Monday, 26 August 2013

Holiday Stitching - 1

We returned from a lovely family holiday on Saturday night. Can you guess from our silly pic what our holiday purchases included?  Rain hats!  I refused to go all "Australian outback" with mine, but the men in my life are heading off to look for wild horses to break in for their daily commutes!

Our holiday time involves lots of adventure sports (this year: gorge scrambling, Go Ape highwire forest walking, rowing, lake swimming, mountain biking to name a few).  I can now set your mind at ease by confirming what you probably already suspected - I do NOT participate in said adventure sports. My role is to gleefully wave my men goodbye for a few hours and meet up with them for coffee and tourist activities later in the day.  While they live on adrenalin, I am free to stitch some peaceful hours away.

After stitching up the brooches (better pics than the previous post)

I had immense fun appliqueing hearts to some gorgeous Kaufman Essex Linen and embellishing it with a little lace and buttons, hoping to achieve a sort of pretty, vintagey look.

There was a lot of chalking grids and measuring to make sure everything lined up nicely.

I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of stitching this little cushion.  It was fun and freeing to just play with design and some notions.  I like the simplicity of it and hope that its recipient will too.

And, because I adored the print from the central heart, I used it on a contrasting band for the envelope backing. I think it might be from Denyse Schmidt's Shelburne Falls line, but didn't know that when I bought it.  I do know that I wish I had bought more of it!

So, this will be off to its new home soon, I hope.  And, hopefully tomorrow, I will show you the other cushion I made while I was away.


  1. feel exhausted just reading what your men got up to on holiday. Like you I would be stitching instead, the cushion is very pretty.

  2. love the picture xx .. and the cushion ,seems like you had the beter end of the deal.. from my point of view xx

  3. Love the cushion Sarah-and it sounds like the perfect plan sending the men folk off to do their thing!

  4. Sounds like you had a great holiday, we went to New Zealand this year. Amongst the sports we didn't do were snowboarding, skiing, bungi jumping, white water rafting, paragliding (though my husband was keen to try that). I did however try some extreme knitting and bought some lovely merino sock wool! (By the way I have been making a couple of squares for Siblings together, the cross ones)

  5. Great family pic. Glad the weather didn't stop you all having fun. Love the cushion!

  6. Beautiful cushion and lovely family photo. Glad you had a great holiday. We missed you on Sat evening.

  7. Such a pretty cushion! Didn't realise you squeezed in a trip down under as well! Jxo

  8. I love that you can sew peacefully while they go wild. Happy families all round!


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