Saturday, 19 November 2011

FSNI - November

Handmade by Heidi

So, last night was FSNI and looking at the sign ups it seems there were 155 of us ladies FSNIing together.  Unlike a lot of the participants, I don't head up to my sewing machine.  I'm always tired on a Friday and I like to spend some time with Mr CA, so for me, it's always handwork on the sofa infront of the TV.  Usually, I don't get much done, this time, I did!

First of all, I finished up the book mark for my nana-in-law.  Her name is Iris so this Iris bookmark was perfect.

I showed you the finished cross stitch in the week, but here it is sewn to it's felt backing.

With a tassle added of course!

Here's a rear view - that's actually purple though it looks quite blue.  The free pattern can be found here.  It's a design by Katherine Martin Tripp and she has loads of freebies, so go and check them out if you're cross-stitcherly inclined.

It didn't take me long to finish, just a running stitch around the edge, so I moved on to making some baby hats.  Brown bear hats from this free pattern, one for my friend's son for Christmas and one for my nephew-to-be.

And panda bear hats from the same pattern for the same two babies.  One of each is size 9 - 12 months, the small brown one is 3 months and the small panda one is new born.

I couldn't find any chunky black wool anywhere, so this is super-chunky.  It's fine to crochet with, but sewing it in is a right pain in the arse.  It's got barely any twist and is a bit like unspun fleece so when you pull hard to sew with it, it breaks.  I got one large ear sewn on, then started the next and it broke, so I unpicked both.  I moved on to the tiny hat and sewed them on with embroidery floss.  I just have to finish the large hat now, but Big Love had finished and although I was half way through House, I wanted to go to bed and finish my book.  I've just read Stolen Innocence by Elissa Wall about her life in a polygamist sect - riveting!

Right then ladies, time to go and see what you all got up to on FSNI, though judging by the fact it's only 9am, I doubt any of you trans-atlantic or antipodean ladies have posted yet as you'll be asleep... Or are you ahead of me in Oz and NZ?  Time zones confuse me!


Pam said...

We're ahead of you Down Under, so I did my FNSI 24 hours ago and am now seeing what everyone's been up to. Looks like you had a very productive night. Love the iris bookmark and those hats are so cute.

Tezzcan said...

Love the bookmark, and the hats are so cute, I especially the panda ones.

Anonymous said...

Those hats are ADORABLE. I'm going to go have a look at the those patterns now. :-)

Nancy Lee said...

Love those hats Wendy!
Your bookmark is lovely. I am sure she is going to love it. I was watching TV too. I had the huge OttLite on too -- Mr. doesn't love it, but it sure is easier on my eyes!

The 4 Bushel Farmgal said...

You had a very productive Friday Night Sew-In. I love the Iris bookmark, it's so elegant! A perfect gift for a nana :)

Stitchin' time said...

Love the bookmarks and did you purchase the tassels or make them as they look very neat?!
I'll need to look at those hats and check the sizes as it's summer here but Miss GD2 will be 18 months old next winter and I'm sure she'd look extra cute in one of these :D! Of course they wouldn't be panda hats over here but koala hats ;P. Thanks for the link.

barb's creations said...

Love the hats,very cute and the iris cross stitch is just lovely :) Barb.

Impera_Magna said...

What a lovely bookmark.... I'm sure Iris will love it!!!

Allie said...

A perfect iris for Iris! That turned out just lovely, Wendy. And oh those hats are just too darling!!!

Mistea said...

Busy with hook and needle I see.
Love the bookmark and the little hats are so adorable. Lucky little people to be getting warm and cute hats to keep their heads from getting cold.
Enjoy your week Monday here already so it is back to the Office for me today!

Ellen said...

Great little bookmark and the hats are really cute!

Anita said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and your nice comments Wendy.I'll come back to see more of your works soon.
Your bookmarks are lovely! cute tassels!