Two new embroidery patterns

So finally a moment to catch up!  Building a new website is hard work.  Changing everything didn't go quite as smoothly as I had hoped and in fact one of the main problems I had was that once I switched the domain name over, I lost all the photos from all the blog postings - rather frustrating when initially they transferred over (much to my astonishment) all intact.   Anyhow, I am working my way through and popping all the images back where I can.  This blog is precious to me as it the story of my stitching life over the last few years and I want to keep it as a record of all my work.  One thing that I have realised over the last weeks of doing this, is just how much sewing I have actually done.  However, I have to say that I am thrilled with how the new website looks and am working on the shop as well, so hopefully it will all come together in good time.

Meanwhile, I have two new patterns up in the Etsy shop.  They are part of a series of 4 'hashtag' patterns and I hope you will like them.   I love this modern way of organising things in the digital world and hashtags seem to be so much part of life now that I decided to use them for a collection of patterns which reflect different emotions.  #Remember and #Explore are the first two patterns.

Hashtag Remember Embroidery Pattern

Hashtag Remember Embroidery Pattern

These new designs are meant to be very versatile and I will be using them in other ways to show you how you can adapt them to make special handmade projects and gifts.  For example, this design looks rather cool as a book cover, especially if you add in a beautiful ribbon bookmark.

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The second design is really for the adventurer in you.  I am really enamoured with the little hatbox bag on this one!

Hashtag Explore Embroidery Pattern

Hashtag Explore Embroidery Pattern

This design seemed to be telling me that it needed to be put on a bag and it worked beautifully don't you think?

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They are available as pdf downloadable patterns (just click on the Etsy button at the bottom to go to the shop) at the moment, but printed patterns and kits will be ready soon. 

There are two more designs to come...they won't be long...  hope you will pop back next time to take a peep.

Meanwhile, happy weekend and thanks for finding me in my new little patch of cyberspace!

Ruby x

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Tilda's Patchwork Santa

Tilda's Patchwork Santa

I mean, seriously....isn't he just darling?!?!?!  In fact, this statement would apply to just about anything in the book that he came from -  the latest book from Tilda's Tone Finnanger, 'Sewing by Heart'.  I think the only way to describe it is 'divine'.  Glorious photographs of beautiful hand made things with a Scandinavian flavour - it is an all year around book, with projects for every season.

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The song of winter

The song of winter

I love this time of year....the colours....the chilling air, the early morning sparkle of frost, pulling out favourite sweaters and making soup, but most of all I love the promise of Christmas.    I think winter is the season that I love the most, although I don't believe this was always the case.

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Round and About in Paris

Round and About in Paris

The brief was, Paris themed with pale green/turquoise.   The fabrics were easy to select.  I chose the backing first.  This may seem a little unusual, but the more quilts I make, the more I am sure that the backing is a key piece of the jigsaw.   Beautiful and bold backings really make the whole project just fantastic and in this case, allowed me to set the Paris theme and the colour way.

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The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace

The Knitting & Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace

Hello,

I just wanted to say that I had such a wonderful time at Ally Pally and that 'Ruby' did too!   We met so many interesting and lovely people, with fantastic talent, from all over the world and it was inspirational in very many ways.  Thank you to all my family who were amazing and came to help and support me in my first big show and big hello's to all the wonderful customers who visited our stand.

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Vintage Linen Revival Quilt and a change of direction

Vintage Linen Revival Quilt and a change of direction

It seemed all incredibly random to me this afternoon and I put them up on my design wall and pondered over it for sometime.  It was always an experiment for sure..... and cutting up vintage linens that are mostly rather tatty seems such a worthwhile project, but in order to upcycle - it has to be cohesive and the end result has to be useful.

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A handcrafted, perfectly matched Clutch Bag

A handcrafted, perfectly matched Clutch Bag

I can't tell you how thrilled I am with this.   It is exactly how I imagined it would be - pretty, useful and completely unique.   It has all the feel of a vintage piece...a handcrafted perfectly matched accessory. 

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