Stitched Skulls and Pirates…

Well, kind of… 😉

I’m currently practicing some new skills I’d like to acquire this year so first up is one of my favourite sayings from “The Princess Bride”. It’s one of mine and the family’s favourite ever movies so I thought I’d stitch it.

“As you wish”…So much sass!

I’m been inspired by some of the blogs I’ve been reading so here’s the fabric that I’m stitching it on:



It’s lovely! I’ve had it in my craft cupboard for a few years but never really found anything I could do with it. Until now, that is. I’ll post some progress pics tomorrow but it looks pretty good if I may say so. 😀

So far I’ve used stem stitch and back stitch on the lettering but I’m not sure what to use for the little logo I’ve done of his mask, bandanna and moustache. Maybe I’ll try stumpwork, haven’t used that before. Hmm…



I’ve been looking into quilting today, something I’ve never tried but always wanted to. I got treated to a sewing machine about eight months ago and quite frankly, it’s just sat there as I’m too scared to use it. However, planning on starting since I’ll need to be able to use it very soon. 😉

I’m getting quite inspired by some of the fabrics I’ve been looking at. I love muted, natural colours and fabrics like those below are really “speaking” to me and I’m kind of getting really inspired by what I can do with them. What do you think?

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I’ve also seen some beautiful quilts, and I’m itching to get started. All I need do is measure twice, cut once and stitch a straight line. Right? Yep, that’s what I keep telling myself. 😉

Just take a look at these. Gorgeous!

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So inspired!!! ^_^

2015 Aims.

One thing I found during ALL of 2014 was that time was incredibly difficult to find. So this year, I am aiming to amend that and to address my skills (and lack thereof) in some areas. So, these are the aims of this year (could make interesting reading this time next year lol).

Skills to Learn:

  • Using a sewing machine;
  • Quilting;
  • Goldwork and Silverwork;
  • Researching historic clothing;
  • Drafting patterns;
  • Making basic clothing;
  • Adjusting basic clothing;
  • Hemming;
  • Book-binding;
  • Crocheting;
  • Kirigami;
  • Nalbinding.

Skills to practice:

  • Embellished stitching (historically accurate);
  • Working to a time limit;
  • Applique;
  • Blackwork;
  • Cross-stitch;
  • Hardangar;
  • Embroidery;
  • Candle-making;
  • Soap-making;
  • Glass painting;
  • Ceramic painting;
  • Origami;
  • Knitting;
  • Felt plushies and figures;
  • Fabric dyeing and painting.