Being creative helps us while away many an hour and when you live away from suppliers you learn to make do. Well I’ve been making do. You see I just love making the mini pillows that a small group of us have been exchanging and have decided to increase my own collection. There is a piece of fabric that keeps calling to me , it is nothing like I would normally include in my stash, however it is there and it’s voice is louder than the others. Somehow I wanted to include it with a mini sampler as a wee pillow. All of the linen and other cross stitch fabrics I had just weren’t right so it was a case of diving into my old art supplies and dyeing fabric for myself.
The first piece turned out a very soft teal and I think it’s going to work out nicely. A mini isn’t going to take all of this piece of noisy fabric so another piece of stitching fabric needed to be dyed. This time I went for linen and chose a pale greyish blue. After stashing away whites and cream for ages a whole new world has opened up for me –this dyeing stuff is fun!
Speaking of dyeing, I have a friend, Donna who owns The Woolpatch. She dyes beautiful pure NZ wool and recently I have acquired just a little bit to use on needle cases. Look at these beauties all lined up and ready to be stitched, yum, pure wool, nothing like it for appliqué.
But wait, there’s more… while taking a little break from patchwork I have dragged out the embroidery floss and finished some more mini’s. The three of them were so relaxing to do and not one is true to pattern. I just can’t help myself and always end up changing or adding something. Now, who can I send these to?
Have a great day one and all
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