I mentioned the idea of Stitchsperation in my last post. I love crossstitch but was so fed up of there being no crossstitch patterns that I wanted to stitch. Even when I did find patterns I didn’t hate, I had to change the floss colour as I didn’t love them either! I wanted something cool and contemporary, something I would want to hang up in my own home.
From my years as a Pinterest addict, it seemed that everyone loves inspirational quotes, so the idea of Stitchsperation came to me. Inspirational quotes in modern designs that can be stitched on anything or on brightly coloured evenweave in kits made by me!
I started designing and stitching and finally, after a year of designing, stitching, doubting myself, giving myself pep talks and preparing, Stitchsperation was finally opened on September 1st!
I have released 9 patterns so far which may be downloaded as PDF charts or bought as ready to stitch kits. I have lots more patterns in the pipeline as well as one-of-a-kind hand-dyed evenweave which may be used to stitch up a Stitchsperation or any pattern you want!
I’d love to hear what you think, do you have any favourite quotes you would like to see?
When trying to think of what to make for my super cool Swedish friends’ wedding last Autumn, I was stuck. I didn’t have a lot of money and my sewing machine was still half way across the Atlantic so I decided a framed cross stitch would work. However, the lack of appropriate ‘super cool’ cross stitch patterns was ridiculous! I know, ‘super cool’ and ‘cross-stitch’ don’t seem to go together but I don’t see why not?! I scoured the internet for hours trying to find something that would remotely suit them and I couldn’t find anything. Nothing. Not a thing.
So I decided to take matters into my own hands and design my own!
I started by designing what I wanted in photoshop (one of these days I will have to get illustrator but photo shop is all I have for now!) and then I painstakingly drew the whole pattern out in pencil onto graph paper…. it took forever!
Cross-stitch designing, the old fashioned way!
Cross-stitch designing, the old fashioned way!
Once the giant version was complete, I reduced it down – by hand, yes, I know there were probably a million more economical ways to do this but sometimes I’m stubborn!
I decided that just type on a plain background needed some colour so mixed up some water colour paint with some fabric medium, painted my evenweave and then got stitching!
The gift was late…. by 6 months! Oops! But was gratefully received by the newlyweds and gave me the idea for Stitchsperation!
I’ve been seeing the Raspberry Kiss and Mini Raspberry Kiss blocks all over the internet for a long while and finally got myself together to have a go. I raided my scrap bins and was please with the results!
I used mainly Cotton and Steel basics, with a few precious bits of Anna Maria Horner and some Alison Glass with Kona Silver (I think – I’ve lost my colour card!) as the background.
I’m happy with the outcome, now need to find the time to turn it into something, another cushion, perhaps, a wall hanging? I’m not sure, what do you think?
Another ‘better late than never’ post was this cross stitch I made for the wedding of my dear friends Emily and Tom. The pattern was from Cross Stitcher magazine and is another one by Emma Congdon. I decided to change the colour scheme from the reds and pinks to the colours of Emily and Tom’s wedding (and bedroom) yellow and grey which for me, really freshened it up and made it look more modern. I’m so pleased with the way it turned out and they did too!
In true Sydney Rose 2015 style I didn’t get a good picture of the finished, framed article, but think this shows it pretty well.
This year has been filled with craziness, trips, international moves, lots of uncertainty. When I heard that the Schnitzel and Boo Mini Quilt Swap – Round #4 was happening, there was one thing I was certain of…. I was taking part! I had decided early in the year I wasn’t going to sign up for any swaps for a while, but when round 4 of this swap was announced, I knew I couldn’t miss it. Things were just settling back down and I had my sewing machine back so I was in!
My partner is an amazing quilter so I was more than a little intimidated when I got her info. I had seen the Hexie Tile Pattern by Julie Hirt on Pinterest a while ago and this was the perfect time to use it. Her brief was: rainbow colours and geometric designs (it was like making for myself!).
I cut into some of my favourite pieces for this, mainly Alison Glass, Lizzy House and Cotton and Steel. I even used a piece of fabric dyed by yours truly! I’m always trying to improve my precision in piecing. Its usually easier with paper pieced patterns like this but I still pulled out the seam ripper a few times to get everything as perfectly lined up as I could!
I started off with a more or less square design but once the blocks started to take shape, I realised I wanted something a bit different. I am always in awe of people who do something out of the ordinary, so this time, I decided to join them. An I’m SO glad I did! The binding was a little tricky but I did it and I am so pleased with how the whole thing turned out!
What do you think? Do you like ‘funny’ shaped quilts? Are you taking part in the swap? My partner hasn’t received it yet, I’ll update here when she has! Fingers crossed she likes it, going by all the amazing love it’s been getting on Instagram I think she might, if not, I’ll have it back 😉