3 tattooed ladies, 2 swim bags and 1 cool pair of tights

My apologies for my absence; the hours on my main part time job vary from month to month and currently I’m working the equivalent of 4 working days a week (although it’s spread out over 7 days) and will be doing so until the end of September, but most of those hours are for a really cool project that I will literally be able to tell my grandchildren about, so work is busy but all good.

However I may be busy but that hasn’t stopped me embroidering, in fact it’s encouraged more embroidering because in my much needed breaks, my idea of the perfect relaxation is a spot of embroidery with a good audiobook, so I’ve been embroidering but I haven’t had much chance to get to the sewing machine to finish things off but I managed to today, so first up *drum roll*, three ladies who’ve kept me very amused in quiet moments over the last month or two.

Sew Lovely Tattoo Lady Cushions

Sewing Sew Lovely Tattoo Lady

Nature Sew Lovely Tattoo Lady

Sweet Sew Lovely Tattoo Lady

The patterns are by Sew Lovely, from a lovely big detailed pattern set and they were a pleasure to stitch, so much so that I don’t even mind that they *whisper* don’t even go with my sofa (eek) but I’d always planned these for the bedroom. Really I need a guest bedroom, these would make fantastic guest bedroom cushions because as lovely as these are going to look in my bedroom, my bedroom is very much a working room and I can imagine I will probably be spending most of the time fishing these cushions off the floor (nothing new there). But none of that matters because these were such fun to stitch, I couldn’t resist!

Next up something of a slightly more practical nature; Boy Lacer starts swimming lessons at school this week, which is an extremely big deal, as he’s very nervous of water (going as far as not even liking rain, although he is getting better). I am confident though that he is in the best possible hands, his swimming lessons have been discussed at a number of meetings and I know he’ll have 1 to 1 support from the class’s extremely talented TA. He’s already had several preparatory visits to the pool and although he admits he’s nervous, he is not currently as freaked out as he could be (right now he’s more concerned that I’m going to forget the letter I need to write requesting that he wears swimming goggles).

Anyway, so, just as I made a swimming bag for Girl Lacer when she started school swimming lessons, I wanted to make one for Boy Lacer, I made a start on it over the school holidays but as I, on instructions from the school, was not meant to be telling Boy Lacer that he had swimming lessons the next term (so as not to freak him out over the holidays), I couldn’t ask him what design he’d like. I fell in love with this design from Urban Threads

Here There Be Monsters

but I was concerned that considering he’s so scared of water (although like I say, getting better), it might freak him out a bit but on the other hand, it’s such a fun, adventurous design, it might make swimming just that little bit more fun and exciting, specially as I paired it with some cool pirate fabric on the back. But just in case he didn’t like it, I knew I had to make an alternative as well. Now I’m not going completely mad, as although I don’t swim much, I could do with a swim bag as well, as Girl Lacer’s swim bag has worked so well over the last two years (she still uses it) and the shower curtain lining has worked to make it really waterproof and that has been useful. So I made a second, safer design, knowing that whichever one he didn’t want, I’d have.

September House pattern from &Stitches 1

This one is a September House design from the first issue of the &Stitches magazine (which I’d highly recommend by the way).

Swim bags

And which one did his choose?

……. the Urban Threads one. Quite relieved actually, as much as I think the Urban Threads design is cool, September House’s fish are far more me. But either way, both patterns were again a pleasure to stitch, I loved using just one colour for the Urban Threads design (a very dark brown to give it an old sepia look), just as much as I loved the genuine excuse to use some variegated thread on the water in the September House design and I always love doing a spot of chain stitch.

And finally, just because I couldn’t have a blog post title with the numbers 3 and 2 in, without a number 1, these are the tights I’m wearing today.

I think they’re really cool (and they’re from M&S).

Update 25.4.12 - school rang, Boy Lacer had his first swimming lesson today and guess what . . . he loved it!

Sew Lovely Pouch

365:58 sew lovely pouch

I embroidered this a few weeks ago but have only just literally unearthed the sewing machine. I have to conjure up a World Book Day costume but first I thought I’d warm myself up by finally making this piece into something. The embroidery pattern is from Sew Lovely’s Smile for the Camera pattern sheet.

I think pouches can be so useful, not sure what I’m going to use this one for though.

I Dig You The Most

Sorry for the lack of blogging, life is pretty busy round here right now, particularly on the work front (with both jobs) but I finish my stint on a particularly busy project on Monday night, so things won’t be quite so hectic soon.

Anyway, I’ve just written a round up post of Valentine’s Day patterns over on Feeling Stitchy and I stitched up one of the patterns I featured.

365:29 I Dig you the most

The pattern is by Sew Lovely and I think it’s lovely and particularly apt for me, in theory anyway, if like I actually get my butt down the allotment, start wearing my contact lenses like more than never and wear my hair more than once in a plait in like the last ten years (actually the plait wearing incident was fairly recent).

I have to admit though I principally stitched this up so I could feature this on Feeling Stitchy (I tend to only like to feature patterns that have been actually embroidered, as it shows that the pattern works but I’ll only stitch it if I actually want to stitch the pattern myself, don’t worry, as much as I love writing for Feeling Stitchy, I’m not that devoted to the cause).  Mr. Lacer is not a pink, hearts and flowers, cute, vintage person, however having said that I have just hidden this in one of his drawers (as I’ve stuffed it with lavender), so it is still for him, whether it’s a surprise or not depends on whether he opens the drawer before he opens his Google Reader next, as he does follow this blog (although he admits he skims through the embroidery and book posts and ummm I’d probably guess the food posts to).

Sew Lovely Mermaid

As usual the list of things I wanted to make the kids for Christmas was longer than the actual time I had (specially as we went away this Christmas (hence no Christmas food posts, in case you were wondering) and had to stop my Christmas making a few days early) but I was fairly realistic that I wasn’t going to make everything I wanted to and just planned to make them afterwards. So, anyway, I’ve just made this for Girl Lacer, inspired by this (another Sew Lovely pattern), I enlarged a Sew Lovely mermaid pattern (from the Smile for the Camera pattern sheet) and turned it into a softie.

365:14 Sew Lovely Mermaid Softie

Sew Lovely Mermaid

(Yes I know my bathroom is in a bit of a state, I drastically need a new one)

Sew Lovely Summer Girl

This was actually stitched earlier this week but I’ve been saving it for my weekly post over at Feeling Stitchy. For the unregular reader, I write a weekly column over on Feeling Stitchy about new patterns (both free and for sale) and the last few weeks finding new patterns to write about has been hard. The pattern above, which is called Summer Girl and is a lovely freebie from Sew Lovely, actually came out the week before last and I was going to feature it last Sunday but I didn’t have chance to sew it up (last Sunday instead I talked about an interesting new group of cleaned up vintage Ingalls patterns). I guess all the embroidery designers are out there enjoying the summer sun at the moment!

This hoop will actually be going to a swap bot partner in a pin-up girls embroidery swap (once I actually get round to remembering to buy an envelope big enough). It was really fun to stitch up (even though I’m not the world’s biggest fan of french knots and I’m not particularly good at faces). I tried to keep the number of colours used low so to tie the picture all together. I particularly enjoyed doing the shoes for some reason.

I embroidered the design on the cotton – linen mix I bought last weekend for the commission, as I had bought more than I needed. It’s lovely and soft (which is what I need) but stretches too easily in the hoop, which is why the sun is a bit lop sided, I will have to be careful with that.