Monday, 8 October 2007

My First Flanged Pillow and a Contest:)

Yesterday morning I decided to try my hand at making a flanged pillow so out came my material, thread, sewing machine and stitched piece and here is the final result:) I am really pleased with the way this turned out for a first attempt and I will certainly use this finishing technique again. I used The Big Book of Finishing for the instructions and it was much easier than I expected! So, as promised a while ago, I am offering this finished piece to say thank you for visiting my blog:) If you would like to have a chance of winning please add a comment to this post saying you would like to be added to the draw and I will pick a winner in about a week's time:)

My Christmas ornament for the exchange is on hold at the moment as I'm stitching on 32 count linen and it's driving me mad! Now I remember why I dislike linen and prefer evenweave! I stitched on it for two evenings and became very frustrated so thought I'd leave it for a day or two before picking it up again. So last night out came Chatelaine Christmas Mystery IV so that I could make a start on part 10 which is another star. I actually managed to stitch all the silver of the outline of the star and have it meet which is a miracle as that didn't happen with last month's star!

This week in my rotation it is the turn of Just Nan Spring in the Air which I am really looking forward to. I may even have another finish if I get my finger out and nothing stops me stitching! Next week it's Papillon Creations Serendipity and I may get that finished too so the next round of my rotation will be all change:) Helen and I are hopefully starting our SAL on Just Nan Queen of the Needle on 19th November and stitching it on Monday evenings so I'm really looking forward to that. I haven't got my fabric yet but have chosen a Polstitches one called Dusky Rose so I'm going to order that on Wednesday when the postal strikes are over for this week. Only about another 7 weeks and I will be off the chart wagon too and I can treat myself to a chart or two ( or three or four!)!

I have now got the HAED charts I have for sale listed on my for sale blog but there are only three left now:)

Just want to say Huge congratulations to Yorkshire man James Toseland for winning the World Superbike Championship yesterday:) his last championship before moving to Moto GP next year! He comes across as being such a lovely bloke and DH and I are delighted he won. Just need Lewis Hamilton to win the Formula 1 championship now:)

That's all from me today but I thought you might like to see some sketches my daughter's did before I go:) The first one is one Abi did of Lara Croft.



And the next one is by Jess and it's Captain Jack Sparrow:)


Bye for now:)

27 comments:

Lynn said...

What a beautiful finish, your so talented, well done :)
Your DD's obviously get their gift from you, their sketches are realy good.
ps. can I be one of the first to put my name down please?

Chiloe said...

Great finish!

I do prefer evenweave too ;-)

Vonna said...

I'm an evenweave girl too :) But I do use linen on occasion...
I love your finish and would love to be considered for the drawing! Thank you!!
And your daughter's are mighty talented...those sketches are wonderful!!!!!

Heather said...

Lovely drawings from Abi and Jess.

I would love to put my name down to be in with a chance to win your fantastic pillow Sally.

Dawn said...

The drawings your daughters did are superb!

I would love to be in the draw :)

wanda said...

Great pillow love the finish, your daughters are very talented. Would love to be in the drawing.

BeckySC said...

Gorgeous pillow :) Congratulations! And what talent your DD's have :)
Have a great day :)

Jaimie said...

Beautiful finish! And your daughter is a very talented artist!

Extremlygentle1 said...

Sally your pillow looks great for a first attempt. And I am looking forward to seeing more *HUGS*

Michele said...

well done Sally! Looks like a few bloggers did their "first" finishing this weekend! Of course I'd love to be added to the drawing .. and can I send you some of my things to finish? *grin*

love your daughters sketches!

Hazel said...

Ohhh gorgeous little pillow I would love to win it!!! Lovely drawings - what a talented dd you have. btw has the final part of Pap serendipity come out yet as I think I have lost my link to it if it has :(
xx

Ranae said...

That's an awesome pillow. Please add me to the drawing. Your DD sure is talented, the sketches are fabulous.

Claire said...

Beautiful finish Sally - as always! Love the colours of the piece. Would love a chance to win it!

WAY TO GO to Jess for her drawings!

Hugs
Claire

Paula said...

Hi Sally, what a gorgeous pillow.
And Sally, Abi and Jess are so tallented, their pictures are fab. God I couldn't draw anything to save my life!! lol

I'd love to be entered into your contest too Sally, thanks so much for doing this.

Hugs and Happy stitching....

Karan said...

Beautiful finish Sally. Love Abi & Jess' drawings.
Looking forward to seeing WIP pics of the JN. :0)

Stitcher said...

Me, me please. It's gorgeous, and love the girls pics

Lizzy said...

Oh, my but there are so many beautiful stitchy pieces to feast my eyes upon, Sally!!! You've been so busy of late whilst I was MIA from blogland... I've been sitting here reading and trying to *catch up* with all your lovely posts and gorgeous stitching... I'll have to come back in the morning as my eyes are starting to cross... lol

I love your La-D-Da Rose pillow... It's gorgeous and who would ever know it was your first attempt... not me, that's for sure!!! I haven't seen this freebie before and I love it!!! :-)

Dragonette is gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!!! :-) I love it!!! Oh, and I'm finally going to start on my first HAED... I'm so excited... just waiting on the fabric to arrive and I'll be ready to take the plunge! ;-) I decided on "I Am Half Sick of Shadows, said the Lady of Shalott" by John William Waterhouse... I have always loved the painting and it suits my mood... so... wish me luck! :-)

Oh, and I love your progress on Guardian... It's Awesome and I can't wait to see more... :-)

I'm sorry you're not enjoying stitching on the linen... Just keep stitching away on it, Hun... and you'll be done in no time the way your needle has been smoking of late...

Jess and Abi are just as talented as their Mum... such lovely sketches!!!

Sorry to have rambled on so... Thanks so much for always thinking of me, Sweetie... it means so very much... {{{Hugs}}}

Lizzy said...

Oh, silly me... I forgot to say, I'd love to be included in the drawing for your Gorgeous pillow, Sweetie... :-) And if you know where I can get a copy of that La-D-Da freebie I'd love one... :-)

Thanks Angel... :-)

monique said...

What a pretty finish! You'd never know it was your first :) I'd love to be entered, as my daughter's middle name is Rose and she's a bit of a stitched pillow freak LOL Thanks for the offer!

Your DD's sketches are very nice! I have Queen of the Needle in my stash... maybe I should do a SAL with you, too (??)

Too bad you have to wait 7 weeks, because the online show starts the 17th, I think LOL

Mad Dixie said...

Great pictures, looks like you have two budding artists, I love your cushion you have a good eye for colours

Teejay said...

Your pillow is lovely!

Michelle said...

Your pillow is lovely, please enter me in the drawing! I have yet to try my hand at one of these.

sammyjo said...

the pillow looks great and i bet it was fun to make this is my first vist to ur blog and im really impressed. nice work

Kajsa said...

You did so good with that finishing! I'm very impressed.

Nice drawings too!

Karen H. said...

Sally, I love your pillow and would be thrilled to be entered in the drawing for it. Thanks!

Lisa said...

Could I be added for a chance to win your lovely pillow please Sally, sorry I'm so late!

Yuko said...

Sally, what a beautiful cushion you've made with this freebie!!!
It's stunning!!
Oh I can't wait to receive it from you!! wow, wow!
And you know, we have something in common, we both like Russel Watson, Westlife, Robbie Williams! LOL