Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The next sewing project

So today I have spent my day off randomly sorting out the households random collection of sewing silks. We seem to be slightly over run with them alongside tapestry wools. Most have been left over from previous projects, others we inherited from my gran. A lot of them sadly are rather old but they still hold a use especially when picking out colours for a new project.

Now I did all this while I still haven't finished of any of the other projects i'm currently doing. With 30 odd days left to Christmas I still am on the case of the Christmas table cloth that I saved from my gran's [a proper posting about this tablecloth is in the pipeline]. I'm also still meant to be making a pair of patchwork cushions [they seem to have gone on the back burner since finding the tablecloth], and a cross stitch piece based around the Flower Fairies. Oh and a hot water bottle cover. I have too much on the go and with working now, not enough time.

But with the tablecloth on the verge of being finished I must admit rather then getting on with any of my other projects I have been more then tempted into starting something else, this time a sewing of vintage cars.

Its a pre-printed design that I had totally forgotten I already had. I have the case of buying things, putting them away and forgetting they ever existed. But after having a bit of a tidy up the other day this one has tempted me into sorting out the cottons. Normally, well in most cases you get such a design with the colours provided, or at least a list of which to purchase. This design however, had neither so it's all been a case of trying to match silks to the colours printed. I guess it leaves a little to the imagination and the individuals take on the image. And I guess in a way, it's half the fun.

As a DMC canvas its a sampler of vintage cars from 1925 to 1951, not that I know anything about, or really even like cars but i'm just attracted to the vintage element and because its just a little bit different.
Car sewing
[The vintage car sampler and it's chosen cottons!]
Now I just need to write on my stitckers down the right which colour is which cotton before I either forget or totally get confused! I can't wait to start, but I must finish the tablecloth first!


  1. So glad to hear that I'm not the only one with several sewing projects going on at the same time.
    Love the cars tapestry.

  2. You're so talented! I wish I can sew well, it will make life so much easier for me!! You have a darling blog, dear:)


  3. Thank you all!! I can't wait to start it - just need to find the time x

  4. Wow! The car tapestry is so coooooool! You are really talented. Awesome blog by the way x

  5. What a fantastic stitchery, I would be all over that like butter on bread, too! :)

    One trick I've been doing for as long as I recall to help keep track of what threads I'm using on a give cross stitch is to take a sturdy piece of card stock or light cardboard (one front or back side from most average breakfast cereal boxes usually works well), cut small gashes vertically (1 to 2 inches deep) into it all around the sides, wind the thread I'm using for a project around the "branches" of card that have been created between the notches, and to then label (in ink) the names or label numbers of the hues I'm using below each colour of thread. This method works like a charm and eliminates the need to worry about fussing with keeping skins intact, as they've been wrapped around the card stock. (I hope this method makes sense, I've never described it before. Let me know if I wasn't clear enough.)

    Have a beautiful evening, honey!
    ♥ Jessica

  6. Yes Jessica, your method does make real sense - it's something I probably need to get around to doing. My gran had a box however or nameless and even numberless cottons and i'm currently trying to debate if they are worth keeping.

    Just need more drawers, i'm running out of space to keep them all!