evenweave.  I lined the scissor keeper with a soft yellow 100% cotton flannel material.  Linda, from Iceland, has a nice tutorial on making a scissor keeper, if you are interested.  Thank you Linda.  I used a double strand of hand quilting thread for the larger beads on the scissor fob, which makes it nice and sturdy.  My scissor keeper turned out to measure 5″H x 4″W at the top.

I am really pleased with how this project turned out.  I love the little fob.  It is nice to have a place to stick my needle when it is not in use.  If you’ve been thinking of making a scissor keeper and/or fob for yourself, don’t wait as long as I did.  It is a fun project and I love the outcome!

Pretty Violets Tin

I liked my Springtime Bloom Tin so much I decided to cover another small tin I had on hand.  This tiny tin has been in my purse forever filled with pills (Tylenol, aspirin, etc.). 

Last year I also completed the Pretty Violets chart (a free Chart Shop pattern) and I knew it would be a perfect fit for this tin.  I added a couple of seed beads to the flowers center and outlined the tin in seed beads.  I would have liked to use purple seed beads, but I couldn’t find any at JoAnn’s when I was shopping for them.  I used a light green that seems to go nicely with the green in the leaves.  I also used a small piece of  green material that I made into a strip of bias tape to cover the red tin edge.

These little projects would make a nice gift and they are fun to make.  Happy Stitching!

Springtime Bloom Tin

Last year I stitched Springtime Bloom, a free chart from the Chart Shop.  It was a fun, fast pattern in bright springtime colors.  I wasn’t sure how to finish it off.  Recently, while I was surfing the web, I came across The Victorian Sampler WebsiteOne of the free patterns they offer is for covering an Altoid tin.  I had an empty tin and I thought I would give it a try using the stitching I had already completed.  I also had just purchased some seed beads and wanted to add them to a project. 

The Springtime Bloom stitching fit the tin perfectly.  I traced the outline of the tin onto the stitching and added my orange seed beads on the outline.  I also added a few seed beads to the center of the flowers.  I love how they look.  It added just a little extra.  I then glued a piece of lightweight batting onto a piece of cardstock the same size as the top of the tin.  My next step was to hot glue my stitching around the batting and cardstock,  which I then glued to the top of the tin. 

I didn’t like the looks of the red tin around the edges of the tin with my orange stitching, so I found a piece of yellow and orange material that went perfectly.  I made my own strip of bias tape out of it and hot glued it around the edge of the tin.  I think it turned out very nice.

Sunflowers Cross Stitch

Have you ever been at a quandary as to what to make next?  I looked through all my patterns (and I have many) but I just didn’t see anything that said “make me”.  That is when I decided to surf the web and hopefully find something that looked interesting and fun.  It seems like when you do that you come across the same sites over and over.  I’m not sure how or why I was able to come across my next project, but it was just what I was looking for.  I’m not sure how others are able to find foreign sites, but I thank them for linking to them so crafters like me can find them too.

Anyway,  this Summer Freebie was fun to make and so uplifting on a dull winter day.  I completed it on 28ct evenweave.  The finished size is a 3 1/4″ square.  I’m not sure what I am going to do with it now that it is finished.  I’m thinking about making it again and turning it into a biscornu.

This talented crafter (I don’t know her name – I’m not sure where she is from) also has a nice fall chart I’m thinking about making, along with spring and winter charts.  Happy stitching.

May Days

My 2nd cross stitch for the new year I found in a book I got from our library book sale a while ago.  The book is called Special Occasions in Cross Stitch.  The pattern, found on page 52, is called May Days.  I used only a portion of the cross stitch from the center. I changed the border colors to go with the rest of the pattern.

The stitching is done in coral, lavender, light blue and pistachio green.  The finished size is a 3″ square.  Another perfect size for a needle holder.

Pretty Primulas

I completed my first cross stitch of 2011.  I love these pretty purple flowers and the cute little bumble bee.  It was worked on 28ct. evenweave by M.C.G. Textiles, a 100% cotton fabric that is made in the USA.  I love working on this fabric.  It holds it shape, is soft and the projects turn out lovely.  I’ve used it before and talked about it then.  I thought is was worth another mention.   The finished size is 4 1/2″w x 3 1/2″h.  The pattern called Pretty Primulas by Lucy Heaton is available as a free download on cyberstitchers. com.  Cyberstitchers is a great site with many free patterns and helpful tips. 

I’m thinking this would make a nice needle holder.  I haven’t decided yet what I want to do with it.  The bee would make a cute scissor fob.  That is if it’s not too big.   A nice set don’t you think.