Stitching and Carpal Tunnel

You may have noticed a lack of updates recently. Long story short, my arms are killing me, and lifting a toddler doesn’t help.

I have been switching types of stitching a lot too, from needlework to tatting to upholstery, so I have been trying to keep busy, but it’s been quite difficult to finish anything, which is annoying.

I am still pinning away on Pinterest and keeping up with a whole bunch of blogs, so hopefully when I feel better, I will still have the inspiration to stitch.

Love, Kim


4/20 – Sketchy Raccoon


I think my goal of finishing 20 in August will need to be revised. I still want to do 20, but it may take longer because of reasons.


Pictured: one of the reasons. She is actually very rarely like this, I promise.

3/20 Tartan Bunny Girl


These might be cheating, but I have been looking for an excuse to do anything with this amazing fabric. Isn’t it super playful? I love it.

I am free handing the clothing, just for the fun of it, and I don’t have much of a plan beyond playing with them. The skirt is split stitch, and the top is simple back stitch.

Doing a dashing fox next!

2/20 Blue Girl Dishin’

She looks to me like she just got told what some other girl just said about her, and she had to freeze and say something snappy. Vintage pattern from the Hoop Love group.

Simple redwork outline, in two shades of blue – although I am not sure it was worth getting another colour out to do her face and dress details. Oh well.


1/20 – Foxes!


Is the plural of fox foxes? Not sure. Either way, these guys are adorable. This is a (temporarily) free pattern from Urbanrhreads. Grab it while you can!
This is a mix of outline in back stitch and furry stitching on the whiskers and tails. I may add another colour into the fur later.

Short Blogging Break and August Plan

CardsI’m back! I accidentally took a month-long break from blogging, but in the meanwhile managed to complete a 27000 word story through the Camp Nanowrimo event, which is pretty awesome. It also means giving up reading for a month, but on that front, I am still 2 books ahead of schedule for my 100 books this year, so taking a whole month off reading didn’t set me back at all. (For the record, they are 100 not so serious books: humour, paranormal romance and craft books. I don’t have the attention-span for dramatic novels, even if I wanted to.)

FeathersSo what is the plan for August? I want to make 20 small embroidery pieces. That’s right, 20! This is all my mom’s fault (inspiration?) really. She is always bugging me about what I do with my embroidery once it is stitched (which is nothing, mostly). A few months ago, I gave her a stack of finished pieces, and I told her to do something with them if she was so adamant that something be done.

photo 3She came back with these: pretty cards with my embroidery sewn on! Ok, that is super cute, I give up. These two will be presents for my mother-in-law, who collects cards. My goal in August is to do another 20 little pieces that I can stitch onto cards. The feathers are from a book I got at the library, and the little birds are from Urbanthreads.

Here are the first two I traced, more about the patterns later!

WashingTwo foxes

Ready, steady, go!

Blue and Black Tatting & Antique Patterns

001bAfter my total wipeout with the red oval doily, I am quite happy to show you two successes! They aren’t perfect, but they sit flat and are even the whole way around.


Both of these patterns come from the same book, Tatting Book No13 by Anne Orr. This book is available for free as part of the Antique Pattern Library, an amazing website full of pdf files of old craft and art books. There are lots of tatting books on there and although the designs are no where near as clear as modern books, with enough experience and patience, you can decipher the instructions. As an example, here are the instructions for the blue medallion:

medallion38I ended up writing them out and double-checking the photographs. Written needle-tatting instructions look more like this (this is the centre motif in the medallion as described above):

  • Ring: 2-2-2-2-2-2 RW
  • Chain: 3-2-2-3 RW
  • Ring: 2-2 join to second to last picot of previous R 2-2-2-2 RW
  • Chain: 3-2-2-3 RW
  • Repeat for 5 rings total, joining last ring to both the second to last picot of previous R and second picot of first R.
  • Chain: 3-2-2-3
  • Tie and Cut.

It’s a bit different; needle tatting does a lot of reversing the work (RW) to get the chains and rings to sit in the right directions. Learning how to properly reverse took me most of a weekend and about 30 ugly little flowers.

Here are a few closeups of these two medallions, just for fun:

003b 009b

As always, check out Totusmel’s Instructables to learn the basics of needle tatting. She taught me nearly all I know!