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Oh my! Its been ages since I wrote anything here. The main site has been taking all my attention.

Anyway I wanted to share a wonderful surprise I was given the other day. My husband had been chatting with a couple over the pub, and had mentioned to them that I do embroidery.Well, they are moving house very soon and wanted to find a new home for a special little box.

When he came home and told me what had been kept in the box for many, many years my face must have lit up like a Christmas tree! Waiting for a week until they met again was like torture.

This is what turned up…

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The box contained Marie’s grandmother’s embroidery transfers. Tons of them! Of all sizes, subjects and S’s. My guess is that Marie’s grandmother’s name began with S, or maybe one of her children. Quite handily my mother’s name also begins with S, so she may well get something personalized for Christmas.

Do you want to peep inside the box? OK, as you asked so nicely, here you go….

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There is enough in there to keep me busy for years! Of course I will share my results with you either here or on the site…

http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com

I will try not to leave it so long before I write next time.

Carol

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For my next contribution to Connie’s Under the Sea crazy quilt block I stitched a little hermit crab.

Just four stitches are used in this little hermit crab.

Just four stitches are used in this little hermit crab.

I picked a salmon coloured perle 5 for his body and front claws. Then I added two lazy daisy stitches for his eyes. Chain stitched was used for his other legs.

I then picked a variegated thread for his shell. This I worked in blanket stitch, making each row shorter until I got to the top.

No pattern, just made him up as I went along. I love seeing how things turn out, and it isn’t always what I saw in my mind’s eye before I started.

Now to get this off in the post, I’m already a little late, oops.

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Can you remember your very first piece of embroidery? Have you just completed it or did you stitch it many years ago?

Mine has been hiding in a drawer for over 40 years and it came to light yesterday so I thought I would share it with you.

I made this little huck embroidered needlecase when I was at junior school.

The fabric is backed with iron on interfacing (I see that I didn’t even cut off the printed words!) and has a piece of flannel sewn down the centre to make the pages for my needles. It even had five needles still in it, all of which are still useable with no sign of rust after all those years.

I used perle threads to darn in and out of the “floats” on the huck fabric, creating wavy coloured lines. My initials were drawn on in pencil (which is still visible and then stitched over.

Yes it is a very crude piece of needlework but even back then I enjoyed sewing, not knowing that I would end up running my own design business!

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