Sunday, 21 November 2010

Don't Laugh!

at my feeble attempts to make cushions. The first one up is LHN's Frosty Flakes which I backed with the green checked fabric in the background. This was my first attempt and probably my best. Although I did struggle with using the sewing machine after I had put the stuffing in. I also discovered I am not very good at sewing in a straight line lol.



The next two are both Lizzie Kate designs that I have stitched this year. Again backed with the fabric in the background.



Now on to my sewing of the last few weeks Vervaco's Lady in Blue. I am loving this one apart from her hair where I had to frog quite a bit as I stitched a symbol in the wrong colour had to unpick it and then couldn't remember where I had stitched. I think it is almost as it should be. I am going to stitch on this again this week and then I am joining Sally, Chris, Lisa, Claire and Hazel in a LHN Sal starting December 1st and will be stitching Ponsietta House.



I am also stitching on LHN Peppermint Twist on a Sunday with Sally and Barb but I haven't taken a photo of this yet.

Thank you all who leave comments on my stitching, I really do appreciate it.

Until next time, happy stitching.

Lesleyanne xxx

25 comments:

Heather said...

pillows look great!

Danielle said...

Everything looks great! I especially like the backing fabric for the Lizzie Kate designs. And remember, finishing, is all about practice, practice, practice, and patience!

Daffycat said...

Lovely pillows!

I usually hand stitch my pillows closed. It's easy once you have done it a few times. I know there are tutorials out there for blind stitching...maybe someone can point one out for you.

Shannon said...

I love your pillows! Very cute!

Christina said...

I love how you finished Frosty Flakes. I'm just in the middle of stitching him and am loving him already. It's supposed to be a Christmas gift but I think I may be keeping this one for myself!

Joanita said...

Everything beautiful =)

Cindy's Stitching said...

Your pillows look great. It takes a while and practice to me the stuffing is the hard part. Yours look great. I use cording sometimes to my pieces. I am a new follower and thank you for visiting my blog.

Hazel said...

Wow beautiful pillows! Love the lady in blue as well. so detailed. Looking forward to our sal. x

Mylene said...

Your pillows turned out beautiful.
I don't know how to use a sewing machine, although i did tried to take lessons years ago but never touch it afterwards, so i hand-sewed all the ornaments i made.

Melissa said...

I think you did a great job on your finishes! Your progress picture looks great.

Carol said...

Your pillows look so nice, Lesleyanne--especially like the Ho Ho Ho one. I always handstitch the final opening--think it is easier than using the machine. Try it and see what you think :)

Sally said...

I think you did a lovely job on your finishing Lesleyanne. As Danielle says practice, practice, practice:)

Love your Lady in Blue.

I can't wait for our SAL. I've got everything ready:)

Lisa said...

I love your finishes Lesleyanne, especially the left hand LK one. Don't put yourself down about finishing things, it just takes practice and gaining confidence. I spent the whole of the day Saturday overcoming my phobia of my sewing machine and in the end managed to finish off three pieces which I'm really proud of myself for. I stitched 3 and a bit sides using the machine, then found a tutorial for ladder stitch on the web and used that to finish them off after stuffing and you can't see the stitching, so will definitely be using it again.
I can't wait for our SAL, cut and prepped the fabric today so all ready to go on the 1st.

KarenV said...

Great pillows and choice of backing fabrics! I agree with blind stitching or ladder stitching the gap by hand, it's much easier than trying to sew it closed by machine once you've stuffed it. If you use the method I showed for the BBD circular pincushion (putting the seam on the back), it's even easier. Feel free to email me if you want any help.

Elaine said...

Lesleyanne your pillow finishes are lovely. I just love the backing fabric you chose.
I;ve never been able to use a sewing machine so I need to do my finishes by hand. It;s a hit or a miss with me sometimes there wonky sometimes not..lol.
Your wip looks beautiful and I;m sure your SAL with Sally and the girls will be great fun.

Joysze said...

I think those pillows are darling!!! Sooooo cute! I think I will have to do some for Christmas next year after seeing yours. :D

Vervaco's lady is beautiful.

Jane said...

A gorgeous trio Lesleyanne, I love them all, colours and fabrics.
It doesn't matter if you have wonky stitching, it happens to us all but that's the uniqueness of hand-crafted items, so much work involved so sit back and enjoy them.
BUT if want to have a go at hand-stitching the final gap, definitely try Invisible Stitching (Ladder stitch) it looks daunting but really is soooo easy and youll be amazed at the finished effect ~ it really is hard to spot!
Good progress with everything else and have fun with your 2 SALS
xxx

Siobhan said...

Everything looks great! Good for you on the finishing!

Julie said...

Lvely finishes, i usually handsew my ornaments and ladder stitch the opening closed after filling. I cannot be trusted with the sewing machine when doing smaller things, it has a habit of whizzing along where i dont want it too LOL

Susimac said...

Your pillows look brilliant, I love the backing fabrics that you have used for them all, just perfect.

NOSTROMO said...

I love your Frosty Flakes! Very cute! Celebratory mood!

Dani - tkdchick said...

The pillows look pretty good, finishing is something you get better with, with practice! Keep trying!

Carin said...

Your pillows looks great !!! I always sew my little ornaments pillows by hand and not on the sewing machine. I draw with the pencul on the backside of the stitching a line and sew on that :-) I love the fabric for the back of the Lizzie Kate pillows !!

Paisley said...

I think your pillows look great!

Ranae said...

I think your finishes turned out fabulous.
I had fun browsing your blog.