Wednesday, 20 February 2013

More of the birdcage accessories finished

Hi everyone,
This week my new steam iron arrived. Wow it just about does everything except a cup of tea. It is a Tefal Aquaspeed autoclean 5375 and looks like a light blue spaceship and is just as speedy.

I have been waiting to sew up some of the accessories for the birdcage but I needed to press the embroideries to bring them back into alignment and freshen up the linen.
The class notes were great and helped a lot which made the making up a lot easier. Thank you Christine for a wonderful class and project. 

Here are the nearly completed accessories. I still have to add a closing loop and crystal onto the needle-case.

French Birdcage by Christine P Bishop
Needlecase,Pincushion,Thimble holder bag,Laying tool
holder,Needle threader fob
The red is DMC 814, one of my favourites, my friend Lis in stitching her birdcage in a wonderful shade of a blue Finca thread. Just yummy. It will be onto the actual birdcage next after I finish the scissor holder which is the final piece to the accessories.

Last Sunday was another class with Christine at the Guild of SA. we learned how to construct a fabric covered box, all stitched with no glue. It was a 1 day class and we all managed (20 very busy ladies) to reach the halfway point. At the end of the day my hand was telling me to have a rest. It was the first time I have used a curved needle and I think I stitched enough of my finger into the box to make it contain a sizeable DNA record. I will post a photo soon.

The second ornament in Santa's Village is finished and I snapped another photo, sorry it is a little overexposed but I have workmen digging up the road out the front of my home and the dust is just incredible so I changed my photography spot and it is not as good.

Santa's Village, Country Cottage Needleworks
35 count Natural , one over one
Santa's House and Poinsetta Place
These ornaments are so great. They are really fun to stitch and being small it intensifies the colours really well. This week I found out that Little House Needleworks are starting a 12 month series of little houses the first one is called My House and can be personalised with your own family name. Take a look and enjoy.

Happy stitching, bye for now, Carol


  1. Your Santa's village looks so sweet as ornaments Carol. They will look amazing as a group at the end of the series,

    1. Thanks Nicola, I have a friend working on a wooden "tree" so I can hang them together. They are such sweet designs. Bye for now Carol

  2. The Santa's Village ornaments are darling but the birdcage accessories are amazing. Can't wait to see the birdcage itself all finished with its pretties inside.

    1. Thanks Jane, The birdcage is going to be a real test of my construction skills. I will have a lot of support from the designer and my fellow class mates. So stay tuned. Happy stitching bye for now Carol